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Board of Trustees 2020-2021

Janice M. Saragoni, chair

Janice M. Saragoni is President of Saragoni & Company, a Boston-based communications consultancy specializing in media relations, relationship marketing, crisis communications and public affairs. Active in a variety of cultural and non-profit organizations, Jan is a member of the executive committee of Save Venice, Boston Chapter, and serves on the editorial advisory board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Magazine. She is a committee member of UNICEF's "Children First Speakers Program" and sits on the advisory board of the Boston Public Market. On the digital front, Jan is managing editor of "" a lifestyle web site that first broadcast in Boston as an Emmy Award-winning television show.

Before launching her firm in 1996, Jan was director of marketing and public affairs for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority/Hynes Convention Center, director of communications for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and an assistant press secretary in the Mayor's Office of Communications, City of Boston. As a correspondent for the Associated Press, she covered local news and politics in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia.     

Over the years Jan has served on the boards of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Massachusetts Women's' Political Caucus, the Cambridge Office of Tourism and was a founding planning board member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, responsible for the development of Boston's Greenway Parks.

A Brighton native who attended Boston public schools, Jan earned a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also attended Cape Cod Community College and completed a program of advanced studies at the University of Perugia, Italy.

Elisa Hamilton '07 BFA Painting, vice chair

Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose practice focuses on the creation of inclusive artworks that emphasize the inherent joy of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. A New England native, she is a proud graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Painting in 2007 and has remained an active participant in the MassArt community. She served on the Alumni Leadership Council 2009-2013, and served as Chair 2011-2013.

Elisa's work has been shown locally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Her ongoing project Dance Spot has engaged with a variety of communities all around Boston, as well as at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.  She has been the recipient of four public art grants to create temporary public works in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, and has been the recipient of a Creative City grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. She has taught at the Eliot School, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She continues her practice at her studio at Boston Center for the Arts in Boston's South End.

daren bascome '93 bfa graphic design

Daren Bascome is the founder and Managing Director/Creative Director of multidisciplinary branding agency Proverb, and the creative vision behind its unique approach to brand building. Under Daren’s leadership, Proverb has become a sought-after partner for brands seeking to apply design thinking to their businesses, products and communications. A native Bermudian who cut his teeth in exhibit design, Daren set out to create the type of agency that the industry tends to lack—dynamic, international and culturally relevant. Daren’s work has won numerous awards and drawn the attention of international media outlets, including Fortune, Fast Company, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. He has served in various capacities on the boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Youth Design, among others.

john intoppa '23 BFA 

Politics and addressing the needs of students are not new topics for Intoppa. After serving as the Medford High School Class of 2019 Senior Class President, he went on to become a candidate for the Medford School Committee in 2019. He placed 8/10 with 4,112 votes citywide and 3rd in his home district. 

Intoppa plans to use his experience with student government and local politics to aid in serving as MassArt's student trustee. He seeks to represent the voice of the student body and welcomes anyone who has any questions, or seeks to improve a certain area of the College to contact him or visit during office hours. He aims to reach out to more students to better understand their needs and expectations of the College.

Intoppa is currently a first year on the industrial design path.

Karen M. Keane

As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses, the largest in New England and a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of Skinner as a world-class auction gallery in Boston, as well as the company’s expansion into specialty areas that include Fine Musical Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Fine Wines, and Judaica.

Karen brings her lifelong passion for art, antiques and the study of material culture to bear for Skinner’s business. Along with running the company, she is also one of firm’s most versatile appraisers with a broad knowledge of furniture and fine and decorative arts. Her specialty areas include American furniture and decorative arts, Americana, and folk art. She is also a formidable presence at the auction podium, becoming the company’s first female auctioneer early in her career.

Karen is also a familiar face and leading appraiser on the PBS Emmy Award-winning TV series Antiques Roadshow. Sought-after by the media, Karen is a regular contributor to art and antiques publications, symposiums, web sites, and blogs. She lectures and conducts benefit auctions and appraisal events for non-profit and for-profit institutions nationwide. Karen holds a Master's degree in Art History from Boston University.

denise korn

Denise Korn is principal of Korn Design, a nationally recognized brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. Denise has worked with a wide range of clients, including top-of-class developers, hoteliers, chefs, and entrepreneurs, providing expert consultation on a range of assignments in leading hospitality, restaurants, luxury goods and groundbreaking strategic work. Denise set up shop in Boston’s South End in 1992, after six years working as a designer, creative director and art director in New York City. She now splits her time between Boston and projects across the U.S., and runs the company with her business partner, Javier Cortés.  

