“Empowering residents, businesses, and government to make Mansfield, Massachusetts a greener, cleaner place to live, work, and play”
Keep Mansfield Beautiful’s roots trace back to the first Great American Cleanup of Mansfield, which took place in May 2008. On that day, hundreds of Mansfield residents turned out to remove tons of litter that had accumulated over the course of many years.
This enthusiastic response spawned the formation of the Mansfield Beautification Committee, which is known today as Keep Mansfield Beautiful. Our mission, as stated above, is to get the community involved in keeping the town clean, promoting environmentally friendly practices, and beautifying our public spaces.
We’ve got ambitious goals for Mansfield and we need your help to achieve them. Here’s how you can help:
- If you see litter, pick it up! If you go for regular walks or walk the dog, why not take a bag and clean up what you find along the way?
- Teach your kids that it’s wrong to litter. Set a good example and encourage them to participate in the Great American Cleanup of Mansfield or Mansfield Litter Busters.
- Volunteer for projects to beautify our public spaces, such as Adopt-aSpot, or suggest new projects
- If you’re a student, learn about environmental stewardship and organize projects to clean up your school and increase recycling.
- If you own a local business, clean up any litter in the area surrounding your building. Landscape your grounds and take pride in the appearance of your building. Offer your customers the ability to recycle any waste that’s created in your business.
- Sign up to become a Mansfield Litter Buster.
Nancy Wall, Executive Director
Nancy has lived in the downtown area of Mansfield for 25 years with her husband. She is a member of the Board of Health and the Nonprofit Gift Fund and is Chair of the Mansfield Mural Committee. She is a Precinct Captain for the Great American Clean Up of Mansfield and volunteers at Mansfield Music and Arts Society Theater. As an Occupational Therapist she helps seniors with vision problems learn how to safely care for themselves in their own homes. She enjoys gardening, is learning jazz piano, and takes many opportunities to tour around the country with her husband in their antique car.
Neil Rhein, Vice Chair & Communications Director
Neil has lived in Mansfield since 1995 with his wife and two daughters. He helped organize the first Great American Cleanup of Mansfield in 2008 and founded Keep Mansfield Beautiful in 2009. In 2014, he established Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, where as Executive Director he is working to grow the number of Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the state of Massachusetts. Neil operates Bull’s-eye Communications, where he provides writing, editing, and proofreading services to corporate clients. He also runs GreenCents Communications, where he specializes in developing and delivering recycling education campaigns for municipalities, schools, and businesses. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing basketball and golf, and goofing around with his family and friends.
Pat Colbert, Secretary
Pat has lived in Mansfield for 31 years with her husband and her two children. She loves working with children and is currently a Preschool teacher at a private school. She has also been teaching C.C.D. for the past 24 years and teaches at the Mansfield Summer Institute. Pat has always enjoyed volunteering for school and community events. Her family participated in the first Great American Cleanup of Mansfield. Pat found it so rewarding and fulfilling that she wanted to get more involved with beautification projects in Mansfield. Pat’s interests include skiing, hiking, gardening, and walking.
Michael McCarthy, Treasurer
Mike has lived in Mansfield for 25 years with his wife and three children. He is a software engineer for EMC, and joined Keep Mansfield Beautiful after the success of the initial Great American Cleanup of Mansfield in 2008. He spends his free time with family and friends, while working in the occasional round of golf.
Jason has lived in Mansfield since 2008, with his wife and two daughters. Jason works in the financial services industry and serves as a precinct captain during the Great American Cleanup. In his free time, he enjoys landscaping, gardening and hanging out with family and friends.
Dan has lived on Old Farm Road in Mansfield since 2008 with his wife Lisa, and daughters Grace and Olivia. Dan works as a civil engineer for CDM Smith, Inc., which is headquartered in Boston, MA. Dan began volunteering for Keep Mansfield Beautiful in May 2013 and enjoys landscaping, spending time with his family and working in his vegetable and herb garden. He also enjoys cooking and baking with his daughters.
Martha O’Connell, Adopt-a-Spot Coordinator
Martha and her husband have lived in downtown Mansfield since 2012. A former project manager with experience in several federally regulated industries, Martha joined Keep Mansfield Beautiful after learning about the downtown Flower Barrel Program. She is passionate about revitalizing and beautifying Mansfield’s downtown area. She spends her free time enjoying her extended family – especially her many grandchildren who attend the Mansfield schools.
Jeffrey is President and CEO of RPM Associates, a fulfillment/marketing firm in Hingham, MA. He is passionate about protecting the environment and reducing the amount of litter in Massachusetts. Jeffrey and his wife, Michelle have lived in Mansfield since 1999 and have two daughters. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys working in his yard and playing golf.
Erik J. Bednarek ASLA
Erik joined Keep Mansfield Beautiful in 2016 with a strong desire to contribute his 23 years of professional experience toward improving the overall aesthetics and quality of life within Mansfield. Erik manages his own Landscape Architecture and Site Planning practice after working for some of the most prominent design and construction firms in the country. His experiences include a plethora of design initiatives from oceanfront estates to large multifamily communities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including West Village Apartments in Mansfield. He has also been intimately involved with designing many urban streetscapes, smart growth mixed-use developments, and public spaces. This includes managing the landscape architecture for prominent park spaces on the Charles River Esplanade associated with the current Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Erik has lived in the Mansfield area for more than 10 years with his wife Melanie and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys taking part in his children’s sports activities, playing competitive golf, fishing, or relaxing in North Conway or Stowe, VT.