Merrimack Valley Housing Report

Staff Bios

Co-Editors

  • Richard P. Howe, Jr. has served as the Middlesex North District Register of Deeds since 1995. Prior to that, he practiced law here in Lowell with his father, Richard P. Howe and his sister, Martha Howe. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School, an MA in history from Salem State College and a BA in political science from Providence College. He also served as an intelligence officer in the United States Army from 1980 to 1984.
  • David Turcotte is employed at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as a research professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development. He also serves as the senior program manager at the Center for Family, Work and Community, as well as the director of the Institute for Housing Sustainability (formerly the Technical Assistance and Research Center for Housing Sustainability). David directs a healthy homes demonstration program and conducts research on regional housing needs and innovative approaches to developing more affordable and sustainable housing. He holds a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. David teaches courses on community conflict resolution and housing development and land use. 

Research Assistants/Writers

  • Keith D. Vaillancourt has a Master's degree in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has been researching foreclosure and mortgage data for the "Merrimack Valley Housing Report," while offering GIS assistance and analysis to non-profits in the region, such as Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI) and Lawrence Community Works (LCW). 
  • Emily Vidrine has a Master's degree in Regional, Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her thesis research examines community-based responses to the current foreclosure crisis, especially that of Community Development Corporations in Massachusetts. She is also currently working with the Lowell Healthy Homes Program as an environmental assessor and assistant program manager.
  • Michael Poore is currently in the Masters of Regional Economic and Social Development program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He intends to complete a project with a community partner dealing with a number of different housing issues such as affordable housing, foreclosure prevention and urban revitalization.