CAC – Jonathon Nix

Nix, Jonathon

“Jonathon Nix is a Lawrence-based painter, sculptor and designer. He studied architecture and studio art at the University of Arizona and the San Francisco Art Institute and is the recipient of numerous national and regional design awards. His experience relevant to the CAC includes: Former commissioner and chair of the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority; former member of the Becket (MA) Planning Board, chair of the Becket Zoning Bylaw Committee and co-author of Becket’s first modern zoning bylaw. Currently I serve on the Arts and Culture Committee for the City of Lawrence and he’s a founding member of a group that is working to create a community workshop/makerspace in Lawrence.”

CAC – Jennifer Hilton

Hilton, Jennifer

“As a resident of Lawrence, Massachusetts for the past 3 years – I reside in Washington Mills, and have been involved/attended a number of community organizing events including: National Night Out, ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ with our YMCA, EforAll events and pitch contests, Comcast Cares Days, Glow and Spicket River Clean-Up events with Groundwork Lawrence, as well as an original member of the Common Sage writing group.

My interests in expanding and reinvigorating historic manufacturing cities has led me to engage in, and be aware of efforts and conversations with the newly developed Lawrence Partnership. I have also hosted two American-made Magazine Holiday Pop-up Shops at El Taller and at the Everett Mills – bringing together both local and national American-made brands to encourage local economic building efforts.

I was employed with Lawrence Community Works for my first year and a half as the Financial Stability Center Manager, and am now the Director of Marketing and Volunteerism with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. I have also served as a substitute teacher within the Lawrence Public Schools. My ongoing interests, after having completed by degree four years ago, has been a focused conversation around community, cultural, and economic development in communities like Lawrence, MA.

Lawrence is a microenvironment of all the challenges, as well as extraordinary opportunities for imagination and cultural celebration, combined with rich history, and economic development prospects all in one US city.

I am very interested in the developing visioning for the City of Lawrence, and in my role as a participant on the Citizens Advisory Committee, I would like to support the Redevelopment Authority with creating a space for conversation that is as transparent as possible on projects in the pipeline, as well as getting our community engaged in contributing to re-imagining the direction Lawrence may take- from an economic, housing, educational, cultural, and FUN perspective.”

CAC – Gary Sidell

Sidell, Gary

“As a long-time developer and businessman in Lawrence, I have worked diligently to develop several mill buildings in the North Canal District and fill them with companies, non-profit organizations and medical professionals. Today, those properties have helped to create a vibrant part of the City and employ well over 500 people across several industry sectors. Additionally, I currently serve as a Board Member of the Lawrence Partnership, as well as other dedicated non-profit organizations and will always look to give back to a city that has meant a great deal to my family. So, I view this as one of those opportunities, which will no doubt have a highly positive, long-term impact on our city.”

CAC – Dick Russell

“I am almost 70 years old and worked as a Land Surveying Technician from my time as a Co-op student at Northeastern University in 1966 until my ‘retirement’ in the beginning of 2015. Unfortunately, my college education was never completed due to the Vietnam War.

I was born and raised in Lynn. I am a widower with the custody of a handicapped stepson. I have no intention of moving from Lawrence, so I consider myself here for the ‘long haul’.

I was Survey Party Chief from 1972 until my retirement.

This position involved all aspects of fieldwork including construction layout, urban and rural surveys, highway surveys for MADOT, and work on various forms of rail transportation including prolonged projects along the Amtrak right of way between Boston and Aberdeen, MD and a 3 year stint of surveying the entire MBTA underground track system.

I have worked on preliminary and final surveys of various redevelopment projects including the Faneuil Hall area in Boston, MIT’s redevelopment of the area just outside of Cambridge’s Central Square. Other areas worked include the Assembly Square area in Somerville spread over almost 50 years, Malden, and the old Squantum Naval Air Training Station in Quincy.

These various projects have given me a little different perspective on redevelopment than a lot of people may have.”

