The names of Brockton Mayor-elect Bill Carpenter’s staff have been announced. A press release was sent out Friday after the final staff member informed their employer about their departure.
Two members of current Mayor Linda Balzotti’s staff are being retained; Office Manager Silvia Carvalho and Director of Social Services Koren Cappiello.
Carvalho has been employed in the Mayor’s Office for the past 16 ½ years having served in the Jack Yunits, James Harrington and Balzotti administrations. Cappiello will remain as Director of Social Services, where she has played an active role dealing with the city’s young people. she has also served as coordinator for The Brockton After Dark Program, manages the Safe Corners Street Outreach and Safe and Successful Youth Imitative Programs.
Meanwhile Noube Rateau will serve as the Director of Communications/BCA Liaison, Fred Fontaine will be the Director of Community Relations, Carla Darosa will serve as Director of Constituent Services and Nick Giaquinto will be the Business/Government Liaison. In addition, Jose Andrade has been named as a volunteer Special Assistant to the Mayor. Chief of Staff Bob Buckley says the Carpenter administration is very pleased with the team it has assembled.”We’re very excited with the staff that we’ve put together, “Buckley said. “It’s a very diverse group, a very dedicated group, a group of individuals, I think, that hasn’t been seen at (Brockton) City Hall in a long time.”
Here’s some background information on the five new staff members of the Carpenter administration:
Rateau is a graduate of Brockton High School and Bridgewater State University with a degree in Communications and Media Technology. As an educational coordinator & producer at Brockton Community Access for three years; he has earned national attention from the Alliance for Community Media winning first place honors for best magazine format.
Fontaine is active in the Brockton business community and is a member of the Brockton Democratic Committee, past President of the South Shore Haitians for Progress and is currently a Brockton License Commissioner. He was a very influential member of the incoming mayor’s transition team.
Darosa is a product of the Brockton Public Schools, attended Massasoit Community College and is a graduate of New England Institute of Art. She’s a certified medical interpreter and has been employed by Brockton Neighborhood Health Center as an Insurance Specialist.
Giaqunita’s family has strong ties to Brockton and is a graduate of Suffolk University. He is currently working towards his master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts. He was employed at the Massachusetts State House where he served as a Research Analyst Research Director to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. He also worked a director of Communications and Research for the Assistant Vice Chairman of the House Committee of Ways and Means.
Andrade is a 34 year resident of the City of Brockton, having moved here from Relva Mosteiros, Fogo, Cape Verde in 1979. Andrade began his career with Brockton Public Schools in 1984 and was promoted to the position of Community Relations Facilitator in 1986, a position that he holds to this day. Andrade’s volunteer work includes, but is not limited to, the following organizations: Cape Verdean Association, past President of the Gilmore School PAC and past member of the PTO, the Mass Migrant Program, Saint Margaret Church, and Saint Edith Stein Church. In addition to his work with these organizations, Andrade has served as an unofficial liaison to Cape Verdean families relocating to the city for the past 34 years. He was a 2013 recipient of the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award, an award presented locally but signed by President Obama.
Buckley was asked if there would be any changes when it comes to the city’s department heads. He quickly dispelled any rumors that the new mayor will be making any immediate changes.
“People have this notion that we’re just going to coming in making changes on day one , and that certainly is not going to be the case, said Buckley. “We’re going to work the best we possibly can with the people that are in place and again, I can’t say that there will be 100% retention, but we’ll take it as each individual case presents itself.”
Carpenter is set to be sworn in on January 6 at Brockton City Hall.