Our Leadership

Our Staff

Danielle Griggs (Chief Administrative Officer) Danielle has spent the last decade planning and implementing initiatives for nonprofit educational institutions, where she has held roles in administration, marketing and communications, and fundraising. Before that she worked as a professional actor and studied musical theater at New York University. She recently moved to Hudson and lives here with her husband and two young daughters.


*Danielle will be out on maternity leave (for daughter #3) January 31, 2020 through mid-May. Please contact Leah Ambrosino at lambrosino@upwitharts.org in her absence.

Leah Ambrosino (Interim Chief Administrative Officer) Leah is a new Hudson resident with a background in theater. She is an Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School alumna and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a minor in Musical Theater Performance from Dean College in winter 2017. Leah stage-managed the River’s Edge Players 2019 production of The Addams Family. 


Debra Vanderwerf (Consultant) Debra has over 20 years of non-profit management experience in the arts and human service sectors. She served as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer at River’s Edge Arts Alliance, and continues to work with us as a consultant and grant manager.

Lisa Schliker (Consultant, Music Director of River’s Edge Chorale) Lisa has been a member of the organization for over 20 years!  She serves as a technical and financial consultant for the organization.

Our Board of Directors


River’s Edge Arts Alliance Board of Director’s Meetings are held monthly at Hudson High School at 7:00 pm.  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage our members and local art enthusiasts to attend. Please email info@upwitharts.org for a complete meeting schedule.

To join our Board, request our meeting minutes, hold a meeting with us, or to make a

presentation, please contact bod@upwitharts.org We look forward to hearing from you!


Peter Worrest (President) Peter is a local portrait and event photographer, as well as a singer, actor, and writer. He grew up in Hudson, and has worked previously with the Arts Alliance as a student, performer, artist, technical director, and instructor before joining the board. Peter was last seen on the REP stage in the short play festival in Fall of 2018, and has regularly joined the Chorale for their concerts since their founding.

Danielle Neuffer (Vice President) is a resident of Hudson and has been involved with the Chorale and River’s Edge Player’s as a performer, stage crew member, assistant director, and stage manager since 2013. She was most recently seen on stage as Grandma in REP’s production of The Addams Family. When not performing, Danielle works for The Virtual High School, a non-profit online education organization, as a Marketing Analyst. Danielle graduated from The University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing, and a minor in General Theater.

Kevin Santos (Treasurer) is a resident of Hudson and a realtor at Ardent Residential Brokerage, LLC in Hudson.  Kevin has been involved in many River’s Edge Players programming over the years.



Christopher Griffith (Secretary) has worked for Open Sky Community Services since moving to Massachusetts in 2015.  He is currently the Director of Worcester Adult Community Clinical Services.  Christopher enjoys baking pies, hiking and above all going to the theatre.  He resides in Worcester with his partner and their two cats.


Julie-Anne Burdick (Board Member)is a Hudson resident. She writes technical testing and quality management documents for local companies. She supports arts in the community and joined the River’s Edge School of Music community for her daughter to learn the oboe. Julie-Anne is a troop leader with the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Mass. In her free time she enjoys gardening, baking, doing needlework, and making glass art.

Ron Sorgman (Board Member) was born and educated in Boston. His profession as an architect has allowed him to be involved in many areas of design. Ron is also a vocalist and guitar player.  He moved to Hudson in the fall of 2016 after living in Santa Barbara, CA. His involvement with the arts includes: Visual Art in Public Places-City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, member of “Kids Draw Architecture,” and more.  Ron has taught design at the Boston Architectural College, beginner guitar to 4th and 5th-grade students within the Nashoba School District, a Doo-wop singing program in Santa Barbara.

Peter “PJ” Mann (Board Member) grew up in the Philadelphia area and went to Carnegie Mellon University and Villanova University studying Chemical Engineering.  He moved to MA in 2006 and has watched as his children learned and grew through their arts experiences.  He has always been an arts appreciator while possessing not an ounce of artistic talent himself.  He is the owner of a consulting business for the biotech industry (Thirteen Consulting Group) and an escape room in Hudson (Puzzlescape).

Leia Owen (Board Member) Leia is a marketing and business consultant that specializes in digital marketing, social media strategy, and event planning. She grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson High School; she studied marketing and communications at UMass Lowell. Leia‘s involvement with the River’s Edge Arts Alliance began when she was four years old and participated in a performance of Aesop’s Fables- she also participated in after-school visual arts classes, volunteered in the REAA office, helped manage summer festivals, and participated in Summer Drama Workshop as a performer, stagehand, program assistant, and assistant to the director. When she’s not working on growing her clients’ businesses, she can be found teaching fitness or dance classes, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or enjoying a great book.

Lucy McCabe (Junior Board Member from AMSA)