Nashua Community Arts is a volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization formed in 2018 to support the Nashua Center for the Arts.

Our Mission:

  • Provide financial assistance to the Nashua Center for the Arts and to ensure the Center is a community cultural facility that enhances quality of life by providing a wide range of high- quality presentations and by serving as a resource and gathering place for the community.
  • Enhance the growth and stability of arts and culture in the Nashua area and link the arts and cultural activities to the community at large, making them accessible to all.

Our Beliefs:

Arts and culture are the heart and soul of any city and provide a common language across diverse cultures. A vibrant arts community provides a strong creative economy and is vital to the cultural and economic development and growth of the greater Nashua area.

Board of Directors

Richard LannanPresident

President and Owner at The Lannan Company, Inc.

Rich began his real estate career with an office in Nashua NH in 1978. Six years later he formed a commercial brokerage firm that quickly turned into the acquisition arm for a large real estate investment firm. In 1986, Rich became a partner in an entity which focused on Factory Outlet Shopping Centers nationwide, developing shopping centers in Arkansas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire totaling over 500,000 square feet. He served on the National Board of Directors for the "Developers of Outlet Centers" and chaired several national committees. In 1996 he formed The Lannan Company to purchase and build investment properties throughout southern New Hampshire. The Lannan Company is committed to Downtown Nashua, owning mixed use investment properties for over 25 years, and is dedicated to the vibrancy of the downtown community. In 2008 Rich was appointed to Nashua’s Service Advisory Committee and the Downtown Improvement Committee. He is an initial member of the Performing Arts Center Steering Committee formed by the City to help locate and plan the Center and became chair in 2018. He also is on the Southern NH Advisory Board for Enterprise Bank and a member of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Rich resides in Pelham NH with his wife Brenda where they raised three daughters, who are all married.

Deborah NovotnyVice President

Vice President, Commercial Lending at Enterprise Bank & Trust Company

Debbie is an innovative professional with more than thirty years of banking experience helping businesses succeed and achieve their dreams. Debbie’s expertise in commercial lending and underwriting includes a deep understanding and skill in analyzing financial statements and forecasting business growth. Debbie is very active in the community and currently serves as a Director on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Pennichuck Corporation, and St Joseph Hospital. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashua, and the City of Nashua’s Business & Industrial Authority and Revolving Loan Fund. Debbie resides in Nashua with her husband, Gary.

Judith CarlsonSecretary

CEO at Carlson Consulting Group

Judy is a freelance writer, editor, and public relations consultant. She brings extensive senior management experience from over 25 years in marketing, advertising, and public relations at FORTUNE 50 high tech companies, followed by 18 years with start-ups, small businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Prior to that, Judy was a journalist at the Bangor (ME) Daily News and Hannibal (MO) Courier Post. She chairs the Arts Marketing Steering Committee and the Grants Committees of the Nashua Arts Commission and is an initial member of the Nashua Performing Arts Center Steering Committee. Judy formerly was president of the Boston Chapter of the Business/Professional Advertising Association, served on the Nashua Historic District Commission and was a board member of Symphony NH, the NH Philharmonic, the Friends of the Hunt Memorial Building and City Arts Nashua where she served as vice president and member of the executive and finance committees and was project manager for the restoration of the Yankee Flyer Diner and Margaret’s View of Nashua murals. She has attended numerous workshops by the NH Center for Nonprofits, including financial management, board recruitment and governance and holds a BS in journalism and political science from the University of Maine. Judy and her husband Bob moved to Nashua in 1973, raised their daughter in the Nashua school system, and have lived in the Historic North End since 1976.

Anthony Engaldo, CPATreasurer

Partner at Marcum LLP

Anthony joined Melanson CPAs in 2019 which recently merged with Marcum LLP. He focuses on commercial services, tax planning, compliance and preparation, accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Before joining Melanson, he spent 15 years at Seeyle & Schultz, PA CPAs. He holds a BS, Accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University, is a member of the Souhegan Valley Happy Hour Rotary Club and lives in Amherst, NH with his wife and two children.

