Our Team

Officers and Executive Committee

  • President –  Barbara Day

  • Vice President - Simone Germain

  • Treasurer – Patrick Yeo

  • Secretary – Sandra Polanik

  • Member at Large - Melissa Parent

Board of Directors

  • Gereen Alarie

  • Helen Boyle

  • Bryan Clifford

  • Barbara Day

  • Malerie Germain

  • Simone Germain

  • Demetri Kasperson

  • Lily Larcheveque

  • Jim O'Brien

  • Cody Peck

  • Sandra Polanik

  • Tayler Wilson

  • Patrick Yeo

Advisory Board

  • Julie Prohaska

  • Rachel Young



Sandra Polanik

Sandra’s career in Hospitality grew organically through her passion for entertaining combined with referrals from friends and family to organize a wide variety of tailor-made private events. Deciding to parlay that experience to a meeting and event planning business, she received her B.S. in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University and is currently working toward a MBA in Hospitality from JWU.

As the sole proprietor of Polanik Event Services, LLC, she performs event planning and consulting, site selection, venue sourcing, and meeting management. She is Notary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
An artist at heart, she dabbles in wood carving and creating glass jewelry through lamp working and fusing techniques.  In addition to being a Board Member with the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, she volunteers with the American Red Cross.

Sandra is Massachusetts native and has resided in Charlton for over 6 years. She enjoys traveling and experiencing the various foods, cooking techniques, and recipes of other cultures.

Simone Germain, Special Events Coordinator

Simone Germain is a freelance artist who specializes in custom artwork.  Her paintings can be found on many different surfaces and her creative talents have led her to leave her artist impressions on various homes, churches and businesses across New England. Owner of a paint party business called Art by Simone, she travels to various venues and homes instructing groups how to create a painting step-by-step. Those that paint along with her are able to take home a painting they are proud of. She enjoys working in many different mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, pastel, ink, clay and more.

Among her repertoire of artistic endeavors, Simone works for the Jack O Lantern Spectacular, which is a huge organic art show on pumpkins held every October at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Simone also designs logos, t-shirts, and signs as well as creates murals and sets for community theater groups.

Simone is actively involved in sharing art in the community. She is currently working with special needs individuals at Seven Hills in Sturbridge MA and women in recovery at Safe Landing in Leominster MA. In addition to the title of Special Events Coordinator at QVCAH, she covers the position of Member at Large on the executive board. Simone is also on the board of directors at Charlton Arts and Activities Center representing the community theater group Pasture Prime Players.

Simone is thankful to have studio space where she can create daily in her home in Charlton MA.  When she is not painting she enjoys raising chickens and ducks and taking long walks with her dogs.  Simone loves her great big family and thanks them for supporting her art career.

Melissa Parent, Member At Large

Melissa Parent was born in Southern Massachusetts and received her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her work mainly consists of oil paintings but ranges from drawings, mixed media, photography, and sculpture.  Parent currently resides in Southern Massachusetts where she does small to large-scale work on commission.

Barbara (Earls) Day

Barbara (Earls) Day is a Southbridge resident, living in the 1885 house her dad and family grew up in since the early 1900’s. Over the years, she has been an active member of Gateway Players Theatre, Inc, school PTA, Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and the Ruth Wells Center board. She is an avid reader and loves doing needlework. A member of the JEL” Knitting with Sonya” group, she has organized the library participation in World Wide Knit in Public Day each June. Her participation in the arts is as an organizer and fabric artist, also known as a knitter! She retired from doing child day care after 39 years. Prior to that she was a social worker, doing marriage and family counseling. She has degrees in Counseling Psychology and Sociology. She is proud to be on the Ruth Wells Center board and enjoys bringing art and cultural programs to the community.

Demetri Kasperson

Demetri has served on the Board of Directors since 2006 and the Executive Board since 2010. He has maintained involvement in several other committees including The Estate Committee, The Communication Committee, The Education Committee, The Special Events Committee and The Artist in Residency Subcommittee. Demetri was born in Southbridge, MA and grew up in neighboring Woodstock, CT. The son of a Clark University Research Librarian and Geography Professor, he studied illustration and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and has lived in a variety of places, including Boston, New York City, Paris, England, Sweden and Greece. In 2007, Demetri along with Monika Agnello, established a contemporary art gallery, performance space, and studio in Southbridge – Sevengaits Project Space. In 2009 he founded Rive Gauche Realty, LLC a company that invests in real estate interests for artists. He is an avid painter and guitarist. Recently, he has focused on the establishment of an annual journal of poetry and prose, the Quinebaug Valley Review, which will be published by QVCAH in 2013.