Meet the 2019 Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
Cara Cipullo, Head Ambassador, Marketing Director RE/MAX Spectrum
Cara Cipullo, a local Plymouth resident, is the Marketing Director for real estate agency RE/MAX Spectrum. Her main role is to oversee the marketing efforts at their five real estate office locations, as well as the 60+ agents and Spectrum Magazine. She is based at their Plymouth office.
Her current role as head ambassador for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce made the step to the PCC Board of Directors a natural one, which she will now serve a three-year term. Cara will also serve as the Membership Chair on the BOD.
Cara also sits on the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless.
In 2015, Cara won three awards for her marketing work and community involvement. These awards included the 2014 Plymouth Chamber Ambassador of the Year, BNI Rookie of the Year and the 2015 Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 under 40 Award.
Cara graduated from Suffolk University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism with a minor in marketing and public relations. She grew up in Plymouth and is a part of the Plymouth North High School Class of 2004.
Patrick Flaherty – Founder of Guided Living Senior Home Care & President of Elder Life Care Network
Patrick founded Guided Living Senior Home Care after seeing first-hand the difficulties a family can have when trying to find quality in home care for a loved one. Through the journey of Guided Living, he co-founded the Elder Life Care Network, a one-stop shop for elders and families needing guidance by credentialed and expert professionals to gain clarity and assemble the medical, insurance and financial aspects of an elder’s unique and challenging situation.
After graduating from Brown University, Patrick worked for both large and small companies in Massachusetts and California prior to Guided Living & ELCN. In his national Product Management roles he maintained a passion for understanding his customers’ needs and carried his core values into Guided Living’s mission.
He has set the highest standards for care and emphasizes the importance of quality communication with clients, their families, caregivers, and staff.
Patricia (“Pattie”) Piva, is Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings
BankPatricia (“Pattie”) Piva, is Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank’s Sandwich location. She has over 20 years of banking experience, including the past 10 years at Cape Cod Five. She is also a graduate of the Babson College of Financial Studies Program.Pattie grew up in Dartmouth, where she graduated from Bishop Stang High School. After attending Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland as a business and finance major, she began her banking career. Twenty years later, Pattie moved back to New England. She and her husband Phil reside in Sandwich. Pattie enjoys golfing, running and yoga in her free time.
Sandra Smith – Realtor at RE/MAX Spectrum
I’ve lived in many states throughout my years and have been in Plymouth for the last 16 years. Having grown up with a father in real estate and owning his own firm, I decided to become a licensed REALTOR in 2003 and in 2005 obtained the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) Designation.
I’ve worked with seniors in the home care field for 10 years and understand the difficulty in selling the family home. I’m compassionate and understanding of this life transition. This has helped me gain a passion for helping seniors and I’m currently the CO-President of the Plymouth Networking Group that raises funds for seniors of Plymouth County. I’ve also been on the committee for The Walk to End Alzheimer South Shore chapter for the last 8 years. I enjoy volunteering at the Center for Active Living and helping deliver Meals on Wheels to residents of Plymouth.
Having moved from several states and into many homes over my lifetime. I know the joys and pains of it all and how to stage your home to sell quickly. I enjoy helping people write their story, be it their first chapter with a new home, closing a chapter by downsizing or just changing it to find the right home!
I have three sons who are the joy of my life and enjoy traveling, golfing or the beach!
Michael D. DeChiara, CIC – Atlantic Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Lisa B. Reilly – Cape Cod 5 Mortgage Loan Officer
Lisa B. Reilly joined Cape Cod Five as a Mortgage Loan Officer in 2017, bringing with her fourteen years of experience in the mortgage industry. Lisa specializes in first-time homebuyer programs and has been nationally ranked for sales in home equity lines of credit and loans. As a longtime resident of the South Shore area, she has an excellent understanding of the market.
Prior to joining Cape Cod Five, Lisa worked as a marketing director in the restaurant industry in Boston. Additionally, she has held a number of positions with mortgage companies in Southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA.
Lisa is very active in her community. She currently serves as President of the Cultural Committee for the Town of Plympton and has volunteered and held board positions for the Rotary Club of Plymouth, the Silver Lake Regional Schools PTO, ALS Family Charitable Foundation, and the Old Colony Chapter of Business Network International.
Melissa Green – Michael Green Painting and Home Improvements
Melissa Greene is a life-long resident of Plymouth and the VP of Business Development for Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements. With a background in graphic design, marketing, HR and sales, she works with her husband’s company to support and assist their continued growth by implementing and streamlining backend processes as well as spearheading various marketing and communication efforts.
