Tim Hebert — President
A perennial entrepreneur, innovator and adventurer, Tim sees the opportunity to effect change everywhere and is passionate about helping others do the same. A voracious author and seasoned speaker, he enjoys exploring concepts related to intentional leadership, business transformation and professional and personal introspection. A business owner for well over two decades—and the current CEO of Trilix, a business and technology consulting firm—he believes leaders can and need to do better. He believes effective leaders need to embrace the climb.
Kurt Harrington — Vice President
The Fish Guy (aka Kurt Harrington) started Something Fishy in 1993 at age 15 by cleaning his dentist’s fish tank for $12/month. Relying on the guidance of colleagues, trusted advisors, and his employees, Kurt formally introduced Something Fishy to New England in 1999. Kurt is constantly working on developing and sustaining an empowering, educational, and fun work environment that fosters growth, inspiration and innovation.
Bonnie Epstein — Secretary and Executive Director
Bonnie Epstein received her undergraduate degree in Geology/Biology and her Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography. Her interests lie at the junction of science, art and education. She founded and continues to work on the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), a hands-on, interactive museum in Rhode Island designed to inspire curiosity and encourage experimentation in older children and adults. She also teaches design-solution based bio/geo/chem courses at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Trent Theroux — Treasurer
He inspires, motivates, and moves audiences through personal narrative, business anecdotes, and his riotous humor. Trent is a Vice President of Finance, graduate school Professor of business strategy, endurance athlete, and activist for the Spinal Cord Injury Community. Following an accident that left him paralyzed, Trent created a foundation to provide durable medical goods for spinal cord-injured patients and funded the foundation through an unprecedented backstroke swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Trent’s work as a leadership training speaker has been highlighted on radio, newspaper, and television.
Kimberly Kowal Arcand — Member
Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Scientist & Emerging Tech Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data storyteller she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.
David Kunitz — Member
David Kunitz is a highly successful Industrial/Product Designer who combines a keen eye for aesthetics, the ability to elicit consumer insights, an understanding of global engineering & manufacturing processes and a leadership style that teaches, motivates and optimizes highly skilled creative teams.
Melita Morales — Member
Melita Morales is a Ph.D. student in the Teaching, Curriculum & Society program in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. As a long-term arts and interdisciplinary educator, she is invested in the multiple ways we come to know and make meaning of the world through day-to-day informal settings as well as formal academic experiences. Melita is interested in generative spaces that support pluralistic perspectives through dialogic teaching and learning that creates openings to examine assumptions and imagine possible futures beyond structural constraints.
Stephanie Norin — Member
Stephanie Norin is a business owner and event planner with a Masters of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. She has spent countless volunteer hours working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions close to her heart including Adoption Rhode Island, the Scleroderma Foundation, the Ashton School and the Wheeler School.
John Papa — Member
John is an award winning Producer, Director and Composer. He was a partner in Jam Design, a busy Production Design studio in NYC until he was recruited By Hasbro to start Hasbro Studios in RI where he worked until 2013. After a year long sabbatical he started Film922 with his wife Katy Magee. After 4 years of incredible growth Film922 rebranded to Massimoto Media. John has created nationally televised music for Sean John, Michael Jordan, Phat Farm, Hasbro and produced and directed hundreds of commercials, marketing videos and documentaries.
Alexis Pelletier — Member
A musician and arts manager by trade, Alexis graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in music and arts management. She has worked with organizations such as the University Musical Society in MI, Center Stage Theatre in MD and MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in MA. Alexis is committed to bringing new life to the field of theater and arts management.
Jennifer Pietros — Member
Jennifer Pietros received her Masters of Education in 2002 and has been teaching science ever since. She currently teaches general science to middle school students at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, Rhode Island. Concurrently, since 2016, Jennifer has been working towards her Ph.D. in Education.
Michelle Pope — Member
Michelle’s career began in technology with a degree in Computer Science and a passion for engineering and process improvement. CompuClaim, under Michelle’s direction, has worked to create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement and innovation through people, process and technology. Michelle has held many executive positions throughout her career and is an active participant of Women in Leadership Nexus, Women in Technology, RI Tech Collective Mentor Program, Project Management Institute and Lean Enterprise Institute.
Karen Triedman — Member
Over the past twenty years, Karen has worked as a designer and educator at Rhode Island School of Design in the areas of color design and visual merchandising. Her teaching has focused on color classes that include Color Theory, Applied Color Concepts, Psychology of Color, and Color in the Marketplace. Karen tries to enhance color understanding from a three-dimensional perspective, giving students the tools and sophistication needed to utilize color in their professional design work.