Bob Berstein - Tremont Street, has more than 22 years of financial experience and currently serves as managing director at an investment bank in Boston. He is a graduate of Cornell University where he has served in a variety of alumni leadership roles.
Ellen Sheets - Tremont Street, relocated to the South End from Concord, MA over seven years ago. Currently she is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Partners Innovation Fund based in Cambridge but started her Boston career as a gynecologic oncologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has been an active participate in the Ellis and has served as a board member, vice president and now is in her third year as president.
John Alekna - Tremont Street, grew up in South Boston and has been active in a variety of local business and civic groups over the years. A 1983 graduate of Babson College, he began his current professional career at Merrill Lynch and is currently a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division.
Patty Brennan - Montgomery Street, moved to the South End from New York City in June 2005. She works as an Account Director for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. She volunteers with Saint Cecilia Parish and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She loves animals, being outdoors and leads an active lifestyle.
Matthew Rhoades - Lawrence Street, is an experienced investor, entrepreneur, and CFO. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Harvard Business School and now lives in the South End with his wife, son, and puppy. He enjoys community engagement and currently serves as the Chairman of Ellis Neighborhood's Development, Licensing, and Zoning Committee.
Robin Johnson - Tremont Street, is the branch manager of the South End office of Hingham Savings Bank. She has been working in the South End as an experienced banker and lender for four years and enjoys working with different community organizations throughout the neighborhood.
Chris Block - Appleton Street, is originally from Michigan and moved to the South End two years ago. Chris is a practicing anesthesiologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and an avid cyclist who commutes to work by bike when he can. He also enjoys cooking, reading, sailing and walking with his wife and their two golden retrievers.
Max Alderman - Clarendon Street, has lived in the South End for the past 3.5 years. He has been involved with the Ellis since 2015 as a part of the Scholarship and Community Outreach committees. Max currently works as the Diabetes Program Coordinator with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In his free time he enjoys biking, hiking, and rooting for Boston sports teams.
Norma Alekna - Tremont Street, is originally from New Hampshire. She moved to Boston where she started her career of 37 years as a perioperative nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital. She and her husband John raised their three children in Dover, MA. In 2013 they moved to the South End. Norma volunteers at Boston Children’s Hospital and currently sits on the Ellis Scholarship Committee. Norma enjoys painting in her free time.
Julie Arnheiter - Appleton Street, moved into the South End one year ago from Sanibel Island, Florida where she and her husband raised their two children. While living in Florida Julie was a volunteer in her local school and fundraised for an environmental non-profit. She is an avid gardener, a reluctant runner and has recently joined the Ellis Community Outreach Committee.
Ross Bundy - Gray Street, was born and raised in MetroWest and has lived in the South End for the past 5 years. Ross joined the Ellis in 2015 and most recently, started the Young Professional Committee which aims to connect and empower professionals across a variety of industries. Ross currently works in tech research sales and enjoys golf, travel, and cooking.
John Chambers - Webster Bank, previously served on the Ellis Board and Executive Committee and is excited to return home. He is originally from Kentucky but has been in the South End for almost 30 years. He is currently Vice-President for Webster Bank and manages the local branch on Washington Street. John works with a number of neighborhood civic and non-profit organizations. His passions include college sports (Go Blue!), trivia, and enjoying the many friends he has accumulated during his time in the SE.
Luis Croquer - Tremont Street, recently moved to Boston to oversee the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, which has one of the region’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art. Luis is the son of a Venezuelan diplomat and has lived all over the globe including England, India, Gabon, Lebanon, and Switzerland.
Meghan Dichiara - Chandler Street, moved to the South End in 2009. After an earlier career in litigation consulting, Meghan is now a stay at home parent and has been active on the boards of both Childe Hassam and Titus Sparrow Park. Meghan and her husband both enjoy restaurants in the South End, exploring Boston with their kiddos and puppy, and travel in Mexico.
Cheryl Dickinson - West Canton Street, moved to the South End from Litchfield, CT in 2010. She has served as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, and Professor of Literacy. Her outreach efforts have enabled inner-city teachers to raise reading achievement among students ranging from at-risk to high-achieving. Cheryl’s continued research seeks ways to develop literacy skills through the integration of fine art and reading.
