BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(not all members present)
Back Row, L-R: Anne Meyers and Evan Leherer, Town of Brookline Economic Development Department Representatives; Chobee Hoy; Rich Hassman; Meredith Mooney; Lisa Clark; Debbie Miller; Lisa Wisel; Elizabeth Schlosberg; Lisa Berger; Chiquita Rice; Danielle Schlesinger
Front Row, L-R: Nick Mallia, David Gladstone; Elias Audy; Dug Murstein; Morry Sapoznik; Craig Harsfield; Arnie Schaffer; Ryan Cooper
Not Present: Debby Chui; Christine Fitzgerald; Amelia Egan;Tim Kickham; Avi Liss; Michael Gropman; Richard Leary; Roger Lipson; Ginny Mazur
President & Chairman Executive Committee; Member, Programming Committee
Lisa Wisel is owner and manager of the VineRipe Grill and Catering at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course in Chestnut Hill. Since taking over the restaurant in 2005, the VineRipe Grill has grown from a golfer’s hot dog stand to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to non-golfing guests who can’t resist their 12-hour smoked pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. Planning catering events from small dinner gatherings to corporate parties over 500 people is what Lisa loves to do. Whether experiencing the cozy fireplace or the outdoor porch at the VineRipe Grill, or hiring them to come to you, their reputation for outstanding food and excellent service will not disappoint. Lisa has lived in Brookline for 31 years with her husband and four children.
Doug J. Murstein
Doug is a certified public accountant and has been working in public accounting since 1996. Doug started his practice in 2004 and provides individuals, estates & trusts, and small businesses with specialized services consisting of tax return preparation, tax planning, accounting & bookkeeping, and related consulting services. The firm of Doug J. Murstein, CPA & Associates extends the expertise of a large firm and the customer service of a small firm and prides itself on the ability to meet clients’ tax and accounting needs ranging from moderate to complex and in areas including multi-states, self-employment, rental properties, sales of company stock and options, home office deductions, publicly traded partnerships, and many other technical complexities. Prior to starting the practice, Doug’s work encompassed tax return preparation, financial statement audits and reviews, researching tax matters, and numerous consulting projects for a regional CPA firm in downtown Boston ultimately in a manager role.
Board, Ambassadors and Committee Members
Chairman of the Board & Ambassador
Born in Lebanon, Elias Audy came to the United States at age 19 to study at the University of Houston in Texas and then at Northeastern University. Elias owns and operates 2 Mobil stations in Brookline and a used car dealership, Cypress Automart. Outside of his businesses and being a very devoted family man, Elias likes to spend his time sharing and caring for people in need. Elias was the first recipient of an annual Elias F. Audy Civic Award given by the Brookline Police Mutual Aid association, for promoting civic unity and encouraging efforts in addressing neighborhood issues. Elias has also received awards from the Kids Clothes Club, the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, the Brookline Educators Union, and Mobil Oil. Elias is a very active Rotarian and served as the president of the Brookline Rotary Club 1999-2000. He has also served on the Boards of the Brookline Music School and the Brookline Foundation, and is a Member of the Commercial Area Committee for the Town of Brookline.
Director & Member, Programming Committee
Lisa is a committed real estate professional who provides her clients with a personalized service complete with local knowledge and market insight. As a lifelong resident of the greater Boston area, Lisa has first-hand knowledge within the many diverse communities her clients are looking to buy and sell. Lisa began her real estate career as the Director of Relocation for Savoir Faire Properties; a relocation company that specializes in moving international clients and their families to the Greater Boston areas. Lisa joined William Raveis in 2008 where she continues to offer buyers and sellers a high level of real estate service. Whether marketing a property or negotiating a sale, she skillfully navigates both the first-time homebuyer and savvy homeowner through each unique real estate transaction and changing market trends.
Director & Member, Programming Committee
Debby is a Boston native and attended the Boston Latin School. She graduated from Brandeis University with a concentration in Economics. Early in her career she worked in New York City at several brokerage firms including Smith Barney and Dreyfus. She returned to Boston and worked as a Project Manager Consultant for many financial institutions, including: SunLife; Putnam; One Beacon; and IBT. Then started her banking career in 2002 when she joined Citizens Bank and managed their Wellesley and Chestnut Hill locations. In 2014,Debby joined East Boston Savings Bank and now manages their Brookline location.
