Administrative Staff

Lisa Fiorentino, Chief Executive Officer

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Lisa provides strategic leadership for the operations and evaluation of all aspects of the organization, including education, performance, and community engagement programming; marketing, financial management, development, human resources, policy creation, and strategic growth. She began her tenure in 2008 as Director of Finance. She was named Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and CEO in 2019. Lisa was previously Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Accounting Officer of NetScout Systems in Westford for 10 years, where she helped manage that organization through a significant growth phase. She received an M.B.A. from Bentley University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Merrimack College, and is a long-time resident of Groton.

Laura Altenor, Community Engagement & Summer Programs Manager

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Laura joined the Groton Hill team in July 2022 and has experience as a public school music educator, private voice teacher, professional vocalist, record label manager, and film production coordinator. Trained classically and in musical theater, she has taught chorus, dance, and acting at the Boys and Girls Club in Everett, sang in District and All-State Choirs, and toured Europe with the Sound of America Choir and The USA Original Gospel Singers. Laura also taught voice, intermediate piano, and musical theater courses at Music Elements School in Chelmsford for over 10 years. She has appeared in lead roles in many Off-Broadway musicals such as Sister Act the Musical, Dreamgirls, and The Color Purple. Laura earned her B.M. in Music Education from UMASS-Lowell and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program. She is also a member of our Voice Faculty.

Cody Arington, Data Analyst/Registrar

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Cody came on board in July 2022. A recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a Master’s in Music Performance in Instrumental Conducting and Music Theory Pedagogy, he previously served as Administrative Coordinator at the Appalachian State Community Music School. He also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Arizona State University. With a decade of experience in both education and administration, Cody seeks to synthesize his passion of teaching, music, technology, and program management. He is an advocate of a comprehensive, equitable, and accessible music education for human beings of all ages, abilities, and identities.

Benjamin Arnold, Volunteer & Events Coordinator

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Ben joined the team at Groton Hill in April 2023. A native of Arkansas, he moved to Massachusetts to be a part of the arts and music community in New England and is overjoyed to have found a home with Groton Hill! A graduate of Arkansas Tech University, Ben earned a degree in Vocal Performance and Theatre. He previously worked with the River Valley Arts Center of Russellville (AR) as the Production and Performance Manager as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors. An alumni performer of Forte Drum and Bugle Corps and The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, he has been teaching Marching Bands and Color Guard ensembles for the last 15 years. He has served as a judge and showrunner for Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Winterguard International, and currently serves as a consultant for competitive ensembles across the country. Ben sings with the Chancel Choir at Trinity Church in Northborough and is an active staff member for the WPI Marching Band in Worcester. He and his husband, Scott, are now residents of Westborough with their two dogs Will and Gracie.

Eric Berthiaume, Patron Services Associate

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Eric joined Groton Hill in the Fall of 2023. He holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Hampshire and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Eric comes to Groton Hill after working extensively as a Director of Music and Organist for various parishes in the greater Boston area for the last ten years. He is also heavily involved in the musical theatre community with 50+ credits as both a music director and performer. In his free time, Eric enjoys exploring local coffee shops and breweries, and going on adventures with his wife, Kelsey, and their goldendoodle, Catana. He is excited to work with this wonderful organization!

Jane Boatright, Director of Finance

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Jane joined Groton Hill Music Center in March 2023. She brings a broad range of experience in financial planning and analysis as well as accounting from a variety of industries, including corporate, higher education, and health care. She has also served on Acton-Boxborough United Way’s Board of Directors and as the Interim Director of the Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth. Jane holds an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA in Finance from Boston University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as playing piano.

Lisa Cleveland, Assistant Director of Education

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Lisa joined the staff in 2014. She previously served as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St. Anselm College, held teaching positions at UMass-Lowell and St. Paul’s School, and maintained a private piano studio for over twenty years. She has been a guest lecturer and presenter at music festivals and conferences, and has adjudicated local, state, regional, and national competitions throughout the United States. She has also appeared as a soloist both nationally and internationally. Lisa holds a B.M. in Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and also earned a Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Theory from Northwestern University. She has been a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association where she served as President, Treasurer, and Chair of the Granite State Auditions.

