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Somerville, Massachusetts

The Powderhouse ca 1703 - From Pawtucket natives and Puritan settlers, the Somerville area has a rich prehistory and history. One historical example is the oldest industrial building in greater Boston -- The Old Powder House.  Built orginally as a windmill and for decades serving as a center for colonial commerce and society, this structure was later used to store gun powder before the Revolution. The Powderhouse is the center of the Chamber's symbol.

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce is the pre-eminent voice of the local business community and the leading network of employers, business owners and managers.

21st Century Achievements [pdf doc click]
To learn more about the Chamber's approach and how we have:

· promoted Somerville;
· advanced Somerville development, transportation, & innovation;
· buttressed Somerville's city government and its leaders;
· supported Somerville public schools;
· responded to special moments with special events and actions;
· improved Somerville's environment and urban quality of life;
· discouraged uncompetitive business costs and regulations;
· introduced signature events; and
· made thousands of one-on-one connections.

The Chamber's mission is to serve the membership while enhancing Somerville's quality of life. Somerville is a place to visit, live, work and play.
Founded in 1946, the Chamber is an independent, private, non-profit 501 c 6 business association with 380 members companies and organizations.
Somerville is a small business haven. The average private employer has less than ten employees.
Chamber member companies and organizations come from every local industry and they range from individual consultants, sole proprietors, and shop owners to the largest non-profit and for-profit employers. The Chamber is funded by the voluntary annual dues investments of its members and by income from events and publications. Additional financial support is provided by the Chamber's New Group -- a special group of economic leaders who make voluntary contributions to enable a strong economic development agenda. With hundreds of members but only two staff, the strength of this organization is the membership. From the governance of the organization, to business and economic issues work, to individual case work, members play an integral role in the vitality of chamber.
"Pound for pound, the membership of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce is as generous with its time and money as any business community in greater Boston." ~ Stephen Mackey, President/CEO

Richard J. Baldwin New England Health Plans
Rich helps self-employed & small business owners find affordable options for health, life and dental insurance. He is an independent insurance consultant working with top rated companies e.g. BCBS, HPHC, Tufts, Fallon, NHP, Genworth, ING, John Hancock, Assurant, United Health Care, Delta Dental, etc.. He is a former fund accountant at Putnam Investments. Rich serves as an assistant coach in Somerville Youth Soccer for my 7yr. old son Cole's U8 Team "The Pirates." Rich has B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Joseph Benoit Benoit Companies

Thomas P. Bent, Jr. Bent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Government Affairs Committee Chair, Past Board Chair

Tom is the owner/president of the full service IBEW Local 103 shop serving greater Boston's leading commercial, industrial, educational, and healthcare institutions. He is a member of the: Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts; National Electrical Contractors Association; National Fire Protection Agency; and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is the: Somerville representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization; Somerville Vocational High School Advisory Board Chair; St. Catherine's Church Restoration Committee Chair; City of Somerville's Municipal Compensation Board Chair: Municipal Property Review Committee Chair; and a former Cambridge Health Alliance Joint Hospital Board Director and Somerville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chair. A youth hockey and soccer team sponsor, Tom and his wife Roseanne live in Somerville in a National Historic Register home. Their two daughters are graduates of Harvard, Tufts and Georgetown.

David Blumsack Rockmont Management Company, Inc.

David is the owner/president of the company that manages residential, commercial and retail buildings in the Boston Area. He is a proud member and Past President of The Somerville Kiwanis Club, Member of The Greater Boston Real Estate Board and an active resident of the city. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and lives in Davis Square.


Ronald Bonney Bonney Automotive
Past Board Chair

Ron is the President of Bonney Automotive, a cutting edge automotive concern. Ron serves on the Board of directors for the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, SomerPromise Trust, Bunker Hill Community College Foundation, Massachusetts Selects Hockey League, as well as the School Councils for the Argenziano School and the Advisory Board of the Somerville High School Vocational Program and as a Commissioner of the Somerville Housing Authority. Locally Ron has served on the Somerville Financial Advisory Committee, Parking Solutions Task Force, Somerville Visioning Committee and Somerville Jobs Advisory Committee, he is also a Little League and Youth Hockey Coach, and a Hockey Coach for the Boston Stars. Ron served in the US Army and Army Reserve and attended Boston College. He resides in Somerville with his wife Dr. Iwona Bonney and their two sons.

