Who are the 2013 Community Social Capitalists?

Honoring Community Social Capitalists is a major focus of this event. A Community Social Capitalist is a volunteer who impacts the lives of others by leveraging their personal and professional network to make a difference. Recipients may have mobilized a group to volunteer, or organized an event in their neighborhood, or brought a diverse group to work together on a common issue. Honorees personify the spirit of strengthening communities through civic engagement.

Some Social Capitalists are company leaders who are fostering an ethic of civic engagement in their company or are helping to build the capacity of important community-based organizations; some are co-workers who are inspiring their peers to give their time to help the community; and some are non-profit leaders nominated by a company for their exemplary community work.

Too often, these people are not recognized for their powerful acts of community-building. SCI seeks to change that!


2013 Community Social Capitalists:

Bithiah CarterDaniel Gelbtuch – Nominated by the Trefler Foundation

Dan is the Youth Force Director at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Youth Force, a teen led community organizing program, has developed hundreds of teen leaders and has become a powerful force in State and local politics. It has been recognized by community organizations such as Alternatives for Community and Environment, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and politicians such as Senator John Kerry and State Senator Sonia Chang Diaz as an important force in youth civic engagement and social justice work.  

In 2009, Dan co-founded the Youth Jobs Coalition which has won millions of dollars in state funding for youth jobs in the State of Massachusetts Budget and has been recognized by dozens of press outlets including the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, WGBH Radio and the Baystate Banner as a leader in youth led advocacy. Dan is also a co-founder of YMORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy) a coalition of urban and suburban youth organizations which connects teens across the differences that typically divides them and engages them in shared work for social justice. 

 

Matthew KieferDavid Cawley – Nominated by DotWell

David Cawley is the Co-Owner of The Blarney Stone, a bar and family restaurant in Dorchester. The Blarney Stone has been a Fields Corner institution for over 35 years, the last 12 under David’s generous, welcoming and warm leadership. Though he holds a degree in Accounting, his vocation is the restaurant business and one in which he thrives. David attributes his good fortune in business to the ever-changing diversity of Dorchester, where he works and lives. He understands that serving the needs of everyone who walks into his establishment is a privilege and is humbled that the atmosphere that they provide is embraced every day. The management believes in making human connections and will greet you at the door with a hug or a handshake if it’s your first time or you are a returning customer.

An avid runner, David will be competing in the 117th Boston Marathon and fundraising for the Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI), a partnership of three neighborhood elementary schools. David will also participate and raise funds in the 2nd annual DotWell Swim Down Challenge. David has offered The Blarney Stone as a location for several fundraising endeavors and has included his staff and patrons in his efforts.

 

David ManziMark Culliton - Nominated by Grand Circle Foundation

Before Mark Culliton became CEO of College Bound Dorchester, he spent years experiencing other cultures. During his time growing up in India, being a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, and helping small businesses in Ghana, Mark developed a penchant for helping others and passion for social activism. Mark ultimately realized that he wanted to make a difference in his own country. So he earned a business degree from Yale, and moved to Boston to serve as Executive Director of Upham’s Corner Main Street, a start-up nonprofit in the Dorchester neighborhood. During his time in Dorchester he had an epiphany. “I saw what was happening all around me—that children had no opportunity because they happened to be born on certain streets,” he says. Helping to create opportunity through education became Mark’s singular focus.

After successful stints at Building Educated Leaders for Life and Lighthouse Academies, Mark landed at Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses. He transformed it into College Bound Dorchester: an organization that equips students with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college. Today, thanks to the pathway College Bound Dorchester has presented, every year 15 to 25 Boston students go to college who otherwise would still be on the streets heading nowhere.

 

Michelle PerezSaritin Rizzuto – Nominated by Stop and Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea and City Manager of Chelsea, Jay Ash

Saritin Rizzuto began a distinguished career in the nonprofit sector over twenty years ago, when she worked as a peer leader for the public health department. Her goal was to go into communities with at–risk youth and educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Saritin found her path then, and has spent what seems like every waking moment “doing for others”. She has worked in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others- as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence.

