Jerry Beck is an artist, educator, community and civic leader. His artwork has been exhibited widely including at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Artists Space in New York City, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Capp Street Project in San Francisco, Mass MoCA, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in NY, Creative Time’s “Art on the Beach,” Boston Center for the Arts, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, and the Clark Gallery which represents his art. Beck has gotten many grants including multiple National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Arts International grant, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) grants, and multiple Massachusetts Cultural Council grants.
Mary Barrett is the newest staff member of The Revolving Museum team and will work closely with Jerry Beck and the Board of Directors to develop organizational structures including budgets and fiscal management; fundraising, public relations, marketing, and operational and programmatic oversight. Mary has over twenty years of paralegal/law office management experience. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a BS in Biology and worked for several years in research, first at Brandeis University and later at the Cambridge Research Lab. Later, Mary obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Anna Maria College and joined her husband, Attorney John B. Barrett, in his Townsend law practice as his Paralegal/Office Manager, a role which she will continue. Mary also enjoys painting in both oil and acrylic media and is a member of the Fitchburg Art Museum.
Coraly Rivera is from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is a Fashion Designer and Spanish Teacher at Fitchburg High School. She is an advisory board member at the Fitchburg Art Museum where she collaborated on the African fashion show with her students and created a bilingual public artwork entitled “Tree of Voices-Arbol De Voces,” that was displayed in downtown Fitchburg. She also created a large-scale architectural float with her students celebrating Puerto Rican culture that included architecture, music, dancing and costumes. Coraly has a business degree form Fitchburg State University. She also has an Associates Degree in Managerial Accounting from The University of Puerto Rico. She is a mother of four and enjoys to empower young people to believe that anything is possible.
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Krista Piazza is Pennsylvania native that moved to Massachusetts in 1994 to complete graduate studies at Harvard University and has been here ever since, working in the fields of educational leadership, non profit management and financial investment advising. Krista is an active community volunteer whose life revolves around her three children and gigantic dog. Krista became involved with the Revolving Museum first by completing several high profile partner projects while serving as Superintendent of an urban charter district. Since then, her entire family has participated in countless Revolving Museum events and projects, experiences that have enriched their lives tremendously. Krista now serves as the board chair.
Karin Cevasco is an educator who is committed to a child’s inherent right to play. Through play, creativity and problem solving are born. Karin is a co-founder of the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, located in Merrimack, NH. She served as the school’s Executive Director for two years, working to support and grow the school’s arts-integrated mission. Karin became involved with The Revolving Museum through its ARTventures program. Karin enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking and enjoying the wonders of nature and the beauty of music.
Alex Freeman works as a purchaser for Steel Fab, Inc. in Fitchburg. He graduated from Keene State College with a BS in management. Alex is an avid gear head and spends what free time he can wrenching on his project cars.
Vicky Nee is a recent Fitchburg resident and now the treasurer at The Revolving Museum. She has always had a passion for helping people and finding any means to support and service the community, which is why she studied sociology and law in college, earning an Associate’s in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts concentrations of Sociology and Law. Vicky has been an employee at Enterprise Bank for nearly five years and currently work as Branch Service Manager in the Fitchburg branch. Enterprise Bank is a commercial bank committed to helping grow and develop the communities around them by helping business grow and succeed while also encouraging employees to play an active role in serving their community. Through the bank, her previous employers, and school, Vicky has played an active role in helping children, young adults, elders, veterans, and many more individuals in communities across Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the last 10 years and is extremely excited to be a part of the team at The Revolving Museum.”
Heidi Feinstein Founder of the quick-service, whole-foods restaurants Life Alive, In 2004 Heidi Feinstein was a visionary pioneer, opening the only restaurant in MA serving a 100% vegetarian-vegan menu with 100% of its foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods. A student of human potential, artist, activist, dancer, and holistic therapist, Heidi conceptualized an Urban Oasis and Organic Café that would passionately nurture everyone who walked through its doors, and by doing so, “feed the vitality of the world… one meal at a time.” Growing three community-driven restaurants — with no advertising — she created a cult-like following for simple veggie comfort foods, even meat lovers crave. Her pleasure and joy was personally inspiring her teams and nourishing her guests. After 14 years as CEO, with her enterprise feeding over 3,000 people a day, and growing beyond 150 Team Members, Heidi decided to put Life Alive in expansion- experienced hands and sold the company to the Founder of Au Bon Pain and Panera Bread to focus on motherhood, family, community, and sustainable innovation. Heidi is currently devoted to building “Soul Mama Farm & Food,” a permaculture farm in Eliot, ME where people, place and passion will join forces to create a test-kitchen, restaurant, research-center, workshop, event and play space celebrating abundance and awakening our health and vitality. As Soul Mama organically grows, Heidi continues to support budding entrepreneurs, facilitate groups and work privately with individuals to manifest meaning. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, her Canadian Naturopathic and Massage Diploma from the Institute for Natural Health, and her BA in Eastern Philosophy and Religion from George Washington University. For more information on her mission and values, visit www.LifeAlive.com
Scott Percifull is currently the Business Service Representative for the North Central Career Center, whose mission is to provide economic development and employment assistance to job seekers and employers in the region. Community involvement is an important part of the Career Center’s mission. Scott’s passion for the arts was instilled at an early age by his artist mother, which led him to a career as a professional musician, touring with Jerry Vale, The Smothers Brothers and others. Scott eventually gravitated back to fine art and worked for 17 years as an Account Executive for a major art show and magazine representing artists such as Peter Max, Leroy Campbell, Eyvind Earle and many others.
