The composition of the CAAS Board of Directors represents the collaboration between three stakeholders in solving poverty: the low-income community of Somerville, local government, and the Somerville community at large. If you are interested in serving on the CAAS Board, please contact us today.


Kristin Haas, President, 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.

Judy Perlman, Vice President, 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.

Erica Theberge, Vice President, 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.

Kate Byrne, Treasurer, 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.

Dan Futrell, Clerk, is an elected member of the Somerville School Committee since 2014, and currently serves as Vice President of Operations at a national affordable housing nonprofit. 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.

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 board, on the MPLF board, member of Union United, formerly on the Boston Foundation board, former human rights officer. Nanci currently lives in Union Square. Nanci is a homeowner and has been a Somerville resident for over twenty years. She is also an animal rights activist.

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.



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.

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 Department. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies. He proudly serves as the head of the Boston Chapter for Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance. He lives in East Somerville and is actively involved in community organizing.

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.

Donna Haynes, has been a Banker for almost 30 years, working for over 20 years in Somerville.  She most recently worked as the Vice President and Community Reinvestment Officer for Central Cooperative Bank in Davis Square. She currently serves as a Trustee at Mayor’s request on the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, as Treasurer for the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council, as Treasurer for the YWCA Malden, and as a Board Director for the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston.

Rev. Justin Hildebrandt is the Lead Pastor of Connexion 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.

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.