FCDC Board

Our Board

Fenway CDC’s board of directors are of diverse cultural and professional background. They contribute their time, expertise, and experiences to advance our mission of improving the quality of life of residents and building healthier communities.

For more information about joining our Board, or if you have a candidate to recommend, please contact us at info@www.fenwaycdc.org.

Fenway CDC Board Members

Gregory Paulson-Haig, President

Gregory Paulson-Haig was born and raised in Belmont, attended Boston University School of Management, and has lived in the Fenway-Kenmore area for the last seven years. Prior to moving to the Fenway, Greg had lived in the Boston area for 25 years, with brief residencies in California and Europe. Currently, Greg works at Operation ABlE which helps to provide workforce development services and employment opportunities for senior citizens. Greg has held executive management positions in the trade show /conference and publishing industry for over 20 years. He was executive vice president and general manager of Key3media, Inc., the leading producer of trade shows and conferences for the information technology industry. He had also served as executive vice president of global sales and marketing for Ziff-Davis publishing, Softbank Ventures in Tokyo, and the Interface Group. Greg joined the Fenway CDC in 2011 after attending the Summer Social and has been an active member of the Urban Village and the Civic Engagement committees. In 2011-12, Greg joined other CDC members in advocating with Fenway elected officials to express our concern about affordable housing, MBTA rate increases and other issues. His interest in joining the board is driven by his passion for development and preservation of affordable housing and expansion of community involvement in the important issues affecting our neighborhood.

Greg is also a long-time member of Arlington Street Church, where he chairs the Membership Committee and is involved is several other service positions. He is also involved in campaigning and fund-raising for many social action causes.

Nikki Flionis, Vice-President

Born in the Fenway (112 Jersey Street) in the 1950s, Nikki returned to the Fenway in the late 1970s as a volunteer with The Fenway News.  She took up residence at 15-25 Hemenway Street in 1981.  Nikki worked as an assistant to David Scondras on arson prevention issues at UES; a rooming house organizer and housing specialist at United South End Settlements; a co-founder of the Boston Citywide Land Trust, co-founder and first president of the Boston Community Loan Fund, and Director of Street Safe in the Fenway, which she expanded to include Mission Hill, the upper South End and lower Roxbury. Nikki launched the Lawn Chair Project and founded CityCamp, ElderArts, and a jobs program that was the proto-type for the Fenway CDC’s Walk-to-Work program.  Nikki worked on Rosaria Salerno’s mayoral campaign and, with her neighbors, was instrumental in getting the Massachusetts Historical Society to transfer 15-25 Hemenway to the FCDC for development as a co-op, rather than to demolish the buildings for parking.  After a year at the Kennedy School of Government, Nikki co-founded MissionSAFE, a youth development program she runs today.  Nikki has been honored to serve on the FCDC Board of Directors since 2012, working on the Executive, Governance and Housing committees.

Tim Coakley, Treasurer

Born and raised in Worcester County, Tim is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts who now lives in East Boston.  Since 2013, he has been Chief Financial Officer of privately held Blauer, a leading provider of apparel and accessories to the public safety personnel market headquartered on Aberdeen Street in the West Fens.  Tim first became involved with the Fenway CDC as a member of the Finance Committee in 2017.  Tim has been very active in the Greater Boston financial community including a just completed term as President of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International.  He looks forward to contributing his financial and operational expertise to the incredibly important mission of the Fenway CDC.  Tim holds a BS degree in Finance from Boston College.

Sheneal Parker, Clerk

Sheneal Parker is a long time Fenway resident. She is a teacher, business owner, community organizer, and certified youth instructor with more than 10 years of experience in the Boston Public School system. A 2011 Boston City Council (District 7) candidate, Sheneal has also organized her community around many issues, from affordable housing to health and obesity. A teacher by heart, she has shared her entrepreneurial know-how and skills at Dorchester’s Bird Street Community Center’s youth entrepreneurship program and at the South End Neighborhood Action Program. Her deep commitment to her community led her to serve as a former board member and chair of the Fenway Community Development Corporation. She also stands as a Community Task Force member at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and of Boston’s Ward 4 Democratic Committee. She is a Big Sister with the Big Sister Association. She holds a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University and an MS in criminal justice and MPA from Suffolk University. Currently, Parker is an EdD candidate in the Leadership in Urban Schools Program at UMass Boston.

