Baker-Polito Administration Names Appointees to Plymouth 400 Anniversary Commission
BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker, today signed an Executive Order reaffirming and expanding the 35-member Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission, before swearing in several members of the Commission who will be charged with ensuring a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620, including opportunities for local, state, national and global educational programming and interaction and a reflection of Massachusetts’ rich history, natural resources and diverse cultural contributions.
“Our Commonwealth’s rich history was instrumental in shaping our nation’s founding and future as a place for exploration, self-governance, religious freedom and innovation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The talented members of this Commission will ensure a fitting commemoration for all to appreciate the challenges and achievements of the Wampanoag and English in those early days, from their voyage across the Atlantic, to the signing of the Mayflower Compact and their settling of Plymouth Colony which defined America’s earliest beginnings.”
Members of the Commission include 26-gubernatorial appointees with varying expertise in tourism, business and industry, community outreach, marketing and advertising, media, food services, travel, water transit and technology to assist in educational, promotional, tourism and economic development efforts. Dusty Rhodes of Conventures and Marlo Fogelman of marlo marketing will serve respectively as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission. Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts will serve as Honorary Chairmen.
“Over the next few years these appointees will use a diverse range of experiences and skills in a variety of economic sectors to honor the roots of our nation’s history and the establishment of New England’s oldest municipality,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The organizational efforts and thoughtful collaboration of this important commission will help to ensure a successful commemoration and highlight a historic anniversary.”
The Commission further includes the Secretaries for Education, Energy and Environmental Affairs, Housing and Economic Development, Labor and Workforce Development, Public Safety and Security and the Department of Transportation or their designees and legislative, constitutional office, organizational and local appointees.
“Plymouth’s 400th anniversary presents a tremendous opportunity for the Commonwealth to attract new visitors to experience all that our coastal communities have to offer,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Our unique place in America’s history is an incredible draw for tourists around the world, and this commission will work to maximize our local, national and global exposure on this landmark occasion.”
“I would to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for creating the Plymouth 400 Commission and Senate President Rosenberg for appointing me,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R – Plymouth). “ I look forward to working with my fellow members as we find ways to promote the Commonwealth and the Plymouth community in order to have truly memorable commemoration of the 400th anniversary of our great nation’s founding in Plymouth.”
"I am honored to be named to this Commission and look forward to working with all of the Commissioners to ensure that Provincetown is well represented and that we have a successful event,” said Representative Sarah Peake (D – Provincetown).
“We’ve worked with the Governor’s office to ensure that this commission came to fruition,” said Representative Matt Muratore (R – Plymouth). “The lasting economic benefits that the entire Commonwealth will see from not only the events in 2020, but from the collaboration of great minds on the Plymouth 400 Commission, will ensure that our communal history will live on for generations to come.”
“The world’s eyes will turn to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2020 as we commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the coming of Mayflower and founding of Plymouth Colony, moments in our Nation’s history which still resonate today through the many cultural contributions and American traditions that began here almost four hundred years ago,” said Executive Director of Plymouth 400 Michele Pecoraro. “Together with our international partners including the federally recognized Wampanoag Tribes, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, America will honor this moment in history with events and programs that will engage communities from across the globe in recognizing the importance of our nation’s earliest beginnings and helping to shape our future by learning from our past.”
“The 2020 Commemoration is an opportunity for the Town of Plymouth and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to share our rich and diverse history, heritage, and values with the world while also promoting the many internationally-acclaimed tourism destinations and cultural assets we have here,” said President of Plymouth 400 Board of Directors Ken Tavares. “The Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission will be instrumental in helping to identify and secure the resources and avenues through which the 2020 events and programs will be planned and promoted, and as the President of Plymouth 400 I am thrilled to welcome such esteemed and talented individuals to the Commission.”
"I am honored to be working with such an esteemed and talented group of commissioners,” said Chairman of the Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission Dusty Rhodes. “Plymouth 400 represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity for every segment of the Commonwealth to join together to demonstrate the important leadership role our state has played in the founding of our nation historically as well as our contributions to its future."
Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission
Dusty Rhodes, Chair**
Marlo Fogelman, Vice-Chair**
Cedric Cromwell, Honorary Chairman
Marty Meehan, Honorary Chairman
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash**
Secretary of Education Jim Peyser**
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ron Walker**
Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack**
Secretary of Education Jim Peyser**
State Senator Vinny deMacedo
Representative Sarah Peake
Jim Peters Jr.**
A Syracuse University graduate, Christina Andreoli has worn many hats in her career as the Director of Media Relations for Fallon Health Plan, a volunteer for various non-profit organizations such as Children’s Friend and First Night Worcester, and most recently, the Chief of Staff to the City of Worcester’s Executive Offices of the City Manager and Economic Development. Ms. Andreoli manages the Departments of Economic and Neighborhood Development, Planning, and Media Relations, and plays an instrumental role in the ‘Buy Worcester Now’ homeownership program, the opening of the Worcester Common Oval, and the development of a city-wide housing strategy. Her dedication to civic stewardship and community improvement is evident and only continues to deepen with her work as the Executive Director of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, on the Board of Directors for Destination Worcester, and as the Vice President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. With experience engendering initiatives in the Commonwealth, ensuring their efficacy, and seeing them through with exemplary results, Ms. Andreoli brings years of practiced experience to the Plymouth 400 Commission and will serve in an At-Large seat.
Ms. Beck graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Art History, and Management from Smith College. Having served as the Associate Director of Springfield Central for 9 years (1983-1992), a non-profit development corporation that manages projects to improve the environment of Downtown Springfield, MA, and as the Executive Director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce for 24 years (1992-present), Suzanne Beck’s strong strategic and development skills offer a strong sample of what she plans to bring to the Plymouth 400 Commission. Suzanne is also the Director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council. Suzanne holds strong strategic planning skills, organizational leadership skills, proficiency in communication and marketing, as well as experience in program development and financial management. She has volunteered over the years for the United Way of Hampshire County Board of Directors, a Trustee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and a Founding Member of Leadership Pioneer Valley. Suzanne Beck shows a strong interest in community and business development, executive management, and design which she hopes to bring to the Commission. When she isn’t working she enjoys baseball and football, as well as a love for photography. Suzanne will serve in the commission’s travel seat.
Cindy Brown graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government, setting the stage for her lengthy career dedicated to public betterment. Cindy Brown worked as a Financial Communications Analyst, Mutual Fund Product Manager, and Assistant Vice President at The Boston Company before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer at Boston Duck Tours. Hired as Marketing and Sales Director in 1994, she joined Boston Duck Tours at its conception and worked her way up to become General Manager and CEO. As a previous member of the Board of Directors of the National Tour Association and the Board of Academy of Travel & Tourism, Cindy continues her pursuit of tourism and travel as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and member of the Board of Directors of the Back Bay Association. Cindy also finds time to give back directly to her community while utilizing her expertise as she volunteers her time with college students at various local universities - including Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard Business School - as both a mentor and guest speaker. With a scope of expertise ranging from management and financial to philanthropic, Cindy brings over two decades of professional experience in Boston to the Governor’s Commission serving in the MCCA Board of Director’s seat.
Holding an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Simmons College, Darla DeGrace has committed herself to providing educational opportunities and access to higher education for diverse group of students. Currently serving as President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association - Boston Chapter (an organization in which she previously served as Vice President of Administration), DeGrace works to ensure that diverse demographics of students are guaranteed equal opportunity in the sphere of higher education. Having previously worked as an Associate Director of Admissions at Simmons School of Management - where she developed and implemented recruiting strategies to increase the number of diverse applicants to the school - as Director of National Diversity Recruitment and Strategic Partnerships at City Year, and as Interim Director and Associate Director of Admissions for Simmons School of Management, Ms. DeGrace brings to the Community Outreach position on the Plymouth 400 Commission a deep commitment to higher education, equality, and opportunity in the community outreach seat.
