Board of Commissioners

The operations of the Chelsea Housing Authority is overseen by a Board of Commissioners consisting of five individuals. Four commissioners are appointed by the City Manager and one commissioner is appointed by the Governor. Click here to view the By-Laws of the Chealsea Housing Authority.

Board Meetings are typically held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Administrative office at 54 Locke Street at 8:30 am. Meetings are open to the general public. Special Meetings are scheduled from time to time and may or may not be open to the public. Meeting minutes are taken at ALL meetings and are available to the public once they are approved. To submit items to be included in the upcoming meeting agenda, email Albert Ewing or call our offices at least two business days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Board Members

Bertram Taverna, Chair - Term Expires 9/26/2021

Bertram Taverna returns to the Chelsea Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Barbara Salisbury, Vice Chair - Term expires 11/8/2020

Barbara Salisbury is a longtime resident of Chelsea. She and her family moved there in 1979. Barbara is the CEO of MAB Community Services, a non-profit organization that provides training and support to adolescents and adults, in order for them to pursue a full and satisfying life, despite having physical, intellectual, or neurological disabilities. Prior to joining MAB, more than eleven years ago, Barbara had a long career in state government and higher education. She served as the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis, capping off twenty years of state service. She was the Administrative Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for more than twelve years. She is one of the founding partners of TPI, The Philanthropic Initiative. Barbara is married to writer, Luke Salisbury. They have two adult children who, after being raised in Chelsea, now live in New York.

Juan Vega - Term expires 4/7/2019

(State Appointee) Juan R. Vega is a lifelong Chelsea resident that has been active in community development and civic engagement issues for over 20 years. Juan served as an elected member of the Chelsea City Council from 1994 to 2001, including a term as Council President in 1999. Juan is currently President & CEO of Centro Latino, a non-profit human services organization with offices in Chelsea and Cambridge. He is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and volunteers on various other boards and committees, including: the Metro North Regional Employment Board, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, and the Multicultural Advisory Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Don Kingsbury, Resident Commissioner, Treasurer - Term Expires 2/28/2020

Don Kingsbury is retired and is a resident of CHA Margolis. He brings to the Board of Commissioners a perspective from the resident's point of view. He has been involved in community service for many decades and brings to the Board of Commissioners a wealth of experience as a former Selectman/Mayor, County Commissioner and as a former Commanding Officer of a nationally recognized Honor Guard. Don Kingsbury presently serves also as President of Chelsea Veterans Council.

Antonio Hernandez, Asst. Treasurer - Term Expires 3/20/2021

Antonio Hernandez has been married for 44 years, has two children and two grandchildren. Mr. Hernandez came to the United States in 1970, a pollical refugee from Cuba. He settled in Chelsea and worked at Duncan Galvanizing for 3 years. He took ESL classes to better himself and graduated as a welder in 1974, working as a welder at Tri-State for 6 years. Mr. Hernandez joined the Painters Union in 1979, and became an Organizer from 2001-2009. He moved on to Business Representative in 2009, a position he continues to hold. He serves as a liaison between 3500 members of the International Painters Unions and Allied Trades and its signatory contractors. He volunteers with on many Latin American activities in the City and has received numerous award recognitions from the Brazilian Working Center, Brazilian Immigrant Center and the City of Chelsea.

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