Adam Shutes

Adam Shutes, Business Owner

Adam was born in Norfolk, England, and lived his formative years in two of the (in his view) best cities in England: Oxford and London. He moved to the US in 2001 for post-doctoral studies in Molecular Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he worked for 5 years. However, he missed the cosmopolitan vibrancy of a real city, and so he moved to Boston for work in 2006. He first rented in Jamaica Plain, but moved to Roslindale in 2008, drawn by the Arboretum, the open space and the ‘village green’ (Adam’s Park).

In 2015, Adam felt an urge to contribute more to his adopted community of Roslindale, where he found the diversity, and authentic passion of other neighbours, striking. Luckily enough, he was able to take over operation of Boston Cheese Cellar on Birch St in 2015 — figuring that his time spent wandering around Turl St Covered Market in Oxford, or Neal’s Yard Dairy in London, would help him re-launch the business. 

Since then during most days, he is to be found in the shop, or elsewhere in Boston, talking about, making, or looking at cheese. 

When not thinking about cheese, he can be found riding bicycles competitively, for pleasure or for charity — or being walked by his two beloved greyhounds.

Alia Hamada Forrest

Alia Hamada Forrest, Executive Director

Alia Hamada Forrest is the Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street and has lived in Boston since 2003. She has a wide-range of interests and work experience — she’s worked as a children’s book editor, as a barista and prep cook at a pie cafe, an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow at 826 Boston, and most extensively for the last several years in Boston and Cambridge, as a non-profit program and volunteer manager. Alia enjoys building community with others and providing opportunities for folks of all ages to become engaged volunteers in their own neighborhoods.

She grew up in a family that values hospitality, food, and the restaurant industry — her dad was an executive chef at several restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona and her mom manages banquets and events at a resort in Scottsdale. A first-generation American, Alia brings compassion to the immigrant experience and small business. Her father, Mohamed, immigrated from Egypt in the 1970s and worked his way up in the food service industry, starting as a dishwasher. Her mother’s family is the reason Alia found her way to Boston from Arizona — Alia’s Irish-American grandparents grew up in Boston and Brookline, and much of Alia’s summers were spent in the North End and Jamaica Plain (mostly at JP Licks). A graduate of Emerson College, Alia has now spent over 15 years of her life in Boston — this City is in her blood.

Alia also has a passion for arts and culture (she has a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is a published poet), working with young people, and eating/cooking delicious food. Additionally, Alia lives in Roslindale with her husband and young daughter.

Anthony Giordano

President & Property Owner

Anthony Giordano joins RVMS in 2016. As a child, Anthony and his family moved to Roslindale in the 70’s and he hasn’t left the area since. Anthony attended Boston Public Schools, graduated from Boston Latin, attended Boston University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. After working as a consulting engineer, he started his own IT service company in 2001. Whole Mackerel helps many small businesses in and around Boston manage their technology. Most recently, along with his brother-in-law, he owns the building at the corners of Belgrade, Corinth and Birch Streets, and is learning about the challenges of being a landlord.
Anthony is looking forward to bringing his range of skills and experiences to the table. When not solving someone else’s problems, he can be found playing bass in a rock ‘n roll band or two, making a mess in the kitchen, or just daydreaming.

Chris Kollett


Resident

Chris Kollett joined the RVMS board in 2014. He has served on the board of the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association since 2011, including three years as Vice President. He is also spearheading an ongoing effort to bring more and better playgrounds to Roslindale with Roslindale Wants to Play. Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Williams College and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. He is a software engineer at MathWorks, a company that develops mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Chris and his wife Laura have lived in Roslindale since 2002, and are raising two daughters who can claim lifetime Roslindale resident status.

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller, Resident

Andrea Miller is originally from the small, bucolic western MA town of Gill and migrated to the Boston area after traveling and studying International Relations at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Attracted by the greenery and plethora of parks, she and her husband sought out an old beauty of a fixer-upper and became proud Roslindale residents in 2012. She is new to the RVMS Board and serves as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee.

