Board of Directors

Joni Boissonneault

Monmouth, ME

Board member since Board member since 2023

As the Director of Development for United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Joni Boissonneault brings a wealth of experience and dedication to our Board of Directors. With an impressive career spanning almost 30 years at Portland Housing Authority, Joni played a pivotal role in the resident services sector, spearheading the growth of the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. Joni’s leadership transformed the FSS program into a robust, multifaceted initiative focused on increased financial stability. She fostered crucial partnerships with local financial institutions, United Way of Southern Maine, the University of Maine system, Goodwill of Northern New England, and various housing organizations. Her vision encompassed not only housing but also extended to asset building, education, employment, and homeownership opportunities, creating a comprehensive support system for residents. With an in-depth understanding of housing challenges and the struggles individuals face, Joni has been instrumental in achieving positive outcomes. A lifelong Mainer, including graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Joni Boissonneault is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals through her expertise and passion for creating thriving communities.

Holly Burbank

Portland, ME

Board member since 2023

Holly Burbank is the Chief Financial Officer of Bangor Housing in Bangor, Maine which she joined after serving as CFO at Amity Companies, a private equity real estate investment firm.. Previously, she served as the Senior Vice President of Capital Management of Evernorth, a non-profit syndicator of low-income housing tax credits in Northern New England. In that role, she and her staff managed more than 20 active funds invested in affordable housing throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She joined the predecessor organization of Evernorth (Northern New England Housing Investment Fund) in 2005. Ms. Burbank serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Shalom House, a mental health services and housing agency based in Portland, Maine. She also volunteers as an advocate with Through These Doors, a domestic violence resource center. A lifelong Mainer, Holly Burbank graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a BS in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration and lives in Westbrook with her husband.

Kathryn C. Burns

Clerk

Salem, MA

Board member since 2018

Kathryn C. Burns is the Executive Director of Mercy LIFE of Massachusetts, a PACE program(PACE is Program of All -inclusive Care for Elders) in West Springfield, MA. She has over 20 years of experience in serving the needs of frail and low-income elders. She has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore and the Administrator of the Geriatric Care Center and Director of Geriatric Services at Northeast Health Systems Beverly Hospital. Kathy received a Masters of Health Care Administration from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Management from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN. In addition, she completed the “Leadership Strategies for Evolving Healthcare Executives” program at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Gigi Guyton-Thompson

Peaks Island, ME

Board member since Board member since 2023

Gigi Guyton-Thompson, a Loan Officer and the Portfolio Manager at Genesis Community Loan Fund in Brunswick, Maine, brings a wealth of experience and commitment to her role on The Caleb Group’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Genesis, Gigi collaborated with Caleb during her 14-year tenure at New Ventures Maine, playing a crucial role in the introduction and growth of the FSS program at The Ledges. Gigi’s work at New Ventures Maine focused on business start-up, financial education, and advocacy. She engaged with diverse communities including New Mainers, incarcerated individuals and individuals newly released from prison, and those residing in affordable housing. Her profound understanding of the economic challenges associated with poverty and the available resources for transformation was evident in her work. As an FSS coach for Caleb and other affordable housing providers in Maine, Gigi actively contributed to enhancing financial literacy and economic empowerment. Originally from the South, Gigi earned her BS from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and a master’s from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers). Embracing “The Way Life Should Be,” Gigi and her family make their home on Peaks Island.