CAC – Jonas Stundza

Mr. Stundza has been involved in numerous activities in Lawrence and service on city boards since 1977, including:

  • Board member for the Immigrant City Archives/Lawrence Historical Center (1978- 1980’s)
  • Lawrence Historical Commission (various terms-1990’s to 2016)
  • Advisor to the Lawrence Heritage State Park (LHSP) Visitors Center 1990’s
  • Served on the first board of the Friends of the LHSP (1980’s – 2010 )
  • Advisory board to the State on half way houses in Lawrence 1980’s
  • President of the North East Region board for the Mass. Council for the Arts & Humanities (1990’s)
  • Four time panelist for the Lowell Folk Art festival  (1990- 2016)
  • Board member for the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library  ( 2014-2016 )
  • Founding member of the Bread & Rose Heritage Committee and consecutive service to the committee (1980’ to 2015)
  • Save Den Rock Park citizens’ group  (1980’s)
  • Arts for Lawrence, to save the Wolcott/White Fund paintings (1985-2005)
  • Available housing/mill space for artists in Lawrence  (1990’s)
  • Concerned Citizens for Lawrence  (1990’s)
  • American Lithuanian Council –pres., American Lithuanian  Community Inc., Lithuanian National Guard in Exile officer, Lithuanian Folk Art Institute- International Board member, board member of the Lithuanian Catholic Academy of Science  and archivist for the Lithuanian Alliance of America
  • A member of the Sierra Club, WGBH, Mass Historical Society, Audubon Society

CAC – Mariel Silverio

Silverio, Mariel

“Long time resident excited to be involved in the CAC as we work collaboratively with the community to achieve a better quality of life for all Lawrencians. Ms. Silverio is also a member of the Prospect Hill Historical District Commission (PHHDC) in Lawrence.”

CAC – Richard Padova

Padova, Richard

“Richard Padova, M.Ed, M.A., of Andover, was born, raised and educated in Lawrence and is currently an instructor in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill.  He teaches a variety of history, government and geography courses, with the latter having included Urban Geography and Honors Urban Planning.

Richard serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center and will be presenting at their May 7th, 2016 symposium, “Reclaiming Urban Renewal” in Lawrence.  During the summer, he is also a historical tour interpreter at the Lawrence Heritage State Park, where he conducts several thematic walking tours of downtown Lawrence, in addition to guided indoor museum tours at the Visitors Center.”

CAC – Denise L. Perrault

“I am writing this letter to state why I would like to be on the Citizens Advisory Committee. Since 2006, I have been involved in Lawrence attending many community-related events because 1) I care about the City of Lawrence, the projects that will enhance the city and am interested in things that will impact the citizens in a positive manner, and 2) I would like to be part of the process working with a team of people in coming up with a strategy to “make Lawrence better” (Dan Rivera, Mayor).

It would be an honor to be chosen for the Citizens Advisory Committee, since I have experience with other organizations and teams discussing the possibility of a thought or idea, coming up with a strategy and seeing it to move forward to fruition.

It was very nice meeting people in the community and possible team members for this Committee.”

CAC – Spencer Buchholz

Bucholz, Spencer

“My name is Spencer Buchholz, I am a Lawrence resident, property owner and the Director of the Network Organizing Department at Lawrence Community Works. Through personal and professional experience, I have had the privilege to learn so much about the city and developed a great interest in its overall economic development. Lawrence is a city rich with history, full of hardworking entrepreneurial individuals, as well as untapped/underutilized assets. I would love the opportunity to serve on this community because I see it as a means to broaden the conversation about economic development in the city, look for ways to include more voices and create a sense of collective ownership of a development plan moving forward

Spencer received a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.  While attending school Spencer served as a supportive housing specialist in a homeless shelter, played an active role in the community by working to create a student chapter of a local neighborhood association and helped to coordinate an after-school program for neighborhood youth. Having graduated, Spencer moved to Pittsburgh where he worked as a Supportive Housing Case Manager for persons with chronic mental illness. In 2006 Spencer found himself back home in Massachusetts where he worked as the Program Coordinator for a Lawrence food pantry, before being hired in 2007 as the Lead Community Organizer for Lawrence CommunityWorks where he now serves as the Director of Network Organizing. Spencer is bi-lingual in English and Spanish and loves to spend time at his Lawrence home with his wife, two sons and their two dogs.”