Board of managers
President: Reverend Francisco A. Tolentino
Vice President: Charlene Bauer
Treasurer: Bill Morrison
Clerk: Scott Pollack
Member: Dakeya Christmas
Member: Joel Sklar
Member: Maggie Super Church
chief executive officer
Prior to stepping into the role as the founding CEO of Opportunity Communities, for nearly fifteen years, Ann Houston led The Neighborhood Developers as Executive Director. During Ann’s tenure TND completed over $85 million of real estate development, including the Box District, a recipient of the 2014 Urban Institute Jack Kemp Award for Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing. Recognizing that vibrant neighborhoods are more than buildings, during her tenure TND established Community Engagement programming and CONNECT, a partnership of five non-profits that co-locate financial capability and workforce development services reaching 3,500 clients annually. Ann serves on NeighborWorks America’s national Real Estate Advisory Committee and its Community Stabilization Committee, and is on the board of MHIC, a New England CDFI lender and investor.
John Murray joined The Neighborhood Developers in 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During his service term, John worked to develop more effective and accessible financial education programming. He also worked closely with the Data and Evaluation team, maintaining the Salesforce Database, and facilitating outcomes analysis and reporting. He is pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with the TND staff in his new role at OppCo. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on Cultural Anthropology and a minor in History. He has a passion for mythology and cultural stories.
DATA AND EVALUATION
senior VICE PRESIDENT of learning & Evaluation
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.
Data Analyst & Administrator
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.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
William E. Gordon
Senior Vice President of Real Estate
William E. Gordon (Bill) is an Affordable Housing Real Estate professional with 30 years of experience creating stable and economically vibrant, low and mixed income communities through real estate and economic development initiatives. Bill has primarily worked with non-profits and all of his projects include affordability components that serve a low income population and in many cases require related support services. Bill holds a BA in English and History from Oberlin College, and an MS in International Development Administration from the School for International Training.
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, Monica graduated in 1997 from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. Monica 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.
Sherree Capello joined Opportunity Communities Inc. in April 2019, as Controller. Sherree is directly responsible for managing all the financial operations of the organization as well as financial planning, budgeting, implementing and maintain financial controls as well as the audit. She brings to the organization over two decades of essential combination of non-profit and affordable real estate and development accounting experience in complex organizations gained at Housing Partnership Network Inc. and Rogerson Communities Inc. She is an active member in the community. “I’m very excited to join the team and to add my energies to the mission.”
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.
Vice President of Asset Management
Mary Wambui is an affordable housing professional with 13 years of experience maximizing the value of real estate assets and preserving affordable housing for low income families. Mary also serves as a resident councilor at the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. Mary has a Master’s degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy as well an M.S in International Community Economic Development from Southern NH University. Mary is a CHAM certified housing asset manager. Mary enjoys writing music and singing . Her motto is that “all things are possible to those who believe”.
Mario began working for Nuestra Comunidad as a New Sector Americorps Fellow in 2015 after receiving his B.A. in History and Social Theory and Practice from the University of Michigan. Now a member of the Asset Management team at OppCo, he provides 3rd party asset management services for client CDCs in the Boston area, alongside his work on the Nuestra and TND housing portfolios. During his time at Nuestra, he has also served as project manager for the Asset Management Platform (AMP) web application, building out the system and coordinating with the software developer. He enjoys the ongoing challenge of developing both short and long-term strategy for the properties, and is driven to maintain healthy and supportive communities for the residents he serves.
RE & Technology Analyst
Michael joined Nuestra CDC in April 2018. Prior to joining Nuestra’s Asset Management department, he was a restaurant business manager and data analyst intern. He graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics. His technical background includes data analysis and visualizations which was the one of the initial draws to his current position. Presently he provides 3rd party asset management to neighboring CDC clients within the Boston area. Furthermore, Michael enjoys learning more about the real estate industry and the social benefits our work can bring.
Senior Vice President 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 25 years. She's works remotely for OppCo from her home in Vermont.
Communications project Manager
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.