Rooted in nature and a legacy of healing, Bellforge nurtures community, creativity and self-expression through the arts.

Board Members

PATRICK CASEY (He/Him/His)

Patrick was a member of the State Hospital Master Planning Committee through its duration from 2014 through 2018 and joined the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee in August 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bates College and a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to founding SP Insight in 2002, Patrick held senior marketing and general management positions at both technology start-ups and Fortune 500 business units where he specialized in developing new businesses based on novel technologies.

GARY DUNNING (He/Him/His)

Gary has served and chaired numerous panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Arts Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Dance/USA for six years and served as Co-Chair of Boston Mayor Walsh’s Transition Committee for Arts and Culture in 2013. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A veteran of performing arts administration, Gary began his career at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), became the Executive Director of Houston Ballet in 1986, and returned to ABT as Executive Director in 1992. He joined the Big Apple Circus as Executive Director in 1996 and became President and Executive Director of the Celebrity Series of Boston in 2011.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) EVANS (She/Her/Hers)

Jackie has nurtured a lifelong love of the arts, both on and off stage. Most recently, Jackie worked as a promotional writer for the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) and Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC). Jackie earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music along with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University through a five-year, double-degree program. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Jackie’s prior education also includes Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Vocal Program and the University of Pennsylvania Italian Studies Institute in Florence. Over the past three decades, Jackie contributed as a board and committee member, newsletter editor, and copywriter to numerous educational, religious, and arts organizations, while also helping to plan and execute fundraising events for these community non-profits.

ANDREW FLYNN (He/Him/His)

Andrew is a Boston-based commercial real estate developer specializing in the development of mixed-use urban assets. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Scape North America which develops large-scale residentially anchored properties in premier infill academic, medical, and innovation hubs across the United States and Canada. Andrew is a graduate of Boston College High School and Harvard College and returned to Boston in 2015 after many years in New York City. He serves as a Trustee of the Sandy Beach Association and as a Trustee Associate of Boston College High School. Andrew is a self-proclaimed lover of the arts and culture — as they provide the connective tissue in our daily lives — and believes that Bellforge has a unique opportunity to enhance access to the arts in a meaningful way.

BRIAN GRIMM (He/Him/His)

A Medfield resident since 2007, Brian joined Bellforge’s board in 2022. He is excited to support the organization’s marketing efforts, deepen community engagement, and help launch and grow the new Bellforge Arts Center. Brian has had a lifelong love of music, singing in a cappella and chamber groups, choirs … and most recently, a rock band. In his professional life, Brian focuses on brand storytelling and marketing. He currently leads content marketing initiatives at Navient, and he previously held roles at New York Life, Mercer, and Standard & Poor’s. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Haverford College. He also volunteers with the Charles River School in Dover, as a member of the marketing and development committees.

MIKE METZLER (He/Him/His)

Mike has had a 25-year career in healthcare, retiring from his position of President of Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River in 2008. He was previously the VP of Human Resources and then Chief Operating Officer at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. Mike graduated from Canisius College and reached Ph.D. candidacy in Economics at Boston College. He has been a Teaching Fellow at Boston College as well as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. As a volunteer, Mike began work with a small, but now much larger, group to advance the concept of Community Health Workers in our region. He facilitated the formation of a State-designated Cultural District in downtown New Bedford, and he continues to work on initiatives related to the revitalization of the downtown.

JENNIFER (JEN) PAXTON (She/Her/Hers)

Jen heads up all things people at Smile as their VP, People. Over the past 10 years, she has developed a passion for building and scaling startups, giving employees the structure and support they need to flourish and grow. With a master’s degree in Opera, Jen Paxton didn’t think she would have a career in talent acquisition, but she fell in love with helping candidates find the right role. She has grown teams at later-stage startups like Fiksu and LevelUp and built recruiting and people operation strategies from scratch at small startups like Logentries and TrueMotion.

KIRSTEN POLER (She/Her/Hers)

Kirsten is an art history graduate from Amherst College and spent two years in Japan after graduation, working closely with creatives at a local advertising agency (and fell in love with all things Japanese, especially their contemporary art). She went from there to Columbia Law School and upon graduation joined the trusts and estates department at the former Palmer & Dodge in Boston. After a move to London, where she resided for 18 years, Kirsten eventually stopped working and started volunteering. At various points she chaired the Annual Fund and the Solicitations Committee for the auction at the American School in London. While Kristen and her husband were in London, they co-produced several plays at the Menier Chocolate Factory and were invited to join the Arts Club, focusing on the patronage and promotion of the arts. They are active and significant supporters of many arts organizations in the Boston area now, including the Revels, the ART, the Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Pops, and the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, MA. Kirsten is currently the President of the Medfield Foundation, Inc. and serves on the board of the Bellforge Arts Center, Medfield Conservation Commission, and Medfield Historic Commission. She has recently also joined the Advisory Board of The Trustees of Reservations and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

JERRY POTTS (He/Him/His)Board Chair and President

Jerry has over 38 years of business and non-profit experience. He is currently a Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Boston College Carroll School of Management and received the Coughlin Distinguished Teaching award in 2017. Prior to Boston College, Jerry worked for over 37 years at MFS Investment Management and has been involved with the non-profit music organization Club Passim in Cambridge for the past 20 years. He was a co-founder of Eastern Front Records, a nationally distributed independent label, and RadioBoston, a 24/7, live internet radio station. He is an avid musician and still actively writes, records, and plays in various musical projects. Jerry is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior & Management and Political Science. Jerry has been advising Bellforge on the MSH project since 2017.

