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BCC Staff

Our staff is committed to putting their expertise to work for underserved communities. At BCC, we share a desire for excellence and for justice; where these two values intersect is where we do business. From our senior managers to our mortgage loan originators and administrators, we are passionate about building vibrant, healthy communities.

Senior Management

Elyse D. Cherry

CEO Boston Community Capital
President Boston Community Venture Fund, Aura Mortgage Advisors and NSP Residential

Elyse D. Cherry

Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital, and President of its affiliates, Boston Venture Fund, Aura Mortgage Advisors and NSP Residential. Ms. Cherry helped found Boston Community Capital in 1984 as a member of its original Board of Directors. Since then, Ms. Cherry has been integrally involved in the development and growth of Boston Community Capital from a start-up organization to what is, today, a national model for community investment.  During Ms. Cherry’s fourteen-year tenure as CEO, she has spearheaded two successful rounds of aggressively implemented strategic planning and has grown assets under management by a factor of more than thirty-five.  Under her leadership, Boston Community Capital has grown from a single, debt-based business line to a multi-tiered organization that includes two double bottom-line venture funds, a national tax credit program, a mortgage brokerage, a mortgage lender aimed at stabilizing urban neighborhoods, a real estate acquisition entity, and an alternative energy initiative focused on controlling utility costs in multi-family affordable housing developments.

Since 1992, Ms. Cherry has served on the boards of directors of more than a dozen privately held companies including Pilgrim Insurance Company, Zipcar, and Acelero Learning.  In addition, Ms. Cherry is an active civic leader. She is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Foreclosure Impacts Task Force, appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  She serves on the Board of The Forsyth Institute, the Dean’s Council of Northeastern University Law School, the Mission Driven Investment Committee of the Kellogg Foundation, and the external Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.  She served as a member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s nineteen-member statewide transition team. She is a recent past Chair of both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Mass Equality, an organization dedicated to the establishment and protection of civil marriage for the GLBT community.  She has also served as Vice Chair of Opportunity Finance Network, a national organization of community development financial institutions.  Ms. Cherry is a frequent panelist and speaker at national conferences.   She is also an avid traveler, particularly in the developing world.

Ms. Cherry is an attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, now known as Wilmer Hale, where her transactional practice focused on commercial real estate finance and development.  In 1992, Ms. Cherry left Hale and Dorr to become Vice President and Counsel of SRB Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation.  She subsequently served as CEO of Earthwide Products Corporation, an investment fund targeting environmental businesses.  Early in her career, Ms. Cherry served as a field examiner at the New England region of the National Labor Relations Board and as a VISTA volunteer in rural Tennessee.   Ms. Cherry is a graduate of Wellesley College (1975) and the Northeastern University School of Law where she delivered the student commencement address.  MA Licensed Loan Officer (NMLS # 649173).

 

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3657

DeWitt Jones

President BCC Solar Energy Advantage
President Boston Community Managed Assets

DeWitt Jones

DeWitt (Dick) Jones is Executive Vice President of Boston Community Capital and President of BCC’s Boston Community Managed Assets and BCC Solar Energy Advantage (SEA) affiliates.  He has served as a member of BCC’s leadership team since it was established in 1985 and is also a director of the Boston Community Venture Fund and Boston Community Loan Fund. Dick leads and oversees BCC’s sustainable development activities, including its Energy Advantage Program, renewable energy initiatives under SEA, and WegoWise. Under his leadership, SEA has developed approximately 2.4 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity on affordable housing developments and community facilities and is one of the largest third-party solar PV owners in the state.  Dick was a co-founder of WegoWise and has served as its board chair since it was established.

Prior to joining BCC, he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group and served as a VISTA volunteer from 1980-1981.  He was a founding member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and served on its board from 1988-1996 where he chaired its Financial Services and Public Affairs committees. From 1991-1998, Dick was co-owner and treasurer of Maria and Ricardo's Tortilla Factory, a national industry leader located in Boston's inner-city.   He currently serves on the board of Boston Day and Evening Academy, a public charter high school serving over-age high school students. 

Dick’s prior board experience includes serving as Board president of the Penikese Island School, a wilderness school for boys in trouble with the law, and as the treasurer of the Center for Women and Enterprise, a regional women’s business development center.  He has been appointed by Boston Mayor Menino to serve on the city’s Renew Boston Advisory Committee its Blue Ribbon Task Force on Housing Finance.

