Alumni Participants 2014
Tim Lemire, '89
Technical Writer, Fidelity Investments
Tim Lemire is the author of seven books, including the career guide "I'm An English Major--Now What?" (Writer's Digest Books, 2006). He has been a newspaper editor, a copywriter for Hasbro and CVS, and currently he is a Technical Writer for Fidelity Investments. In 1996, he received an MFA degree in creative writing (fiction) from the University of Michigan, and although he is Jack Kerouac's ninth cousin, he does not get invited to family reunions.
Daniel E Pritchard, '05
Marketing Director, Boston Review
Daniel Evans Pritchard has served in a variety of roles in the publishing industry since he graduated in 2005. For the past four years he has held the position of Marketing Director at Boston Review, a national magazine of politics and literature, while consulting on a freelance basis. Daniel also sits on the board at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, is a poet and essayist, and serves the founding editor of The Critical Flame, an online literary review journal.
Alexis Rizzuto, '92
Senior Editor, Beacon Press
Alexis Rizzuto received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College, where her work won the DuPrey Award. She has taught creative nonfiction at Cazenovia College, Syracuse University, and Boston’s Grub Street Inc. Alexis started in the publishing business at the Kneerim & Williams literary agency, then moved to the editorial side at Da Capo Press and currently works at Beacon Press where she acquires on the topics of environment and education. Recent titles include The Real Cost of Fracking, The Predator Paradox, Among Chimpanzees, and The Opportunity Equation.
David Altenor, '09
CEO, Kingdomsound Music Group, LLC
David Altenor is a multi-award winning artist, producer and songwriter who has been involved in music ministry since the age of 14, when he began playing the piano for church and choirs. Since then, David has worked with artists and groups from all over the globe, bringing a new sound to the world that carries the message of God, love and inspiration through various genres of music. David uses his abilities to write, produce and arrange all of his own music and has appeared on television, the Apollo Theater and various national music tours. In 2012, he launched a record label, Kingdomsound Music Group, LLC, that uses music as a tool to promote the word of God, to impact social change in all places and influence people to be better global citizens. Also a Boston College Alum, David is from Everett, MA and has earned a degree in Theology from Boston College in 2009. For more information on David and Kingdomsound Music Group, please visit www.kingdomsoundmusic.com.
Elizabeth Bouchard, '06
Stage Manager / Arts Administrator
Elizabeth Bouchard has worked as both an arts administrator and stage manager in Boston for the past 8 years. As a stage manager, Elizabeth worked primarily at the American Repertory Theater and its graduate school, the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has also toured as a stage manager to 9 cities in France and Bogota, Colombia, with Centre Dramatique National D’Orléans in Orléans, France. Elizabeth currently works at the Fidelity Foundation, building on her previous grantmaking experience as the Program Coordinator for the National Theater Project and New England Presenting & Touring grant programs at New England Foundation for the Arts. She has a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston College, where she currently lectures in stage management.
Tim Davis, '02
President, The Boston New Music Initiative, Music
Dr. Tim Davis brings a variety of administrative, corporate, and new music experience to his role as president of The Boston New Music Initiative. Tim’s motivation in founding BNMI reflects his long-standing commitment to furthering the careers of composers and musicians. Tim earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa in 2009, and also holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his ongoing projects in composition, he has served as a judge for composition competitions with PARMA Recordings, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and on judging panels for BNMI's Calls for Scores. He provides private composition instruction throughout New England, and previously worked as an instructor of theory and aural skills at the University of Iowa. Tim also is an employee at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a global nonprofit organization focused on addressing the world's most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. He resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with his wife, soprano Erin M. Smith, and their daughter Caroline.
