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Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff

Top Left to Right: Sandee Buckley, Mary-Beth Elliott, Tatiana Flis, Maureen Belger, Kelly Grill, Hannah Elliott
Bottom Left to Right: Dayle Pauli-Doherty, Denise Tracy, Paul DiBona, Katie Broach

The entire HCA staff welcomes you.

Kelly Grill, Executive Director
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x1 or email Kelly@hopartscenter.org

Founder and Co Director of HCA since its inception, Kelly oversees the Center’s performing arts programming, and its activities in development securing financial backing from the business community, individual donors, and grants. Prior to HCA, Kelly was the executive director of Enter Stage Left Theater, the HCA’s resident theater group, for nearly eight years. (Kelly talks about that in this article.) She loves all arts but particularly the theater. “It connects people in a way that no other art form can,” she says. Kelly is a native of Hopkinton who graduated from Hopkinton High School before getting a B.A. in theatre at Providence College. After college, she moved to California where did some acting and then launched a 20-year career as a corporate recruiter, before moving back to the area in 1993.

Maureen Belger, Grant Writer
Contact: call 508.435.9222  or email Maureen@hopartscenter.org

Sandee Buckley, Director of Operations
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x8 or email Sandee@hopartscenter.org

Sandee organizes and oversees the numerous activities and programming at the HCA. She has been involved with the organization from its start, when as she puts it, “the idea of renovating this building to house a thriving arts center was nothing more than a dream discussed among a group of passionate artists.” Sandee’s dedication for the arts, boundless energy, and stellar organizing abilities have helped that group make their dream come true. Sandee has a particular fondness for theater. She acted as a child, and was a stage manager and director in high school and college plays. Over the next 20 years, she held a number of human resources jobs in health care organizations. Then in 2007, after meeting Kelly Grill (now Executive Director of the HCA), Sandee volunteered with the Enter Stage Left Theater group to produce and stage manage numerous productions. In 2016, she exited the HR world to manage HCA’s operations.

Paul DiBona, Building Maintenance Manager
Contact: call 508.435.9222

Dayle Doherty, Graphic Specialist
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x4 or email Dayle@hopartscenter.org

Dayle leads our graphic design activities, producing brochures, web pages, social media, film, posters and other communications. She says the opportunity to be creative has always provided the spark in her life, and that the HCA is the perfect place to exercise that creativity.

Dayle has been immersed in graphic design for most of her career, which includes producing marketing materials at a large California health insurer, a New Hampshire medical center, and a catalog retailer. However, her interest in the performing arts dates back to her Wisconsin high school days on the theatre department’s stage crew. She renewed that interest in 2012, when she attended Enter Stage Left productions in Hopkinton. In 2015, she put her graphic design smarts to use by producing show flyers and playbills for ESL shows. She joined the HCA’s Marketing Committee in 2016. In January 2018, the HCA hired Dayle part-time for graphics design and she became a full time employee in 2021.

Dayle graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree, minored in art therapy and silversmithing, and received a teaching certificate in art education.

Hannah Elliott, Accounts Receivable/Admin
Contact: call 508.435.9222  or email Hannah@hopartscenter.org

Mary-Beth Elliott, Director of Finance
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x3 or email MaryBeth@hopartscenter.org

Mary-Beth handles accounting, cash flow management, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and other tasks that help keep the HCA financially healthy.  Her love of financial matters is matched by her passion for the arts (including her husband Chris' performances with Enter Stage Left theater group and his singing with the Treblemakers Chorus.) She first got involved with HCA as a volunteer after serving as treasurer on the board of the Hopkinton Community Endowment, the group that helped raise the HCA’s initial funding. Prior to working for us, Mary-Beth held finance and HR management jobs at the Gillette Company, the Boston-based market leader in shaving products. She has an MBA from Suffolk University and a BS in accounting from Boston College.

Tatiana Flis, Director of Programming
Contact: call 508.435.9222  or email Tatiana@hopartscenter.org

Denise Tracy, Event Manager/Music Promoter
Contact: call 617.283.7817  or email Denise@hopartscenter.org


Board of Directors

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) Board of Directors helps maintain the fiscal health and stability of the organization.  The Board consists of local arts and business representatives whose broad experience and leadership help the HCA flourish. In addition to guidance and governance, Board members engage in fundraising activities that help support the HCA's mission-related activities.