Dick is a graduate of Harvard College and the Kennedy School of Government. He is a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2008, Dick and his wife, Viki Bok, received the City of Boston’s Green Residential Award.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3580

Andrew Chen

CFO Boston Community Capital
CEO WegoWise

Andrew Chen

Andrew joined Boston Community Venture Fund (BCVF) in 1998 as a Venture Officer to assist in the management of BCVF’s initial fund.  He is currently a Managing Director with continuing responsibilities for the Venture Fund’s two funds. As Chief Financial Officer for BCC, he is responsible for the financial management and budgeting efforts of the organization.   Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors or actively monitors several of BCVF’s portfolio companies. He also serves as the CEO of WegoWise, Inc.

Prior to joining BCVF, Andrew headed an investment firm specializing in start-up companies in the advanced materials industry.  He was also a general partner in two real estate investment and development syndicates.

Andrew has a doctorate from MIT in Technology, Management and Policy, where his research focused on materials processing and technology commercialization. He also holds Master’s of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively. 

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3667

Michelle Volpe

President Boston Community Loan Fund

Michelle Volpe

As Loan Fund President, Michelle has overall responsibility for the Loan Fund’s lending activities, including raising capital, staff training and supervision, production, financial management, building external relationships and new business lines, loan and portfolio monitoring, and social impact reporting. She directs Loan Committee meetings and reports on Loan Fund results to the BCC Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Loan Fund President she was Team Leader/ Senior Loan Officer. In this position she managed a four person lending team, a loan portfolio of approximately 100 loans and net loan exposure of approximately $200 million.

Michelle has 18 years of experience structuring financial transactions for charter schools, social service providers, and non-profit and for-profit real estate developers across New England and down the East Coast. Before joining BCC, she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Bay Bank of Boston, and before that at Management Sciences for Health, a Boston based nonprofit. Michelle also serves on the advisory committee to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge, the advisory group to CLF Ventures/MHIC Health Neighborhoods Equity fund, and on Massachusetts Grocery Access Task Force.

Michelle was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in History. She holds an MBA from Yale's School of Management.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3509

Finance

Andrew Chen

CFO Boston Community Capital
CEO WegoWise

Andrew Chen

Andrew joined Boston Community Venture Fund (BCVF) in 1998 as a Venture Officer to assist in the management of BCVF’s initial fund.  He is currently a Managing Director with continuing responsibilities for the Venture Fund’s two funds. As Chief Financial Officer for BCC, he is responsible for the financial management and budgeting efforts of the organization.   Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors or actively monitors several of BCVF’s portfolio companies. He also serves as the CEO of WegoWise, Inc.

Prior to joining BCVF, Andrew headed an investment firm specializing in start-up companies in the advanced materials industry.  He was also a general partner in two real estate investment and development syndicates.

Andrew has a doctorate from MIT in Technology, Management and Policy, where his research focused on materials processing and technology commercialization. He also holds Master’s of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively. 

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3667

E. Matthew Gautieri

Matthew Gautieri is responsible for all financial management and accounting functions, including budgeting, investments, portfolio management, and financial reporting. Matt’s background in financial services and in real estate exceeds twenty years; he brings proven expertise in the field to his work at BCC. His experience in commercial banking informs his work as a financial officer in a community development financial institution.

Prior to joining BCC, Matt worked at FleetBoston Financial or its affiliates, most recently as Manager of Planning & Analysis in Fleet’s Small Business Services unit. He has also held positions in commercial real estate, financial analysis, and loan operations.

Matthew is a graduate of Fisher College.  

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3714

Jason Zhang

Senior Accounting Analyst

Jason Zhang

Bio coming soon.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5870

Investor Relations & Marketing

Jessica Brooks

Senior Vice President of Development & Communications

Jessica Brooks

Jess Brooks contributes a broad range of experiences in private, public and nonprofit arenas, based in both communications and in financial services. She works closely with our external constituents, maintaining relationships with our investors and donors, raising new funds to support our work, and organizing events that showcase our borrowers and portfolio companies and their work.

Jess came to Boston Community Capital from The New York Times where she was in charge of online community development and affiliate management. Her prior experience includes positions as a securities trader on Wall Street, and at Safe Horizon, a nonprofit organization providing services to battered women and other crime victims. Jess is former chair of the Boards of Directors for The Food Project, a local nonprofit that serves as a national model for engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture with locations in Dorchester, Lincoln and on the North Shore; the Boston chapter of Social Venture Partners; and Cascap, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and support services for people with special needs.