Jessica Brayden Respond Inc.
Jessica’s career has focused on program development and stabilization and she has distinguished herself through creative change management and strategic programmatic enhancement. Currently serving as Executive Director of RESPOND, New England's first domestic violence agency, she oversees all aspects of programs and management to ensure efficiency, fiscal and service accountability, and the organization's creative and innovative growth. Prior to RESPOND, she served as the Director of Programs and Operations for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Salem, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has held leadership positions at Family Continuity Program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, including Director of Administrative Operations, Director of Human Resources, and Program Director. Ms. Brayden holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College and a Masters of Business Administration from Endicott College.

Richard Brenner Winter Hill Bank

Rich is a Vice President of Winter Hill Bank. He has been in the lending arena for 22 years, having worked for an asset based lender in midtown Manhattan for three years prior to moving to the Boston area. He was a commercial asset based lender in Burlington, Mass for four years, a credit review analyst in Waltham, Mass for two years and a credit officer/lender in Norwood, Mass for nine years prior to joining Central Bank then Winter Hill Bank. He has analyzed and provided loans of $10,000 to $10,000,000 to a variety of retail, wholesale, construction, manufacturing and service businesses.

Nancy Busnach Busnach Associates

The President of Busnach Associates, Nancy is a goal-oriented, real estate professional with more than 25 years' experience in facilities/asset management and construction. She has a proven track record as a creative negotiator and effective manager. Nancy is a Certified Property Manager, IREM, licensed Mass. Real Estate Broker, Chair of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority, Member of Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees, St. Clement Schools BOT, and member of CoreNet Global, New England Women in RE (NEWIRE). Former member of the Board of Somerville Boys & Girls Club, Past Chair of Ground Works Somerville., and Aquinas College. Nancy is a graduate of Suffolk University and was the recipient of the Chamber's 2003 Powderhouse Award for Distinguished


Adam Dash Adam Dash & Associates
Past Board Chair

Adam is the principal attorney at the Davis Square law firm where he is in general practice, predominately in the areas of small business law, residential and commercial real estate law, divorce, zoning and permitting. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Middlesex County Bar Association. A recipient of the Somerville Community Corporation's Hazel Hughes Award for distinguished community service, Adam is a past president of the Somerville Homeless Coalition and a member of the Davis Square Task Force. He has taught and lectured throughout greater Boston. Adam holds B.A. degrees in Economics and in Fine Arts from Brandeis and a J.D. degree from George Washington. He lives in Somerville with his wife and 2 daughters.


Pauline M. D'Aurora Winter Hill Bank

Pauline is the Bank's Sr. Vice President/Chief Lending Officer with over 30 years of experience in lending and banking. Her area of expertise focuses on Multi-family, Construction and Residential Lending. She is also responsible for full Regulatory Compliance regarding lending. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bankers Association; Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers, Risk Management Association (RMA), America's Community Bankers and the American Bankers Association. She is Past President of the Financial Managers Society, Past Board Member of the Chelsea Neighborhood Housing and Past Treasurer of the Somerville Chamber. Pauline is a Somerville Kiwanis board member and Distinguished Past President. She was recipient of the Chamber's 2002 Powderhouse Award for Distinguished Service.

Rui Domingos, CPCU Credit Union

Rui is CEO of the CPCU Credit Union, an 80 year old not-for-profit financial institution that provides banking products and services in Somerville, Cambridge and surrounding communities. He is a member of the Massachusetts Credit Union League committees for education, financial literacy and social responsibility. In addition, he serves as Vice President of the Metro Boston Credit Union Chapter. Rui is a member of Real Solutions, a national organization committed to providing basics banking services to the unbanked and underserved segment of the United States population. Rui holds an Accounting/Management Associate Degree from Bunker Hill Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Bentley College and a Masters Degree from Cambridge College.

George Donnelly Boston Business Journal

George Donnelly has been the editor of the Boston Business Journal since November 2000, leading the paper to several national and regional journalism awards. He has been in the Boston journalism scene for 21 years, including a stint at CFO magazine, where he was a senior editor, and the Tab newspaper group, where he was editor-in-chief of a group of 15 community newspapers. He began his journalism career as a reporter for the Somerville Journal in 1985, and he was editor of the Somerville Journal from 1987 to 1991. Donnelly came to Boston in 1981 after getting a degree in English Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Carl A. Garcia Best Rate Insurance Agency

Carl is CEO & President of Best Rate Insurance Agency. He holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He founded Best Rate Insurance in 1989. Its first location was in Union Square Somerville, MA. In 2008 Carl acquired the James F. Brennan Insurance Agency that was also located in Union Square Somerville. Carl merged the two agencies and moved on to his new location at 707 Broadway in Ball Square Somerville. The agency has grown to a full service agency serving the insurance needs of individuals, families and businesses throughout the state of Massachusetts. As a Trusted Choice Independent Agency, they represent a carefully selected group of financially sound and reputable insurance companies, and have enjoyed a reputation as an organization with conscientious and caring professionals that are committed to a high standard of excellence. Carl is a member of the Somerville Rotary and has been a supporter and contributor to several local organizations such as the Somerville Homeless Coalition.