Bessy Kong

Norwalk, CT

Board member since 2018

Bessy Kong was a senior housing official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for over 18 years. Among other positions she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of Public and Indian Housing. From 2010 to 2012 she was the senior housing advisor to the White House Office of Domestic Policy. Ms. Kong graduated from Smith College with a BA and from Columbia University, School of Architecture and Planning with an MS in Urban Planning. Ms. Kong is currently a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Matthew D. Lincoln

Board member since 2021

Mr. Lincoln retired after almost thirty years as a senior member of Cambridge Associates, LLC, a global investment advisory firm. While at Cambridge Associates, Mr. Lincoln formed long-term investment and financial advisory relationships with a wide variety of institutional clients, contributed to the firm’s research of real estate investment policy issues and managers, and for fifteen years led the firm’s California office. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a M. S. S. S. from Boston University and a M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Lincoln worked in various social service programs serving children and families in Ethiopia and the U.S. Currently, he is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii and the Investment Committee of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and is a Director of the Caleb Group, a non-profit corporation providing housing and services to low-income and elderly residents

Vincent F. O’Donnell

Treasurer

Auburndale, MA

Board member since 2017

Vincent O’Donnell has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors for over 45 years to create and preserve affordable housing. Initially consisting of grassroots civil rights and housing code enforcement work, his career evolved to focus on a combination of advocacy, policy development and implementation. He has held senior positions with a variety of nonprofit housing owners and developers, community development financial institutions, governmental entities and others, to promote the preservation and development of affordable multifamily housing, focusing on HUD-assisted multifamily housing. When not working at his day job, Vince is an active country dance fiddler.

John Clarke Orzalli

Chairperson

Nahant, MA

Board member since 2017

Clarke Orzalli retired from the US Navy as a Rear Admiral after completing 34 years of commissioned service in 2012. He served at sea and ashore. He recently formed his own consulting company DADMIRALTY LLC, working to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government. He serves on many boards including ; the Board of Directors for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, as president of the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, as the Commonwealth’s representative to the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission as appointed by Governor Baker, on a panel for Senator Warren advising her in making US Naval Academy nominations, on the Memorial Day Committee for the Town of Nahant. Orzalli holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Navel Engineer and Masters of Material Science and Engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Systems Management from Golden Gate University.

Debbie Sawyer Nutter

President & CEO/Co-Founder

Swampscott, MA

Board member since 2018

Debbie Sawyer Nutter has over 30 years of experience in the acquisition, development, financing and management of multi-family housing. For the past 30 years she has been responsible for the management of multi-family complexes that require a working knowledge of federal and state rental subsidy programs as well as resident support services and has overseen acquisition activities at the organization.

Joan B. Sawyer

Swampscott, MA

Board member since 2018

One of the three co-founders of The Caleb Group, Joan Sawyer has been involved in a real estate development and management for 25 years. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lynn Home for Young Women and Abbot House, which offer supportive housing for women. Joan is an active member of her church. She has served on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc Lynn for nine years, three of those as President. In 2008, Joan was recognized as an “Unsung Heroine” for her extensive involvement in the North Shore community.

Warren Sawyer

Swampscott, MA

Board member since 1994

One of three co-founders of The Caleb Group, Warren Sawyer has 50 years of experience in planning, acquisition, financing development, construction and management of real estate properties. He has a B.S. from Gordon College and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is an active member of his church.

Roxie Severance

Vice Chairperson

Whitefield, NH

Board member since 2020

Roxie Severance is president of RS Consulting, LLC a health care consulting business that provides strategic planning, senior living community planning services and workforce development to numerous nonprofit organizations. She is a CNHA, Certified Nursing Home Administrator, and an FACHCA, Fellow of American College of Health Care Administrators. Previous work included being CEO of The Morrison a nursing home and assisted living facility. Roxie has a BS in Human Services from Springfield College and Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Roxie is currently Board Chair of the North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency; Board member of North Country Healthcare; past Chair of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, a member and past Chair of the North Country Health Care Consortium, a member and Past President of the NH Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators. She worked as a Resident Service Coordinator for The Caleb Group from 1993 to 1999.

Robert Snow

Treasurer Emeritus

Grandview Heights, OH

Board member since 2006

Bob Snow is an independent policy & development consultant working nationally with a number of housing developers and tax credit syndicators. He has more than 30 years of housing experience. For 20 years, Bob was with National Affordable Housing Trust, initially to establish its asset management department and for the last decade as Senior Vice President of its development consulting group. Bob has a B.A. in Government & Law from Lafayette College.