“...vigorously athletic and artistically sculptural..." - Karen Campbell, Boston Globe
BOARD of DIRECTORS
FOUNDERS | Irada Djelassi | Katherine Hooper
Denis Murphy is a Senior Vice President of Investor Services at the private bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and holds a B.A. in History from Boston College. He joined BoSoma in 2015, served as the Treasurer and is now President of the Board. Growing up in New Jersey, his appreciation of dance was first instilled by his father, a frequent attendee of the New York City Ballet and continued with his wife, a dancer herself and now a dance teacher. Denis is excited to be part of a dynamic and different dance company in BoSoma that is bringing a unique style to the greater Boston arts community.
Rachel has been involved with BoSoma as a supporter since its inception in 2003 and as a Board Member since 2014, and has held the title of Secretary since 2016. Rachel is also the Operations Manager for BoSoma. She received her BA in history and political science and Master's in Public Policy from Simmons College. In addition to her work in Higher Education, she has been a dance teacher at Mass Motion Dance since 2006. Rachel traveled to Germany with Mass Motion Dance in 2008, 2010, and 2013 where students studied at Infinnity Tanzhaus in Radolfzell and the New York City Dance School in Stuttgart. During college she was a member and choreographer for the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project and the Simmons College Dance Company. Rachel is a passionate supporter of collaboration through fine arts and an advocate for accessible dance education. You can contact Rachel at email@example.com.
Drew is a recent addition to the BoSoma Board. He has served as President (3 years) and board member at Chorus pro Musica for 4 years. He has a deep interest in music and the arts. He has been a choral singer for the better part of 37 years. Drew’s career has spanned technical writing, software project and program management and enterprise software service sales and delivery. He has worked for companies such as Digital Equipment Corp, BBN, GTE and EMC. He has a BA in English and an M.Ed and is currently working on an MS in Management. “I believe that BoSoma represents hard work, dedication and excellence in the dance community. It is a pleasure working with, and learning from, people who can add so much by educating children and providing a quality artistic audience experience."
Meghan began her dance training at the Priscilla Gibson School of Dance Arts in Manchester, CT. She continued her studies at Mass Motion Dance Academy in Sturbridge, MA and graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Dance and a BA in Early Childhood Education. While there, she earned the Chancellor’s Talent Award in Dance. Meghan teaches third grade in Brimfield, MA and has been on faculty at Mass Motion Dance Academy since 2001. She has been with BoSoma since 2003.
Ashley Kaner is a Marketing and Communications Senior Consultant at Liberty Mutual Insurance and holds a B.A. in Communications from Boston College. In addition to her work during the day, she has stayed connected with her passion for dance by teaching children of all ages throughout Massachusetts. Ashley instantly connected with BoSoma’s work when she first saw them perform in 2012 and has followed them on their journey ever since. As a North Shore native, Ashley is excited to be involved with such an athletic and inspiring professional dance company that can share their art form with the surrounding community.