She serves on the Brown University President's Committee on Relations with Tougaloo College and is a 2007 alumna of the Boston Center for Community and Justice's LeadBoston program. Jess is a graduate of Brown University.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3640

Jessica Friesen

Investor Relations Manager

Jessica Friesen

Jessica Friesen provides support for investor activities including managing investor relationships, reporting activities and outcomes, and marketing BCC’s success as an innovative CDFI. With a passion for cross-sector solutions that drive social change both globally and domestically, Jessica comes to BCC with a breadth of consulting, marketing, and project management experience.

Jessica’s background includes providing consulting services to clients in social enterprise, social service, and technology fields helping her clients explore new market opportunities, manage growth, and evaluate programmatic and organizational effectiveness. She has worked with organizations including Ashoka, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, and World Relief Malawi. In 2010 Jessica was a founding Board member of OneWheaton, a community of LGBTQ alumni and students of Wheaton College (IL) that has been highlighted in the Huffington Post and Chicago Tribune as a key actor in the struggle for LGBTQ recognition and acceptance at religious universities.

Jessica received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College with a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources and graduated with honors from Boston University with an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5872

Operations

Andrew Koh

Director of Operations

Andrew Koh

At Boston Community Capital, Andrew Koh is responsible for technology insurance, human resources, vendor and facility management leading strategic improvement projects linked to the growth of BCC and its lines of business.

Andrew brings to this position over 17 years of experience leading the operations of both professional and nonprofit groups through growth and transition phases. Prior to joining BCC, Andrew was a Product Manager & Account Manager with Dovetail Health and spent 10 years as the COO of ASV Technologies, a leading multi-national banking check fraud solution provider. Andrew also served as VP of Operations & Business Development for Itenki Health, an early-stage eHealth company.  He began his career as a healthcare and technology investment banker with Adams, Harkness & Hill, where he completed over 40 financial and strategic advisory engagements including M&A advisory services as well as public/private equity financings.

Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and has served on the Board of several Boston-area nonprofit organizations.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.4514

Samantha Asker

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Asker

Samantha Asker is an administrative assistant at Boston Community Capital, where she ensures that the office is a comfortable, smooth-running environment for staff to meet the mission of BCC. She brings experience in client-facing communications, detail-oriented organization, event-planning and flexibility to her role.

Prior to joining BCC, Samantha held an administrative and clerical role at North Atlantic Appraisal Management Company. She also brings experience in communications and operations, developed as an organizer of the 2013 Vermont City Marathon.

Samantha is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Michael’s College, where she received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English literature.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.8600

Boston Community Loan Fund

Michelle Volpe

President Boston Community Loan Fund

Michelle Volpe

As Loan Fund President, Michelle has overall responsibility for the Loan Fund’s lending activities, including raising capital, staff training and supervision, production, financial management, building external relationships and new business lines, loan and portfolio monitoring, and social impact reporting. She directs Loan Committee meetings and reports on Loan Fund results to the BCC Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Loan Fund President she was Team Leader/ Senior Loan Officer. In this position she managed a four person lending team, a loan portfolio of approximately 100 loans and net loan exposure of approximately $200 million.

Michelle has 18 years of experience structuring financial transactions for charter schools, social service providers, and non-profit and for-profit real estate developers across New England and down the East Coast. Before joining BCC, she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Bay Bank of Boston, and before that at Management Sciences for Health, a Boston based nonprofit. Michelle also serves on the advisory committee to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge, the advisory group to CLF Ventures/MHIC Health Neighborhoods Equity fund, and on Massachusetts Grocery Access Task Force.

Michelle was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in History. She holds an MBA from Yale's School of Management.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3509

Nora Bloch

Senior Loan Officer

Nora Bloch

Nora Bloch markets Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrite loan requests, and conduct ongoing portfolio management, in a job partnership with Sarah Kitterman.  She brings experience in community development lending from commercial banking, as well as a thorough grounding in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Prior to joining BCC, Nora worked in a job share for ten years at Wainwright Bank on the Community Development Lending Team and then more recently at Eastern Bank after Eastern acquired Wainwright.  Prior to Wainwright, Nora worked in Fleet Bank’s nonprofit lending group. She has also held varied positions in the nonprofit and public sector.