A Medford resident and dynamic businesswoman, Julie Doherty-Pagano has managed the daily operations and services at the Mayflower Trolley in Provincetown as Director of Sales since 2014. For nearly two decades, she served as the General Manager of the Bay State Cruise, where she oversaw all management aspects of the organization from marketing to accounting. Prior to her work with Bay State Cruise, she worked at several other Cruiser companies in Massachusetts including Seastreak Martha’s Vineyard, Boston Entertainment Cruises, and Boston Harbor Cruises. The experience she garnered at these three companies demonstrates the success of her innovative management practices and her dedication the Commonwealth. She furthers this dedication through her work on a variety of community boards including the Provincetown and Cape Cod Chambers of Commerce, the Mass Fallen Heroes Host Committee, the Save the Harbor Save the Bay Committee, SKAL International Boston, Boston Concierge Association, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. With her years of experience and clear commitment to public service and community improvement, Ms. Doherty-Pagano will bring invaluable support to the Plymouth 400 Commission in the seat representing water transportation.
After graduating from Michigan State with a Bachelors in Social Science, Ms. Fogelman moved to Boston where she received her Master's Degree from Boston University's school of International Relations. But she didn’t stop there. By May of the following year she’d received her doctorate from BU Law, graduating in the top 25% of her class. She was admitted into the Massachusetts bar in December of that year and the New York’s the following year. Following her departure from formal schooling she began work as an Executive Aide for a software developer in Cambridge before signing on to become an attorney for Mutual Life Insurance. After spending nearly a year with the company, she began her career in the field of Marketing and Communications. After working as an Account Manager at Regan Communications and as Vice President at CM Communications in Boston, she opened her own firm, Marlo Marketing, where she works today. Since opening its doors in 2004, Ms. Fogelman has turned the agency from a sole practitioner to a company comprised of 35 employees. It has been the recipient of over 30 industry awards including Bulldogs Stars of PR 2011 Small Agency of the Year Award. Marlo will serve as the commission’s vice-chair.
A Providence College graduate with a B.A. in Economics and Minor in Education and Sociology, Suzanne Giovanetti has continually demonstrated her dedication to public service within the Commonwealth over the past twenty-nine years. After having worked on the Pilgrim Society’s Board of Trustees for a decade, Ms. Giovanetti was named President of its Board in 2014. As a board member of the Association of Catholic Advancement and Admissions Directors and board member of the Catholic Charities South Region, Ms. Giovanetti’s social advocacy work and desire to improve her community are evident. In conjunction with her philanthropic works, Ms. Giovanetti holds the position of Director of Institutional Advancement at the Sacred Heart School, a private, Catholic, co-educational school for students in preschool through grade 12. She also has represented Sacred Heart School on the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2011, and was honored as its 2015 Business Person of the Year. Her background in education and experience with the Pilgrim Society poises Ms. Giovanetti with the skills and vision to take on her role within the Plymouth 400 Commission in an At-Large seat.
Christopher E. Goode is Senior Vice President & Chief of Public Affairs Office at Dell Technologies, responsible for managing the interests of Dell Technologies on various state, federal, and global public policy issues. Mr. Goode has extensive philanthropic and public policy experience due to his stints on numerous boards and commissions dedicated to the advancement of charity, technology, and civic well-being. His work has included partnerships with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation - of which he serves as Chairman - Camp Harbor View, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Technology CEO Council, The New England Council, The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the Business Roundtable Education Task Force, and the Information Technology Industry Council. A resident of Hingham and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Mr. Goode’s work with technology both in the financial and philanthropic sectors contribute directly to the work and mission of the Plymouth 400 Commission in the technology seat.
A graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Mr. Thomas Kershaw serves as Chairman for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Travel and Tourism, having held previous positions with the United States Travel and Tourism Administration, Travel Business Roundtable, United States National Tourism Organization, and Travel Industry Association of America. With significant experience in tourism both locally and nationally - having owned and operated Hampshire House at 84 Beacon Street and served on numerous commissions - Mr. Kershaw will bring his expertise on tourism to the Plymouth 400 Commission. Beyond his business endeavors, Mr. Kershaw has maintained a commitment to civil service - both publicly and privately - and has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year by Project Triangle and as the recipient of the Larry D. Meehan Award from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Mr. Kershaw will hold the tourism seat on the commission.
With a bachelor of science in Mathematics from l’Universite de Caen, a management degree from Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, and a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, Mr. Francois-Laurent Nivaud brings a varied, international perspective to the Plymouth 400 Commission. The current Principal and former Dean of the New England Management Services at Newbury College’s Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mr. Nivaud is highly regarded for his consultation on global tourism, working with clients such as Regent International Hotels, the Four Seasons, and Wyndham Hotels, among others. As a member and former Director of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Co-Founder and former Secretary of the Massachusetts Visitor Industry Council, former president of Skal Club, Boston, and former Chairman and President of the American Hotel and Motel Association, Mr. Nivaud carries with him over four decades of experience in tourism and community development. Prior to his work with Newbury College, Mr. Nivaud worked as a project consultant for Battery Wharf, as well as managing director for both the Boston Harbor Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The combination of his international and domestic expertise in management, hospitality, and strategic engagement allows Mr. Nivaud to bring an innovative outlook to the Commission’s seat from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
An Emmanuel College graduate with a BA in Political Science and Government, Patricia Lawton has dedicated her career to civil stewardship and community betterment. For five years she served as President of the Lawton Group, a firm that worked to offer lobbying and advocacy services along with strategic planning at the local and state level. Prior to these positions, Ms. Lawton taught in the Brockton School System and served in a variety of roles including Plymouth County Commissioner and Supervisor of Attendance in the Bridgewater-Raynham School System. Ms. Lawton currently serves as the Senior Account Manager and part owner of a biometric technology company called BI2 Technologies, and the Associate Director of Distribution & Services for Bartlett Consolidated. Her dedication to the improvement of communities remains unwavering as she continues to volunteer at the Guild of Catholic Charities Food Pantry and actively participates as a member of the Steering Committee for the Capital Campaign for a new Cancer Center in Brockton. The scope of her experience, from working in school systems to innovating with a tech company, gives Ms. Lawton a perspective that befits her position on the Plymouth 400 Commission in an at-large seat on the commission.
The current Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing for the Massachusetts Port Authority, Ms. Danny Theodat Levy holds an undergraduate degree in Classical Civilization from Boston College and an MBA from Simmons College School of Management. With significant experience in the private and public sector, Ms. Levy has used communications and social marketing as a means to expand the reach of organizations and promote community development among a diverse group of constituents. With professional experience as a member of SSG Associates, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Bank of America, United Way, and WCVB-TV, Ms. Levy will act as the liaison between the Plymouth 400 Commission and the Massachusetts Port Authority. At MassPort, Ms. Levy directs and coordinates the internal and external communications strategies for the organization and acts as a representative for the Authority. She also revolutionized social media for Logan Airport and is an award-winning leader for her work in several national communications competitions, including the Excellence in Marketing and Communications Competition and the Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony. She will hold the MassPort Board of Directors seat.
Graduate of University of Southern New Hampshire with a Bachelor of the Arts in Business Management/Computer Information Systems, Ms. Mellon currently serves as the Senior Marketing Representative for the Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. as well as Co-Founder and Vice President of the growing and successful non-profit, ‘Tough Warrior Princesses’, established to support women who have been afflicted with cancer by providing help and assistance through inspiration from others who have been through the treatment process. She also worked for some time at Nancy Bender Insurance Agency as the Automation Manager and Account Representative, and at Applied Systems as a marketing representative. She has, overall, around 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, and brought market growth and profitability through her deep-rooted relationships, marketing analysis, incentive planning, marketing campaigns, loss control incentives, and creative thinking. With a track record of success, growth, quality relationships, a strong background in development and technology, and innovation for over 20 years, Patty will hold the business/industry seat.