Cathi Fournier Ianno, '89
Assistant Director, Sound & Spirit
Cathi Fournier Ianno is an arts administrator and fundraiser with more than 20 years experience in the field. Currently, Ms. Ianno is the Director of Development for The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), leading all facets of the fundraising program, including corporate sponsorship, individual membership, grants, and major gifts. Previously, Ms. Ianno led the Office of the Arts Council at Boston College and directed the annual BC Arts Festival for 13 years. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of the BC Bands Program, managing the operational and administrative aspects of the program. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Ianno has accompanied numerous musicals, choirs, and individuals for more than two decades. At the moment, she is the Assistant Director of Sound & Spirit, a multi-generational choral ensemble in MetroWest. In the community, Ms. Ianno served for six years on the Natick Cultural Council and was also a board member and active volunteer at TCAN before joining the staff. Ms. Ianno received her B.A. in Psychology and Management from Boston College in 1989, and her M.B.A. from Boston College in 1996 – qualifying her as an official “double eagle.” She currently resides in Natick with her two daughters.
Marc J. Franklin, '12
Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston, Director of Social Media and MultiMedia
Marc J. Franklin is an artistic associate for the Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston, working as the the Director of Social Media and MultiMedia. After graduating from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Theater, he has worked as a freelance stage manager, working with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One, and others. Marc is also an actor and photographer.
Philip Gilpin, Jr, '03
Executive Director, ITVFest
Philip Gilpin, Jr. is Boston-area native and Boston College alum, class of 2003, with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. After leaving BC, he began a career in entertainment working as a business affairs analyst at HBO until 2008. During that time, Philip was a guest at the 1st Annual ITVFest in 2006 where he met the festival’s creators. In 2010, he left LA and moved back to New England. When the opportunity came up in 2012 to potentially move ITVFest to Vermont, Philip seize the day, raised the necessary funds and took over the reigns of the festival. In September of 2013, the 8th Annual ITVFest was held in Dover, Vermont and was so well received by all involved that the festival is now scheduled to stay in Dover through at least 2017.
Kevin Harrington, '03
Creator/Producer, GEEK WEEK Comedy, Entertainment
Kevin is an actor, improviser, comedian, and geek who resides in Cambridge, MA. He attributes his pursuit of acting and comedy to his time with the CCE at Boston College. In addition to his work as a performer, he is the creator and producer of the GEEK WEEK comedy festival and host of the monthly geek-themed variety show "Geek Comedy Night" at Comicazi comics. When not performing on stage, he is a cast member of the Parsec Award-winning Sci-Fi comedy podcast "The Hadron Gospel Hour" as the voice of Higgs_B the talking Higgs Boson particle.
Brett Marks, '06
Artistic Director, Argos Productions
Brett founded Argos Productions in 2011, and he is the director of Lifers and Rancorous! for Argos's Fourth Season. He has also directed, for Argos, The Haberdasher! a tale of derring-do, Junkie, Wandaleria, Murph, and Faith (as part of the 2012 Triple Play Workshops). Additional directing credits include Windowmen (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross (Independent Drama Society), Almost Blue (Theatre on Fire), Book of Days (Bad Habit Productions), Cherry Smoke (Gurnet Theatre Project), and Charlotte's Web and Robin Hood (Acton-Boxborough Regional High School). He was previously the Producing Associate at The Lyric Stage Company, and under the Growing Voices New Play Development program there, directed numerous readings of plays by local playwrights. He is also an actor, having worked with Zeitgeist Stage, Company One, Gurnet Theatre Project, Way Theatre Artists, and the Vokes Players. He is a proud alumnus of Boston College.
Jere Shea, '87
Actor, Teacher, Fundraiser
Tony Award Nominee Jere Shea is a stage and screen actor, singer-songwriter, acting teacher and non-profit fundraiser. Best known as Giorgio in the world/Broadway premiere and film version of Stephen Sondheim's "Passion”, Jere has performed in theaters across the nation. His Film and TV credits include Path to Paradise, Law & Order, The Cosby Mysteries and A Season in Purgatory. He also starred in the Boston based feature film SOUTHIE. Jere earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and his Bachelor of Arts in Theater at Boston College. Jere also trained at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre School and Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jere performs in venues across New England. He can be heard on the Grammy Award winning Original Broadway Cast recording of "Passion" (Phil Ramone, Producer). Jere has coached actors for over two decades, and specializes in preparing aspiring actors for the professional training program admissions process. A former Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, Jere also offers speech, presentation and interpersonal skills training. He has raised over $30 Million for local, national and international non-profits.