Ryan Boxill

Ryan Boxill has lived in a Fenway CDC-owned building since 2004. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds an MBA with a specialization in finance. He has worked in areas such as behavioral health, health and wellness, new business-model creation, finance, disaster-related mental health, and mental health policy. He has always been interested in giving back to the community and is honored to serve on the Board of the Fenway CDC and on its Finance Committee.

Brian Clague

Brian has lived in the area for almost 30 years, originally in Kenmore Square and then, for the last 25 years, as a member of the Fensgate Cooperative. Brian selected this neighborhood on the basis of The Fenway News, which indicated to him that this was a neighborhood in which the residents cared about a sense of community. In Kenmore Square, Brian became involved in community organizing through sheer necessity when he and his neighbors faced eviction. Brian organized his neighbors into an effective tenant organization and went on to serve on the board of the Mass Tenants’ Organization and to advocate for the preservation of rooming houses, or SROs. Brian has been honored to serve on the CDC’s Board again, a position he held in the past while helping FCDC to develop Hemenway House, a rooming house on Hemenway Street. Brian looks forward to serving for another term and working on the Governance Committee to engage more residents in the CDC’s efforts for the neighborhood.

Nilda Hughes

Nilda Hughes and her 17 year-old son, Kaleb, have lived in the West Fens for nearly 20 years. Nilda works at a hospital in the Longwood Medical Area Academia (LMAA) and has been an active contributing member of the Fenway Family Coalition and a participant in the Walk to Work Resident Services program. She is concerned that the Fenway neighborhood is slowly dissipating and if reelected Nilda is looking forward to the opportunity to work with fellow Fenway CDC members and neighbors to reclaim Fenway by bringing more family-based and youth activities to the neighborhood.

Katherine Greenough

Katherine Greenough has lived in Audubon Circle since the 1970s. She is a long-time community activist, has worked on numerous political campaigns and founded the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association (ACNA), with other neighbors, in 1978. She has been on the ACNA board of directors ever since, primarily addressing institutional expansion, zoning and licensing issues, nearby development projects, and quality-of-life issues, such as nightclubs. Kathy joined the FCDC board in 2002 and has served on the Nominating Committee, the Urban Village Committee and the Organizing Committee (now Civic Engagement). She is also a building captain for the CDC and coordinated the planning of the annual meetings in 2004 and 2009.

Kathy works as the Boston Outreach Coordinator for Oikocredit, a non-profit microfinance organization and loves studying Boston history. Also, just to confirm that she is cool, Kathy attended Woodstock and still has her ticket.

John LaBella

John LaBella has lived in the East Fens since 1985, when he moved here from Texas. He is currently a resident of the Fensgate Coop at 73 Hemenway Street. John has been actively involved professionally in affordable housing and he created and manages Housingworks.net, which proposes and implements novel solutions for subsidized housing. Built by a grassroots effort, the site currently contains the entire subsidized housing and voucher portfolio for New England. John has become interested in how solutions created by one sector of the housing world will generally have unforeseen effects in other sectors of the housing world.

Also, John co-founded one of the first 100 public-access websites in the U.S., the HIV Infoweb. It received over 6 million hits per year in its heyday and was eventually folded into AEGIS.ORG. For years, John was a member of ACT UP/ Boston, a radical organization promoting AIDS awareness, and on the other end of the spectrum, he also served on the board of the Mass. Association of Teachers of Singing for six years.

Eileen Lawler 

Eileen grew up and went to college in eastern Connecticut. After college, she lived in several different towns and cities including Boston and London, England. Knowing the strong sense of community and excitement the city of Boston offered, Eileen moved back to Boston several years ago and is now living in the West Fens. Eileen works at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, as the Manager of Employee Benefits and Retirement. She has an extensive work history within the field of employee benefits and health-related insurance. Eileen has a strong interest in giving back to the community and is honored to serve on the Fenway CDC Board.

Katia Powell

Katia Powell has lived in the Fenway for over 6 years and prides on working to improve the community that she loves. Ms. Powell currently owns ‘Black Girls Nutrition’ where she promotes healthy eating and fitness to young girls and women. She was the former Director of Health Equity & Multicultural Initiatives for the American Heart Association. As a Holistic Health Practitioner & Motivational Speaker with over a decade of experience in healthcare, she has expertise in the areas of obesity prevention, healthy eating, food deserts, food access, racial and ethnic health disparities, and non-profits serving marginalized communities. She has worked in healthcare & research for over 10 years, and focuses on working with the marginalized populations of African-American and Latino women and children. Her passion is to touch the lives of the individuals who are affected the most by obesity because she has lost 200lbs. Katia runs and instructs free community workouts to promote healthy active lifestyles. She uses her skills as a licensed Zumba Instructor and AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor to encourage healthy, fun ways for individuals and communities to stay active.

