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Staff & Board

Jan Latorre-Stiller

Executive Director

Jan has had a long career in leadership positions, most specifically building and managing community and volunteer programs. Her most recent role was as the Massachusetts Regional Director for Philadelphia-based Minding Your Mind, a youth mental health education program. Prior to that, she was the Director of SOAR 55, a federal volunteer program for adults age 55 and over. During her 24-year tenure, she re-branded the program, expanding the roles of volunteers to include skills-based, capacity-building volunteer assignments that enabled nonprofits to benefit from the professional experience that the new generation of older adults brought.

Jan has always been interested in work that enhances community, contributes to the well-being of others, and connects people to opportunities that enable them to grow personally. Jan began her tenure with Cambridge Neighbors as volunteer director in 2018. A huge supporter of Cambridge Neighbors, she is excited to serve as executive director.

Grace Strother


I am really enjoying meeting everyone at Cambridge Neighbors and putting faces to names! I grew up and still live in my family home in Watertown with my parents, sister, husband, kid and 3 dogs. I went to Tulane University in New Orleans for college. I have worked as a non-profit accountant for over 10 years. Before covid I worked for the senior services agency Ethos in Jamaica Plain. I am also currently the bookkeeper at Beth El Temple center in Belmont.

Alexandra Clarke

Alexandra Clarke

Assistant Director

Alexandra, originally from Mid-coast Maine, joins the Cambridge Neighbors team after recently returning from a five-year stint abroad teaching English to kindergarten-aged students in Seoul, South Korea and Surat Thani, Thailand. A graduate of Suffolk University, Alex has returned to the city, and is thrilled to be working as the Assistant Director of Cambridge Neighbors. Having worked previously with nonprofit organizations in downtown Boston serving local youth populations, she is excited to expand her demographic and professional experience with Cambridge Neighbors. Bringing a unique professional background to the position, Alex is passionate about cultivating relationships and serving individuals, and has always been attracted to work that allows her to connect with people.

Alex currently lives in Dorchester and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

Board of Directors

Claudia Albert

Claudia Albert has been a lifelong educator—-a classroom teacher, a building and district administrator, and a professor at Brooklyn College. Growing up in a military family, she moved often as a child; as an adult, she lived mostly in Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY before moving to Belmont to be with her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She has become an active member of Cambridge Neighbors to expand and deepen her involvement in the Villages’ movement, and has joined the board to further support us all in successfully aging in place.

Lotte Bailyn

Lotte Bailyn joined Cambridge Neighbors after her husband died for any help and support she might need, now that she was living alone. Since then, she has come to see many more advantages of CN, both for herself and others, and hopes to be able to ensure CN’s continuing success as a member of the Board. She is a retired professor from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and her work has dealt with the organization structures and practices that can improve or hinder the wellbeing of employees. She hopes that some of this knowledge might enhance her usefulness as a member of the Board.

Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson, Cambridge, joined CN for the social and cultural activities as well as the volunteer opportunities. Nancy became interested in being a Board Member when Board President Tina Olton asked Nancy to work with her. Nancy retired in 2014 from her position as a Professor at The New England College of Optometry. Her favorite aspects of her career were team teaching, writing a textbook, and writing many journal articles with her team. She became colleagues and friends with many of her students after they graduated. Nancy lives with her husband, Tom Corwin, and their two spoiled, and much-loved cats. She spends her free time reading, quilting, and traveling.

Emily Flax

Emily Flax, Cambridge and Medford, joined the board of CN because she is passionate about exploring design and social concepts that support and empower a thriving aging population. Emily believes it is essential to reimagine how people of all ages will live and participate in an aging society. She spends her free time with her two children and husband on his farm in Lincoln, MA.

Janet Kinasewich

Jan has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University and has been a successful real estate broker in the Cambridge area for many years. In addition to her CN board appointment, she was a Board member of the Eugene Kinasewich Fund which educated approximately thirty Ukrainian hockey-playing students in this country mostly in private boarding schools and some in colleges, is past President of The Cambridge Club, a distinguished group of people, all of whom have a history of volunteer work in Cambridge. She served on the Hospice of Cambridge Development Committee for roughly twenty years. She has been a supporter of CCAE, taking courses there for many years. Jan has always appreciated the village concept and is looking forward to contributing to Cambridge Neighbors as a member of its board.

