Council members


Vicky Arroyo

David Baron

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.

Carmel Levy

Carmel is a recent transplant to Jamaica Plain from Houston, Texas, and is excited to join the council as a way of contributing to his new home. Carmel funds his civic engagement habit by writing online math curriculum for elementary school students.  He is especially interested in expanding access to affordable housing, and bringing affordable wifi to JP.  In his spare time, Carmel volunteers with 826Boston, and goes on civic dates with his wife, whom he adores.

Michael Reiskind

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

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.

Area A:

Brianne Connelly

Bruce Marks

A long-time JP resident and Founder/CEO of NACA, the nation’s largest housing counseling agency. As a union activist for the Hotel Workers Union in Boston, he was instrumental in negotiating the first housing trust fund. He was one of the first to expose predatory lending practices. In 2007, Mr. Marks was named Boston Globe’s Bostonian of the Year.  His relentless tactics and operational skills pushed banks to provide over $13 billion in the best mortgage in America.  His aggressive tactics kept over 250,000 people in their homes and convinced lenders to change their ways.  He showed how one determined person can make a huge difference against powerful forces.  He was recently featured in the New York Times as “The Homebuyer’s Champion,” and has been profiled three times in the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Marks has an MBA from NYU and a BA from UConn.  For more information go to

Kevin Rainsford

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.

Kyle Smith

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.

Trevor Wissink-Adams

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.

Area B:

Max Glikman

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.

Samantha Montano

Emily Tabor

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

Priscilla Yang

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.

Area C:

Robin Cheung

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.

Bernard Doherty

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.

Omer Hecht

J. Kevin Leary

For the past forty-two years, my wife, Susan, and I have lived at 73 Woodland Road where we raised our two daughters. Since 1979, I have practiced law with the Law Offices of Gerard F. Doherty in Boston specializing in federal (HUD), state (MassHousing and Department of Housing and Community Development) and conventional financing of multifamily housing for both profit and non-profit developers.  For ten years prior thereto, I served as a Suffolk County District attorney.  I am a graduate of Georgetown University and received my law degree from New England School of Law.  As a member of the JPNC from 1993 to 2011, ! served as chair of its Zoning Committee for 18 years. I have been a member of Jamaica Hills Association for 40 years and currently serve as its zoning chair.  From 1993 to present I am a member of the Commonwealth Cooperative Bank Board of Directors.

Gert Thorn

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.