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Two Local Leaders Named to NECC Foundation Board

Submitted by on July 11, 2022 – 3:59 pm

Haverhill and Lawrence, MA (July 8, 2022) – The Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board recently welcomed two local leaders with deep roots in the Merrimack Valley as its newest members.

Francis J. Bevilacqua III sits at table wearing suite and red tie, smiles at camera

Francis J. Bevilacqua III

Francis J. Bevilacqua III graduated from Northern Essex in 2000 and then earned his bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College. He’s the president of Bevilacqua Builds, LLC, a real estate construction and development company. Bevilacqua’s grandfather, Francis J. “Bevi” Bevilacqua, was a state representative in the 1960s and 1970s and was instrumental in bringing Northern Essex to Haverhill in 1961 and later establishing the site for the current Haverhill Campus.

Bevilacqua III has long supported the United Way of Merrimack Valley and Mass Bay and is a board member of the Greater Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, the Greater Haverhill Chamber, and the Greater Haverhill Foundation. He currently lives in Salisbury with his family.

Diane Martin, RPh, is senior vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC). Martin has expanded the health center’s pharmacy services from one pharmacy site in Lawrence in 2005 to six in Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill in 2020. She heads GLFHC’s COVID Vaccination Program, which has administered the vaccine to tens of thousands of residents across the Merrimack Valley. Martin partnered with Northern Essex to hold several vaccine clinics on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses.

headshot of diane martin, she looks into the camera with a smile

Diane Martin, RPh

Martin is the recipient of multiple awards, including the HRSA Outstanding Executive Leader Award 2011 and the 2011 Technology Innovator of the Year award given by the Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems. She volunteers with Partners in Development, traveling to Haiti and Guatemala, and is committed to providing pharmaceutical services and clinician support to areas impacted by natural disasters. A native of Lawrence, Martin now lives in Windham, New Hampshire, with her husband.

The NECC Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports the college and its students. Incorporated in 1972, the Foundation assists NECC by connecting with the business community, foundations, and other potential revenue sources. It additionally hosts fundraisers and special events.

Funds raised are used for student scholarships, equipment purchases, program revitalization efforts, faculty and staff development, and other needs as they arise and as approved by the Foundation Board of Directors. Board members are appointed to multi-year terms.

For more information about the NECC Foundation, Inc. or giving to NECC, contact Allison Dolan-Wilson, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of NECC Foundation, Inc., at 978 556-3624 or