Kit Binns, a Dorchester resident since 1975, has lived in the same house on Jones Hill since 1979, where his three children grew up as genuine Dot Rats. By trade a technical writer in the software industry, Kit has been active in many Dorchester organizations over the years, including the Dorchester Community News, the Uphams Corner Charter School, the Jones Hill Association, the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library, and many local political campaigns. He holds an A.B. in history from Princeton and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard.
Paul J. DeLorey is a 25 yr. employee of Verizon, and has served as President and a long-time chorister-member of The Quincy Choral Society, Quincy. He also is Director of Art & Environment at St. Brendan Church, Dorchester, and he previously provided similar service at St. John & St. Josephs churches in Quincy (total 20 yrs.), enhancing liturgy with use of florals, lighting, water features, fabrics, carpentry and more. Paul also served as set dresser & decorator for the Company Theatre in Norwell (8 years), for over 40 shows. Born and raised in Dorchester, Paul has a keen respect and appreciation of history. A person with deep organizing, fund-raising, and decorating skills, Paul enjoys coming up with unique, almost impossible ideas, and making them work!
Rosanne Foley is an ardent supporter of the Dorchester community. She has worked for DotWell since 2001, becoming Director of the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, a grassroots initiative of environmental health and justice organizing and DotWell partner, in 2003. Rosanne's prior jobs include the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the City of Boston Police Department and Boston Parks Department, and the National Park Service. Some of Rosanne's recent activities include the Neponset River Restoration Citizen Advisory Committee, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Fitness Committee of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, the Dorchester Avenue Task Force, the Boston Urban Forest Coalition, the Lead Action Collaborative (steering committee), the Dorchester Historical Society (board), the Ashmont T Station Citizens Advisory Committee (co-chair), and the St Marks Area Main Street (former board, now committee member). She is a founding member of DotBike and of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. Rosanne received a BA in history from Northeastern University, and a criminal justice degree from Curry College. Publications include The Dorchester Environmental Profile in 2003.
Jeffrey Gonyeau is a Senior Program Manager at Historic Boston Incorporated, a private, not-for-profit historic preservation organization. He has served HBI in a number of capacities since 2001, from Project Manager to Acting Executive Director. He now oversees HBI's Historic Neighborhood Centers program, which undertakes planning processes, develops educational initiatives, and completes rehabilitation projects that preserve the city of Boston's heritage and stimulate economic development in Boston's neighborhood commercial districts. A graduate of Hamilton College, he has master's degrees from Smith College and New York University, and resides in the Ashmont Hill neighborhood of Dorchester. He is active in several community organizations and also serves on the Board of Directors of St. Mark's Area Main Streets, Inc., where he is co-chair of the Design Committee.
Gene Gorman has been a resident of Boston since 2003 and Dorchester since 2005 when he and his wife moved to Savin Hill and he began working toward his doctorate in English and American studies at Boston College. He recently defended his dissertation, which focuses on depictions of southern chain gangs in twentieth century American literature and film. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, first as a master's student at St. Louis University and then at BC, Gene worked in marketing and public relations and spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina, Alabama, and St. Louis. In 2010, he and his wife--Dr. Terri Gorman, a neonatalogist for Children's Hospital and the medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton--and their two young children, Declan (6) and Greta (3), purchased and moved into the historic Capt. Hooper house in the Melville Park neighborhood. Gene's most recent neighborhood involvements include serving as the co-director for the May 5 inaugural Roger Clap Innovation School Founders Celebration, as an executive board member for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in the Blessed Mother Teresa parish at St. Margaret's Church, and on the planning committee for the Dorchester Speakers Forum.
Bill Loesch is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ Congregational Branch. He has worked in the area for many years, -- with the Columbia Point Housing Community, at the Boston City Hospital as head chaplain and for the last 20 years with various community groups in Codman Square.
Attorney MacNutt is a life-long resident of Dorchester. She has a general practice law office in Randolph with a concentration in estate planning and elder law. She was graduated from Girls' Latin School; Univ. of MA; Munson Institute of Maritime History, Ct.; Boston University LawSchool; and the Command and General Staff School, USAR. In additionto the practice oflaw, Attorney MacNutt has been involved in numerouscivic activities including being past president of: the New England Judge Advocate Association; the Girls' LatinSchool/ Boston Latin Academy Association and Gun Owner's Action League; past board member on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Inspector General's Council, the Boston Finance Commission, the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers and the Association of the First Corpsof Cadets Museum. She was Chief Marshal of the Dorchester Day Parade in 2000 and is still an active member of the Parade Committee. Currently Attorney MacNutt is the Chair of the Boston City Committee for the Repulican Party, a deacon at the First Baptits Church in Dorchester, and a director of AWARE. She is an active public speaker and journalist on topics of both legal and historical interest. She is the legal editor of Women and Guns Magazine, produced a 90 min. documentary on the histor of the 26th Infantry Division, and has authored, co-authored or edited a number of books on law, art history, self-defense, and most recently, acook book of Dorchester recipes called Dot Delights.
