45 Bexley Road     Roslindale, MA 02131     617-323-2363


Current Director/Founder: Neighborhood Arts Collaborative

Program in development /501 c 3 status in progress
Mission is to provide a collaborative resource for schools, out-of-school-time programs, elder groups, and community centers connecting them with music and theatre arts institutions and developing educational experiences.

Consultant: Grant writer, program development, teacher/trainer

John O'Neil Productions; Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (CA): Arts Education Coordinator SPECTRA (arts education) program; Kendall Center for the Arts; Roslindale Community Center

2007-Current       Senior Team LeaderTeacher/program leader: Sumner Elementary School, Roslindale, MA
Coordinator: Chittick Elementary After School Program, Mattapan, MA
  • 2007-08: Wallace Foundation grant funded pilot program through Partners for Student Success and the Boston Public School Schools; grades K-5; 50 children
  • 2009: Added position at the Chittick: grant funded general music teacher grades K2 and 4
  • 2009: Sumner Elementary Boys and Girls Club: Senior Team Leader

2006-07 Director: Sanford Maine School Department, 21st CCLC Program Director
  • Managed the daily operation of three shared space after school programs (grades 4-8; 115 students per day; staff of 30) and summer program
  • Responsible for federal grant reporting (21st Century Community Learning Center grants), and grant budget development and maintenance; liaison with town, state, federal governments

1988-2004 Director/Administrator/Teaching Staff: Burbank Before & After School Program
Founder/Director: Chenery Extended Program (CHENEX) Belmont, MA
  • Created arts-curriculum based child-care program (grades K-4; 85 students per day; staff of 10)
  • Budget ($250,000) development and maintenance
  • Human resources administrator/office manager: hired and trained all personnel; created and maintained staff and student forms, files, and all confidential and public matters pertaining to licensing regulations required by the Department of Early Education and Care, Commonwealth of MA; instituted and maintained staff benefits package and program insurance; conducted staff reviews and evaluations, and parent/student conferences; sponsored staff development workshops and seminars
  • Reports to Board of Directors, School Committee and School Department, Commonwealth of MA EEC
  • Established financial assistance and state voucher program; referrals system for outside mental health and other counseling services
  • Collaborated with town, city, and state agencies to develop services for children and teens
  • Community service program for students. Developed job-match program and mentoring for high school students
  • Work-study Connector program: college/university placements of work-study students in after school programs
  • Founded adolescent/teen after school program (grades 5-8; 100 students per day; staff of 10; responsibilities as above) budget $290,000 (concurrent positions beginning 1997)
  • Office management (filing, machines, faxes, phone, etc.). Managed communication, publicity, newsletters; wrote and updated family handbooks, forms, per EEC
  • Facilitated meetings for Board of Directors, staff, parents, and students
  • Grant writer; tracked donations for programs; maintained reports and budgets for grants
  • Consultant for other programs in greater Boston area
  • Artist-in-residence, Belmont Public Schools: Geography Mural (1998); Get Up and Speak (2000-01 & 2003-4); International Flag Mural (2003-04); tile installations (1998-2004)
  • Instituted additional after school enrichment program (BASEC) for school community (300 students; concurrent with above positions). Classes included art, theater, chess, computer, sports, private music lessons, et al
  • Teacher in theater, art, sports, and music; Substitute teacher and classroom aide in program and schools
  • Website content developer for both programs. Developed/moderated ASAP "All Safe All Places" discussion forum for families regarding race, class, and gender bias issues
  • Event planning and implementation for fund raising; marketing, writing/copy-editing for press releases


Education Director: Arts/Lexington (School building converted to artist's studios & arts education) Lexington MA (concurrent with above)

  • Recruited by Arts/Lexington to restore arts program after A/L infrastructure breakdown
  • Developed arts programming for children and adults: theme-based summer camps (Passport to the Arts); September-June after school and evening classes for children, teens, and adults
  • Budget ($150,000) development and maintenance
  • Co-wrote Request For Proposal for building lease renewal
  • Event planning and implementation for fund raising; marketing, copy-editing for press releases

1997-2002 Board of Directors, Secretary:
Kendall Center for the Arts (1997-2000) (School building converted to artist's studios & arts education)
Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (2000-2002)
  • Maintained minutes; created Board guidelines/outlines
  • Developed and realized successful, well-attended, fun events for media presentations, community building, and fund raising
  • Grant writing/fund raising coordinator; marketing

O N G O I N G Grant writer/consultant/performer
Awards granted:
  • MA/ Belmont Cultural Council (4)
  • American Business Collaboration: Innovation and Excellence in Childcare (2)
  • Foundation for Belmont Education (5)
  • Grants for Peace (2)
  • Connecticut Commission for the Arts (1)
  • New Haven Foundation (1)
Workshops/Grant funded performances Singer/Performer: (
Guild teacher/member of MusiConnects, the umbrella organization of the Boston Public Quartet.
Many years of public professional performances including
  • 1999 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Fellow: One of 37 singers chosen from nation-wide search by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to participate in its rigorous performance-training program.
  • Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award Nominee 2000 & 2004; Winner: 2003 Best Cabaret Group (with "At The Movies");
      Best CD lists 2003: Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH Boston; Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Online Magazine
  • Performances with "At the Movies": Scullers Jazz Club, Boston (3 SRO shows); CabarestFest, Provincetown, Newburyport, Newfound Lake NH; Arci's Place NYC, FirstNight Boston, and many other venues in New England; see and
  • Performances (Solo and with Night Angels) with Bonnie Raitt, Leon Redbone, National Women's Music Festival, Sprague Hall/Yale, et al
  • Writer, Editor, Painter, Sculptor, Voice-over artist (radio, demos, industrial films)

O T H E R    E X P E R I E N C E
    Mother (1 son, Matt Kehoe)
    Computer literate in Mac and IBM formats: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, ACCESS, Outlook/Entourage); FileMaker Pro
    Host family: New England School of English international students and METCO
    Member: BAR -Belmont Against Racism; Wellesley's Center for Women; NAEYC, BAEYC