Membership of the Commission

The Commission is a volunteer board consisting of members of the community who want to assist the Town in achieving and maintaining a sound and sustainable economy. The Commission shall be comprised of no more than seven (7) such persons who shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for staggered terms of five (5) years. Efforts shall be made to include a broad representation of the community at large and all appointments shall be made on the basis of the individual’s ability to assist in the purpose of the Commission and their willingness to serve.

Current Members and Terms:

  • Deirdre Foley (June 2017)
  • Charles Woodhams (June 2019)
  • Joanna McFarlane (June 2020)
  • Jeff Robison (June 2021)
  • Michael Johns (June 2021)
  • Andrew Dobbs (June 2021)

Member Bios:

Michael Johns, Chair (Term ends June 2021)

Mr. Johns has resided in Wrentham since 2015 and has served on the commission since 2016.  An Engineering graduate of Norwich University, he later studied Public Administration, earning an MPA from Suffolk University and an MA in Critical & Creative Thinking from UMass Boston.  Mike holds an executive education certificate in Leading Economic Growth from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management, jointly from Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.  He is currently employed by the Town of Foxborough; was previously a general contracting business owner, and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years as a pilot and budget manager.

Deirdre Foley, Vice-Chair (Term ends June 2017)

Ms. Foley has resided in Wrentham since 2000 and has been on the Commission since 2012. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University. Ms. Foley previously worked in Emerging Markets for BankBoston. Ms. Foley also serves as President of W.E.S.T (Wrentham Elementary School Trust, Inc.), which is responsible for raising money to fund innovative educational grants created by Wrentham elementary teachers. She has played an instrumental role on the W.E.S.T board since 2008. She also has been heavily involved in local sports, including soccer and baseball.

Charles Woodhams, Secretary (Term ends June 2019)

Mr. Woodhams is a lifelong resident of Wrentham, where he attended Wrentham elementary schools and King Philip. He has been on the Commission since 2014.  He received a certification in music performance from Modern School of Music in Providence R.I. Mr. Woodhams currently works in the long-term care pharmacy industry. His previous experience includes direct marketing and purchasing. He was also an independent musician and a talent-booking agent. An inaugural member of the Town Common Landscape Committee, he also served on Wrentham’s Planning Board from 2001-2004.  Mr. Woodhams has volunteered his time to coach town soccer as well. 

Andrew Dobbs (Term ends June 2021)

Mr. Dobbs moved to Wrentham in 2016 with his family and joined the Economic Development Commission in 2017. He is a tech entrepreneur with several years of hands-on experience in market research, user research, and design. Currently, he is a founding team member at Prechorus, a B2B software startup. He has also worked on digital marketing campaigns for brands such as Jack Daniels, Ocean Spray, American Eagle, and more. He received a Master of Education from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Arizona.

Joanna McFarlane (Term ends June 2020)

Ms. McFarlane grew up in Wrentham and has been on the Commission since 2011. She majored in Economics and International Relations at Tufts University and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Ms. McFarlane has held Economist roles at companies such as Fidelity, Thomson/Reuters and AIR. She taught economics during grad school and continued to tutor graduate students after completion of her degree. Ms. McFarlane has also started and owned two businesses. Her volunteer commitments include teaching religious education at St. Mary Wrentham and mentoring an elementary level Destination Imagination team. 

Jeff Robison (Term ends June 2021)

Mr. Robison was born and raised in Wrentham. He has been on the Commission since 2012. Mr. Robison graduated from Providence College, where he played hockey for the Providence Friars. He has served on Wrentham’s Planning Board and has been a member of the Wrentham Host Committee for many years. In addition to being a local business owner (Sunoco and Robison Real Estate), Mr. Robison is a volunteer coach for King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey.