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2007 Career Night Participants

boston college arts council

Visual Arts

Sharon A. Bazarian '78
Freelance Photographer

Sharon received her B.A. in Political Science in 1978. Following her graduation, she attended workshops and seminars at the New England School of Photography, and Kodak. Her clients include Brigham and Women's Hospital, New Balance, Converse, and Holland and Knight. Sharon also covers Boston area radio stations, WSKS, WBCN, WBMX, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and corporate functions. She is a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and was also a past president of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. Sharon has also participated on the Board of Directors for the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts. Additionally, Sharon is a patron of the McMullen Museum, and a Parish Council member of the St. James Armenian Church.

Donnamarie Floyd ‘88
Creative Director

Tired of the long commute on the Mass Pike and the hours it took away from her three young sons, Donnamarie Floyd left her position as one of New England’s top digital effects Flame artists – and the world of BDA award winning projects from the likes of ESPN, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, TLC and Animal Planet – almost seven years ago, to form her own corporate and executive presentations company called ThelmaWorld.

Today, along with her writer-producer husband Jim, Donnamarie creates large scale presentations that play on stages in corporate destinations like Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando, while also handling production and post-production on videos designed for internal communications, new product introductions and corporate training.

Her client list includes some of New England’s better known companies – John Hancock, Teradyne, Staples and  Kronos – as well as up-and comers like Insulet Corporation and other mid-market size corporations.

Mark Haddad '87
Interior Design/Former Music Educator

Mark is principal of Haddad Hakansson LLC providing full-service interior design to clients throughout New England and New York City. With over 20 years of combined experience in the design field, partners Mark Haddad and Kurt Hakansson's ’84 expertise complement a vast array of projects including space and color development, kitchen and bath design, furniture and fabric selection, custom window treatments, and the implementation and management of major remodeling and building projects.  Skilled coordination with architects, builders, and craftsmen assures attention to every detail of design.  One of Mark’s kitchen designs is featured in the current and upcoming issues of New England Home Magazine.A Massachusetts native, Mark received his B.A. in Psychology and completed an Independent Major in Music.  He also received a M.Ed. in Creative Arts Education from Lesley University.  Prior to beginning his own business in 2001, Mark worked as a music teacher and school administrator as well as a vocalist and musical director throughout the Boston area.  He continues to perform as a tenor in the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras and conducts the choir at The Church of St. John of Damascus in Dedham.

Rebecca Kowalski '98
Art Education/Studio Art

Bekki was a Studio Arts Major at Boston College during which time she developed a concentration in ceramics, and her senior project was an installation of over 200 raku masks. After graduating, she completed a year of service with the Marist Volunteer Program in Bronx, NY teaching Art Education to three hundred k-8 students at Sacred Heart Elementary/Middle School. She returned to Boston in 1999 to join the Lawrence Family Development Charter School. She developed and taught the school’s first k-8 art program to five hundred bilingual students. In September of 2004 Bekki accepted a position as the 7th-8th grade Art Teacher for the Randolph Community Middle School. In her four years at RCMS, she has initiated winter and spring Fine Art Festivals and founded an after school mural club. Bekki also served as the Director of Arts & Crafts at Camp Marist in Ossipee, NH from 1999 to 2006.

Michele Meek '94
Screen Writer/Film Maker

Michele Meek pioneered the development of, the premiere resource for indie filmmaking in the northeast in 1997, and founded, an international community for buying and selling over 50,000 independent, educational and hard-to-find films. She has overseen numerous web launches through her company Media Thinktank. Her entrepreneurial successes have been lauded in Inc. Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe, and she has spoken on numerous panels including the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture, Convergence at Tribeca, Global Entertainment Network Summit.

She received the Duprey Screenwriting Award for her short script One More Shot at Emerson College where she earned her MFA in writing. She has written extensively on film and travel in publications such as MovieMaker Magazine, WHERE Magazine, Bonjour Paris and indieWIRE. Her poems have been published in the New Press Literary Quarterly, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Beacon Street Review.

Respected as a young entrepreneur and champion of independent film, she received the 2005 Baldwin Award for Alumni Recognition in Film & Video by Boston College and the 2000 Image Award for Vision and Excellence by Women in Film & Video New England.

Katie Chambers Press '03
Gallery Administrator

After graduating in 2003 with a degree in Art History, Katie accepted a position at Francesca Anderson Fine Art, a gallery in Lexington, MA. She served as the Gallery Assistant playing a major role in the daily operations of the gallery, participating in curatorial work including show design and construction as well as artist relations. In 2005, she moved to the Philadelphia area and continued her gallery career at McClees Galleries in Haverford, PA. Rather than interacting mostly with artists, she dealt with a steady stream of dealers; visiting each day to scope out new inventory or to showcase their latest find. Between running the daily operations of the gallery and maintaining the website, she was not only able to learn about how the secondary art market worked but also about the restoration and conservation of paintings.  In the summer of 2007, she moved back to Boston and now works at Renjeau Galleries in Natick, MA.

