2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
Lisa Schliker- President
Karen Bishop – Vice President
Kevin Santos – Treasurer
Ellen King – Secretary
Anna Klashka (joined Aug 2017)
Julie Bolduc (joined Aug 2017)
Danielle Neuffer (joined Aug 2017)
Henry “Blaine” Stanczak – Junior Board member (MHS – joined Aug 2017)
Maya Levine – Junior Board member (HHS – joined September 2017)
River’s Edge Arts Alliance Board of Director’s Meetings are held monthly in Hudson at 7:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage our members and local art enthusiasts to attend. Our meeting minutes are available upon request. Requests to meet with or make presentations to the BOD may be submitted to REAA office to be scheduled. Please see our Events Calendar for meeting dates, times and locations.
To contact the Board of Directors, please email us directly. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Board of Directors Biographies
Lisa Schliker, Board President, is a lifelong resident of Hudson and currently lives in town with her husband Chuck. She graduated with honors from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a degree in Music Education in 1994. She will be directing the River’s Edge Chorale for the 2016 Holiday season. Lisa was in the very first Summer Drama Workshop! Lisa has been the Music Director at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson since the fall of 1996. She is also the monthly newsletter editor for the church. Lisa is employed full time at Bose Corporation in Westborough, MA where she works as a Business Systems and Process Lead in the Creative Services department. She holds a Certificate in Database Design and Administration from Northeastern University and she is a certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys golfing with her husband and teaching Indoor Cycling classes.
Ellen C. King of Hudson, MA, has been a member of the REAA BOD since January 2015. She became involved in the organization after participating in the River’s Edge Chorale for several seasons, which was a great outlet for her desire to sing for the first time with a group in a relatively informal setting. Ellen recently retired after a 20+ year career as a conference producer and head of the bioprocessing series at IBC Life Sciences of Westborough, MA, which is an organizer of independent conferences in life sciences and a subsidiary of the global business communications firm, Informa. At IBC she developed programming for conferences, primarily in the field of biopharmaceutical production, and served as project manager for the events.
Karen Bishop has been a resident of Marlborough since 1996 and currently lives with her children, Tyler & Jillian. She has been a member of the board of REAA since May 2015 and has been very involved for several years as a member of the River’s Edge Players, most recently appearing as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When not singing or acting, Karen spends her time as a Portfolio Associate at Morgan Stanley in Wellesley.
Kevin Santos 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 shows over the years.
Anna Klashka has over 20 years of experience in marketing communications, graphic/web design and events coordination. She works as a digital designer and a communications chair of an employee resource group supporting inclusion of people with disabilities for a local medical device company. She found the River’s Edge through her daughter’s participation with the River’s Edge Players and Summer Drama Workshop. In her free time she enjoys, photography and digital manipulation art as well as boxing.
Julie Bolduc is a resident of Hudson and works as a director of production at Ascend Learning. She was a “techie” in almost all of her high school performances, and has inspired a similar interest in her young son, who participated in his 4th summer drama workshop with the River’s Edge Arts Alliance this year. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, and taking her dog hiking with her family on weekends.
Danielle Neuffer is a resident of Hudson, MA and has been involved with the Chorale and River’s Edge Player’s as a performer, stage crew member, assistant director, and stage manger since 2013. She was most recently seen on stage as Scuttle in REP’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. When not performing, Danielle works for The Virtual High School, a non-profit online education organization as a Marketing Analyst and she spends time honing her love of coffee as a barista at Starbucks. 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 Theatre.
Junior Board members:
Henry “Blaine” Stanczak is a Junior at Marlborough High School. He is an avid musician, pursuing independent piano studies since 2014. In addition, Blaine is in the National Honors Society and the Tri-M, Music Honors Society. He first became acquainted with the Rivers Edge Arts Alliance through his volunteer work at a theatre production. He is proud to be a Junior Board Member of the Rivers Edge Arts Alliance, his first Board appointment. Blaine is also active in politics and hopes to pursue a career in government, while supporting the arts as an advocate and participant.
Maya Levine is a junior at Hudson High School. She worked on “Aladdin Jr.” during her first year at River’s Edge Arts Alliance. She has been performing since she was five years old. Maya was recently in HHS’s production of “Pippin” as Berthe. Some of her other favorite credits include Pinocchio in “Shrek Jr.” She is very passionate about politics and government as one of her favorite places to visit is Washington D.C. Maya is very excited to be a Junior Board Member.
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Debra Vanderwerf- Debra has over 20 years of non profit management experience in the arts and human service sectors. She was the Central Region Director of Playspace Programs at Horizons for Homeless Children, Music School Manager at Indian Hill Music, Administrator at Growing Places Garden Project, and an Educator at the Concord Museum. In her spare time, Debra keeps bees, teaches colonial hearth cooking, produces monthly crafting workshops, and grows nectarines on her farm in Harvard.