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Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff

Directors and Staff

Paul DiBona, Dayle Doherty, Mary-Beth Elliot, Kris Waldman, Kelly Grill, Sandee Buckley, Jenn Puga

The entire HCA staff welcomes you.

Kris Waldman, Co-Director
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x2 or email Kris@hopartscenter.org 

Founder and Co Director of HCA since its inception, Kris oversees the HCA’s interdisciplinary program development, website and database development, and gallery exhibition programs. She has been intensively involved in the HCA since its beginning, bringing a long and highly successful career in managing graphic designers and other artists in business and educational settings. (Kris says more about that in this article.) She had an extensive career as an art director and graphic designer at Sasaki Associates (an international planning design firm), Beisch & Associates Advertising, Harvard University, and Charrette Corporation. She became executive director of the HCA’s predecessor organization, the Cultural Arts Alliance, in 2010. Kris graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in liberal arts, concentrating on political science, and earned a master’s in fine art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.


Kelly Grill, Co-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.


Sandee Buckley, Operations Manager
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 co-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.


Martha Phillips, Visitor Services Manager
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x5 or email: Martha@hopartscenter.org

Martha has joined the HCA staff as a Front Desk Administrator, having served previously as Visitor Services Manager at the Danforth Museum. She draws upon that experience to provide a welcoming and informative presence for HCA students, teachers, and visitors in a way that engages the community to explore the full range of HCA offerings.

A resident of Hopkinton since 1995, she has observed the growth of the Town and of the HCA. Having raised a daughter who passionately pursued ballet and acting, Martha relates to parents who seek out the best setting for their children to explore their talents and goals. In her spare time, Martha is engaged in her own creative path, and is writing a book on the life and career of an early 20th century Roman ecclesiastical artist.

She finds the challenge of the non-profit environment which, by necessity, requires doing great things with relatively few resources to be a worthwhile endeavor. She knows the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to the effort, and looks forward to working with HCA’s team of dedicated volunteers.


Jennifer Puga, Marketing & Publicity Specialist
Contact: call 508.435.9222 x4 or email Jennifer@hopartscenter.org

Jen has been helping the HCA promote itself widely to the Metrowest community since 2015, focusing on public relations, marketing collateral, social media and other activities. She joined us after nine years’ experience in marketing at the Boston Conservatory, an educational institution offering degrees in dance, music and theater. Jen has an M.S. degree in non-profit management from Northeastern University and a B.A. in journalism and public relations from the University of North Texas.


Mary-Beth Elliott, Finance Manager
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.


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

Dayle leads our graphic design activities, producing brochures, web pages, social media, 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.

When she isn’t at the HCA, Dayle can often be found managing Angel’s Café in Hopkinton. The coffee shop is part of Angel’s Garden Center, a family business run by her husband Jeff Doherty. 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.


Caitlin Shea, Development Assistant
Contact: call 508.435.9222 or email Caitlin@hopartscenter.org

Since 2017, Caitlin has been helping the HCA attract funding from corporate sponsors, individual donors, and grants. Marrying her love of language and the performing arts Caitlin is thrilled to be able to foster continued growth and support for the HCA.

A Hopkinton High School and Enter Stage Left alumna, Caitlin is so excited to see the Hopkinton Center for the Arts come to life.  She was a performer in the very first ESL show to raise money to make this very barn become a performing arts space. A graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a bachelors of music, Caitlin spent the better half of the last decade performing in shows and concerts in and around the greater Washington DC area having the opportunity to work at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Imagination Stage and more.  

When Caitlin isn’t admiring the ever-changing Lotvin Family gallery exhibits, listening to students express their newfound art, dance and music skills or seeing the impressive transformations of the Delbridge Family Performance Space you can probably find her walking the trails around town or learning lyrics to a new song.


Paul DiBona, Building Maintenance Manager
Contact: call 508.435.9222


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.

Officers and Members serve for three-year terms, and may renew their service once. To be considered for a role in governance, please contact John Galego, Chairman of the Governance Committee. 


