Meet our Team
Caitlin Joseph, community manager
I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in marketing communications and a concentration in career writing. During my senior year at JWU I had the unique experience of interning for an international wedding publication - Grace Ormonde Wedding Style - where I gained a tremendous amount of work experience, that led me to my future endeavors in marketing, publishing, and event management. I also spent a few years as a personal trainer, exploring my life long passion of fitness, and helping others to live healthier lives and reach their goals.
My family and friends. My community. Love. Honesty. Inclusion. Setting goals, and reaching them (yours and mine). And finding something to smile or laugh about every single day.
For years as a child I attended piano lessons with local musician and music teacher Aldo DeRossi. With his guidance, and practice, I brought home numerous trophies from yearly state competitions. Organized sports won me over a short while later, and I stopped playing piano. But I hope to start playing again one day!
Jessica Bregoli, gallery director
I am a woman that wears many hats! I have been a landscaper on and off for over 20 years, I have managed a handful of restaurants and retail stores, I am a sculpture artist and the executive director for Steeple Playhouse. Art has always been a part of my life and I graduated with my BFA in Sculpture from UMASS Dartmouth.
Honesty, friendship, love and the community in which I am lucky to be a part of. (And as many beach days as I can get with my friends and family.)
I have travelled the country many times, and lived in five different states.
Sarah Athanas, co-founder & owner
I directed a web-development team in Buenos Aires, followed by several years of work as a marketing consultant. I also directed and filmed a documentary while living in southern Chile. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in studio art.
Belonging to a community. Helping people thrive and grow. Finding ways to express myself creatively. Making time for adventure in the mountains and the ocean. My Zen sangha.
I traveled by bicycle and raft for about 6 weeks while filming my documentary in the Patagonia region of Chile. We slept under the stars, made friends with strangers, and drank copious amounts of yerba mate.
The Groundwork Story
Groundwork was founded in 2014 by myself (Sarah Athanas) and Dena Haden. At that time I had returned to live in Massachusetts after spending a few years in South America. Specifically, I spent a year in the Patagonia region of Chile as a volunteer English teacher. Later I returned south to direct a web and marketing team and ended up spending three years in Buenos Aires.
While living in South America, particularly in the large and crowded city of Buenos Aires, I became accustomed to living in close proximity with strangers. I found people there to have less personal boundaries, which was alarming at first but soon became the new normal and something I learned to enjoy.
I returned to the United States as a marketing freelancer working from home and quickly felt depressed from loneliness and isolation. I realized that we have so much personal space in our country that we have forgotten how to relate to each other. Add our increased daily screen time and the polarizing effects of social media, and you have a serious loneliness epidemic.
Groundwork is an effort to counteract that loneliness by encouraging face to face interaction. I believe that we as a people are happier, more empathetic, and more productive when we work alongside others. It has been a challenging and rewarding journey to start a coworking space here in New Bedford, a re-emerging city with a lot of heart and great potential. I am grateful for the Groundwork community and everyone who has helped us along the way.
I hope you will come visit us sometime soon. If you don't live locally, go find a community in your city or town that makes you happy!