Mary Sherman '80

B.A., Boston College; MFA, New York University
Mary Sherman is the director and founder of the Boston based TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high quality art projects, cultural exchanges and related educational programming.

Ms. Sherman has served as an artist-in-resident at institutions home and abroad such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan). She has served as a lecturer and critic on contemporary art at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the University of Chicago. As an artist, her works have been exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad including at Harvard University and the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia, Venice. She has curated shows for several museums such as the Trans Hudson Gallery (NY) and the Boston Center for the Arts and is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the LEF Foundation. Her journal credits include Art New England, The Chicago Sun-Times, WBUR and The Boston Globe. She currently teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University.

Bill Vareika '74
Gallery Owner

Bill Vareika is an art gallery owner, specialist in 19th century American art, writer, lecturer, community activist, preservationist, and philanthropist. The William Vareika Fine Arts gallery has been recognized as “Best of RI” by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine and “one of the outstanding reasons to visit New England” by Yankee Magazine. Bill Vareika has served on the boards of the Newport Art Museum, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the Newport Music Festival, and Save The Bay. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the RI State Council on the Arts.  In 2004, the Vareikas donated a collection of artworks by two of their favorite 19th century American artists, John La Farge and William Trost Richards, to the McMullen Museum of Art, where Bill is a member of the Patrons Committee.

Literary Arts

Maureen Dezell

A former Boston Globe reporter, Maureen Dezell covered arts, entertainment and local culture for 11 years at the Boston daily. She was a staff writer for both the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Business Journal, where she reported and wrote about the arts, business, health care, women’s issues, local politics and urban social conflict. Maureen is the author of the critically acclaimed book Irish America: Coming Into Clover (Doubleday/Anchor 2002), and a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The New Republic, ARTNews and The New York Times, Child among others. The inaugural recipient of the Heights Alumni Achievement Award, she is now an independent writer, who teaches journalism at Emerson College.

Tim Lemire '89
Tim recieved a B.A. in English in 1989.  He has nearly 20 years' experience in the communications industry: in journalism, book publishing, corporate communications, copy writing, and freelance editing. In 2006, voted his book "I'm An English Major - Now What?" (Writer's Digest Books, 2006) as #1 of all available career guides, calling it "by far the most useful, as well as the most fun to read." Currently, he is a proofreader for Fidelity Investments.

Carter Wilkie ’88½
As an undergraduate, Carter Wilkie was a reporter and editorial writer for The Heights and was the founding editor of the student opinion journal Consensus. He put his writing and communications skills to work in a career that has spanned politics and business. He was a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, producing speeches for the president’s historic trip to Northern Ireland in 1995. Later, he served as a communications strategist and policy advisor for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. He is co-author of Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl and his articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in Blueprint, CommonWealth, The New Democrat and Preservation magazines. He served as an aide to EMC Corporation CEO Joseph Tucci from 2000 to 2005 before joining Bank of America, where he works today as Senior Vice President in Corporate Communications. He lives with his family three miles from the BC campus in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood.

Performing Arts

Ron Domingo '90
Ron Domingo received an OBIE Award for his performance in the original Off-Broadway production of The Romance of Magno Rubio. Ron was last seen starring in The American Pilot at Manhattan Theatre Club. A veteran stage actor, he has worked with many respected theater companies including Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company & Second Stage Theatre. Mr. Domingo’s television appearances include Law & Order, SVU, CI, & Trial By Jury, As The World Turns, Rescue Me & Kitchen Confidential. Film credits include Tenderness starring Russell Crowe, Robot Stories (Slamdance), The Motel (Sundance) and the lead role in Slow Jam King. Commercials: Bud Light (Zagar), Wendy’s, Nextel, Armstrong. AEA•SAG•AFTRA

Amy McLaughlin Lemerande '97
Actress/Theater Owner
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the small town of Marshfield on the South Shore, Amy was the last of five siblings to attend Boston College where she majored in English and Theatre Arts. While at BC Amy performed in many productions at Robsham theatre as well as spent the summer of 1996 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating in May 1997, Amy worked at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton where she taught theatre to disabled and terminally ill children for two years. She then attended Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island, and received her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts in May 2002. While at Trinity, Amy spent her summers teaching drama at Tufts Children’s Creative Arts Camp in Medford, MA. Upon graduating from Trinity, Amy joined Shenandoah Shakespeare in Staunton, VA, where she met her future husband and partner, Tyrus Lemerande.  In 2003, Amy and Ty founded Knighthorse Theatre Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to students of all ages.  Specializing in one and two person adaptations of Shakespeare, Knighthorse performs at schools, colleges, festivals and communities across the country and around the world.  For a list of productions and workshops visit

