More About Board Members
Cathy Miles (class of 2012) is Co-Founder and Board Chair of Framingham FORCE (Fostering Opioid Recovery, Compassion & Education). Since leaving her career in Finance at Partners Healthcare in 2000, Cathy has spent the last 19+ years as a community activist and advocate for the underserved. She has served on the Board of Hoops and Homework, Medical Area Federal Credit Union, and Family Services Coalition. Her diverse volunteer experience includes Voices Against Violence, The Boston Marathon, MetroFest, PTO, Framingham Downtown Renaissance. Cathy is a graduate of Cornell University School of Labor Relations and lives in Framingham since 1987 with her husband David (Class of 2011). She has two grown children.
Diane Ring (class of 2007) is a resident of Ashland, and her professional background has been in program administration at non-profit, for-profit, public sector and higher education organizations. For many years, she has volunteered for organizations, political campaigns, and projects that enrich the community. Diane is chair of the LMW Governance Committee.
Kelsey Roth (class of 2019) is the General Manager for Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company in Framingham. Kelsey has worked in the beer industry for six years on both the retail and production sides and currently handles pretty much everything at the brewery that doesn’t involve actually brewing beer. His philosophy is, “a community supports the businesses that support the community” and strives to build businesses that are actively involved in making their surrounding communities better through events, sponsorship and relationships. Kelsey and his wife are residents of Worcester.
Jill Schindler (class of 2016) was born and grew up in Framingham and is now raising her family here. She expresses her experience at the Leadership Academy as ” being enlightened and educated of all the region has to offer even though I lived here all my life.” Prior to the Visitors Bureau Jill was director of marketing and operations for the MW Chamber of Commerce for five years, and before that she worked in hospitality, including eight years at the Sheraton Framingham. Jill has volunteered at or partnered with organizations including MetroWest Adult ESL, United Way of Tri- County, Learning Center for the Deaf and Veterans Inc. Jill is chair of the LMW Program Committee.
Estela Shingleton (class of 2012), Branch Manager for Webster First Federal Credit Union, started her career in the hospitality industry before moving into the financial industry more than 25 years ago. She began in retail banking as a teller before a series of moves to Branch manager. She has been a board member for Friends of Southborough Rec and MetroWest Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and now serves on the board for Boy Scouts of America and Boston Faith and Justice. Estela is active in her community volunteering at Faith Community of Hopkinton, Project Just Because, Wheat, Salvation Army, Friends of Boston Homeless, Bags of Hope, and World Vision. She loves to dance in her kitchen with friends and attend live music events. Estela serves on the LMW Program Committee.
Aimee Siers (class of 2018), is a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway/Commonwealth Real Estate. She is a resident of Framingham and a Realtor for 12 years. She is active in the community, serving on the MW YMCA Board of Directors since 2011 and she is an active member of the Pinefield Garden Club. She is also an active member of the Builders Association of Greater Boston for 15 years, including four years on their Board of Directors. Aimee serves on the LMW Awareness Committee and the Encore Committee.
Jake Hepler (class of 2018), Associate Director of Development at FSU, is a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of Rhode Island when he began his work career as an Employment Specialist at SMOC. He took a brief hiatus from SMOC to work for the federally funded program, Career Connections, assisting at-risk youth and young adults in earning degrees, certificates, and meaningful employment on a path to self-sufficiency. Jake rejoined SMOC as Executive Team Project & Support Specialist for two years before joining the Development team at FSU. In his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with family and playing basketball in two men’s leagues. Jake serves on the LMW Revenue Committee.
Dr. Lorretta Holloway has been in education for her entire career. She came to FSU in 1999 as a member of the English Dept. faculty until being tapped to be a VP of Enrollment & Student Depevloment in 2015. She provides leadership for a number of critical functions including undergraduate and graduate admissions, financial aid, the Dean of Students office, Residence Life, Career & Employee Relations, Veterans Services, and Marketing & Communications. Lorretta is on the Board of Bethany Hill Place and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. College Readiness has been an issue of interest over many years. As part of her research, several years ago she traveled to Korea to study at the Language Education Institute at Seoul National University where she learned Korean as part of her research on comparing college readiness in the US and in South Korea. Lorretta serves on the LMW Governance Committee.
Katelin Cwieka is AVP Social Media and Brand Communications Manager at Avidia Bank. In addition to her work at Avidia, Katelin is an instructor at the Center for Women and Enterprise, teaching local entrepreneurs about marketing and has also been a featured speaker at various marketing conferences. Katelin is a distance runner, hiker, skier, home cook and enjoys craft beer. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the MetroWest Women’s Network and volunteers for the Hudson BID District, Hudson Business Association and the Hudson Farmers’ Market. Katelin is the chair of the LMW Awareness/Communications Committee.
Thom Begin (class of 2018) serves as the Deputy Director of the Division of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs for the City of Framingham where he works alongside the Director on oversight of the Division and its departments including: Recreation, Parks Maintenance, Council on Aging, Loring Arena, and Cemeteries. He is also responsible for the Division’s 20-year Capital Budget, project management, community outreach, event planning & management, permitting, and field usage. Thom lives in Hopkinton and in his free time he loves to run He will run in the 2019 Berlin Marathon and hopes to run all six major worldwide marathons someday.
Chris Brown (class of 2014) is an attorney at Petrini & Associates in Framingham and his practice focuses on municipal law, labor law, employment law, and general civil litigation. Chris served as a field artillery officer in the US Army, deploying to Kosovo while serving on active duty in Germany. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. For seven straight years (2009-2015), Chris was recognized as a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers magazine, and received his first selection to the Super Lawyers list in 2017. He was also honored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association as a 2016 recipient of IMLA’s Amicus Service Award for his pro bono amicus brief work on behalf of IMLA and other local government interests. Chris served for three years on the Board of Amazing Things Arts Center. Chris and his wife and their two children live in Framingham. Chris and his wife and their two children live in Framingham.