Hyannis, MA – Housing Assistance Corporation has added five new members to its Board of Directors and welcomed Peter Muise, CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, as its new Board Chair.
“We are excited to strengthen our board with new members who are leaders in the community and passionate about the work we’re doing to provide those we serve on Cape Cod and the Islands with access to safe, secure housing,” said Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi. “With Peter Muise’s guidance and expertise, our board is strategically positioned to ensure our agency can maintain the vibrancy and character of the Cape by supporting our region’s workforce, seniors, and young families.”
Housing Assistance’s new board members are William Bogdanovich of Brewster, President/CEO at Broad Reach Healthcare; Elaine Bolognese of South Dennis, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); Moriya Smith of South Dennis, a registered nurse at Wingate at Harwich; Ronald Winner of Hyannis; and Linda Zammer of Mashpee, a local business owner and philanthropist.
“It is a privilege to be joining a community organization doing such important work,” said Bogdanovich. “The key to our future is the ability for Cape Cod to be a home for those who need and deserve a stable place to live that is within their means.”
Bogdanovich, who holds a Bachelor of Science from Bentley College and a master’s in education from Bowling Green State University, is celebrating his 20th anniversary at Broad Reach Healthcare. He has served as its President/CEO since 2010. He currently serves as the Board President for the Massachusetts Senior Care Education Foundation; is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Paul Coverdell Stroke Program Steering Committee; and is a former board member and past president of the Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands.
Prior to coming to WHOI in 2013, Bolognese served as the director of accounting and control at Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bentley College and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
A former Housing Assistance client, Smith recently graduated from the agency’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, purchasing her first home at the end of May. While in the FSS program, Smith earned her associates’ degree in nursing from Labouré College. She was selected as a One Family Scholar, an extremely competitive grant given to low-income single parents to further their education. Smith is now working towards her bachelor’s degree with the goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner.
“Housing Assistance has been an instrumental part of my life,” Smith said. “Being a recipient of their services has allowed me to accomplish my goals and move forward in a positive direction.”
Winner, who retired in 2017 after a 28-year career in sales at Shepley Wood Products, has been a longtime Housing Assistance volunteer, regularly preparing meals for clients at the agency’s Angel House shelter in Hyannis. In 2016, he was recognized for his efforts with Housing Assistance’s Volunteer of the Year award. He currently serves on the board for Shea’s Youth Basketball Association and is co-chair of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod’s 2nd Annual Ride for Homes.
A longtime Housing Assistance supporter, Zammer and her husband are the co-owners of Clancy’s Restaurant in Dennis Port, Tugboats in Hyannis, and the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth. Over the years, the couple have strengthened Housing Assistance’s work in a variety of ways, including sponsorship of annual events; job training programs for homeless and formerly homeless individuals at the Zammer Hospitality Institute at Cape Cod Community College; and playing a pivotal role in enabling our agency to build 117 units of affordable housing in Bourne that included High Meadow Townhomes, Clay Pond Cove, and the Residences at Canal Bluffs.
Linda Zammer’s involvement in the community includes serving on the boards of the Gosnold Treatment Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, and Fairwinds Clubhouse, as well as on the Massachusetts Restaurant Education Committee. In 2018, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce recognized the Zammers for their local contributions as its Citizens of the Year.
“I believe the work and accomplishments of Housing Assistance have been instrumental in helping thousands of people in obtaining affordable housing,” Linda Zammer said. “We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful organization on Cape Cod.”
Housing Assistance Corporation was founded in 1974 as a pilot project to test the use of rental vouchers to help secure housing for year-round workers on Cape Cod. Since that time, our programs have expanded to assist more than 175,000 low- and middle-income households on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. To learn more about HAC’s programs and services visit www.HAConCapeCod.org.