Alumni Participants 2017
Meet the BC Alumni Participating in the 2017 Career Night for the Arts!
Career Night for the Arts 2017 welcomes students for a night of casual networking and conversation with BC alumni working in the arts and various creative professions. These alumni are passionate about helping BC students turn their own creative talents into successful and rewarding careers. Check out the participating alumni below to see who you would like to speak to on Thursday, November 16th in the Heights Room between 7:00-8:30pm.
Arts Alumni 2017
Kate McCarthy Brandt '98
Director of Marketing and PR, Trinity Repertory Company
Kate Brandt has nearly 20 years' experience marketing and fundraising for non-profit cultural organizations. She focuses on using data analysis to exceed goals and maximizing efficiency through strong project management. She is currently the Director of Marketing & PR at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, where she is reversing declines in subscriptions and ticket sales. She has previously worked locally at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Old Sturbridge Village, and Foothills Theater, and in Portland, OR at Artists Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage. She graduated from Boston College's Carroll School of Management in 1998 with a double major in Marketing and Theater. She currently lives in Auburn, MA with her husband and two sons.
Laura Carlo '80
Morning Program Host, 99.5 WCRB
Laura Carlo has been WCRB’s Morning Program Host for 21 years. She has written, produced and hosted numerous programs for WCRB including "ArtsAlive!" "Laura's Book Nook" "CEO Spotlight" “Making Waves” and "Baroque in Boston." Under the station's original ownership she also hosted the morning show for the World Classical Network, syndicated in 16 US cities, making her the most listened to stand-alone female music announcer in America, according to Arbitron. She has been both a part-time Music Host and News Anchor on New York's WQXR. Here in Boston, Weekend News Anchor on WBZ Radio and Weekend News Writer/News Producer for WCVB-TV 5; Afternoon News Anchor for Channel 27 (Worcester); and News Director/Morning Anchor on Fall River's WALE Radio. Under her leadership, WALE and WCRB won numerous “Best News” awards from UPI and other prestigious journalism competitions. Ms. Carlo is the female voice for AT&T's national voice recognition system, as well as for entities as diverse as the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department (Arizona), Roche Diagnostics and Macy's of Southern California. She is a pianist and channels Chopin daily. Twitter: @LauraClassical
Alex Charalambides '96
Co-founder & Managing Director, MassLEAP
Alex Charalambides is a 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Grant Recipient. He is a first generation American born son of Greek Refugees who fled Communist Dictatorship Romania. Raised in Worcester Massachusetts, he is a Boston College ('96) Graduate who began performing poetry in the fall of 2000. He’s the first poet to represent poetry slam teams from Worcester, Boston & Providence at the annual National Poetry Slam, ranking as high as 5th in the team competition (2003). Alex currently works as a teaching artist, speech & debate coach, performer and Managing Director for Mass LEAP Collective, a 501(c)3 Sponsored Organization that coordinates the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This work was inspired and informed by his time as founder & director of Speakout! Poetry Collective, a group responsible for mentoring teen poets at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, coaching & chaperoning Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Teams from 2004 to 2011. He’s appeared as a poetry mentor for the PBS kids series “Fetch,” fronted a musical fusion band called Skint, toured North America for 6 months in 2005/2006 in support of his debut album, “I am B.” He was an original cast member of the Cambridge Poetry Award Winning theater ensemble “Doc Brown’s Poetry Circus.” He’s been a featured artist on WBUR’s Radio OpenSource as well as IndieFeed Performance Poetry & SpokenHeard Podcasts. He continues to host, facilitate workshops, organize & perform at countless events from libraries to rock clubs throughout New England.
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. schooloffashiondesign.org
Lea D'Arminio '08
Interim Education Director, Urbanity Dance
Lea D'Arminio is a 2008 Boston College graduate and now dancer, educator, and leader in arts administration. Originally from New Jersey/NYC area, Lea D'Arminio started her dance training at the age of 5, and continues to this very day! Lea has performed and choreographed with a number of dance companies in and around New Jersey, NYC, Boston, London and Italy. She later moved on to receive her MA from Columbia University in Mathematics Education followed by years of teaching dance and mathematics in the Greater New York City Area. For the past seven years, however, Lea resided in Northern Italy where she taught dance and mathematics in American International Schools. Both at home and abroad, Lea continues to enjoy teaching students from ages 2 to 62. She strongly upholds the educational philosophy that learning is a continuous, life-long process, no matter what the topic. Lea has recently moved back to the States to be the Director of Education at Boston's own Urbanity Dance - a nonprofit dance organization in the heart of South End and cannot wait to work with it's team of talented and enthusiastic artists!
