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HOPE Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing
affordable workforce housing opportunities in Middlesex County and along the shoreline.


Established in 2003 with the support of the United Way to address the shortage of affordable workforce housing in our area, HOPE is focused on finding housing solutions for low-income people who suffer disproportionately from the housing crisis.


Our philosophy is to collaborate with town government, builders, and other private partners to build housing that is attractive, sustainable and appropriate to the surrounding neighborhood. It is these partnerships that form the dynamic that make this process successful.



Karla Lindquist

Executive Director

Board of Directors

The HOPE Partnership Board of Directors is an active and working board.

With minimal staff, HOPE Partnership could not create positive impact in our region without the expertise and time commitment of dedicated Board members.


Since its inception, HOPE Partnership has attracted Board members and volunteers who represent a broad segment of the community with various skill sets. Past and present Board members have included engineers, architects, developers, business owners, human service providers, financial services professionals, attorneys and many others representing diverse perspectives.

Board Officers
President — Tony Lyons
Vice President — Pamela Days-Luketich
Secretary — Betsy Ballard
Treasurer — Cal Price

Board Members

Stephen Dowler

DG Fitton

Larry Freundlich

Preston Maynard

Leslie McKillip

Beebe Miller

Bill Neale

John O'Grady

Tom Ortoleva

Renee Pallenberg

Richard Scholnick

Lon Seidman

MaryEllen Shuckerow



Our Advisory Council

Diane Arnold

President & CEO, Essex Savings Bank

Tim Boyd

William Pitt Sothebys Real Estate

Kara Brewster
Captain Stannard House, Westbrook

Ed Cassella
Cloutier & Cassella, LLC


Herb Clark
Clark Group

Laura Corning
Owner, The Monkey Farm

Jim Crawford

Retired Teacher

Glenn Davis
VP Community Development, Liberty Bank

John Duhig
Retired, Fortune Plastics

Carl Fortuna
1st Selectman, Town of Old Saybrook

Bob Fusari
Real Estate Services of CT

Tim Geelan
President & CEO, Guilford Savings Bank

Lenny Goldberg
Co-owner, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale

James Jackson
President & CEO, The Essex Group

Brian O’Connor
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

Maureen O’Grady
Owner, Rachel Thomas Real Estate

Maria Foss Rand

Mark Robinson
Retired Pastor

The continued and generous support of Middlesex United Way makes it possible for HOPE to continue making strides in addressing the need for affordable housing in Middlesex County and on the shoreline.

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