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New England Center for Arts & Technology
23 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.442.3600
Fax: 617.442.3619


Executive Director
Josephine (Joey) Cuzzi

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Joey has had an extensive career in public service. Most recently Joey served as ED of the East Boston Y for eight years. Under her leadership, the Y’s initiatives flourished, widely recognized for their program quality and innovation, and she instituted a scholarship program and obtained private funding for the construction of an East Boston teaching kitchen and garden. Joey also worked in PR for the Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston.  She previously spent nearly 20 years as the Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Culinary Instructor
Jessica Asbun
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After years in the corporate world, Jessica followed her passion for cooking and enrolled in the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. After graduation, Jessica opened her own personal chef business and a café. As a Culinary Instructor at NECAT, Jessica shares her love of food, its history and relevance, with students who wish to join the culinary community.

Director of Development
Ashley Bartell
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Ashley came to NECAT with experience in development from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Horizons for Homeless Children, and an MBA in Non-Profit Management.

Student Services Director
Elise Brandwein

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With six years’ experience as an admissions advisor at Le Cordon Bleu, Elise is skilled in working with a diverse student population ranging from recent high school graduates to career changers.

Career Services Director
Edward McClendon
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Edward has had a successful career in workforce development in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City working with disadvantaged adults and youth. Prior to joining NECAT, he worked at Pine Street Inn, helping homeless individuals find employment. Edward received his Bachelor Degree from Trenton State College.

Director of Finance
Holly Stark

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Holly worked for 9 years at the Mary Baker Eddy Library as well as other institutions including Boston Children’s Hospital and the Jewish Memorial Hospital. Her experience makes her a highly skilled manager of all aspects of financial management and operations with a strong non-profit focus.

Founder & Board Chairman
Maarten Hemsley
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Maarten is a semi-retired financial executive with significant experience managing public companies. He is a Board member at Sterling Construction Company, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company based in Houston, Texas. Maarten first met Bill Strickland and visited his Center in Pittsburgh in 2009, having heard of Bill’s plans to open a replication center in Israel.  Bill challenged him to open a Center in Boston; that challenge was fulfilled in 2013.  In November 2016 the Israel replication opened in Akko.