Heidi Shalek

Heidi Shalek

Board President

Heidi Shalek is co-owner of The Training Room, a local non-membership fitness studio offering personal training, group training and indoor cycling to the Somerville area.  She and her business partner, Maren Kravitz, established their first location in 2010, and opened a second location (also in Somerville) in 2013.  Heidi also co-owns a Boston-based fashion company with her brother and designer, Luke Aaron.  Their showroom is located in the Beacon Hill, specializing in made-to-order bridal gowns and evening wear. Follow Heidi’s small businesses on Instagram: @lukeaaronboston, @thetrainingroomboston.

Pete Slipp

Pete Slipp

Board Treasurer

Pete Slipp has been a resident of Somerville since 2010 and treasurer of Somerville Local First since 2015. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Boston College, Pete began his career working at an international accounting firm specializing in non-profit and financial services clients. Pete is currently a financial administrator at Boston College working with the university’s endowment investments, and recently completed his MBA there.

When not attending BC football, BC hockey or Patriots games, Pete can be found enjoying evenings in Davis Square, brunch in Ball Square, or relaxing on the beach at the New Hampshire seacoast.

Marta Melo

Marta Melo

Board Clerk

Marta Melo is a lifelong Somerville resident and recent first-time homeowner in our fine city. She brings more than 12 years of marketing, communications, and graphic design experience to the SLF board, along with a fluency in Portuguese. Marta currently works as a senior marketing manager for the Watertown-based company, Bright Horizons. As a professional, she’s passionate about branding, content, messaging, and typography. On a personal level, she’s passionate about cooking, dancing, design, exploring new bars and restaurants, and all things Somerville.