Dawn Anderson, Treasurer

Dawn was a founder of Enter Stage Left Theater, formed as a 501c3 charitable organization in 1999. She also helped to found the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, drafting its formative documents and taking the role as its initial treasurer back in 2011. Since that time, she earned a master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management and her CPA license, and is currently the Director of Internal Audit for Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. Prior to her current position, she worked as an internal audit manager for Citizens Bank.  

Creatively, Dawn has acted, directed, taught, and worked behind the scenes for this and several other local theater organizations. Favorite roles have included the title roles of Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita, and Melissa from Love Letters, which she performed multiple times with lifelong friend and ESL co-founder Paul Champlin. She owes her 34-year (and counting) marriage to ESL theater - she met her husband performing an original production of the Torch Singer (by Paul Champlin) during the summer of 1984, many years before ESL became an official organization.

Amy Cafazzo

Amy is the owner of Studio A Marketing which specializes in working with residential remodeling and home design/build firms in Massachusetts. Amy, her husband, Mark, and their twin boys moved to Hopkinton in 2007 and have been actively involved in the community ever since. Amy was instrumental in the initiative to build the new Marathon Elementary School as well as bring full-day kindergarten to all students. She currently serves on the Board of the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association. Amy has been involved in community theatre since she was a child and has appeared in several productions with Enter Stage Left Theater at the HCA.

Janet Ceddia, Board Chair

A leading woman business executive and former business owner, Janet Ceddia has over 30 years' experience leading for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. Janet is currently serving as the Chief Integration Officer of 3Phase Elevator Corp, one of the largest independent elevator service businesses in the United States. Prior to 3phase, Janet was President and part-owner of Altair Construction, a contractor based in Newton MA specializing in new construction and renovations of both commercial and residential projects. Before launching Altair, Janet owned and operated Security Construction Services, a leading federal contractor, and Security Fence Co, a specialty fence contractor. Prior to her 16 years in construction, Janet worked for McKinsey & Co, the global consulting firm, serving Fortune 100 clients to tackle their most pressing problems. Earlier in her career, she gained valuable non-profit experience as an Executive Director at Teach for America (TFA) during its first five years, after having been a charter TFA corps member in Compton CA. She has been a Hopkinton resident for over 22 years with her husband, Chris, raising their three children. Her family has enjoyed HCA programming since its inception. Her passion for the arts began young, participating in theater productions and choral groups from elementary school through college, including a competitive Show Choir (Glee before Glee was cool!). Janet earned her MBA from The Harvard Business School and a BA with honors in Government from Colby College.

Vanessa Bilello

As current principal of the Hopkins Elementary School, and as the past Assistant Principal, Ms. Bilello has built meaningful, positive relationships with children, parents, staff and administrative colleagues within the school community.

Ms. Bilello holds a Master of Education in Organizational Management from Endicott College, and a Master of Education in Moderate Special Needs Education from the Boston College Graduate School of Education. Her undergraduate work was in Political Science/Education, completed at Wellesley College.

Jeff Doherty

Jeff Doherty is the principal at Angel’s Garden Center Inc. and co-owner of Red Barn Coffee at Angel’s Café.  The garden center has been a landmark on the west side of Hopkinton since 1957, and Jeff has run it since 1987, expanding its business in many facets. Prior to that, he was in outside sales for Fortune 500, Moore Business Forms. He also entered into the retail management program at Filene’s Basement and became an assistant buyer at Filene’s, the regional department store chain.  His expertise in the garden center business is well known throughout the state; he was elected president of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association in 2019. He is also a volunteer on Hopkinton’s Community Preservation Committee and chairs the town’s Open Space Preservation Commission and Design Review Board.

Jeff is a budding singer, having joined the Treblemakers choral group of Enter Stage Left, the HCA’s resident theater group. He believes …  the importance of community arts centers is critical to a well-rounded education and hopes the HCA’s regional impact will be the envy of all surrounding towns.

Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in public administration from Bentley College with a minor in law. He and his wife Dayle (who is on the HCA staff) live in Hopkinton with their two dogs, Fitzgerald and Lady. 

Joe Gammal

Joe is an innovation and creativity coach, facilitator, and trainer working with leaders and their teams to solve key business challenges, create breakthrough solutions, and build more innovative organizations.  A Managing Partner of Synecticsworld, he is also starting an innovation learning and community service non-profit for youth called Imagine Corps. Previously, he held executive and product marketing positions with Apple, Hasbro, LiveToy Networks, Arthur D. Little, and IBM.  Joe has a degree in Information Systems from WPI and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Joe joined the HCA board after 20 years with the ESL Theater group, its board in 2015, and through to the merging of ESL with the HCA as one wonderful organization in our community.  

