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Who We Are

Spontaneous Celebrations is run by an active and committed staff, board, and volunteer team composed of community residents, students, artists, parents, business-people, activists, and organizers who reflect the diversity of the surrounding communities.

Key Staff

Mark Pelletier, Spontaneous Celebrations’ Program Director, is responsible for producing Wake Up the Earth, the Lantern Parade, and all our other events. He is also responsible for rentals in our 45 Danforth Street community arts center. In addition, Mark provides festival arts instruction with the Manning and Curley After School programs, and is an all-around presence at Spontaneous.

De'En Tarkpor, Administrative Director, is responsible for, surprisingly enough, the administration and operation of Spontaneous Celebrations' facility, events, and programs. De'En started in October 2015 as the Financial Assistant and is now mastering the unique procedures and structures of this wonderful place. She has over 15+ years in the Finance & Administration  field.

Rosalba Solis, Festival Arts Founder, and La Pinata Director, is one of the founding members of Spontaneous Celebrations. She is a native of Mexico and a music and performance teacher at the Rafael Hernandez School in Egleston Sq., Roxbury. She finds time to run her own program, La Piñata, a Latin American Family Cultural Network that operates out of our Center and where she teaches dance and music of Latin America to children from Latin countries. She is also an accomplished tap dancer and teacher.

Noemi Saafyr Paz is the Director of The Beantown Society,

Gerry Lake, our Bookkeeper, grew up in Boston and holds two degrees from Boston College including a BA in Accounting and an MBA. He has over twenty years experience in accounting and financial positions, mostly in financial services. Over the last few years, Gerry has done a lot of work for non-profits including Community Works and Spontaneous Celebrations. He also serves on the board of the Cooperative Artists Institute.

Kalamu Kieta serves as in a part time capacity to assist with building maintenance and also supports Mark in marketing the building rental program. 

Femke Rosenbaum, the original founder of SC and its many festivals has dedicated her life to the people of her community in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Originally from Holland, as an artist, organizer, and community member, she has brought new meaning to life in the JP area through the festivals that have come to define the neighborhood.

Spontaneous' Board of Directors

Arva Clark is the former executive director of the Lowell YWCA and has served on the boards of many local Jamaica Plain community nonprofit organizations.

Jeannette Huezo and her children are frequent visitors to Spontaneous; she works as program director and organizer at United for a Fair Economy.

Kalamu Kieta is a long-time volunteer at Spontaneous. Kal lives in JP with his wife and two young children and often assists with event management.

Linda Muir-Robinson is an accountant with a Newton-based foundation and has assisted Spontaneous with financial record-keeping for many years.

Mike Lapham is a JP resident, dad of three children who come to Spontaneous frequently. He directs the Responsible Wealth program of United for a Fair Economy.

Ruby Reyes is the co-Executive Director of The CIty School and a long-time supporter of the Beantown Society and Spontaneous.

Michal Shapiro is on the Beantown Society Advisory Board and serves as liaison to Spontaneous. She Coordinator of the Youth Development Program at Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA).

John Wicker has served on the boards of many local community nonprofit organizations. He recently retired from a career in business.