Adam Shutes

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.

Anthony Giordano

anthonygiordanoPresident & 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

chriskollettResident

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.

Daniel Johnson

danieljohnsonResident

Daniel Johnson has lived in Roslindale since 2009 with his wife and two children and is perhaps best known on Poplar Street for his long-running end-of-summer pig roast. Daniel loves that Roslindale nurtures independent businesses and hosts one of the city’s most vibrant farmers markets. Daniel is currently Director Emeritus at 826 Boston, a nonprofit youth writing center, in Roxbury’s Egleston Square. Daniel served as the founding executive director from 2009 – 2016. Prior to that role, Daniel, a Teach for America alumnus, spent more than a decade teaching underserved youth in schools, residential settings, and hospitals. He is also a poet and writer, who published How to Catch a Falling Knife with Alice James Books in 2010. His second collection-in-progress, In the Absence of Sparrows, has been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, and in a number of media outlets. It explores Daniel’s nearly twenty-year friendship with journalist James Foley, who was killed in Syria in 2012. In the winter, Daniel can often be found snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the Arnold Arboretum. He loves to read, bike, cook, hike, and travel with his family.

Deborah DeBenedictis

debdebenedictisBusiness Owner

Deborah DeBenedictis has been a member of the RVMS board since 2012. She is married to Tony, of Tony’s Market Roslindale, helping Tony’s to participate in many of the Roslindale Village Main Street events, such as Taste of Roslindale, The Roslindale Farmer’s Market, One Small Step, and Holiday Wander. Deborah first came to live in Roslindale in 2007, from Weston. Deborah’s previous experience includes 15 years in high-tech management at a local computer manufacturer, long-range planning and executive sales and marketing. She ran her own after-school program, the Weston Wayland Success Learning Center, for almost 25 years. The Center is an independent, small business, which works with students on skills mastery and also provides standardized test prep for the Independent School Entrance Exam (aka, The Latin Exam), SSAT, SAT & ACT. Deborah received her BA & MA Degrees from Boston College.
Deb’s passions include the pursuit of equity in education, ballroom dancing, reading, horses, good food, and her family. Deb and Tony  live in West Roxbury, and enjoy visits from their far-flung off-spring. They are parents to seven accomplished children who live in locations including: New York, New Orleans, and Boston, Cambridge, Washington DC, California and Texas.

Elizabeth Sherva

elizabethshervaResident

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.

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 for the Massachusetts Historical Commission as a Preservation Planner. There, she reviews rehabilitations of historic buildings for the Massachusetts and Federal Historic Tax Credit programs, recognized as the most significant economic incentive programs for historic preservation on the local and national levels. Formerly, Erin was a Preservation Planner for the Boston Landmarks Commission, overseeing Boston’s Beacon Hill, Fort Point, and Aberdeen local historic districts. Erin holds 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, and their black lab, Holly. In her free time she enjoys distance running, cooking, and taking on home improvement projects.

Hilary Sullivan

hilarysullivanClerk & Resident

Hilary Sullivan has been a proud Roslindale resident for nearly 5 years and is very excited to be joining the board of RVMS, a dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about improving the community for everyone. In addition to her role as Clerk of the board, Hilary works full time at Northeastern University as the Associate Director for Service & Community Partnerships in the Center of Community Service. Hilary’s passion for working with nonprofits began while serving for two years as an AmeriCorps National Service Member after graduating from college. After traveling across the country to serve with various nonprofits, she arrived in Boston in 2008 to work as the Jumpstart Site Manager at Wheelock College, and has been involved in volunteerism and higher education ever since. Hilary also founded and led the Boston AmeriCorps Alumni Board for four years. She hopes to help build a strong volunteer base in Roslindale and wants to ensure there are people of all ages are engaged in the community in a way that fits them best.

Hilary received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Westfield State College and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and meeting new people.

Jeff Terrey

Jeff and his wife moved to Roslindale from the Fenway in 2005 after the birth of their son. Since then they have celebrated the birth of their daughter and have adopted both a dog and cat. They proudly live in Roslindale’s oldest (and probably coldest) house, built in 1725.

Jeff is currently a senior vice president for Rasky Partners, a Boston lobbying and public relations firm where he runs grassroots and lobbying campaigns on the state and local level. He has been active in Boston politics since he graduated from college and moved to Boston in 1992. He is a graduate of Alfred University and holds an MBA from Boston College.

Lauren Kiefer

Lauren moved to Roslindale in 2011 and is thrilled to serve on the RVMS board. She and her husband chose to buy their first home in Roslindale because they fell in love with the close knit community, location and access to great local businesses. In 2015, she accepted the position of Director of Human Resources for The Cooperative Bank (TCB). Prior to TCB Lauren had a tenured career in the hotel industry working for Marriott, Fairmont Hotels and Ritz-Carlton. She has always been involved in community outreach as a human resources professional and now enjoys that her professional community initiatives serve her own community. Lauren hopes that her experience, residency and employment in local business helps to put programs and events into place that serve Roslindale’s business and community needs.

Lauren received a Bachelor’s in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from the University of Delaware. Lauren enjoys yoga and spending time with her husband and two small children.