Officers and Staff

Hingham CARES Officers and Staff

Kristen Arute

President and Program Director

Kristen grew up in Norwell and has lived in Hingham for 30 years.  She raised her two children here, both of whom went through the Hingham school system.  Kristen graduated from Wheelock College and has a background in education, marketing and small business management.

Libby Claypoole

Clerk and Business Official

Libby is a lifelong resident of Hingham.  She is a Financial Planner and Consultant with over 30 years of finance and business systems experience.  Libby was formerly CFO and VP of Business Systems for two public companies and is a Certified Public Accountant with a BA in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross.  Libby also holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University.

Melissa Cook

Project Coordinator

Melissa lives in Abington with her husband and three children. She runs Abington COPES, which is a substance use prevention coalition in her home town.