Christine Fitzgerald is a founder and partner in the law firm of Belcher Fitzgerald LLP located at Two Oliver Street, Suite 302 in Boston’s Financial District. In her nearly 20 years of law practice both here and in New York City, Christine has represented business and individual clients ranging from entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small to medium sized businesses in structuring their affairs, employment issues, protection of trade secrets, and real estate transactions to Fortune 100 companies in high-stakes “bet the company” litigation. Christine is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School and has lived in Brookline for 11 years. In addition to being a Chamber member and Ambassador, Christine also proudly serves as a commissioner on the Brookline Commission for Women.
Co-VP Coolidge Corner, Ambassador & Director
David has been in financial services industry for 16 years. He has managed branches and Sales Teams in Business Banking. David has been a business banking officer for 12 years. He has worked with the area community development corporations and has been helping small businesses grow on a consistent basis. David has in addition worked with many nonprofits as well helping both for profit and nonprofits grow in difficult business environments. David is also fluent in Spanish. David attended the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Economics. David is married with two children. David has a strong belief in giving back to the community and has had involvement with many local nonprofits including; Brookline Chamber, Brookline Merchants Association, Brookline Youth Baseball, Brookline Youth Soccer, Camp Rotary, Roslindale Board of Trade ,CDC 504 review Committee, Rebuilding Boston, Boston Senior Money Management State-wide Board, Tastes of Roslindale, Life is Good Children’s Festival, Brookline-Day, The Sunday School.
Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman
Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman is the Commanding Officer of the Community Service Division which works with town and local institutions to improve services, quality of life issues, and develop strong bonds with various populations. Deputy Superintendent Gropman has a police career that began in 1989. He uses his vast amount of training and experience to be an effective sounding board and mentor to the personnel of the Community Service Division and the Department at large. He is also a volunteer with USA Hockey, Newton Girls Hockey, as well as an adjunct professor at Mt. Ida College in Newton and Newbury College in Brookline. Deputy Superintendent Gropman holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, and a Doctorate in Human Development from Boston University.
Co-Chair, Program Committee & Director
Craig Harsfield has been working with individuals and small businesses since 1999. Using a scientific and academic based approach aimed at intelligent planning and investing, Craig advises clients in making smart decisions about their investments so they can seek to maximize their financial growth and work towards creating more certainty for their future. Together, with his years of experiences and your drive to succeed, he will help you embrace the future with a renewed sense of confidence.
VP St. Mary’s, Co-Chair of Ambassador Committee & Director
Richard Hassman, The Business Resource Guy, is a Certified Payments Professional. Richard earned that distinction by passing a rigorous exam administered by the Electronics Transactions Association. He is uniquely trained in all aspects of the rapidly changing payments industry: Mobile payments, EMV requirements, credit card processing breaches, e-commerce security issues, point of sale systems, gift and loyalty programs, omni channel payments.
Chobee is the owner of Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate in Brookline. Buying and selling a house is more than the transfer of property—it’s finding the right place to call home. You can trust Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, Inc. to provide the perfect balance of experience, market knowledge and unexpected service. Chobee is a longtime member of multiple community focused organizations throughout Brookline.
Co-VP Membership, Ambassador & Director
Harvard Green Company
Tim is originally from Brookline and is a trustee for the Harvard Green Company, a commercial real estate holding company located in Brookline, Massachusetts. In addition to Tim’s position as trustee for the Harvard Green company, Tim is in the mortgage banking industry. Tim graduated from Brookline High School in 1979 and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst with a B.A. degree in political science and economics. Tim is an Ambassador for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and is always seeking ways for Brookline businesses to improve their business with advocacy and assistance from the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.
Director & Member, Government Committee
Dick was Brookline’s first town administrator and served for 25 years. He majored in government at Dartmouth College and earned an MA in public administration from Boston University. Currently, he serves on several town boards and committees. He is also on the board of the Brookline Senior Center and is a member of Brookline Rotary.
VP Legal & Director
Avi Liss, an entrepreneur since birth, developed Liss Law, LLC to incorporate his passion for the law and real estate with his life-long commitment to assisting people and his community. As the founding partner of Liss Law, LLC, Avi brings a wide range of experiences, including real estate development, private lending, small business representation, estate planning, and solutions to complex personal and business matters. Avi currently resides in Brookline with his wife and 2 children. He is also a board member of the Brookline Mental Health Center. His achievements in the real estate area were most recently highlighted as he was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of Boston’s Super Lawyers.
