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)
- Joanna McFarlane (June 2020)
- Jeff Robison (June 2021)
- Charles Woodhams (June 2019)
Deirdre Foley (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.
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.
Charles Woodhams (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.