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Women of NECC Board

Supporting NECC and its Students

The Women of Northern Essex Community College is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting NECC and its students. The organization generates funds for student scholarships and special projects by conducting a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including a Fall Membership Tea, a Holiday Party and a June Gala Open House event.


Since its inception, the Women of NECC have helped to raise more than $518,000, providing over $330,000 in scholarships.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Our Women of NECC Membership Tea returns on October 30, 2019 featuring Jaime Sloan, owner & creative mind behind Dani Kaye fashions.  Dani Kaye will hold a fashion show featuring women’s contemporary fashions, athletic wear, fine gifts and more.  Tickets will be on sale starting in September.  If you would like more information or to put your name on the reservation list, contact Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789.  Visit Dani Kaye fashions at


This year’s Women of NECC Holiday Party will feature guest speaker Karen Andreas, Regional Publisher from the North of Boston Media Group.  The event will be held at the Andover Country Club on December 9th.  If you would like more information or to put your name on the reservation list, contact Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789.  More details to follow.

Past Events

Past Events

June Open House Event a Success!

The Women of NECC held their 23rd Annual June Open House fundraiser on Saturday, June 1st at the home of Charles & Ann Lagasse in Newburyport with over 90 people in attendance.  Guests attended the fundraiser, enjoyed catered food by The Party Connection, the beautiful floral arrangements that were donated by Flowers by Steve and participated in a silent auction and raffle raising funds for student scholarships.  

Annual Holiday Luncheon Raises Funds

The Women of NECC celebrated their annual holiday luncheon on Friday, December 7th with guest speaker Paula Moore.  Paula is a member of the Women of NECC and has written a book titled “Wicked Rich:  The Adventures of a Mad Lottery Winner.”  The event was recently featured in the Eagle Tribune:  Women of NECC in Stepping Out.

Women of NECC Membership Tea

Nearly $3,000 was raised for student scholarships during the Women of NECC’s Membership Tea featuring Newbury author Andre Dubus III  on October 24.  Andre discussed his newest novel “Gone So Long”, along with a book signing and meet and greet to well over 110 guests.  This was Dubus’s second appearance at Northern Essex.  Visit our newsroom for photos of the event.

June Open House Event Raises Funds for Student Scholarships

The annual June Open House Event was held on June 9, 2018 at a beautiful home located in North Andover, MA.  This Annual Fundraiser raises funds for the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund.  Since their founding, the women have raised over a half a million dollars for the college and awarded over $330,000 in scholarships.  Photos from the event featured in our newsroom.

The Women of NECC Holiday Party Welcomes Maria Stephanos

The Women of NECC hosted its annual holiday luncheon with guest speaker Boston Journalist Maria Stephanos on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Andover Country Club. The event was a great success with over $3,700 raised for student scholarships.

Women of NECC Membership Tea

The Women of NECC’s Membership Tea featuring Sondra Celli was a great success.  Thank you to Sondra and all supporters of the event, we were able to raise over $4,700 which will benefit the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund.

Women of NECC 21st Annual Open House Fundraiser held in Boxford

June 3, 2017 was a great night for the Women of NECC’s Open House event.  Guests attended this fundraiser with over $8,000 raised for student scholarships.

Women of NECC Flower Show

October 21, 2016 was the Women’s Membership Tea featuring Bert Ford, Owner of Ford Flower Company. Read more about our Flower Show event in our Newsroom.

Women of NECC 20th Annual Open House Fundraiser a Huge Success

The Women’s 20th Annual Open House was held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at NECC’s Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus.

Special Thank You to the Women of NECC Board Members for all their support!

Check out our press release


The Women of NECC’s yearly membership runs from Sept. 1 through August 31, although you are welcome to join at any time and begin participating immediately in the activities. The Women of NECC do so much good and have such a good time while doing it! We hope you will consider joining.

Simply download the membership brochure , complete the membership form, and mail it in along with your membership contribution.
If you prefer, contact: Lori Smerdon, Staff Associate 978-556-3789 or


Allison M. Dolan-Wilson
Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Executive Director, NECC Foundation, Inc.

Women of NECC
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Geraldine Murphy, President Lisa Martin, Vice-President
Paula Moore, Treasurer Betty Jaffe, Secretary
Jill McCann, Co-Chair, Membership Carole O’Connor, Co-Chair, Membership
Christine Burke Teresa Gudek
Judy Chmielecki Nancy Hadad
Theresa Chun Gloria Kirsch
Eleanor Clark Lila LaGrasse
Kathleen Cook Ann Lange
Marguerite Cooper Karen Marshall
Sherrard Côté Linda McHugh
Judith Cronin Nancy Norbedo
Matilda DelVecchio Ellen O’Toole
Suzanne Fazioli Lisa Prezzano
Helen Flynn Nancy Squatrito
Joanne Fournier Sylvia Tallman
Monica Fraser Angela Zinsmeister

Honorary Members

Elaine Barker
Honorary Member
Yolanda Cellucci,
Honorary Member
Elaine Burke
Honorary Member
Stephen Janavicus
Honorary Member


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