Paul Duffy - Clarendon Street, was born and raised in Boston’s South End and has remained a lifelong resident. He took a role in improving the South End as a real estate developer and subsequently founded O’Ryan, Lopez & Chin, a real estate maintenance company, which he owned and operated from 1986 to 1998. Paul is a Charter Member of the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association as well as other local organizations.
Peter Filonowicz - Warren Avenue, born in Jamaica Plain and raised mostly in Revere. He moved to the South End in 2015. Peter is a Software Development Manager for MFS Investment Management where he has been employed since 1996. He enjoys helping those in the community and is currently a mentor for students at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Peter is also a trustee for the D4 condo association as well as a member of the Ellis' Development, Licensing and Zoning committee.
Jack Fitzgerald - Chandler Street, is a Managing Director at Leerink Partners LLC, where he provides legal and regulatory guidance for institutional clients. A graduate of Boston Latin, University of Massachusetts and Suffolk Law, he and his wife recently moved to the South End from Beacon Hill.
Jennifer Girvin - Chandler Street, is originally from upstate New York and has lived in the South End for the last 23 years with husband Ken. She is a residential broker with Keller Williams Realty. Jennifer served on the Ellis Board for 12 years and returns with a renewed interest in keeping the neighborhood a fun and vibrant place to live. Her favorite inspirational quote “what you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”.
Bill Gregor - Appleton Street, is a retired general management consultant with over thirty-five years’ experience consulting to financial services firms on five continents. When not in the South End you can usually find him skiing or sailing. A former Ellis Chair, he has served the Association in many capacities and is currently chair of the Ellis Wine Group and an Ellis Marshal in Boston’s Pride Parade.
Betsy Hall - Clarendon Street, having lived in Italy and on the South Shore, moved to the South End in 1995 and almost immediately became involved with The Ellis. She has been a Director focusing on design and communication and served as both President and Chair. Recently Executive Director of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, she is currently on the boards of the Community Music Center of Boston and the South End Historical Society.
Michael Hall - Clarendon Street, has been a South End Resident for the last 28 years and has served on the Ellis Board for many of them, most recently as President and Treasurer. A Certified Public Accountant for the last 34 years, he is currently employed by R. J. Gold & Company, P.C.
Wendy Hamm - Montgomery Street, moved to the South End in 2007 with her husband, sons and dogs. They quickly fell in love with the South End as they found themselves in the neighborhood frequently going to parks and eating at restaurants. Wendy grew up in Michigan and has lived in San Francisco, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston previously. Wendy is the owner of a floral design business, Flower Power Boston.
Cathy Phillips - Clarendon Street, first lived in the South End on West Springfield Street in the late 1980’s and, after raising a family on the South Shore, was very excited to return to city life five years ago. Cathy is a program manager for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston and has spent much of her career in conference and seminar management. She has served on several non-profit boards and is a currently a member of the Ellis Outreach Committee. Cathy is also interested in enhancing trees and parks in the South End and helping the community to become more age-friendly.
Gregory Ruffer - Tremont Street, is President & CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts. Previously he served as the President & CEO of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, a nationally-recognized nonprofit community school of music based in Milwaukee. As a conductor Ruffer has appeared on stages across the U.S. and Europe. He is a voting member for the Grammy Awards with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences following his part in the recording Of Rage and Remem’brance with the National Symphony Orchestra, the 1996 Grammy winner for Best Classical Recording.
Carol Trust - Chandler Street, has lived in the South End 30 years, about a half mile from where her mother was raised on Columbus Avenue in the early 1900's.' She is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, the Massachusetts Chapter, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Lecolion Washington - 34 Warren Avenue, after over 20 years as a performing classical bassoonist, 15 years as a music professor, and 10 years as an arts administrator, Lecolion has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs, and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change. He is currently the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston, a 108-year-old legacy organization in the South End which provides equitable access to excellent music education and arts experiences to over 6000 students in 15 neighborhoods in Boston.
The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 170731, Boston, MA 02117