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   Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Brookline Bank

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

Treasurer Brian Li Owner, Mass Properties Group


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

Ex-Officio Directors

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

+ Tiago Prado | CEO, BRZ Insurance


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