William Galatis Lyndell’s Bakery

Bill has over 30 years of business and philanthropic experience as an entrepreneur. He currently is the Executive Director of the Rappaport Charitable Foundation which promotes and supports emerging leaders in Public Service, Medical Research and The Fine Arts. Bill co-owns Watermark Donut Company, a Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee that operates 35 units in the downtown Boston area. Bill also owns Lyndell’s Bakery in Somerville. Bill began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international public accounting firm and since then has held several senior executive positions with major companies including XTRA Corporation, Wang Laboratories and Garelick Farms. Other highlights of Bill’s career include his tenure as a Parish Council Officer at The Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, the Executive Director of the Sports Museum of New England, Restaurant Developer, and Co-Founder of the Athens 2004 Olympic Baseball Organizing Committee. He currently serves as a  trustee with The Sports Museum, SCM Community Transportation, The Boston Museum, The Entrepreneurial Leadership Council at the Sawyer School Of Management at Suffolk University and Anatolia College, the largest private primary, secondary and higher educational institution in Greece. Bill is an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Management teaching Entrepreneurial Studies. In 2001, he was selected as an Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient for his contributions to humanity and his Greek heritage.

Kevin J. Gatlin Winter Hill Bank
Golf Committee Chair

Kevin is Vice-President, Commercial Lending at Winter Hill Bank. He previously served as the Managing Trustee of Somerville’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund; Director, Somerville Community Corporation and has served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Housing & Homelessness. Kevin received his M.S. in Economic Policy & Planning from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the National School of Banking – America’s Community Bankers at Fairfield University. He lives in Framingham with his wife Barbara and three children – Timothy, Natalie & Benjamin.

Barry Hilts Cambridge Health Alliance

Barry is the Vice President of Facilities and Support Services for Cambridge Health Alliance. He has over thirty years of varied experience having worked in a number of different settings which include health care, higher education, property management and facilities administration. He has extensive support services experience in teaching / research and community hospitals both in the public and private sector. He is extremely well versed in management of: third party contract management agreements, project management, merging separate multi-site support services operations into integrated systems. Mr. Hilts’ career began in public service when he entered the military after graduating from college and remained on active duty for ten years where he served in various roles as a Logistic Management Officer in the Army’s Medical Services Corp. After transitioning to private health care administration, he spent the next twenty years in both community, but primarily, university research and teaching hospitals. He held various positions, principally line management positions at varying organizational levels from department director up to and including management at the vice presidential level while at: University of Maryland Medical System, West Virginia University Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital and at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is a past member of the Rotary International. Having remained in the Army Reserve after completion of his active duty obligations and is now a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Hilts received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University and he has two master’s degrees; one in business administration from Western New England College and most recently a masters of science in organizational dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.

Don Hughes Riverside Community Care

Don is an Associate Division Director overseeing employment services at Riverside Community Care, where he has worked in a variety of capacities for over 28 years. Riverside is a non-profit health and human services organization serving over 15,000 Massachusetts residents annually through 100 programs in 70 communities across the Commonwealth providing quality mental healthcare, developmental disability and brain injury services, early childhood programs, trauma response, and substance abuse treatment. Through its merger with The Guidance Center and recent affiliation with Somerville Mental Health, Riverside provides a continuum of adult, child and family services in Somerville including counseling, case management, medication services, day treatment, substance abuse services, Early Head Start, early intervention services, in home therapy, and a host of school based services in most of the Somerville schools. Don, a licensed Social Worker, is a graduate of Boston University’s Masters in Social Work program. Don is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Newton Community Development Foundation, a developer of affordable housing. Don resides in Somerville with his wife and two sons.

Dana Iacopucci Cubby Oil Co., Inc.

