The Dreamland Foundation is staffed with a dedicated team that is devoted to enriching Nantucket with year-round films and educational programs in the evolving world of digital entertainment and education.
Joe Hale, Executive Director
Joe Hale most recently served as Founder and President of The Global BrightLight Foundation, the largest NGO in America providing solar lanterns to off grid families around the world. Prior to creating The Global BrightLight Foundation, Hale served as vice president & chief communications officer of Cinergy Corp. (now Duke Energy), and as President of Cinergy Foundation. He also served as President of Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company
Hale also worked in commercial real estate development and headed an architectural firm with offices in the Midwest. Prior to entering the private sector, Hale had extensive experience in arts management – with the Indiana Arts Commission, as a high school teacher of theatre in Germany, with Historic New Harmony, Inc. and as executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council of Indianapolis. He has been a Trustee (and frequently Chairman) of numerous organizations.
Hale graduated from Hanover College, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Institute in Arts Administration. He holds honorary degrees from the Columbus (OH) College of Art and Design and from Hanover College
Seanda Bartlett, Director of Operations
Traci Finnerty, Director of Finance and Administration
Traci was born and raised in California, originally arriving on Nantucket in the early 1980s. After attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, she graduated with a B.A. in Spanish. While living in Boston, Traci worked as a certified project manager in software development and network services before returning to Nantucket to live full-time in 2003. Upon her return, Traci served for many years as the Business Administrator for a local commercial general contractor and as the Business Manager for a locally-owned lumber company. Traci is proud to be a part of the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation and brings with her an extensive and versatile business acumen. Traci is an avid runner. You may spot her and her Jack Russell Terrier running somewhere on the trails or shores of Nantucket.
Tiffany B. Gallo, Director of Educational Programming
Born and raised in Warwick, RI, Tiffany attended Marymount Manhattan College as a Communications Major for two years before transferring to the University of Rhode Island where she pursued a degree in Theater – Directing Concentration. Upon graduating with honors, Tiffany moved to Upstate NY, where she continued to develop her skills as a director and performer. It was here she realized her calling was to share her love of the arts with children. Soon she applied and was accepted to Skidmore College where she began working towards her Masters in “Enriching Education through the Arts”. Before completing her degree, Tiffany landed on the island of Nantucket and never wanted to go back. Over the course of her first five years with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Tiffany worked her way from guest artist, to Education Coordinator and then Program Manager. Tiffany’s position now allows her to collaborate with other artists and educators from around the world, while focusing on bringing the best in quality programming to the Nantucket community.
Josh B. Gray, Director of Marketing and Communications
Josh Gray has spent more than half his life and almost his entire career on Nantucket. A native of Massachusetts, Josh is an adventure traveler and photographer at heart having spent part of his youth in Mumbai, India, and going on to visit nearly 20 foreign countries including Cuba and Turkey, where he resided in the city of Istanbul for a season. A veteran marketing professional, writer and journalist and an active member of the Nantucket community, Josh devotes some of his time to working with the Nantucket Atheneum, the Nantucket Project, and is honored to have been named the co-chair of the 2017 Nantucket Book Festival. The Dreamland is the theater he saw his first movie in as a child, and he is more than excited to join the team there as the Director of Marketing and Communications.
Grace Hull, Director of Development
Grace Hull, an almost-native of Nantucket, has spent most of her life on island. After graduating Nantucket High School, she headed down south for college and graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC with a degree in Corporate Communications. She returned home to Nantucket after living in Washington DC and Boston. Grace brings over a decade of experience in sales and marketing to her role in development and is thrilled to be part of the team at the Dreamland Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family at the beach and enjoying all that Nantucket has to offer.
Megan McNeely Browers, Event Coordinator
Megan McNeely Browers has lived on Nantucket since completing her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University. She worked for many years at the Nantucket Public Schools teaching French, and is an active supporter of the islands many non-profits including Nantucket STAR, the Friends of the Public Schools, and PASCON. She spends her free time enjoying Nantucket with her daughter, Emmeline, and son, Henry. Megan brings her many years on the island and dedication to the island’s non-profits to her role as Event Coordinator at the Dreamland.
Danny Harrison, Technical Supervisor
Danny Harrison, originally from Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; where he studied Piano Performance. Danny, having moved to Boston, MA in 2005, has been a member of IATSE Local 481 Studio Mechanics Union in the Lighting and Rigging Grip departments since 2007, and has worked on numerous films shot in the Boston area. He has also toured nationally and internationally both as a performer and technician. As a lighting designer, carpenter, fabricator and technician for theatre, dance, film and special events in the entertainment industry for almost 20 years, Danny has worked for many theatre, dance, and opera companies including The Wolf Trap Opera Company, American Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College, Brandeis University Theatre, Theater Workshop of Nantucket, and the White Heron Theatre Company, to name a few. For several years he worked for a prominent Boston/NYC Rigging and Staging company doing design, fabrication, construction, theatre installations and inspections of rigging and safety systems. Despite being the lighting designer for the Dreamland’s productions since 2009, Danny moved to Nantucket in the winter of 2014 to fill the role of Technical Supervisor to bring his years of experience and technical knowledge to support the needs of the many Dreamland Foundation productions and the community.
Paul Berard, Head Projectionist
Originally from Westford, MA Paul started coming to Nantucket seasonally in 2010 and became a year ’round resident in 2012. First hired by the Dreamland to move a pile of sand, when the Dreamland was just a tent, he has worked his way up the ladder to the position that he holds today. Paul studied film at Fitchburg State University, and has been passionate about movies since he first saw Evil Dead when he was 14. When not at the Dreamland he can be found working for the Department of Public Works or spending time with the ducks that live in his backyard.