The Town of Braintree, through the Mayor’s Office has announced the appointment of Barbara A. Mello as the Town of Braintree’s first Grant Writer and Nelson Chin as the new Director of Recreation and Community Events.
“This is a very exciting time for Braintree,” said Peter J. Morin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan. “Mayor Sullivan is pleased to welcome both Barbara Mello and Nelson Chin and he is confident that both will offer leadership in their positions.”
Mello began her time as Grant Writer on March 6th. “The position of Grant Writer is one that traces its creation to the formation of our new government in 2008. However, due to the then sluggish economy it was one that we chose not to fill until conditions improved,” Sullivan said. “Barbara is results oriented and I am confident in her abilities to secure grant opportunities for Braintree.”
Ms. Mello comes to Braintree with over thirteen years of services in local
government administration, as well as extensive experience in procurement and grant writing. Most recently she served as the Executive Assistant to the Town Manager of Duxbury where she was frequently called upon to write the Town’s Grant applications.
“I am happy to be part of the team in Braintree," Mello said. “The Grant Writer position enables me to combine three activities that I enjoy immensely: research, writing, and government work. The community has been very
welcoming to me so far, and I look forward to making a substantial contribution.”
Mello holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College and a Master’s Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
“Nelson Chin is someone who for decades has shown a great dedication to the Town of Braintree," Sullivan said. “The job of Recreation Director is one that requires many long hours and days, especially during the summer months, and I felt that the task truly required someone whose commitment to Braintree was matchless. In Nelson Chin we have found that individual.”
A long time Braintree resident, Nelson has been involved with many youth sports leagues which included 8 years of service as President of Braintree Youth Soccer. Since stepping down from this role in 2007 he has continued to serve the league as a “Past President Director.”
In January of 2010, in recognition of his work with BYS, Chin was awarded the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award.” Since 2008 Chin has served on the Recreation Advisory Commission a position he will be stepping down from upon the commencement of his service as Recreation Director on April 2nd. Chin took a moment to pay tribute to his predecessor, William D. Hedlund, who recently retired after 41 years of service to the Town of Braintree.
“I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to serving the Town of Braintree," Chin said. I have big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of my good friend, Bill Hedlund. With his help over the coming weeks as well as the help of others, I am anticipating a smooth and seamless transition.”
Chin previously worked for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority during which time he rose to the position of Deputy Director of Railroad Operations. In this position he oversaw the finance and administration of the department as well as managing the $1.1 Billion Commuter Rail service contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company. Chin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Providence College and a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University.