Dana works in Residential and Commercial sales for Cubby Oil Company in Somerville for the past three years. He is also involved in marketing for the company and recently organized a large trade show in South Boston. He has been involved in the Business After Hours events for the Chamber which Cubby has sponsored. For the last few years, Dana along with Cubby Oil has taken part in the Somerville Memorial Day parade. He has been an active member of East Somerville Main Streets for the last few years involved in events such as; Holiday lights, First Tuesday’s and Movie Nights. Dana resides in East Somerville with his wife, living in his 3rd generation family home.

Michael Kelleher Federal Realth Investment Trust


Kenneth K. Kelly
The Independent Bar & Restaurant
Union Square Business Group Chair

Ken is the owner of The Independent, and Precinct, both located in Union Square. He is the owner of Vitalsite Services, a consulting company that leases and zones property for wireless communication equipment, cellular antennas & towers throughout New England. He is Vice President of Union Square Main Streets which is charged with creating a vibrant neighborhood by enhancing the business district and surrounding neighborhoods through active community collaboration. Ken was born in Ireland, hold a BS in Accounting from St. Peters College, New Jersey and lives in Somerville.

Arnold J. Knox, Jr. "Chair, President & CEO Emeritus,” Past Board Chair

Bud brings over 50 years of experience as a resident and business owner. He is a former: Somerville Hospital trustee; Somerset Bank director; Greater Boston Family Services Treasurer; and Somerville Public Safety Commission Member. Bud is the: Somerville Home Treasurer and past president; Somerville YMCA Treasurer; a Somerville Kiwanis Treasurer; and a Reading Art Association Director. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he is a Bentley College grad. After many years of outstanding service during which he served as Chamber Chair, Clerk, or Staff, Bud's contributions to the Chamber and Somerville were acknowledged with the Chamber's first honorary title.

Peter Kwass Mt. Auburn Associates

Peter is a founding principal of the consulting firm that has worked for over 20 years in the field of economic development analysis and strategy. The firm's scope of work includes both broad-based economic development planning and focused: workforce development; commercial revitalization; small business development, and industry “cluster” development. Peter has particular expertise in formulating targeted strategies to address economic inequalities. Working at the intersections of regional and community-based economic development, he designs strategies that create economic opportunities for distressed communities and disadvantaged populations by linking them more closely to regional industries, markets, and institutions. Active in Boston's community development for over 25 years, Peter played a long-term leadership role for one of Boston's leading community development corporations, and is currently serving as president of Groundwork Somerville, a recently established public-private partnership that supports Somerville's economic development through environmental and recreational initiatives. Peter graduated from Brown and holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard's JFK School of Government.  


Rod Laurenz Laurenz Financial Corp

Isaac Machado Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford

Isaac is an attorney with the firm of Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford located at 255 Elm Street in Davis Square. Prior to joining the firm, Isaac spent over ten years with the Massachusetts Highway Department. As part of his practice, Isaac advises and represents clients in the areas of construction law, negotiating and drafting public and commercial contracts, bidding, real estate, business development and litigation. Isaac is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Seton Hall University Law School. His community service includes serving as a Trustee of the Cambridge Health Alliance, Board member of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers and the Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union, and member of the Somerville Kiwanis. Isaac, who is a resident of Somerville, also serves as an Election Commissioner for the city.

Sandra L. McGoldrick, Winter Hill Bank
Past Board Chair

Sandra is President and CEO of Winter Hill Bank, a community bank headquartered in Somerville and celebrating its 100th Anniversary here.  In addition to the Bank's corporate headquarters on Broadway, Winter Hill Bank has offices in Davis Square, Ball Square, Chelsea and North Reading. Sandra serves on the Bank's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Nationally, she is on the Board of Directors of Pentegra Retirement Services and is a member of the American Banker's association and America's Community Bankers. She also served as Past President of the Financial Managers Society and Board of Director of the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Locally, Sandra currently holds numerous positions in community affiliations that include the Somerville YMCA Board and Building Committee Member; Somerville Home Executive and Renovations Committee Member; Winter Hill Community School Council Member; and a Past Corporator of the Somerville Hospital. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern. Sandra was the recipient of the Chamber's 2004 Powderhouse Award for Distinguished Service.

Charles J. McKenzie, CPA Hamlen & Company
New Group Member, Inner Belt Group Chair

Charlie has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience as the Chief Financial Officer for Hamlen & Company. Charlie is an Owner and Treasurer of Northmoor LTD. Construction Company, Inc. and Premier Worldwide Travel LLC. He has served as past executive board member of the Somerville City Club. Also he served as the Club's Treasurer and Secretary. He is a former Long Rang Planning Committee member for the Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County. Current and past member of the City of Somerville's Municipal Property Review Committee. Charlie is an avid golfer and ardent supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs. He is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts.


