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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.

Program Manager
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.

Culinary Instructor
Robert Krajewski

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Bob has extensive experience as an Executive Chef and baker, helping open three highly acclaimed restaurants, in addition to his own French bistro. He also spent two years teaching at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. He has a powerful ability to connect with our students and get them excited about their future potential. Bob works with students in the first half of our program.

Deputy Director
Martha Leahy
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Martha Leahy is a food executive and chef with over twenty-five years of experience. She has worked as an Executive Chef for restaurant chains, as a Corporate Executive Chef in research and development for both retail grocery stores and in manufacturing, as VP of Purchasing and as a consultant. Martha is also experienced in teaching and leadership training. She has worked every position in a restaurant through the years, from dishwasher to Executive Chef for a twenty-restaurant chain. Martha holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and the International Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Italian Cooking in Italy.

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.

Culinary Instructor
Tom Nelson

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Tom has ten years of teaching experience, both in a university setting and with a similar non-profit in California. He has an additional thirty years of experience in professional kitchens. He has a wealth of knowledge and extensive curriculum development experience. Tom works with students through the second half of the program and masterfully oversees the entire class while providing critical one-on-one support.

Development Manager
Jessica Williamson

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Jessica has worked in the non-profit sector for her entire career, across causes she feels passionate about and on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to joining NECAT she lived in Northern England for five years where she helped launch a new center for contemporary art and discovered the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Jessica holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from the University of Westminster, U.K.

Founder & Board Chairman
Maarten Hemsley
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Maarten is a semi-retired financial executive with significant experience managing public companies.  He recently retired from the Board of Sterling Construction Company, Inc., a billion-dollar NASDAQ-listed company, after thirty years working with Sterling and its predecessor companies.  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 (ACAT) opened in Akko.