Community Development Awards


2017 Award Winners


Manlio Mendez, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing - 

Manlio was born in El Salvador and came to the U.S. in 1992. In 1995, he moved to Boston. He faced most of the problems of new immigrants: learning English, obtaining legal status, finding work, and a decent, affordable home. But he loved the city, its people and took advantage of the great opportunities Boston offered.

He became a U.S. citizen and purchased his home. Manlio began working at NOAH in 2003 and now is their Senior Community Organizer. His passion is to help others gain the skills to work together as a community for social justice. Manlio is committed to helping people identify and grow their own leadership skills, and to have patience with the process of creating neighborhood change.



Gregg Desmarais, Revitalize CDC - 

Gregg first became involved as a volunteer with Revitalize CDC in 2010. Gregg then joined the board of directors and in 2014 became Vice Chair.  In 2017, Gregg assumed the key leadership role of Board Chair.  

Gregg, a Private Client Relationship Manager with TD Wealth, was instrumental in advocating for increased funding from TD Bank for Revitalize CDC, and encouraged the board to add fundraising events in order to serve more families in need. Under Gregg’s leadership on the board, Revitalize CDC officially became a CDC in 2015, and secured their largest donation to date. Gregg continues to champion other Revitalize CDC community events that have resulted in an increase of 10 to 50 volunteers annually and increased dollars raised for Revitalize CDC.

Sharon Fosbury, The Neighborhood Developers -

Sharon, found her passion for helping the Latino community after volunteering in Central and South America, and serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She was recently selected as one of El Planeta’s 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts.

As Senior Community Engagement Manager at TND in Chelsea, Sharon facilitates resident groups and organizes leadership trainings and social events.  In the past year, she has worked with residents to implement city-wide cleanliness initiatives, has enabled several residents to take City Board positions, and organized a block party that with over 600 attendees.  Her belief is that true sustainability comes from community ownership, which motivates her daily to find opportunities for residents to be leaders.

Lorena Salazar, Lawrence CommunityWorks -

Growing up in Medellin, Colombia, Lorena often volunteered with family members around important social campaigns. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design in 2011, Lorena developed educational workshops for children to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. 

Lorena moved to Lawrence in 2013 and joined LCW as the Network Opportunities Coordinator in 2014. In 2017, Lorena was promoted to Lead Community Organizer and is now doing organizing work in the Lawrence Public Schoolsand the North Common neighborhood. Lorena is truly connected to LCW’s mission and works to build a strong, connected, community in the place where she lives with her husband Eduardo and “little spark” Emma.


Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, Department of Housing and Community Development - 

Chrystal Kornegay’s passion for creating projects and programs that result in stronger communities for modest-income working families is evidenced throughout her 20+ years’ experience in community development. In January 2015, Ms. Kornegay became the Baker Polito Administration’s Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development. Prior to that, Chrystal was Urban Edge’s President and Chief Executive Officer and an active member of MACDC.

Since joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Ms. Kornegay has used her experience, expertise and tenacity to advance several important priorities. Since FY 2015, the Baker Administration has increased state capital dollars for affordable housing by almost 18 percent and worked with the legislature to increase rental subsidies for low-income families by 42%. Ms. Kornegay has worked with MassHousing to launch a $100 million workforce housing initiative, collaborated with partners in state government and the non-profit sector to dramatically reduce the number of homeless families in motels; launched the Community Scale Housing Initiative; partnered with the Mel King Institute to provide leadership training to resident board commissioners serving on local housing authorities; and worked to streamline and grow the Community Investment Tax Credit program.

Ms. Kornegay is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College.


Baystate Health - 

With roots dating to the founding of Springfield City Hospital in 1873, Baystate Health has been providing skilled and compassionate healthcare in the Pioneer Valley for more than 140 years. Today, Baystate Health is one of the highest-quality healthcare providers in the nation; U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Baystate Medical Center the top hospital in our region and third ranked hospital in Massachusetts for 2017-2018. As a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system, Baystate Health’s 12,000 employees touch nearly one million lives each year in our communities. Last year, Baystate Health provided $150 million in unreimbursed care to ensure quality care to anyone needing care in our diverse community.

