Friday, April 12, 2024

The board of directors of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers.

From the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Nov. 30, 2016: The board of directors of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers has announced the election of its four officers – three women and one man representing the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean and Portuguese communities to lead the board of the private, nonprofit health and social services organization.

Paula C. Coutinho, of Pawtucket, R.I., will continue serving as board president. Coutinho is a native of Portugal of Cabo Verdean descent who works as director of admissions for the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College.

Susan Pacheco, of Arlington, joined the board in 2015 and now takes on her first officer role as its vice president. Pacheco, executive director of the Cambridge Council on Aging, will be replacing Filipe Zamborlini, though he will stay on as a board member.

Raymond Estrella will continue to serve as treasurer. Estrella, a Somerville resident of Portuguese background, is a corporate finance manager who joined the board in 2012.

Patricia de Oliveira, of Everett, who joined the board in 2014, was once again chosen as board secretary. She is originally from Brazil and works in community and citizenship services and as a personal assistant.

“We are very grateful for our board members’ continued support and leadership as well as their willingness to serve as officers,” said Paulo Pinto, the agency’s executive director. “I also want to thank Filipe Zamborlini for his dedication, knowledge and many contributions to MAPS and our communities as board vice president these past couple of years.”

The agency has provided health and social services for the Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts since 1970. The agency has offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Lowell and Framingham. Please call (617) 864-7600 or visit