Newsmakers: Joining the Army, joining a task force and joining a walk for mental health

Editor’s note: Newsmakers is a new weekly feature spotlighting accomplishments of Newton community members, businesses and organizations.

Kendin Carr elected to Builders of Color Coalition Education Task Force

The Builders of Color Coalition has launched its second task force, the Education Sector, to support the organization in identifying and convening education providers that inspire interest in commercial real estate for diverse youth and professionals.

Kendin Carr of Newton has been elected to serve on that task force.

Carr is an investment sales specialist in the Colliers Boston office, representing buyers and sellers of multifamily and mixed-use properties throughout the Metro Boston area. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the multifamily/mixed-use space, having closed over 50 investment real estate transactions valued over $75 million so far in his career.

“We are delighted to welcome the Kendin to our new Education Task Force at Builders of Color Coalition. Their expertise and dedication are crucial as we embark on a journey to redefine educational pathways in real estate for both youth and adults in Boston and Greater Boston,” said Colleen Fonseca, executive director at the Builders of Color Coalition. “BCC is setting new benchmarks for inclusivity and excellence in real estate education by demonstrating best practices that will influence and elevate aspiring developers of color.”

Kendin Carr has been elected to an education task force for the Builders of Color Coalition. Courtesy Photo

Newton native commissions into Army

More than 170 Virginia Military Institute cadets were commissioned into the armed services in Cameron Hall on May 15 in the annual Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) joint commissioning ceremony.

And one of them was Kate Taylor, a civil engineering major from Newton.

The ceremony was livestreamed for family and friends who could not attend the event.

Kate Taylor of Newton was commissioned into the Army on May 15. Courtesy Photo

NAMI raises big money for mental health

The National Alliance for Mental Illness, a resource for families dealing with mental illness, held its annual Boston fundraiser walk on May 18.

NAMI raised more than $500,000 with the walk. The Newton/Wellesley affiliate was the second-highest fundraising group in the state with almost $22,000 raised. NAMI exceeded its goal of $500,000.

The Newton/Wellesley team included Suzi Newman, Jacki Rohan, Nancy Stanton, Howard Sholkin and Steffi Karp. Karp was recognized as the top fundraiser in the state last year.

Members of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital NAMI affiliate participate in the NAMI Walk for Mental Health. Photo by Howard Sholkin