Vicky Arroyo is a life-long resident of Jamaica Plain currently living in her own childhood home with her partner and two children. Growing up, the importance for civic engagement was instilled in her by her mother who served, and continues to serve, in various community boards and organizations. This passion grew greater during her teenage years which ultimately drew her back to the Greater Boston area after graduating from college to work as a public school teacher in Chelsea. After 4 years in the classroom she continued her work in public education by coaching and supporting new teachers serving in high-needs districts across the state before choosing to become a stay at home mom to her boys, Santiago and Mateo. Vicky also currently runs a martial arts school in Egleston Square alongside her mother.
Zoning Committee (Chair)
David Baron is a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain. He served as one of the “Area B” representatives to the JPNC for eight years (he now serves JP “at large”) and has chaired the Council’s Zoning Committee since 2009. Dave also led in 2009 and 2010 the ad hoc committee responsible for updating the JPNC election procedures and by-laws. By day, Dave has a solo law practice specializing in real estate matters. As a member of the Neighborhood Council, his priorities are ensuring a fair and open community process, particularly around zoning matters, and serving as a JP advocate and liaison to City government.
Will moved to Jamaica Plain (for the second time) in 2019 and has lived in the Boston area since 2011. Originally from North Carolina, Will Cohen is an urban planner at the Boston-based design firm Utile, where he works on citywide, zoning, and housing plans across New England, and he teaches a course on geographic information systems and mapping at Boston College. He hopes to see contemporary and progressive planning practices more consistently encouraged and reinforced by the JPNC. He lives on Walk Hill Street with his wife and son, and the three collectively enjoy their community garden at Minton Stable as well as their proximity to the Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, and J.P. Licks.
Public Service Committee (Chair)
Michael Reiskind is a long-time resident of Jamaica Plain and a hard-working community activist involved in many aspects of neighborhood life. He is presently on the JPNC Zoning Committee. He also is Chair of its Public Service Committee, where he works on public safety, public works and transportation issues. He is a board member of JP Centre/South Main Streets, the Jamaica Pond Association, The Arborway Committee for Public Transit, Inc. and the JP Business and Professional Association. In addition, he has been a leader working with the Boston Police Department to implement Neighborhood Policing in Jamaica Plain.
Housing & Development Committee (Chair)
Carolyn Royce is a great appreciator of Jamaica Plain, of its wonderful green spaces, great variety of housing, unique businesses, commitment to the arts, and diversity of residents. She is an active member of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association. She has worked as an educator, teaching in both elementary schools and adult programs; currently she works as a bookkeeper for local small businesses. This is her second term on the JPNC. She supports the JPNC’s mission to serve as a forum for community opinions and to advocate for positive policies and actions.
Brandon is an organizer, involved community member, and dedicated public servant living in JP. Of Japanese and Venezuelan descent, he has been a passionate advocate for language access in government and political processes. Growing up without housing stability has given Brandon a focus on creating and preserving affordable housing. He currently advocates for the addition of planks in support of affordable housing to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s platform in his role as a State Committeeman. In his day job, Brandon serves as a Legislative Aide to State Rep. Chynah Tyler and previously served as Communications & Community Relations Coordinator to Council President Kim Janey.
Housing & Development Committee
Marvin Dee Mathelier was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Egleston Square, Jamaica Plain. Marvin’s drive and motivation in joining JPNC was based on wanting to maintain a diverse and safe community within JP and being a voice for those residents that do not have a platform to speak on. Marvin is part of the Housing and Development Committee and is committed to ensuring all JP residents is being fairly as the neighbor continues to change. Aside from being part of JPNC, Marvin is a consultant at Slalom and is a Major in the United States Reserves. On his spare time, Marvin loves to spend time with his wife, Beth, his two year old daughter, Nora and his two dogs, Roxy and Luna.
Peg Preble has lived in JP since 1991. She is presently on the Neighborhood Council, and on the Zoning and Public Service committees. Peg works in the JP area as a residential electrician, and has intimate knowledge of many neighborhood attics and basements. Her love for the quirky housing stock of JP and the wish to insure that the neighborhoods have a voice in their community drew her to the council.
Kevin Rainsford started working in Hyde Square in 2000 and became a Jamaica Plain resident in 2005. As a mental health counselor, Kevin has worked in a variety of social service and educational settings where he has sought to meet the needs of youth and the underserved. His interest in the JPNC stems from his time as an MPA student where he gained an appreciation for a community’s need to have a voice in government. Kevin hopes to combine both of these passions within his work on the Council and ensure that the voice of all residents of Jamaica Plain are represented in the community’s future.
Education Committee (Chair)
Trevor Wissink-Adams has lived in Jamaica Plain since 2012, first on Boylston Street and now with his wife, Jay, on Amory Street. Living near Stony Brook has intensified Trevor’s passion for green space, spending time in Southwest Corridor Park, Jamaica Pond, and the Arboretum. Trevor has a master’s degree in education and has worked in public school education and administration for the past 10 years. He is especially interested in developing a Social Service and Schools Committee to address the ideas, concerns, and hopes of JP’s parents and educators.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Pratik moved to Boston in 2016 and has been a resident of Jamaica Plain’s Egleston Square since 2019. A public policy professional with experience at the Global Resilience Institute as well as in state and local government, Pratik strives to make policymaking processes accessible to communities that have historically been excluded. With an approach to public policy and community development that is directly informed by his background in labor and housing justice organizing, Pratik aims to foster diverse and sustainable communities. Pratik is a graduate of Northeastern University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy.
