Staff

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Sr. Lorraine Ryan, MMS, Executive Director

Sister Lorraine is the Founder of Women’s Circle. She is a community health nurse who was a missionary in India for 15 years before coming to Boynton Beach to care for her aging parents. She wanted to help this community, and discovered through conducting a survey that the population of underserved women needed help to get jobs. She has a B.S. in medical research science, a B.S. in nursing, and a Masters in Public Health.

 

Laurette Valcena, Job Development Coordinator

Laurette is bi-lingual in Creole and English and is the Job Development Coordinator for Creole speaking women. Her previous position was as a teacher assistant at a neighborhood elementary school. Her primary role at Women’s Circle is to help Haitian women find jobs. She also teaches crochet, helps in the sewing class, and manages “Mary’s Closet” which provides interview appropriate attire to clients.

 

Tee Jackson, Job Development Coordinator

Tee came to Women’s Circle seeking a career change that would allow her to educate and empower women. She had previously worked in a law office as a legal assistant for 25 years. She interviews women who are seeking employment or looking to enhance their skills for a better job. She prepares resumes, provides mock interviews and runs job development classes throughout the year. Tee also represents Women’s Circle in the community, serving on a number of Advisory boards and acting as Liaison with the City of Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

 

Gilda Galdo, Education Coordinator

Gilda plans, manages, and evaluates the education program, and works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to arrange the class schedule. She is a Filipina immigrant who also spent time in Japan before coming to the USA. She has a degree in Business Management and an Educational background.