Nora is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a Master’s of Public and Private Management from Yale University.  Nora serves on the Finance Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and is the Treasurer of the Friends of the Escuela Rafaél Hernandez.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3565

Luis Matienzo

Loan Fund Operations Manager

Luis Matienzo

Luis Matienzo’s position has three components: Loan Administration, Information Management and Portfolio Management. He brings to his position expertise in construction loan management and information management.

Luis was most recently at Bank of America as an Information Officer for a $7 billion real estate loan portfolio. He also has experience at Bank of Boston and Fleet as an Operations Manager/ Team Leader and Loan Administrator for a $200 million real estate portfolio located in low and moderate income areas in New England, and at Fleet’s Community Development Bank.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3699

Gail Berlinger

Director of Portfolio and Community Impact

Gail Berlinger

Gail Berlinger brings extensive experience in portfolio management and a commitment to addressing social inequalities and economic disparity in the Greater Boston area. Gail is responsible for assessing and reporting on the social and economic impact of Boston Community Capital’s activities. She monitors portfolio trends, conducts sector risk analysis, and collaborates on efforts to increase institutional investment in BCC’s core business lines.

Prior to joining Boston Community Capital, Gail worked as a Portfolio Manager with Boston Capital, where she was responsible for the ongoing portfolio management and investor reporting for over $1 billion in gross equity across multi-investor corporate and direct placement LIHTC funds. Gail previously held positions with Federal Management Company and Boston Union Realty. Gail has volunteered with Transition House, participating in 30 hours of training as a domestic violence advocate and completing a term as Board Treasurer. She currently volunteers as a facilitator for ULI's UrbanPlan program.

She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master's of Urban Affairs from Boston University. Her graduate studies focused on the application of planning tools to address economic disparity and social inequality.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5855

Michael Nilles

Senior Loan Officer

Michael Nilles

Mike Nilles markets BCC’s lending affiliate, Boston Community Loan Fund, to potential borrowers, underwrites loan requests, and conducts ongoing portfolio management.  In addition to financing affordable housing development, Mike currently focuses on community facilities for organizations such as community health centers and charter schools, in transactions that often involve providing leverage debt into New Markets Tax Credit structures. Mike has been with BCC since 1996, except for a period from 2001-2004 when he worked as a consultant in community-based financing and real estate development.

Before joining BCC, Mike worked in a middle-market commercial lending group at BayBank.

A graduate of Georgetown University and the Yale School of Management, Mike previously served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Seattle.  Mike is an active member of the Pastoral Planning Group at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellesley, MA.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3676

Kathryn McHugh

Senior Loan Officer

Kathryn McHugh

Kathryn McHugh markets Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrites loan requests, and conducts ongoing portfolio management.

Prior to joining the Loan Fund, Kathryn was a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation office in Providence; a housing development specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and a project manager for real estate development at CASCAP. Kathryn is a resident of Brookline and is an active volunteer on Boston and Massachusetts housing issues, especially with homeless groups. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, and is a trustee for the Castle Square Tenants Organization’s Charitable Trust and the Jamaica Plain Housing Trust.  She also consults with the State of Massachusetts and various municipalities on their housing and homeless policies and programs.  Kathryn is currently the Assistant Treasurer to both the Lincoln School PTO and the Lincoln School Extended Day Program.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she also holds a Masters of Public Policy from Tufts University.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3608

Sarah Kitterman

Senior Loan Officer

Sarah Kitterman

Sarah Kitterman markets Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrite loan requests, and conduct ongoing portfolio management, in a job partnership with Nora Bloch.  Sarah brings a broad perspective on community development, having worked in international markets as well as domestic.

Prior to joining BCC, Sarah worked for ten years at Wainwright Bank on the Community Development Lending Team and then more recently at Eastern Bank after Eastern acquired Wainwright. Prior to joining Wainwright Sarah worked in BankBoston’s Community Development group as a Loan Officer at First Community Bank.  Sarah also has extensive overseas experience working in the field of international development, in particular in Eastern Europe and Asia.