Bill Chisholm, '87
Owner, Bill Chisholm Fine Arts
Bill has spent his entire adult life working in the visual arts. From 1984 while still in college he worked as a lead assistant for one of Boston's leading fashion photographers. After graduating in 1987 he began his own photographic career of portrait and fashion work which continued until 2000. In 2000 he returned to school to study drawing and painting and began working as a fulltime oil painter in 2004. He has exhibited in galleries and art festivals throughout the US.
Jane Conway Caspe, '83
Fashion Executive, School of Fashion Design, Fashion Group International
Jane Conway Caspe graduated from BC in 1983 with a BA in Psychology. During her junior year she started working as a model for runway, television and advertising. This sparked her interest in fashion and design and she has now been working in the Fashion Industry for the past 30 years. Jane is on the Board of Trustees at the School of Fashion Design and works as a representative and speaker for the school. She is also on the Board of Directors at Fashion Group International and organizes many fashion events, including Boston Fashion Week. Jane owns two fashion related businesses, ACK Originals and The Nantucket Doll Collection Inc. An executive manager and partner at Wildflower Concierge of Nantucket, she also co-authored a book called The Nantucket Diet published by Random House in 2005. Jane owes much of her success to her BC education. She is proud to support the BC community by helping students who are interested in fashion make connections and prosper in the field.
Kurt Hakansson, '84
Principal Partner, Haddad Hakansson Interior Design
An avid world traveler, Kurt brings an endless supply of creative ideas and sources to his work, giving it a stylized and global aesthetic. His designs respect the architectural integrity of the space while recognizing the potential for enhanced form and function. He thrives on meeting the challenge of being simultaneously current and timeless. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in Business Management. He is a professional member of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Kurt serves on the board of directors at Community Music Center of Boston. He is active as a flutist in local performing chamber groups and appears onstage as a supernumerary with Boston Lyric Opera.
Christopher Huang, '07
Christopher is a freelance photographer doing creative portraiture, headshots, weddings, events, and performing arts. He is often on campus photographing events and portraits, as Boston College was his first major client. His work can be seen at christopherhuang.com and christopherhuangweddings.com. He posts his work for BC at facebook.com/christopherhuangphotography.
John Kirby, '83
President, Boston Art Inc.,
John Kirby founded Boston Art, Inc. on September 1, 2001, to provide art acquisition and management services to clients in the Corporate, Healthcare and Hospitality industries. John has over 25 years of experience as an art consultant assisting companies of all sizes in finding appropriate art solutions. Since the inception of Boston Art, the company has expanded its scope to provide art programs for clients in many fields and for residential projects throughout New England and the tri-state area. Over the last fourteen years, John has trained and cultivated an experienced staff of art consultants and master framers who are dedicated to helping clients create extraordinary spaces through the addition of well-chosen artwork. John attended Boston College, started his first art consulting firm out of a one-bedroom apartment, and now lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Stronach Kowalski, '98
Bekki graduated in 1998 with a degree in Studio Art, and a concentration in Ceramics. She did a year of post-graduate volunteering with the Marist Brothers as a k-8 art teacher at the Sacred Heart School in the Bronx, New York, and has been teaching elementary and middle school students ever since. She created and implemented k-8 art program at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, MA, and then went on to teach 6th-8th grade at the Randolph Community Middle School in Randolph, MA. Bekki spent a decade at RCMS and became very involved in the district’s mentor program, as well as creating a professional learning community that supported the arts. This September, Bekki has started working with the renowned Weston Middle School Art Department in Weston, MA. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Bridgewater State University in 2013, with a portfolio that included self-portrait drawings, hand-bound artist books and abstract paintings. Her thesis was on collaborative art-making with children. During the summers Bekki enjoys her time as the Camp Marist Assistant Director in Effingham, New Hampshire.
