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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 project manager at B’nai B’rith Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. His responsibilities include designing, permitting, and financing housing that is affordable throughout Greater Boston. Previously, Max has worked 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.
Emily Tabor moved to Jamaica Plain in 2012 and works for a civil legal aid organization in Boston that advocates for low-income Massachusetts residents. She has a history of campaigning for candidates on the senatorial and congressional level in Las Vegas and New York City, which has illuminated the direct effect a community can have on their neighborhood and public spaces. Tabor values Jamaica Plain’s diversity, green spaces, and vibrant arts scene, and is committed to ensuring inclusive policies that serve the public good.
Esther Tutella-Chen has lived in Jamaica Plain for 7 years. She and her partner were drawn to JP because it was green, dog-friendly, and community-centered. It seemed like the ideal place to put down roots and grow a family. With that in mind, she was motivated to run for the JPNC as there are a lot of changes happening in JP, and she is excited to work with the community to make thoughtful, informed decisions affecting the future of the neighborhood specifically around green spaces. Esther currently is the chair of the JPNC Parks + Ad Hoc Committee and works at Northeastern University as an Academic Advisor for first generation college students from the Boston area.
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.
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.
Valerie Coimbra (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Boston and moved to Jamaica Plain in 2017. She loves Jamaica Plain for its diversity, green space, and amazing local establishments, all of which led her to seek a role on the Neighborhood Council. She also serves on the Education Committee and has been working in education for the past six years. She currently leads student advocacy and family engagement work for Breakthrough Greater Boston and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boston City Singers. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University where she studied Ethnic Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, and Education.
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.
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.
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.