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Marion Institute Team

Marion Institute Team


Robyn Branco
Executive Director
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New Bedford Native, Robyn returned to the area in 2007 after working in non-profit development and event coordinating in both San Francisco and Washington, DC. She graduated with a BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Natural Resource Studies and a minor in Anthropology. Robyn has dedicated her career to non-profit work and is happy to be back on her native soil. In 2011, she was awarded one of the New England Business Bulletins top young professionals of the year. When not working, she enjoys playing soccer, rowing for the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society and spending time with her son Liam.


Adam Davenport
Garden Operations Manager, Grow Education

Through the Grow Education program, Adam designs, manages, and connects residents to use the school based-community gardens.  His BS in Civil Engineering, Certificates in Integrative Nutrition and permaculture, and experience working as a SpEd. science teacher have helped develop his expertise in designing interactions between the ecological and social worlds.  In addition to his part-time role as Grow Education’s Garden Operations Manager, he is the co-Founder of Terra Cura, a Design and Consulting firm focused on regenerative social and ecological systems.  His interests range from philosophy to physics but center around nature.  In his free time he is rock climbing, practicing yoga, or traveling to experience and learn from worldwide cultures.


Jane Dolan
Bioregulatory Medicine Programs Director
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As a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation and primary care medicine, Jane has witnessed firsthand both health and disease as well as the amazing capacity of the body to heal if supported correctly. She is passionate about seeing people achieve the greatest potential of exceptional health and well-being and has attended lectures and courses on vitamins, minerals, herbals, Reiki and nutrition. In the role of BioMed Network Manager her deeply held lifelong interest in alternative health practices will guide her to collaborate in the establishment of a biological medicine clinic in Providence, RI.


Zoe Hansen-DiBello
Grow Education Director

Zoe Hansen-DiBello is a Providence, RI native who now resides in the SouthCoast of Massachusetts.  Zoe graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Zoe has worked for the Marion Institute since 2009, starting as a Youth Coordinator for the Connecting for Change conference as well as working part-time as the Sustainability Education Initiative (SEI) Coordinator.  SEI was re-birthed in 2013 as Grow Education, which Zoe manages in New Bedford Public Schools.  Grow Education seeks to empower public school teachers and students through the creation of school-based gardens.  Zoe is a graduate of Leadership SouthCoast, serves on the Education Roundtable in New Bedford and has been a Big Sister to a New Bedford student since 2011.

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Nicole Morris-McLaughlin
Program Coordinator
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Nicole has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio and moved to the South coast of Massachusetts by way of Buffalo, NY.  In Buffalo she was the Promotions Coordinator for The Buffalo News, where she worked with Buffalo’s nonprofits and cultural institutions.  Nicole is passionate about education, environmental advocacy, and social justice; she was able to combine these passions by building and running a School/Community garden in her hometown for the last seven years.  You can find Nicole and her family on the weekends exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of their new home in New England.


Cheryl Radford
Bioregulatory Medicine Programs Assistant
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Patti Rego
Marketing Director
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Born and raised in Fall River, MA, Patti returned to Southeastern Massachusetts in 2015 after over 17 years working in the marketing, communications, and event departments of notable publishing and media companies in New York City.  She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a BS in Advertising & Marketing Communications. It has long been a dream of Patti’s to be able to contribute to the economic and social fabric of the area in which she grew up, and she is thrilled to be able to work with the Marion Institute, an organization with both strong local ties and a keen eye on global concerns.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, planning social events (like her daughter’s first birthday extravaganza), attending a diverse array of local events, and searching for the perfect cup of cold brewed iced coffee (one sip at a time.)


Angela Silva
Director of Finance and Operations
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Abigail Smith
Human Resources Manager
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Abby graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2007 and has a personal interest and commitment to social justice and quality compassionate healthcare. Prior to working at the Marion Institute, Abby’s experience as the office manager at a chiropractic office developed her belief in a multi-faceted holistic approach to health and wellness encompassing mental and physical wellbeing as well as nutrition. Away from the office, you can find her gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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