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Lesley Bunnell and Teresa Guaba

Teresa Guaba is a life-long resident of Providence. As a first generation Latina, daughter to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, she has dedicated herself to breaking down silos and bringing diverse residents together to take on systemic inequities that have impacted their lived experience. With a background in both business and cross-sector coalition building, Teresa has dedicated herself to organizing neighbors in the South Side and West End of Providence around housing as a social determinant of health through a unifying approach towards civic engagement in historically disenfranchised communities. Her goal is to perpetuate pride in the community of color and elevate resident voice to the highest levels of government in order to create systemic reforms that achieve an overall improved quality of life for all. Lesley Bunnell has been living with her 15 year old daughter, Fiona, in Providence for the past 13 years. She is a fundraiser and grant writer by trade and very active in social justice and the politics of her community. She is a powerlifter, occasionally plays bass in the band Cramptown Mayors, and enjoyed skating with the Providence Roller Derby under the moniker Rosa Sparks. She is currently training for a half marathon and is deeply regretting her decision. She and Fi live in the West End with a very enthusiastic and ridiculous four year-old pit bull named Bernie, and 2 cats: Mr Pibb and Zora, aka Kitty Smalls. Lesley can't drink iced coffee because she houses it too quickly and is obsessed with true crime podcasts. She was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.