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About

Navigators & Offices

Fishermen and their families face a unique set of challenges. And sometimes there’s just no substitute for having a knowledgeable and understanding person to turn to for advice and guidance. Someone to help with insurance questions, finding the right doctor, straightening out your finances—maybe even finding a place to live.

Our Support Services Navigators are here to help with all those problems and more. They are trained Community Health Workers and they understand the kinds of challenges you face because they come from fishing families themselves. And, they know what services are available to fishing families and how to connect you to those services.

Fishing Partnership Support Services Navigators are located in Gloucester, Scituate, New Bedford, and Chatham, Massachusetts—as well as Kennebunk, Maine.

In 2013, our organization was selected as a recipient of a federal Navigator Grant, enabling us to partner with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and add the services of a local Navigator to help their members understand and sign up for health insurance.

Gloucester

Angela Sanfilippo

asanfilippo@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 978-282-4847

Angela comes from seven generations of fishermen. Her father was a fisherman and her husband, brother and son are active commercial fishermen. Angela deeply understands the fishing community and has been serving fishermen and their families since she was a little girl in Sicily. Angela speaks English, Italian and Sicilian dialect.
Angela talks about her fishing heritage

Nina Groppo

ngroppo@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 978-282-4847

Nina’s husband is a commercial fisherman and she has been a Navigator since 2007. Nina speaks both English and Italian, which often comes in handy, especially when trying to decipher Italian documents. Nina (or ‘Crocetta’ to her Italian friends) is also a certified Notary Public.
Nina talks about getting services from our Member Assistance Program

Scituate

Lori Caron

lcaron@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 781-635-0011

Having a commercial fisherman as a partner, Lori understands the unique challenges facing fishermen’s families. To Lori, being a Navigator is not just a job, it’s a way to connect with these families and contribute to the well-being of the community.
Lori describes how she fell in love with fishing

New Bedford

Debra Kelsey

dkelsey@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 508-991-3043

Deb is the wife of a fisherman and gets great satisfaction from being on a team that promotes the health and well-being of fishing families. Whether it’s finding health insurance for a family, making sense of a pile of paperwork or referring people to agencies that can help them make ends meet—you can count on Deb.
Deb talks about bringing health services to the harbor

Verna Kendall

vkendall@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 508-991-3043

Verna is married to a former commercial fisherman and has been a consultant to the fishing industry since 1997. Over the years she’s been a valuable resource for fishing families helping them obtain health insurance, and the right medical attention, get occupational training, find financial assistance—she’s even helped families find housing.
Verna on health insurance

Chatham

Morgan Parker

mparker@fishingpartnership.org
tel: 508-237-9402

Morgan is the daughter of a fisherman and her mother is not only also a fisherman, she was one of the Fishing Partnership’s original Navigators. Prior to becoming a Navigator, Morgan was a co-founder and advocate for a consumer direct market for local and sustainable fish on Cape Cod. She is clearly carrying on the family tradition of providing support and resources to the fishing community.

Kennebunk

April Gilmore

april@mainelobstermen.org
tel: 207-967-4555

April Gilmore is our Maine Navigator, and her focus is educating lobstermen on their new insurance options. For the past several years, she worked with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association as administrator for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, providing outreach support to over 2,400 Maine lobstermen and their families. April comes from a fishing family and her first job was at Gilmore Seafoods—her family’s retail seafood shop in Bath, ME.

Sign up now—membership is free!

If you work in our local commercial fishing industry, at sea or on shore, you and your family are entitled to all the benefits of membership in the Fishing Partnership.

Membership Form

Offices

Main Office
30 Chestnut Avenue, Suite #2
Burlington MA 01803
Map
tel: 617.928.3443
fax: 617.928.3445

Gloucester
2 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930
Map
tel: 978-282-4847 or 1-888-282-8816 (toll-free)
fax: 978.282.4798

Scituate
8 Otis Place
Scituate, MA 02066
Map
tel: 781.635.0011
fax: 978.282.4798

New Bedford
114 MacArthur Drive
New Bedford, MA 02740
Map
tel: 508.991.3043
fax: 508.991.8158

Chatham
3 Champlain Road, Stage Harbor
Chatham, MA 02633
Map
tel: 508.237.9402
fax: 978.282.4798

Kennebunk
Maine Lobstermen's Association
203 Lafayette Center
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Map
tel: 207.967.4555
fax: 866.407.3770