A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a MBA from Columbia University with a specialization in finance and nonprofit management.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5871

Mei See Law-Sandson

Senior Portfolio Analyst

Mei See Law-Sandson

Bio coming soon.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5863

Energy Advantage Program (EAP)

DeWitt Jones

President BCC Solar Energy Advantage
President Boston Community Managed Assets

DeWitt Jones

DeWitt (Dick) Jones is Executive Vice President of Boston Community Capital and President of BCC’s Boston Community Managed Assets and BCC Solar Energy Advantage (SEA) affiliates.  He has served as a member of BCC’s leadership team since it was established in 1985 and is also a director of the Boston Community Venture Fund and Boston Community Loan Fund. Dick leads and oversees BCC’s sustainable development activities, including its Energy Advantage Program, renewable energy initiatives under SEA, and WegoWise. Under his leadership, SEA has developed approximately 2.4 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity on affordable housing developments and community facilities and is one of the largest third-party solar PV owners in the state.  Dick was a co-founder of WegoWise and has served as its board chair since it was established.

Prior to joining BCC, he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group and served as a VISTA volunteer from 1980-1981.  He was a founding member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and served on its board from 1988-1996 where he chaired its Financial Services and Public Affairs committees. From 1991-1998, Dick was co-owner and treasurer of Maria and Ricardo's Tortilla Factory, a national industry leader located in Boston's inner-city.   He currently serves on the board of Boston Day and Evening Academy, a public charter high school serving over-age high school students. 

Dick’s prior board experience includes serving as Board president of the Penikese Island School, a wilderness school for boys in trouble with the law, and as the treasurer of the Center for Women and Enterprise, a regional women’s business development center.  He has been appointed by Boston Mayor Menino to serve on the city’s Renew Boston Advisory Committee its Blue Ribbon Task Force on Housing Finance.

Dick is a graduate of Harvard College and the Kennedy School of Government. He is a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2008, Dick and his wife, Viki Bok, received the City of Boston’s Green Residential Award.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3580

Emily Rochon

Energy Fellow

Emily Rochon

As a BCC Fellow, Emily’s work focuses primarily on clean energy public policy discussions taking place at the local, state, and federal levels. She assists BCC in developing its solar and energy business, with the goal of ensuring that low-income communities are included in any sustainable energy model. 

Emily comes to BCC with extensive experience in environmental and energy policy and law.  She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013 and holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology from Providence College and Rhode Island College, respectively. 

Contact:

Direct 617-933-5858

Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods (SUN)

Adam Beattie

Mortgage Loan Officer

Adam Beattie

Adam Beattie is a Massachusetts licensed mortgage loan officer and works with BCC’s SUN Initiative in foreclosure-relief. He brings both industry expertise and as public sector acumen to his role, in which he assesses home loan applications and guides family through the process of repurchasing their homes through the SUN Initiative. 

Adam worked with the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston as a housing counselor and at Mortgage Master, Inc. as a loan officer previous to joining BCC. He filled the role of project manager at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and also as an investigator in New York City with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has experience in international research, having lived in Cape Town, South Africa to work as a research assistant in economics.

 

Adam graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Japanese. He also holds a Master’s of Public Affairs from University of Massachusetts Boston. Adam’s Massachusetts mortgage loan officer license number is NMLS #317331.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5878

Sharon Shepard

COO SUN Initiative
Managing Director Venture Fund

Sharon Shepard

As COO of the SUN Initiative, Sharon Shepard is responsible for all SUN-related operations; as the Managing Director of the Boston Community Venture Fund, she is also charged with identifying, structuring, growing, monitoring and exiting investments. Shepard brings to BCC 13 years of venture capital and venture development experience as well as 16 years of broad industry operational experience, primarily in early stage and emerging growth high technology companies.

Prior to joining BCC, Sharon was the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Consulting Services for Mass Ventures. As the CEO or senior manager of three technology-based start-up companies (Sensor Frame, Compunetix, Amerinex Applied Imaging), Sharon played a pivotal role in setting strategic direction, raising capital, developing new products, and designing and implementing operational plans. She was voted Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pittsburgh business community.

Shepard also is an active business community member. She was the founder and Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh for many years. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum (national board), the MIT Alumni Association, the Pittsburgh High Technology Council, and the Western Mass Software Association. She also served as a Member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for Student Affairs & Undergraduates. Shepard earned a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Contact:

Direct 413.253.9190

Carola Aguilar

Mortgage Underwriter

Carola Aguilar

Carola Aguilar joined SUN initiate in 2011 as a Mortgage Underwriter.  Carola receives applications for loans once the lender has accepted an offer on the property and determines the client’s capacity to support the loan. She has worked in a variety of environments within the mortgage industry and brings experience in commercial mortgage origination.

