Lise Landry Alives
Vice President of Operations
PALM HARBOR, FL, December 9, 2021 – Allegany Franciscan Ministries is pleased to announce the appointment of Katrina Wright as Chairperson of the board of directors, Russell Correa as Vice Chairperson, and Cindy Matthews, OSF as Secretary. In addition, Margaret Magee, OSF, Vivianne Bohorques, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, and Rusty Spoor have been elected to the board of directors; their terms start January 1, 2022.
As Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ governing body, the board of directors stewards its resources, establishes policies and programs, and approves grants and other investments to community organizations totaling nearly $6 million annually.
“The people and communities Allegany Franciscan Ministries serves will benefit from the leadership of these dedicated individuals,” said Eileen Coogan, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ president and CEO. “Each has demonstrated their commitment to people who have been marginalized and historically under-resourced.”
Ms. Wright is the VP, Community Development & Outreach Officer for BankUnited Way in Miami and joined the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ board of directors in 2019. She has served as Secretary and Vice Chairperson of the board, and has been a member of the Common Good Initiative’s Overtown Council for the Common Good since 2016.
Russell Correa is a certified executive coach, licensed mental health therapist, and VP at Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc.; he began his services with Allegany on Allegany on the Miami-Dade Regional Commission and subsequently joined the board of directors in 2015. Sister Cindy Matthews, OSF has been a Franciscan Sister of Allegany for more than 50 years and served as Pastoral Minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. She joined the board in 2020.
Sister Margaret Magee, OSF, the newly elected Congregational Minister for the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, has served for 12 years in congregational leadership. Vivianne Bohorques has extensive experience in nonprofit and community service, providing transformational strategic support and implementing operational improvements. Burnadette Norris-Weeks, a partner with Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell, PLLC, serving as counsel to corporations and governmental entities. Burnadette is the founder of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute (WOCEI), a membership organization with the mission to enhance and expand leadership opportunities by women of color, and co-hosts the Women Lead television show. Rusty Spoor is the owner/president of Spoor Law; he has been an active member of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Allegany Community Out Reach Grant Committee and brings both accounting and legal expertise as well as a close connection to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
About Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries is rooted in the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, providing grants and working with community partners in three regions of Florida formerly served by the Sisters’ hospitals: Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, and the Tampa Bay area of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Allegany has invested over $108 million to more than 1700 organizations serving people who have been historically marginalized in these communities. In addition to awarding grants, its staff and volunteers work collaboratively with community partners and other funders toward its vision that the communities it serves will become ever more just, equitable, and caring; and that everyone in its communities will be welcomed and have the resources to thrive. A part of Trinity Health, its mission is to serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within communities served.