Catherine Coleman, Director of Development

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Catherine came on board in 2012 and is responsible for developing and implementing all fundraising activity for the organization. A long-time development professional and non-profit consultant, she has expertise in strategic planning, board development, major gifts, grant-writing, corporate sponsorship, program development, and outcomes measurement. Prior to Groton Hill, Catherine worked with a variety of non-profits, including The Wang Center (now Citi Performing Arts Center), YWCA Boston, Lena Park Community Development Corporation, Hebron Academy, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Catherine is a founder of, and advisor to, the Youth in Philanthropy program at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. She is a graduate of Colby College.

Gabrielle Delgado, Education Marketing Specialist

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Gabrielle joined the team at Groton Hill in September 2023 and has experience in creative writing, video production, and marketing. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in English. Gabrielle recently wrote for a lifestyle magazine in London, where she crafted compelling brand stories and built content for social media. She also worked in marketing for a global, Boston-based organization focused on authentic inclusion. Gabrielle grew up local to Massachusetts and is excited to be part of a creative community with music at its center.

Rob DiMartino, Maintenance Associate

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Rob came on board in August 2021 as a member of the maintenance staff. He handles set-ups for various ensembles, performances, and special events as well as general building maintenance and security duties. Rob attended the New York Institute of Photography and earned a certificate in professional photography. He has worked as a landscaper as well as a cook in hotels and restaurants. In addition to being an avid stock and nature photographer, he plays drums and guitar, and enjoys recording music. An interesting personal fact about Rob is that he is a third cousin of the late, legendary jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea.

Tim Dunphy, Production Operations Coordinator

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Tim is a member of the production and operations team at Groton Hill, and joined in March 2023. He is eager to learn new skills and is excited about this opportunity to grow. If he is not outside staying active in nature or on a scenic drive, Tim may be found watching a movie, or perhaps reading a book in his free time. He also enjoys new experiences and spending time with people, among his many other hobbies and passions.

Pam Gilfillan, Annual Giving Manager

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Pam joined Groton Hill in 2020. She has an extensive background as a dedicated development professional, working with a range of non-profits from local to national, and focusing on creating, growing, and sustaining philanthropic partnerships. Her expertise includes major gifts, strategic planning, annual giving, grants, communications, and educational outreach program development. Most recently, Pam was at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and has worked at The Trust for Public Land, the Nashua River Watershed Association, and the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She has lived in Groton for over 20 years and served as a Trustee of the Groton Conservation Trust and Chair of the Groton Greenway Committee. She holds a B.F.A. in interrelated-media from the Mass College of Art and Design.

Jack Goodman, Box Office Coordinator

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Jack joined the team at Groton Hill in August 2023. A recent college graduate and Westborough, MA native, Jack is thrilled to be contributing to the music community here in Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.S. in Music Composition and a B.A. in Drama. In his time at Hofstra, he composed chamber music, arranged award winning a cappella arrangements, and sound designed numerous theatrical productions. In June 2023, Jack’s sound design work took him abroad to Italy to score a one act play in the Young European Theater Festival in Spoleto. He is very excited to be joining the box office team!

Debra Gorfine, Senior Accounting Analyst

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Debra came on board in 2014. She has extensive experience in the non-profit world and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UMass-Amherst.

Bruce Hangen, Conductor & Artistic Director | Vista Philharmonic Orchestra

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Bruce began his affiliation with the Orchestra in the fall 1997 season. He is also Director of Orchestral Activities at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Principal Conductor of the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. A frequent guest conductor, Bruce was Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops for over 20 years, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, and the New Zealand Symphony. His previous posts include Founder and Artistic/General Director of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre (ME), Music Director/Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony, and Music Director/Conductor of the Portland (ME) Symphony. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Bruce holds an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New England.

Jackson Hudgins, Production Operations Coordinator

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Jackson came on board in August 2022. With his background in arts management, studio production, and composition, he is thrilled to work alongside some of the highest levels of musicians and audio technicians. Of his many passions, Jackson most favors helping people and nourishing healthy and strong relationships. He often says that the best way to be happy is to make other folks happy, and that overall, is what he strives to do. In his free time, Jackson loves to be outside enjoying the fruits of nature, hiking, camping, playing soccer and basketball, and golfing with family and friends. Being surrounded by the classical music scene for years has also helped him develop an appreciation for the roots of music and expedited the thought of a music career.

