Board of Directors

John Clarke Orzalli – Chairman
Nahant, MA
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.
Board member since 2017

Vincent F. O’Donnell – Treasurer
Auburndale, MA
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.
Board member since 2017

Kathryn C. Burns- Clerk
Salem, MA
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.
Board member since 2018

Bessy Kong
Norwalk, CT
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.
Board member since 2018

Debra Nutter
President and CEO, The Caleb Group
Swampscott, MA
Debra Nutter is one of the three co-founders of The Caleb Group. She has over 34 years of experience in the acquisition, development, financing and management of multifamily housing. For the past 24 years she has been directly responsible for the management of multifamily complexes that require a working knowledge of federal and state rental subsidy programs as well as resident support services. Debra attended the University of Maine and currently serves on the boards of several local civic organizations.
Board member since 2003

Joan B. Sawyer
Swampscott, MA
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.
Board member since 1994

Warren Sawyer
Swampscott, MA
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.
Board member since 1994

Roxie Severance, CNHA, FACHCA
Whitefield, NH
Roxie Severance, CNHA, FACHCA 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. 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. Board member since 2020

Robert Snow – Treasurer Emeritus
Grandview Heights, OH
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.
Board member since 2006

John Wasielewski
Norwalk, CT
Board member since 2016

Shawn Yardley
Bangor, ME
Shawn Yardley is the CEO of Community Concepts and President of Community Concepts Finance Corp in Lewiston, Maine where he oversees a wide range of programming at Community Concepts: from early childhood education, child abuse prevention and lead testing to affordable housing, transportation, small business development and more. He was the Director of Health and Community Services for the City of Bangor. He has spent much of his long career involved with child welfare as a caseworker, an educator and an administrator. Shawn has a BA from the University of Maine at Orono and an MBA from Husson University. He serves on the University of Maine Augusta Board of Visitors, the boards of Educate Maine, and Maine Community Foundation’s Androscoggin County Fund Advisors. Shawn lives in Bangor with his wife Rita. They are the proud parents of seven children, ages 18-35, and equally proud grandparents of their growing family of grandchildren currently numbering three children. Board member since 2018