Thomas Nee
President

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Tom Nee has been a resident of Arlington since 1995. Tom has over 20 years of affordable housing experience where he currently works for Caritas Communities Inc. as the Director of Property Management. In his current role he has experience working on projects involving DHCD, HUD, LIHTC, HOME, HIF, HSF, and NSC funding. Tom has his CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation through the Institute for Real Estate Management and is a current member of CHAPA. Tom believes affordable housing can be a core foundation for future success and opportunities. Tom and his wife Maureen are the proud parents of three young sons and they continue to discover the unique opportunities that make Arlington special.

 

Jonathan Wallach
Treasurer

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Jon is Vice President of Resource Insight Inc., an economic consulting firm based in Arlington. He is a former member of Town Meeting and the Arlington Recycling Committee, and currently serves on the Town’s Finance Committee. A member of the Housing Corporation for many years, Jon joined the Board in 2015. Jon and his wife moved to Arlington in 1989.

 

Deirdre Westcott
Clerk

 

R Deirdre WDeirdre Westcott has lived in housing provided by Housing Corporation since March 2008, when she and her husband, an employee of a non-profit organization, were having difficulty finding an affordable, deleaded apartment. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom of two children, she was a financial aid administrator at Boston. Deirdre and her husband are active at the Park Avenue Congregational Church. They are grateful to have the opportunity to live in Arlington and are enjoying its many wonderful parks and events. Deirdre is pleased to be able to serve on HCA’s board and support its mission of providing safe and affordable housing.

Deirdre Westcott has lived in housing provided by the Housing Corporation since March, 2008, when she and her husband, an employee of a non-profit organization, were having difficulty finding an affordable, deleaded apartment. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom of two children, she was a financial aid administrator at Boston. Deirdre and her husband are active at the Park Avenue Congregational Church. They are grateful to have the opportunity to live in Arlington and are enjoying its many wonderful parks and events. Deirdre is pleased to be able to serve on HCA’s board and support its mission of providing safe and affordable housing.

 

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Rich serves as a Branch Manager in the East Arlington Branch of Cambridge Savings Bank, and has spent more than 10 years working in the Town of Arlington.  New to the Board, Rich is happy to have the opportunity to assist in growing affordable housing in Arlington. He grew up in Billerica and currently resides there with his wife and son.  In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing golf and spending as much time with his family as he can.

 

Jan Blodgett

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Jan, originally from New Jersey, but has also lived in Pennsylvania, Georgia, California and Germany, has called Arlington her home for over 30 years. She is currently very active in the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington, a member of the Arlington Interfaith Partnership on Affordable Housing, and the League of Women Voters. Her past experiences have included participating as a Town meeting member as well as Girl Scout Leader and PTO Committee member. Jan works as a Project Associate for the Family-to-Family Project, and has a strong commitment to involve families that have a stake in the community be more active and participate in helping Arlington to become more affordable.

 

Jack Cooper

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Jack is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants. For over 20 years with the first statewide public housing resident organization in the United States, he has worked with grassroots organizations and public agencies in Massachusetts and Washington DC developing public and affordable housing polices and supportive service planning. Jack also served as a member of the US HUD Operating Rule Making Committee and of the US HUD’s Public and Assisted Housing Training Team, which trained over 5,000 public housing residents and managers on the New Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act.

Jack currently acts as Vice President of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the Commonwealth’s largest research planning and advocacy group for housing and community issues. He also Chair’s CHAPA’s Public Housing Committee, an open committee which has as participants MassNAHRO, Mass Law Reform, local housing authorities, affordable housing consultants, not-for-profit organizations, public housing residents and the Department of Housing of Community Development.

 

Mareshia Donald, PhD

Mareshia Donald is a Scientific Programs Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Partner at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. She has been a resident of Arlington since 2006 and lived in Housing Corporation owned housing while pursuing graduate studies at Brandeis University. Her service through HCA allows her to align both her personal and professional lives with access, equity and social justice. She lives in Arlington with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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Alex has been a resident of Arlington since 2011.  He has been involved in affordable housing policy, finance, and development since 2000 and is currently a Real Estate Consulting Manager at CohnReznick, a national public accounting firm that specializes in affordable housing and tax credits.  Alex is active in HCA’s real estate committee.  He is proud to be a part of HCA’s efforts to keep Arlington affordable for low and moderate income people that want to stay in such a great community.

 

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An Arlington resident since 1995, Neal is an architect with The Narrow Gate, a small firm specializing in the design of affordable housing and community based projects. A former President of HCA, Neal currently serves on the development and finance committees. Former affiliations include volunteering at Rosie’s Place Homeless Shelter, the Boston Society of Architects,Task Force to End Homelessness, and Arlington’s Affordable Housing Task Force.  A parent of two young boys, Neal strives to keep Arlington a diverse community, affordable to a wide range of families and individuals, and his desire is that people of varying economic and social backgrounds have the opportunity and necessity to interact and understand each other’s values, challenges and dreams.

