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.
Courtney Brooke Bell is Director of Healthcare Operations at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. A seasoned healthcare professional, she is also a certified yoga instructor and originally hails from Chicago.
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.
Sāsha Coleman is a 2017 graduate of NECAT. Raised in the restaurant industry, she worked the line at SRV before becoming a co-owner of Tanám a Filipinx-American restaurant in Somerville.
Emerson Foster is SVP, Head of Human Resources for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 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 at Wells Fargo. He holds an MBA from Boston College.
T. Nicholas John is Director of Government Affairs at the MA Sheriffs' Association. He began his career working in Massachusetts government and legislative affairs in 2010 where he served in many capacities until 2017. He also served as a Member on the state's LGBTQ Youth Commission from 2012-2021.
Joseph Leibowitz is the Executive Director of Food & Beverage and Culinary Operations at Encore Boston Harbor. Chef Leibowitz has held a variety of culinary positions with Wynn Resorts and he now oversees all front and back of house operations for 18 restaurants and lounges at Encore Boston Harbor.
Joanne Massaro is newly retired after working for the City of Boston for almost 20 years, most recently as the Commissioner of Public Works.
Michael Rothschild is a principal of Abbott Investments and President of the Newmarket Business Association.
Dan Scully is recently retired as 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.
Elle Simone is Executive Editor/Inclusion Leader, as well as an on-screen test cook for America's Test Kitchen. She is also the founder of SheChef, Inc., a professional networking organization and social enterprise.
Yolanda Smith served for nearly three decades at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. In July 2021, she left her position as Superintendent of the Suffolk County House of Correction to become the Executive Director of Public Safety at Tufts University.
William (Bill) Strickland (Honorary Board Member) is founder and CEO of Manchester Bidwell, and is the inspiration for NECAT.
A New Program on the Horizon
NECAT has been working closely with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department to design a new program for individuals still incarcerated at South Bay Prison. The program will provide technical skills and emotional and career readiness support, helping participants move directly into career-ladder culinary employment upon release. Our goal is to reduce recidivism rates and help launch stable futures for the formerly incarcerated in our community. Once pandemic imposed restrictions can safely be relaxed, we look forward to moving ahead with this initiative.
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
NECAT is currently recruiting for the position of Chef Instructor. The full job description can be found here. To submit an application or for more information, please contact Joey Cuzzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-442-3600, ext 711.
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.