My name is Amy Ritterbusch and I serve on the Hopkinton Planning Board.
I am a hard worker, I do my research and I have a long history of involvement with the town and schools. This is a critical time for Hopkinton due to the rapid growth and development we are experiencing. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe it is important to have a Planning Board that better reflects the priorities of the town population as a whole. During the campaign process I am reaching out to residents from all parts of town, lifelong residents and newcomers.
It is important to have Planning Board members who are knowledgeable, informed and actively engaged with the issues and the residents. My communications background, technical and research skills will be a good compliment to the skill sets of the other board members. I will continue to work hard to stay on top of the issues in town while also bringing some balance and fresh perspective.
5 Year Term
My name is Muriel Kramer, and I serve on the Planning Board. I have long been interested in planning for Hopkinton that truly contemplates and balances the priorities of the voters, the rights of property developers, and the concerns of neighbors affected by any development. A process that engages all stakeholders respectfully and considers thoughtfully the many and often competing priorities is necessary to both plan for and support growth that is revenue enhancingand in keeping with the small town charm of Hopkinton, the reason so many of us first moved here.
I am ready to re-engage more actively in town government. I have served on the Board of Appeals (2002-’04), chaired the Master Plan Committee (2004-’06), and served as a selectwoman including two years as chair (2005-’08). I am currently serving as the Deputy Town Moderator (2009-present) and as a Commissioner of Trust Funds (2014 – present).
1 Year Term
Hello, I am Irfan Nasrullah, serve on the Planning Board. When I first considered running for office, I asked myself why am I interested and what skill set do I bring to the table. Simply put, I want to give back to the community I’ve spend the better part of my life in and where I am now raising my children.
I am an Environmental Attorney who also practices in Real Estate. I’ve worked with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Environmental Crime Strike Force, then moved to the MassDEP protecting water and land resources. In my private practice, I worked with numerous Conservation Commissions and Planning Boards. I bring familiarity with land development as well as a responsible stewardship of land in both planning and development.
Kelly Karp - 3 Year Term
1 Year Term
My name is Lesley Ficarri. I serve on the Hopkinton Board of Assessors.
If you are not familiar with Board of Assessors, its key responsibilities are to support the Assessing Department in valuing real estate and personal property, considering tax abatements and exemptions and providing data and analysis needed to set the annual tax rate in accordance with applicable Massachusetts laws.
What do I offer? Professionally, I am a human resources executive. Much of my success has stemmed from a foundation of sound judgement, high ethics and confidentiality. I have needed to understand and advise within legal frameworks and to make decisions considering both data and the impact on people. I have led teams and managed budgets of $50+ million. Leveraging my background and skills will allow me to contribute quickly to the Board. Personally, my husband, Pete, and I grew up near Pittsburgh, PA. We moved to Massachusetts in 1998 and to Hopkinton in 2001 when we built our house. We previously volunteered for the town. I served on the Personnel Committee, and he was on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Zoning Advisory Committee. We have made great friends here and very much enjoy living in Hopkinton.
Lya Batlle-Rafferty - 3 Year Term
Elizabeth Whittemore - 3 Year Term
Michael King - 1 Year Term
Margaret Wiggin - 3 Year Term
Jessica King - 1 Year Term
3 Year Term
My name is Muriel Kramer, and I serve on the Commissioners of Trust Fund.
Ed Mills - 3 Year Term
Francis J. D'Urso, Jr. - 1 Year Term
Rebeka Hoffman - 5 Year Term
3 Year Term
My name is Laura Hanson, and I serve in the Parks and Recreation department. I have been spearheading so many great programs and events for our community in the last two years, and I am not ready to stop! I love putting on the Free Summer Concerts on the Commons, and we have events for Sandy Beach Fun, and I am working on getting a Dog Park here as well!
3 Year Term
My name is Jenn Devlin and I serve on the Hopkinton School Committee. I believe my background in business and as a middle school teacher will lend well to the responsibilities of this position.
My years of experience teaching and developing curriculum provide me with a unique perspective on how school districts should balance course offerings and influence the learning opportunities for our students. My insight into both the form and function of public education will be an asset to the School Committee, especially as we draft the next strategic plan. In fact, I have a very vested interest in both the continued success of the district and developing a strong next-phase strategic plan as a parent of students in both 1st and 3rd grade.