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Ellen Freyman named Woman of the Year by Professional Women’s Chamber

SPRINGFIELD– Ellen W. Freyman has been named the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Professional Women’s Chamber, a division of The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc.

This honor has, since 1954, been awarded annually to women in the Greater Springfield area who exemplify outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel, One Monarch Place in downtown Springfield on Thursday, June 7 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Freyman, a resident of Longmeadow, is an attorney with Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting, and environmental matters.

Freyman is a board member of Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Dunbar Community Center, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Affiliated Chamber of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield Jewish Federation, the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation and the STCC Assistance Corporation, as well as on boards of the Community Music School of Springfield, the World Affairs Council, and the Longmeadow Zoning Board of Appeals. She currently serves as a Trustee for Elms College.

She has served on Springfield Business Leaders for Education, New England Public Radio and the Springfield Museum Association. She is founder and president of On Board, Inc., president of the Mason-Wright Foundation, and a past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Springfield Rotary Club.

Among her many awards are the 2010 Business West Difference Makers Award, 2010 Reminder Publications Hometown Hero Award, 2011 Springfield Leadership Institute Community Service Award and Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law Award in 2011.


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