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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Monica is focused on building community and enabling artistic collaboration. Her goal is to spur development and expansion of the creative economy in the region by showcasing the vast artistic talent within reach.
Monica is an accomplished business and community leader with over 15 years of diverse experience, shaping a career as a collaborative, persuasive problem solver. As a consultant, she identified and supported results-focused leaders, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and artists by employing her marketing, project management, fundraising skills to spearhead innovative programs to spark change.
Monica has taken on volunteer leadership roles in peace making and women empowering initiatives. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for One Common Unity in Washington, DC. As a former Executive Council member of the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) in NYC, she co-chaired the Bpeace Latin American Exploratory Team, leading the research effort to launch women entrepreneurial programs in El Salvador. She was awarded a fellowship from The Center for Whole Communities as a Next Generation Leader; and an Environmental Cultural Heritage Fellowship from the QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment, visiting UNESCO and other key sites in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. She has an MBA from Simmons College School of Management, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in Groton, MA with her partner, Ray Capes.
Daniel is an artist, painter and entrepreneur in Wayland, Massachusetts, and a co-founder of FireSeed Arts. In his art and life he seeks to communicate with people through the exchange of unique and powerful ideas and expressions. He feels strongly that collaboration between artists and kindred spirits can transform everyday life in a lasting and meaningful way, giving art a home beyond the walls of museums and galleries.
Patiño Vazquez is an artist, a musician, and the co-founder of Fireseed Arts. His work with up cycling materials has translated, along with his partner Daniel Balter and other dedicated artisans, into building unique musical instruments; guitars from kitchen cabinets, countertops, old tables and other discarded materials. These instruments are of the finest quality, professional grade and are enhanced by often using old growth salvaged woods – otherwise headed for the landfill -- that create a sound unattainable elsewhere today.
Patino has been a professional musician since his teen years and continues this musical tradition today. In addition to being the frontman for Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based Afro-Cuban quartet known for their dynamic live performances and rich harmonies he is the musical director for a new environmentally themed band, Johnny Fireseed & The Junkyard Dogs: a band playing on all repurposed instruments, guitars from kitchen cabinets to a drum set made from an old ventilation shaft.
Mauricio Cordero Creative Projects Director
Mauricio Cordero has worked in a wide variety of settings, from non-profit organizations to some of the largest corporations. He is a consultant and trainer specialized in Innovation, Creative Thinking and Accelerated Learning. He has worked at the ICA Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Pfizer, Dannon, Mill No. 5 among many others. He is also an active artist who continues to pursue his own creative expression alongside his professional development.
Jill Sauvageau Administrator
Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in English－Theater from Fitchburg State College. In 2010, after a semester long internship, Jill became the Production Manager of Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg. There she managed a number of shows including Pride and Prejudice, True West, and Outside the Wire. Jill was also a company actor, appearing in A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Music Box, and The Music Box (revisited). In 2010, Jill was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship for her work in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Jill understands the importance of bringing art and creativity to the community. Using her background in performing, she hopes to inspire those around her to get up, get out, and get creative. She is excited to join 3Rivers Arts as the Program Manager, where she will be introducing new and exciting classes to the community, as well as, new performances throughout the region. For the past year Jill has been working with kids, and has found herself truly inspired. By teaching ballet, tap and creative movement, she has been able to rediscover and reawaken her need to explore the imagination. Jill currently lives in West Groton, with her cat, J.C., and two guinea pigs, Duncan and Darwin.