• Students collecting Peanut Butter Valentines

Portrait of Mayor Gail M. InfurnaGail Infurna was the Ward 5 Alderman from 1998 to 2018. She grew up in Malden but has lived in Melrose for 36 years. She graduated from Malden High School in 1974 and Malden Hospital School of Nursing in 1981. After receiving her nursing license, she worked at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as a medical-surgical nurse from 1981 to 2004 and was a clinical leader from 2001-2004. In 2004, she walked across the street and became the admissions director for EPOCH Senior Health Care. When EPOCH was acquired by Wingate Health Care, she moved to Wingate as a clinical liaison and then as admission coordinator for Wingate at Reading and Lowell. She retired from Wingate in January 2018.

In 1998, Gail was elected as the Ward 5 Aldermen, a position she held for 20 years. While an alderman she served in a multitude of positions, including President of the Board in 2006 and part of 2018. She was on the School Building Committee, the Traffic Commission, the Master Plan Committee, The Bridge, and a trustee for Hallmark Health. As an alderman, she was instrumental in bringing about the improvements at Pine Banks Park, the Bingham community playground, the renovation of the Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools, the construction of the new Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, and the smart growth development at Oak Grove, Jack Flats, and 2 Stone Place.

Gail and her husband, the late Cosmo Infurna, have two children, Michael and Mark. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, getting together with friends, playing the trumpet, and doing things around town.