2021 Board of Trustees

Evelyn Battinelli, Executive Director and Trustee

Evelyn Battinelli is the Somerville Museum’s volunteer Executive Director.  She manages the museum’s collections, hosts a busy calendar of lectures and concerts, partners with city departments to present educational events and celebrations, and works with Somerville’s schools, seniors, and non-profit groups. 

She is an encyclopedia of the Museum’s collections and our local history.  Her knowledge, warmth, and enthusiasm welcome everyone to discover and explore the arts, history, and culture of Somerville.  In 2017 she received the  Powderhouse Award for Distinguished Service to the community and in 2018 she was recognized with a 2018 Unsung Heroine Award at the Massachusetts State House.   Contact her at: evelyn.battinelli@gmail.com.


Barbara Mangum, President, and Trustee

Barbara Mangum is the president of Sculpture and Decorative Arts Conservation Services LLC, which she founded in June of 2000.  She brings to this position over 30 years of experience in the conservation of works of art and artifacts, She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in chemistry and art history cum laude and received her MFA from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works. From 1986 to 1991, she was the Objects Conservator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and then Chief Conservator until her departure in 2000 to set up her own firm. 

A resident of Somerville, she began her association with the Somerville Museum in the early 2000s. In 2011, she joined the Board of Trustees as President and has worked together with the other Board members, the Advisory Counsel, and volunteers to bring care of the building and collections up to the highest standards, and to create exciting, insightful, and diverse programming that speaks to the people of Somerville.  Contact her at:  bmangum411@aol.com. 


Stephen Mackey, Vice President, and Trustee

Stephen Mackey is President/CEO of Somerville Chamber of Commerce.  Starting at the Chamber in 1995, Stephen has been instrumental in: reframing Somerville for regional transit and the global urban resurgence; repositioning Somerville as “New England’s Next Business Address;” and representing the economic and enterprise perspectives of businesses, employers, property owners, and developers.

A graduate of Somerville High School and Harvard University, Stephen and his wife, Margaret, live in Somerville. Contact him at smackey@somervillechamber.org. 

 


Dr. David Guss, Programming Committee Director, and Trustee

David Guss is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University Department of Anthropology.  He is a writer, scholar, researcher, poet, folklorist, organizer, performer, and dancer. 

A specialist in Latin America, festivals, rituals, and performances, David has conducted research in many parts of Latin America and the United States.

In 1976, he began a decade-long project with Venezuela’s Yekuana Indians in the headwaters of the Orinoco.  His next project explored the ways festive behavior is used to negotiate and constitute identity. This book, The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural Performance established him as one of the world’s leading authorities on festive behavior. In 1994, he extended this research to Bolivia where, in another decade-long study, he looked at intersections of colonialism, placemaking, and festive forms in the largest indigenous celebration in the Americas.  Contact him at: David.Guss@Tufts.edu


Honorable Eugene Brune, Trustee

Gene Brune is Mayor Emeritus of the City of Somerville.  Gene is an Army veteran who was part of the Occupational Forces in Japan at the end of World War II.   He went on to be a project manager in the steel fabrication industry and then: a Somerville Alderman in the 70s; Mayor in the 80s; Register of Deeds in the 90s, 00s, and 10s; and a published author in 2013.  He holds scores of honors, including the Somerville High School Field House and the Cambridge Health Alliance Adolescent Wing that are named after him.  He was the 2019 recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Tufts University Presidents Medal. He has two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  Contact him at: eugeneC79@comcast.net


Keidrick Roy, Trustee 

Keidrick Roy, a PhD candidate at Harvard University, is committed to supporting ongoing community discussions about the history of race in America and to examining our present moment within its wider historical context. His public outreach work has been featured by local and national outlets including CBS Sunday Morning, the Christian Science Monitor, and the National Football League. Keidrick has also served as an exhibition curator for the American Writers Museum in Chicago and is currently working on an exhibition at Harvard as well as an upcoming documentary film about race and art in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. A former military nuclear operations officer, Instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy, and award-winning Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Keidrick has received research support from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies. For more information visit www.keidrickroy.com or contact him at keidrickroy@g.harvard.edu.


Jeff Myers, Programming Committee member, and Trustee

Jeff Myers is a software engineer at Rapid7, a security software company based in Boston. He also co-owns a candy shop in Cambridge, Spindler Confections with his husband Jeremy. An avid local history enthusiast and collector, he has volunteered with the Somerville Museum since 2014 and became a member of the Council of Advisors in 2018. 

In 2015, Jeff presented his project Somerville Past and Present: Images of a Century of Change at the Museum with Historic Somerville. He has continued with this work but expanded his volunteering to include actively helping the Collection Care Committee and sitting on the Security and Fire Prevention Committee.  Contact him at: myersj@gmail.com


William White, Executive Committee member, and Trustee

Bill White is Councilor at Large in the City of Somerville.   He is a former Law Clerk for a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and he has been a practicing attorney for 40 years. 1998-Present: Alderman at Large, Somerville Board of Aldermen.  2002: President of the Somerville Board of Alderman and ex-officio member of the Somerville School Committee. 2013 – 2017.  President of the Somerville Board of Aldermen and ex-officio member of the Somerville School Committee.

Bill is a graduate of Somerville High School, Harvard College and Georgetown Law School. Contact him at: william.a.white@verizon.net


Adda Santos, Trustee

        

Adda Santos is native of Brazil. She is a history teacher at Somerville High School where she has taught for the last 22 years. In addition, she is the advisor to the Somerville High School Local History Club, which works closely with the Somerville Museum Staff. 


Regina Pisa, Trustee and former President

   

Regina M. Pisa is Chairman Emeritus of Goodwin, a leading Global 50 law firm with more than 1,400 attorneys, serving clients from 13 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Pisa led the firm as Chairman and Managing Partner for more than 16 years, through 2014, and was the first woman to lead an AmLaw 100 law firm in the United States. Under her visionary leadership, Goodwin was transformed from a major regional law firm to a leading national and global firm.

Among her many awards and recognitions, The American Lawyer chose Ms. Pisa as its Distinguished Leader of the Year in 2017, heralding her as a pioneer and noting how her strategic vision and innovative style transformed not only Goodwin but the legal industry. The American Lawyer had earlier recognized Ms. Pisa’s innovative leadership style and vision for big ideas, naming her one of the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Past 50 Years.”

Ms. Pisa grew up and attended public schools in Somerville, before going on to earn degrees at Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown. She has often been heard to say that despite her extensive travels, her heart has never left Somerville. There is no better reflection of that than in her unparalleled commitment to the Somerville Museum. She has been involved with the Museum for well over thirty years and served as its past President. The Museum is very fortunate and grateful for her continued dedication. 


Lawrence Willwerth III, Secretary, and Trustee

Lawrence Willwerth III is a life-long resident of Somerville, a soldier, and a retired US Army combat veteran, Colonel (MA).

Quartermaster Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Commander, Region I (New England), Military Order of World WarsTrustee & Secretary Somerville Historical Society, for 10+ years. Docent at the city of Somerville. Co-organizer & Commander of Troops and Somerville’s ‘First Flag Event’ & Veteran’s Day observance at Milk Row Cemetery. Contact him at lwillwerth3@yahoo.com.


Dyan Blewett, Treasurer and Trustee, drblewett@comcast.net