In 2017, in partnership with its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) and under the leadership of Frank Robinson, Ph.D., Baystate launched its Better Together Grant Program. Through this program, Baystate awarded major, multi-year grants to two CDCs serving Springfield – Way Finders and Revitalize CDC and a one-year grant to Quaboag Valley CDC serving Palmer and Ware – all three leveraged the Community Investment Tax Credit to double the impact of their investment. Baystate became the first hospital in Massachusetts to use CITC to make major investments in housing and community development initiatives that address the social determinants of health. The grants will enable Baystate to refer asthma patients to Revitalize CDC in order to perform housing interventions and remediation that address triggers related to the illness aggravated by poor housing conditions, support community engagement efforts of Way Finders that seek to reduce crime and expand access to physical activity in parks and other community spaces in the Old Hill Neighborhood of Springfield, and ensure that rural residents have access to affordable and reliable transportation so they can work, learn, be healthy, and stay connected to their communities via the Quaboag Connector van service.

MACDC congratulates Baystate Health on its innovative and visionary “up-stream” investments that will improve community health.



The Ricanne Hadrian Award:

This award is for a CDC project manager or organizer who meaningfully engages local residents in building economically and racially just communities.

Ricanne Hadrian was MACDC's Deputy Director for housing and community reinvestment until her death in October 1996. She also designed the community organizing initiative, RHICO, name in her honor.


Richard Giordano

Fenway CDC


Katie Provencher

Urban Edge

2014 Marcia Thornhill Nuestra Comunidad
2013 Angela Kelly Madison Park DC
2012 Sarah Horsley Fenway CDC
2011 Kyle Robidoux JPNDC
2010 Dan Gelbtuch DBEDC
2009 Nelson Butten LCW
2008 Paul Hernandez Oak Hill CDC
2007 Juan Gonzalez ABCDC
2006 Lindolfo Carballo CBA
2005 Allison Moronta JPNDC
2004 Meridith Levy Somerville CC
2003 Elizabeth Palma Diaz ABCDC
2002 Alma Couverthie
Liz Gutierrez
2001 Jethro Heiko Fenway CDC
2000 Donald Bianchi Hilltown CDC
1999 Teodora Duarte DBEDC
1998 Lizbeth Heyer JPNDC
1997 Stacey Chacker
Sothea Chiemruom

The Richard Smith Award:

MACDC presents this award to a CDC staff person or board member who exemplifies outstanding commitment, leadership and achievement on behalf of the statewide movement.

Richard Smith was the Executive Director of the Fitchburg CDC. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his organization and his community. MACDC has presented this award in his memory since 1992.

2015 Jeanne Pinado Madison Park Development Corporation
2014 Amy Shapiro Franklin County CDC
2013 Steve Teasdale Main South CDC
2012 Gordon Gottsche Just-A-Start
2011 Gail Latimore Codman Square NDC
2010 Mossik Hacobian Urban Edge
2009 Danny LeBlanc Somerville CC
2008 Susan Rutherford Quaboag Valley CDC
2007 David Kielson Hilltown CDC
2006 Richard Thal
Fran Volkmann
Valley CDC
2005 John Waite Franklin County CDC
2004 James Hoffman Mission Hill NHS
2003 Jeanne DuBois
Suzanne Buglione
Oak Hill CDC
2002 Gwen Pelletier Lower Cape Cod CDC
2001 Joanne Campbell Valley CDC
2000 Louann Harvey CDC of So. Berkshire
1999 Robert Van Meter
Mary Lou Petit
Lower Cape Cod CDC
1998 James Holderby Twin Cities CDC
1997 Barbara Burnham
Angel Bermudez
Fenway CDC

The Rising Star Award:

This award is presented to Executive Directors, staff or board members that are 40 years old or younger who have demonstrated their potential, outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement in community development.