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Stephanie Sewhuk-Thomas is an art educator based in Nashua, NH. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University with degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education, Stephanie went on to establish a vibrant art program at the Germaine Lawrence School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Germaine Lawrence is a residential Treatment Center for Girls. The art program proved to be very valuable in the girls treatment. Her role was then expanded to Director of Expressive Arts, where she worked with community members and organizations, bringing in guest artists and workshops. She also had the opportunity to establish a successful arts-based day program in their short-term center. Stephanie spent time working at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, in their Education Department. She developed education curriculum such as their popular Colonial Days program. She also worked with schools, getting them through the doors of the Museum. Stephanie has taught private art lessons and a college-level drawing course at Nashua Community College. She is currently working for the Nashua School District where she has established an art program and is teaching art classes at their alternative high school.
Jose Gonzalez became The Revolving Museum’s first youth advisor in 1988. Since then, he and his twin sister Becky have been a major force behind the museum’s success. Jose has participated in numerous art projects including: as the Director of Tours as part of “The Secret Ark of Icon Park,” with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Charlestown Navy Yard; Artist/educator for the “CRUMBS COMPANY,” with the Boston Foundation and the Miami, Florida, Public Schools; “POWERHOUSE,” Boston Children’s Museum; Visual/performance artist for “Wonder’s of the World: Pinball ARTcade & Side-Show,” at the Boston Center for the Arts; and artist for the “Pie In The Sky Company” at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, MA. Jose has a long history working with people with challenging mental health issue and disabilities.
Becky Cruz-Crosson is a clinician at the Commonwealth and Mental Health and Wellness Center in Boston, MA., where she works with adults and adolescents doing individual therapy and school based counseling. She attended Gordon College and graduated with a B.A. in Youth Ministries and Biblical Studies. After graduating college, Becky worked as a youth worker for Straight Ahead Ministries, a faith based organization that works with juvenile offenders. In this role, she was overseeing their girls programming for approximately four years. She helped girls mature spiritually and successfully transition back into their communities. This not only contributed to lowering recidivism in Boston, but also provided young women with a sense of purpose. Her passion for working with youth and families led her to pursue her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Becky and her husband are licensed ministers at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan, MA. The couple live in Boston, MA.
Jeff Anderson is a musician, grant writer and arts enthusiast with 5 years of international business and project management experience in the private sector. He is the founder of the Fitchburg Artistree Project (2011-2013) which brought community artists together to transform vacant storefronts into lively art studio, gallery and music exhibition space. Jeff worked closely with Jerry Beck on securing $75,000 for the National Endowment for the Arts for the City of Fitchburg’s Main Street Art’s Project in July of 2012, which has resulted in numerous permanent public art fixtures in the city’s downtown. For the last 5 years in the private sector, Jeff has worked for a small firm buying, selling and brokering used paper mill equipment worldwide. He has put his grant writing skills to work with the firm, acquiring $22,000 from the Massachusetts State Export Promotion program with which he led two trade missions to Delhi India (2013) and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2017). He has traveled extensively to manufacturing sites across North America for sales and procurement of industrial machinery and has a strong understanding of the paper making and recycling process. Jeff was trained in Negotiation Tactics through a course concentration at Harvard University, and has conducted domestic and international sales ranging from $1000 to $1.6 Million. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Studies and hopes to begin an MBA program in the Fall of 2018. His interests and hobbies include composing music, photography, skiing, traveling, golf and hiking.
Matthew Scott has been working in media and film for nearly 4 decades. Matt began his love affair with the medium while at college at the University of Arizona in the early seventies. Working with both 16 and super8 was a radical joy for Matt and his gang of filmmaking outlaws. This was still the wild west then but instead of carrying 6 guns the student’s weapons of choice was the Bolex camera. Matt began his professional career working for Oregon Public television in the late seventies. In the early eighties Matt moved back to Massachusetts and soon became the executive director of Chelmsford TeleMedia, one of the most respected local cable centers in the northeast. During the past 30 years Matt has enjoyed a wonderful career and has produced and directed numerous award winning documentaries and features. In March of 2015 Matt retired from Chelmsford TeleMedia and is now looking forward to future film and video adventures with Jerry Beck and the Revolving Museum.
Regina Connerty is a 24 year resident of the Fitchburg/Leominster area. Regina has a passion for the arts, community building and grassroots advocacy that was instilled in her at a young age by her mother who ran the North Central Massachusetts Homeless Coalition. As a direct effect of her hands on upbringing centralized around helping others, she learned that all societies can benefit from working together to improve their community. Regina is deeply involved in volunteer outreach, community empowerment and nonprofit advocacy/ development. She is a graduate from Mount Wachusett Community College where she studied Liberal Arts & Sciences with a concentration on Humanities. Previously Regina worked with the Twin Cities Community Development Corporation focusing on Community Organizing and nurturing the Arts & Culture Community within Fitchburg and Leominster. Currently, Regina is the Outreach Coordinator for Growing Places- a nonprofit that teaches folks the benefits of food gardening. She currently serves on the board for Happy Tonics- an environmental education nonprofit organization, as well as assisting the Coalition for Building Strong Communities.
Kate Hanson Foster’s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Salamander, Tupelo Quarterly, Five:2:One Magazine and elsewhere. She was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in writes in Groton, MA. katehansonfoster.com
David Serrano is the web developer of The Revolving Museum website.
Amanda Loebelenz is from Essex, Massachusetts where she works as a tour guide at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum during the summers. She is currently attending Fitchburg State University looking to earn a Bachelors Degree majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Business Administration.
Alex Moore has contributed her time and effort to The Revolving Museum website and Facebook page as well as other administrative functions.
Adam Svedberg has become our volunteer extraordinaire. His diverse talents has greatly contributed to the City Arts Nashua ARTventures Project.
Jena Grover has joined our team this semester as an intern graphic designer from Fitchburg State University Communications Department. Jena is lots of fun, creative and highly skilled. We are so appreciative she decided to chose us for her intern site.