HFHGL Board of Directors
Jim Silva, Esq., President
Attorney and local/regional government official
Jim is an attorney with 10 years experience in intellectual property and business law. Additionally, he has served for 8 years as an elected or appointed local and regional government official. In particular Jim was a Selectman in the town of Westford from 2003 to 2006 and is a member of the Northern Middlesex Council of Government (2003 to present) for which he has been Chairman for the last three years. He also has extensive experience in municipal law regarding affordable housing having served on various local and regional affordable housing government groups.
James Saltonstall, Vice President
Jim retired in 2008 from Middlesex School, Concord, MA, where he served for 40 years as a teacher (French and Economics), coach, dorm head and, most recently, business manager. As business manager, he was responsible for budgets and financial accountability, buildings and grounds, human resources and he worked on many special projects with the head of school and trustees. In addition to the Lowell Habitat Board, Jim serves on the Boards of Carleton Willard Village in Bedford, the New England Grenfell Association and Communities for Restorative Justice in Concord. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, has two grown children and enjoys skiing, gardening and doing outdoor work around the house.
Melissa Robbins, Vice President
Attorney, Deschenes & Farrell, P.C.
Melissa Robbins has been actively involved with the legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of real estate and affordable housing for the last six years. During that time, Ms. Robbins has been promoting smart growth and affordable housing for developers, as well as non-profit and governmental agencies through the use of local zoning, M.G.L. Chapter 40B and other creative methods.
Ms. Robbins and attorneys within the firm represent developers, as well as affordable housing advocates, in towns including, Westford, Littleton, Groton, Concord, Hopedale, Clinton, Dracut and Tyngsboro.
Rob Moodie, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Eastern Bank
Rob Moodie is a Senior Vice President and Team Leader for the commercial banking division of Eastern Bank in Boston. Rob has 25+ years of commercial banking experience, and joined Eastern Bank in 1999. He previously held commercial banking positions with Fleet Bank and the First National Bank of Boston. Rob holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from Boston College. In addition to serving on the board of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Rob also serves on the board of The Lowell Development & Financial Corporation (LDFC), a non-profit development corporation which offers low-interest loans as an incentive to invest in commercial and housing development within the City of Lowell. Rob is married with three children and lives in Littleton.
Peter Mullin, Secretary
Attorney, Law Office of Peter J. Mullin
Peter J. Mullin is a sole practitioner attorney. His general practice law office concentrates in estate planning, small business and residential real estate. Prior to practicing law, he worked in high tech manufacturing as an engineering supervisor. He received a BA degree from Merrimack College, an MBA degree from Rivier College and a JD degree from Massachusetts School of Law. He is an active member of the Westford Rotary Club and sits on the Board of Directors for The Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Peter resides in Lowell with his wife, Ann. He has a stepdaughter, Robin, three grandchildren, Vanessa, Jonathan and Justin and one great-granddaughter, Emma.
Owner, ReMax Prestige, Coach at P3 Coaching, Attorney at All American Title Co, Author
Stacey owns multiple enterprises. She is owner and CEO of RE/MAX Prestige, the third largest real estate firm in the state of Massachusetts, with 15 offices, and still growing. She is a practicing Massachusetts attorney and owns The Law Offices of Stacey Alcorn as well as All American Title. She is a partner in P3 Coaching, where she travels across the US and Canada delivering keynote speeches and consulting programs for large banks and mortgage companies. Stacey has authored two best selling books on sales and leadership. Stacey is an avid reader, runner, and blogger. You can follower her articles on StaceyAlcorn.com as well as her column on The Huffington Post.
Certified Public Accountant, Arrison & Olden PC
Thom has either owned his own firm or been a partner in other firms for over 30 years. In 1992, Thom opened his office in Littleton, Massachusetts. He specializes in helping individuals and small businesses to prosper.
He has also participated in other business ventures, including being an owner and member of the board of directors of a professional soccer team based in Boston. Thom frequently conducts seminars to educate business owners on effective business development strategies.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UMASS/Amherst and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is a longstanding member of both the MSCPA and the AICPA.
Senior Director Business Development, Parametric Technology Corp
Andy Barlow is Senior Director of Business Development for Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). PTC develops, markets, and supports product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions and related services that enable companies to enhance their product development processes. He has been involved with the Lowell affiliate since 1998. He began by swinging a hammer. In 2004 he joined the board and has served as Vice President, President and head of Board Development. While plastering a Habitat home he met his wife. He has also traveled with Habitat to Nepal to build bamboo homes. After reaching his term limits, he took a one year break and has recently rejoined to head the Strategic Planning/Board Development Committee.
Chief Product Officer, NetScout Systems
Paul is Chief Product Officer for voice and video solutions at NetScout Systems. He has over twenty year’s experience in the technology sector. Committee work has always played a significant role in Paul’s career, and he frequently represents both his employer and the United Kingdom at the ITU-T, which is the United Nations’ body repsonsible for global telecommunications standarization. Paul is currently a Vice Chair and Working Party chair of ITU-T Study Group 12. Paul received a Master of Engineering degree from the University of York. Paul and his wife relocated to Massachusetts from the UK in 2011.
Rev. E. Tom Barrington
Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Tom is an Episcopal priest and served as Rector of All Saints’ Church in Chelmsford for twelve years. It is through his parish that he first was invited to swing a hammer for Habitat. He discovered an amazing array of people doing the wonderful work. He states, “For me, helping Habitat is to join God in God’s mission.” Before coming to Chelmsford, Tom served at three different churches in Syracuse, NY, the large downtown Cathedral, a small working class congregation, and a tiny mission church on the Onondaga Nation, just south of Syracuse. He delights in crossing boundaries of race and class and being able to sometimes introduce one to the other. Currently he was also involved in work in Kenya and East Africa through the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Vice President of a small Cable/Harness Manufacturer in Billerica
Sr. Director Engineering, Avaya
Paiman Nodoushani is Sr. Director at Avaya responsible for cloud strategy and products. Paiman is a high tech industry professional with 20 years experience in engineering/product development. Prior to Avaya, he spent over 12 years at Cisco in various leadership roles. Paiman holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Paiman is also a trustee with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Marshall has been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Lowell affiliate since 2008 and was board President from 2009-2010. While President Marshall spear-headed the introduction of the ReStore concept to the affiliate and now serves as the chair of the ReStore committee. Previously Marshall served on the board of the Roudenbush Community Center in Westford and is a Past-President of the Westford Rotary club.
Professionally, Marshall is an Financial Advisor and Accredited Asset Management Specialist with Edward Jones. Marshall founded and has been managing the Edward Jones office in Westford, MA since 2003. Marshall and his wife, Beth have two kids.
Brenda Gould, Executive Director
Business Optimization Specialist, Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants
Currently serving as Executive Director for the Greater Lowell affiliate, Brenda Gould started with Habitat as a volunteer in 2005. She joined the HFHGL Board in 2007 and served her first 3 years as Treasurer, then elected VP in March 2010 and President in fall 2010 through March 2011. Previous to Habitat, Brenda has worked in various business environments, most recently in companies of her own – DMJ Associates & LBK Land Development (property management companies for the past 5 years) and was a Schooley Mitchell Telecom franchise owner during 2010-2012. Prior work experience includes 25 years of industry experience as a Business Operations Manager with Millipore Corporation in Billerica MA and Agamatrix in Salem, NH. Brenda lives in Westford, MA with her husband, Perry and two daughters, Jennifer and Danielle. She holds a BBA in accounting from Siena College in Loudonville NY, and MBA in finance from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.