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Board of Directors

  • Brian J. Connor, Chair

    Brian J. Connor

    Governor Appointee

    Brian J. Connor is currently serving his third five-year term, appointed by both Governor Romney and Governor Baker to the Arlington Housing Board.

    Brian is a lifelong resident of Arlington along with his wife, Michele and children Elizabeth and Patrick. He is a former Town Meeting Member from Precinct 18 and has served in many volunteer positions, boards, and foundations locally and throughout Massachusetts.

    Brian is a graduate of Northeastern University and has earned five additional graduate degrees; Master’s in Business Administration, Healthcare Management, Emergency Management, Facilities Management and Maritime Business; from Lesley University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Southern New Hampshire University. In addition, Brian is a licensed Master Mariner holding a 100-ton Captains License with the US Coast Guard and is also Certified Port Manager.

    Brian was employed for 38 years in the emergency medical service industry, serving as CEO for Armstrong Ambulance Service, President of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association and in 2006, he established LifeLine Ambulance Service. LifeLine was one of the fastest growing ambulance companies in New England, operating out of 14 offices throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire and transporting more than 350 patients daily. In 2015, LifeLine and its various companies were sold to a private equity group.

    Currently, Brian Chair’s the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and operates a consulting entity on various EMS and Maritime Industry related services. Contact Brian at bconnor@arlingtonhousing.org.

  • Gaar Talanian, Vice Chair

    Gaar Talanian

    Gaar is serving his first five year term as an elected member of the board. Previously, he was appointed by former Governor Deval Patrick for a five year term. Gaar’s 30 years of experience in the residential housing finance industry as well as construction lending are instrumental in understanding the renovation and maintenance of AHA’s rental units. He is currently a Senior Vice President of Residential Lending at Dedham Savings Bank.

    As a life-long resident of Arlington, Gaar graduated from Arlington High School and Connecticut College. He resides in Arlington with his wife Lori and their two children. Contact Gaar at gtalanian@arlingtonhousing.org.

  • Nicholas Mitropoulos, Treasurer

    Nicholas Mitropoulos

    Mr. Mitropoulos was elected to the Arlington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 2001 and brings a strong business background and considerable business experience to the Board. He also serves on several subcommittees that reach out to tenants, governmental departments and non-profit organizations in the community.

    Nick is a lifetime resident of Arlington, a graduate of Arlington High School, and he has an MBA from Babson College in the areas of Finance and Marketing. Nick and wife Marie have two daughters. Contact Nick at nmitropoulos@arlingtonhousing.org.

  • Jo Anne Preston, Board Member

    Jo Anne Preston

    Jo Anne Preston has lived in Arlington with her husband and daughter for 25 years. She currently serves as a Town Meeting member for precinct 9 which encompasses 3 of the 5 Arlington Housing Authority building complexes. She regularly volunteers for the Council on Aging Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Gift programs. And during the pandemic, she volunteered to organize sewing face masks and delivering them to the AHA Menotomy Manor housing complex.

    Jo Anne has earned a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University. In her professional career, she have taught courses in social gerontology at Colby College and Brandeis University, served as Research Director to an Institute of Aging Research Project “Aging and Generational Relations,” and worked as a social worker for Medical Aid to the Aged. She previously served as the chair of a tenants’ organization, advocating for the needs of low-income tenants.

    An additional skill Jo Anne acquired in graduate school and employed in her professional work, that of grant-writing, She has successfully written grants for the Thompson and Ottoson Schools when her daughter was a student. Jo Anne plans to use her grant-writing ability and experience to work with the Board to bring more funding to the Arlington Housing Authority.

    Jo Anne, working with the Board, wants to enhance the quality of life of AHA residents, which included not only clean, functional living areas but also more programing, increased financial resources, and better integration of the AHA residents with the greater Arlington community. Contact Joanne at jpreston@arlingtonhousing.org.

  • Fiorella Badilla

    Fiorella Badilla

    Tenant Board Member

    Fiorella Badilla was temporarily appointed in December 2020 to a vacated board member seat. She was then unanimously appointed to the tenant member seat on the Arlington Housing Authority board in August 2021.