Prior to joining BCC and Sun, Carola worked at Citizens Bank as a Mortgage Underwriter, as well as a Mortgage Underwriter for Fairway Mortgage, Countrywide and Washington Mutual  She also has provided consult for East West Mortgage,  Fairway Mortgage, and New Fed Mortgage.

Carola is a graduate of San Carlos University in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5854

Ron McCormick

Customer Relations Liaison

Ron McCormick

As Customer Relations Liaison, Ron McCormick is responsible for customer relations and loan servicing for NSP Residential & AURA Mortgage clients.

Before joining BCC, Ron worked for a Burlington, MA based commercial leasing company and, prior to that, worked for a nonprofit student loan guarantor in Boston. He is a volunteer regional coordinator for HOPEworldwide, a nonprofit benevolent organization whose efforts include annual canvassing in Lawrence, Dorchester, Brockton, to educate residents on fire safety and prevention. 

Ron attended the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Contact:

Direct 617.427.3690

Greg Hillier

Closing Coordinator

Greg Hillier

As Closing Coordinator, Greg Hillier coordinates the closings with borrowers and attorneys, prepares the closing packages and establishes the new loans in the Aura Mortgage Advisors system. 

Before joining BCC, Greg was also a volunteer with a foreclosure taskforce informing tenants whose properties were under foreclosure of their basic legal rights. He worked for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Suffolk University Law School Immigration Clinic. 

Greg is an attorney, and received his J.D. Degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2011. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5877
SUN Customer Support

Jennifer Campagnone

Jennifer processes SUN loans and provides support for the loan officers in moving the files from pre-qualification to underwriting, initially focusing on the Maryland files as part of the SUN expansion. She also assists in customer support, working with SUN clients to get them the information that they need about their new mortgages with Aura Mortgage, BCC’s affiliate.

Jennifer has over 8 years of experience in lending. Prior to joining BCC, she worked at Admirals Bank, Prospect Mortgage and Sovereign Bank.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5857

Cristina Gonzales-James

Customer Relations Liaison

Cristina Gonzales-James

Cristina joined Boston Community Capital in July 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for the SUN Initiative. Cristina’s experience allows her to support SUN staff efficiently and with great care. As Administrative Assistant, Cristina assists with day-to-day administrative tasks, conducts client intake calls, and schedules prequalification appointments.

Before joining Boston Community Capital, Cristina worked as a receptionist at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and was a Paths to Careers and Colleges Program Intern with the Hyde Square Task Force.

Cristina attended Simmons College where she was the Founder and President of the History Organization and Social Chair of OLA (Organización Latina Americana). She graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and a minor in Spanish.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5860

Sofia Suarez

Loan Processor

Sofia Suarez

As a processor for BCC’s SUN Initiative, Sofia Suarez's duties include analyzing client eligibility before submitting the loan to underwriting and working directly with SUN clients to ensure all necessary information is obtained. 

Before joining Boston Community Capital, Sofia worked as an Accounting Manager for Realty Executives, a Loan Negotiator for Zak Law Offices where she managed over 200 clients, and became a licensed Massachusetts real estate agent in connection with her work as Real Estate Sales Executive for Prestige Properties in Boston.

Sofia has her J.D. from Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela where she practiced with a focus on labor, constitutional, and corporate law. She recently completed her Master's of Management and Human Resources from Harvard University. Sofia has been a volunteer for Latinos Unidos of Massachusetts since 2005 and a board member since 2007.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5886

Stephanie Caponigro

In-House Counsel

Stephanie Caponigro

Stephanie Caponigro serves as the in-house counsel for Boston Community Capital and the SUN Initiative. She brings experience in real estate, which informs her work with SUN. Stephanie supervises residential mortgage loan closings for the SUN Initiative; she also reviews title examinations, resolves title issues, reviews purchase and sale agreements, and negotiates short sales and purchases.

She has over ten years of residential real estate experience which includes representing buyers, sellers and lenders, as well as representing lenders in residential foreclosure matters.

She obtained her degree in Business Management from Suffolk University in 1998 and her J.D from Suffolk University Law School in 2002 and her LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University in 2011.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5876

Danielle Hitchcock

Negotiator

Danielle Hitchcock

As negotiator, Danielle leverages her experience as a real estate attorney to negotiate the purchase of SUN properties from banks, which will in turn be sold back to the original occupants. She is also experienced in title work and assists in any title issues or rundowns as needed. Danielle serves on the loss mitigation team and is assisting with resolving delinquency issues.