Jere Shea ’87
Actor, Screenwriter, Coach, Arts Fundraiser, Consultant

Jere Shea is currently working at the Museum of fine Arts, Boston soliciting Major Gifts in support of the MFA’s historic $500 Million Campaign. Jere has also worked as a consultant for Boson College’s Advancement Office focusing on Donor Communications and Administrative Strategy. As a Consultant and Coach, Jere has trained and advised actors from Broadway to Beacon Hill for over a decade. Shea has starred in several Broadway productions such as Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (Theater World Award, Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination). His Film and TV credits include “Passion” (PBS), “Path to Paradise” (HBO), “Law and Order,” Bill Cosby’s “Cosby Mysteries,” and “A Season in Purgatory” (CBS miniseries) with Brian Dennehy. Shea also starred with Donnie Wahlburg in the Boston based feature film Southie (Seattle Film Festival’s Best Film, 1998), and has narrated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He also appeared in the Nova/PBS documentary film The Most Dangerous Woman In America, fall 2004 and is currently developing a screenplay. Mr. Shea, a former Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, also offers Speech and Presentation Skills Training to individuals in the world of business and politics. He has served on the faculties of Emerson College and the College of the Holy Cross, and has been a frequent Guest Lecturer at his alma mater, Boston College.

Arts Administration

Maureen Donovan '78
Registrar & Director of Collections Management, Harvard University Art Museums
Maureen Donovan graduated from Boston College in 1978, majoring in Art History and English. A senior-year internship in the Department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts focusing on exhibition planning and management peaked her interest in museum work and in having direct experience with works of art. After graduation, she began working in the Registrar’s Office at the Fogg Art Museum as a brief respite before applying to graduate school for an advanced degree in art history. Quickly realizing she had found her niche, she has spent the last twenty-nine years at the Harvard University Art Museums and today heads the division of Collection Management. She is responsible for managing the acquisitions, loans, exhibitions, inventory, exhibition design and installation, collections care and art handling of over 250,000 works of art.

Emily Hankle '03
Museum Administrator
Emily Hankle recieved her B.A. in Art History and Theology from Boston College in 2003. After working for Catholic Charities for a year and volunteering at the Fogg Museum, she got her foot in the "museum world" door thanks to fellow BC alumni and faculty. She is currently the Study Room Supervisor at the Fogg where she started as an Inventory Assistant in the Registrar's office before moving to the Mongan Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs. While at BC, Emily volunteered at the McMullen Museum for four years, and worked as a research assistant in the Art History Department. During her senior year she had an internship at Gallery NAGA where she realized she wanted to work in an art institution. She has completed course work for the Museum Studies Certificate program at Tufts University.

Erin Haran MacCurtain '01
Arts Administrator
After graduating from BC in 2001 with a degree in English, Erin held positions in communications at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in alumni relations at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager at From the Top, a non-profit organization that showcases extraordinary young classical musicians through its NPR and PBS series. While at BC, Erin was a member of the BC Dance Ensemble and the University Chorale. One of the highlights of Erin's BC experience was spending a semester studying in London, where she interned at the Royal Opera House.

Carolyn Rock '05
Arts Administration
Carolyn Rock, BC ’05 graduated with a major in History and minor in International Studies.  Her interest in arts administration began at BC and continued to grow as she took an increasingly active role in the Arts Festival.  She worked in various production and marketing roles all four years at BC, ultimately taking on the administrative assistant position for the Arts Council her senior year.  Currently, Carolyn is in her third year working for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education.  In her capacity as the Registrar, Carolyn helps manage the largest ballet school in North America.

Andrew Russell '00
Arts Administration/Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andrew graduated from BC in 2000 with a degree in Theatre Arts and English.  During his undergrad, Andrew was a member of the Dramatics Society Board, University Chorale, worked in the scene shop, and acted in many Robsham Theatre Productions.  He also completed the Abbey Theatre Workshop, studying with Tomas MacAnna in Dublin. After graduation, Andrew moved to New York and worked at ABC Television as a member of their Integrated Marketing department, helping pioneer the art of product placement across multiple daytime, news and primetime series.  After moving back to Boston, he worked in the marketing department at WGBH, and helped with the national launch of the Curious George television series.  Currently, he is the Manager of Corporate Sponsorships at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the largest orchestral institution in the world. 


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