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DaVinci Center completes search, names Norma Gonzalez Executive Director

DaVinci Center Board Appoints Norma Gonzalez as Executive Director

As a result of the recent passing of John DeLuca, founder, and longtime Executive Director of the DaVinci Center, and an extensive search, the Board of Directors has appointed Norma Gonzalez as the permanent Executive Director. 

Board Chair, Michael DeAngelis, stated that “Ms. Gonzalez is a highly skilled bi-lingual non-profit leader with over 25 years of experience in program management, case management and overseeing teams which cultivate productive relationships.”  “In addition to her clinical therapist practice, Ms. Gonzalez has served as a previous Deputy Director at Federal Hill House and the Community Action Partnership of Providence. The Board is looking forward to supporting Ms. Gonzalez as she leads the DaVinci Center to better address the changing and increasing needs of the North End of Providence.”   

“We are also extremely grateful for the assistance that was rendered by Vin Marzullo during our transition to guide the staff, aid us in our search and selection for a new Executive Director, and advocate for the needs of our North End neighbors” stated DeAngelis.

Norma Gonzalez stated “I am honored to hold the torch that the guardian angel of the North End, John DeLuca, left for us to carry and protect. Our family at the DaVinci Center believes that when you lend someone a hand, you give them hope and opportunity to become self-sufficient, and you have contributed something important to the well-being of your community.”

Ms. Gonzalez will officially start her new leadership position on June 28th.

About the DaVinci Center

It’s the mission of the DaVinci Center to improve the quality of life of the residents of the North End of Providence by providing, or helping to bring about, a broad array of quality services and neighborhood improvement projects that respond to the needs of this community (Census Tracts 27, 28, 29). The Center is committed to bolstering the self-concept of clients, encouraging individual responsibility, fostering the value of the family as the hub of community life, and building respect for the vitality and fabric of the neighborhood.  The DaVinci Center promises to consistently listen and respond to the community it serves and to work collaboratively with others to bring about needed services and neighborhood improvements. The Center seeks constructive change by means of non-political community action and advocacy in a non-political environment.