Board of Directors and Staff
Tim Burrill serves as the Vice President, Community Development Market Manager for Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. In his role, he oversees all CRA activities and insures that the business has adequate knowledge, community partnerships and products to support individuals from low and moderate income means. He also oversees the banks financial education outreach, deploying colleagues to teach basic and advanced curriculum to a wide variety of audiences from children to seniors. Previously, Tim worked for more than eleven years with the Fidelity Investments Community Relations, overseeing programs targeting educational achievement, college access, afterschool programming and internal team building.
Tom has been with MAHA since 1987 and its executive director since 1991. MAHA’s signature achievement has been the negotiation, creation, and expansion of the ONE Mortgage program (formerly SoftSecond loan program) which resulted from the 1989 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston study on racial disparities in mortgage lending. In addition to MCBC, Tom serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (Fair Plan), The Appraisal Foundation (TAF), Community Labor United, and is a member of the Milton Fair Housing Committee and Milton Affordable Housing Trust Fund. He also is a member of the steering committee of the Community Preservation Coalition. Tom is a native of North Adams, MA and a 1982 graduate of Fairfield University. He was a Fannie Mae Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 1998 and a participant in the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Boston Haifa Learning Exchange in 2014. He previously served as coalition coordinator at Tenants United for Public Housing Progress and community organizer at Massachusetts Fair Share.
Blake Roberts Crall is the Director of Financial Capabilities at The Neighborhood Developers, Inc/CONNECT in Chelsea, MA. In this role, she manages a portfolio of community programs that aims to increase financial stability and banking access for low income households. She holds dual masters degrees from Tufts University in urban planning and food policy, and a BA from Swarthmore College.
Erika Eurkus is a senior director at Accion, a global leader in microfinance. There she works with both individuals and corporations to advance the work of Accion in the U.S. and around the world. She has extensive experience developing and growing microlending programs, raising loan and operating capital and launching corporate partnerships including Brewing the American Dream and the Tory Burch loan fund at Accion. Prior to her work in resource development, Erika served as New England Program Director for Accion USA, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the area’s largest microlending program, a position she came to after assisting with a first-ever merger in the domestic microfinance field, the union of Accion USA and Working Capital. Under her leadership, more than $6.35 million in loans was disbursed to local small business.Erika is secretary of the board of Cambridge Family& Children’s Services and has served as a chair person on Mayor Menino’s Boston ONEin3 Advisory Council and on the advisory board of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at the Pioneer Institute, working on projects including the first Spanish language publication of a city guide for small business owners. Erika has received numerous honors including the BBJ’s 40 Under 40. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Karen Nastasia Frederick is the Executive Director of Community Teamwork. Community Teamwork is a community action agency serving Greater Lowell as well as a regional housing agency and community development corporation serving 63 communities in Middlesex and Essex Counties. The organization is a catalyst for social change with a mission to strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education, and economic opportunities.
Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Merrimack College and a Master’s from Tufts University. She has worked in Community Action and Community Development for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director at Community Teamwork for the past 12 years.
In addition to the MCBC, Karen serves on the Board of the Regional Housing Network, The Massachusetts Association of Community Action Agencies, The Massachusetts Association of Early Education and Care, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance. She also serves as a corporator of Lowell General Hospital and Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club. She has been appointed to serve on various Governor’s Task Forces and Policy Initiatives and is a former elected member and chair of the Dracut School Committee.
Maria Gooch-Smith is the executive director of the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation. She has 38 years of experience in economic development and small business financing, and was instrumental in starting SEED in 1982. With a staff of 14,
SEED makes over 100 loans per year, and has received awards for its performance as an SBA 504 Certified Development Company, and an SBA Micro Loan Program lender in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED has an active loan portfolio of $104 million.
Donna is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of MCBC. Donna has served on the MCBC Board since 2006. She currently serves on behalf of Leader Bank where she is a Vice President and Community Development Officer for the past 3 years. Prior to Leader Bank, Donna was a Vice President, CRA Officer and Loan Officer for 12.5 years at Central Cooperative Bank. Donna has been a Banker for over 27 years starting her career at Somerset Savings Bank in Somerville, MA. Donna has a (BSBA) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Finance concentration from Northeastern.
