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.

 

Pamela Baldwin

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Pamela has served as Deputy Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies since 1997 and has lived in Arlington since 2007. She is delighted to be living in a community where she can walk her daughters to school every day and have the opportunity to work directly on housing advocacy and affordability issues after being involved in housing policy, research and education for so many years. She is active in the Peirce PTO and co-chairs the school fundraising committee. A longtime non-profit manager, at Harvard Pamela oversees the Joint Center’s educational and outreach programs, directs external relations and communications activities, and manages resource development, financial administration, grantwriting and grants administration.

 

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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.

 

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Marc has been a resident of Arlington for over 10 years.  He is active on HCA’s finance and executive committees.  Marc is the Executive Director at NewVue Communities and is committed to helping make Arlington a diverse community.  Marc is also an Arlington Town Meeting member and involved with Arlington Soccer.

 

Alex Hassinger                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Alex Hassinger

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.

 

Neal MongoldR Neal

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.

 

Marylou Vest

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Marylou is a life-long Arlington resident. Marylou graduated from Arlington High School in 1979 and managed the Chateau Restaurant for many years. She has a wonderful husband and four beautiful boys. Her son, James, has been sick all of his life. He was diagnosed with childhood cancer when he was four months old, but is now in remission. Living in Arlington has been a blessing for Marylou, as her community has helped support her family during tough times. More recently she has been unable to work because of double bypass surgery and rheumatoid arthritis. Marylou and her family live in housing provided by HCA, which has allowed them to manage their finances during her son’s sickness. She has decided to give back to HCA by becoming a board member and wants to assist the organization in serving people who need affordable housing or who may be at risk of homelessness.