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Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Katie Broach, Development Director
Contact: call 508.435.9222 or email katie@hopartscenter.org

Katie Broach loves the transformative power of philanthropy that happens when good people and great organizations come together.  For more than 15 years, Katie has worked as a development director, board member and volunteer at a variety of arts-, educational- and faith-based organizations in Chicagoland and the greater Boston area.  

A classically trained vocalist, Katie “discovered” the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) by way of Enter Stage Left Theater(ESL), HCA's resident theater company. Katie currently serves on ESL’s board, the advisory board of the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, as well as a cantor and parish pastoral council member at St. Matthias Parish in Marlborough. Katie is also active in several community theaters in the greater Boston area as a performer.

Katie earned a BS in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN. She currently studies voice at New England Conservatory under Dr. Jennifer Sgroe.

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.

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.

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 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. 

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!  

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. 

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 Master's 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 include 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.


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