HFHGL Board of Directors
Stacey Alcorn, President
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.
Patrick N. Chieh, Vice President
System Support Analyst, Foley Hoag LLP
Patrick N. Chieh, a consummate professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology sector. Positions held range from Area Sales Manager for Olivetti products, Quality Control Supervisor at Pre-Owned Electronics and currently a Systems Support Specialist 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 recognition from the City of Lowell and the House of Representative of the State of Massachusetts for his services towards the City of Lowell and the State of Massachusetts respectively. In addition, he is currently serving as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, Co-Director of Communications and a Lector/ Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lowell. Patrick is also the Lowell Chapter’s representative to the Executive Council, Board of Directors of the Merrimack Valley Project (MVP) where he also serves as the Council’s Secretary General.
Paul Barrett, Treasurer
Chief Architect, NetScout Systems
Paul Barrett is Chief Technology Officer for NetScout’s Enterprise Business Unit. Paul joined NetScout with the acquisition of Psytechnics Ltd in 2011. Since then he has held the roles of Chief Product Officer for Voice and Video, and Chief Architect at NetScout. Paul was Head of Engineering for most of his ten year tenure at Psytechnics and was CTO when the company was acquired. Prior to that Paul worked at BT Labs, primarily on voice transmission for GSM and 3GPP.
Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has been actively involved in international standardization for most of that time. His standards work has encompassed many aspects of voice and video communications, including four generations of GSM and 3G codecs. Paul is currently a Vice Chairman of the ITU Study Group responsible for “Performance, QoS and QoE” and is head of the UK delegation to this group. He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the IET and IEEE, and holds a Master’s Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of York.
Melissa Robbins, Secretary
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.
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 life cycle management (PLM) software solutions and related services that enable companies to enhance their product development processes. He has been involved with the Habitat 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.
Senior Vice President, Eastern Bank
Tom Conaton is the Senior Vice President of the Merrimack Valley/North Shore Business Banking Group for Eastern Bank. Tom was born in Lowell and attended school in Lowell and Lawrence. After Tom graduated from UMass Lowell with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration-Finance he began his career at BayBank. After moving to New Hampshire and a 20 year career in various lending and management roles, Tom returned to Lowell in Eastern Bank’s Downtown Lowell office. Tom also serves on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell and is Treasurer of the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH. Tom is married and lives in Bedford NH with his wife and two sons.
Commercial Lending Officer, Washington Savings Bank
Derek joined the Washington Savings Bank lending team in 2013 bringing with him 12 years of banking experience. Prior employers include Bank of America, Sovereign Bank, TD Bank, and RBS Citizens Bank. In his current role, Derek is responsible for attracting new lending deals, analyzing the risk of the deals and servicing the existing commercial customer base. As an officer of the bank he is becoming a known asset of the bank in the community; through being the face of commercial lending as well as representing the bank in many of its community involvements.
Derek is married with three children and lives in the Merrimack Valley. Derek enjoys sports that include baseball, basketball, golf and hockey. In 2008 as a volunteer representing TD Bank, Derek assisted in the build of the Williams Ave property in Westford, MA and since then has been an advocate of Habitat for Humanity.
Vice President Corporate Marketing, Demandware
Kathie Johnson is a marketing and business executive with over 20 years of experience. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Demandware, the category-defining leader of enterprise cloud commerce solutions that empower the world’s leading retailers to continuously innovate. Prior to Demandware, she was the Vice President of Global Advertising, Equity and Strategy for Dassault Systèmes, a $3B French-headquartered global 3D software company dedicated to providing business & people with virtual worlds to imagine sustainable innovations. Other positions held at Dassault Systemes include: Vice President of Global Advertising & Marketing Operations and Vice President of North America Marketing.
Throughout her career, Kathie has held executive or leadership positions in Strategic Marketing, Corporate Marketing, Channel Marketing, Product Marketing, PR, Event Marketing, Marketing Communications, Advertising, Branding, Alliance/Partner Marketing, Inside Sales, Telemarketing, Digital Marketing and Operations. Kathie’s work has been recognized through both domestic and international awards, including the European Excellence Award, Communicator Award and Telly Award.
Kathie received her MBA in International Business and Marketing from Babson College and her BA in English from the University of Michigan. Kathie is co-chair of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Counsel Sales & Marketing Cluster, the region’s leading technology association and premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders.
Retired Hi-Tech Executive
Ed Maggio is a recently retired hi-tech operating executive who has lead in both start-up companies and large global corporations. A primary success for him has been to build leadership and operational management capability, integrating across functions, and enabling consistent execution and significant results.
Ed is currently interested in advising early stage companies, providing his expertise, and mentoring entrepreneurs in developing the tactics and execution to build innovative and relevant companies. Additionally, with non-profit organizations, “giving back” by adding value with strategic advice and guidance.
Ed has held the positions of President, COO, VP, and Board Member. Most recently he was VP of Global Operations at RSA and continued after its acquisition by EMC. Prior to that he was on Avici Systems’ first executive management team as VP Operations, and continued to build the company through its successful IPO.
His expertise is in product and business operations, and leading planning and execution across all corporate functions. He built decision-making and management capability, with the people and cultural environment to enable it.
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.