Staff

Leadership

Philip Giffee, Executive Director
philipgiffee@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8240

Phil graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born in the Mid-West but moved East with his family when his father took a job at Natick Labs. Phil moved to East Boston in 1971 when neighborhood activists and some fellow conscientious objectors were forming the East Boston Community Development Corporation. Phil has been involved with affordable housing since the 1970's when friends formed a small corporation to rehabilitate vacant housing and rent it out at a low cost to local residents. Soon after, he joined some friends at the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC) who were responding to the call for racial harmony and affordable housing. NOAH became the entity that focused on housing, with Phil serving as the Executive Director officially since July 1987. In the 70's Phil co-founded Shelter Inc, now a leading homeless shelter and advocacy organization with sites in the Cambridge and Greater Boston areas. He co-chaired the Framingham Housing Partnership from 2002-2004. Lastly, he is currently on the Board of the Mass. Association of CDC’s, giving him a strong presence in regional issues. He later moved to Framingham with his wife Nancy O’Hare in the late 90's, where they would go on to raise their son, Justin.

 

Linda Miller-Foster, Director of Administration and Fundraising
linda@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8246

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Regis College and a master’s degree from Boston College. She is a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce “Organizational Management” program. Linda has served on the board of directors of seven nonprofit organizations, and has been a Board officer for six of these (including several tenures as a Board Chair). She has been an active community volunteer, served as an elected Library Trustee, and has performed award-winning fundraising efforts on behalf of the WGBH Channel 2 Auction. Before coming to NOAH, Linda served as VP and Acting President for a regional chamber of commerce. She brings her strong background in organizational leadership to NOAH’s resource development efforts, including managing NOAH’s grant and contract proposal processes, as well as its fundraising. Linda ensures contract activities compliance, and oversees NOAH’s resource reporting processes. She is also responsible for NOAH’s communications and marketing components, including NOAH’s website, electronic newsletter, social media and annual reporting. Linda provides accurate recording of Board of Directors meetings and voting; and supervises staff in the EHAP/Rental Housing Counseling and Senior Homeowner Services programs as well as any VISTA’s. With Vinny, she oversees NOAH’s operations in the absence of the Executive Director.

 

Vinny Qualtieri, Director of Finance
vinnyq@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8250

Vinny Qualtieri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from Suffolk University. A long-time East Boston resident, Vinny graduated from East Boston High School in 1991. He now lives in Revere with his wife and young daughter. Vinny most recently worked as a full-time treasurer for a family-owned construction company, and is on the Board of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. Before that he worked for Dreyfus Retirement Services as a Manager in Trust Accounting. With Linda, he oversees NOAH’s operations in the absence of the Executive Director.

 

Diana Franco, Director of Homebuyer Services
dfranco@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8266

Diana Franco has been with NOAH since 2004, both full-time and part-time. She was born in Medellin, Colombia and came to the United States at the age of eight. She went to Elementary School in East Boston at James Otis, then to Barnes Middle School, and graduated from West Roxbury High School. Diana has worked in many different fields, starting as Liaison Agent at the City of Boston Police Department, where she worked for five years. In 2001 she moved to Citizens Mortgage as a part-time Assistant Loan Officer/Administrative Assistant for three years. In May 2003, Diana went to Citizens Bank as a Banker/Loan Captain while also beginning as an agent working for Addison Wellesley Real Estate Services. She later moved to Remax Real Estate in East Boston. Diana started with NOAH as the Program Director of the Maverick Hope VI program, and continued on as Program Director of the Washington-Beech Maverick Hope VI program, where she helped people of low- and middle-income to purchase their first homes. Diana loves her position at NOAH because she gets to help people find homes and thinks it is “so gratifying to see them so happy.” In 2010 she was promoted to Department Director, and now oversees NOAH's First- Time Homebuyer, Financial Literacy, and Foreclosure Prevention & Mitigation activities. She currently lives in Revere with her dog Lucas, and her young son.

Maura Camosse Tsongas, Director of Real Estate Development
mtsongas@noahcdc.org
, 617-418-8259

Maura comes to NOAH with extensive experience in community development and in working in Boston neighborhoods. She started her career as an instructor and later program director at Thompson Island Outward Bound in Boston Harbor where she worked for ten years facilitating groups. Maura later earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University and spent seven years working at the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development in communities throughout Massachusetts to develop affordable housing.


Administrative Staff/Volunteers

Carrie Tennant, Esq. - Assistant Director of Administration & Homebuyer Services, ctennant@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8264

Zoë McAlear - AmeriCorps VISTA, zmcalear@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8257

Tori Schaer - AmeriCorps VISTA, tschaer@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8258

 

Community Building & Environment Staff/Volunteers

Gabriela Boscio - Climate Program Manager, gboscio@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8244

Manlio Mendez - Senior Community Organizer, mmendez@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8242

Melinda Vega - Community Engagement Coordinator, mvega@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8243

Jacky (Jacqueline) Lara - ESOL Teacher, jlara@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8248

CCAG/E3C Youth Leadership - E3C@noahcdc.org

Chimamaka Nnodim-Amadi (NeNe) - NAIP Program AmeriCorps, camadi@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8241

 

Finance Staff

Suki Li - Senior Staff Accountant, sli@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8251

 

Homebuyer Services Staff

Carolina Suarez - Foreclosure Prevention Counselor & Homeowner Advocate, csuarez@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8260

Carrie Tennant, Esq. - Assistant Director of Administration & Homebuyer Services, ctennant@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8264

Jaselia Gratini - First-Time Homebuyer Counselor, jgratini@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8261

 

Property Management Staff

Mal Nelson - Director of Property Management, mnelson@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8245

Leydy Henao – Property Management Coordinator, lhenao@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8247

Jorge Correa - Maintenance Superintendent

 

Real Estate Development Staff

Josh Kasten - Project Associate, jkasten@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8262

 

Rental Housing Counseling/EHAP Staff

Marie Lugo - EHAP Counselor/Rental Housing Counselor, mlugo@noahcdc.org, 617-567-5882 ext. 201

 

Senior Homeowner Services Staff

Anthony D'Andrea - Senior Homeowner Services Manager, adandrea@noahcdc.org, 617-418-8265

Thomas Granara - PT Asst. Carpenter