Now, as a Community Relations and Business Development Officer with Metro Credit Union, Saritin incorporates into her role community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations. Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a community leader. She is a board member of Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and has successfully organized Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dave ZagunisValerie Buchanan – Nominated by Stop and Compare Supermarkets, Lynn and F.U.E.L (Families United in Educational Leadership)

Valerie Buchanan received her Bachelors degree from Southwest Baptist University. After a year working with homeless families in Los Angeles, Val returned to Missouri to work for her Alma Mater leading trips with students to serve and learn in South Africa. Val is currently the Director of the Office of Community Engagement at Gordon College. Ten years ago Val established this campus/community partnership program enabling Gordon College students learn how to be global citizens and simultaneously to serve the common good in Lynn. The Office of Community Engagement creates and supports outreach programs in Lynn and elsewhere on Boston’s North Shore. Guided by an asset-based approach to community development, Val lives and maintains a Gordon office in downtown Lynn. She loves designing ways to partner with local schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Today, about 60% of each freshmen class at Gordon spends 2-3 hours per week over the course of a semester serving the community.

Val has served in a leadership position with Lynn community groups; Community Minority Cultural Center, La Vida Scholars Selection Committee, Harrington School Improvement Committee, Project YES Advisory Board , Lynn Literacy Task Force, the Communities that Care Coalition, Lynn Arts Board and Family and Children’s Service of Lynn Board.

 
Valerie Buchanan received her Bachelors degree from Southwest Baptist University.
After a year working with homeless families in Los Angeles, Val returned
to Missouri to work for her Alma Mater leading trips with students to serve and
learn in South Africa. Val is currently the Director of the Office of Community
Engagement at Gordon College. Ten years ago Val established this campus/
community partnership program enabling Gordon College students learn how to be global citizens and
simultaneously to serve the common good in Lynn. The Office of Community Engagement creates and
supports outreach programs in Lynn and elsewhere on Boston’s North Shore. Guided by an asset-based
approach to community development, Val lives and maintains a Gordon office in downtown Lynn. She
loves designing ways to partner with local schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Today, about
60% of the each freshmen class at Gordon spends 2-3 hours per week over the course of a semester serving
the community. Val has served in a leadership position with Lynn community groups; Community
Minority Cultural Center, La Vida Scholars Selection Committee, Harrington School Improvement
Committee, Project YES Advisory Board , Lynn Literacy Task Force, the Communities that Care Coalition,
Lynn Arts Board and Family and Children’s Service of Lynn BoardValerie Buchanan received her Bachelors degree from Southwest Baptist University. After a year working with homeless families in Los Angeles, Val returned to Missouri to work for her Alma Mater leading trips with students to serve and learn in South Africa. Val is currently the Director of the Office of Community Engagement at Gordon College. Ten years ago Val established this campus/community partnership program enabling Gordon College students to learn how to be global citizens and
 

Dave ZagunisRepresentative James Dwyer – Nominated by Bill Sullivan, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones

James J. Dwyer is serving his third term as State Representative from the 30th Middlesex District (Woburn and Reading). Before being elected State Representative, Rep. Dwyer served 34 years in the Middlesex Juvenile Court serving as a Juvenile Probation Officer. During his career, Rep. Dwyer was active in assisting troubled children and their families. He founded the Lowell House Drug & Alcohol Juvenile Diversion Education Program, and he helped create Woburn District Court’s Clean Start Program for first-time offenders. After retiring as Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Rep. Dwyer served for 3 years on the Woburn City Council. As Alderman, Rep. Dwyer worked on many quality of life issues, expanding educational opportunities for Woburn’s children and working hard to make sure that seniors, veterans and people with developmental disabilities had a voice.

Rep. Dwyer is a member of the Woburn Lions Club and the Elks, helping those in the community who are less fortunate. He also is a former board member of NuPath, which helps developmentally disabled people live more independent lives. Rep. Dwyer is dedicated to public service, helping others who need a hand, and working hard to make sure that those who are vulnerable have a strong voice advocating on their behalf.

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Valerie Buchanan received her Bachelors degree from Southwest Baptist University.
After a year working with homeless families in Los Angeles, Val returned
to Missouri to work for her Alma Mater leading trips with students to serve and
learn in South Africa. Val is currently the Director of the Office of Community
Engagement at Gordon College. Ten years ago Val established this campus/
community partnership program enabling Gordon College students learn how to be global citizens and
simultaneously to serve the common good in Lynn. The Office of Community Engagement creates and
supports outreach programs in Lynn and elsewhere on Boston’s North Shore. Guided by an asset-based
approach to community development, Val lives and maintains a Gordon office in downtown Lynn. She
loves designing ways to partner with local schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Today, about
60% of the each freshmen class at Gordon spends 2-3 hours per week over the course of a semester serving
the community. Val has served in a leadership position with Lynn community groups; Community
Minority Cultural Center, La Vida Scholars Selection Committee, Harrington School Improvement
Committee, Project YES Advisory Board , Lynn Literacy Task Force, the Communities that Care Coalition,
Lynn Arts Board and Family and Children’s Service of Lynn Board.
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