Brandon Lewis joined the SSCC board of directors in June, and stepped up as president in September. He has a long history of working in retail management, and currently works in development and marketing for a community art center. Brandon has a long history of working with musicians- he’s been teaching on and off for the past seven years, and worked with the Tantasqua High School show choirs from 2016 until 2020. Brandon currently holds a masters in Arts Administration with a certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University, and a bachelor of arts in Music from Anna Maria College. Brandon is a resident of Worcester, and has been serving as the secretary of the Worcester Arts Council since the beginning of 2021.
In his spare time, he enjoys trying new restaurants with his friends, spending time at home with his cats, or playing the coolest looking board or video game that has come out recently.
Katie joined the SSCC Board in 2021. She has been the Associate Registrar at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA for more than a decade, straddling the line of functional and technical pieces of the office, handling system upgrades and trainings for registration, transcripts, degree audits, graduation, and all other things registrar-related.
She is a lifelong chorister, having started singing around the age of four in her church's junior choir and participating in chorus from elementary school through high school as an alto. She performed in the Gettysburg College Choir as a second soprano (where she met her husband, also a singer) and has participated in various small singing ensembles as a first soprano since moving to the South Shore in 2004. Katie has paused her own choir activities for now and instead supports two sons who sing with SSCC in the Intermediate Choir in Hanover and one son in the Advanced Choir in Quincy, among their other activities in band, a myriad of sports, and wrestling with each other.
In her "free time" (of which there is very little), Katie is an avid reader of all genres except horror and is obsessed with helping the environment by reducing single-use plastics and using organic materials. She volunteers her time helping with programs and marketing for Rockland, MA's music and theater programs and also serves on the Board for the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (NEACRAO) as secretary. Katie currently lives in a house full of men in Rockland, MA, with her husband, three boys, and male Shichon dog Finn.
Nitsa Olivadoti lives and writes south of Boston and is particularly fascinated with voices of growth and migration, central themes in her novels, Cicada Series and Finding Pia. Nitsa is a painter, yoga enthusiast, globetrotter, homesteader and supporter of the arts. @nitsacreates
Tom is a seasoned financial professional with more than 40 years of experience working in both public and not-for-profit companies. He has also served as a volunteer on a number of not-for-profit boards in several states in New England. Tom holds a B.S. in accounting from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
Tom is a lifelong resident of the South Shore and aside from his love of music, enjoys spending his leisure time boating, skiing and traveling with his wife, Mary, their children, children’s spouses, and grandchildren.
Barbara Massey is a retired elementary educator married to a retired music educator and lives southwest of Boston. She is the proud mother of two daughters, with one granddaughter and another one due this spring. Barbara has sung in church, high school, college, and civic choruses and chorales much of her life. Besides her family and music other passions are reading and book clubs, card making, and once upon a time traveling near and far to 46 states, 24 countries, and 26 of our national parks.
Dr. Kelly Bylica serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has presented and published her work on critical pedagogy, curriculum and policy, and music teacher education both nationally and internationally. Prior to her work in higher education, Kelly taught middle school and K-8 general and choral music for several years in Chicago. In addition, she has served on the teaching faculty of several community-based youth choral music programs in both Canada and the United States and is an alum of Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus.
Kirstin Gray has 20+ years of marketing and consulting experience working across a broad range of industries. In this capacity, she has initiated marketing efforts for small companies, created multiple corporate websites, established/transformed social media usage, instilled the use of metrics for measuring marketing results, and helped dramatically improve customer growth. In a volunteer capacity, Kirstin serves on the SSCC board, sits on the Sharon High School Council, and provides marketing assistance to the Neponset Valley Humane Society. Kirstin is also a past-president of The Friends of the Sharon Public Library. A member of D.O.G. Bones, dog therapy group, she and her Leonberger make therapy visits to area nursing homes and schools. Kirstin received her MBA and Masters in International Management jointly from Case Western Reserve University and Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Boston University. Kirstin resides in Sharon with her husband and two teenage kids. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, reading, hiking, and kayaking.