Mary Ansell, Clerk

(On leave until Fall 2019.) Mary Ansell is the Music Department Program Manager at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.  She was responsible for producing a Emerging Musician series at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and worked in the Development Office at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mary comes from a lineage of artists, and danced professionally with Saeko Ichinohe and Company in New York City from 1979-88. She holds a BA in International Relations/East Asian Studies from Boston University, and has been a Hopkinton resident for 30 years. Mary supports the HCA in its tireless effort to provide creative opportunity for all ages and abilities. The HCA continues to expand and deepen its programming which enhances the community, and enriches people's lives.


Bob Buday

Bob Buday is a partner and co-founder of Bloom Group LLC, a Boston-based marketing consultancy known in business marketing circles as the pioneering agency in thought leadership marketing. A Hopkinton resident since 1993, Bob and his wife Cathy (whose news and feature stories are known throughout Hopkinton and the Metrowest region) have put three of their children through the town’s terrific school system. Two of those children starred in HCA and Hopkinton High and Middle School theater productions. That’s where Bob first saw the power of the arts to transform the lives of children and adults. Bob has a BA in communications studies from Penn State University, was a newspaper and magazine business writer for eight years, and then moved into marketing in 1987 as director of marketing at a Cambridge, Mass.-based management consulting firm called CSC Index. About 10 years later, he co-founded Bloom Group. Bob joined the HCA Board of Directors in 2018.


Janet Ceddia, Board Chair

Janet Ceddia is the President and part-owner of Altair Construction.  Altair is a construction company based in Newton MA specializing in new construction and renovations of both commercial and residential projects.   At Altair, Janet oversees all facets of daily operations while serving as Altair’s senior project executive and chief problem solver.    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.  Her non-profit experience developed as an Executive Director at Teach for America (TFA) during its first five years, having been a charter TFA corps member in Compton CA.   She has been a Hopkinton resident for over 18 years with her husband, 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


Christine Chapman

Christine is an admissions counseling expert and educator who supports and empowers domestic and international students and their families to find their best educational matches as they pursue the private school and college application processes. She is a a team builder, community contributor and educational entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience as a business owner involved in helping students develop and implement successful educational plans. She is a serial volunteer, lover of life, and committed to social and emotional wellness and empowerment of youth. Christine is a musician, fervent supporter of the arts and arts education, an aspiring yogi, lover of animals and committed single mother of two amazing children. She is the president of Personalized Educational Solutions and co-founder of Education Station, with a commitment to make educational enrichment, empowerment programs and college counseling available to all. She is grateful to have built a vision in which she passionately believes.


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. 


Lorelei Lotvin
A longtime art and music connoisseur, Lorelei lives in Hopkinton with her husband Alan and two daughters, both of whom have thrived through participating in HCA arts and performance programs. A former physician’s assistant, Lorelei today works from her home studio to create fanciful hand-crafted beads and jewelry sold to clients around the world.


Rebecca Robak, Secretary

Rebecca Robak works in Product Strategy and Innovation at AllWays Health Partners, a health insurance plan owned by Partners Healthcare Systems, and has extensive experience in strategy, product development and program management.  Rebecca also served for ten years on the Hopkinton School Committee, where she was a strong proponent of arts in education, assuring that the funding for arts curriculum remained intact, and supported the development of the district-wide musical strings program.  Rebecca attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied piano and creative writing, received a bachelor of arts from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from Boston University. She enjoys attending dance and classical music performances when she’s not on her bike or in her garden.


James Valis, Treasurer

A native of Worcester, MA, Jim graduated from WPI with his undergraduate degree in Business Management. Following WPI, he achieved his MBA from Bryant University with a concentration in Finance. Upon completion of his Masters degree, Jim began his career as a financial advisor, working with individuals, business owners, non-profit organizations and trusts. In 2007, he completed the Financial Planning Certificate Program and earned his certification as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional in 2008. As one of the founding partners of Blackstone Valley Wealth Management, LLC., Jim specializes in creating unique strategies that address complex wealth management issues. Jim’s clients includes high net worth individuals, business owners, non-profit organizations and trusts.

In addition to investments, Crossfit and sports, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and being an active contributor to the local community.



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.