Elizabeth Cannon has over 20 years of non-profit management experience. She is a graduate of UMass Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Law and Justice and Franklin Pierce University with a Masters in Business Administration. Before coming to LAB she worked at Community Teamwork, Inc. and Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities.

Elizabeth is the Vice President of the Non Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell and a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Elizabeth Cannon

Executive Director

Dorothy has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College (Class of ’74). Originally brought on as a Technology and Radio Coordinator, Dorothy continues her involvement with the organization by utilizing her fluent Braille code skills as a Braille Instructor. She currently handles 9 students per week for Braille and computer technology training on-site. Not only can Dorothy compose music in Braille, Dorothy can also play a band of instruments including the guitar, piano, saxophone, and harmonica. She is an active participant in the Adult Program at LAB.

Dorothy Donovan

Braille/Asst. Technology Instructor

Alex received her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology with a Criminology certificate from the University of Utah in 2013. She started her career in Salt Lake City, Utah doing outreach and enrichment programs with at-risk youth.  She relocated to Massachusetts in 2018, and is thrilled to be working with the youth in the Greater Lowell community.

Alex Primrose

Youth Program Coordinator

Sara is a graduate from Northern Essex Community College and Bridgewater State College with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science. She has worked with children in the past as a camp counselor and camp director at a Girl Scout camp. Some of her interests include cake decorating, arts & crafts, working with children, and geocaching. She is excited to join the LAB team and coordinate lots of fun programs for the children.

Sara Ruston

Assistant Youth Program Coordinator

Josh attended University of Massachusetts Lowell and has resided in Lowell for almost 7 years. He went to UMass Lowell for undergraduate in Psychology and Masters in Community Social Psychology. His experience includes working with nonprofits such as Thrive Communities of Massachusetts based in Lowell and The Decibels Foundation (which services those who are deaf or hard of hearing) out of Maynard Massachusetts.

Josh Stachowski

Adult Program Coordinator

Joanne Shea works as LAB’s Admin helping out with administrative tasks on a part time basis.  Before joining the staff Joanne was a volunteer on the radio reading service for 15 years.

Joanne Shea


Jonathan Valdez started attending LAB as a youth program participant from age 9. After graduating high school and completing an internship here, he was offered a position as a staff member for our youth program. Outside of work, he also enjoys completing various internship experiences, as well as researching the ins and outs of both elevators and public transportation.  Jonathan is currently attending Middlesex Community College.

Jonathan Valdez

Youth Program Staff Member


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G5 Infrared LLC


Ally Bull, Vice President

Lawrence Public Schools


Mary Barrett, Treasurer

University of Massachusetts Lowell


Bethanne Welch, Secretary

City of Lowell

Marc Gillette

Fred C. Church Insurance 


Carolyn Gregoire

Personal Trainer


Robert Murphy



Ed Perry

Client Representative


Joseph Pyne


Bernice Yeboah

Anstiss and Co.


Leslie Morin

LAB Volunteer

Demetra Gys

University of Massachusetts Lowell


David Hall

Greater Lawrence Community

Health Center


Monica Kanellas

LAB Volunteer


Michael Lally

Lowell Cemetery 


Bruce Macaulay

Winchester Hospital




Dr. Deborah Finch

University of Massachusetts Lowell


Melanie St. Croix