State Commission

On September 20, 2016, Governor Charles D. Baker signed an Executive Order, which reaffirmed and expanded the 35-member Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission, who will be charged with ensuring a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620, including opportunities for local, state, national and global educational programming and interaction and a reflection of Massachusetts’ rich history, natural resources and diverse cultural contributions.

Members of the Commission include 26-gubernatorial appointees with varying expertise in tourism, business and industry, community outreach, marketing and advertising, media, food services, travel, water transit and technology to assist in educational, promotional, tourism and economic development efforts. Dusty Rhodes of Conventures and Marlo Fogelman of marlo marketing will serve respectively as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission. Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts will serve as Honorary Chairmen. 

Read the official press release from the Office of Governor Charles D. Baker and see the State Commissioners' biographies here.

Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commissioners

*or a designee; **gubernatorial appointment

  • Dusty Rhodes, Chair**, Conventures
  • Marlo Fogelman, Vice-Chair**, marlo marketing
  • Cedric Cromwell, Honorary Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Marty Meehan, Honorary Chairman, University of Massachusetts
  • Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash**
  • Secretary of Education Jim Peyser**
  • Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ron Walker**
  • Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack**
  • Secretary of Education Jim Peyser**
  • Alex Cahill**, Designee of Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton
  • Michelle Small**, Designee of Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett
  • State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Appointee of Senate President Stan Rosenberg
  • Representative Sarah Peake, Appointee of House Speaker Robert DeLeo
  • Michael Comeau , Appointee of Secretary of State William Galvin
  • Michael Maresco, Appointee of Secretary of State William Galvin
  • Ken Tavares, Plymouth 400, Inc. President of the Board of Directors
  • Anthony Provenzano, Plymouth Board of Selectman
  • Cheryl Andrews, Provincetown Board of Selectman
  • Christina Andreoli**, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Suzanne Beck** , Explore Northhampton
  • Cindy Brown** , Boston Duck Tours
  • Darla DeGrace**, CityYear
  • Julie Doherty**Bay State Cruises
  • Susan Giovanetti**, Pilgrim Society
  • Chris Goode**, EMC Corporation
  • Tom Kershaw**, Cheers
  • Francois Laurent-Nivaud**, Massachusetts Office of Tourism and Travel
  • Patricia Lawton**, The Lawton Group
  • Danny Levy**, MassPort
  • Patricia Mellon**, Plymouth Rock Assurance
  • Alice Nash**, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jim Peters Jr.**, Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Colette Phillips**, Colette Phillips Communications
  • Paul Sacco**, Massachusetts Lodging Association
  • Lou Trubiano**, Trubiano Advertising
  • Tobias Vanderhoop**, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
  • Anita Walker**, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Angie Zambellis**, Yarmouth House Restaurant