Michelle M. Mulvena, Esq. Moschella and Winston
Chamber Clerk, Business After Hours Chair

Michelle is an associate with the law firm of Moschella & Winston and represents clients in estate planning, administration, asset protection and Medicare and Medicaid issues, as well as probate litigation. She has conducted seminars on the topics of estate planning for individuals and businesses, long term care and Medicaid planning, and asset protection for small businesses. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Michelle is extremely active in the Somerville community as well.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, SMC Transportation, and the Walnut Street Center’s Human Rights Committee. She also hosts the Chamber’s highly successful Business After Hours events and until recently was the one of the original co-hosts of the Somerville Cable talk show called “Talking Business.”  Michelle holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University and a J.D. from New England School of Law. In 2006, Michelle was the recipient of the Chamber’s Powderhouse Award for Distinguished Service. 

Gilda M. Nogueira East Cambridge Savings Bank
Board Vice Chair

Gilda is the President and Chief Operating Officer of East Cambridge Savings Bank. She is a member of the East Cambridge Savings Bank Board of Trustees and Clerk of the Board of Investment; Clerk of the East Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation; Somerville Rotary Club Secretary & past President; Cambridge YMCA Board Member & Treasurer; Massachusetts Bankers Association, Legal & Regulatory Committee Member and Federal Liasson Committee Member; and Eastern Massachusetts Compliance Network Member. Gilda holds B.S. in Management from Lesley University and is a graduate of the National School of Banking - America’s Community Bankers at Fairfield University.

John L. Norris Century Bank
Assistant Treasurer

John has been in banking for 15 years in the City of Somerville. He is currently Assistant Branch Manager and Branch Operations and Compliance Liaison for Century Bank in Somerville, a full service commercial bank with 22 branches in the surrounding communities. Century Bank was founded in 1969 and established its first office in Somerville and specializes in small business lending and services. John has resided in Somerville for the past 32 years and is currently on the Executive Board of Directors for Society of Anzano an Italian-American non-profit organization in Somerville. He volunteers at various community events in Somerville and speaks at different

Frederick O’Brien Central Bank

Michelle Perez Cambridge Savings Bank


Mernaysa Rivera Bujosa Law Offices of Rivera and Waters, LL
Co-host “Talking Business”

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and fluent in Spanish and French, Attorney Mernaysa Rivera is licensed to practice in NH and MA. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and fluent in Spanish and French, Attorney Mernaysa Rivera is licensed to practice in NH and MA. She attended the New England School of Law from 2002 – 2005, and served as a Senior Literary Editor to the New England Journal of Civil and Criminal Confinement. Following law school, she continued to work at the firm through end October 2010, where she won extensive experience as first or second chair to the firm's litigation practice, and as real estate conveyancer or title insurer. At present, Mernaysa's primary areas of practice are civil litigation and real estate law, including contract, business, real estate, collections, UCC, fraud, construction, consumer protection, negligence and eviction representation. She is also a title insurance agent, representing clients in the leasing, sale, and financing of real estate. She is a Co-Host of the City of Somerville, Chamber of Commerce's, "Talking Business," a City Cable television series, and a Board Member of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, Somerville Community Action Television, and the Community Action Agency of Somerville. She is a graduate of Tufts University 2002 and New England School of Law 2005 with extensive experience in government and community involvements. In fact, Mernaysa was Massachusetts Youngest Delegate at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Barbara Rubel Tufts University
New Group Member

Barbara is the University's Director of the Office of Community Relations. She has represented Tufts to Somerville, Medford and Chinatown for more than thirty years. She acts as the liaison to local government, agencies and organizations in this capacity addressing community concerns and building partnerships between the university and its communities. She is also responsible for neighborhood relations on the Medford/Somerville campus. She has served on the boards of many Somerville youth, senior, and cultural organizations. She currently serves the Community Action Agency of Somerville and SCM Transportation, Inc. as vice president of the respective boards. She is a co-founder and board member of Groundworks Somerville. She has reviewed Community Development Block Grant proposals for the city, served on the advisory board of the vocational high school and assisted with several searches in the school department. Barbara has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Tufts. Barbara received the Chamber's 2004 Powderhouse Award to Tufts University for Excellence in Economic Development.

