May 26, 2015 – Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is very excited to announce three new hires: Franky Descoteaux is EforAll’s Executive Director, Lowell – Lawrence; John Conley is the Chief Operating Officer of EforAll; and Mary Beth Burwood is the Program Manager for EforAll’s Lowell – Lawrence program.
“This is an exciting time for EforAll,” said David Parker, Executive Director, EforAll. “We have hired Franky Descoteaux and Mary Beth Burwood to run EforAll’s Lowell – Lawrence operation, and in addition we have added John Conley as EforAll’s COO to make sure our organization can manage multiple locations, including our South Coast program which will launch this summer. I’m thrilled that we have significantly strengthened the EforAll team.”
Franky Descoteaux is EforAll’s Executive Director, Lowell – Lawrence, which is a new position. In this role, Franky will be heading up EforAll’s English language program in the Merrimack Valley, with the goal of using entrepreneurship to improve the economic and social vitality of the region.
Franky brings a long entrepreneurial history to EforAll, including founding two, and co-founding a third retail venture in downtown Lowell as well as co-founding a tech startup in Las Vegas. She successfully ran for City Council in Lowell in 2009 and served on the Council for two years. Most recently, Franky worked with Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe as their Director of People and Culture, helping the company that started in Lowell to plan and execute its growth into many more retail locations. Franky has worked directly with budding entrepreneurs through positions with the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center and Middlesex Community College, and has served on boards across many sectors in Lowell. Franky received the Celebrating Excellence Entreprenuer of the Year, award from Enterprise Bank & Trust, graduated from UNLV’s Business School with an MIS degree and is a Master’s degree candidate at UMass Lowell, where she is studying Innovation & Technical Entrepreneurship.
John Conley has joined EforAll as its Chief Operating Officer. John will be responsible for EforAll’s finance and administration and will strive to ensure that EforAll has the systems and procedures in place to enable the successful launching of new regional EforAll programs outside of Lowell – Lawrence.
John most recently was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University; before that he served in various finance and business development roles at a number of biotech firms including Biogen, Transkaryotic Therapies, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, after starting his career at Bain and Company. John has served as Board Chair of two non-profits: The YMCA of Greater Boston and the Jericho Road Project. John is a graduate of UPenn and the Yale School of Management.
Mary Beth Burwood is EforAll’s Program Manager for Lowell – Lawrence. Under the supervision of Franky Descoteaux, Executive Director Lowell – Lawrence, Mary Beth will be managing EforAll’s public events in the Lowell Lawrence area, including pitch contests, and will play a key role in making sure EforAll’s Lowell – Lawrence accelerator program is successful in helping local entrepreneurs launch their business and non-profit ideas.
Mary Beth comes to EforAll after two years at EforAll partner Groundwork Lawrence, a leading non-profit in Lawrence that promotes environmental, social, and economic well-being. Mary Beth oversaw many programs at Groundwork Lawrence, including environmental education programs within the public school system, managing youth who tended to an urban farm and various community gardens to provide fresh produce at the local farmers markets, and helped to start a 5k run/walk plus health fair for the community. Before Groundwork Lawrence, Mary Beth founded and ran Lowell Sprouts, a non-profit helping middle school kids learn about food and nutrition through gardening on school grounds. Mary Beth is a graduate of UMass Lowell.