Board of Directors

Robert Engler, President
Mr. Engler is President of SEB LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in affordable housing and community development. In addition to serving as the President of NCDF, Mr. Engler also serves as President of the Pelham Corporation, a non-profit organization based in Framingham, which owns 558 rental units. Mr. Engler, a resident of Newton since 1969, joined NCDF in 1985.

Judy Weber, Vice President

Ms. Weber is a principal with VIVA Consulting, LLC where she offers profit, nonprofit and government clients expertise in the management and administration of affordable housing. She provides organizational and process design services to affordable housing organizations as well. She also lectures and teaches extensively in residential asset and property management. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Community Work Services which provides vocational training to mentally and physically challenged adults. Ms. Weber has been a Newton resident since 1977 and joined NCDF in 1996.

Tim Dacey, Treasurer
Mr. Dacey practices law at the Boston Firm of Goulston & Storrs, PC, where he concentrates on commercial litigation. He first became interested in NCDF as a result of its “outstanding work in redeveloping Warren House”, which is near his home in West Newton. Mr. Dacey has lived in Newton since 1975 and joined NCDF in 1991.

Laurie Gould, Secretary

Ms. Gould is a partner in VIVA Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm serving community development organizations throughout the country. Her practice incorporates financial consulting on the development and asset management of affordable housing, as well as strategic and business planning with community development groups from the non-profit, public and private sectors.

In her financial consulting practice, Ms. Gould has structured more than $250 million in financing to develop hundreds of units of affordable housing. She has also worked with numerous existing projects on refinancing and other asset management issues.

Ms. Gould’s consulting practice also includes strategic and business planning, primarily with organizations that build, manage or finance affordable housing. She has worked with organizations as diverse as homeless shelters and private syndicators to chart strategic and operational courses to meet their goals. Ms. Gould is a resident of Newton and joined NCDF in 1999

Phyllis Chait

Christine Dillon

Max Ebb

Winnie Ebb

Gaye Freed

Brian Gallagher

Sandra Kelly

Lisa Menelly

Susan Paley

Kristina Perry

Anne Priestley

Frank Neal

Judy Spar

Anne Tribush

Advisory Committee

Paul Doherty
David Ennis
Michael Malec
Vincent O’Donnell
Ted Ritchie
Carol Ann Shea
Caren Silverlieb
Alice Stevens

Executive Director

Employed with NCDF since 1986, and serving as Executive Director since 1997, Jeanne Strickland is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization including planning, directing, supervising and evaluating the activities of NCDF. She provides direction and guidance to more than 20 full and part-time staff while working closely with the Board of Directors. Under her leadership, NCDF developed The Homes at Auburndale Yard and completed a $2.5 million renovation of Houghton Village (formerly The Hamlet) as well as a major restoration of the masonry and cast stone façade at Warren House. Jeanne Strickland holds a BA degree in Urban Planning from the University of Massachusetts and has over 30 years’ experience in affordable housing and property management.

In addition to her responsibilities at NCDF, she serves as Treasurer of Pelham Corporation, a non-profit organization based in Framingham, Massachusetts which owns 558 rental units. Jeanne is also a dedicated member of the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition’s Employment Expansion Project Employer Advisory Board working with other business leaders to increase employment opportunities for people recovering from mental illness. She is also a member of New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA) and Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).