Nicholas Salerno
Past Board Chair


Frank Scimone
Individual /
Past Board Chair

Frank Scimone has over 60 years of experience in the business and Somerville community. Frank moved to Somerville in 1951 and soon established the Scimone Insurance Agency and Somerset Realty Company until he retired in 1992. Frank also worked as an advertising manager for the Watertown Press. Frank is a Past President of the Somerville Kiwanis, Somerville Chamber of Commerce and Somerville Local Development Board. He also served on the Board of Directors at Somerset Savings Bank for 20 years where he was the Clerk of the Bank for 15 years. Frank is a retired Life Member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and former member of Michael Capuano's Home First Charitable Corporation and the Somerville Council on Aging. He remains active in the Somerville Kiwanis and as a trustee of the Somerville Home.

Rebecca J. Schrumm Commonwealth Financial Group
Board Vice Chair, Green Committee Chair

Rebecca is a financial advisor whose goal is to provide families and business owners with assistance in building their financial freedom. She has the skills, knowledge and experience required to help meet my client’s established goals. Her personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for each and every client. Licensed to sell Life & Health Insurance in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, she is Series 6 and 63 licensed. Rebecca is a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Marathon Team. She is also an avid bike-commuter whose passions include: hiking, camping, rowing, sailing, swimming, yoga, windsurfing and cross country skiing. Rebecca has a B.A. from Tufts University. She lives in Somerville with her husband Frank Moore.

Sean Selby, AIA, LEED AP Arrowstreet, Inc.

Sean is an Associate with Arrowstreet, an award-winning design firm which works as far away as Brazil and Europe and as close as Davis Square. His work has won design and sustainability awards, and he is a frequent writer and speaker on green architecture. He is a believer in community, having grown up in a large family in a small town in Kentucky. For over ten years, he has lived in Ball Square with his wife and son, and walks to his office in Davis Square as often as he can. He believes that true sustainability is not only energy-efficient design, but an active involvement in local community and support of local businesses. Sean is a Registered Architect in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University.

Paul Trane Telecommunications Insight Group
New Group Member

Paul is Principal Consultant at Telecommunications Insight Group (TIG). TIG is a recognized national leader in telecommunications. From an owner/builder of a large metropolitan fiber optic network to negotiating cable television licenses to serving as an expert witness on telecommunications, Paul has been involved in all aspects of the modern telecommunications industry. He and TIG's client list includes some of the most recognizable names in biotechnology, government, higher education, hospitality, land development, retail, technology, telecommunications and many other market sectors. He has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Massachusetts Legislature, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, The New York Public Service Commission and the Rhode Island Department of Public Utilities. In addition, Paul has appeared before hundreds of municipal legislative bodies in nine states. He frequently provides comments to major media outlets. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Bloomberg Radio, CBS Sunday Morning and has been quoted extensively on telecommunications in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Boston Business Journal, The Los Angeles Business Journal, Multichannel News, Cable World, Wall Street Journal and many other trade publications. In 1997, Paul Trane was called the "father of cable television competition" for breaking the cable television monopoly and negotiating the nation’s first competitive cable franchise.

John R. Wiseman Middlesex Federal Savings, F.A.
New Group Member

John is President and Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Federal Savings, a community bank headquartered in Somerville for more than 120 years. In addition to the corporate office in Davis Square, the Bank has offices in Teele Square and Medford Square. John is also a Director and member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. John is the third generation of his family to be involved at Middlesex Federal Savings. His grandfather, John R. Wiseman Sr., was a loan officer for 18 years, and his father, John R. (“Jack”) Wiseman Jr., owned an insurance agency in Davis Square for more than 45 years and was a Director of the Bank for nearly 30 years. John had previously been a Vice President at Cummings Properties, one of the region’s most successful real estate development companies, for more than 15 years.

William Zamparelli NStar Electric & Gas Corporation

Ray Zonghetti Heartland Payment Systems
Board Vice Chair, Dining & Nightlife Chair

Ray has over twenty years experience in the restaurant industry. He earned his Food Service Management Professional designation from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He has been a Certified Instructor and Proctor for the National Restaurant Educational Foundations Serve Safe Program & The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Program. He was recently appointed a Relationship Manager for Heartland Payments Systems, one of America's largest full-service financial transaction processing companies. A Massachusetts Restaurant Association & National Restaurant Association member, Ray is the Chair of the: Somerville Cares about Prevention Coalition; Environmental Strategies Sub Committee; Coordinating Committee and Executive Committee. Ray lives in Somerville and over the past ten years has been involved in making over 100 local charitable events successful. As the Chamber's Dining & Nightlife Group Chair, Ray has been the recipient of numerous Powderhouse Awards for Business Interest Group of the Year.


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