Stay up-to-date on the accomplishments and activities of Clearinghouse board members. A full list of members can be found here.
Best wishes to Josephine McNeil, who will retire this spring after nearly two decades as the executive director of Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization (CAN-DO). “[Josephine] leaves a legacy of CAN-DO’s 46 completed units of affordable housing in Newton, and proof that even affluent communities can be motivated to provide services for those less well off.” We are excited to continue working with Josephine, who will stay on as a Clearinghouse board member.
Congratulations to Chris Novello, who has joined OvaScience, Inc. as SVP, Corporate Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer.
Congratulations to Board President George Mykulak, who has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as a partner in the Boston office.
The Clearinghouse elected new officers for the upcoming fiscal year. Emily Hodge will serve as president, Teresa Santalucia will serve as vice president, and Christopher Lindstrom will serve as treasurer.
Emily Hodge and George Mykulak were named as gold level recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with Citizen Schools, a program that connects lower-income students with adults who teach hands-on apprenticeships in their areas of expertise.
Emily Hodge, a Partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, was selected as a 2016 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Charles Cheever, co-managing partner at Choate, praised Emily’s “dedication to her work, both within the firm and in the greater Boston community.”
Kurt James launched a new law firm, KJP Partners LLP. KJP Partners will focus on community development, affordable housing, and nonprofit and charter school governance.
Teresa Santalucia was named Partner at Klein Hornig LLP. Teresa’s practice focuses on affordable housing, community development activities, and matters of general nonprofit law. She frequently leads nonprofit workshops and seminars for the Clearinghouse.
Doug Henry was named firm Managing Partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP. Doug’s practice focuses on real estate, affordable housing, and community development.
Deirdre Robinson was honored as one of the 2015 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. A Partner at Murtha Cullina, Deirdre practices in the areas of affordable housing, banking, commercial finance and lending, and real estate.
Benton Bodamer was appointed to the Clearinghouse Board of Directors. Ben is Counsel at Goodwin Procter and practices in the areas of private equity, corporate governance, the food industry, clean tech, and higher education.
Kathy McGrath was recognized as one of the Heroes of the 500 by Fortune Magazine for her work on the pro bono legal program Lawyer for the Day. Kathy serves as Senior Corporate Counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and for the past eight years, she and other in-house counsel from Liberty have partnered with attorneys from Mintz Levin to serve homeless clients as part of Clearinghouse’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless program.
George Mykulak was appointed as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. A Partner at WilmerHale, George’s practice is focused on franchise/distribution, contract/business tort, and real estate disputes.