More About Board Members
Kelsey Roth (class of 2019) is the General Manager for Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company in Framingham. Kelsey has worked in the beer industry for seven 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. Kelsey serves on the LMW Awareness/Communications Committee and the Antiracism Committee and is chair of the Antiracism program subcommittee.
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.” Jill’s career includes leadership positions at the MW Visitors Bureau, the MW Chamber of Commerce, and 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 serves as Clerk for the Board and on the 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 as Treasurer and 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 13 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/Communications Committee and the Encore Committee.
Jake Hepler (class of 2018), is Leadership Giving Officer for Northeastern School of Law and previously served as Associate Director of Development for Framingham State University. Jake is a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of Rhode Island. 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. Jake serves on the Board of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. When not working or volunteering, Jake enjoys spending time with family and playing basketball in two men’s leagues. Jake serves on the LMW Revenue Committee and the Antiracism Committee and on the Antiracism Curriculum subcommittee.
Dr. Lorretta Holloway (class of 2017) 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 Development 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, the Antiracism Committee and the Antiracism Curriculum subcommittee.
Katelin Cwieka (class of 2017) 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 serves as Vice Chair of the Board and she is the chair of the LMW Awareness/Communications Committee and serves on the Antiracism Committee.
Jen Moran (class of 2016) is Vice President VP, Private Wealth Management Wealth Advisor at Bartholomew & Company has been in the financial services industry since graduating from Stonehill College in 1999 with a BS in business administration. As part of the Bartholomew & Co. team in the Framingham office, Jen offers her clients independent financial advice. Jen grew up in Natick where she still lives, in a family steeped in community service. She continues that tradition as a member since 2014 of the Women’s Business Group Connects, where she served as president from 2016-2018. Jen is a graduate of the Leadership Academy class of 2016 and has served on the LMW Program Committee, currently as co-chair. Jen enjoys traveling abroad and Broadway theater.
Thom Begin (class of 2018) serves as Assistant Director of Buildings & Grounds for the Framingham School Department where he works on facilities and capital projects. Thom lives in Whitinsville and in his free time he loves to run and ran in the 2019 Berlin Marathon and hopes to run all six major worldwide marathons someday. Thom serves on the Program Committee and the Antiracism Committee.
Chris Brown (class of 2014) is an attorney and principal 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. Chris serves as Chair of the Board and he is on the Antiracism Committee.