Judy Lindamood

Judy Lindamood, Cambridge, joined CN with her husband because she has strong feelings about the need to help elders live independently for as long as possible.  Her interest in the Board began when she retired from her long-time career as an Early Childhood Educator and professor at Bunker Hill Community College.  A highlight of her career was a six-month sabbatical to Europe and Scandinavia looking at Early Childhood systems in seven countries. She spends her time with grandchildren, family activities and travels. 

Jay Lorsch

Rachel McCaw

Rachel McCaw, Arlington, joined Cambridge Neighbors for the volunteering opportunities as well as to help elders in the area live independently for as long as possible with the help of her knowledge in Elder Law. Rachel currently works at an elder law and estate planning law firm based in Arlington. After giving two presentations to members of Cambridge Neighbors, she was looking for ways to become involved in the organization such as by joining the Board. The favorite part of her job is being able to help the elders in her community protect their rights and ensure that their wishes are heard. Rachel currently lives with her fiancé Paul and their chunky orange cat Oliver. She spends her free time skiing in the winter and sailing with her parents in the summer.  

Tom Novak

Tom brings years of not-for-profit financial and administrative experience to Cambridge Neighbors. He has held senior financial positions in a wide variety of environments, from fast growing entrepreneurial not-for-profits to large established organizations. He has worked in the fields of trade and scholarly book publishing, healthcare quality improvement, public radio & television, higher education and most recently with a non-profit dedicated to developing the writing, critical thinking, reading, and communication skills of young writers, ages 13-19. He earned a business degree from the University of Buffalo, has served on the Board of HIPPY (the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), and currently serves on the finance committee with AANE (the Association for Autism and Neurodiversity of New England). He is a lifelong athlete (running, swimming, cycling) and a resident of Cambridge, MA.

Helene Quinn

Helene Quinn has worked with elders in both NYC and in Massachusetts.  In NYC she worked for the Department for Aging, overseeing federally funded nutrition and case management agencies and directed community based senior centers, managed nutrition programs, and supervised case management services for low income elders. In MA she has directed a geriatric care management agency affiliated with Sherrill House and was the Director of Admissions for Sherrill House, a not for profit skilled nursing facility.  Her most recent position was as Executive Director of The Cambridge Homes, a not-for-profit assisted living community.  Helene has a BA in Education and a Master’s in Nursing.

Anna Whitcomb

Anna Whitcomb, Cambridge, joined CN as a volunteer helping to market CN within its catchment area. She enjoys supporting an organization that helps elders remain in their homes, believing they are vital to the community. Anna has degrees in Human Development and a Master’s in Counseling and Public Management. She was a Career Counselor for over 20 years but is now retired. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines and still has ties to it along with other international non-profits. She and her husband, Sam, spend time in Dartmouth MA biking, sailing, gardening, and enjoy time with their family and new grandson.

Lindsay White

Lindsay White, a retired West Cambridge architect, hails from upstate New York. He and his wife Susie are avid gardeners and can’t imagine leaving their garden to live anywhere else. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren who live on both coasts. They have been active in the Cambridge community for well over 50 years. Peter used to volunteer in children’s mental health. Being an elder has surprised him and he finds himself on a steep learning curve. Susie is a designer who used to manufacture dance and exercise wear using stretch fabrics. Peter enjoys teaching at the Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement. Molecular biology is one of his hobbies.

Janet Whitla

Janet Whitla, Cambridge, joined CN for activities and new friendships, and for the opportunity to share her leadership experiences with the organization as it grows and develops. She has been a member for six years. When she retired as President and CEO of the international non-profit, Education Development Center, Inc., she continued as a Board or Advisory group member of several other non-profits including the Handel and Haydn Society, Cambridge College, The New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Her husband, Dean, was also a CN member (he recently passed away), and they spent many years enjoying their second home in Mattapoisett where they sailed, swam, and kayaked.

Emeriti/ae Directors

Sallie Adams
Elaine Arseneault
Ann Baehr
Webb Brown
John Cobb
Judith Coquillette
Alice DeLana
Mary Elisabeth Field
Marion Fremont-Smith
Liz Goodfellow
John Grace
Richard Joslin
Ellen Liner
Victor McElheny
Ruth McElheny
Brian Merrick
Kristin Mortimer
Tina Olton
Shippen Page
Susan Paine
Susan Poverman
Patricia Pratt
Connor Regan
Franklin Reece
Carl Sapers
Edgar Schein
Andrew Spooner
Steven J. Stadler
Matt Sullivan
Ken Tingle
Virginia Vaughan
Louise Weed
Wendy Zens
Geraldine Zetzel