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Board Members

Hingham CARES Members of the Board of Directors

Rev. Steven M. Aucella

Rev. Aucella serves as pastor at New North Church.  A 2013 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, Steve is ordained in the United Church of Christ.  Additionally, Steve is a member of the Hingham Hull Interfaith Religious Leaders Association, chairs the Southeast Area Missions team for the Southern New England Conference of the UCC, and serves on the Committee on Ministry. Previously, Steve has served as a guest preacher in the UCC, mostly covering the South Shore and Cape Cod, with occasional trips north of Boston, and as co-pastor at Promise Church in Weymouth.

Nicole Bellows

Nicole grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, attended Boston College and has lived in Hingham with her husband and two children since 2004. In recent years, she has been involved with the South Shore Conservatory, Hingham Newcomers Club and Girl Scouts. She also volunteered at South Shore Hospital to establish their Patient and Family Advisory Committee and renovate the maternity ward. 


Nicole has a background in marketing, communications and fundraising. She has worked in a variety of capacities for Northeastern University and has directed special events for non-profits including Boston-based Nurtury and the MSPCA. Before Northeastern, she managed communications for the Boston Stock Exchange.


Currently, Nicole serves on The Trustees Properties Committee for the South Shore. She is interested in keeping Hingham a healthy and safe place to live.

Rick Linehan

Rick grew up in Weymouth and has lived in Hingham for 30 years. He was an active board member and past president of Hingham Little League, served on the board of Hingham Community Access and most recently the Hingham Sports Partnership. Both of Rick's children attended Hingham Public Schools and graduated from Hingham High. Rick is an attorney and practiced primarily criminal defense in Plymouth County courts for 12 years prior to joining the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office were he prosecuted criminal cases for 17 years. Rick currently supervises all of the District Courts for the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.

Lisa Battista

Lisa is a lifelong resident of Hingham - for 5 generations! She and her husband of 42 years Brian, raised their 3 sons here - all of whom went through the Hingham School system. Now she is a professional volunteer! She volunteers at South Shore Hospital as a Pastoral Assistant and as a Hospice visitor in the NODA program.( No One Dies Alone). She is a member of the Hingham CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and the CPAA (Citizens Police Academy Alumni). She is an active member in the music ministry at Resurrection Church and longtime volunteer for Hingham's Cabaret, raising money for the Hingham Community center.

Deb Hoffman, R.N.

Deb is a longtime Hingham resident who raised her children here. She serves on the Council on Aging and has been a nurse her entire career. She now works for the Norwell VNA.

Chase Stadtlander

Chase Stadtlander has lived in Hingham for over fifteen years. She has three teenaged kids, a wonderful husband, and a slightly neurotic dog. Her kids have gone through the Hingham Public Schools.


Chase attended University of Vermont where her oldest daughter is now a sophomore. She is an anesthesiologist at South Shore Hospital and is hoping to obtain more training in addiction medicine so that she may one day get certified as an Addiction physician


Chase is passionate about Hingham CARES’ cause because she is in recovery herself and believes an ounce of prevention is worth two pounds of cure.

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