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Advisory Board Members

Our advisory board members are respected community leaders who advise the center as needed. They don’t officially vote and are not required to attend meetings, but they are available to render advice to the center.

Paula Rayman

Dr. Paula Rayman is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

"At this moment of history we need more than ever to celebrate diversity in our communities. As we launch this new Center, we are saying "Yes We Can" in creating movement towards equality and respect and dignity for all." (2016)

Phala Chea

"I am honored to serve as a senior advisory board member of the African Community Center of Lowell. As a former refugee, I understand the many difficulties and challenges of starting a new life in a new country, where language, customs, culture, rules, laws and expectations are so different. I am proud of Gordon Halm's leadership and appreciative of his work with the community to establish this very important Center. New immigrants and refugees will need the Center to connect and orient themselves to Lowell. In my capacity as a senior advisor, I will support and champion the Center's mission and services to promote the quality of life and citizenship of immigrants and refugees. I look forward to celebrating the Center's many accomplishments."

Rose Agbede

"The African Community Center of Lowell is our Village in Lowell. Remember the saying, 'It takes a Village to a raise a Child?' Our village is Lowell."

Fundi Bisoka

Mr. Fundi Bisoka is originally come from Democratic Republic of Congo. He came to the United States of America with his family as a refugee through the International Institute of New England, Lowell in 2015.  He taught as a teacher in Burundi for seven years then became a school inspector at a refugee camp called “Camp Nyarujusu” in Tanzania for 17 years before his arrival to the City of Lowell. He currently lives in Lowell with his family and he is a well-respected elder in the Congolese Community of Massachusetts.

George Joseph

George Joseph is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has a PhD in Accounting from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Accountant from India.

George is a supporter of ACCL activities and participates in our events. As part of a project on Sustainability, he has highlighted the work of ACCL in a Community & Sustainability video.

Cecilia Idika-Kalu

Cecilia has been a guest speaker at the ACCL events, including our Anniversary Gala and Kofi Annan memorial. She is also a volunteer teacher on leadership for the Center’s Summer School Programs. She is a mom of three, a PhD Candidate and Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research is at the intersection of Security, Human Rights, and Gender. She is a Boston Civic Action Project Policy Fellow and has years of experience in International development and Management consulting. Cecilia is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a TEDx speaker who loves to read and travel.

Tobi Armani

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