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Nine New MA Status of Women Commissioners Appointed, Two From Framingham

January 8, 2015 (3:09 pm EST)
Filed under: Politics by News Staff

[logo] Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Logo of the newly established Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, (Oct. 2, 2014)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the appointments of nine commissioners to the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. The Commissioners are as follows: Cathy Ashton of Wayland, Leonor Filipe of Framingham, Patricia Hohl of Framingham, Kelly Love of Norwood, Jennifer Maseda of Natick, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert of Norfolk, Nancy Rosenblum of Ashland, Denise Schultz of Franklin, and Heather Wightman of Hopkinton.

The Commissioners will be sworn-in at the Inauguration of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women at the D. Justin McCarthy Center at Framingham State University in Framingham, MA on January 14, 2015. The event will begin at 5:00 pm. The Honorable David Cunis, First Justice of the Framingham District Court, will perform the swearing in. The event is open to the general public.

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women was established through legislation filed by Senator Karen Spilka and signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on October 1, 2014. Per its enabling legislation, the Commission is charged with conducting an ongoing study of matters concerning women within the MetroWest area. The Commission is mandated to report its findings to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women annually and to recommend solutions to the challenges facing the women and girls of the MetroWest area.

“The new MetroWest Commission will find ways to advance women and girls in our communities and help them to succeed and lead,” said Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I’m pleased to congratulate the first group of commissioners. These impressive leaders will do a terrific job promoting equality and opportunity and making sure that MetroWest women have a voice locally and state-wide.”

The appointees were selected from a large number of highly qualified and impressive candidates representing strength and diversity in terms of geography, age, professional background and personal experiences.  They share a common commitment to the improvement of the status of women in the MetroWest region.

For additional information, please contact the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at 617-626-6520 or online at


  1. Congratulations to all.

    Comment by kay debrosse — January 11, 2015 @ 6:05 am

  2. Congratulations to all.

    I’m thrilled to see Heather Wightman’s appointment; I have no doubt that she’ll prove to be an outstanding commissioner.

    Comment by Rose Kouroyen — January 12, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

  3. It is exciting to see recognition of women as uniquely able to serve and understand needs in the community. Congratulations to Massachusetts.

    Comment by Raphaela Rozanski — January 16, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

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