Danielle earned her J.D. in Law from Suffolk University in 2004.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5881

Constance Delzant

Senior Negotiator

Constance Delzant

Constance Delzant negotiates short sales and purchases of Real Estate Owned properties with servicers and lenders. When necessary, she also negotiates debt settlements on behalf of SUN Initiative clients. Constance brings specialized experience in both law and housing counseling to bear on her position at SUN.

Prior to joining BCC, Constance worked as an attorney in France, licensed with the Paris Bar. In Paris, she had a strong litigation practice with a focus in contracts and real estate law. Most recently, Constance worked as a HUD approved Housing Counselor and Foreclosure Prevention Manager at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) where she assisted over 400 homeowners requesting short sales, home loan modifications and other workouts under the US Treasury’s Making Home Affordable Program and/or investor guidelines.

Constance graduated in 2008 with a Master's of Banking and Financial Law (LL.M) and a concentration in Securities Transactions from Boston University School of Law, in addition to her licensing for her practice in Paris.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5875

Rachael Dorr

General Manager SUN Initiative

Rachael Dorr

As General Manager of SUN, Rachael manages the team of mortgage loan originators, processors, underwriters, negotiators, and loan closing staff. In addition, Rachael works with senior management on outreach and expanding the SUN model.

Prior to joining BCC, Rachael worked for nearly 30 years with the law firm Mintz Levin in their commercial real estate practice, working with clients on a wide variety of matters including affordable housing finance.

Rachael serves on the Board of Directors of Supportive Living, Inc., a nonprofit developer of housing for brain injury survivors, and is a Trustee of the Cambridge School of Weston, an innovative independent high school.

Rachael received her Bachelor’s degree from Reed College and attended Boston University School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Rachael also holds a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. Rachael’s Massachusetts mortgage loan officer license number is NMLS # 885200.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5873

Elisabeth Pacl

Mortgage Loan Officer

Elisabeth Pacl

As a Loan Officer, Liz Pacl works with clients to complete applications and qualify for new mortgages with the SUN Initiative. She held the role of Administrative Assistant and subsequently worked as Closing Coordinator before undertaking her current position as Loan Officer.

Before joining BCC, Liz aided in the inauguration of a landmark special-education program in the Carlisle Public Schools, interned for the Marketing and Public Relations departments with the nonprofit Handel and Haydn Society and also for the Development department for Elderhostel, Inc. She volunteers as a pen-pal for Roxbury middle-school students every year. 

Liz graduated with honors from Simmons College in Boston, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Liz’s Massachusetts mortgage loan office license number is NMLS #881030.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5868

Anne Marie LaSalvia

Mortgage Loan Officer

Anne Marie LaSalvia

Anne Marie LaSalvia is a Massachusetts licensed mortgage loan officer. As a Mortgage Loan Officer, she works to review and process client applications in the SUN Initiative. Anne also works closely with SUN management on special projects. 

Prior to joining BCC, Anne worked at Sovereign Bank as a Commercial Business Development Officer. Anne also worked at State Street Bank as both a Vice President in commercial lending and in the bank’s cash management group, and at Fleet Bank where she was a retail Branch Manager. Anne was also the Program Director for Riverside Community Care, which serves young mothers with counseling, parenting classes, and access to needed resources. Anne is also a member of her local Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for Riverside Community Care.

 

Anne graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work and has a Master’s of Social Work from Boston University. Anne’s Massachusetts mortgage loan officer license number is NMLS # 706660

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5882

Scott Barry

Intake Specialist/MLO Assistant

Scott Barry

Scott joined Boston Community Capital in 2014 as an intake specialist and as an assistant to the mortgage loan officers for the SUN Initiative. In this capacity, Scott conducts client intake phone calls and provides additional information regarding the SUN program. He also helps to schedule prequalification and loan application appointments for the loan officers and assists them with their day to day responsibilities.

Prior to joining BCC, Scott worked at a law firm in Connecticut which specialized in mortgage transactions. Through this position, he gained extensive knowledge of various types of mortgages, foreclosure alternatives provided by the lenders, as well as the foreclosure process. He also came to understand the limitations that banks have when attempting to modify mortgages.

Scott is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal justice and was an active executive board member of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Through this experience he developed an appreciation for affordable housing and a desire to work with local communities to ensure that there are housing options available to all people.

Contact:

Direct 617.933.5869
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