Having owned several small businesses, ranging from retail to service and ecommerce, Melissa has a wide range of business acumen and understanding of the needs and challenges small business face. Her passion is finding creative ways to help businesses succeed, whether it be her own or supporting the efforts of other local small business.
Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements has been serving Plymouth and the surrounding towns for 12 years, providing exceptional quality, value and customer service. From fine interior/exterior painting and staining, to custom built-ins and kitchen & bath remodeling, customers can trust Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements for all their residential and commercial painting and improvement projects.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, two daughters and son, her granddaughter and their English retriever. She has great appreciation for the immense growth Plymouth has experienced over the years, yet is still a closely-knit community in which she feels grateful to be part of.
Bonnie Templeman, Embrace One Change
Bonnie has been in the health and wellness business for over 40 years and her passion is to help people live healthier longer.
She worked in the operating room and later as a private O.R. nurse for a general surgeon. The transition from dealing with the effects of lifestyle choices working as an operating room nurse to beginning a health and wellness business in 1977 was an exciting change! Her business name is ‘Embrace One Change’ which reflects her passion to make one healthy change at a time and create a lifelong habit for healthier daily choices. As life has unfolded, a major change has become a door for new beginnings.
‘Embrace One Change’ reflects who she is.
Bonnie is also a Certified Health Coach and offers a complimentary session to her clients along with an elite line of products that help stay healthier longer.
Her ideal client is someone who knows good health really matters most. People who want to do everything they can to give themselves and their families every option for a dynamic, healthy life now. So they can age with style and look to the future with confidence and vitality. They like the convenience of shopping online 24/7, and they’re committed to using safe clean products at home and on their body.
Bonnie has been a member of the Plymouth Chamber since 2009 and voted ambassador of the year in 2015. She loves being part of such a wonderful group of inspiring people and connecting with them weekly.
Bonnie also hosts Healthy Living Events – with a goal to inspire & help others live better & stay healthy longer.
Giselle Crowell – First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union
Let Giselle Crowell help you to your new home. Giselle Crowell is a Mortgage Originator with First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union in Plymouth County and throughout the South Shore. In addition to participating in the Plymouth Chamber, Giselle is also an active member of South Shore Realtors where she serves on their Community Service Committee. A mortgage and loan professional for more than 17 years, Giselle has the knowledge and experience to help you through the loan process, find the terms that are right for your budget, and make sure all the legalities are competently handled so that the closing goes smoothly and you can take possession of your new home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, looking to trade up or build a new home, deciding to downsize, or simply wishing for a change by using the equity on your current home, Giselle can help. She will sit down with you and look over your budget, income and savings, helping you get a clear picture of what type and amount of loan is realistic. There are many factors to consider when getting a home loan; interest rates are only one element of the complete package. Giselle will help you consider all your options so you can concentrate on making the best decision for your needs. The financial aspects of home buying can be stressful and overwhelming—but they don’t have to be, not with a trained and caring professional in your corner.
Alexis Brickner – Owner of Alexis Marie Photography + Designs
You can find Alexis Marie snapping photos all over Plymouth and the South Shore! She is the owner of Alexis Marie Photography + Designs, which is a real estate, event and commercial photography business located in Plymouth. She also serves on a few local committees, including the Plymouth Philharmonic. In her extra time you can find her lending a hand to local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, the Plymouth Area Chamber and South Shore Young Professionals all based on the South Shore. Alexis has also taken the role as the PACC photographer! if you ever see her at a PACC event, be sure to be smiling so she can snap your photo.
Sandy Childs – Edward Jones Financial Advisor
As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it is important to invest my time to understand what you are working toward before you invest your money. My clients are individuals, families and business owners who are looking for a partner to give them disciplined, objective guidance. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate personalized financial strategies for you and your family.I can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you will have more options when you retire. I have a real passion for helping my clients achieve their goals, as I have personally seen the impact of not having a strategy in place and the associated challenges. As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail.
In 2014, I began my Edward Jones career as a financial advisor in Duxbury, MA, and opened our new branch office in Plymouth, MA, in 2017. I have more than 30 years in the financial services industry, including 13 years with Putnam Investments servicing 401(k) plans. I spent seven years working for New York Life as a financial advisor. I then transitioned to Prudential, working with Edward Jones
advisors.My family and I resided in Duxbury for 24 years, and I now live in Plymouth, MA. I am an active member of the community, serving as vice president of the Duxbury Business Association, board member for the Plymouth Networking Group for Seniors, member of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, member of the South Shore Women’s Business Network and an active volunteer/team leader for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk.At Edward Jones, we are focused on you. Relationships are key, and in our view, meeting face to face builds strong relationships. We meet when it’s convenient for our clients because we recognize the challenging needs of their businesses and their lives. With the support of a strong team of home-office professionals, we will help you reach your long-term financial goals.
