The Fenway Alliance Celebrates Exceptional Spirit

Each year we honor a group of extrodinary professionals who work in the Fenway Cultural District
to provide a cultural environment that merges both the historical and contemporary elements of the Fenway, into a welcoming and creative experience for residents of the area, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as national and international visitors of all ages. True to the visionary leadership and spirit of the historical icons within our community, these individuals continuously innovate to create an urban space that provides creative experiences that are culturally relevant, aesthetically engaging, and contribute to the economic vitality of the Fenway Cultural District.  These professionals are being honored by The Fenway Alliance and their respective institutions for exhibiting 'Exceptional Spirit' in their work:

2011 Honorees:

Pamela G. Beale,
Owner and Manager of Cornwall’s and President of the Kenmore Association

As president of the Kenmore Association since 1987 and one of Kenmore Square’s pioneer business owners, Pamela Beale has witnessed and helped foster the square’s rebirth as a destination spot for shopping, dining, nightlife and lodging.

Jack Creighton,
President Emeritus of the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association

No one has done more to shape the present-day evolution of Audubon Circle than Jack Creighton, who served as president of the ACNA for 14 years. During his tenure, he shepherded the neighborhood through challenging situations relating to zoning, commercial establishments and institutional expansion.

Michael S. Dukakis,
Former Governor and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who served four terms as a legislator and three terms as Governor, has thrived as a professor at Northeastern University for the past 20 years, sculpting the minds of today’s youth and encouraging them to consider careers in politics and public service.

Sister Janet Eisner, SND,
President of Emmanuel College

Sister Janet Eisner’s 30-year tenure at Emmanuel has been marked by innovative and bold decision-making and a passion for educating students in the Catholic liberal arts and sciences tradition. She has guided the college through an era of exceptional achievement, with enrollment more than tripling in 10 years.

Betsy Shure Gross,
Founding member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks & Vice Chair of the Muddy River Management and Maintenance Oversight Committee

A renowned environmentalist and community preservationist, Betsy Shure Gross has been instrumental in transforming the historic landscapes of the Commonwealth’s parks and open spaces, while preserving and restoring the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted.

Anne Hawley,
Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

As director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since 1989, Anne Hawley has overseen major initiatives in institutional planning, neighborhood and community programming and artist engagement.  Ms. Hawley is leading the Museum’s expansion and preservation project, which includes a new wing designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano.

Randi Lathrop,
Deputy Director of Community Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority

A neighborhood visionary, Randi Lathrop has dedicated more than 20 years to developing and sustaining the economic vitality of the 1.4-mile district along Washington Street in the South End and Lower Roxbury. She also successfully oversaw the rezoning and planning of the East and West Fenway neighborhoods, and is currently working on revitalizing the Downtown Crossing area of Boston.

John A. Martin,
Former Vice President of Business at Northeastern University

John A. (Jack) Martin dedicated 22 years of his professional life to transforming Northeastern University. He developed and completed a $100 million capital plan to build new academic, recreational and residential facilities and executed a multi-phase landscape program that garnered national recognition.  Mr. Martin has led civic initiatives to revitalize Huntington Avenue/Avenue of the Arts and to rehabilitate and restore the historic Muddy River Park and Parklands of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.  He founded the Fenway Alliance in 1977.

Malcolm Rogers,
Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Since becoming director in 1994, Malcolm Rogers has ushered in a new era for the Museum of Fine Arts, enriching the ways visitors encounter the great works of art and increasing space for its encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and educational programs.   During his tenure and under his leadership, the Museum expanded to encompass an architecturally and artistically significant new Art of the America’s wing, and the Linde Wing for Contemporary Art.

Dr. Katherine Sloan,
President Emeritus of Massachusetts College of Art and Design

During her presidency, Dr. Katherine “Kay” Sloan led Massachusetts College of Art and Design to unprecedented growth over a 15-year period and fostered the development of its national and international reputation as a leading college for visual arts.  Under her leadership, MassArt significantly expanded its residential housing, dining and gallery spaces.   Dr. Sloan created an innovative strategic plan that enables the School to derive funding from the public sector, as well as individuals’ charitable donations.

Joseph F. Timilty,
Former State Senator and longtime supporter of the YMCA of Greater Boston

Hailing from a prominent family of Boston politicians, Joseph F. Timilty laid the groundwork for his own political legacy when he was elected to the Boston City Council in 1967 at age 28.  He went on to serve in the Massachusetts Senate from 1972-85.

Fredericka Veikley,
Founder and President of the Friends of Ramler Park and Vice President of Fenway Civic Association

A longtime board member of the Fenway Civic Association and a woman with an ambitious vision for her neighborhood, Fredericka Veikley galvanized the public and private sectors to transform a half-acre vacant parking lot on Peterborough Street into a tranquil oasis known as Ramler Park.  Through her role in the Fenway Civic Association, Ms. Veikley continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the health of her beloved community—the Fenway.