Together, Andrea and her husband own and operate Miller Custom Craftsmen LLC, a Roslindale-based residential and commercial construction company, providing classic and quality fine craftsmanship, and they enjoy working to build beautiful things. Andrea also manages the Body Composition Analysis Center and DXA Laboratory at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and provides administrative support to the university-wide Healthy Aging Initiative.

For fun and relaxation, Andrea loves walking the Emerald Necklace parks system, enjoying boat rides on the Charles River, or sipping a craft cocktail in the Square.

Vinny Fieg

Resident

Vinny Fieg first became involved with RVMS as a member of the Marketing Committee in 2017. He really enjoyed this experience, especially having the opportunity to produce video profiles for local businesses and organizations, and has expanded his role within RVMS since then, recently joining as an RVMS board member in 2019.

Vinny currently works as a marketing associate for a medical coding company in Wellesley where he spearheads a number of marketing initiatives, including content creation, brand building, and event management.  Prior to marketing, his career dabbled in the financial services and legal fields, as well as small business entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and is currently pursuing an MBA from Babson College.

Originally hailing from Allendale, New Jersey, Vinny has been a Roslindale resident since 2016 and lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their dog, Bruce. They love the neighborhood feel of Roslindale and enjoy frequenting all the great businesses and establishments that make up the Village. In his spare time, Vinny enjoys watching movies, going for walks in the Arboretum, and eating lots of pasta.

Laura Charles

Resident

Laura moved to Roslindale in early 2018, and was involved in its yoga and small business communities since moving to Boston from Brooklyn in 2015. Laura currently works as the Senior Manager of Network Engagement at Interise, a national nonprofit organization that builds inclusive local economies through small business. Her primary focus is designing programming for and cultivating community among a national network of established small business owners and advocates. She also teaches yoga at studios in Roslindale, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. Laura’s prior work was in international community development, having worked extensively in northern Tanzania as a co-founder of a community center. Yes, she has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Laura received Bachelor’s degrees in French and Dance from Hamilton College, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School. When not at work or in the yoga studio, Laura loves cooking, running, and having outside adventures with her son, Max.

Elizabeth Sherva

Resident

Elizabeth Sherva currently serves on the Roslindale Village Main Street Board and acts as the Roslindale Substation Task Force Co-Chair. Elizabeth currently works as a Preservation Planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission where she oversees a number of Massachusetts Preservation Program Fund grant projects and reviews state historic tax credit projects. Prior to her work at MHC, she worked as a project manager in the environmental consulting industry. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a Masters of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University. She and her husband Rick moved to Roslindale four years ago from the Midwest and have enjoyed the small community feel of Roslindale. They look forward to raising their two children in Roslindale and being part of the community for years to come.

Ellie Greenler

Ellie Greenler, Farmers Market Manager

Ellie grew up on an organic vegetable farm in Wisconsin where she discovered the incredible power that food has in bringing people together. At Haverford College, Ellie earned her B.A. in anthropology/public health and further deepened her love and understanding of the power of community, food, and health! Right after graduation she ran a CSA and market garden in Canada, but knew that she eventually wanted to return to food access and community organizing work. Ellie has worked in Nicaragua with a women’s farming cooperative, in Seattle doing urban farm and nutrition education, and on multiple diversified organic farms.

Outside of farm and community work Ellie loves all things active, specifically rock climbing, rowing, yoga, and cross-country skiing, but also deeply enjoys a day spent baking cupcakes and pies.

Erin Doherty

Erin joined the RVMS board in 2017, and has been on the Marketing Committee since moving to Roslindale in 2015. Currently, Erin works in the historic preservation group at Epsilon Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm in Maynard. Formerly, Erin was a Preservation Planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Boston Landmarks Commission, where she reviewed rehabilitations of historic buildings and oversaw local historic districts. Erin received a B.A. in Russian and French from Wellesley College, and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Boston University. Erin lives in Roslindale with her husband, David, daughter Fiona, and their black lab, Holly. In her free time she enjoys distance running, cooking, and taking on home improvement projects.