Margaret Felice '02 '12
Singer, Writer, Conductor, Educator, Arts Administrator at Boston College High School, Boston College, and Boston Singers' Resource
Margaret Felice is a singer, conductor, educator and writer living in Boston. She has sung principle roles in Suor Angelica, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Crucible, Carmen, and Don Giovanni, as well as in theatrical productions of Titanic, Company, Fiorello!, Annie, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has a particular love of sacred music and has been soprano soloist in B Minor Mass, The Messiah, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and other choral masterworks. Margaret directs the Liturgical Musicians of Boston College High School, and is an assistant director of the Liturgy Arts Group of Boston College. She is also Executive Director of Boston Singers' Resource, a non-profit organization that supports New England's classical singing community. She has written for Classical Music Indy, Classical Singer Magazine, Notre Dame's Church Life Journal, and various online journals. Her first book, the 2019 installment of Loyola Press's A Book of Grace-Filled Days devotional series will be published in 2018. Originally from South Windsor, CT, she now lives in Dorchester with her husband, Robert Goulston..She holds degrees from Boston College and The Boston Conservatory. Her résumé, calendar and writing can be found at www.margaretfelice.com.
Donnamarie (Schmitt) Floyd, ‘88
Creative Director and Digital Effects Artist, ThelmaWorld
Donnamarie (Schmitt) Floyd graduated from Boston College in 1988 with a degree in communications and a minor in film. Her work study job junior year at the BC television studio formed the basis for her now over two-decade career as a digital effects artist and editor. A true pioneer within the digital effects revolution, Donnamarie's work on Autodesk's FLAME and SMOKE spanned from national commercial spots, movies, broadcast promos, website branding videos and corporate meeting openers. As New England's first woman flame operator, her spot work for ESPN earned her company a BDA award.
Getting weary from the long commute into Boston from her home in Upton, Her writer/producer husband and partner convinced her to join him in his production company, ThelmaWorld. With complementary skill sets, this team has been providing an array of fortune 500 companies with award-winning corporate messaging for over fifteen years. Passionate about her family, her faith, and her little rescue dog Cooper, Donnamarie's mastery in the edit room is the rocket fuel that launches all ThelmaWorld projects to the next level, and beyond!
Christopher Huang '07
Christopher is a freelance photographer shooting 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, christopherhuangweddings.com and instagram.com/christopherhuang. He posts his work for BC at facebook.com/christopherhuangphotography. In college, he was involved with a lot of arts related extra-curricular activities, including Bostonians, being in two bands playing violin (indie rock/folk and hip hop), being a Halftime and 48 Hours leader, service trips, OLAA, FACES, among others.
Raphaël Jaimes-Branger ‘84
Even though he studied economics as an undergraduate student at Boston College, where he received a BA with a minor in fine arts and French, he never worked in this field.
Subsequently, he left for Paris where he received a MFA in painting and printing at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and L’École des Beaux-Arts de Versailles, respectively.
In 1996 he moved back to Boston where he opened a studio at 450 Harrison Avenue, SOWA where he has been working since.
Celebrated for a whisper-thin, acid-on-silver leaf process of his own creation, the Venezuelan-born artist simultaneously looks backward and forward to magical effect. Jaimes-Branger has shown at the MFA in Boston, France, Spain, Venezuela and Cuba.
In September 2015, he had a show at the Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts called “Bronzino to Mondrian, 300 years of composition and the golden section”. And at the St. Botolph Club with the retrospective show “Obsessions “ He has been written about in several art magazines and his writings have been recently published in a book Titled “Art and its Aphorisms.” Interested multiple media he also sculpts, designs and manufacture one of a kind jewelry pieces.
