SouthCoast Community Foundation Announces Team Changes

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The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced the hiring of Werlaine Badio as programs officer, supporting arts and culture, education and economic development initiatives, and Nhamaa Cortes as accounting clerk.

Additionally, Adrianna Heard was promoted from development systems administrator to donor services associate. Adrianna was born and raised in New Bedford and graduated in 2020 with honors from Westfield State University.

Heard was born and raised in New Bedford and graduated in 2020 with honors from Westfield State University.

“Adrianna has quickly proven herself to be efficient, accurate, and compassionate in serving our donors and advisors. We are delighted to promote such an exemplary member of our team,”  said Director of Engagement Sarah Rose.

Adrianna Heard
Adrianna Heard

Badio grew up in Brockton, graduated from the UMass Dartmouth and is now living in Fall River.

Werlaine Badio
Werlaine Badio

“Werlaine’s background in operations management and customer service, combined with her strong connections to the communities we serve, will help us extend our reach, explore new possibilities, and track our progress,” commented Rose.

Cortes was born and raised in New Bedford and will graduate later this spring from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

Nhamaa Cortes
Nhamaa Cortes

“We are excited to have Nhamaa join our finance efforts,” said Director of Finance Charles Holley. “His passion for giving back to the community, eagerness to learn and grow in this new role, as well as his upcoming degree will serve him well.”

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy.  Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $50 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. For more information, visit

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