    Fiorella is from San José, Costa Rica, making her the first Latina board member in Arlington Housing Authority history. She has been a resident of Arlington since 2012, and a tenant of Menotomy Manor (Arlington family public housing) since 2014, putting her on the front lines of understanding the needs and aspirations of AHA tenants and the Board. She has continued her education on public housing with Mel King Institution and MassNAHRO. Contact Fiorella at fbadilla@arlingtonhousing.org.

Meeting Documents

January 18, 2024
7:00PM
February 8, 2024 (Special)
7:00PM
February 21, 2024
7:00PM
March 20, 2024
7:00PM
April 17, 2024
7:00PM
April 19, 2024 (Annual)
6:45PM
May 15, 2024
7:00PM
June 26, 2024 (HCV)
6:30PM
June 26, 2024 (Annual Plan)
6:45PM
June 26, 2024
7:00PM
July 17, 2024
7:00PM
August 21, 2024
7:00PM
September 18, 2024
7:00PM
October 16, 2024
7:00PM
November 20, 2024
7:00PM
December 18, 2024
7:00PM

January 9, 2023 (Special)
2:00PM
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January 18, 2023
7:00PM
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February 15, 2023
7:00PM
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March 15, 2023
7:00PM
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April 19, 2023
6:45PM
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April 19, 2023 (Annual)
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May 18, 2023
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June 21, 2023
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June 21, 2023 (Annual)
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June 29, 2023 (Special)
7:00PM
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June 29, 2023 (HCV)
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July 19, 2023
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August 16, 2023
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September 20, 2023
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October 26, 2023
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November 15, 2023
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November 29, 2023 (Special)
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December 20, 2023
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January 18, 2022
7:00PM
February 2, 2022 (Special)
7:00PM
February 16, 2022
7:00PM
March 16, 2022
7:00PM
April 21, 2022 (Annual)
6:45PM
April 21, 2022
7:00PM
May 19, 2022
7:00PM
June 16, 2022
7:00PM
June 22, 2022 (Annual Plan)
7:00PM
June 30, 2022 (HCV)
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July 21, 2022
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August 17, 2022
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September 21, 2022
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September 27, 2022 (Special)
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October 19, 2022
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November 16, 2022
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December 21, 2022
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January 20, 2021
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February 16, 2021
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March 23, 2021
7:00PM
April 27, 2021 (Annual)
6:45PM
April 27, 2021
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May 20, 2021
7:00PM
June 16, 2021 (HCV)
6:45PM
June 16, 2021 (Annual Plan)
7:03PM
June 23, 2021
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July 12, 2021 (Special)
7:00PM
July 21, 2021
7:00PM
August 25, 2021
7:00PM
September 22, 2021
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October 20, 2021
7:00PM
November 9, 2021 (Special)
7:00PM
November 17, 2021
7:00PM
December 15, 2021
7:00PM
December 22, 2021 (Special)
7:00PM

January 15, 2020
7:00PM
Cancelled due to sickness
February 4, 2020 (Special)
7:00PM
February 19, 2020
7:00PM
March 19, 2020
7:00PM
Cancelled due to COVID-19
April 27, 2020
10:00AM
May 27, 2020
11:15AM
May 27, 2020 (Annual)
11:00AM
June 24, 2020
7:00PM
July 15, 2020
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August 19, 2020
7:00PM
September 16, 2020
7:00PM
October 21, 2020
7:00PM
November 11, 2020
7:00PM
December 16, 2020
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January 16, 2019
7:00PM
February 20, 2019
7:00PM
March 20, 2019
7:00PM
April 17, 2019
7:00PM
April 17, 2019 (Annual)
6:45PM
May 15, 2019
7:00PM
June 19, 2019
7:00PM
June 19, 2019 (HCV)
6:45PM
July 17, 2019
7:00PM
September 18, 2019
7:00PM
October 16, 2019
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November 20, 2019
7:00PM