Haverhill Chamber Plans Leads Lunch First Wednesday of Each Month; Free to Members

The next Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce “Leads Lunch” takes place on the first of February. The program, which includes lunch, takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and is intended to help participants grow their professional network and increase business lead generation. The Leads Lunch takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, from noon-1 p.m., at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St, third floor, in Haverhill. The lunch is free to Chamber members and $10 each for nonmembers.

L’Arche’s Matthews and City Council President Jordan Become Haverhill Bank Directors

Jennifer R. Matthews and Timothy J. Jordan, both known for their extensive community involvement and service, were recently elected to Haverhill Bank’s board of directors at the institution’s annual meeting. Matthews, of Methuen, serves as executive director of L’Arche Boston North. She has been involved 17 years with the nonprofit that provides homes for life for adults with developmental disabilities, and has served the past five years as executive director. Matthews is a member of the executive committee of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, director of the Haverhill Exchange Club and co-chair of the Club’s Hometown Heroes Committee. She received her bachelor’s in Sociology from UMass Boston in 2009 and took part in the Merrimack Valley LEADS program in 2021.

Business Access to Group Health Insurance Topic of Merrimack Valley Chamber Forum in Haverhill

“Group Health Insurance for Small Business” is the subject of a Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum next month. Representatives of Health Connector for Business and Benefit Advisors Group are scheduled to present information and answer questions Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8-9:15 a.m., at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St., in downtown Haverhill. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Those interested may register at merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

Haverhill’s Kristen Carbone Moves to Serve Restaurant Fan Base at Pica’s Deli & Ice Cream

Haverhill’s Kristen Carbone said she was sad last fall when she realized an ongoing labor shortage and rising utilities and food costs would mean the closing of her nearly three-year-old Carbone’s Kitchen in Central Square Bradford. Carbone also knew she’d be back quickly to take care of her loyal fans. Carbone is now taking charge of cold case and made-to-order meals and catering at Pica’s Deli & Ice Cream, just over the line in Methuen. “I made the decision in September to close Carbone’s Kitchen. The lease was up this year and I had to make some hard decisions.

MakeIT Haverhill Plans Jan. 26 Job Fair; Seeks Employer Confirmation by Friday

MakeIT Haverhill is welcoming employers to participate in its free, monthly job fairs. The organization, which provides tables and chairs and bilingual assistance, has scheduled in-person job fairs for each month of 2023. The first one is Thursday, Jan. 26, between 4 and 6 p.m., at MakeIT Haverhill, 301 Washington St., Haverhill. Companies and organizations seeking to participate are asked to confirm their interests by Friday, Jan.

Merrimack River Watershed Council Retains Rogers as Executive Director of Advocacy Group

Curt Rogers has joined the Merrimack River Watershed Council as executive director. Rogers succeeds Matthew Thorne who stepped down last August after two and a half years of service. “We are excited to have Curt join the MRWC team,” said board President Sarah Boehm. “Curt’s experience leading other nonprofit organizations will be an asset as he works with our staff, board and volunteers to make a positive impact in the watershed.”

Rogers brings more than 20 years of nonprofit executive director experience to the Watershed Council, with in-depth experience in strategic leadership, financial and program management, community engagement and policy advocacy. He founded and grew the Massachusetts state-wide GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project to a $1 million organization, created pioneering new programing, built a robust volunteer network and helped secure the first congressionally-passed LGBT non-discrimination provision.

Phoenician Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber Members Friday; With Smolak Farms Cider Donuts

The Phoenician Restaurant hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce members for a networking breakfast with Smolak Farms Cider donuts Friday in Haverhill. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served during the event, co-hosted by the Massachusetts Health Connector, Friday, Jan. 13, from 8-9:15 a.m., at 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Register at merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Names Burlin O’Connell of Haverhill as CEO and President

Kendalle Burlin O’Connell of Haverhill was named last week chief executive officer and president of Cambridge-based Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Burlin O’Connell already served MassBio for 14 years, most recently as president and chief operating officer. She succeeds former state Sen. Joseph Boncore, who announced in November he would step aside at the end of 2022 to open his own lobbying shop with MassBIO as a client. “Kendalle has been instrumental in building MassBio and positioning our organization for continued growth,” said Pam Randhawa, chair of MassBio’s board. “Over the past several years, she has proven that she is the leader we need to strengthen and protect one of the state’s most important industries.”

According toa statement, Burlin O’Connell will set the strategic direction for the organization and help ensure Massachusetts life sciences companies have the best environment possible to research, develop, manufactur, and commercialize breakthrough therapies and cures for people around the world.