Mary Rose Durante - Executive Director
Mary Rose Durante is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Notre Dame Education Center. Prior to assuming this role, she had been the Center’s Finance Director. Mary Rose was general counsel and special assistant to Richard J. Egan, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. As a Foreign Service officer, she acted as liaison between Ambassador Egan and the Government of Ireland. She served as a strategic advisor to him and his senior team and was the chief point of contact for the White House and the Secret Service. Previously Mary Rose worked for EMC Corp. in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, where she directed the ambassadorial process, acting as intermediary for the White House, the State Department, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A well-regarded C-level strategist, she was a key player in the spin-off of Interface Systems Group of Milford, Massachusetts, from Interface Electronics Corp. of Franklin, Massachusetts. Mary Rose is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, summa cum laude, of Boston College and Boston College Law School. She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In 2002 she received the Franklin Award from the U.S. Department of State in recognition of her outstanding work on the Fourth of July celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin.
Manny Reynoso - Program Director
Manny Reynoso is NDEC’s Program Director. Since joining NDEC in 2011, Manny has served in many capacities. He has been Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships, ESOL Program Coordinator, Case Manager and High School Diploma Program Coordinator, and College and Career Pathways Program Administrator. At NDEC, he has also taught numerous subjects, including multiple levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages, high school courses in World Religions, Film and Popular Culture, and work-readiness programs in Customer Service. Manny was a key part of the NDEC Learning Circle pilot program with Peer 2 Peer University, in partnership with World Education, Inc. Recently, Manny has strengthened the Center's partnerships with The Tierney Learning Center and South Boston en Accion. A native of the Dominican Republic, Manny grew up in the Merrimack Valley. He sees his work at NDEC as an opportunity to unite his two passions, youth and immigrants. He has a strong background in urban youth support and vast knowledge of immigrant affairs, adult education, and career development and advocacy. Manny taught in the Lawrence Public Schools for eleven years. He then served in various capacities at social-service agencies in the Boston area. He attended Evangel College, Northern Essex Community College, Hesser College, and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
Christine Durante - Director of Finance and Human Resources
Christine M. Durante, Esq., is Director of Finance and Human Resources at Notre Dame Education Center. Before joining NDEC, Christine had been Chief Financial Officer of Direx Systems Corp. in Canton, Mass., a high-tech medical device company and service provider. While there, she overhauled the entire accounting system and managed all financial aspects of five separate health care companies. She also served as a consultant on legal questions. Previously Christine was Chief Financial Officer of 21st Century Family Fitness of Norwell, Mass., where she oversaw the expansion and restructuring of the accounting department to support the company’s expansion. She advised on legal issues, commercial leases and contracts, and acted as liaison to outside attorneys, accountants, and consultants. Christine is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston College, summa cum laude, and Boston College Law School. As a Boston College student, she received the Fr. Martin Harney Award for Academic Excellence. She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.