Ted PietraS, PRESIDENT
As a veteran "South Ender" and senior sales associate with Gibson Sothebys for the past 25 years, Ted Pietras has extensive knowledge & familiarity with Boston and its real estate environment. Ted is consistently among the top producers at Gibson Sothebys and has received state and national recognition for his outstanding sales achievement. In 2008, Ted was selected by the Mayor's office to serve on the Copley Place Citizen's Advisory Committee and the Stuart Street Advisory Group, both of which advise the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on current development initiatives. Ted is proactively involved in effecting change; he served as a State Legislative Aide and organized a successful city-wide homeowner's group that focused on real estate issues. Ted serves as the Chairman of the Board for the South End Business Alliance (SEBA), is a volunteer for Eldercare and has served on the Boards of the Friends of Titus Sparrow Park, the Claremont Neighborhood Association and as President of Pilot Block Neighborhood Association. He has a leadership role in improving neighborhood conditions and helping to maintain and increase the value of real estate in Boston. In addition to his career as a successful real estate agent, Ted has a daughter in college at Northeastern University and is a Corporator of the Community Music Center of Boston. When you decide to sell or purchase real estate, Ted's success in sales and marketing and his commitment to improving the quality of life and real estate values in Boston should factor into your choice of realtors. Ted currently serves on the Membership Committee.
Kevin Hepner, Treasurer
Kevin is a certified public accountant and has worked in the non-profit sector since 1989. In January 2008 he assumed the position of President and CEO of United South End Settlements (USES). Prior to his current role he served as Vice President at Judge Baker Children's Center, a Harvard-affiliated organization which promotes mental healthcare for children. Kevin also is an instructor at the Boston University Schools of Social Work and of Management, Board President of the South End Community Health Center, past Board Chair of The Center for Teen Empowerment, Founding Board member and President of the Massachusetts Bay Self Insurance Group, and is an organizational consultant to Project Muso, a program serving low income women in Mali, Africa. He is a resident of the South End and is active in many other nonprofits in the Boston area. Kevin is a new member of SEBA's board who brings his expertise in non-profit management.
CHRISTIE LEIGH BELLANy, secretary
Christie is Director of Sales and Marketing
at Big Night Entertainment Group, responsible for all six of the group's
ventures including the South End's Red Lantern Restaurant and Lounge.
She is also president of CNC Music Productions, which she founded in
2003 to provide booking and promotion services for independent artists.
An award-winning singer/songwriter, Christie has always had a passion
for music and community. She is an advocate and volunteer for adults
with disabilities and will now direct her volunteer efforts to assist in
growing the South End Business Alliance.
Christie serves on the Marketing and PR Committee.
As the owner of Above and Beyond Catering, Mark's primary focus is to keep his vision of delivering creative and good food consistently to Above and Beyond Catering's customers. He does this while growing his catering business by pursuing new opportunities. Mark founded Above and Beyond Catering in September 1996 in Boston's South End neighborhood. He worked for a variety of clients including major companies State Street Research and Merrill Corporation. At Above and Beyond Catering's inception, most clients were corporate or non-profit in nature with a few private functions in the mix. In the fall of 2002, seeing a need for a neighborhood place that provided good healthy food, Mark established The Little Window, a takeout window, for customers who wanted "good food to go." The Little Window flourished, winning Boston's Best in the Improper Bostonian in 2005. Mark decided to close The Little Window in August of 2006 due to the high demand for catering. At this time weddings started filling Above and Beyond Catering's calendar. Above and Beyond Catering won South End Favorites Best Caterer in 2008 in The South End News. Prior to opening Above and Beyond Catering, Mark worked in a number of capacities in the food and beverage industry in Boston and the Cape and Islands. Mark is a graduate of the Inner City Entrepreneurs program 2005 and holds a B.A. degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He joined the South End Business Alliance in 2003. Truly believing in the mission of helping other for profit and not for profit businesses in the community, he became very involved and was named Vice President in 2005 and President in 2006 and again in 2009.
Nicole lives in the South End and owns Coco Baby, a South End baby boutique that she purchased and rebranded in 2011 (formerly known as Kiwi Baby). Her store focuses on integrating with the fabric of community by partnering with local artists, musicians and childhood educators and designers to serve local families and delight children. Nicole grew up in Boston and spent eight years in Australia before returning to her hometown in 2005. With a diverse career spanning magazines, airlines, software, fashion and entrepreneurship, she holds a Bachelors Degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Nicole is passionate about business, the neighborhood, and doing her part to see the South End thrive both economically and culturally.