Alex Hug, Production Manager

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Alex joined the Groton Hill team in fall 2022 and oversees sound, lighting, video, and projection for our concerts and events. He also handles artist relationships and contract administration as well as managing concert production staff and supporting technology and other systems throughout the organization. Alex brings extensive experience in concert tour management, production, and sound engineering, and has worked with prominent artists such as Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Lori McKenna, and Rufus Wainwright. He previously served as an Audio Visual Engineer at New England Conservatory of Music, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts, Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dulcey Lacroix, Registrar

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Dulcey joined the Music School’s lesson placement team in 2015 and is thrilled to be part of this amazing musical family. Although her background is in Civil Engineering, she has always loved music and was involved in theater. Dulcey was able to put her skills to work introducing the love of music and movement to young children in her home daycare, which she ran for eight years while raising her family. Now back in the office environment, she is happy to use her experience with families and children by helping others develop music in their lives.

Cindy Larsen, Patron Services Associate

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Cindy came on board in January 2023. She spent over 20 years in education as a Digital Learning Specialist in the Groton-Dunstable and Nashoba Regional School Districts. She enjoys working with others in busy and creative environments and is very happy to be part of the Groton Hill Music community. Before working in public education Cindy worked in the medical field as an Audiologist in area hospitals and rehabs, raised a growing family, and is now the proud grandparent of 5 precious children. She enjoys the outdoors, working in her gardens, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.

David RC Leary, Director of Marketing

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Dave joined Groton Hill in April, 2022. He is a career copywriter, digital marketing professional, and team leader with a deep intellectual curiosity about the relationship between identity, community, and action. Dave has lectured on propaganda models and indoctrination funnels for school, military, and law enforcement clients, plays music for fun, and enjoys time with his family.

Kat L’Esperance, Box Office Manager

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Kat joined the staff in 2021 as a Patron Services Associate and was promoted to Box Office Manager in May 2022. They are grateful to be a part of this wonderful team! A New Hampshire native, they recently moved back to New England after living and working in New York City, where they were on the Music School staff at Kaufman Music Center and worked in the Group Sales Division for the New York Philharmonic. After graduating from The Hartt School, Kat held a professional internship with the Walt Disney Company, specializing in Customer Service for Parks and Resorts. In their free time, they sing with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and are a music director for area school theater programs. Kat holds a B.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from The Hartt School.

Ann Maher, Patron Services Coordinator

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Ann came on board in July 2018. Her background and experience has been largely in the high tech and staffing industries, and she was excited to make a career change into the creative arts. Ann has a degree in computer science and marketing from Boston College, and has held management and customer service positions for large and small companies, most recently in the staffing and recruiting industry. She has also given back to her community in Littleton by being involved in the town’s youth baseball and softball program (LYBS) for many years, which has included coaching and league coordination, organizing events, fundraising and sponsorships, creating promotional materials, and organizing volunteers.

Matt Malikowski, Director of Operations

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Matt Malikowski joined the staff in January 2022. He and his team handle performance operations, building maintenance, information technology, school and building support, and a whole host of other important operational aspects of our world. Matt is responsible for ensuring that all Groton Hill activities are presented with operational, technical, and patron-facing excellence from beginning to end. An award-winning audio engineer, video director, and educator, Matt brings 20+ years experience in the management of live event and music production businesses to the team. His work as an international tour manager; video projects for partners like The Celebrity Series of Boston, American Repertory Theatre, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and engineering GRAMMY and Juno award winning albums for Diane Reeves, Rose Cousins, Paula Cole, and others, provides a broad scope of expertise. Matt is also passionate about mentoring, racial equity work, his cats, cooking, eating, and learning new stuff.

Mark Mercurio, Facilities Manager

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Mark joined the Groton Hill team in June 2022. He began his career as a tradesman specializing in custom cabinetry and carpentry, and developed skills in a variety of trades. Mark has worked in facility management for the past 15 years, was on the building committee in Townsend, and has overseen several newly commissioned buildings. A 30-year resident of Pepperell with his wife and family, he enjoys hiking, antiquing, and spending time outdoors.

