Peter and Clifford HAC Board-1.jpgPeter Muise (left) and Cliff Carroll were voted onto HAC’s board at the agency’s Annual Meeting in March. 

At the end of March, HAC welcomed two new board members – Peter Muise of Marion, and Cliff Carroll of West Barnstable – with a keen understanding of the housing challenges facing the region and a passion for helping solve them.

The pair were voted onto the board at HAC’s 43rd Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition. That same night, Mark Forest of Yarmouth was named board chair, succeeding David Augustinho, who had served in that capacity since April 2014.

Both Muise and Carroll were eager to use their expertise to bolster HAC’s mission to ensure all on Cape Cod and the Islands have access to safe, secure, decent housing.

“I believe it is important to give back to our community,” said Carroll, a senior mortgage lender for Residential Mortgage Services of Hyannis. “I’m hoping that my experience can help HAC succeed in its mission of keeping Cape Cod homeownership affordable to our friends, family and neighbors for generations to come.”

As a lifelong resident of Cape Cod with 37 years of experience as a mortgage banker and real estate developer, he expressed concern about the lack of affordable housing that is making it difficult for year-round residents to remain here.

Muise brings both a 40-year career in the banking industry – since 2008 he has served as the president and CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union – and a long history of volunteerism to HAC. He has served on the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, on the executive committee board for the Homeless Service Provider Network in New Bedford, and as the co-chair of the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness.

His commitment to community service has earned him multiple honors, including the 2015 Sister Rose Award from the City of New Bedford, The Standard-Times 2013 SouthCoast Man of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees in 2004.

“I have a fairly long and compassionate history of working with social service organizations and agencies that concentrate on combating homelessness, both in preventative and supportive roles,” Muise said. “HAC has an extremely positive and dominant presence on Cape Cod in the exact same service space. My belief is that through cooperation and collaboration amongst the many organizations and agencies working in this social service area, and leveraging each participant’s expertise, more clients can be helped in a more efficient and financially effective manner.”