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Lisa Zais and Herb Brockert Jr. 2017 HOLLISTON’S CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

by Lina Arena-DeRosa

Former Police Chief John Moore, above left, with Benefit organizer Lisa Zais and now Chief Matt Stone, at a fund raiser for Holliston's K9 Cesh

 Lisa moved to Holliston with her husband, Kenny, in 1989, from the city and has enjoyed “country living” ever since!  She works as a realtor for Realty Executive Boston’s Holliston office representing buyers and sellers throughout the region.  She is the mother of a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Talia and has three dogs.  Lisa’s tireless and creative commitment to her community is reflected town wide. She enjoys “giving back” and has been instrumental in many projects that make Holliston a special place to live.  Her volunteer work includes former President of the Friends of Holliston Police K9; creator of the Kids Community Harvest Garden at Robert Adams Middle School, (students learn to cultivate produce that is donated to the Food Pantry), helped hang hanging plants along the Bogastow Bridge, as well as a Board member of the Economic Development Committee, and committee chair of Celebrate Holliston’s Chili Contest to name a few of her many volunteer efforts.  In her “free time”, she regularly brings her German Shepard therapy dog to Timothy Daniels House as well as at the local high school for seniors and students to enjoy.  Lisa states “I could not have picked a better place to raise a family”.

Herb at a recent meeting of the Eight Arch Bridge Committee.

Herb moved to Holliston when he was three years old and has lived here his entire life (his family originally resided at the “Timothy Leland House”).  He raised both his boys in Holliston and is the owner of Construction Services Company.  As a Vietnam Veteran, who served in the Central Highland, Herb believed in helping Veterans who are struggling and now mentors Veterans at the Norfolk County Veteran’s Treatment Court in Dedham. As a civil engineer, he has used his expertise (and equipment) to help build Blair Square, Goodwill Park renovations, as well as the new lights at the Woodland Street Baseball Field.  His love for the outdoors made him an original member of the Rails to Trails committee; moreover, quietly he was the driving force in its construction and “pretty much all aspects of building the trail”.  He also loves the Eight Arch Bridge and is working on the Committee to preserve it.  Volunteering in Holliston without much fanfare, Herb is what makes Holliston a special place to live.

The Board of Celebrate Holliston will be honoring Lisa and Herb at Jasper Hill on September 14th (5:30-7) and at the Field Day on Saturday September 16 (10am).   The public is invited to both events.