Matt Malloy is a resident of Ashmont Hill, where he has restored a 1903 Colonial Revival house. During the 1930s and ’40s—years of Depression and war—many large single-family homes were divided into two or three apartments. At 57 Ocean Street Matt has done just the opposite by transforming the two apartments of a so-called Philadelphia-style duplex have been united as a single dwelling. And dear to our hearts, the shingled exterior has been stripped of its 1970s aluminum siding and painstakingly restored and embellished. Matt helped the company ZipCar rise to it success.
Richard O'Mara was born in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1972 and went on to earn a BS at UMass Amherst in 1977 in Plant and SoilSciences. He has owned Cedarm Grove Gardens, Inc., from 1980 through the present. He is active in many Dorchester organizations include the Dorchester Board of Trade, Lower Mills Merchant Association, the Lower Mills Civic Association and the Dorchester Park Association. He loves history and thinks it can be a road map to current times and the future.
Anne Parker Schmalz was raised in Wellesley, moved with her husband to New Haven Connecticut in 1962, and moved back to Boston, to Dorchester, in 2001. Her careers have included horticulture and nursing. Her father's great interest in genealogy spurred her own interest in local history, and she is pleased to be living within a mile of where some of her ancestors landed in 1630. Her father's family lived in Roxbury until 1900 or so and she and her husband, Bob, enjoyed the festivities in April, 2009, that traced the route of the cannons toward Dorchester Heights. She has been actively in improvements to the landscape at the Society's headquarters property.
Vicki Rugo and her husband, Bob, have lived in the Ashmont Hill neighborhood of Dorchester since 1975. Active in the Ashmont Hill Association for many years; she currently serves on the AHA board and is editor of the Ashmont Outlook, the association's monthly newsletter. She also helped organize the Codman Square House Tour, which ran from 1997 to 2006. She has worked in marketing and public relations in both the public and private sectors and is currently parish administrator at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Milton.
Andrew Saxe was born in New York City and raised in Hamden, Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude in History from Harvard College and then received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Saxe worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and corporate attorney in New York before moving to Berlin, Germany in 1990, following the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Mr. Saxe worked as a strategy consultant with a western German management consultancy, chiefly engaged in advising East German firms in their transition from the Communist planned to the western market economy. While in Europe, he lectured on the progress of German unification both at St. Gallen University in Switzerland and Eton College in England. In 1995 he returned to Boston where he has worked with several consulting firms, eventually specializing on IT systems for State and Local Governments. Mr. Saxe is currently the Vice President and General Manager for State & Local Consulting at Oracle. Representing first IBM and then Oracle, Mr. Saxe has regularly attended the sessions of the National Governors' Association since 2004.
Mr. Saxe's local antecedents go back to Brookline in 1638, but none of his family has ever lived in Dorchester until he moved here with his partner, Dean Vollick, in 2008. Mr. Saxe is engaged in various organizations in Boston. He is on the Board of the Phoenix S-K Club at Harvard College, on the House Committee of the Somerset Club on Beacon Hill, and serves on the Visiting Committee for Fenway Community Health. He is also a Trustee of the Vermont Historical Society (Mr. Saxe's ancestors settled the town of Highgate Vermont in 1786).
Earl Taylor has been the President of the Dorchester Historical Society since 2002. He earned his Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College and served as a rare book cataloger at the Boston Public Library and later at the American Antiquarian Society. In 1983 he became the Assistant Library of the John Carter Brown Library, then Director of Library Systems at Boston College. In 1987 he became self-employed in the mortgage industry. He is a collector of all items relating to the history of Dorchester, including post cards, maps, pewter, pottery, books and photographs. In 2005 his book on Dorchester post cards was published by Arcadia. He has been a Dorchester resident since 1979. He is an avid collector of books about Dorchester and Dorchester maps and artifacts. In addition to articles in the field of bibliography, he has published a book of Dorchester postcards of the early 20th century. Mr. Taylor created and maintains a website www.DorchesterAtheneum.org devoted to the history of Dorchester, and he sends an e-mail every weekday to hundreds of recipients containing the Dorchester Illustration of the Day with a description of the illustration and of its historical context.
Charles Tevnan is a life-long resident of Dorchester.
Prior to becoming a Board Member (2007-2008, 2008-2011) of the Dorchester Historical Society, Emy served on the Collections Committee cataloging with Larry Davidson. She is presently helping to enter the cataloging data into the computer and has helped with preparing the barn exhibit, the Dorchester Pottery exhibit and much more.
Emy has recently retired from 25 years as Supervisor of the Microbiology Department at MetroWest Medical Center, Natick, MA. She has been actively involved with the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (NEB-ASM) serving as National Councilor to the ASM, President of NEB-ASM and most recently Archivist.