John is a 2007 graduate of Northeastern University with degrees in journalism and criminal justice and a 2010 graduate of the Emerson College Print and Multimedia Journalism Master’s Degree program.
He started at the Boston Globe in 2006 as a co-op student, and he worked his way up to staff reporter. He left after 2011 to become Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Thomas M. Menino. In the Mayor’s Office, John helped handle everything from crisis management, to ribbon cuttings, to internal communications. He also worked with other City agencies and their press officers to help pitch story ideas to the local media.
His concentration at Northeastern was Policing Studies, and his father and brother are both firefighters on the same department in Connecticut.
John has a knack for finding hidden talents in people and jewels in the sand. He loves bringing people together and likes to use his diverse interests to come up with new and interesting ways to help clients.
She previously served as staff reporter for the Melrose Free Press newspaper, covering everything from news to school issues, politics and local events. She has experience working with both police and fire departments on a variety of topics and is excited to expand her role in all areas of public safety. Her experience in a busy and active newsroom and ability to multitask, combined with her knowledge of news writing, Associated Press Style, municipal government, and public safety made her an ideal candidate to join the growing company and its busy workload.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Digital Services Manager
Chelsea Curley joined John Guilfoil Public Relations in January 2015 and became a full-time employee in September 2015 after graduating from Lasell College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and concentration in Journalism and Media Writing.
Chelsea previously completed a five-month internship at JGPR during her final semester at Lasell and has spent the past year expanding her public relations knowledge and fine tuning her writing skills working for this fast-growing private firm. She also oversees the company’s website development arm and is proficient in video editing.
Angelica works on the digital side of JGPR, as a website developer and digital specialist. Her primary duties are working on website development and content creation and making sure that our clients always have an up-to-date websites, social media, and digital communications. She recently finished the Off the Vine Tuscan Grille site.
JGPR’s advisory board is a volunteer group made up of veteran and retired law enforcement and fire department leaders who help ensure that the company remains true to its message. We rely on them for guidance on the culture and needs of your profession.
Deputy Chief Paul Upton
Somerville Police Department (Ret.)
As Deputy Chief of the Somerville Police Department, Paul’s official responsibilities included everything from criminal investigations and drug control to family services and managing the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Deputy Upton also served as the department’s longtime Public Information Officer.
JGPR relies on Deputy Upton’s years as a successful police department public information officer, and we are grateful for his advice and knowledge.
Chief Richard J. Rochon
Westford Fire Department (Ret.)
Chief Rochon started with the Westford Fire Department in 1976 and has served as Fire Chief from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. Chief Rochon has served on the Hazardous Materials Policy board, appointed by the Governor, for five years. He also served as the President of Fire District 6, representing 18 communities, from 2003-2009 and served on the board of directors for the Fire District through the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts from 2009-2013.
Chief Rochon retired after 37 years of service July 2013. He was instrumental in moving the Westford Fire Department to Advanced Life Support. He continues to serve the FCAM Chiefs mentoring program to help new Fire Chiefs optimize their effectiveness through building a network of professional colleagues and potential mentors as well as providing new and current chiefs with reliable, and consistent assistance from experienced peers when needed.
The fire service is seeing the rise of a new generation of fire chiefs, and JGPR relies on Chief Rochon’s personal relationships with fire leaders around the region in order to stay authentic in our day-to-day work.
Firefighter William Noonan
Boston Fire Department (Ret.)
William “Bill” Noonan retired in 2011 after serving as “K7” — the official Boston Fire Department Photographer — for nearly 40 years. He graduated from the prestigious Franklin Institute in 1965 and served in the United States Army for three years during the Vietnam War.
Bill joined the Boston Fire Department in July 1971 and was assigned to Engine Co. 3. He was assigned to the photography unit in 1975. During his amazing career, Bill published four fire photography books and has received numerous awards and medals for his work. He is married with two children and one grand-daughter. You can learn more about his photography at his website.
JGPR relies on Bill’s decades of institutional knowledge of the fire service and his familiarity with firefighters dealing with the media.
A published photographer since 2001, Nicolaus Czarnecki dedicates his life to photography. His works can be seen in world renowned publications from National Geographic, Time, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Sun, The Christian Science Monitor to The London Financial Times. He is the chief photographer for the Metro Boston Newspaper, with a readership of over 150,000 daily. Nicolaus has also covered major national news, including Hurricane Sandy, The Tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Hurricane Katrina, The 2009 G20 protests, the 2007 California Wildfires, and the 2011 Southern Tornadoes. His unrelenting passion for the photographic medium as a tool of communication has given rise to themed projects such as abandoned Detroit and images from the U.S/Mexico border. His photographs have appeared in galleries nationwide in Portland, Oregon; Richmond, Virginia; and Vermont