Jean Horstman has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, spanning the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and two continents. Before joining Interise as its first CEO, Jean served as the National Director for Civic Engagement and Corporate Citizenship at Citizen Schools. She has partnered with other national social entrepreneurs, serving in senior leadership roles with Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and was also the Managing Director of the Society for Organizational Learning. She spent 16 years working in the United Kingdom and Eastern and Central Europe, where she led organizations responding to societal changes related to post-industrialism, post-communism, urban and economic redevelopment, and globalization. A graduate of Duke University and the City University of London, Jean is a fellow of the Society for Organizational Learning and the Royal Society for the Advancement of the Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce.
Lisa Joyner has over 25 years of banking experience. She is a Community Development Manager at TD Bank. She develops, coordinates and manages community development activities for the Bank. She collaborates with nonprofits, government agencies and community groups serving low-to- moderate income communities. Key focus areas; affordable housing, economic development, small business and financial education. She works on strategies and action plans to monitor CRA performance. She previously held national and regional community development positions for U.S. Bank, Citibank and Fleet Bank. She has a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community. She is a board member of Boston Local Initiatives Support Collaborative and the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council.
Joe Kriesberg is the President and CEO of MACDC. He first joined MACDC in 1993 as Vice President and served in that capacity until he became President in July 2002. He oversees the agency’s advocacy work with public and private sector entities, its capacity building work with members, its long term strategic planning, it collaborations and partnerships and internal operations. He has launched several innovative new programs at MACDC, including the Community Investment Tax Credit, the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the GOALs Initiative, the biennial MACDC conventions and the Community Development Innovation Forum.
During his tenure Joe has helped to pass many important bills through the Massachusetts Legislature, including the groundbreaking Insurance Industry Community Investment Act (1998,) the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (2000,) the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (2006,) a comprehensive anti-foreclosure law (2007), a new law to help preserve “expiring-use” affordable rental communities (2009) and the Community Investment Tax Credit (2012). Joe serves on the board of several state and national organizations, serves as chair of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), is frequently asked to speak on community development issues and trends here and around the country, and writes about these issues for the MACDC website. Joe also periodically teaches as a Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University’s Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Prior to working for MACDC, Mr. Kriesberg worked for eight years on energy and environmental issues for non profit organizations in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Mr. Kriesberg has a B.A. from Binghamton University (New York State) and a J.D. Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Dina Brownstein, and their two children, Joshua and Michael.
Sarah Lamitie is Senior Vice President and Community Investment Officer at Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, a full service commercial bank serving Greater Boston, Southern California, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees the Bank’s CRA investments and is involved in business development for the Bank’s CRA community development and small business lending programs in Greater Boston. Prior to joining the Boston Private, Ms. Lamitie was engaged in affordable housing finance at the City of Boston and the Boston Housing Authority. She serves on Board of the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation and the Steering Committee of the Mel King Institute for Community Building. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tuft University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College.
Danny LeBlanc has worked as Chief Executive Officer of the Somerville Community Corporation since 2001. He has a BA in Political Science from UMass Amherst, and a MS in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute at UMass Boston. A lifelong Massachusetts resident, LeBlanc has lived in Somerville since 1977. He has worked in community organizing, community development and managed several nonprofit organizations in eastern Massachusetts over the past 35 years, including Somerville United Neighborhoods, Mass. Fair Share, North Shore Community Action Programs and Merrimack Valley Project. LeBlanc serves on the boards of directors of the Mass. Association of CDCs, the Metro North Regional Employment Board, the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust, and the Mass. Community Bankers Council. He also serves as Somerville representative to the Board of Advocates for the Tisch College of Public and Community Service at Tufts University.
Sarita Ledani, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, RTN Federal Credit Union, is responsible for the overall planning and execution of RTN’s business development, community relations, and media relations functions as well as supervision of the business development team. Prior to joining Medical Area Federal Credit Union in 2002 (which merged with RTN in 2012), Sarita was principal of Ledani Communications, and director of corporate communications at MASCO. Sarita has undergraduate degrees from University of Massachusetts/Boston and Hebrew College.
Dana LeWinter is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC). Prior to joining MCBC, Ms. LeWinter served as the City of Somerville’s Director of Housing within the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. Ms. LeWinter has also served as a Program Manager with Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). Ms. LeWinter has a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.
