Rick Geoffroy holds a B.S. in Accounting from Plattsburgh State University, an M.S. in Taxation from the University at Albany, and holds CPA licenses in both New York and Massachusetts. He has worked in public accounting since 1994 and is currently a partner at KPMG LLP, an accounting, tax, and advisory firm. Rick also sits on the boards of the Grafton Land Trust and the Plattsburgh College Foundation. Rick and his wife, Dawn, have lived in Grafton since 2001. Rick, Dawn, and their two daughters have participated in Apple Tree Arts programs for six years.
Rick Geoffroy, President
Cam Sowa, Vice President
Cam Sowa, a Westborough native for many years, has two grown daughters, 2 grandchildren and is a banker by trade. She taught local flute students, played flute and piccolo in "Annie Get your Gun" with Westborough Players Club, past member of Thayer Conservatory Flute Choir as well as a small flute choir in Northbridge, is currently with Apple Tree Arts Flute Choir and ATA Community Chorus. Cam has played for weddings, funerals, coffee houses, and was a member of St. Stephen's "On Eagles Wings" musical group performing around the Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. A former contemporary music coordinator at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, she is now a member of the Senior Choir.
Aaron Chaisson, Treasurer
Aaron Chaisson is a graduate of Macalester College, with a degree in History. He has 20+ years of technology sales and marketing experience and is currently a Vice President of Marketing at Dell EMC Corporation in Hopkinton. Aaron participated in a variety of theatrical productions and sang in choruses from a very young age through his college years as well as his share of horrible garage bands that he fondly remembers, but should probably forget. Aaron is a 15+ year resident of Grafton along with his wife Tania and two daughters who are avid participants in Apple Tree Arts programs.
Erin Baniukiewicz, Secretary
Erin joined the board in 2016. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State College. Erin is a long time Grafton resident and mother of two children. In her free time Erin volunteers in her children’s school and the local community. Erin has always been interested in the arts. Both of her children are involved in the arts, taking piano and dance lessons. Erin's son is also active in theatre. When not working, Erin is busy with family and kids doing the various activities they are involved in.
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Steve has a business degree from Western New England College and a graduate degree in Physical Education from Springfield College. Steve has sung with the Worcester Men of Song Chorus and sings in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Grafton and Upton and the Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus. Steve enjoys music, sports and yoga.
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Laura comes to Apple Tree Arts with over thirteen years of experience as a public relations professional and recent service as chairwoman of the Grafton Superintendent Search Committee. She is a graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where she majored in English with an emphasis on writing and theatre arts. It was her own experiences with childhood theatre that inspired her interest in Apple Tree Arts. "Throughout my childhood," she wrote to the board, "I was lucky enough to have a theatre around me that helped foster a sense of self-confidence, teamwork, community involvement and pride that lasted long past my childhood."
Anjali is currently serving as the Relationship Branch Manager at the North Grafton branch of UniBank. She has been with Unibank for over 8 years in many leadership roles, building relationships and strong ties within the Grafton community. She and her family have been Grafton residents since 2006. She enjoys music, traveling, and has been actively participating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to raise funds for cancer research over the past 8+ years.
Paul joined the Apple Tree Arts Board of Directors in 2005 and has served as its president since 2006. He also stays active within many other facets of the Grafton community by lending his energy and talents to the Historical Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Historic District Commission and Town House Oversight Committee. In addition, Paul serves as the project coordinator for the ongoing initiative to restore the historic Grafton Town House and transition it into a performance arts center and base of operations for Apple Tree Arts. When not volunteering his services, Paul works as Director of Underwriting at Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company. Paul holds a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute, an Associate of the Academy of Life Underwriting and past president of the North East Home Office Underwriting Association.
Elizabeth is an attorney specializing in intellectual property and licensing, with a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her passion for the arts began with learning to play the piano at a young age. In high school she helped establish a theater group that has gone on to produce actors for the London stage, and in college she performed in several productions as part of the theater group Strollers Student Theatrics. She is also a photographer, a freelance writer and a mother of three, all of whom have enjoyed Apple Tree Arts programs from private violin lessons to early childhood music classes. Her love of the arts, and her desire to preserve history and enrich the community, fuel her dedication to Apple Tree Arts.
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