Katia prides herself on providing quality service, dedication and commitment to bring about positive health change in their lives of Americans. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable health policy advocate who is transforming health and health care for all populations, with a special focus on marginalized populations. She has a true passion and eternal fire to assist, organize, educate, and advocate for those who cannot fight for themselves or have an equal voice in society.

Joanne McKenna

Joanne lives in the Fenway and works at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where she oversees a number of housing based initiatives focusing on increasing access to education, employment and asset development. Prior to working at DHCD, Joanne worked for Boston Public Schools as a Manager of Extended Learning Services at the Condon School in South Boston, and at the Allston Brighton CDC as Economic Development Director. She is an active member of Josiah Quincy Upper School’s School Site and Parent Councils.

Mallory Rohrig

Mallory Rohrig is the Youth Coordinator at Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Education And Community Enrichment). She started working at Operation P.E.A.C.E. in 2008, right after graduating from Boston University with a degree in psychology. In such an urban setting, she was both surprised and delighted to find the “small town neighborhood” that thrived behind Fenway Park.

This warmth and diversity is what Mallory continues to love about the Fenway. She is eager for more opportunities for community members to engage and benefit from each other. Although she does not have children of her own yet, she is very passionate about family and youth matters. The students at Operation PEACE make her laugh, learn, and grow everyday! She is excited to work with Fenway CDC and community members to preserve the urban village that she fell in love with five years ago.

Rosaria Salerno

Rosaria has lived in the Fenway since 1970 and is a longtime neighborhood activist and one of the original founders of the Fenway CDC. With a history of defending affordable housing and community well-being, she served as an At-Large member of the Boston City Council from 1988 to 1993. In 1993, she ran for mayor as the only female in the race. She was named city clerk by the City Council in 1995 and served as clerk until 2011. Rosaria now serves as a justice of the peace and remains deeply involved in neighborhood and citywide social action.

Evan Saura Ramsey

Evan, a recent addition to West Fenway, believes that access to housing is the foundation of a healthy community that is equitable and just. Before moving to Boston in 2017, Evan promoted equitable, affordable housing and access to financial services in underserved neighborhoods at Urban Partnership Bank, a CDFI-certified community development bank based on the South Side of Chicago. Now on the team of Nonprofit Finance Fund’s consulting practice, Evan provides strategic advice and direct technical assistance to nonprofit leaders locally and across the country. Evan initially joined Fenway CDC’s Finance Committee and is looking forward to taking on a role of greater responsibility in advancing the organization’s mission in his new community. He holds a BA in International Studies from The University of Chicago.

Mathew Thall

Mat Thall was born in New York City and raised in a union-sponsored and financed limited equity co-op on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Upon the completion of graduate work at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, he worked at and with one of the worst public housing agencies in the US and one of the best ones (in adjoining cities.) During this time, he became a volunteer in his Fenway neighborhood with a group that was dealing with the aftermath of a widespread arson-for-profit ring that had devastated parts of the neighborhood. The group evolved into the Fenway CDC, which hired Mat as its first Executive Director (and receptionist, bookkeeper, janitor and community relations coordinator). For the next fifteen years, he served as the Executive Director of Boston LISC where he developed several initiatives in partnership with MACDC. In 2006, he began a consulting practice, and serving as Interim Executive Director for several Boston CDCs over the next eight years. During and between these assignments, he took on other exciting work, such as writing the first business plan for the Mel King Institute and developing and teaching several MKI courses on real estate development for senior staff and board members of CDCs.

Matthew Wildman

Matthew Wildman is a current resident in north Boston and has been for over almost a decade. Matt is currently the Mortage Manager with the Harvard University Employees Union. Prior to that, he was the Vice President Customer Experience Manager, retail division leader for Eastern Massachusetts’s, with People’s United Bank. Matthew graduated from The Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business, at University of Pennsylvania. Matthew also holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been an active board member for Fenway CDC for about 3 years, served as a finance committee member, and is very eager to continue to offer support to the organization. Personally, Matthew and is an avid traveler and has been to over to 30 countries worldwide.