Board of Directors
President: Lou Bufano, Newton, NH
Lou was born into a family of musicians and studied piano, voice, and ‘cello. After a long and exciting career as a circuit designer, he now indulges in his love of music. Lou has found so much satisfaction performing with NECS that he wants to do what he can to be sure it thrives.
Vice President: Leslie Benvenuti, Haverhill, MA
Treasurer: Peter Ersland, Littleton, MA
Has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physics, and has worked as a reliability engineer in the semiconductor industry since moving from Minnesota to Massachusetts in 1986. He joined NECS in 1996, and has served in a variety of Board positions, including a four year stint as president. In addition to the NECS board, Peter has held leadership positions with his church, and on a number of professional engineering boards and committees.
Secretary: Sandra Garron, Newburyport, MA
Concert Committee Chair: David Williams, North Andover, MA
Has a B.S. in Engineering from University of Massachusetts. Prior to retirement Dave held various management positions in the electronics industry. Now his time is spent with his wife, his two grown children, and his grandchildren. He also volunteers his time with local non-profits, particularly Lazarus House in Lawrence, MA.
Membership Committee Chair: Karissa Kozoh, Andover, MA
Karissa has a B.A. in English and Music from Boston College and a Master’s in Effective Teaching from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. Originally from New Jersey, Karissa is now living in Andover and teaching Kindergarten in Lawrence. While at Boston College, Karissa participated in several music ensembles including the University Chorale, Chamber Music Ensemble, and Marching Band. She also held several leadership positions within the ensembles. While still new to NECS, Karissa is excited to help lead and grow the ensemble.
Member-at-Large: Joanna Wagner, Andover, MA
Member-at-Large: Christopher Barker, North Andover, MA
Has a B.S. in Mathematics. Working in the field of education for most of his career, his experience includes project management, technology planning, and teaching. He brings considerable experience to the Board, having previously served as board president of NECS and Cantemus Chamber Singers. Chris is a member of the faculty at Fenn School in Concord, MA, is head coach of Concord Academy’s varsity wrestling team, and is Founder and Owner of Barker Tutoring Services, which specializes in math tutoring. His association with NECS dates back to 1990.
Community Member: Valerie Blanchard, Andover, MA
Valerie holds a B.A. from Northeastern University in Organizational Communications & Marketing, working for various companies helping them to create impactful marketing campaigns and managing business strategy for the past ten years. Prior to raising a family and her current job commitments, she sang with NECS. Valerie lives with her husband, daughter and step-daughter in Andover.
Community Member: Dana Trismen, Boston, MA
Dana Trismen is a public relations professional specializing in social media. She currently works at Matter Communications, an award-winning PR agency based out of Newburyport. Passionate about social media, she has worked with a variety of tech and consumer brands on social media strategy development and content creation. She is a strong writer, and practiced at building relationships with media and conducting media outreach. She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She also grew up in Andover, and is excited to be active on the NECS Board in her hometown.