 

Mary-Anne Morrison

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Mary-Anne retired from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in April 2011, having served as its Director of Rental Assistance with oversight responsibility for its 27,000 unit federal and state rental assistance portfolio, the Commonwealth’s nine Housing Consumer Education Centers and the Rental Assistance for Families in Transition Program. She began her affordable housing career working on public housing issues in 1971. In 1975, she was asked to assist in the start-up of DHCD’s first allocation of 1,056 Section 8 units. For the following 36 years until her retirement, Mary-Anne shepherded DHCD’s Section 8 program’s growth to 19,500 units, making it the country’s seventh largest Housing Choice Voucher Program and one of its most diversified, with numerous set-asides for special populations, a very large project-based voucher component, and the sixth largest Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) voucher program in the nation.

In addition to serving on HCA’s board, Mary-Anne is a Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) board member. She is a volunteer Field Study Guide at the Arnold Arboretum and she serves on the Curriculum Committee at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UMass Boston.  At OLLI she teaches classes in a variety of areas in which she has passionate amateur interests, including art history and botany.  She and her husband, John, and their two children (now living in CA) moved to Arlington in 1987.

Matthew Pierce

Mr. Pierce joined the Leader Bank team in September 2008 as the Vice President of Commercial Lending. Prior to joining Leader Bank, Mr. Pierce served as a  Commercial Loan Officer for The Village Bank. In 2011, Mr. Pierce was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Commercial Lending division.  With over twenty years of experience in commercial lending, Mr. Pierce has taken on the additional responsibilities within department to grow the portfolio to where it is today. During Mr. Pierce’s time at Leader Bank, the commercial loan division has been a recipient of the distinguished Preferred Lender status by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Leader Bank has also received multiple awards such as the Lender of the Quarter, as well as one of the top lenders to small businesses by the SBA. Mr. Pierce continues to work with the commercial loan division to monitor and expand Leader Bank’s portfolio of commercial loans in the communities we serve.

Brian Smith

Brian has been a resident of HCA’S Capitol Square since becoming a quadriplegic in 2013. He currently performs community outreach for United Spinal Cord Association, The Miami Project and recently biked miles to raise money for kids with cancer. Prior to his injury he sold Caterpillar and Volvo construction equipment and was in his third year of running his own business. His favorite accomplishment was running 5 Boston Marathons for Dana Farber Patient Partner program.  In his free time he enjoys cycling with his son Sam.

Jillian Flynn

As a member of the Credit & Incentives team, Jillian assists with the team’s efforts around monetizable federal and state tax credits, including the Low Income  Housing Tax Credit, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, renewable energy investment and production tax credits, and New Markets Tax Credit. Services provided in this area include financial modeling (project level and corporate level), strategic advisory, tax advisory, accounting support, and financial and transaction due diligence. Jillian’s particular focus is on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

She is a primary member of the LIHTC due diligence team, providing consulting and advisory services to LIHTC syndicators and investors. The team’s primary services include providing real estate and tax due diligence services for national and regional multi-investor institutional funds and evaluating tax credit syndication companies. Prior to joining EY in 2011, Jillian spent seven years in the affordable housing industry in both the public and nonprofit sectors, including two years at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. As a member of the Department of Housing Development staff, Jillian was a program manager for a number of federal and state affordable housing programs, including the federal HOME program and several state bond programs.

Abhidnya Kurve

Abhidnya is a Policy Associate at Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) since August 2017. In her current role she coordinates various CHAPA Committees focused on Affordable Housing Production & Preservation, Public Housing & Rental Assistance, and Homelessness to develop strategy and advocate for affordable housing. She also coordinates a cross-sector Coalition, On Solid Ground, as a part of CHAPA’s policy team. Abhidnya has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS University). She has been living in the U.S. since 2014 and has prior experience working in Policy and Communications at the Massachusetts Public Health Association.

Frank Tadley 

Frank has lived on and off in Arlington since 1983 and in the Boston area since 1974. Frank first worked in the electronics field then in the automatic speech recognition field until 2004.  He has been a resident of HCA housing for the last five years.Since 2006 he has work with seniors in Arlington, first doing Meals-on-Wheels, then managing the meal site at the Arlington Senior center for Minuteman Seniors Service then as Program Coordinator for the Arlington Seniors Association.  He has run the computer classes, current events and computer help for the last 2 years.  Currently he helps keep seniors in their homes for Home Instead. He is also on the board of the Arlington Seniors Association.