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Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff

Directors and Staff

The entire HCA staff welcomes you.

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

Kelly Grill, Co-Director
Contact: call 508.435.9222 or email Kelly@hopartscenter.org

Sandee Buckley, Operations Manager
Contact: call 508.435.9222 or email Sandee@hopartscenter.org

Martha Phillips, Administrative Assistant
Contact: call 508.435.9222 or email: Martha@hopartscenter.org

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mark Cafazzo

Mark Cafazzo is the Director of Strategic Market Management at SCIEX, a global leader in analytical solutions for life science research, food safety testing, and other laboratory-dependent industries. He studied Chemistry at Tufts University and earned his MBA at Framingham State University before moving to Hopkinton in 2010. Mark has many years of community theater experience in the Greater Boston Area, both on-stage and behind it, and is pleased to combine his passion for the performing arts with his business experience for the benefit of Hopkinton and surrounding communities.

Janet Ceddia

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.

Matt Colleran
Matt Colleran is a 15 year marketing veteran with experience at three Fortune 500 companies.  He received his Bachelors and Masters in Business degrees from Boston College and has spent his career building and marketing brands at Abercrombie and Fitch, Reebok, and Hasbro.

Kurt Fliegauf, board co-chair

Mr. Fliegauf is a partner with Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, Boston, MA, a civil litigator with expertise in business litigation, employment law, professional liability, and construction law. He was Chair of the Town of Hopkinton Cable Advisory Committee and a member of the Town of Hopkinton Downtown Revitalization Committee. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA – J.D. 1993 and Kenyon College, Gambier, OH – B.A.

John Galego

John Galego is the President of Atlas Wealth Strategies. John founded Atlas Wealth Strategies, an independent financial services firm, to help empower clients to make educated decisions about their finances and futures. John has dedicated himself as a financial advocate on behalf of his clients since 2002. As an advocate for the arts, John was thrilled at the creation of the HCA in Hopkinton. He and his family enjoy the HCA’s many offerings and recognize the important role the arts play in the Hopkinton community. John is a graduate of the College of Wooster (BA) and University of Denver (MS). John joined the HCA’s Board in 2016.

Lorelei Lotvin

Lana McAuliffe, board co-chair
Ms. McAuliffe is managing partner of the law firm McAuliffe and Associates, P.C., in Newton, Massachusetts.  Her practice is focused on representing businesses in the resolution of contractual disputes, with a concentration in commercial litigation, contract enforcement, tortious interference issues, and unfair and deceptive business practices.  She holds a B.A in Political Science from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December of 1994.  She has volunteered many years for Enter Stage Left Theater and for MSPCC’s Champion Advocacy Network.

Nancy Murphy

Ms. Murphy is currently the Director of Finance & Administration for a Sungage Financial, Inc, a residential solar financing start-up, and has extensive financial and reporting experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has held the position of CFO/Treasurer for The Elixir Fund, a non-profit organization for cancer patients, for over 10 years.  She holds a BS degree in Management from Boston College.  Her involvement in the arts in Hopkinton includes more than 10 years as an actor, singer, and writer in many Enter Stage Left Theater productions, which led her to volunteer her time over the years on various fundraising activities to support the organization.

Rebecca Robak

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.