HFHGL Board of Directors
Jim Silva, Esq., President
Attorney and local/regional government official
Jim is an attorney with 13 years experience in intellectual property and business law. Additionally, he has served for 12 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 was Chairman for three years. He also has extensive experience in municipal law regarding affordable housing having served on various local and regional affordable housing government groups. Jim is also a Captain in the Massachusetts State Defense Force which is an auxiliary of the Massachusetts National Guard.
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 Regional Group Leader for the commercial banking division of Eastern Bank. Rob has 30 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 previously served 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 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, Laer Realty Partners, Coach at P3 Coaching, Attorney at All American Title Co, and Author
Stacey owns multiple enterprises. She is owner and CEO of Laer Realty Partners formerly,RE/MAX Prestige, the third largest real estate firm in the state of Massachusetts, with 14 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 follow her articles on StaceyAlcorn.com as well as her column on The Huffington Post.
Vice President, ThingWorx Academic Program, Parametric Technology Corp
Andy Barlow is Vice President, ThingWorx Academic Program 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 Architect, NetScout Systems
Paul is Chief Architect 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 responsible for global telecommunications standardization. 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.
Patrick N. Chieh
System Support Analyst, Foley Hoag LLP
Patrick, a consummate professional with over 12 years’ experience in the IT sector. Positions held range from sales manager for Olivetti products, tech contractor, quality control supervisor and currently a systems support analyst at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Outside his professional service, Patrick has worked as a teacher assistant, treasurer and a volunteer basketball coach for a local middle school in Lowell. This earned him recognitions from the City of Lowell and the House of Representative of the State of Massachusetts. In addition, he currently is serving as a member of the parish pastoral staff, a lector and communion minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lowell.
Executive Director, Billerica Housing Authority
Bob served on the Billerica Board of Selectmen for twelve years and serves on the Board of Directors of Community Teamwork, Inc., a regional agency that seeks to strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating to create housing, education and economic opportunities. Bob also serves on the Boards of a number of local Community Organizations and Foundations. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Northeastern University. With over 35 years in the High Tech Industry, Bob was the Vice President of a small Cable/Harness Manufacturer in Billerica, MA.
Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer
Paiman Nodoushani joined Continuum in 2013 and has over 22 years of experience in engineering and product management. At Continuum he is responsible for the worldwide engineering organization, as well as setting and driving the technical strategy for the company. Prior to joining Continuum, Paiman held varied leadership roles with Cisco and Avaya. He was most recently senior director cloud products & solutions for Avaya, a global IT and communications leader, where he led Avaya’s transformation into a leader in cloud-based solutions.
Prior to leading Avaya’s cloud strategy and products, Paiman was at Cisco for over 12 years where he led various engineering and product organizations at the intersection of applications, virtualization, cloud, networking and content distribution networks /WAN optimization. Prior to Cisco he was at Maxcomm technologies (acquired by Cisco), NewNet (acquired by ADC) and Excel Switching (acquired by Lucent).
Paiman has a BS & MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Connecticut. Paiman is also a trustee with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and is on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.
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.
Director of Human Resources and Diversity, Lowell Community Public Charter School
Elvira Paulino brings a long and distinguished history to her role as Director of Human Resources and Diversity at the Lowell Community Charter Public School (LCCPS).
Previously, she served as Director HR and Diversity for Children’s Hospital Boston and prior to that was International Human Resources Director for EMC Corporation. She is certified as an Employee Relations Specialist and Investigator, MCAD, a member of the Society of Human Resources Professionals, and NEHRA, complemented with a degree in leadership and management. She is also a 2006 Partnership Fellow, was awarded Hispanic Leadership 2000, and received 4 Lamplighter Awards in 2008.
With more than 25 years of experience, expertise in the full spectrum of HR and Diversity, a global mindset, success in positively impacting organizational cultures, talent management, compliance, strategic planning, total rewards and recognition, application of federal and state laws and global HR including start ups, mergers and acquisitions.
Most recently, The Board of Trustees for LCCPS presented Elvira an Outstanding Leadership Award for her role in the major turnaround of LCCPS, a school that had been failing and was slated to be shut down, into a school of excellence.
Pastor David Rinas
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church of Chelmsford
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 a MBA in finance from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.