LEADERSHIP

Courtney Thraen, Executive Director

Dr. Dale Hamel received the Downtown Framingham, Inc. Legend Award for his hard work and unwavering faith in this community non-profit organization.

Dr. Dale Hamel received the Downtown Framingham, Inc. Legend Award for his hard work and unwavering faith in this community non-profit organization.

"I am passionate about civic engagement and action-oriented planning.  Leading this non-profit organization is a phenomenal challenge that renders great rewards.  Luckily, I've spent my entire life preparing for this position.  As an officer in the U.S. Navy, I lead divisions  in administration, navigation, medical, and auxiliary engineering through two overseas deployments. I was fortunate to spend three years instructing Naval Science courses and training midshipmen at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   After nearly four years of processing VA disability claims for homeless Veterans and severely injured Veterans,  I knew it was time to make a real community impact right in my own city.   I really love learning, and I've completed my Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and Master of City Planning degree from Boston University.  At heart, I got my start at THEE Ohio State University - GO BUCKEYES!!!   Please join me in building business, community, and culture."                                                                

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board President Anne O’Connell with Board Director, Julie Ginn, two former DFI Clerks.

Board President Anne O’Connell with Board Director, Julie Ginn, two former DFI Clerks.

Downtown Framingham, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors that convenes once a month to assess the application of our tailored four-point Main Street America Model. With an Executive Committee and members representing a range of skills and expertise, this board is uniquely qualified to provide well-rounded leadership for the diverse needs and requirements of this multi-cultural setting. On alternate months, the board meets publicly, inviting residents and stakeholders to weigh in on our local economic development plans and work in the community.

Executive Board

+ President Anne O'Connell
Coordinator of Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public Library

+ Vice President Jane Adler        Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Brookline Bank

+ Clerk Amy Weader  The Mill Contemporary Art (at Saxonville Mills)

Treasurer Brian Li
Owner, Mass Properties Group

Ex-Officio Directors

+ Dr. Dale Hamel, PhD
Executive Vice President, Framingham State University

+ Tiago Prado
CEO, BRZ Insurance

+ Officer Katharine Demoraes                                                                 Framingham Police Department


Board Directors

+ Phil Altman
Financial Assistant, CertaPro Painters

+ Adam Blumer                                          Wellesley Public Schools, Framingham Charter Commission

+ Don Cavicchi                                            Owner, Cav Audio Video Design

+ Colleen Coyne                                           Associate Professor, Framingham State University

Michael Gatlin, Esq
Attorney-at-Law

Julie Ginn 
Director, Mass Bay Community College Career Services

+ Leslie White Harvey                                 Natick Public Schools,                                Social Media Coordinator,
Greater Framingham Running Club 

+ Jack Hendler
Co-owner and Head Brewer,
Jack's Abby Brewing

+ Itala Keller Owner, IK Images and Downtown Hub

+ Jim Lambert                                              Director, Wood Partners

+ Stephan Lillie CFO, MetroWest Medical Center

+ Dr. Sumbul Naqvi                                                 Owner, Atlantis Dental

+ Sara Scully                                               Director of Marketing, Communications & Intermodal Operations at the MWRTA

 

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