Leadership Changes at North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC)


Susan Ward to Serve as President of the Board of Directors,
Sherri Snow as Interim Executive Director

BOSTON (February 1, 2013) — NEMPAC has elected long-time North End resident and board member Susan Ward to serve as new President. After joining the Board in 2005, Susan has served on the Scholarship and Fundraising committees. She is Director of Human Resources at BAE Systems Detica.

“I am looking forward to stewarding NEMPAC into its next phase of growth,” said Susan Ward. “Arts and community initiatives are so important to the quality of life in the North End and I look forward to improving on our already great programming.”

Matt Black is stepping down as President of North End Music and Performing Arts Center. During his 13 years of service to the organization, Matt fostered the growth of the Morning Program at the Eliot School, worked to expand the organization’s world-class music instruction and classes and oversaw tremendous growth in community involvement. Matt took over the presidency from John Romano in 2010.

The Executive Committee of NEMPAC also consists of Melanie Crocini as Vice President and Margaret Ris as Secretary. The NEMPAC Board is also pleased to welcome back Denise Clancey, Barb Peterlin, Amelia Careghini and Gina Cosentino as members. They join existing members Chad Wolfson, Court Clayton and Jennifer McGivern.

NEMPAC also announces that Becca Griffin is stepping down as executive director. Spearheaded by Becca, NEMPAC’s musical offerings have grown significantly over the past few years, particularly with the Eliot School. During her tenure, Becca has worked tirelessly to increase NEMPAC’s footprint to include numerous toddler and young children’s classes, school vacation and summer workshops, multiple concert series, the Before School Program at the Eliot School and community programming such as Pumpkin Painting on the Prado.

The NEMPAC Board welcomes Sherri Snow as interim executive director. Sherri joined NEMPAC in 2009 and teaches private voice, beginning piano, and music theatre. Sherri has maintained and encouraged growth in programs at NEMPAC recently working as program coordinator, overseeing the Music Theatre program, the Community Summer and Winter Concert Series, and the NEMPAC Opera Project. Performing professionally as a soprano soloist singing both opera and jazz in the New England area, she holds a MA in opera from Longy School of Music and is a current Cathedral Scholar at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Boston. Sherri has a background in financial services at State Street Corporation.

“NEMPAC is pleased to have Sherri Snow as our interim executive director,” said Susan. “With her strong music background, she will effectively work to champion the impact of our music offerings.”

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is a private, non-profit corporation operating in the North End/Waterfront neighborhood of the City of Boston. Its mission is to provide affordable, quality arts-related programming to residents of the North End/Waterfront and the surrounding neighborhoods. By encouraging participation in the arts, relationships are strengthened within the community. Visit for a full listing of events including drama workshops for children, Italian classes, yoga classes, family music classes and community concerts.


7 Replies to “Leadership Changes at North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC)

  1. What is up with this???…..Becca worked tirelessly for so many years. I doubt I have seen a more dedicated director- just the morning program at the Eliot was only one of her initiatives. An enthusiastic leader, she gave her all at every event. This permeated throughout every venture that NEMPAC embraced. I am so sad to see her leave. Believe me, Becca will be missed. I only hope that she still remains a force within the North End Community.

    1. Let’s not forget that NEMPAC is NORTH END .Let’s not try
      to get fancy and above what it was originally set out to be !A
      big board change…that should tell you something!!! Great comment, Junior!

  2. I am with Junior and everyone else. Becca is a phenomenal person and so dedicated to the children of this neighborhood and of the Eliot. Does this mean Becca is no longer a part of NEMPAC?

  3. Obviously there is more to the story here. Look at the changes on the Board. I’m sure something pretty big had to happen for these Board members to make such a big change. Plus, I wouldn’t say NEMPAC is perfect. There are definitely improvements that can be made.

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