Board of Directors



Mimi Turchinetz, Chair

Mimi has a B.A. from UMass Amherst and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law. Mimi is a long-time activist and community political organizer. She currently administers the Living Wage Division for the City of Boston, and directs the Mayor’s Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign, which is committed to economic empowerment and enfranchisement of the low and moderate-income neighborhoods of Boston. Mimi owns a home and lives in Hyde Park.



Diana Kelly, Vice Chair

Diana moved to Hyde Park from Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood in 2002. She is part owner of Maloney Properties, a company that manages over 6,000 units of resident-controlled and community-sponsored housing in Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island. Diana has been a regional property manager at Maloney Properties since 1982, and presently oversees on-site property management operations at low- and mixed-income apartment complexes in Roxbury, the South End and Newport, R.I.

Diana is a graduate of Simmons College and has managed property for MB Management Corporation, the Commonwealth of Mass., Tenants’ Development Corporation and Greater Boston Community Development. She has served on many nonprofit boards including the Affordable Housing Management Training Foundation, United South End Settlements and the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. Diana is a founding member of the New England Black Property Managers Forum.



Ellen Caracciolo, Treasurer

Ellen is a Senior Asset Manager with MHIC, managing a $276 million portfolio of LIHTC and New Markets projects located in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Ms. Caracciolo is responsible for monitoring the financial operations, tax credit and regulatory compliance and condition of physical assets from project approval through to asset disposition.  Prior to joining MHIC in 2002, Ms. Caracciolo worked as the Director of Real Estate Development and Asset Management for a successful Boston CDC for 7 years and as a Project Manager for 7 years for a non-profit affordable housing owner/developer in Boston.  Ellen and her husband Jack Mills have lived on  Congreve St. in Roslindale for over 20 years.



Marcia Thornhill, Clerk

Marcia has been a resident of the Readville neighborhood of Hyde Park since 2003. She joined Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury 16 years ago as a Project Manager and is now the Director of Real Estate Development. Her efforts on projects such as Palladio Hall and the Dartmouth Hotel, both major development projects in Dudley Square, are a major factor in the success Nuestra has achieved these last 16 years. Marcia oversees acquisition, rehabilitation and construction of several hundred units of affordable housing and commercial space.

Ms. Thornhill sits on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation and serves on its Housing Peer-Advisory Committee.  Ms. Thornhill has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Tufts University and Bachelors degree in Financial Management from Boston University’s Metropolitan College.


Gladys Alexander

Gladys joined the Board after participating in our POHWER community organizing committee. Gladys has always been interested in views of other people besides her own and in working with others for justice. She currently also serves on the Board of New England United For Justice, and seeks to bring some of the energy and ideas from that work to Hyde Park, where she lives, and also to Roslindale. Gladys is also active with her church in Roxbury. She’s a retired shipper at a uniform rental company.



Adriana Cillo

Adriana is the Educational Programs Coordinator for the City of Boston’s Water and Sewer Department. She is an active resident of Roslindale, including with the Roslindale Parade and Sacred Heart Parish.







La Toya Douglas

La Toya was born in Trinidad and moved to the US at age 14. She is the second eldest of five sisters. She holds a BA in English from Suffolk University. Since her time in college she has worked as a histology technician, which she continues to do today. La Toya is also a trainer safety officer and a real estate agent. She lives in Hyde Park







Sharon Hinton

Sharon is an adjunct professor of community development and social issues at Springfield College. She is also a radio show host covering local issues. Sharon lives in Hyde Park.






Sarah Lamitie

Sarah  is Senior Vice President and Community Investment Officer at Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, a full service commercial bank serving Greater Boston, Southern California, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees the Bank’s CRA investments and is involved in business development for the Bank’s CRA community development and small business lending programs in Greater Boston. Prior to joining Boston Private, Ms. Lamitie was engaged in affordable housing finance at the City ofBoston and the Boston Housing Authority. She serves on Board of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council and the Steering Committee of the Mel King Institute for Community Building. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tuft University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College. She lives in Roslindale and has two children.




Michael McDonough

Mike has been a long time resident of Hyde Park until recently.  He and his family resided in Hyde Park for 23 years.  Mike was involved in a number of community based sports including baseball and soccer.  Mike served as the Commissioner of the Hyde Park Soccer for Kids from 1998-2002. He was an member of Friends of the Hyde Park Library and participated in other Hyde Park community and political activities.  He is employed in the Operations Division of the Boston Housing Authority.  Mike currently resides in South Boston.




Patricia Miller

Patricia is a registered nurse who grew up in Boston and comes from a family that has been politically active for generations. She lives in SWBCDC’s property on American Legion Highway in Roslindale with her four children. Before SWBCDC purchased the property, Patricia was a key leader in the tenants association that worked to ensure that their building was sold to a responsible landlord. She is passionate about working on issues that not only help herself, but that improve the whole community.








Victoria Rios

Victoria is a program manager at the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern.  She has a background in PR and marketing as well as in paralegal work. She cares about SWBCDC’s entire mission and is especially passionate about improving Boston’s public transit system and the Fairmount line. Victoria lives in the Fairmount Hill section of Hyde Park.





Nathaniel Thomas

Nathaniel is a native Bostonian who settled with his family in Hyde Park. He helps oversee the MassWorks Infrastructure Program in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. He has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from the University of Washington. Growing up in Boston and studying internationally taught Nathaniel relationships between inner-city disparities and international development. He will support Hyde Park by being active with SWBCDC.






Bob Vance

Bob is a life-long Hyde Park resident and has been active in the community since the 1980’s.  Over the years he has been active with the Fairmount Greenway Task Force, Fairmount Indigo Transit Coalition, Hyde Park Artists Association, Hyde Park Food Bank, Lower Neponset Citizens Action, local LGBTQ groups, and Hyde Park Main Streets. Bob works in Information Technology.





Lawrence Wyche

Lawrence was born and raised in Hyde Park. He has long wanted to effect change in his community, but wasn’t sure of the path to take until he became an early leader of SWBCDC’s POHWER committee. Lawrence is self employed as a graphic designer and is also active in putting on live music events.