Member, Government Committee & Director
Roger is an attorney specializing in real estate, landlord tenant, zoning and municipal law with an office in Brookline Village. Roger was a legal aid attorney when he was hired to be Director-Counsel of the Brookline Rent Control Board, a job he held for 16 years. He left to work for a real estate law firm in Boston and to attend Boston University Law School part-time for his LL.M in tax law. He has served as President of both the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and Brookline Rotary Club, been a member of the Brookline Advisory Committee, and a Town Meeting member. Roger is President of the Brookline Improvement Coalition, Inc. (BIC), a non-profit affordable housing corporation providing housing to low income tenants. Roger is also a volunteer with the Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau (BLAB) providing free legal consultations at the Senior Center for low income senior citizens.
Member, Programming Committee & Director
Nick is the Catering & Events Manager / Catering Sales Director for Paris Restaurant Group, and is the face of their brick-and mortar location, The Paris Creperie, in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. In addition to focusing on customer satisfaction, Nick’s longtime commitment to Paris Restaurant Group includes managing a unique financial model of open book management, which gives employees a stake in the financial health of the company. As the Co-Chair of the Chamber’s annual holiday celebration, Nick brings the fun… and the crepes… to the Brookline community.
Co-VP Membership; VP Brookline Village; Ambassador & Director
Ginny Mazur is the Community Partnership Director at Goddard House. Trained in theater and as counselor and inter-modal expressive arts therapist, she worked in the field of mental health for over a decade at Faulkner Hospital before launching a career in aging services at Goddard House 20 years ago. She supervises expressive therapy graduate interns and has taught as adjunct faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Ginny is active in numerous community, arts and media projects, including those that support engagement and access for older adults, people with neuro-cognitive and physical disabilities. Ginny holds at BA from Simmons College, an MA from Lesley University and has associations with the National Theatre Institute of Eugene O’Neill Theater, Connecticut College, ATA – American Art Therapy Association, MAMHCA – Massachusetts Mental Counselors Association, LMHC – Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Vice President – Brookline, MA Chamber of Commerce
Member, Programming Committee & Director
Chiquita Rice is an Edward Jones financial advisor in Brookline. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Edward Jones, she worked as an auditor for both an insurance and asset management holding company. She attended Auburn University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a concentration in Spanish. She is currently working toward earning a certificate in planning from Boston University. Chiquita is highly focused on serving the community in which she works and lives. She volunteers with Big Sisters of Greater Boston and serves on their Diversity Council. In addition, she is assisting in the creation of a mentor program with Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline, and she mentors girls in her hometown of Brockton through her church.
Member, Programming Committee & Director
Morry had an extensive career as an educator and vice principal in the Chicago area, in the North Shore of Massachusetts, and finally in Brookline, where he retired in 2006. Morry and his family currently own and operate Olive Connection, a specialty food business in Brookline with a focus on olive oils and vinegars. Since opening their doors in August 2015, Morry, his wife, and his son have thoroughly enjoyed learning about new products, getting to know their customers, and hosting special events in the store. In his spare time, Morry is a ski ambassador at Killington, Vermont, a tour guide at Fenway Park, and a member of the “chase team” for a Hot Air Balloon Pilot in Vermont.
VP Chestnut Hill/ Putterham, Director & Ambassador
Arnold Schaffer is a Certified Public Accountant with over 50 years of public accounting experience. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his Accounting degree from Bentley College. Arnold is the President of his own firm, Godes, Schaffer & Co PC. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants. He is an officer of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, and Brookline Rotary. He is a trustee of his condo associations in Newton, MA and Boca Raton, FL. He provides accounting, tax, and consultation services such as facilitating negotiations between potential buyers and sellers of businesses.
Member, Progamming Committee & Director
Danielle is an enthusiastic and results-oriented real estate agent with diversified experience in sales leadership, marketing, and relationship building. As a Realtor® at Coldwell Banker in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner, Danielle demonstrates a unique ability to truly understand customers’ needs and create first class customer experiences. Danielle has excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Working with buyers and sellers, Danielle will help you navigate your purchase or sale with care and professionalism treating your home as if it were her own. A resident of Brookline, Danielle enjoys spending time with friends and family – especially her niece and nephew.