RANDY ROGERS (He/Him/His)Treasurer

Randy joined Samet as a Partner in 2018 and has expertise in advising business and individual clients in accounting, tax, and general financial matters. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Rollins College and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

AARON ROSENBERG (He/Him/His)

Aaron is an attorney at Sheehan Phinney and handles complex business and commercial litigation matters. He has represented clients in disputes involving real estate, intellectual property, employment, business divorces, and other topics. Aaron regularly appears before state and federal courts in numerous states as well as various arbitration panels. Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut. In addition to his practice, Aaron is an adjunct instructor of Business Law at Bunker Hill Community College.

DAVID SCOTT SLOAN (He/Him/His)

David Scott Sloan co-chairs Holland & Knight’s Global Private Wealth practice.In addition to his active practice, Mr. Sloan holds many leadership positions both within the community and at Holland & Knight. Mr. Sloan currently serves as a Trustee of Berklee College of Music and formerly was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Boston Conservatory. During 2015-2016, Mr. Sloan led the merger of The Boston Conservatory with Berklee College of Music to create the most expansive and dynamic Performing Arts school in the United States. Mr. Sloan is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Mr. has published numerous articles and been quoted in several national publications on a variety of tax issues and policies.

JESSICA THOMPSON SOMOL (She/Her/Hers)

Jessica grew up in Medfield when the Medfield State Hospital was still serving patients. She worked with the Bellforge team for a year on the capital campaign, ultimately joining the board in 2022. Jessica grew up singing and acting whenever possible and adores live theater and music. An independent fundraising consultant, she brings over 20 years of fundraising, development, strategic planning, marketing and sales experience to the Bellforge board.  Jessica has served as Director of Development for Charles River School in Dover, Executive Director of Care 2 Communities (C2C), a global health care organization, and held roles in sales and marketing at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda) in Cambridge, MA.  Jessica received a BA cum laude in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University in 1993 and an MBA from The Wharton School in 1999.  

BOB TORMEY (He/Him/His)Clerk

Bob is a 24-year veteran of Fidelity Investments and currently works as a Cybersecurity Technical Project Manager. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Divinity from Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton. He served on Medfield’s Long-term Planning Committee and volunteered as Cubmaster and Chairman for Medfield Boy Scouting’s Pack 200, as well as the Membership Committee Chair for the Old Colony Councils’ Seven River District, where he earned the District Award of Merit in 2013. He has served as VP of Education and VP of Public Relations for Norwood Toastmasters and is a former Trustee of the Hannah Adams Scholarship Trust. Bob has been advising CAM on the Bellforge project for four years.

Staff Members

PAUL ARMSTRONG (He/Him/His)Program Manager

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Redefined. Founded in London in 2008, the company works alongside many of the world’s largest music and technology companies, including Apple, Spotify, iHeartMedia, SiriusXM, and LiveNation. Before relocating to the United States, Paul was Head of Production at the UK’s largest alternative radio network, XFM, where he oversaw all creative aspects of the brand, working with and recording the likes of Coldplay, The Killers, Oasis, and Kings of Leon. In 2009, in partnership with Apple/iTunes he produced and launched the world’s first real-time chart show, The Big Top 40. His work in the UK saw him win five Sony Radio Academy Awards, four New York Festival Radio Awards, and back-to-back “Best Radio Producer” awards at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles.

RENANA KEHOE (She/Her/Hers)Director of Development

Renana is a seasoned fundraising professional with a passion for the arts and a graduate degree in Art History. Joining us from Harvard Business School, she has held positions at the Harvard Art Museums, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. She served as Chair of the Brookline Commission for the Arts, President of the New England Development Research Association, and is on the Board of the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center in Dedham. Renana is thrilled to join the Cultural Alliance and will lead the organization’s annual and campaign fundraising efforts for the Bellforge Arts Center.

ELIZABETH LYMAN (She/Her/Hers)Development Coordinator

Elizabeth has a background in fundraising and special events for arts organizations, as well as a number of roles in the field of hospitality. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, and has held positions at the International Center of Photography in New York City and CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY, as well as at highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City and the suburbs of Boston. She is an avid volunteer for the PTO, planning school assemblies and enrichment programs at her children’s schools to ensure that students have exposure to a wide range of Arts and STEM programming. She is excited to bring her attention to detail and love of connecting with people and community to build relationships and help Bellforge open its doors. Elizabeth is delighted to be part of an organization that will truly be at the intersection of performing, visual, and culinary arts with nature and agriculture.

ALEXANDRA MAIDER (She/Her/Hers)Program Coordinator

Alex has experience in small and large non-profit organizations, as well as a formal teaching background. She is licensed in grade 5-12 history and early childhood education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has expertise in digital marketing and fundraising. Alex earned a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After spending years steeped in the diverse cultural hubs of Montreal and Northampton working with activist organizations promoting social change, Alex is thrilled to help foster a spirit of dynamic inclusivity and authentic sense of belonging for all artists and audiences at the Bellforge Arts Center in Medfield. Alex strives to ensure that Bellforge is a welcoming place for all.

JEAN MINEO (She/Her/Hers)Executive Director

Jean is experienced in managing both contemporary galleries and non-profit community arts organizations with expertise in cultural management issues and public art project management. From 2006-2015 she was Director of the Boston Sculptors Gallery and ran the Jamaica Plain Open Studios for three years. Jean holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from American University. A Medfield resident since 2004, Jean served as Chair of the Medfield Cultural Council, received a MA Cultural Council Leadership Circle Award in 2015, and was honored as Medfield’s Volunteer of the Year in 2017. In 2015, Jean helped established the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to nurture and support cultural programs that encourage collaboration, experimentation, and meaningful dialogue, and create an environment to foster the arts as a cultural necessity.

We envision a gathering place for people, full of possibilities — where community and creativity come together, and where inspiration and innovation meet.