Brandon Grant Freedman has been Director of Marketing at Wayne Alarm Systems, Inc. since 2013. Brandon graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Business Administration and continued on to graduate from Endicott College with his Masters of Business Administration. During his college career he also sailed aboard the Semester at Sea-MV Explorer sponsored by the University of Virginia in which he circumnavigated the world as he studied the security industry and international business. Prior to working at Wayne Alarm Systems, Brandon worked for Stanley Black & Decker in their Leadership Development program. During his time at Wayne Alarm Systems Brandon led a complete re-branding effort and marketing campaigns for both residential and commercial security. Brandon has extensive marketing and communications experience, broad knowledge of the security industry, global mindset and has direct experience managing multi-faceted projects with a unique ability to find innovative solutions to complex challenges. In his free time, Brandon likes to volunteer at organizations throughout the community such as Enactus and My Brothers Table. Brandon’s hope for Lynn is that we can create a city that supports small businesses and thrives on the principles of entrepreneurship.
Mikki Wilson is a lifelong Lynn resident and currently resides in West Lynn’s Ward 3. Her strong work ethic was instilled in her at an early age by her parents, Earl, a General Electric crane operator of 40+ years, and Sue, a compassionate caregiver and hospice home health aide. Mikki is a product of the Lynn Public School system, having attended Cobbet Elementary, Breed Junior High School, and Lynn Vocational Technical Institute. A proud graduate and alumni of both North Shore Community College (’03, ’04) and Salem State University (’09), Mikki earned degrees in Liberal Arts, Legal Administration and Business Administration. She is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Cabot Wealth Management and has over a decade of integrated marketing experience. Mikki is a dedicated and passionate volunteer with positions on several non-profit boards, including Lynn YMCA, Lynn Lions, Northeast Arc, North Shore Community Development Coalition, Salem State Alumni Association, and Massachusetts PTA. She is a strong supporter and advocate for education, human services, public schools, youth financial literacy, arts in education and art therapy, civic engagement, and community development.
Brian Castellanos is a graduate of Lynn English High school, class of 2009. Brian played four years of football at Lynn English High school where he was a captain and 2008 Northeastern All-League Strong Safety and Agganis Football All-Star. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Framingham State University. He later graduated from Salem State University in which he received his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. He plans on attending Northeastern University this coming fall where he will be pursuing a Doctorate in Human Services. Brian is a board member of the Puritan Lawn and Memorial Foundation and sits on the board for future scholarship recipients. He is a Steering Board director for the Lynn Community Connections Coalition. Brian’s role is to strengthen family support systems in neighborhoods throughout the City of Lynn by connecting families to both formal and informal resources. Brian serves as a Fundraising and Nomination Director for the Framingham State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association. Brian is also a member of the American Planners Association. Brian is currently working at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Framingham where he works as a Human Service Coordinator for families across Middlesex County. Brian also has experience working as a substance abuse clinician for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department where he worked to reduce drug addiction and recidivism through community corrections and substance abuse treatment programming. Brian is committed to civic engagement and devoted to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Lynn. He has had the opportunity to volunteer in numerous young parenting programs, domestic violence shelters, substance recovery programs, community children’s centers, and transitional living programs around the city of Lynn. Brian is currently training for the Boston Marathon where he will be running on the Horizons For Homeless Children marathon team. Brian is a nationally-traveled motivational speaker. Brian was invited back to Lynn to speak on several occasions where he spoke about some of the challenges and adversities he had to overcome growing up in the city of Lynn. Brian was invited to be the commencement speaker for the Lynn English High school class of 2014 and recently was a Keynote Speaker for the annual Stop The Violence school assembly held at Lynn City Hall. Brian’s experience with political campaigns comes from assisting past elected city counselors and recently elected Essex County Sherriff Kevin Coppinger. Brian’s hope is to help reduce poverty in Lynn by strategically engineering and delivering available resources to the city’s education system and families who utilize human services.
Alex was born and raised in Lynn, navigating his way through the Lynn public school circuit from Shoemaker, to Pickering, and finally to Lynn Classical. Upon graduating from Classical, Alex went onto Harvard University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. In his professional career, Alex is a Product Manager specializing in financial services software and technology but also makes time to volunteer with urban youth development programs. Alex hopes to put his varied knowledge to work in revitalizing Lynn and empowering its youth to shape a brighter future for the city and themselves.
AJ was born and raised in Lynn where his family has roots as active members of the community. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School and Providence College, AJ received his juris doctorate from New England School of Law before passing the Massachusetts Bar Exam in 2015. He is currently in-house counsel at a medical device company in Salem, Massachusetts. Prior to his employment, AJ served the Suffolk Superior Court as a judicial intern and the Lynn City Council as a special intern to the Zoning and Planning Committee. AJ’s experience with political campaigns comes from his work on his mother’s, Patricia Capano, School Committee campaigns where she has served for the last twenty years. AJ’s hope is that Lynn can use its diversity and natural resources to attract creative economic development while remaining true to its character as a city that has never turned its back on the less fortunate. AJ volunteers as an advocate for disabled athletes by coaching skiing with New England Disabled Sports at Loon mountain and playing wheelchair basketball through Spaulding Rehabilitation at the Marblehead YMCA.