Mike Mulligan – Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Mike Mulligan is a local Realtor in Plymouth, MA who specializes in negotiating the best terms for his buyers and sellers. He consistently keeps his clients informed throughout the sales process as he believes that an educated client is the best client.
Prior to becoming a Realtor, Mike worked for 19 years selling wireless communication solution systems to small businesses and consumers. It is here that he developed his unmatched negotiating skills while routinely exceeding his sales goals and providing outstanding customer service.
As a resident of the Plymouth/Carver area for over 45 years, Mike is passionate about his community. For the past 21 years, Mike has volunteered his time to the local youth baseball league. During that time he has held positions of Board Member, League Secretary, manager, coach, and he continues to manage to this day. When he’s not coaching he can be found volunteering his time at the St. Bonaventure’s food pantry.
Mike has received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Curry College with a minor in Communications.
When he isn’t working or volunteering, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, golfing, or working in his yard.
Stacey Shipman – Creator of Engage The Room
Stacey Shipman brings out the best in people.
She is the creator of Engage The Room, a coaching and facilitation company specializing in emotional intelligence, executive presence and workplace culture. Individuals and companies rely on her insights and strategies when they want to speak boldly, strengthen relationships and grow their influence in all types of business settings.
An avid writer and blogger, Stacey publishes Engage The Room, a twice monthly email newsletter. She has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Toastmasters magazine, South Shore Living, and other national and local media.
Stacey is a member of the South Shore and Plymouth Chambers of Commerce, Innovation Women and Toastmasters International. She was named a “40 Under 40 Emerging Leader” by the South Shore Stars in 2011 and holds M.Ed. and B.A. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
An expressive person at heart, Stacey is currently living out her childhood dream to become a singer. She takes voice lessons at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA and recently sang solo at her first voice recital.
Julie Cloherty – Rockland Trust Bank
Laurie Caraher – Eastern Bank
Brenda Sutherland – Realtor at RE/MAX Spectrum
Meg Murphy Garfield
Ambassador Program Information
What is an Ambassador?
An Ambassador is an official representative of the Chamber of Commerce, a front-line volunteer.
Who can serve as an Ambassador?
Any current Chamber member in good standing may apply to serve as an Ambassador.
Where are these events located?
Event locations will vary, as most functions are held on-site at Chamber member places of business.
Why Serve as Ambassador?
Allows you to become more involved in your business community. This results in increasing networking opportunity, enhanced visibility of your business, and numerous opportunities to market and promote your products and services.
- Promotion of the value of Chamber membership within the Community
- Active recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.
- Attendance at Chamber functions including ribbon cuttings, networking events, and annual events.
- Support the Chamber functions as an official greeter, good-bye host or crowd host.
- Assistance in the promotion of Chamber activities and events in the community.
- Contacting membership to inform of and invite to upcoming Chamber events.
- Serving as a source of information on Chamber programs, products, services and event.
These responsibilities shall be carried out by:
- Staying well informed of Chamber policies, procedures, events and services
- Establishing a personal relationship with assigned members through ongoing phone calls, written messages and personal contact.
- Conducting goodwill calls and alerting Chamber staff of new business in the community.
- Serving as a liaison between the Chamber, its member and the business community.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
There are a variety of networking, fundraising, and general Chamber events that Ambassadors are required to attend throughout the course of the year.
- Ambassador Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM at the Chamber.
- Networking Events (Mixers, Luncheons, After Hours) are held at Chamber member places of business. Ambassadors will be responsible for supporting Chamber staff by serving as a greeter, goodbye host, or crowd host at the event. A sign-up sheet will be rotated at monthly committee meetings for Ambassadors to volunteer at upcoming events.
ELIGIBILITY & MEMBERSHIP
All Ambassadors shall be current members of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in good standing, and adhere to the following stipulations.
- Term of service shall be one (1) year. Upon completion, a new Ambassador Commitment form must be submitted.
Serving as Ambassador provides you with a greater level of visibility and promotion than standard Chamber membership. As an Ambassador of the Chamber you will receive recognition throughout the year in a variety of different ways:
- Listing on the Ambassador page of the Chamber Website
- Introduction in the Chamber’s newsletter
- Introduction and recognition at Chamber events which you volunteer
- Official Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Ambassador name badge.
If you are interested in serving as an Ambassador for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, please contact the office to request an application form. Once your application form has been reviewed you will need to attend one training class, and upon successful completion you will be recognized as an official member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee.