Board & Staff

Board Members

Janice Alger, Assistant Director for Administration
City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs

Cassie Arnaud, Housing Planner
City of Cambridge Community Development Department

Ronit Barkai, Assistant Director
Transition House, Inc.

Lori Cain, Chief Operating Officer
HomeStart, Inc.

Marianne Colangelo, HMIS Project Manager
City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs

Christopher Fischer, Site Chief, Emergency Medicine, Cambridge Hospital & Somerville Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance

Larry Gottlieb, Director of Homeless and Outreach Services
Eliot Community Human Services

Dillon Harvey, Community Relations Coordinator
Cambridge Housing Authority

Michael Johnston, Executive Director
Cambridge Housing Authority

Mary Kowalczuk, Manager, Substance Abuse Prevention Programs
Cambridge Public Health Department

Reverend Kate Layzer, Minister of Street Outreach, Director of Friday Café
First Church Cambridge

Hasson Rashid, Board member/Host and Producer
Alliance of Cambridge Tenants/Cambridge Community Television (CCTV)

Sarah Rosenkrantz, Co-founder & Director
Y2Y Harvard Square

Martha Sandler, Executive Director
On the Rise, Inc.

Mary Shannon Thomas, Clinical Director for Homeless Services, Cambridge
Eliot Community Human Services

Cambridge CoC Governance Charter
Governance Charter


DHSP’s role as the Lead Agency for the CoC and HMIS

The City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) is the designated Collaborative Applicant for the CoC. The Collaborative Applicant is the eligible applicant that submits the annual CoC Consolidated Application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding on behalf of the CoC. DHSP is also the CoC’s designated lead agency for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

As the designated Collaborative Applicant and HMIS Lead, DHSP staff play a significant role in supporting the operation and management of the CoC and its HMIS system. DHSP staff coordinate and facilitate monthly CoC meetings, distribute written meeting agendas and minutes, manage the content of the CoC website and newsletter, staff the CoC Board, Homeless Services Planning Committee (HSPC) and its subcommittees, coordinate annual data collection efforts and, with the oversight of the CoC Board, design, operate and follow a collaborative, fair and transparent process for developing applications in response to CoC Program competitions. Additionally, DHSP staff participate in and represent the CoC in the City’s Consolidated Plan and ESG allocation and reporting processes. DHSP staff members are also active participants in regional and State groups meeting to coordinate efforts related to provision of ESG and CoC funds.

Our Team

Shelly Chevalier, Planning & Development Manager

Marianne Colangelo, HMIS Project Manager

Josh Levin, Coordinated Access Project Manager

Michelle McCarthy, Planner/ Contract Manager

Liz Mengers, CoC Planner

Mike Payack, Planner/ Contract Manager

Laura Vitagliano, HMIS MSC Data Coordinator