Office: City Councilor District: At-Large Address: 11 Kensington Heights Worcester, MA 01602 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: BergmanM@worcesterma.gov
Morris A. Bergman of 11 Kensington Heights, a Worcester attorney in private practice, is serving his fifth two-year term as a Councilor-at-Large. He previously served two terms as a member of the City of Worcester Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves as a docent for Preservation Worcester.
He is a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Jurist Doctorate from Boston University.
He is married to Wendy (Bonnett) Bergman, MD and is the father of three children, Max, Micah and Hanna, and also has one dog, Lucy.
Office: City Councilor District: At-Large Address: 10 Homer Street Worcester, MA 01602 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: ColorioD@worcesterma.gov
Donna M. Colorio of 10 Homer Street, an educator and businesswomen, is serving her second two-year term as a Councilor-at-Large. She previously served two two-year terms as a member of the Worcester School Committee.
Office: City Councilor District: At-Large Address: 9 Victoria Avenue Worcester, MA 01607 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: KingK@worcesterma.gov
Khrystian E. King, LL.D, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. was born in Massachusetts to Leon and Gloree King, who emigrated from the island of Bermuda. Khrystian has been a licensed social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for the last 23 years. He has worked tirelessly to protect, support and empower children and their families throughout the Worcester Area. He also serves as Regional Vice President of SEIU Local 509’s DCF Chapter. Khrystian is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws conferred by Wheaton College in 2020, for his advocacy for the empowerment of Worcester's children, youth and families.
In 2016, Councilor King became the first African American man to serve since 1936 and the first African American man to ever be elected city-wide. He is a cofounder of Black Families Together, a Worcester organization that addresses systematic racism. He is also a cofounder of the Black and Latinx Municipal Caucus, a statewide group of BIPOC elected officials. Councilor King is serving his fourth two-year term as Councilor-at-Large.
Khrystian attended Holy Name and St. Peter-Marian high schools. He graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology, and later earned his Master of Social Work from Simmons College and a Master of Public Administration (MPA)-Certified in Public Management and Leadership from the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University.
Khrystian is married to Tatiana King M.S.W. / L.C.S.W. and has three beautiful daughters: Jailyn, Alexandria and Leiyani. His eldest daughter Jailyn is also a M.S.W. / L.C.S.W. clinician. The King family is a family of social workers in the City of Worcester.
Office: City Councilor District: At-Large Address: 27 Wachusett Street Worcester, MA 01609 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: NguyenT@worcesterma.gov
Thu Nguyen (pronoun: they/them) of 27 Wachusett Street, Director at the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA, is serving their first two-year term as Councilor-at-Large.
Councilor Nguyen graduated from Claremont Academy and earned their Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Sociology from Clark University. Over the last decade, they have dedicated their career to movement building with communities on the ground and serving our young people from working at the Worcester Youth Center to the City of Worcester's Division of Youth Opportunity.
Councilor Nguyen believes in a political reimagination of Worcester and nationally, where our government uplifts and holistically serves everyone. Invested in the notion of social justice, they commit their time and efforts in community (re)building, advocacy and enjoying sunsets while investigating and navigating the intersectionality of identity, systems and openings for collective care and healing.
They are a proud queer, Vietnamese, nonbinary refugee.
Office: City Councilor District: At-Large Address: 50 Ideal Road Worcester, MA 01604 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: ToomeyK@worcesterma.gov
Kathleen M. (Kate) Toomey of 50 Ideal Road is a Post Release/Integration Specialist with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. She has worked in the Addiction Field for almost a decade and believes it is critical that we change the status quo and provide true support for those choosing to become substance-free and provide support for individuals and families. Kate has nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare industry and almost three decades of experience in community and external affairs. She is also a member of District Attorney Early's Opioid Task Force for Central MA. She has also been a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and an Art Therapist.
Kate is serving her ninth two-year term as a Councilor-at-Large. She previously served three two-year terms as a member of the Worcester School Committee.
She is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy in Boston. She received a BA in Art/Education from Regis College, Weston and earned graduate credits in Public Administration from Northeastern University, Boston.
Councilor Toomey believes that community policing and special efforts to protect the public's safety should be our highest priority. She also considers efforts to promote business expansion within the city limits and initiatives to improve the quality of life to be areas of priority.
She is married to Stephen R. Toomey and is the mother of two daughters, Mary Kate and Ruth Tinsley, one son Richard Stephen II and Nana to two grandsons.
Sean M. Rose of 14 Dubiel Drive is the President and CEO of Thrive Support & Advocacy, a nonprofit agency serving developmentally disabled children and adults in Marlboro, MA. He is also the Founder/Owner of Point School, a young adult Gap Year program in Puerto Rico. He is serving his third two-year term as District One Councilor.
District One generally includes the following neighborhoods: Salisbury Street, Westwood Hills, Assumption College, Hancock Hill, Grove Street, Holden Street, Indian Hill, Indian Lake, Greendale, the Summit, Quinsigamond Community College, upper Burncoat, Clark Street, Lincoln Village, Great Brook Valley, Curtis Apartments, Montvale and Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic Districts, Hammond Heights, Bancroft Tower, Winter Heights and Richmond/Flagg.
Sean is a graduate of Middleboro High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in liberal arts from Lesley University and was awarded a Master's Degree in education and school administration from American International College. He is also a certified K-8 Principal.
Councilor Rose believes that community partnership is the key to successfully enabling youth, families, schools and businesses to meet their full potential.
