Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

HAC Adds to Its Board

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

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Raymond Tamasi

At HAC’s 44th Annual Dinner & Volunteer Recognition last month, the agency welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors.

The new members are Ashley Moore Baker of Chatham; Catherine Baker of Cotuit; Dr. Kumara Sidhartha of South Dennis; and Raymond Tamasi of Mashpee.

Ashley Baker currently is the Deputy Vice President of Institutional Giving for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She previously served as the development director for the Cape Cod Foundation.

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Ashley Baker

Ashley's commitment to affordable housing started during her master's program in Community Economic Development and her work as a housing analyst with the Vermont Housing Conservation Board. She lives with her husband and two children in Chatham.

A 2018 Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree, Catherine Baker is the advancement associate at Cape Cod Academy. She previously served as the Operations Director at Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP).

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Catherine Baker

A familiar face at HAC’s Shelter Cape Cod Telethon, Dr. Sidhartha is the medical director at Emerald Physicians in Hyannis. He has been in preventative medical practice for more than 15 years with a focus on nutrition.

Dr. Sidhartha has been principal investigator and study designer for Farm and Local Health Alliance for Fruit and Vegetables in Outcome-based RX program (FLAVORx), the nation's first randomized controlled trial design to research blood tests for outcome measurements in a free fruit and vegetable prescription program for vulnerable populations.

Ray Tamasi has over 40 years of experience managing treatment, intervention, and prevention services. For 25 of those years he was the CEO of Gosnold. Last year, he transitioned to become the president and founder of the Gosnold Innovation Center which is focused on developing and testing innovative treatment methods, progressive prevention programs, and effective recovery management services.

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Peter Muise and Cliff Carroll Join HAC Board

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, May 19, 2017 @ 11:11 AM
Peter and Clifford HAC Board-1.jpgPeter Muise (left) and Cliff Carroll were voted onto HAC's board at the agency's Annual Meeting in March. 

At the end of March, HAC welcomed two new board members – Peter Muise of Marion, and Cliff Carroll of West Barnstable – with a keen understanding of the housing challenges facing the region and a passion for helping solve them.

The pair were voted onto the board at HAC’s 43rd Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition. That same night, Mark Forest of Yarmouth was named board chair, succeeding David Augustinho, who had served in that capacity since April 2014.

Both Muise and Carroll were eager to use their expertise to bolster HAC’s mission to ensure all on Cape Cod and the Islands have access to safe, secure, decent housing.

“I believe it is important to give back to our community,” said Carroll, a senior mortgage lender for Residential Mortgage Services of Hyannis. “I’m hoping that my experience can help HAC succeed in its mission of keeping Cape Cod homeownership affordable to our friends, family and neighbors for generations to come.”

As a lifelong resident of Cape Cod with 37 years of experience as a mortgage banker and real estate developer, he expressed concern about the lack of affordable housing that is making it difficult for year-round residents to remain here.

Muise brings both a 40-year career in the banking industry – since 2008 he has served as the president and CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union – and a long history of volunteerism to HAC. He has served on the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, on the executive committee board for the Homeless Service Provider Network in New Bedford, and as the co-chair of the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness.

His commitment to community service has earned him multiple honors, including the 2015 Sister Rose Award from the City of New Bedford, The Standard-Times 2013 SouthCoast Man of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees in 2004.

“I have a fairly long and compassionate history of working with social service organizations and agencies that concentrate on combating homelessness, both in preventative and supportive roles,” Muise said. “HAC has an extremely positive and dominant presence on Cape Cod in the exact same service space. My belief is that through cooperation and collaboration amongst the many organizations and agencies working in this social service area, and leveraging each participant’s expertise, more clients can be helped in a more efficient and financially effective manner.”

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HAC Welcomes Wolf and Wallace to Board

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:14 PM


Two familiar faces – State Senator Dan Wolf and Tara Wallace - have made a return to HAC’s board of directors. The pair was appointed at HAC’s board meeting last month with Wolf filling a vacancy on the executive board and Wallace filling a seat on the constituency committee.

Wolf said he was eager to return to the board, especially because “the biggest economic issue we face on the Cape is the housing issue. HAC is probably the most important player in the quasi-private sector on the issue so I think we have the best opportunity to look at ways to address this issue regionally that allows people to have a lifestyle on the Cape we can be proud of.”

His appointment comes as he concludes his third and final term as a State Senator for the Cape and islands. The founder and CEO of Cape Air said he truly enjoyed his time in office which will officially end on January 4. “I love that government can really be a collaborative partner on addressing the issues,” he said.

With his role as a HAC board member, he will continue to work towards solving the issue of housing. “HAC has been committed to really addressing housing and home issues for over 40 years,” he said. It’s really an amazing organization and I look forward to being part of the team.”

Tara Wallace Photo.jpgTara Wallace of HAC's Constituency Committee

As a former client, Wallace knows just how the agency can help those in need. The agency had a role in getting Wallace her first apartment thanks to a Section 8 voucher and taught her crucial life skills through its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. “I wouldn’t be where I am without HAC,” she said. “They not only helped me with housing and a car, but they helped me be able to sustain myself and eventually become independent.”

Today, Wallace is working for the Department of Transitional Assistance in Hyannis, where she is a benefit, eligibility and case social worker. A former member of the constituency committee, she expressed similar excitement to serve once again. “I feel like it is a very important role,” she said of the committee. “It is a good tool for HAC to be able to understand where their clients are coming from and how certain rules or programs affect clients.”

Tags: HAC Executive Board, volunteerism, HAC Volunteers, affordable housing, Constituency Committee

HAC Welcomes New Board Members

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

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Megan Amsler

HAC welcomed two new board members, Megan Amsler of Falmouth, and Kimberly Denis of South Yarmouth, to its ranks in April.

The pair expressed a passion for helping HAC ensure there is sufficient affordable housing for all Cape Codders.

Amsler, who serves as the executive director of Cape & Islands Self Reliance Corporation, has an interest in energy efficiency and how it can be used to increase the affordability of homes on Cape Cod. “There is a clear tie between energy and affordable housing,” she said. “I want to make sure homes are well-performing, energy efficient and well-insulated so that renewable energy plays a large part in the affordable housing stock in this region.”

Born in Wellfleet, Amsler was raised on an organic farm in upstate New York. The importance of sustainable living has stuck with Amsler who tends to her own organic farm in Falmouth where she raises chickens, grows vegetables and owns horses. “I try to provide as much of my own food as possible,” she said.

Her daughter Maya, 10, plays a role in the farm’s success: “she sells the eggs around the neighborhood,” Amsler said.

She also has an 18-year-old son Kiernan who will be enrolling in the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the fall.

Along with her new role on HAC’s executive board, Amsler is active in the community, serving as co-chair of the Falmouth Energy Committee, treasurer of the Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative and is Falmouth’s alternate representative to the Cape Light Compact.

Kimberly Denis HeadshotKimberly Denis

Denis, the executive director of the Consumer Assistance Council (CAC), is a relative newcomer to Cape Cod, moving here with her husband Pierre a little over a year ago.

She too has ties to upstate New York, most recently serving as the executive director for the Montgomery County Office for Aging in Amsterdam.

The move to Cape Cod, she said, was made “because my husband and I want to retire in a coastal community someday.” The couple has two children, Joshua and Aubrey, who both live in Kentucky.

She too was eager to assist HAC in its mission. “We at the Consumer Assistance Council deal with quite a few vulnerable populations on the Cape and I felt this could dovetail into HAC,” she said. “It is important to me that people have decent affordable housing. Everybody deserves to live in a clean, safe and secure home.”

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