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Attorney Ellen Freyman Named Chamber's Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year

May 9, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 9, 2018 –  The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Attorney Ellen Freyman, an attorney with Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. in Springfield, as its 2018 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award is given annually to honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the Chamber and individual who gave of his time, talent and personal and professional resources to the local community.

“In 2007, the Springfield Regional Chamber wanted to honor the legacy of longtime Chamber board member Rick Moriarty, and so the Chamber created the Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year Award,” said Chamber President Nancy Creed.

“Since then, the award has been given to someone in the business community who - like Ellen- selflessly gives of their time, talent and personal and professional resources to the community and encourages those who work with them and for them to do the same,” Creed added.

Freyman concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate: acquisitions and sales, development, leasing and financing. She has an extensive land use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting, and environmental matters.

A graduate of the Western New England University School of Law and Pennsylvania State University, Freyman is one of the most highly-awarded attorneys in the Pioneer Valley. Prior to completing law school, Ellen was a teacher and a commercial banker.

She has been recognized or awarded by the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, for Excellence in Law; the Professional Women’s Chamber as Woman of the Year; the Ad Club of Western Massachusetts as a recipient of its annual Pynchon Award; Springfield Leadership Institute with its Community Service Award; Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly as a recipient of its Top Women in Law Award, and Reminder Publications with its Hometown Hero Award. She was also chosen as one of BusinessWest’s Difference Makers in 2011.

Freyman is active on many nonprofit boards and currently serves as a member on the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, on which she also served as a Board Chair; the boards of the Community Music School of Springfield, Center for Human Development, New England Public Radio, Springfield Museum Association, World Affairs Council, YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield Technical Community College Foundation, the Springfield Technical Community College Acceptance Corporation, and serves on the Elms College Board of Trustees.

She is also an active member of the Longmeadow Zoning Board of Appeals; Jewish Family Service Board of Directors; and the National Conference for Community and Justice Board of Directors.

Freyman is the founder and president of On Board, Inc., is a past president of the Springfield Rotary Club member and has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.

A Longmeadow resident, Freyman has two sons, Neal, 26 and Stephen, 23.  Her husband, Richard, is a professor at the University of Massachusetts.  She is a native of South Jersey. 

The breakfast honoring Freyman will be held on June 6 from 7:15- 9 a.m. at the Flynn Campus Union at Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, and is sponsored by presenting sponsor MGM Springfield, and breakfast series sponsor United Personnel.

In addition to honoring Freyman, the breakfast will feature keynote speaker entrepreneur and author Nataly Kogan, CEO of Happier, Inc., and author of the recently released “Happier Now: How to Stop Striving for Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones).”

Reservations for the breakfast are $25 for members in advance, ($30 at the door) and $35 for general admission ($40 at the door). Reservations may be made online at or by contacting Jessica Hill at

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