Actively involved in the political and civic life of Greater Boston, Denise founded YOUTH DESIGN in 2003 to connect talented urban high school students to training and career opportunities in the design industry through a groundbreaking educational methodology and professional mentorships. She authored the book "10 Who Mentor" as an outcrop of her work with the New England Creative Economy Initiative and working with urban youth. In 2012, she was presented the Fellow Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) for her contributions as a design visionary and youth advocate. Denise was recently named a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College’s Lewis Institute, and was honored by the Boston Business Journal as a 2015 Leader in Diversity.

m. David Lee

M. David Lee, FAIA, is a principal with Stull and Lee, Inc. where he directs a wide array of architectural, urban design, and planning projects. He spent many years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has been on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David served as president of the Boston Society of Architects in 1992 and in May 2007, he was one of three design resource persons invited to present at the National Endowment for the Arts and Conference of Mayor's first International Mayor's Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

William McQuillan

William McQuillan is the Founder of Boylston Properties, a Boston-based real estate development firm founded in 1983. Bill has almost 40 years of experience in real estate development of retail, office, laboratory, hospitality and mixed use projects.

Developments include The Longwood Galleria at Children’s Hospital; headquarters for both Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Cambridgeport Bank in 2000; and Trilogy, a joint venture project in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood in 2006. More recent projects include the Marriott Residence Inn in both Fenway and Watertown; a creative office development under construction in Watertown, and the purchase of the Arsenal Mall in Watertown.

Bill has served on the Huntington Theatre Company Board of Trustees since 1998, serving as the Vice Chairman in 2004 and President from 2006 through 2010. As Chair of the 2002 Capital Campaign, the Huntington was able to raise $24M and build the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End.

Bill served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater Babson College from 1990 until 2000, chairing the Physical Facilities Committee for 5 years during the building of the new Olin Graduate School, Reynolds Student Center, Glavin Chapel and numerous other projects.

He has two grown children and resides in Brookline with his wife Linda.

Peter Nessen

Peter is the founder and president of Nessen Associates. He is a public accountant who has served as Chief Executive Officer and on the governing Board of Advisors for national investment-banking firms. From 1987 to 1990, Peter was Assistant Secretary of Administration and Finance responsible for human and social service purchase reform. From 1991 to 1993, Peter was Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In that capacity, he was the senior cabinet member and the chief financial officer in Governor Weld’s cabinet. Peter has also been a partner in the accounting firms of BDO Seidman and Henry J. Bornhofft Company, and the Dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School. He chaired the Massachusetts Cultural Council and served on the Governor’s Commission evaluating school reform, as well as representing Massachusetts as the public commissioner on the New England accreditation commission.

Peter holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business Administration. He currently serves on the boards of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Pamela Parisi '67 BFA Graphic Design

Pamela Parisi is a graduate of the MassArt Graphic Design department. In 2005, she received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Corporate Leadership Award and was the first woman in the world to have been appointed in a senior design position within a publicly traded corporation. In 2007, she retired from her position as Director of Global Design for Packaging at Proctor & Gamble (The Gillette Company), where she worked for nearly 30 years.Pamela served on the Alumni Leadership Council from 2003-2007. In 2008, she joined Kay Sloan on the friends trip to Egypt trip and since then has given generously to student travel scholarships. She has consistently attended alumni events and has expressed a deep commitment to student travel initiatives. Pamela is married to Philip Parisi, who is also one of MassArt's distinguished Graphic Design graduates.

Linda L. Snyder

As Vice President for Operations for Tufts, Linda Snyder oversees the departments responsible for facility O&M, campus planning, capital project management, dining, public and environmental safety, energy and infrastructure and real estate on the Tufts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts. These campuses consist of about 5 million square feet. The Operations Division has an annual operating budget of $108M in FY17 and about 400 employees. Since Linda came to Tufts in 2012 approximately $300M in capital projects have been undertaken.

Prior to joining Tufts, Linda was VP, Campus Planning and Facilities at Dartmouth College where she oversaw the departments responsible for campus planning, design and construction and O&M, accomplishing a successful departmental reorganization and completion of $350M in strategic capital projects. As Associate Executive Dean of Physical Resources and Planning for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard University, she managed planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations for FAS buildings, including the successful delivery of $500M in new construction projects for life science and physics research. Under her leadership the House Capital Renewal Program was launched.

Under Linda’s leadership as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority from 1997-2005, the Authority received legislative authorization for $500M in bond financing and managed construction of 1800 new student beds, including the Mass Art Artists Residence, and other revenue-financed facilities for Mass Art, Mass Maritime and the seven state colleges (now universities). She pioneered an innovative harmony-based construction project delivery process for public agencies, now written into the Massachusetts law. Linda managed the construction of the Chelsea, Massachusetts school system, from 1993-97 in an innovative partnership for urban school reform between the City of Chelsea, Boston University and the Commonwealth.

Ms. Snyder holds a 1981 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) from Utah State University and is a 1996/97 Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Fitchburg State College in 2006. In 2008 she received a distinguished alumnae award from the Utah State University Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP). She is currently Co-Chair of the LAEP Advancement Board and is a board member of Riverside Community Care, a behavioral health services delivery organization. Linda was appointed to the Mass Art Board of Trustees by Governor Baker on October 6, 2015. Ms. Snyder lives in the South End of Boston, MA with her husband, Steven Kadish.