Board of Directors

Thomas Nee, President
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Tom has been a resident of Arlington since 1995. He 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  member of CHAPA. He 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. Tom sits on HCA Real Estate and Finance Committees.

Neal Mongold, Vice President

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An Arlington resident since 1995, Neal is an architect with The Narrow Gate, a firm specializing in the design of affordable housing and community based projects. A former President of HCA, Neal currently serves on the real estate 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.  Neal strives to keep Arlington a diverse community, affordable to a wide range of families and individuals who care about each other’s values, challenges and dreams. Neal also represents HCA on the Arlington Affordable Housing Trust.

Jonathan Wallach, Treasurer

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Jon is the former Vice President of Resource Insight Inc., an economic consulting firm based in Arlington. He was previously a member of Town Meeting, the Arlington Recycling Committee, and the Town’s Finance Committee. Jon and his wife moved to Arlington in 1989. Jon was a member of HCA for many years before Jon joining the Board in 2015.  Jon sits on HCA’s Finance Committee.

Deirdre Westcott, Clerk

R Deirdre WDeirdre has lived in housing provided by HCA since March 2008, when she and her husband, an employee of a non-profit organization, were having difficulty finding an affordable, de-leaded apartment. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom of two children, she was a financial aid administrator in 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 sits on HCA’s Walk for Affordable Housing Committee.

Danielle Chery

Danielle has worked as a Health Equity Senior Program Coordinator for a health insurance company that served Medicaid/Medicare patients of diverse backgrounds and medical needs. Her work focused on identifying gaps in services, policies, and practices to improve systems in health care for underserved populations. Danielle seeks to apply these skills to help ensure HCA’s work is carried out using an equity lens. Danielle and her daughter have been residents of Arlington and of HCA’s affordable housing for nine years.

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 D.C., 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.

Hakim Husein (photo coming soon!)

Hakim is a Special Education Teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools, a job he secured with support from HCA’s Employment Services program. Hakim has also held positions in the nonprofit and government sectors, largely in Texas, where he grew up. Hakim brings an understanding of the challenges that can be faced by low-income families and immigrants, and he is passionate about building community connections in order to advance social justice.

Abhidnya Kurve

Abhidnya is a Policy Associate at Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) since August 2017. In her current role she coordinates various CHAPA Committees focused on affordable housing production and preservation, public housing and 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). 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.

Matthew Pierce

Matthew is the Chief Lending Officer at Leader Bank. He joined the bank in 2008 as the Vice President of Commercial Lending and has held many roles since. Prior to joining Leader Bank he served as a  Commercial Loan Officer for The Village Bank. During his 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. Matthew continues to work with the commercial loan division to monitor and expand Leader Bank’s portfolio of commercial loans in the communities we serve. Matt sits on HCA’s real estate and finance committees.

Kinjal Singh

Kinjal is the Senior Branch Manager/Vice President at Cambridge Savings Bank for their Arlington Center location. She has worked in banking for 20+ years, including at Brookline Bank and Santander. Kinjal is passionate about the community contribution side of banking. She sits on HCA’s Finance and Annual Walk for Affordable Housing Committees.

Frank Tadley 

Frank is a skilled photographer, who often captures HCA’s events! He also has professional experience in the electronics and automatic speech recognition fields.  Frank is active with local organizations for seniors including Meals-on-Wheels, part of the Minuteman Seniors Service, and the Council on Aging. Frank is a former board member of the Arlington Seniors Association. Frank has lived off and on in Arlington since 1983, and he has been a steady resident of HCA’s affordable housing for 9 years. Frank serves on the Real Estate Committee.

Laura Wiener

Laura is an urban planner with a focus on housing and transportation. Laura spent many years as a planner in Arlington’s Planning and Community Development Department as well as working for the City of Watertown Planning Department. She recently returned to the HCA Board after serving as a Board Member earlier in the organization’s history. Laura is currently a Town Meeting Member and serves on HCA’s Real Estate Committee.

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