Board of Directors

President & Executive Director

Julio Meran is the founder of Merrimack Valley Dream Center and serves as the President and Executive Director. He felt God call him into urban ministry within the Merrimack Valley to bring Hope and the Love of Jesus, to those that are dejected, hurting, isolated, oppressed, addicted and broken emotionally, spiritually, physically. He is currently pursuing a degree in Urban Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Julio is thrilled at how God is clearly at work in the community surrounding the Merrimack Valley Dream Center. Volunteers and those we serve are learning to depend on Jesus, many individuals throughout Lawrence are being transformed by God’s love, lives are literally being saved from destruction and despair through a message of hope in Jesus Christ. He firmly believes that the best is yet to come! Julio is passionate about his 3 kids, people—leading them to follow Jesus and engage in God’s mission in their communities. Julio enjoys spending time with his  kids, hiking, camping, swimming, going to movies and eating out. He works also a Network Engineer at Barracuda Networks.

Vice President

Jeff has served in numerous church ministries and leadership roles for over 20 years. He is excited about the Dream Center’s vision to provide hope and restoration through the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus.

Jeff previously co-directed the Bridge Ministry, and currently serves as a men's leader in the Celebrate Recovery program, where he has the privilege of coaching others through the recovery process.

Jeff has a BS degree in Information Technology and certifications in programming and desktop publishing. He works in the telecommunications field where he has held various roles in the past 25 years: Technician, Engineer, Software developer, and currently as Program/Project Manager.

Jeff is richly blessed by his wife and two grown children. He also has the joy of serving in the music ministry at Granite United Church playing bass and drums.


Roselle Heckendorn currently serves as the Small GroupDirector at Free Christian Church in Andover. She also volunteers at the Womenin Transition correctional facility in Salisbury MA, where she offers the Alphaprogram twice a week and believes God has given her a heart for peoplestruggling with addiction. She is passionate about equipping the church for outreach and seeing the kingdom of God advanced in the Merrimack Valley.

Roselle has an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and has worked in marketing for several multinational companies, including ExxonChemical and ICI. She also taught creative problem solving as part of an MBAcourse for the Open University and was a director of a non-profit restaurant inthe UK. She is a trained spiritual director and meets with women to offerspiritual direction.

Roselle is originally from the UK but moved to the USA in1996 and lives in Andover with her husband David. They have 3 adult childrenwho are all currently living and working or studying on the West Coast. Sheenjoys windsurfing in summer, cross country and downhill skiing in winter andplays tennis year-round – she also loves boards games and cryptic crosswordpuzzles.  administrator – she has helped organizations strengthen their programmatic, operational and organizational strategies in a variety of roles such as: executive director, development associate, operations manager and nonprofit consultant.

Board Member

Nancy has served in various roles in church administration for the past 20 years, and currently serves on the finance team at Free Christian Church in Andover. She also serves on the hospitality team, and volunteers as a prep cook at Cor Unum in Lawrence. She enjoys working behind the scenes to organize and support leaders of various ministries in a combinedeffort to help those in need and share the message of the gospel.Nancy is a graduate of Smith College (German& Physiological Psychology) and lives in Reading with her husband, Ralph.Their son is a college student in Boston. Nancy enjoys playing cards withfriends, as well as sewing.

Board Member

Carolyn Hanson has walked with the Bridge Ministry since 2017.  She felt the call to serve after an experience of extravagant grace in her own life and believes the transforming message of God’s grace is for everyone.  She is grateful to serve on the MVDC Board in an effort to expand its outreach to the Merrimack Valley.  We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can be something to someone. Carolyn works with her husband, Eric, at The Hanson Group in financial services/insurance.  She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in gerontology.  She and Eric raised their four children in Andover and are enjoying the special joys of grandparenthood.