Professor, author, and lifelong history scholar, Dr. Alice Nash graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s in English. She then completed her Master’s in American and New England Studies at Boston University, and received her Ph.D. in Early American History from Columbia. Working previously as a visiting professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College and a Chair at the University of Montreal, Dr. Nash currently serves as an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and as a co-editor with Josef Raab and Stefan Rink of Rethinking the Americas: Historical Foundations to 1900, Volume One of a five-volume reference work: the Inter-American Key Topic Series, Rethinking the Americas. Her dedication and expertise in the fields of teaching and academia were upheld by her selection as a nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts, in both 2008/9 and 2010/11, and her achievement of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers, with focus on the project titled Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview, among other accolades. Through her extensive scholarship in Native American history and her engagement with the community as a professor, Dr. Nash is poised to serve in the Massachusetts State University seat on the Plymouth 400 Commission.
Jim Peters Jr.
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, John Peters Jr. joins the Plymouth 400 Commission with almost three decades of experience in coordinating Native American relations. With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Boston College and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Peters has pursued a commitment to community development among Native American groups in the region. Serving on the Board of Directors for both the Wampanoag Confederation and the Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council, as well as on the Enrollment, Constitution, Economic Development, Native Graves Repatriation, Old Indian Meetinghouse, Mashpee Parish, and Museum Committees for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mr. Peters’ expert knowledge and cultural experience in and around the Plymouth area make him a strong addition to the Plymouth 400 Commission. Prior to joining the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, Mr. Peters served as Career Development Counselor for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Executive Director of the Indian Tribal Council for the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, and Principal Planner for both the Town of Kingston, RI, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. He also has experience as a Trustee of Plymouth Plantation and as a member of the Deer Island Memorial Committee. Mr. Peters will serve in the Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs seat.
The first person of color to launch a successful public relations and communications company in the Boston/New England region, Colette Phillips is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Colette Phillips Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Communications from Emerson College and an honorary doctorate of law from Mount Ida College. Author of 21 Steps for Women to Win, founder of Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first comprehensive multicultural resource directory, and creator of Get Konnected!, a bi-monthly cross-cultural and cross-generational professional and social networking events. Get Konnected! was recognized by both the Massachusetts State Legislature and The Boston City Council in 2012. Her ability to innovate and lead has been recognized through many accolades, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Business in 2009 and the Whittier Street Health Center’s 2012 Saving the Health of Our Community Award. Phillips is a tireless advocate for the advancement of women and people of color. The Boston Globe named her on its “A-List of Must Have” people at charitable events calling her a “Social Connector”. With over three decades of leadership in business and civic engagement, Phillips will serve in the commission’s media seat.
Motivated by a lack of female entrepreneurs and the idea to utilize special events as a marketing medium, Dusty Rhodes, a graduate of Penn State University, took unprecedented action in her disruption of the status quo with her establishment of Coventures, a firm dedicated to marketing through experience. With a focus on “team work,” Ms. Rhodes and her team developed strategies to educate companies throughout New England on the potential of marketing events and, over the past 38 years, over 5,000 events have been hosted by Conventures. The company revolutionized the idea of “Tribute Dinners,” enabling fundraising for nonprofit organizations. As Chair of the Plymouth 400 Commission, Ms. Rhodes will contribute her business values, organizational abilities, and almost four decades of experience towards building an effective and efficient Commission. Having hosted such events as the Tufts Health Plan 10k and the Tall Ships Festival, Ms. Rhodes will serve as the commission’s chair.
