Keep Mansfield Beautiful Operating Committee

Members of Keep Mansfield Beautiful, June 2016, Left to Right: Michael McCarthy, Jeffrey Ward, Erik Bednarek, Neil Rhein, Nancy Wall, Pat Colbert, Martha O’Connell, Jason Dodd. Not pictured: Dan Guglielmi.

“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 Mansfield Cleanup, 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 Mansfield Cleanup 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 27 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 Mansfield Cleanup 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, Founder and Communications Director

Neil has lived in Mansfield since 1995 with his wife and two daughters. He helped organize the first Great Mansfield Cleanup 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 chapters across the state of Massachusetts.  Neil runs 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. Neil is also a member of the Mansfield Select Board. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing basketball and golf, and goofing around with his family and friends.

Pat Colbert, Clerk

Pat has lived in Mansfield for 33 years with her husband and her two children. She loves working with children and is currently director of the C.C.D. program at St. Mary’s School in Mansfield. Pat has always enjoyed volunteering for school and community events. Her family participated in the first Great Mansfield Cleanup. 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 27 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 Dodd

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.

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 Ward

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.

Michael Healey

Mike has lived in Mansfield for over 35 years. He and his wife Marilyn raised two children, and now enjoy entertaining their five grandchildren. Mike recently retired after working in a management position in the supermarket industry for more than 47 years. He currently serves on the Town’s Board of Heath, is a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Church, and also sings in their adult choir. Mike enjoys exercising, riding his bike, and playing golf in his leisure time.

Ana Newell 

Ana has lived in Mansfield since 1987 with her husband and three daughters. She is the owner of The Garden Lady, a landscape design and installation company based in Mansfield since 2000. Ana has maintained an Adopt-a-Spot Site at the Mansfield East Common Flagpole for many years. She and her family have been involved with the Great Mansfield Cleanup since its inception. She is a member of the Garden Club of Mansfield and a Board Member of the Mansfield Shredding Service, a non-profit business helping intellectually challenged students and adults. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys spending time in her garden, at farmers markets, craft fairs, reading, and most of all, at the beach.

Janice Wivagg

Janice, her husband, and their two dogs moved to Mansfield to be closer to their four grown children, all of whom live and work in the Boston area. Janice has a long history of volunteering and says she cannot remember a time when she was not volunteering for something. She is part of a family of scouts and practices the principle of leaving a place better than you found it. Thus the Keep Mansfield Beautiful committee was a perfect fit for her volunteer efforts. Janice is a full-time Custom Framing Supervisor at AC Moore in Foxboro. In her spare time, she loves cooking for and visiting with family, caring for others, gardening, crafting of all kinds, and the great outdoors.  She can frequently be seen walking all around Mansfield with and without her dogs.