Born and raised in Methuen, Diana has long believed in reengaging the people in her community with the democratic process. She understands making progress requires stepping out of one’s comfort zone and requires both strength and determination. It is not easy to bring about accountability and change, but Diana knows both are needed on Beacon Hill. To Diana, there is no doubt that, with the help of the community, a difference can be made for the better in the 14th Essex District.
A graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, Diana is also the recipient of an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Middlesex Community College. She is a Methuen High School graduate.
Prior to her election to serve the 14th Essex District, Diana worked for multiple non-profit, community based organizations and was a small business owner. She worked as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives before accepting a position as chief-of-staff to Edward A. Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM). Her experiences in both the private and public sectors inspired her to give back to her community through public service and led Diana to her current position as State Representative for the 14th Essex District.
During her second term in office, Diana:
– Secured $1 million toward public safety improvements along Route 114 in North Andover, matched in a 50-50 public-private partnership by Merrimack College
– Secured $125,000 in funds to assist Haverhill’s Career Resources Corporation (CRC) in its initiative to help disabled veterans who are seeking employment opportunities
– Secured $40,000 in funding toward facility repairs at Berry Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest
– Secured $25,000 toward the Lawrence-Methuen Community Coalition (LMCC)’s recently formed Merrimack Valley Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative
– Filed legislation in the Massachusetts House of Representatives prohibiting the prescription of OxyContin to children under age 17
– Filed amendments adopted into comprehensive House legislation to address opioid addiction in the Commonwealth to: prohibit the advertising of opiates in doctor’s offices; require cautionary statements on opiate medications outlining their risks; update Massachusetts’ Protective Custody Law to protect those under the influence of heroin or other drugs; and allow for additional funding to address substance abuse in hard-hit communities.
– Secured $25,000 toward Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. (GWL) for its Green Team youth jobs program.
– Filed legislation to establish a task force on protecting elderly and disabled persons residing in public housing
– Hosted Foster Kids Awareness Day and Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day at the State House
– Passed legislation to exempt active duty military members from paying motor vehicle excise taxes while serving
– Passed legislation to improve mental health, suicide prevention and transition services for veterans
– Hosted Young Women Empowerment and Career Day at Lawrence High School and Methuen High School
– Hosted Civic Education Day at North Andover Middle School
– Worked alongside the Methuen legislative delegation to secure $400,000 toward renovations for Nicholson Stadium at Methuen High School