We have many outstanding individuals who have served on ABC MA's Board for a number of years and are excited to announce six new members who were elected to the Board for 2017. Their new ideas and energy will be a welcomed addition.
This week, we spoke with Vera Vadeboncouer, Office Manager and Controller at Fernandes Masonry located in New Bedford, MA.
Vera has been with Fernandes Masonry for over 14 years and is currently the Office Manager and Controller, managing over 125 employees. She is responsible for the accounting operations of the company: financial reports, contracts, maintenance of accounting records, cash management, risk management, and organizing employee safety training. She is also in charge of Human Resources, staffing, employment processing, compensation, health and welfare benefits, training and development, and records management.
Outside of her duties at Ferandes Masonry, Vera is extremely active in her community. She is Treasurer for the Team Noah Foundation, started in honor of her nephew Noah Fernandes. The foundation is dedicated to making a difference to children and families with special needs and medical conditions to improve their quality of life.
In 2016 she received the SouthCoast Emerging Leader Award. Vera also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, which aims “to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region.”
When asked whom Vera looks up to, she unequivocally pointed towards her mother - she raised 10 children and worked hard every day to make sure they never went hungry. Her mother’s dream was to one day be able to bring their family to America, the land of opportunity, and because of her hard work and sacrifice working on the farm in Portugal, she was able to do that. She always put her children first. She taught Vera to work hard, to be gracious, confident, respectful and have integrity. Vera admires her so much and will always appreciate what she instilled in her.