Julie Pampinella, Marketing & PR Manager

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Julie has an extensive background in public and media relations, freelance journalism, events, and social media marketing. Her PR career began at Berklee College of Music in 1994, pitching features to local and national print and broadcast media. She later co-founded Stratosphere Communications, a boutique music and arts publicity firm in Boston, promoting independent artists and organizations, including the Boston Music Awards and Boston Rock Opera. Since moving to the Nashoba Valley in 2003, Julie has provided marketing and public relations consulting for local holistic practices and area arts organizations, including 3Rivers Arts, Fireseed Arts, The Foundation for Art and Healing, ShirleyArts!, and The Nines Festival. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from UMass-Amherst.

Lauren Panfili, Class & Ensemble Manager

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Lauren joined the Groton Hill administrative staff in 2018 as a Registrar and was promoted to her current post in June 2022. She has had an extensive career as a music educator and professional flutist both in the U.S. and Brazil, and she continues to actively perform in the area as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Olaf College (MN) and a Master’s in flute performance from the University of Iowa.

Pete Robbins, Director of Education & Programs

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Pete holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory and a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University. He says: “I am a professional saxophonist, composer, educator, administrator, and concert curator. I believe deeply in the power of music to impact and develop people in profound ways, and I’ve experienced this myself as a musician, mentor, and program designer. The role of the regional music center – the joyful rigor that we bring to music education and the vibrant experiences we bring to the concert hall – is essential and often overlooked in broadening and deepening the role of music in our culture. The bonds, the memories, and the impact we generate make deep and lasting impressions on our patrons, and can change their lives forever.”

Chelsea Titchenell, Assistant Director of Operations

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Chelsea joined the Groton Hill team in July 2023. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she moved to Massachusetts to pursue her BFA in Theatre at Salem State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Immediately after graduating she began working with Deana’s Educational Theatre as a teaching artist and with Fresh Ink Theatre as their Operations Manager, in addition to performing for fringe theaters in the Boston area. Most recently she worked as the Planning Assistant for Arts & Culture for the City of Salem where she was able to work with local artists of all mediums. Chelsea strongly believes that art is for everyone and much of her work has been focused on creating more equitable practices for artists, students, and patrons alike. She is thrilled to join the Groton Hill team and continue her work in the arts!

Evanthea Vlahakis, Assistant Director of Marketing

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Evanthea joined the staff in 1996 as Marketing Manager and served as Director of Marketing for 15 years before transitioning to her present post in 2021. She has extensive experience in all areas of marketing, from advertising and PR to strategic planning, creative direction, and administration. She holds a Master’s in Film Studies and Communications from Boston University and a B.A. in Secondary Education and French from University of Lowell (now UMass-Lowell), with minor studies in English and Music History. A former marketing consultant and freelance journalist, Evanthea also spent 12 years with ITT Sheraton Corporation-Boston in managerial positions in communications, media relations, and editorial services. She is a past-president of Women in Communications-Boston Chapter and currently serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor in the English Department’s First Year Writing Program at UMass-Lowell.

Michelle Weisman, Annual Giving Specialist

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Michelle rejoined the Groton Hill team in May 2023. She was first introduced to the Music Center in the summer of 2020 for an internship while completing her masters at Tufts University. Since then, Michelle has worked with the development teams at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation and, most recently, as the Development Associate for Belmont Day School. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to where her passion for non-profit fundraising began and to support the organization that gave her that start.

Kate Weiss, Development Coordinator | Orchestra Personnel Manager

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Prior to coming on board in 2002, Kate was the Development Associate and later Operations Manager for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She was an active member of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers for ten years; a member of the Monadnock Music Board of Directors; and two-term chair of the Bolton Cultural Council. She completed the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Leadership Program in 2004. Before embarking on a career in the arts, Kate was in hospitality management for more than twenty years at prominent hotels and private country clubs throughout the country, including Phoenix, Houston, Washington D.C., and Boston.