2016 Dariela Maga
Rafael Medina
Robert Torres
David Valecillos
Allston Brighton CDC
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Urban Edge
North Shore CDC
2015 Andrea Aldana
Charise Canales
Rachana Crowley
Jason Desrosier
Lisette Le
Community Development Partnership
Worcester Common Ground
Valley CDC
Allston-Brighton CDC
2014 Alia Abubakar
Shannon Erb
Sigute "Siggy" Meilus
Madeline Mendoza
Rosario Ubiera-Minaya
Urban Edge
Somerville CC
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA
Twin Cities CDC
North Shore CDC
2013 Janelle Chan
Mashael Majid
Mark Matel
My Nguyen
Melinda Vega
Aspasia Xypolia
Asian CDC
Somerville CC
Nuestra CDC
Valley CDC
Jamaica Plain CDC
2012 Jackie Giordano
Timothy Doherty
Iola Key
Michelle Miser
Robert Corley
Spencer Bucholz
North Shore CDC
Asian CDC
Fenway CDC
Allston Brighton CDC
South Shore NHS
Lawrence CommunityWorks
2011 Kristin Anderson
Thais DeMarco
Jackie Flores
My Lam
Patricia Mallios
Anne Schweitzer
North Shore CDC
Somerville CC
Oak Hill CDC
2010 Mickey Northcutt
Courtney Koslow
Maddie Ribble
Kevin Johnson
Quynh Dang
Melissa "Casey" Starr
Northshore CDC
Somerville CC
Madison Park DC
Main South CDC
2009 Erica Schwartz
Karla Torrez
Katie Provencher
David Thibault-Munoz
Jennica Huff
Urban Edge
Twin Cities CDC
Valley CDC
2008 Emily Loomis
JoAnna Ain
Luz Colon
Alex Zhang
Evelyn Hilaire
Chelsea NDC
Housing Corp. of Arlington
Madison Park DC
Asian CDC
2007 Dychell Reeves
Anabelle Rondon
Katie Anthony
Marissa Guananja
Jeremy Liu
Dorchester Bay CDC
Somerville CDC
Chelsea CDC
Asian CDC
2006 Heather Knopsnyder
Franklin Miller
Tamar Kotelchuck
Moira Noonan
Ana Luna
Allston Brighton CDC
Dorchester Bay EDC
Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lower Cape Cod CDC


Excellence in Community Development:

MACDC presents the Excellence in Community Development Award to an individual or agency from the public sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

2015 State Representative Sarah Peake & State Representative Stephen Kulik  
2014 Aaron Gornstein Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development,
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
2013 Mayor Kimberly Driscoll
Mayor Lisa Wong
City of Salem
City of Fitchburg
2012 Governor Deval Patrick  
2011 Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Attorney General Martha Coakley
2010 Senator Sue Tucker
City Counselor Barbara G. Haller
2009 Massachusetts Housing Partnership  
2008 Tina Brooks Massachusett's Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development
2007 Kenneth Wade NeighborWorks America
2006 State Rep. Torrisi  
2005 State Rep. Bosley  
2004 State Senator Jack Hart
State Rep. Michael Rodrigues
2003 State Senator Harriett Chandler
State Rep. Kevin Honan
2002 Mayor Mary Clare Higgins City of Northampton
2001 State Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald  
2000 U.S. Congressman Barney Frank  
1999 State Senator Diane Wilkerson  
1998 U.S. Congressman John Olver
State Senator Stanley Rosenberg
1997 U.S. Senator John Kerry
Patricia Canavan
City of Boston

The Jeffrey Graham Award:

This award is presented to a person or organization from the private sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Graham was a community reinvestment officer who demonstrated a genuine commitment to supporting CDCs and their communities. In 2002, MACDC named this award in Jeffrey's memory.

2015 Clark University  
2014 Ezra Glenn MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
2013 Michael Durkin The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
2012 Paul Grogan The Boston Foundation
2011 The Home Funders  
2010 Harbor One Credit Union  
2009 Ann Lisi Greater Worcester Community Foundation
2008 Mazonson Insurance  
2007 Margaret Harrison Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
2006 Joe Flatley Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2005 Pam Jones LISC
2004 Cambridge Savings Bank  
2003 Mathew Thal LISC
2002 Gene Clerkin Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2001 Greenfield Savings Bank
The Life Initiative
2000 Surdna Foundation
Felicity Hardee Esq.,
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
1999 CEDAC
Citizens Bank
1998 Boston Community Capital  
1997 Sister Annette McDermott, SSJ Springfield Catholic Archdiocese