Van Johnson, a former sergeant in the Springfield Police Department, is currently a practicing attorney with Raipher, P.C. in Springfield. His practice focuses on business transactions and commercial and residential real estate. Van brings to the board both legal expertise and an intimate knowledge of the Springfield community.
Tom is a vice president for commercial real estate at TD Bank, where his work is almost exclusively focused on low-income housing and new market tax credits.
Formerly the director of housing and economic development for the City of Springfield, Tom has more than 35 years of real estate development and lending experience.
Chris brings 18 years of commercial lending experience as well as commercial real estate transactions to the board. He is currently the vice president of commercial lending at bankESB, previously at TD bank. Chris began his career as a boarding officer with the United States Coast Guard. He has volunteered with numerous local community groups and was the past treasurer of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.
Jenna is the CFO/Controller at Specialty Bolt & Screw, Inc. in Agawam. Her accounting expertise makes her a great addition to Home City’s board. Jenna is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Holyoke Community Charter School. Additionally, she is a Certified Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault councilor and volunteers as a Medical Advocate for YWCA of Greater Springfield.
Dr. Balder is an internist working in community health with a strong interest in homelessness, community development and services to the poor. Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, he is former medical director
for the Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center and senior medical director for the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan in Springfield.
Loleta is the Manager of Resident Services, Resident Assistance Office at Springfield Housing Authority and brings to our Board 20 years of experience and progressive success in various aspects of non-profit and government funded programs.
She has worked to engage the community and business professionals on the advantages of homeownership amongst low-income populations and has managed various projects designed to help families eliminate barriers to becoming economically self-sufficient.
Adam is the Springfield Ward 1 City Councilor. He is a lifelong resident of Springfield’s North End, a business owner, and a community activist for the past eight years.
Adam is an elected member of the New North Citizens Council and a member of the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee. He is a Founding Brother of the Epsilon Chapter of Gamma Phi Sigma Fraternity Inc. Before owning his own company, Adam worked for the YMCA and the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center.
Steve’s early experience as a commercial lender made his involvement on the Home City board a natural fit when asked to join almost two decades ago. He currently serves as a Certified Financial Planner in Northampton for Daury Wealth Management, LLC. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County and has served as an instructor for the Center for Financial Training of Southern New England.
Kyle brings his expertise in the building industry to the HCDI board. He has been the primary owner of a local for-profit building company in Western Massachusetts for almost ten years. A Springfield native and active community member, Kyle believes that investing in local real estate is a critical tool for Springfield’s economic growth. Kyle gives back to the community as an academic administrator, coach and an adviser for underserved urban youth. His philanthropic endeavors extend the community through his service to local ministries/ community groups. He has served in various capacities since childhood and currently volunteers to local community cornerstones for the Western MA Community.
A lifelong resident of Springfield. Malissa is Vice President, Banking Center and Business Development Officer for Webster Bank, previously working as Branch Supervisor and Branch Manager-Officer at TDBank and PeoplesBank, respectively.
In her 15 years in banking, Malissa has learned to assess risks, review business plans, study market trends, and analyze financial statements. Her current duties also include training and coaching for new and current employees.
As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Webster Bank, she supports diversity in all realms of leadership within the organization. She is eager to continue to advocate, educate and work for the benefit of emerging leaders, seeking to contribute meaningfully to the community and the upcoming generation of leaders.
Malissa received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Western New England University—College of Business. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Professional. Her community service has included membership on various boards, including the Board of Directors of the Springfield Young Professionals Association, Greater Springfield YMCA, and the East Longmeadow Lions Club, as well as service to Holy Redeemer Cathedral and Vision Intervention Technology Academic Learning Center (VITAL). Malissa has a strong desire to give back meaningfully to the community she is from.
Since 2017, David has served as Assistant Vice President-Workout Officer Upper Business Banking at Santanders Bank, N.A., managing accounts that have adverse risk ratings, stabilizing over $50 million in outstanding loan balances.
Prior to that, David worked in Credit at both Santander and TDBank, analyzing a diverse portfolio of loans and acquiring significant experience in financial restructuring, Asset Based Lending, Commercial Lending, Non-profit Lending and Hypothecation loans. He received his Bachelor of Science at Bentley University in 2003.
David currently serves as Board Chairman of the Association of Black Business & Professionals, Board Member of the Library Foundation and Library Commissioner for the City of Springfield. A lifelong resident of Springfield, David is committed to bringing his expertise in real estate finance to serve the community with quality, affordable housing.
Born and raised in Springfield, Karen worked as a volunteer and as a professional, to improve the quality of life for the City’s residents. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Advancement for Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, charged with managing all aspects of institutional advancement, securing major gifts, cultivating donors and identifying new funding sources. She is also Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion and Ethics at Quinsigamond. Formerly the Vice President of Program Operations at Martin Luther King Family Services in Springfield, Karen provided high quality services to approximately 500 children, families and adults in Springfield.
Her substantial community service included membership on several non-profit boards in Springfield, including United Way, Springfield College President’s Community Advisory Board, Sisters of Providence Health Systems, Partners for a Healthier Community, Mason Square Weed and Seed Community Coalition, among others.
Karen is a tireless advocate for those who have been marginalized or neglected. Her passion and commitment, combined with thoughtful and practical problem-solving skills, make her an excellent addition to the Home City Board.
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