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 Data & Policy Manager 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 a Subject Matter Expert at The Cloudburst Group, and an independent consultant focused on organizations and collaborations. She previously served as CEO of Housing Families Inc, the largest operator of emergency and affordable housing for homeless families north of Boston.
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. As a lifelong community activist, her issues are feminism, social, economic and restorative justice, equality, community gardening and climate change. She has two grandchildren at the Argenziano School.
Mariah Contreras, PhD, is a Lecturer 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.
Jordan Harris currently serves as the Pastor of Connexion, a revitalize United Methodist faith community and East Somerville community center. His passions include using storytelling as a spiritual discipline and leadership tool as well as organizing to do social justice work on behalf of marginalized people, especially within the LGBTQIA community.
Greg Hagan, Interim Clerk 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 Membership & Outreach Coordinator at MATV, Malden's Media Center. He's also serves on the board of the Somerville Media Center. He was previously the Program Assistant for Chelsea Community Schools under the city’s Health and Human Services Department. He graduated from Harvard University Extension School with a Bachelor's in Philosophy & Anthropology. He lives in East Somerville and is actively involved in community and mixed media 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.
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.
Cornelius Prioleau is Vice President and CRA Officer for Century Bank. In this role, he is deeply committed to rebuilding and revitalizing Somerville. He develops and oversees financing solutions for low- to moderate-income residents who dream of home ownership. He provides regulatory expertise and funding opportunities to increase access to grant programs and loans with low down payments.
Claudia Solares has lived in Somerville for five years, and worked for the past 10 years for Cambridge Eating Disorder Center as a cook. She has six children, three of whom graduated from Somerville High School. Another is in 11th grade at SHS, and her two youngest girls are in the CAAS Head Start program. She is currently a full-time at-home mom. Ms. Solares is the Head Start Policy Council's representative on the CAAS Board of Directors.
Paula Vancini is a Certified Management Accountant who brings a wealth of business experience in the areas of finance and accounting, and business process consulting. She received her BSBA from Suffolk University and later completed her graduate work in Accountancy at Bentley University. A lifelong resident of Somerville, Paula is a former CFO/Controller of several high technology companies throughout the US. Currently, she is the principal of her private Accounting & tax firm, as well as Managing Partner of Studio Ablisteaso LLC, a Somerville-based artists studio/workspace. Paula is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a Registered Tax Return Preparer and is a part-time Professor of Accountancy at Bentley University. Paula also sits on the Board of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and the City’s Ethics Commission.