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Marion Institute Team

Marion Institute Team

Robyn Branco
Executive Director
robyn@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 116

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 
adam@marioninstitute.org

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.

Cristiano Dias
Garden Assistant, Grow Education 
cdias@marioninstitute.org

Jane Dolan
Bioregulatory Medicine Programs Director
jane@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 115

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.

Julie Harrington
Marketing Intern
julie@marioninstitute.org

Julie is an incoming Junior at Bentley University in Waltham, MA working towards achieving a degree in Marketing with a minor in Public Policy. At school, Julie is very involved in the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, which sends 1,000+ Bentley students into the Waltham community every year to perform service for academic credit. After graduation, Julie hopes to continue her involvement with nonprofit organizations, as well as work within the Corporate Social Responsibility division of major corporations. Outside of the office, Julie is passionate about working with children as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, and a volunteer of learning centers in local low income housing communities.

Nicole Morris-McLaughlin
Program Manager
nicole@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 119

Nicole has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio and moved to the Southcoast 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 Coordinator
cheryl@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 110

Patti Rego
Marketing Director
patti@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 117

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
angela@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 111

Abigail Smith
Human Resources Manager
abby@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 0

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.

Mary Twomey
Development Associate
mary@marioninstitute.org
Ext: 114

Mary has lived in Southeastern MA for most of her life and loves all the area has to offer. She has a degree in Business Administration from Bryant College in Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Marion Institute Mary worked in healthcare finance for 13 years. Personal experience has led Mary to become passionate about the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. She is excited to join the Marion Institute as the development associate and be part of an organization promoting sustainability, nutrition and health. Away from work Mary enjoys being with her family, historic homes, beekeeping, and simple living.

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