Board of Directors
president / president of Renewal Housing Associates, LLC of Portland, Maine
David Lakari leads Renewal Housing LLC, is sole member of David Lakari & Associates, LLC, and was Executive Director of the Maine State Housing Authority from 1994-1999. As Executive Director, David was responsible for the allocation of state and federal housing programs and funds within the state. David also served as a board member of the National Council of State Housing Agencies from 1995-1999 and was honored with its Leadership Award in 1999. Prior to entering the public sector, David was a developer, owner, and manager of real estate for over 20 years. He has specialized in affordable housing preservation full-time since 1999. David holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine.
secretary / Attorney at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
Ari Solotoff is an attorney at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A. located in Portland, Maine, where he is a member of the firm's business law practice group. Solotoff focuses his practice on serving clients in the entertainment, arts, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to studying law, Solotoff worked for over a decade in the classical music industry, where he served as executive vice president of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and before that, as executive director of the Portland and Pensacola symphonies. Solotoff presently serves as chair of the ABA Sports and Entertainment Law Forum, Theater and Performing Arts Division. He is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley.
treasurer / Biddeford Residential & Community Support Services
Lauren serves as the Controller for Residential and Community Support Services. Lauren is responsible for overseeing the financial well-being of RCSS. Lauren graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a BA in History, summa cum laude, where she also played Division I Ice Hockey. Lauren also holds a Master’s in Theological studies from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Most recently, Lauren completed all the business and accounting courses necessary to be CPA eligible at Western Illinois University.
Prior to starting here at RCSS, Lauren worked as the lead internal auditor at a large food redistribution company, as well as a risk and business advisory consultant at a public accounting firm.
Lauren lives in Portland with her husband Brad, four-year-old son Will, and three dogs. When Lauren is not busy working, she enjoys running, playing hockey, CrossFit, the beach, hiking, music, and hanging out with her family.
board member / Maine Public Advocate Office
Bill Black is retired from thirty years of serving as General Counsel and Deputy Public Advocate in Main’es Public Advocate Office. Bill continues occasionally to represent public-interest concerns before public utilities commissions in northern New England. He is a long-time board member of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, and serves as co-chair of the annual Edmund H. Muskie Award Dinner, which raises funds for Maine’s six legal services organizations. Bill also serves on the Board of Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine and on the Board of the Friends of the Strand Theatre (FOST) in Rockland, Maine. Before moving to Maine, Bill graduated from Stanford University, received an MAT from Reed College, and graduated from the Boston University School of Law.
board member / NTT DATA SOLUTIONS BUSINESS ANALYST
David Martin is a business analyst with expertise in project management, business process redesign, quality management and organizational change. David began his career as an analyst and trainer in the Educational Services division of Digital Equipment Corporation. While at DEC, David became an internal consultant in quality management and business process redesign. He left DEC to join Harvard Pilgrim Health Care where he has held a variety of positions in quality, organization development and project management. He is currently a Senior Business Analyst serving HPHC’s operations as an employee of NTT DATA, a global IT services company. David graduated from Williams College and earned his MBA from Clark University. He is Chair of the Board of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and a board member of Palaver Strings, a newly formed, Boston-based classical music ensemble. David is a resident of Westford, Massachusetts.
board member / massachusetts general hospital DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Molly McCarthy is director of development at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she raises philanthropic support on behalf of the Department of Psychiatry to advance its four-part mission of patient care, research, education, and community health. With more than a decade of experience in philanthropy, Molly has previously worked in higher education, the environment, and the arts, including The Phoenix Symphony. Molly graduated from the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University with a degree in violin performance.
board member / ETHOS
Dale Mitchell has been Chief Executive Officer of Ethos, a Boston-based not-for-profit providing home and community-based care for the elderly and disabled since 1993. Before that he was an Assistant Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority; a legislative agent with a public interest lobbying firm, Meredith & Associates; and a policy analyst for the Mass. Social and Economic Opportunity Council. In 1978, he received a Master’s Degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and, in 1973, a B.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. He has had extensive experience in community organizing, social services planning and delivery, and political action. He is the original author of the Poor People’s Budget and founder of AgeWell West Roxbury and the LGBT Aging Project, both of which have been named significant social innovations. He was featured in the award-winning documentary on LGBT aging, Gen Silent. He sits on numerous non-profit boards and advisory councils, including Mass. Home Care, Boston Eldercare Alliance, LGBT Aging Project, JP@Home, Boston Aging & Disability Resource Consortium and Disability Advocates Advancing Health Care Rights (DAAHR). Mr. Mitchell has lived in Jamaica Plain with his husband, David Imming, since 1981. Together they cook, garden, travel and strive to make the world a more just, sane and peaceful place.
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