JPNC Vice Chair
Zoning Committee (Vice Chair)
Max Glikman has been a resident of Jamaica Plain since 2015, and currently lives on Glenvale Terrace with his partner Stephanie. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Max has greatly enjoyed working and living in Boston for the past several years. Max is a fierce advocate of housing that is affordable, and hopes to instill a sense of urgency through the Council in the fight against overdevelopment, gentrification, and displacement. Max is currently a relationship manager at MassHousing. Previously, Max has worked at the nonprofit affordable housing developer B’nai B’rith Housing, at the federal level for the Government Accountability Office with a focus on housing programs, and at the local level for the New York City Economic Development Corp., focusing on small business growth. Max is a proud alumnus of NYU Stern and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
My’Kel McMillen is a grassroots organizer from Mildred C. Hailey Apartments by way of Jamaica Plain. McMillen is the Youth Program Director at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments Youth Center, dedicated to helping the development of young people ages 7 – 18. He is also the founder of Mack’s Soles, which is a nonprofit organization in the city of Boston. Mack’s Soles collects footwear and essential items of need, and redistributes those items to impoverished youth and adult individuals who are homeless or in dire need. My’Kel believes everyone has a purpose on this earth, his is continuing to make a positive impact on not only those around him but those far away.
Public Service Committee (Vice Chair)
Sam uses she/her they/them pronouns and identifies as a queer latinx chicana. Sam has been in Boston for almost 8 years, by way of Los Angeles, CA. Sam is a community organizer by day and spends evening engaged in politics and arts. Housing and equity are Sam’s favorite topics and influence many of the actions Sam takes on the neighborhood council.
Parks+ and Education Committees
Priscilla has resided in Central JP with her husband and three children since 2006. She values JP’s diversity, good schools, green spaces, and sense of community. As a Council member, Priscilla hopes to work with residents of JP and other Council members to arrive at recommendations and decisions that best reflect the priorities of our community. She supports housing and zoning that make JP livable for a diverse community and preservation of green spaces that can be enjoyed by all JP residents. Priscilla is a scientist at Harvard Medical School where her laboratory studies viruses that cause human disease.
Public Service Committee
Robin Cheung, a resident of Boston since 1988 moved to Jamaica Plain with her family in 2014. She appreciates living in a community with plenty of public green and open spaces, distinctive businesses and vibrant residents. After college, Robin worked in Mayor Thomas Menino’s Office of Constituent Services, Boston Private Industry Council and Citizens for Safety which all served Boston residents in advocating city services, investment in education and safe neighborhoods. Her current work in higher education supports an ethical and civil, encouraging mutual understanding and resolution through respectful dialogue and fair processes. Robin sees those same goals that make up the JPNC and will work to implement them with the community at large.
Public Service Committee
Bernie Doherty was a member of the JPNC from 1985 through 1997, and during this time served as the Chair of the Zoning Committee overseeing the Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) process. He also has served as President of the Asticou-Martinwood-South Street Neighborhood Association for the past 30 years and was a founding member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard and a member of a number of other community-orientated organizations. Bernie was born and raised in Jamaica Plain and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a major in International Marketing.
Housing and Development
Robert moved to Boston from St. Louis in 2007 for an AmeriCorps teaching fellowship and he has called Boston home ever since. Robert has lived in JP for six years (2007-2011, since 2019) and can be often found walking around Jamaica Pond with his wife and son. In addition to representing Area C, Robert serves on the Housing & Development Committee of JPNC. Robert is the Executive Director of the Fenway Community Center, which is a nonprofit serving the Fenway neighborhood where he previously lived from 2011-2019. Robert intends to expand community awareness of and accessibility to JPNC as a council member.
Housing & Development and Zoning Committees
Kyle Smith moved into Jamaica Plain in 2012 and currently lives with his wife on Clive Street. Despite being a newer resident of JP, Kyle quickly became involved at both the neighborhood and City of Boston levels. In JP, in addition to being a member of the JPNC and its Zoning and Housing and Development subcommittees, Kyle is an active volunteer for JP’s Community Servings, a member of the Greater Jamaica Plain Community of Real Estate Professionals and a real estate committee member of the JPNDC. A common thread of Kyle’s involvements has been the promotion, creation and sustainability of affordable housing, something he has fought for both in JP and in the greater City of Boston, having helped to amend the City’s current Inclusionary Development Policy that went into effect in January 2016. During the day, Kyle is a practicing real estate attorney for a Newton and Boston based law firm.
Public Service Committee
As a resident of Jamaica Plain since 2013, Gert plans to continue focusing on issues that affect the quality of life and our environment in Jamaica Plain. He has previously served on community boards in New York City, including as a neighborhood association president in Brooklyn; as a member of the Town Planning Board in Westport, Connecticut, and currently serves on a historical society board. Gert has a great interest in ensuring that our community continues to be diverse, and that we support opportunities to improve our built environment and provide resources to our residents. Gert is an architect with experience in urban planning, multi-family housing, commercial, university and healthcare, and well versed in working with governmental entities and community boards. He also has been an advocate of Green Building environmentally responsible design, and is known as a “hands-on” advocate, pro-active in engaging with community members.