Board of Directors

Below you can read about ACA's Board of Directors:

Emily Belz

Emily Belz is an independent photographer and educator. She holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College; an MA in community art education from RISD; and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Emily is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. She teaches photography classes and workshops at the Griffin Museum of Photography, deCordova Museum, and at Lasell College. Learn more about Emily on her website.

Judi Berman

Judi joined the Board in December 2017. She has been a classroom teacher, an exhibiting artist (painting, pastels), an entrepreneur, and an Orton-Gillingham reading specialist. She was the program coordinator for the Boston Visual Artist Union, did major fundraising for the Atrium School, and created a system to teach reading to Spanish speaking children in Guatemala. Judi has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, a Boston Arts-Artist Excellence award, and three artist residencies across the country. Presently she is working with Arlington Eats and volunteers as a reading helper at the Thompson School.

Karen Brown

Karen joined the Board in December 2015. She has worked in arts administration for 16 years in Boston and New York. She currently serves as Director of Performance Operations at Celebrity Series, a non-profit performing arts presenter of music and dance performances that take place at a variety of venues within the cities of Boston and Cambridge. Her most recent work includes producing community-focused, large-scale, participatory outdoor projects (Street Pianos Boston, Le Grand Continental, Let’s Dance Boston). She recently moved from Somerville to Arlington with her husband and 3-year old son.

Liz Buchanan

Liz joined the Board in December 2015. She currently serves as music teacher at the Children’s Own School in Winchester, the Open Center for Children in Somerville and at Menotomy Preschool in Arlington. Liz holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University with a specialty in Creative Arts in Learning. Liz led a summer drama camp for young children at ACA from 2006-2015. Her four CDs of original songs for children have received numerous awards. Liz raised two daughters in Arlington, who attended camps at ACA; one worked as an ACA counselor.

Jacquie Chakrabarty

Jacquie joined the Board in December 2017. She is an expert in sustainability and clean energy, and is a Director at Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy.  She is also Vice-President of New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE), a non-profit organization that connects and provides learning opportunities for women working in energy and the environment sectors.  Jacquie enjoys the theater regularly and periodically tries her hand at craft-based art projects.  She has two daughters at Thompson Elementary School who have enjoyed ACA Vacation Camps.

Catherine Garnett

Cathy joined the Board in December 2017. She is a visual artist, primarily a painter and printmaker.  She has worked as a professional landscape architect and project manager for several high profile design firms in Boston and Cambridge and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on large scale park projects.  She has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture as well as recently receiving a degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts Studio Diploma program. 

Patrick Guthrie

Patrick joined the Board in December 2014. He is an architect specializing in adaptive use of existing buildings and historic preservation. Many of his clients are private not-for-profit organizations and institutions. He is a California transplant who has made his home in the Arlington area for the last twenty years. He currently serves as a member of the Arlington Historical Commission and as President of the Arlington Preservation Fund.  He has dabbled in ceramics, stained glass, watercolors and playing the recorder and mountain dulcimer.

Bruce Hoppe

Bruce joined the Board in December 2016. He is founder and president of Connective Associates LLC and has helped organizations large and small to improve productivity, innovation, and leadership with a network perspective. He co-founded Arlington Porchfest and is especially passionate about designing, facilitating, and evaluating collaborative learning and impact. Bruce is a drummer and pianist and keeps the beat for Spy Pond Groove, a local jazz funk band. He has a PhD from Cornell University and has lived in Arlington since 1995.

Thomas Kekelik

Thomas joined the Board in December 2016. He is a tax attorney working for a local software company. He moved to Arlington last year with his wife after completing his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has previously worked as a banker. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Connecticut. Tom plays the tuba and took some acting and directing courses in college. He enjoys the symphony and musicals, and makes it a point to visit as many museums as possible when he travels.

Christopher LeGare

Chris holds a BFA from the Mass College of Art. He teaches in the Newton Public schools. At ACA, Chris teaches classes in Animation, Urban Arts & Graffiti and the Friday Night Teen Clubhouse.

Richard McElroy

Richard is a long time member and supporter of the Arlington Center for the Arts. He is a retired librarian who specialized in the visual arts. He earned a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and an MA in Library Science from Simmons College.  He practiced at Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Wellesley College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is also an exhibiting artist with works shown at many regional venues and many years with the ACA Open Studios. In 2017 he was awarded an artist residency at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska and recently returned from a painting excursion to Sicily.  He has served as treasurer for the Arlington Democratic Town Committee since 2012, and previously served for the Friends of Robbins Library from 2012-2018.

Margaret Moody

Margaret joined the Board in December 2016. She loves old stories and the characters that inhabit them. Her work as a puppeteer includes performing, teaching and presenting public shows. Having a vibrant arts center has made it more fun for Margaret to be an artist and mother in Arlington. She can’t wait to see the new ACA.

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