Meet ACA's creative administrative staff:

Cat Beaudoin

Education & Programs Director


Cat joined ACA as a teaching artist in June 2019. Passionate about the organization's work, they later became the Education & Programs Director in February 2020. Beaudoin established her roots as an elementary art teacher in Arizona, growing passionate for arts ability to address community needs. In order to advance her impact, Beaudoin became a graduate student at Lesley University studying Art, Community, and Education with a concentration in Multicultural Art Education. Her current research and projects include college access for student-parents and caregivers, equitable access to community arts programming, and ecological art education. In addition to their programming role at ACA, Beaudoin is also a visual artist, teaching artist, mentor, president of Lesley University's graduate student association, and member of Lesley's Sexual Assault Prevention Committee.

Tom Formicola

Executive Director


Tom joined ACA staff as Executive Director in October 2019. He has worked as a nonprofit administrator for more than thirty years in positions at local organizations, including Boston Center for Adult Education, First Night Boston, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (Boston), Ford Hall Forum, Strand Theatre (Dorchester), and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Tom and his husband Lenny Goldstein have lived in Arlington since 2004.

Michael Mahin

Student Services Manager


Michael joined the ACA staff in 2015, and currently serves as ACA's Student Services Manager. He holds a BA in Writing for Film and TV from Emerson College, and has also worked as a Kindergarten/1st Grade Afterschool Teacher at the Thompson Elementary School in Arlington. He is currently pursuing an MA/MAT English Dual Degree at Salem State University.

Aneleise Ruggles

Communications Director


Aneleise joined the ACA staff as the Communications Director in March 2019. She has a background in programming and public engagement, and has established a strong commitment to community access and artistic enrichment. She holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and Bachelors Degree in Studio Arts from Stonehill College. In her free time she is a practicing visual artist focusing on mixed media and also teaches adjunct for the Visual and Performing Arts Dept at Stonehill College in their Arts Administration program. She loves supporting other artists by facilitating opportunities for exhibition, education, and connection.

Pam Shanley

Operations Director


Pam joined the ACA in 1999 and is a practicing artist on top of all she does to keep the ACA chugging along each day! Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited and collected in private collections in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has worked as teacher, set painter for Deborah Abel Dance company, Little Theater for the Deaf, O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. & Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT. Along with her duties as the Operations Director here at ACA, Pam is also the hardworking Director of Arlington Open Studios!

Delia Tharnish

Program Manager


Delia joined ACA staff during the summer of 2021 as the Camp Manager, and currently serves as the Program Manager. She holds a BFA in Photography from University of Colorado Denver, and M.Ed. in Arts, Community and Education from Lesley University. She is passionate about increasing access to the arts, as well as focusing on equitable experiences for underserved youth. As a visual artist, her focuses include photography, mixed media, and poetry.