Board of Directors

The Neighborhood Developers’ Board of Directors is composed of residents of the communities we work in and individuals who bring expertise and professional knowledge related to our mission to build great neighborhoods.


Alice Murillo, President
Associate Provost, Bunker Hill Community College


Peter Hollands, Vice President
Sr. Vice President, Boston Private Bank and Trust Co


Bill Morrison, Treasurer
Director, Morrison Consulting


Kristen Janjar, Clerk
Director of Professional Development, Bridgewell


Charlene Bauer
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Metro Credit Union

Dakeya Christmas
Area Director of Sales at Colwen Hotels


Faye Dookharan
Chelsea Resident

Techrosette Leng
City Planner, The City of Revere


Michael Martin
Executive Vice President of Wingate Management Company
Property Management


William H “Tuck” Willis
Chelsea Resident


The Neighborhood Developers Staff


Rafael Mares

Executive Director
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Rafael joined TND in July 2018 excited to work for a community development organization that serves his home community of Revere. Prior to arriving at TND, Rafael was a Vice President at the Conservation Law Foundation leading its Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program area. He is a transportation expert and has advocated successfully for public transportation improvements in New England. Previously Rafael served as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.  Before and during law school, Rafael worked on environmental justice issues in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Boston.  Rafael holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Integrated Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.


Real Estate Development


Aaron WassermAN

Director of Real Estate Development
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Aaron has worked for The Neighborhood Developers' Real Estate Department since 2011, first as a project manager and now as the department's director. He has overseen the construction of several developments that provide affordable homes for families and seniors, as well as the expansion of TND's office for the CONNECT program. As the department's director, he focuses on new opportunities to create affordable homes and community development in Chelsea, Revere and Everett. Aaron holds a master's degree in urban planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. He lives with his wife and son in Roxbury, and likes to garden, play tennis, write music and play with blocks in his spare time.


Cassie Mann

Project Manager
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Cassie joined TND in 2015 after completing a master’s degree in urban planning from Tufts University, focusing on housing and community development. While at Tufts, Cassie worked with Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), and completed a master’s thesis about community land trusts (CLTs). Originally from the Philadelphia area, Cassie attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, before working in politics. She worked for two years as an aide on Capitol Hill, and spent another two years in global health policy and advocacy. She lives in Somerville.


Steve Laferriere

Senior Project Manager
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Steve joined TND in the spring of 2015, after spending five years as a Senior Project Manager at Metro West Collaborative Development. Prior to that, he spent five years developing affordable housing at WATCH CDC. A graduate of Brandeis University, he is passionate about creating high-quality, healthy, safe and affordable homes as a way to strengthen communities and provide individuals and families the stability needed to take advantage of other opportunities. When not thinking about how to make a house a home, Steve enjoys running, writing and spending time with his wife, two children and dog.


CONNECT and Financial Capabilities


Stefanie Shull

CONNECT Director
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Stefanie has 15 years of experience in program design, program implementation, policy analysis, research, and advocacy for public and nonprofit organizations, primarily in the areas of housing, transportation, sustainable economic development, and disaster recovery. She worked for a DC-area consulting firm for eight years before joining a Chicago think tank in 2010. Prior to assuming leadership of the CONNECT Program in Summer 2015, Stefanie served as its Program Evaluation Manager. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School and a B.S. in Economics. Stefanie is the mother of twin boys, and is an avid bicyclist.

Anne Auerbach

Lead Financial Coach
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Ann consider herself a “citizen of the world” having lived in France, Germany, London, Kenya and the US, so she immediately felt at home working at CONNECT where there are so many staff and clients from different cultures and nationalities. She strives to live by the motto of her missionary grandparents: “to make a positive difference in the world and have fun doing it”. Her formal education includes a B.A. from Barnard College (majoring in Education and German) as well as an M.S. in School Psychology from City College Graduate School of Education, and finally a Psy.D. (Doctorate in Psychology) from Rutgers University.


Laura Lucas

Financial Coach
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Originally from the Azores, Laura Lucas came to Boston to study; she earned a Bachelor’s from Northeastern University and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Boston University. After working as a Systems Analyst and Programmer, she transitioned to the Learning and Performance field, and developed a financial empowerment program in Malden. She is currently a Senior Financial Coach at CONNECT who is passionate about interdisciplinary work to advance the economic capacity of immigrant families. Laura utilizes behavioral economics, emerging technologies and social innovation to produce solutions to systemic economic problems.


