Our Guiding Principles
The History of NECAT
The New England Center for Arts and Technology - NECAT - opened its doors to Greater Boston in September 2013. An ambitious vision developed over a four year period by Founder and Chairman, Maarten Hemsley, NECAT represents a nonprofit collaboration between public and private partners
Meet Our Staff
Our Board of Directors
Maarten Hemsley (NECAT Founder, Board Chair & President) is a semi-retired financial executive with many years experience managing public companies.
Rick Catino (Treasurer) is a businessman and CEO of Clear Point Partners LLC. Prior to Clear Point, Rick was a longtime executive at HP. He and his family reside in Medford.
Jennifer Corcoran is a Project Director for Joseph J. Corcoran Company and volunteers with many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center.
Emerson Foster is VP of Human Resources, North America and Global Strategic Accounts for Sodexo Corporate. He also has extensive non-profit experience and currently sits on the boards of the MA Business Alliance for Education, and BAM – Becoming A Man Boston.
Shawn Goldrick is Patient Support Services Director at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Reverend Dana Gonsal is Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dorchester, President/CEO of The Classic Shoe Shine Corporation and a vital community advocate.
Rebecca Hemsley is Director of Marketing & Advertising at South Coast Almanac LLC, and serves as President for the Foundation for Wareham Education.
Andy Henke is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Performance at Santander Bank. He holds an MBA from Boston College.
Joseph Leibowitz is Executive Chef at Encore Boston Harbor. Previously he had a 12 year career at Wynn Las Vegas.
Joanne Massaro is newly retired after working for the City of Boston for almost 20 years, most recently as the Commissioner of Public Works.
Barry Nelson is currently an independent fundraising consultant, with extensive experience in radio production and public radio fundraising.
Sheila Peterson is a the Chief Development Officer at Trinity Boston Foundation. Previously, Sheila was a strategic collaboration and philanthropy consultant and a VP of the State Street Foundation, where she managed strategic grant-making efforts, including support of NECAT.
Michael Rothschild is a principal of Abbott Realty LLC and President of the Newmarket Business Association.
Dan Scully is the President and CEO of Hotel California Tequila. His work, prior to the sprits business, was in such diverse fields as hotel management, media management, and consulting.
William (Bill) Strickland (Honorary Board Member) is founder and CEO of Manchester Bidwell, and is the inspiration for NECAT.
Our New Social Enterprise
NECAT is launching a new social enterprise in partnership with Sodexo! Plans are in the works to start a food fulfillment business on-site at our Boston Center. The enterprise will provide employment opportunities (paid 4-month apprenticeships) to our current students and recent graduates. The "grab-and-go" food prepared by NECAT will be distributed to hospitals, universities and companies in the downtown Boston area. More information to soon follow!
Feed your guests;
feed your soul.
Make NECAT your main ingredient when planning your next corporate or private party, meeting or team building workshop. Our talented chefs will work with you to create a tailored menu and customized experience. Together with our beautiful facility and important organizational mission, it is sure to be an event that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
Careers at NECAT
We occasionally have openings for positions at NECAT. If you’re passionate about our mission and want to join our team, please contact us, and we’ll get back to you with any current opportunities and more information.
Volunteer at NECAT
NECAT strongly believes in the valuable role that volunteers play in furthering the development of our students and the overall mission of the Center. NECAT welcomes volunteer tutors (particularly math), counselors, social workers, guest speakers, mentors, internship placements and job opportunities.