Emily Morris Litonjua is the Executive Director of the Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) an organization that has pioneered efforts to prevent low and moderate income homeowners, especially seniors, from losing their homes to foreclosure. In 1998, ESAC partnered with MCBC and the City of Boston on Don’t Borrow Trouble an anti-predatory lending campaign that was adopted by Freddie Mac and implemented nationwide. Ms. Morris Litonjua, a graduate of the Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy Program also managed the Boston Healthy Homes programs and was Deputy Director for the Department of Neighborhood Development.
Christopher Norris has served as the executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership since 2007. With a staff of 155 and a $12 million operating budget, MBHP connects residents of Greater Boston with safe, decent homes they can afford and administers more than 9,000 rental assistance vouchers. During the last eight years, Norris has expanded the organization’s portfolio, taking on administration of new programs and expanding enrollment in current programs that empower families and individuals to move along the continuum from homelessness to housing stability. He has also established partnerships to collaborate on innovative solutions to the region’s housing challenges. Norris’ team provided assistance to families living in motels prior to the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, the forerunner of the state-funded HomeBASE program, which MBHP continues to administer regionally. Norris has also prioritized accessibility, bringing services out into the community and increasing the organization’s capacity to provide in-house language assistance. Under his leadership, the housing nonprofit has become widely recognized as a leader in navigating the affordable housing field.
Prior to working at MBHP, Mr. Norris spent 10 years as the assistant director of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), in which he directed their state legislative policy work. Before that, he served as the coordinator of the National Consumer Law Center’s Foreclosure Prevention Program. He also worked for the Boston City Council and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific in 1988 and his JD from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1991 and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. He serves on the board of directors of CHAPA, The Massachusetts Community Banking Council and the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts. Norris also serves on the Boston Continuum of Care Leadership Council and in 2014 was a member of the Community Committee on Gov. Charlie Baker’s transition team.
Kevin Noyes has in excess of 25 years of banking experience which has led to his current position with People’s United Bank of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Kevin manages People’s United Bank’s community development and CRA functions for Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. Noyes develops and manages relationships with community-based organizations, as well as state and municipal agencies, to promote bank services and deliver advisory and financial resources to low and moderate income geographic areas within the bank’s assessment area.
Kevin also serves as Director of the People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts.
Mr. Noyes previously held branch administration and regulatory compliance positions with Danversbank and with Marblehead Bank. He is a graduate of Fairfield University School of Banking and Salem State University, and holds the CRCM designation (Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager).
Karl Renney has been at Eastern Bank for over 20 years. He is responsible for Residential Lending Operations, Commercial lending Operations and also serves as the Bank’s CRA officer. With this, Karl is well versed in the products and practices needed to meet the needs and Massachusetts’ Low to Moderate Income populations and communities. In addition to serving on the MCBC board, Karl serves as Treasures of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Associate Foundation and President of the St. Michaels Historic Preservation Foundation.
Gwen Robinson is the Managing Director for Corporate Social Responsibility for Santander in the United States. In this role she leads the Bank’s community development investment, grant making activities and financial education programs. She also partners with mortgage, small business, and commercial business lines to ensure the bank meets the credit needs of its communities. She joined the Bank in March 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in community development including roles at the New York State Department of Financial Services, Goldman Sachs, General Electric and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Gwen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chrismaldi Vasquez is the Executive Director of Family Independence Initiative, Boston. FII Boston leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility in America. Rather than impose solutions or fixes on behalf of others, FII is proving that documenting and investing in the initiative and ingenuity of low-income families and communities is the most effective way forward. Prior to joining FII in 2013, Chrismaldi was Director of Capacity and Assessment for Boston Rising, a start-up foundation focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Boston neighborhoods. Before that, she was Director of Community Impact with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, focused on grant making to youth-serving organizations. Chrismaldi spent 11 years at the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth community development nonprofit, where she rose from youth organizer to Manager of Organizing and Policy Initiatives. Chrismaldi has earned a national reputation for her leadership in several grassroots youth community-organizing campaigns. She graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance and minored in International Studies.
LaKia Williams is a Manager on the Community Development Banking team at Capital One Bank. She is responsible for developing CRA strategy, managing philanthropy and program development in the Boston café market. She also manages innovative, high-impact youth development programs including the establishment of high school branches in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Ms. Williams is a graduate of Manhattanville College and received a MBA from St. John’s University.