Sarah Kelley '14
Development Associate, New England Foundation for the Arts; Freelance Dramaturge
Sarah Kelley is the Development Associate at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) where her team coordinates individual giving, applies to and reports on regional and national grant opportunities, and cultivates sponsorship for special events. After graduating Boston College with a double major in Theater and History and a focus in Irish Studies, Sarah moved to Philadelphia, PA where she worked with FringeArts in nonprofit finance and front of house management and with the Walnut Street Theater as a subscriptions apprentice. She went on to pursue her Master of Arts in Theatre and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Villanova University where she focused her dramaturgy thesis work on José Rivera's Marisol toward theater for social change. She traveled to Ireland to participate in Villanova's Abbey Theatre Summer Studio exchange program where she performed a devised theater piece on the Abbey's Peacock Stage, conducted original research on new feminist perspectives of Teresa Deevy's Katie Roche, and learned about the #WakingTheFeminists movement which she brought back to Philadelphia in the form of a lecture and community discussion. Her passions for arts advocacy and equality and the power of dramaturgy to fuel positive change in communities constitute her artistic philosophy.
Kerrie Scudder Kennedy ‘81
President and Creative Director, Intente, Inc.
Kerrie (Scudder) Kennedy graduated from Boston College in 1981, majoring in Studio Art. After graduation, Kerrie honed her electronic media design skills at venerable computer giant Digital Equipment Corporation, where she spent ten years in the Media Communications Group. Work included design, production, and art direction for presentation, video, and animation projects. She continued to broaden her media design expertise working at Freedman Kennedy Design, and eventually formed her current web design and development company, Intente, in early 2004. She is currently the president and creative director at Intente.
Intente is a distributed team of web designers and developers. They specialize in creating beautiful and hardworking responsive web stores built on the NetSuite SuiteCommerce ecommerce platform. Kerrie and her company have delivered successful projects and established strong relationships with customers across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Micaela Lade ‘06
Sales Manager, Phaidon Press
Micaela Lade graduated from Boston College in 2006 with a degree in French and Art History. She is currently the Field Sales Manager for Phaidon, the New York- and London-based art book publisher. Micaela manages the sales teams throughout the United States. Having worked at Phaidon on and off for over ten years, Micaela has continued to nurture her love of the visual arts and uses that passion to inspire the salespeople with whom she works. Outside of work, Micaela enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and visiting museums around the world.
Tim Lemire ‘89
TIM LEMIRE (BC '89, BA English) is the author of the career guide "I'm An English Major -- Now What?" (Writer's Digest Books), which grew out of BC's Career Night for the Arts. Over the past 25 years, Tim has been a newspaper editor, an English teacher, and a copywriter for CVS and Hasbro. He has an MFA degree in creative writing (fiction) from the University of Michigan, and he currently works as a writer/editor for Fidelity Investments in Rhode Island.
Andrew Padilla '01
Graphic Designer/Marketing Manager, The Trustees of Reservations
Andrew likes to wear many hats, and inserts himself into all aspects of creative communications and design. He grew up in Santa Fe, NM, immersed in art, culture and natural inspiration. As an undergrad at BC, he considered what might allow him to be visually creative, use his writing skills, support a worthy cause, have fun and - of course - pay the bills. That led him to creative marketing, where he's been ever since. Currently working at The Trustees, Andrew uses design - mostly environmental and print - to connect audiences with the mission and character of the land conservation/preservation nonprofit. He has designed (and sometimes built) branded elements of retail spaces at Crane Beach and Boston Public Market, as well as multiple office spaces. After starting his career with a brief stint in the private sector, Andrew worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, YouthBuild, and Simmons College. Working with people from all walks of life - from CEOs and elected officials to high school dropouts - he has benefited in ways that he never expected. In the real world, Andrew is a husband and dad, and enjoys riding bikes, tinkering, and playing outside.
Ellen Whalley Eckenrode '82
Development Director, Newton Free Library
Ellen earned a BA in Political Science and French from the School of Arts and Sciences. After seven years of working in financial services, she decided to work in the non-profit world which led her to The Experiment in International Living, Earthwatch Expeditions, and the Newton Free Library. She has been on the Boards of Women in World Trade, the Organization of Women in World Trade, and the Global Education Leadership Fund. She has worn many hats in the Development and Marketing fields over the past 25 years including domestic and international marketing, relationship building, event planning, fundraising, material production, direct mail, annual appeals, fundraising databases, corporate sponsorships, and social media.
Stephen Zubricki III '89
Principal Designer, 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. www.mystic-view.com
More alumni bios and photos coming soon!