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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Madeline Mendoza, 37

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Victor M. Archila, Lilian Radke, Madeline Mendoza and Che Anderson.

Homeownership program manager

NewVue Communities, Fitchburg

Lives: Fitchburg

Birthplace: Worcester

The Worcester native has been instrumental in bringing homeownership and financial literacy to North Central Massachusetts. Mendoza, an employee of NewVue since she was 19 years old, began work as part of the Massachusetts jobs training program as a front desk attendant and worked her way through the ranks to administrative assistant, property manager, housing counselor and now manager of the housing services department. She oversees three housing counselors and programs like first-time homebuyers, financial coaching and foreclosure prevention. She has expanded the company's geographical reach to all of North Central Massachusetts. Mendoza, who is both bilingual and bicultural, introduced a bilingual homeownership program to the area and launched an online program to allow residents in rural areas to access MassHousing programs. Fitchburg's North of Main neighborhood, one of the more economically depressed in the area, is getting a big helping hand from Mendoza, who started a downpayment program and helps homeowners access cash. The mom of three boys volunteers with the Spanish American Center and the Clinton Seventh Day Adventist Church. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “Madeline is a financial literacy evangelist, using her considerable knowledge to improve the financial fluency of an at-risk community.”

Who is most responsible for your accomplishments? God is first and then my mother, a single mother raising four kids at a young age. She taught me to make education important, not limit my choices, and not give up when faced with challenges.

Which actress is most like you? Julia Roberts. She is always smiling and laughing, mirroring who I am.

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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