May 25, 2018
Maureen Willis Appointed Exec. Director at English at Large

Maureen Willis
January 19, 2017 — English at Large, a nonprofit based in Woburn that provides free English language instruction to adult immigrants in 21 communities outside Boston, recently announced that Maureen Willis has been appointed executive director.

Willis succeeds Qingjian Shi, who served in the position for three years until she stepped down last fall to pursue other opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

Hicham Mouhsin, board chair of English at Large (EAL), said, “We are very pleased to appoint a person with such impressive credentials and experience. After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the board and staff voted unanimously for Maureen. Her knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to take on the challenge of guiding the excellent work of our staff and ensuring our continued growth, makes her the ideal choice to take EAL to the next level.”

Said Willis, “Both personally and professionally, I am inspired by the mission of EAL to help people new to our country achieve their life goals It will be extremely rewarding to work to support this success.”

Willis brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, and fundraising to EAL.

She is the founding director of the Woburn Community Educational Foundation and most recently served as a consultant on executive leadership, management and fundraising issues to a number of charities in Greater Boston.

Earlier, she was director of development at Family & Children's Service of Greater Lynn and director of public relations and development at the Woburn Council of Social Concern.

Willis is a board member of the Child Care Resource Center and community member of the Head Start Policy Council in Lynn.

Willis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree executive management and a Master of Arts degree in nonprofit management and philanthropy from Bay Path University.

Since its founding in 1970, EAL has helped more than 10,000 adult learnerss and now serves immigrants in 21 Greater Boston communities. A small professional staff, augmented by volunteers, provides one-to-one tutoring, group conversation practice, and basic English classes.

For fiscal 2015, EAL reported $187,518 in revenue, of which $105,000 came from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and $182,577 in expenses, according to its most recently available annual report.

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