Our Team

Melissa A. Elmer
Executive Director
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Martha Brennan
Director of Finance and Operations
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Claudia Filos
Director of Development Operations
& Salesforce Administrator

Kathy Walker
Director of Centennial Campaign

About Melissa Elmer

Melissa began her nonprofit career in 1997 and spent a decade working in programs supporting and advocating for individuals and families affected by domestic violence. It was through this work that she developed a deep respect for the mission and impact of nonprofits along with the people who dedicate their careers in the sector.  “The influence and impact that clients, community members, coworkers, and mentors have had in my life has been extraordinary. The experiences and stories we have shared has helped shape my life both personally and professionally.  I am profoundly grateful to have discovered the importance of nonprofits early in my career which has allowed me to contribute to the betterment of society in such a meaningful way.”  

Melissa joined TCH as Executive Director in 2006 and has enjoyed building the organization into a busy and vibrant community center bringing people of all ages together through the arts and enrichment.  She is very excited to celebrate TCH’s 100th anniversary in 2021 and planning for the next 100 years of service to the community.  

”… your profession is what you’re put here on Earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” Vincent Van Gogh

About Martha Brennan

Martha has lived in Wenham for 21 years and joined TCH team in February 2019. Previously, she had worked in renewable energy for 10 years.  She holds an MBA from Simmons College and is delighted to find a local position where she can put her skills to work supporting a community organization.

About Claudia Filos

Claudia has lived in Hamilton since 2005 and joined the TCH team in 2019. She is the former Executive Producer of Digital Content and Educational Programming at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and Executive Producer of Heroes X, a HarvardX MOOC which reached over 100k learners. She has two decades of experience with CRM and LMS solutions. She has a passion for database management and story-telling. At TCH, Claudia is using her communication and technical skills to support program development and constituent engagement.

About Kathy Walker

Kathy has been a part of the TCH family for many years as a mom of a theater enthusiast, an adult learner, event coordinator and most recently enjoying Music Man with her granddaughter.  She brings over a decade of fundraising experience on a variety of levels and is eager to put those skills to work for a successful campaign in celebration of this milestone accomplishment in the life of The Community House.

Tracey Sacco
The Kids Community @ 284 Director
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Katie Clarke
Artistic Director
Stage 284
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Gail Lull
Event Manger
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Kristalyn Burns
Marketing Manager
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Lindsay Konos
Office Manager
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About Tracey Sacco

Tracey has been a Hamilton-Wenham Resident her entire life. Currently, she lives in Wenham with her husband and 2 children.  She attended Cutler Elementary, Buker Middle School, Miles River Middle School and is a 2005 Graduate of Hamilton-Wenham Regional.  She then went on to get a Bachelors in Child Development and an Early Education and Care Director II Certification to pursue her dreams of working with children.  Tracey has a love for the community and a special love for The Community House as she had her wedding reception at TCH in 2015. She joined The Community House team in 2018 and helped develop and license the new before and after school program, The Kids Community @ 284.  The Kids Community program opened for the 2019-2020 school year with 98 children enrolled! Tracey thrives on the meaningful connections she has made by living and working in her hometown. She especially appreciates that her work at TKC allows daily interactions with children, families, and residents.

About Katie Clarke

Katie is so excited to be working with Stage 284 at The Community House. She has been a member of the Stage 284 family since 2014 and couldn’t be happier to work with this fabulous team of people at her home away from home. A graduate of Endicott College, Katie joined the North Shore community in 2013 and has been teaching, acting, managing, and directing in the Greater Boston Area ever since. Katie holds an M.A. in Theater Education from Emerson College and is excited to be applying her degree to Stage 284’s Youth Company and Youth Studio programs. Katie feels that the theater is a place for everyone, all ages and stages. All stories need different types of characters to tell them and she tries to instill this idea in all of her classes and productions. Katie is also the Coordinator of Theater at Endicott College and loves to bring her students to Stage 284 to share their passions in Performing Arts with The Community House.

About Gail Lull

Gail entered the hospitality field 28 years ago as a server and worked her way through event management and operations positions for various country clubs – all while raising 4 children.  Gail downsized her career in 2017 and joined TCH team as Event Manager where she facilitates building rentals and TCH fundraising events. She plans to retire from TCH when her contract expires in 2030!

About Kristalyn Burns

Kristalyn joined The Community House in 2019 as part of The Kids Community staff when they first opened their doors. Since then she has merged into administrative and marketing work at TCH, and enjoys using her myriad of skills to support nonprofit work. She has two degrees in the graphic arts field, and also teaches Graphic Design and Web Design as an adjunct at North Shore Community College. Kristalyn lives in Cape Ann with her cat, Lyra. 

About Lindsay Konos

Lindsay has lived in Hamilton since 2009 with her husband and 2 children. The Community House has played a large role in her life since 2011 when she held her wedding reception there, her baby shower, countless birthday parties and various events. When the position of Office Manager opened up, she saw it as a great opportunity to join the welcoming teaming team at TCH and work in a community-oriented position so close to home.

Dale Hoffmann
Site Coordinator
The Kids Community @ 284

Holly Losano
Site Coordinator
The Kids Community @ 284

Una Churchill
Assistant Group Leader
The Kids Community @ 284

Lacey Losano
Assistant Group Leader
The Kids Community @ 284

Felicity (Lisi) Price
Group Leader
The Kids Community @ 284

Colby Taormina
Assistant Group Leader
The Kids Community @ 284

Bobby Kerrigan
Property Manager

Matt Stedman
Custodian