Sean is married to Maureen (White) Rose and is the son in law of former Senator, Thomas P. White. Maureen and Sean are the proud parents of four children.
Candy F. Mero-Carlson of 42 Benedict Road, a labor relations executive with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, is serving her fourth two-year term as District Two Councilor.
District Two generally includes the following neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Lincoln Street, Brittan Square, lower Burncoat, UMass, Lake Avenue north of Hamilton Street, Bloomingdale, Shrewsbury and Franklin Streets, Poet's Hill, Plumley Village, downtown east of Main Street, WPI, Chadwick Square, the Canal District north of Kelley Square and Grafton Hill north of Hamilton Street.
George J. Russell of 30 Dolly Drive, a licensed Real Estate broker, is serving his sixth two-year term as District Three Councilor.
District Three generally includes the following neighborhoods: Grafton Hill south of Hamilton Street, Rice Square, Billings Square, Union Hill, upper Vernon Hill, Massasoit, Edgemere, Granite Street, Lake Avenue, Quinsigamond Village and College Hill.
Councilor Russell is a graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Worcester State University. Councilor Russell has been a Realtor for 3 decades and has successfully completed many advanced industry courses in Real Estate and Land Use. He is a State approved Real Estate Instructor.
Councilor Russell a life-long District resident and District business owner.
He is married to the former Nancy Foster and is father to an adult daughter, Caroline.
Councilor Russell is an active advocate for District issues and can be found at most neighborhood meetings and Crime Watch Meetings.
He is a past Chairman and member of the Worcester Planning Board where he helped author the Worcester Zoning Ordinance. Neighborhood groups have recognized Councilor Russell with the "Friend of Lake Award" and the "Champion of Union Hill Recognition."
Councilor Russell knows that being a District Councilor means constituent services and he is always available to District residents and businesses to assist and advise.
Office: City Councilor District: 4 (Wards 8 & 10) Address: 7 Lucian Street Worcester, MA 01603 Office Number: 508-799-1049 Email: RiveraSA@worcesterma.gov
Dr. Sarai Rivera of 7 Lucian Street is serving her sixth two-year term as District Four Councilor. Councilor Rivera has worked professionally within the Worcester Community in the field of human services and mental health since 1988 and has extensive experience in the areas of community mental health, and interventions for multicultural populations in urban settings as well as community organizing. She has specialized in crisis interventions, trauma, group work, individual therapy and pastoral counseling for adults, adolescents and families. She has developed and implemented clinical and psycho-educational programs for adolescents and adults with a joint publication in 1997 in the American Psychiatric Association (Nuevos Horizontes a Latino Day Program).
District Four generally includes the following neighborhoods: Green Island, Kelley Square, lower Vernon Hill, the Canal District south of Kelley Square, Four Corners, Main South, South Worcester, Piedmont, Crown Hill, downtown west of Main Street, Gardner/Kilby/Hammond, Clark University, Webster Square and Highland Street east of Park Avenue.
Doctor Sarai Rivera is Puerto Rican, born in Bronx, New York. She came to Worcester Massachusetts at the age of four, where she was raised and educated through College. Mrs. Rivera is an alumna of Worcester State College (Bachelors of Science- Psychology); the University of Connecticut School Social Work (Masters in Social Work - concentration in Clinical and Group Work) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctorate in Urban Ministries - publication Developing Agents of Shalom: Leadership Development for Community Transformation - specific focus on Latino Leadership).
Dr. Sarai Rivera has dedicated her life's work to issues of social justice. She began early in her career working with high-risk children, youth and families that were often part of the State's protective or juvenile system. She also began working intensively in the field of major mental illness for youth and adults. This led to her work with youth, adults and families from marginalized and stigmatize communities, where she helped to advocate and participate in creating evidence-based models of intervention. She now continues with the same passion working on the implementation of social policy that helps bring forth equity in the following areas: Health Equity, Youth Violence Prevention and intervention Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Undocumented Minors (and Asylum Seekers), Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Combating Racism and Educational Equity.
Ordained in 2000, Rev. Dr. Rivera co-founded Christian Community Church with her husband, the Rev. Jose Encarnacion. They are co-pastors of the successful urban ministry that is a catalyst for change through faith in action and community organizing. She is the Recipient of various awards and recognitions for her work and dedication both locally and abroad.
Etel Haxhiaj, of 4 Englewood Avenue, Director of Public Education and Advocacy at Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, is serving her first two-year term as District Five Councilor. Councilor Haxhiaj works on federal and state legislation to prevent homelessness and increase affordable housing. She also worked as an organizer for Mothers Out Front, organizing local moms for a livable climate.
District Five generally includes the following neighborhoods: Columbus Park, Stafford Street, Heard Street, Main Street from Webster Square to Cherry Valley, Airport Hill, Botany Bay, Mill Street, June Street, Neighborly Newton, Newton Square, Worcester State College, Tatnuck, West Tatnuck, Beaver Brook and Moreland Hill.
She received a Bachelor degree from Clark University in International Development and Social Change, and a Master's Degree in Community Development & Planning from Clark University.
Councilor Haxhiaj believes that in order to build a district and city for all people, we need to have a transparent, open and accessible local government to all residents. She also believes that housing is a right, equity should be at the center of all decision-making, all children deserve a livable climate and economic development should benefit all neighborhoods.
She is mom to her two beautiful boys, Danny and Luke, students in Worcester Public Schools, and lives close to her mom, Angelina.