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Joe D’Arrigo

Executive Director

Joe brings 45 years of experience in the benefits business to the Archdiocese. His business experience includes developing two successful benefits consulting companies and acting as strategic advisor to a number of other firms. Joe has shared his entrepreneurial approach in the nonprofit world. Over the course of his career he has served on the Boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities, where he chaired the task force for developing a strategic plan that continues to be of value in their ongoing operations. Today he sits on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and the Ron Burton Training Village. Joe’s primary focus has been to stabilize the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust, to restore the strength of the Trusts, and to assure that the priests of the diocese will be provided for today and in the future.

Maryellen Barrett


Maryellen joined the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust staff in April of 2011 from the RCAB Finance Department where she spent the majority of her time supporting Clergy Health and Retirement Trust since 2008. Maryellen brings over 25 years of experience as a financial manager for various public and private organizations and serves on the Finance Council of her parish. Maryellen is responsible for managing all financial aspects of the Trusts, working closely with the Board of Trustees and other committees to provide insight to all financial matters.

Stephen Gust

Director of Regina Cleri

Stephen has been the Director of Regina Cleri for the past six years. He was instrumental in making major changes in the strategic direction of the residence in 2009. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the residence, and brings 20 years of experience working at Regina Cleri. Stephen leads a team of managers that assist in providing quality care to the 56 priests who reside at Regina Cleri. Prior to working at Regina Cleri, Stephen worked for Hospitality, Inc., a company that manages a number of hotel chains throughout New England.

Mary Hanlon, RN, BSN

Health Care Coordinator

Mary, formerly the Director of Nursing at Regina Cleri, joined the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust staff as Health Care Coordinator in October of 2009. Mary has over 10 years experience with the Regina Cleri residents and understands our priests and their health care needs well. Mary has created the healthy lifestyle program specific to our priests and is committed to helping our priests stay healthy through prevention, education, and outreach.

Jiahong Lin

Senior Accountant

Jiahong joined the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust as a Staff Accountant in May 2014 from the RCAB Finance Department. Jiahong started with the RCAB Finance Team in 2008. During her time there, she worked closely with the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust and Regina Cleri. Jiahong has over 13 years experience in finance and accounting in both the public and private sectors.

Joan Smith

Clergy Benefits Coordinator

Joan joined the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust staff in June of 2009 and comes to us with over 20 years of experience as a Benefits Specialist. She also has over 25 years of service in the United States Army Reserve. Joan was awarded two US Army Achievement Medals & a Global War on Terrorism Medal. Joan is responsible for coordinating health and retirement benefits for all active and senior priests.