Directors

 Robert Jones, President

Mr. Jones has served as Treasurer of HSI for nearly 30 years, and has decades of experience in banking. He is presently a Senior Loan Officer with the Newburyport Bank with many years prior with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. In 1990, Bob became President of HSI


 Dorothy La France, Member

Ms. La France was the Director of the Newburyport Public Library for many years and was Treasurer of HSI for two decades. She is currently retired and serves in a leadership role on a number of local boards.


 Karen Pollastrino, Clerk

Karen holds a Master’s in Regional Planning from UMASS-Amherst and a B.A. from SUNY-Albany. As Senior Project Manager at Minco, Karen coordinates the permitting process and has been with the company since 1982.


 Frank G. Cousins Jr., Treasurer

Frank Cousins was the President of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry until 2021. He is the former Essex County Sheriff and lifelong Newburyport resident. Prior to his appointment to sheriff, Frank had served on the Newburyport, Massachusetts City Council, and then elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1993.


 Paula Newcomb, Executive Director

Ms. Newcomb has been involved in the development of private and public affordable housing opportunities for forty years, including fifteen years in compliance at the US Department of HUD, and ten years with the City of Haverhill in Community Development and Affordable Housing production.


 Karen Conard, Honorary Member

City Manager, City of Portsmouth NH. Ms. Conard has many years of experience in the public and private sectors, including having served in both the executive and legislative branches of state government, and local government overseeing all planning, zoning, community development, building/inspections, and conservation functions. The former President of HSI, Karen has become an Honorary Member of the Board of Housing Support Inc.