A resident of Hopkinton and theater enthusiast, his first-ever show was as an adult.  He has since performed in several ESL productions like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Lullaby of Broadway, Big Fish, A Christmas Carol, and each of ESL’s fabulous USO Tribute Shows – some along with his two sons.  You can often find Joe playing small comedic roles, playing off of more center-stage performers – and that’s just fine. It’s all about feeling and sharing that ZING!  

Meghan Gaul

Meghan is a practicing graphic designer & photographer, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BS in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her MFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts. Meghan is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Springfield College, where she serves as Co-Director for the Art & Design program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Prior to Springfield College, Meghan was at Doane University in Nebraska where she was an Associate Professor, Chair for the Department of Art & Design, and Executive Director of Rall Gallery. Her studio practice includes photography, print design, and motion graphics for a range of companies, from hospitals to wineries and public relation firms to ceramic artists. Some of her most recent work includes graphical abstracts for scientific publications, a logo design for a foundry & forge, and motion graphics for a professional hockey team.

Meghan’s passion for the arts and education brought her to the HCA. She believes everyone has the capacity to be creative and that the HCA provides the means for discovering and expressing it.

Jon Graziano

Jon is a Principal at Heidrick and Struggles focused on leading clients in The Performance Engine, a rapid change model that develops organizational excellence and innovation. He coaches high performing teams through challenging mandates across many industries, developing top performers’ abilities to solve complex business problems. He is an experienced leader in coaching, continuous improvement, operational transformation, and customer engagement. Jon lives in Hopkinton with his wife Erin and their three children. He has been active in service to Hopkinton over the last 10 years serving on the School Committee, Appropriation Committee and multiple Elementary School Building Committees.  

Allison Iantosca

Allison is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science degree in theater. After pursuing a career in the theater for several years on the east and west coasts, Allison joined her family business F. H. Perry Builder in 2000 and purchased the company in 2008 focusing her team on time-honored things like craftsmanship, elegance, taste, aesthetics and an exceptional and uncompromising process for the client. Allison has also studied leadership extensively at the Gestalt International Study Center earning certificates in Skills for Influential Leaders and Leadership in the 21st Century and receiving her GISC Coaching certification. Allison is currently an ACC credentialed coach recognized by the International Coaching Federation. Allison is passionate about transformative experiences and lifelong learning; a seeker, a bit of a dreamer, an eternal optimist, the HCA feels just like home. 

Aditya Nadkarni

(Adi)tya Nadkarni is a passionate and avid supporter of all forms of creative activity. He has an immense amount of experience, as a board member on multiple cultural and educational non-profit organizations and is currently an active member on the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton (SACH) and Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) team. Adi is a Product Management lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and takes pride in being an instrumental contributor towards the conception, development and success of a resell program that has helped HPE customers to purchase complete end-to-end solutions involving HPE core products and best in class non-HPE products, all via a single source. Adi is a problem solver and influencer when it comes to improving the customer and user experience, which aligns with the core mission of the HCA, an educational and entertainment hub for all ages, all families, all cultures across the MetroWest.

He hails from the very diverse and culturally rich country of India and lives in Hopkinton with his wife and 10yr old son, a huge fan of the HCA. Adi has two Masters of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, followed by a Masters in Business Administration, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Adi does not perceive art as a mere exhibition of skills and talent, but more so, as a beautiful avenue that can drive similar emotions among people from different backgrounds, and as a fascinating expression of one’s origin, culture and tradition.

Scott Richardson

Scott Richardson co-founded the firm Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects in 1976 and has served as Principal-in-Charge on a variety of corporate, public, educational, community, and residential projects. From initial client contact to building design and presentations to town and city boards and private building committees, Scott has demonstrated innovative design solutions as well as unique insights into the construction process and has developed solid, long-standing relationships with the firm’s valued clients. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional and has completed numerous sustainable green projects.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College. Scott is a music enthusist and avid painter. 


HCA offers opportunities to serve as Performing Arts and Visual Arts faculty throughout the year. In addition, there are job openings for high school and college students during the summer and after school. View the jobs page for full details.


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