Andrew Curioso

CEO at Curioso Industries LLC

Andrew is a seasoned software engineer, architect, and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in eCommerce systems. He has consistently been on the cutting edge of web technologies, including being an early adopter and innovator in the areas of cloud computing, blockchain, APIs, serverless and web applications. Andrew’s passions lay in finding new innovative ways to solve problems and improve people’s lives using existing and often ground-breaking technologies. As founder of Curioso Industries, he helps companies from small startups to fast growing enterprises realize their technology and innovation goals and grow their businesses. Andrew is the lead author of Expert PHP and MySQL (Wrox, 2010), and Ajax with PHP 5 (O’Reilly, 2007). He has been a speaker at events around the world, from California, Chicago, and Boston to South Korea, on the topics of technology, innovation, and security. Andrew holds a degree in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and from time to time teaches as an adjunct professor in New Hampshire. He lives in Nashua with his wife and young daughter.

Lisa Bissonnette

Director of Property Management at R.J. Finlay & Co.

Lisa joined R.J. Finlay & Co. in 2008 and serves in a variety of roles within the company, including on the Real Estate Team, working on acquisition and development deals, lease and contract negotiations, due diligence, asset management, property management, disposition, and closing. As the Director of Property Management, she oversees Property Management for the company and its affiliates for more than fifteen properties nationwide. Lisa is also the company’s insurance and risk management liaison, overseeing a program of diverse assets. In addition, she facilitates marketing and special projects for all the R.J. Finlay & Co. companies. Lisa is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and an attendee of The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is President of the Board of Directors of City Arts Nashua, an arts service non-profit; a member of the Arts Marketing Steering Committee in collaboration with the Nashua Arts Commission and Great American Downtown; a member of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce; a volunteer for Great American Downtown and the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter; and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Greater Nashua.

Mary Ann Melizza-Golja

Licensed Speech Pathologist

Mary Ann has been actively serving the Nashua community since moving here in 1996 in both volunteer and elected positions and currently is a Nashua Fire Commissioner. She has also served as Nashua Ward 8 Alderwoman from 2008 to 2018, where she chaired the Planning and Economic Development Committee and was an initial member of the Nashua Performing Arts Steering Committee. She also served as Ward 8 Selectman and a member of the Board of Education. Mary Ann has been a volunteer, serving on many community organizations and events including Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity, The Brian S. McCarthy Foundation, Nashua PAL, the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, NH Project Learning Tree, Bicentennial PTO, the founding and continuing coordinator of Nashua Goes Back to School, and the SNH Services Head Start Parent Policy Council. Mary Ann is a speech pathologist with over 40 years of experience working with disabled children and their families. She worked as a Federal Head Start On-Site Program Reviewer for 12 years and a consultant to Head Start Programs in Regions I and III. She holds a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from SUNY Geneseo and a MA in Communication Disorders from Saint Louis University.

Marylou Blaisdell

Owner at Design Wares

Marylou has lived in Nashua since 1988 and for the past 15 years she has owned and operated Design Wares, a boutique at 206 Main Street. Prior to that she worked in banking in Colorado, California, and Massachusetts. Marylou is invested in the Nashua community and has served on several boards including Great American Downtown and as past president of Bridges in Nashua. Currently she is chair of the Downtown Improvement Committee and is an initial member of the Nashua Performing Arts Steering Committee, and the Hillsborough County Drug Court.

Philip Scontsas

Owner at Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Décor

Philip and his wife Amalia are the force behind Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Décor, a third-generation family business located on Main Street in downtown Nashua. Philip has been working in his family business since his teenage years, balancing work and education at the University of New Hampshire and becoming a graduate gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America. In 1996 he and Amalia opened the Home Décor department in an adjoining store to complement the long-standing jewelry business. Philip has served his community as a board member of Great American Downtown. a member of the Nashua Rotary Club and the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and now serves on the Downtown Improvement Committee.

William H. Barry III

Partner at Barry and Honorow, PLLC

Bill is a third generation Nashua native whose grandfather, William H. Barry, was Mayor of Nashua from 1911 – 1914. Bill has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1984 and the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1985. He is presently a partner with Barry & Honorow, Attorneys at Law, in Nashua. He has supported Nashua charities and other non-profit organizations for many years, serving on various boards and committees. His civic positions include serving as Rotary Club of Nashua President, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter President, Trustee of the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, and Commissioner of the Nashua Police Department. Currently, Bill is also a Trustee of Rivier University. He has served on the boards of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Nashua Senior Center, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua North Youth Baseball, and as State Representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Bill has coached Nashua Youth Soccer, Nashua Junior Biddy and Biddy basketball, Cal Ripken baseball, and the Pride Plus basketball team. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with an AB in Economics and received his Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University Law School in 1984.