BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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 skills to spearhead innovative programs to spark change.
Monica has taken on volunteer leadership roles in peace making and women empowering initiatives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for MASSCreative and One Common Unity, a Washington DC peace organization. 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.
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.