President and CEO of both the Massachusetts Lodging Association and the Massachusetts Lodging Association Education Foundation, Mr. Paul Sacco has dedicated his career to hospitality, lodging, travel, and tourism. To accompany his work with the Massachusetts Lodging Association, Mr. Sacco has held leadership roles with Belvedere Hotels and Omni Hotels, and served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism from 2002 to 2007. A former member of the Board of Directors for Discovery New England and the Travel Industry Association of America, Mr. Sacco has been honored with the Spirit of Leadership Award from the Greater Boston Convention Visitor’s Bureau and the State Tourism Award from Governor Deval Patrick for his contributions to the growth and vitality of Massachusetts tourism. Mr. Sacco currently serves on the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, Creative Economy Council, and SKAL International Boston Board, among other commissions and boards. With his years of hands-on experience in the field of lodging and management, Mr. Sacco will bring years of expertise to the Plymouth 400 Commission in the Massachusetts Lodging Association seat.
Founder, owner, and president of Louis & Company, Lou Trubiano is not only a visionary businessman, but also a dedicated philanthropist,. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Rochester and an MS in Mass Communications from Boston University’s College of Communications. Mr. Trubiano gained experience working at a number of agencies in Boston, including Arnold & Company, Stern/Frank, and SB&W, and twenty-five years ago started his advertising and marketing agency, Louis & Company. Currently semi-retired, Trubiano’s involvement in business groups and nonprofit organizations has not wavered, as he serves as a member of the Government Affairs Committee at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, an organization for which he served on the Board of Directors for a number of years, before he rounded out his tenure as Chairman in 2009. He is Chairman of the Board of Randolph Savings Banks and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Italian Home for Children. Mr. Trubiano will serve in the marketing/advertising seat.
With a Bachelor of the Arts in Community Planning and Management from UMASS: Boston as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Tobias Vanderhoop has composed a compendium of impressive experiences. As a prominent member within the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), Mr. Vanderhoop has served in varying positions within his tribe including Tribal Administrator and Tribal Councilman. These are prestigious positions which help to manage and govern the tribal body as well as oversee government-government relations between the US and the tribal membership. As of 2014, Mr. Vanderhoop was elected as Tribal Chairman to the Council where he serves his community today. Outside of work he enjoys singing in the traditional Wampanoag fashion, is a member of the Black Brook Singer group, as well as the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal community drum group. His other interests include Traditional Wampanoag Dancing, Weaving, and Storytelling, for which he has many awards and decorations. He will serve in an at-large seat.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Anita Walker has pursued a career dedicated to service in both the public and private sphere. Serving as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ms. Walker leads the state arts agency which sets the cultural agenda for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through advocacy, grant making and technical assistance programs. Ms. Walker also effectively allocates the agency budget of $15 million and allocates the distribution of over $91 million for capital projects of various cultural organizations. Having previously served similar positions in working as the Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Director of Development for the Des Moines Playhouse, Director of Development and Community Relations for the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Bureau Chief of Communications and Technological Services at the Iowa Department of Economic and Workforce Development, and News Anchor at various organizations in Iowa, Nebraska and Florida - Ms. Walker brings over four decades of professional experience to the Plymouth 400 Commission in fields ranging from cultural development and economic revitalization, to journalism and community service. Outside of her formal professional roles, Ms. Walker also has served on the New England Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors, the Arts Education Advisory Group, and as a Governor appointee for the 21st Century Work Skills Task force, among other positions. She will service in the Massachusetts Cultural Council seat.
Angie Zambelis is the owner and operator of three of the most highly respected restaurants on Cape Cod. She has been committed to the family business since her graduation at McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. She took her father’s restaurant, The Yarmouth House Restaurant, and has kept it running for 38 long years, on top of adding two more restaurants to the family’s arsenal, and supporting her two children and husband. The other restaurants include DiParma Italian Table and Red Face Jacks Sports Bar. During these years, Angie has been praised and awarded for her creativity in decorating the restaurant’s for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Since she started in the family business, Angie has pursued to give back to the community through food donations to the many philanthropic organizations on Cape Cod. As an owner, Angie has kept more than 130 employees happy, honest and committed to the high regard her family stands for. It is without a doubt that Angie and her family has made Yarmouth the amazing destination it is today for newcomers and locals, through the establishment of her restaurants.