J. David Gibbs has been the Executive Director of Community Action Agency of Somerville since September, 2014. David is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in the legal and nonprofit sectors, including serving as the Executive Director of the Cambridge Community Center and, before that, the Family Institute of Cambridge. He earned a law degree from Boston University School of Law and did his undergraduate work at Princeton University and the Rhode Island School of Design. More recently he attended the highly regarded Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the Boston University School of Management. David served as an attorney at Hemenway & Barnes and Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP before turning his attention to the management of nonprofit organizations. His volunteer activities include serving as a board member and past president of Tutoring Plus in Cambridge and various citizens committees in Somerville, including the Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative and the LOCUS Union Square Strategy Leaders. He was an active participant in the design and implementation of the TCRC-funded "Somerville Residents' Experience of Gentrification" study led by Dr. Laurie S. Goldman in 2016. David and his family live in Somerville. When not working he can often be found hanging off the edge of a cliff rock climbing.
Director of Programs
Donna Cabral joined Head Start as a parent in 1978. In staff positions, she served as a Family Advocate and as the Family Advocate/ Parent Involvement Supervisor before becoming Program Director in 1986. Ms. Cabral has been recognized by the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation (CASPAR) for her work on alcohol and drug abuse for children and families in Somerville. She initiated the New England Fatherhood Conference in 1999 (now in its 13th year) and has presented training sessions and workshops on fatherhood at this conference and at other community organizations. Under her administration, CAAS Head Start received an excellence award from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in 2001 and an award for the fatherhood program in 2002. ACF conducted an in-depth review of CAAS Head Start in 2009, and the program was recognized for its 100% compliance in meeting all Head Start Performance Standards. Ms. Cabral holds an Associate's Degree in Human Development from Wheelock College.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The composition of the CAAS Board of Directors represents the collaboration between three stakeholders in solving poverty: the low-income community of Somerville, the city government, and the Somerville community at large. If you are interested in serving on the CAAS Board, please call our Executive Director at (617) 623-7370 x 102.
Board President - Dan J. Futrell is an elected member of the Somerville School Committee since 2014, and works on data analytics products at a tech company in Cambridge. He holds a Masters Degree from Harvard and previously served five years as an Infantry Captain in the U.S. Army where he commanded at the Platoon and Company levels and was twice deployed to Iraq.
Vice President - Judy Perlman is Manager at CloudBurst Consulting Group. She is the former CEO of Housing Families Inc., the largest operator of transitional and affordable housing for homeless families north of Boston and Executive Director of Tri-City Family Housing.
Vice President - Donna Haynes is Vice President, Community Development Officer and Loan Officer for Leader Bank. The Mayor appointed her to the Somerville High School Building Committee.
Rev. Justin Hildebrandt is the Lead Pastor of College Avenue United Methodist Church in Somerville. He holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
John Ciampa is a founding member of the Community Action Agency of Somerville, and has served on its board for over 20 years. He has been active with a number of Somerville agencies and commissions for 45 Years.
Kristin Haas is the Housing Policy & Resource Specialist at Project Hope, a Roxbury-based multi-service agency that serves homeless and low-income families. Kristin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in Urban Policy & Planning from Tufts University.
Guillermo Hamlin is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at Malden Access Television. He was previously the Program Assistant for Chelsea Community Schools under the city’s Health and Human Services. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies. He proudly serves as Harvard Latino Alumni Alliances Head of Boston Chapter. He lives in East Somerville and is actively involved in community organizing.
Fran Latanowich grew up in Somerville and has always been active in the community. Fran volunteers his time with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, Cambridge/Somerville Elder Services, CAAS Board, and the Head Start Program. He is the Grandmaster of the IOOF of Massachusetts Oddfellows.
Matt Hartman is Chief of Staff for Senator Pat Jehlen of Somerville, where he has worked to address the housing and educational needs of Somerville and the surrounding communities. He holds a law degree from Suffolk University where he was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy.
Mariah Contreras, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She is a developmental psychologist who studies the ways in which families understand, enact, and promote cultural heritage and believes every family has strengths and expertise to share.
Kate Byrne is a master’s prepared nurse who works as a clinician at Pine Street Inn’s housing first program. She is a long time Union Square, Somerville resident, who worked as an organizer for CAAS many years ago.
Greg Hagan has been a pediatrician for almost 30 years. He practices general Pediatrics at the Windsor Street Health Center in Cambridge and is Chief of Pediatrics at the Cambridge Health Alliance. In addition, he is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He and his wife, Leslie Brayton, have lived in Somerville for over 31 years.
Nanci Baren has been an active human rights /non profit worker for decades. She is currently the director of Ruby Rogers Center, on the disability lawyer/paimi board, on the MPLF board, member of Union United, formerly on the Boston Fund Foundation board, former human rights officer. Nanci currently lives & works in Union Sq. Nanci is a homeowner [won the somerville affordable home lottery...the only way she can still live in Somerville] and has been a Somerville resident for over twenty years. She is also an animal rights activist.
Erica Theberge is originally from Cape Cod and has been living in Somerville for just over ten years. Erica has 2 daughters. She is an active member of the Policy Council and volunteers for CAAS Head Start on a weekly basis.