T.K. McClintock, '75
Director, Studio TK Conservation of Works on Paper
T.K. McClintock is the Director of Studio TKM, a facility for the conservation of fine art and historic works on paper that serves institutions, government and non-profit agencies and private individuals in North America, Europe and Asia. After graduation from Boston College he was trained at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He was the Senior Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center prior to the establishment of Studio TKM in 1990, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the International Institute for Conservation, the Institute for Conservation UK, and the American Academy in Rome.
Stephen Zubricki III, '89
Principal, Mystic View Design, Inc., Graphic Design and Photography
Stephen Zubricki III earned a Marketing Degree from Boston College, CSOM. Since 1994, he has worked at Mystic View Design, a family owned graphic design and photography firm that produces corporate collateral and websites for public and private clients. He runs the day to day operations of the business, is a photographer and also a web developer. He has enjoyed meeting people from many industries and traveling to shoot photography for his clients.
Micaela Lade, '06
Design and Publishing Professional
Michaela Lade is currently a Buyer at Birch Lane, a fresh destination for classic home design, where she covers the Accent category. Birch Lane is owned by Wayfair, the Boston-based e-commerce retailer. Previously, she spent two and a half years as an Assistant Buyer at Design Within Reach, where she covered the lighting, outdoor, bedroom, workspace, and storage categories. Prior to DWR, she spent five years at Phaidon Press, the world's premier publisher of books on the visual arts. At Phaidon, she worked in the Sales & Marketing department and covered many positions, traveling all over North America.
Joe Newman, '97
Executive Director, Lyme Art Association
Prior to becoming executive director of the Lyme Art Association, Joe Newman served on the LAA's board and exhibitions committee. He has held numerous positions in the art trade in New York and Connecticut over the past decade. He is most passionate about contemporary representational art, and enjoys promoting the work of new artists.
Andrew Padilla, '01
Creative Services Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
As an undergrad, Andrew considered what field might allow him to be visually creative, use his writing skills, do something meaningful, have fun, and—of course—pay the bills. Creative marketing and graphic design have proven to be a good balance, when served up with a good dose of fresh air and hands-on problem solving. Andrew has now worked in a variety of organizations, first starting out at a small design/marketing firm, and then moving on to various non-profits. Working with people from all walks of life—from CEOs and elected officials to high school dropouts—he has benefited in ways that he'd never expected. Growing up in Santa Fe, NM, Andrew grew up immersed in art and culture, surrounded by natural inspiration. He came to Boston seeking new experiences and perspectives. More than seventeen years later, he has transplanted himself here for the foreseeable future. Above all else, he is a tinkerer, biker, husband and dad.
Andrew Russell, '00
Director, Institutional & International Relations, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Andrew Russell is the Director of Institutional and International Relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In this role, he leads a team charged with soliciting support from the corporate, foundation, and government sectors. He is also in charge of setting international strategy and business development for the Museum. Andrew began his career in the Integrated Marketing department at the ABC Television Network in New York, ideating, selling, and executing product integrations in primetime, daytime and news programming. A Boston resident since 2006, he has worked in station marketing at WGBH Educational Foundation, where he created a national co-branded marketing campaign for This Old House, and launched the PBS Kids series Curious George. Prior to joining the MFA in 2011, Andrew served for four years as Senior Manager of Corporate Sponsorship at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, creating and managing branded corporate partnerships across the BSO’s various performance brands.
Victoria Sponsel, '13
Event Management, Boston College
Victoria Sponsel is currently an Events Assistant at Boston College in the Office of Event Management. In addition, she works for the Robsham Theatre as a Technical Contractor overseeing lighting, sound, and setup needs for many types of performances. Previously, Victoria worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Fundraising and Event Planning, managing endurance athletes and running digital and print marketing campaigns. While a student at Boston College, Victoria worked as the Production Manager for the Boston College Arts Council, and Concert for Congo, as a Technician for Robsham Theatre, and as a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for many Theatre Department performances.