Lucía Henriquez

Financial Coach
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Chelsea has been my hometown since I arrived from Honduras in 1979. My passion for community involvement and civic participation began in 1988, when I helped form Centro Latino for the Hispanic community here in Chelsea, and where I served as a Board member for three years. I was also an active volunteer at The Chelsea Collaborative for three years, before being hired there as a Community Organizer. Simultaneously, I helped create ROCA’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for at-risk adolescents. My 25 years of work experience have been focused primarily on community organizing efforts and civic community engagement. I was a Program Manager at HarborCOV Emergency Shelter for almost 10 years. In 2005, I was elected to the Chelsea School Committee and am leaving this year after my 10-year tenure. I joined TND/CONNECT in December 2014 after completing the six-month Leadership Fellows program with TND’s Community Engagement Team. One recent personal success this past June was my graduating from Cambridge College with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. I am very proud of my many accomplishments and contributions to my community and hometown, Chelsea, which in turn have helped me grow both personally and professionally.


Community Engagement



Director of Community Engagement and Collective Impact
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Prior to taking on the position of Director of Community Engagement and Collective Impact for The Neighborhood Developers, Vicente was the Director of Community Engagement for a human services agency in Central MA.  Throughout his career Vicente has focused on addressing social justice concerns at the community level through health equity, building community capacity, and leadership development through compassionate strategic actions.  In his current role, Vicente is responsible for stewarding community engagement activities, neighborhood planning, neighborhood revitalization projects, and cross-sector collaborations in Chelsea and Revere. His team of three and the breadth of activities under his purview include the management of extensive community action planning processes with municipalities, businesses, community agencies and residents; and the management of the Chelsea Thrives initiative, a Collective Impact model, now focused on alleviating crime and increasing community safety, a key quality of life driver in Chelsea. Vicente has a Masters in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and is a certified Prevention Specialist.


José Agustin Iraheta Zaldaña

Chelsea Thrives Community Engagement Manager
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Jose lived in Chelsea since 2004 and joined TND in 2014. After graduating from Chelsea High, her attended Hamilton College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies. During his time at Hamilton, he taught Basic English skills to refugees from Vietnam, Russia, Bosnia, Somalia, Burma, and Nepal. After graduating from college he learned about TND and it’s programs to support our community. As a CONNECT client, he got more involved in the community and became the coordinator at a local food pantry. He then signed up as a facilitator for neighborhood meetings and then went on to serve as an interpreter, before beginning his current role in community engagement. He chose to make Chelsea his home, and he feels blessed to know his work is to ensure that my community thrives. He loves his neighborhood, and he wants to work with you and others to make it a great place to live in.


Sharon Fosbury

Senior Community Engagement Manager
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Sharon found her passion for helping others while volunteering and working in Ecuador. It was here that she worked with children in the street markets of Quito and tutored in an after-school program in one of the surrounding communities. She began working in Chelsea as an ESOL teacher at CONNECT. She wanted to help beyond the classroom, so she met with TND's Community Engagement Director at the time and eventually began working as an Americorps VISTA. After a year of service, Sharon became part of the Community Engagement Team at TND, and it is here that she has been able to grow and now has the position of Senior Community Manager.


Resident Services


Monica L. Dean, M.Ed.

Vice President of Resident Services

Originally from Washington, DC, Monica came to Boston for graduate school in 1997 to study Mental Health Counseling at UMASS Boston and earned a Masters of Education degree in 2001.  Prior to that, she graduated in 1997 from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. She lives, works and plays in Roxbury and has done so for the past eighteen years. She loves working with people from all walks of life to support them to live their best life. Her motto is “meet people where they are” in a no judgment zone and support them in any way possible to positively impact their quality of life.


Monica Elias-Orellana

Resident Service Manager

Monica began her career in community work when she was a young teen volunteering for multiple organizations in the city of Chelsea, where she has lived most of her life. She has always lived her life after Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  After graduating Chelsea High, she attended the University of Massachusetts Boston and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology and a Program of Studies Degree in Asian American Studies. In college, while working in an independent studies project, which captured the experiences of Latino immigrants and Southeast Asian refugee experiences, she met Vanny Huot, a great mentor who encouraged me to purse community work. Volunteering for The Neighborhood Developers as well as serving as an AmeriCorps-VISTA , she soon found herself working for The Neighborhood Developers as the Resident Service Manager. In this role, she is able to work with TND residents by connecting them to the community as well as providing them with resources to improve the quality of their life.


Resource Development & Communications


Nancy Turner

Director of Resource Development

Nancy Turner began her career in community development in the international sector, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea and then as a fundraiser at Oxfam America. Through this international community development experience, she learned the value of supporting indigenous efforts and grew to love working with people from all over the world. Fundraising in support of stronger families and equitable communities has remained a career constant. She has worked for community development corporations and the intermediaries that support them for 20+ years. She's written grants for TND since 2003 working remotely from my home in Vermont.

