Newsmakers: Career Day, an anniversary and new board members

Editor’s note: Newsmakers is a new weekly feature spotlighting accomplishments of Newton community members, businesses and organizations.

Newton Community Pride Board of Directors elects two new members

Newton Community Pride, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing arts and culture in the city, has two new board members: Sue Chapman and Mark Rivera,

Chapman is the associate vice president of community relations at The Village Bank and lives in Lowell with her husband Brian and four kids.

Ravera is a CPA and partner at local firm Walter Shuffain and serves on the Board of Directors for B’nai B’rith Housing and Jewish Community Day School.  He and his wife Shira, an interior designer, live in Newton with their three daughters, Talia, Ayelet, and Galit, and dog, Goldie.

“I am delighted that Sue and Mark have joined the NCP Board of Directors, bringing their impressive skills and deep commitment to our community. I know that the rest of our Board joins me in welcoming them, and we look forward to working with them both,” Newton Community Pride Board Chair Meryl Kessler said.

Sue Chapman and Mark Ravera have joined the Board of Directors of Newtron Community Pride. Courtesy Photo

Chapman Construction celebrates 40 years

Chapman Construction, a construction management company specializing in high-performance building, is celebrating 40 years in business.

“We don’t chase projects – we chase partnerships,” said John Hall, who founded the company. “And within those partnerships, we’ve strived to introduce sustainable features that make green building more approachable and affordable on every project we pursue. Environmental standards in the built environment are always evolving, and our teams are committed to pushing our performance to new levels to benefit our clients and the future of our planet.” 

Chapman is pursuing carbon neutrality by 2030, a commitment that made Chapman the first construction manager to commit to carbon neutrality in New England when announced in 2022.

“Our carbon neutrality goals are important not just for the environmental impact but also in attracting new clients and employees,” said CEO Jack Hall. “The next generation of workers places a high value on sustainability and pushing the envelope to do more. For Chapman, we already have our sights set on the next level of green construction, utilizing tactics like embodied carbon budgets to improve building performance. We’re still Chapman, just with a steady focus on constant improvement.”

Chapman Construction in Newton is celebrating 40 years in business. Courtesy Photo

Day Middle School hosts Career Day

There were 36 professionals at a recent Career Day at Day Middle School, sharing their career stories with seventh and eighth graders on Tuesday, June 11.

Participants were asked to speak for 30 minutes, four times as students rotated between presentations. The students were matched to their career interests and with 36 professionals there were a lot of career choices including healthcare, technology, education, police, fire, vet, writer, author, actor, pastry chef, biotech, politician, engineer, and health professionals. 

The morning began with a light breakfast and welcome by Principal Jacqueline Mann. The presenters were matched with a Day student ambassador who led them to classrooms. But, before everyone dispersed, they posed for this group picture.

The presenters could use slides and videos.

This is the third year of the Career Day at Day Middle School, which is the only Newton middle school that has such a day.

Day Middle School’s Career Day had a large attendance, with 36 professionals participating. Photo by Howard Sholkin