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On September 20, 2016, Governor Charlie 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 D. Brenton Simons of the New England Historic Genealogical Society 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
  • D. Brenton Simons, Vice-Chair, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Cedric Cromwell, Honorary Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Marty Meehan, Honorary Chairman, University of Massachusetts
  • Former Secretary of Education Jim Peyser**
  • Michelle Small**, Designee of Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett
  • Former 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 the Commonwealth William Galvin
  • Michael Maresco, Appointee of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin
  • Ken Tavares, Plymouth 400, Inc. President of the Board of Directors
  • Christina Andreoli, Former President, Discover Central Massachusetts
  • Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Chairwoman, Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah
  • Cheryl Andrews, Former Provincetown Board of Selectman
  • Joel Barrera, Massport
  • Suzanne Beck**, Former Executive Director, Greater Northhampton Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Bosworth, Massachusetts Department of Transportation 
  • Alisha Bouchard, Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Staff, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Cindy Brown**, Boston Duck Tours
  • Mindy  d’Arbeloff, Deputy Chief of Customer Service and Constituent Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Darla DeGrace**, DeGrace Group
  • Julie Doherty**, Bay State Cruises
  • Lindsey Ford, Tufts Health Plan
  • Susan Giovanetti**, Pilgrim Society
  • Joseph Gold, The Gold Group
  • Chris Goode**, EMC Corporation
  • Tom Kershaw**, Cheers
  • Patricia Lawton**, The Lawton Group
  • Susanne Lavoie, Wharf District Council
  • Patricia Mellon**, Plymouth Rock Assurance
  • Joe Milano, President, Union Oyster House
  • Jessica Muradian, Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Alice Nash**, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Keiko Matsudo-Orrall, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
  • Ed Palleschi, Undersecretary, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Jim Peters Jr.**, Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Colette Phillips**, Colette Phillips Communications
  • Anthony Provenzano, Former Plymouth Board of Selectman
  • Paul Sacco**, Massachusetts Lodging Association
  • Lou Trubiano**, Trubiano Advertising
  • Anita Walker**, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Angie Zambellis**, Yarmouth House Restaurant
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