Rachel Van Voorhis

Resource Developer

After many years as the proposal writer for an architectural firm specializing in the expansion and adaptive reuse of historic municipal buildings, I was looking for a change. I learned about TND through a chance conversation with TND’s Director of Resource Development Nancy Turner (a high school classmate), and started at TND in June of 2013 as a volunteer grant writer. In October of 2013, TND hired me to work off site as a grant writer from my home in southeastern Massachusetts. I am inspired by TND’s comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization and have loved learning and writing about the organization’s affordable housing, community engagement and financial capability efforts. Working for TND is consistently challenging and satisfying and I am honored to play a part in its important work. I graduated from Yale with a B.A. in American Studies and Brown with a M.A. in American Civilization and live at the base of Cape Cod with my husband and four children.

Trey Greer

Communications Project Manager
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Trey Greer graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. After university, he joined AmeriCorps where he worked as Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Southwest CARE Center, an HIV clinic in Santa Fe, NM. He then moved to Portland Oregon, taking a position as the Social Media Project Manager for People in Need Partnership. He worked as a freelance designer and writer taking contracts from organizations based out of Austin: Texas Department of Public Safety, The Texas Association of Local Health Officials, and The Austin Public Library among others.  In the summer of 2016, he moved to the Boston metro area.


Heather Vieira

Resource Development Manager

Heather's career started out in the hospitality industry with a focus on sales, marketing, and event planning. She had previously worked at a university arena located in Virginia, convention centers in South Dakota and Connecticut, and a destination management company in Boston. She discovered my passion for fundraising during the time that she worked for the American Heart Association in Connecticut and knew that she wanted to return to a nonprofit. She was excited to join the team at TND and be part of their important mission. She holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and reside in Swampscott with her husband and daughter Emily. In her free time she enjoys coaching girl’s fastpitch softball, cheering on her beloved Red Sox, gardening, reading, and enjoying nature.


Learning, Data & Evaluation


Mary Coonan

Director of Learning and Evaluation, Opportunity Communities
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Mary Coonan has over 30 years of experience in program development and leadership with an emphasis on evaluation both in Latin America and on the U.S east coast. She has been involved in the design and implementation of a revolving loan fund operating in 26 communities throughout Nicaragua; an international microfinance training program for practitioners from over 100 countries; a joint master’s degree program in community economic development between Southern New Hampshire University and the Open University of Tanzania; a workforce development program serving seven family homeless shelters in Boston; and an economic development center partnering with 22 community organizations in the Boston area.


Bianca Ortiz-Wythe

Bianca Ortiz-Wythe grew up in nearby Dorchester in a bilingual, multigenerational household, where she learned the importance of equity and the power that comes from a strong community. After receiving her BA from Northeastern University, Bianca worked as a community organizer on issues such as affordable housing, HUD tenant rights, and single-payer healthcare. While working at TND as a part-time learning and evaluation associate, Bianca is pursuing her PhD at the McCormack School of Public Policy at UMass Boston. Her research interests include social stratification, the politics of poverty reduction, gender, and immigration.


Gaelynn RobertS

Data Analyst & Administrator, Opportunity Communities

Gaelynn Roberts brings seven years of experience as a Database Analyst and Administrator, particularly with the Salesforce platform. He and his team are responsible for the design and implementation of Salesforce across OppCo, The Neighborhood Developers and now Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation. His areas of expertise include System Architecture & Design, Metric Building and User Interface Training. He is an Ohio native who currently resides in Ipswich, Ma. Gaelynn also served several years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, a high school foreign language teacher and is a terrible bagpipe player.





Chief Financial Officer, OppCo

Kris joined TND in August, 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing with her a background in public accounting, Fortune 200 manufacturing, biotech, aerospace, start ups, IPO, and non-profit experience. She enjoys working collaboratively and innovatively, with proven experience in strategic planning and execution, benchmarking and change initiatives. She has co-led a ]building project/move of a manufacturing facility within a six month period, consolidated global facilities, and taken on the challenge of starting an internal audit function for a non-profit that was deemed unauditable. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer for a non-profit in central Massachusetts with operations in New England, the mid-Atlantic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Kris is a CPA, and holds an MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University and a BA in English.

Janine Johnson

Janine Johnson, AR/AP Specialist brings with her over a decade of experience in accounts payable functions. Most recently, she worked for MHSA, where she was the Accounts Receivable Manager. Janine attended Pennsylvania State University and is currently working on her accounting degree at North Shore Community College.  Janine enjoys taking in a good show/movie in her spare time.





Operations Manager, Opportunity Communities

Nadia joined TND in 2017, bringing over 20 years experience in Office Administration and Management. Since serving in the US Army overseas, she’s completed over 100 volunteer hours at non-profits in Boston, and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s in human services.



Administrative Assistant
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Ruby is one of the first people you’ll meet when you arrive at TND! She has her Certificate in Radiology from Quincy Community College and transferred to Northeastern University for Ultrasound training. Ruby believes that adversity should not be a barrier to enjoying one's life to the fullest, and tries to instill this value into others through her warm, interpersonal skills and bubbly personality. She hopes to be successful, finish her education, and be a great role model for her daughter.