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Board of Directors « Medicine Wheel Productions

Board of Directors


markMark McGonagle, Chair – Mark has previously worked on behalf of at-risk youth for the Boston Centers for Youth & Families and the Boston Public Health Commission.  Mark also served Chief of Staff for Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan. Mark currently works as The Boston Redevelopment Authority in Community Affairs  Mark is a lifelong resident of South Boston and has served on many non-profit boards throughout the community including the Condon Community Center, the Collaborative Center and Boston Connects. He also coaches South Boston Youth Hockey and is a past president of his neighborhood civic association the Dorchester Heights Association.  Mark currently lives in the Dorchester  with his wife Katie and two  Children



Dennis S. Pellecchia, Treasurer, is the Partner-in-Charge of Marcum LLP’s Needham, Massachusetts office.   He has over 30 years of experience in public accounting providing a wide range of services including accounting, audit, income tax consulting, planning and compliance, and management advice. While Mr. Pellecchia specializes in real estate, he has served companies in a diverse range of industries as well as wealthy families.

Mr. Pellecchia is a co-leader of the Firm’s New England Real Estate Industry Group and his extensive experience in the real estate industry encompasses a full range of sophisticated income tax consulting and planning services to real estate developers, owners and operators with investments in properties such as shopping malls, lifestyle centers, multi-family, mixed-use, industrial, office buildings.

Mr. Pellecchia has spent considerable time in the area of deal and entity structuring with a view toward exit strategy. By modeling “before” and “after tax cash flow” for the full anticipated life of the deal he is able to assist clients to fully understand the business deal and the impact of the complex partnership tax laws and regulations on the partnership, and the partners’, allocations of income or loss and “after tax ROI.”

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Pellecchia was the President, Chairman and CEO of a regional accounting firm in New England.



rickRick Winterson, Secretary/Clerk -Rick Winterson came to South Boston 16 years ago.  He was interested in pursuing careers in acting and writing.  He is now the Senior Editor at South Boston Online, the neighborhood weekly newspaper, has completed seven years in TV news broadcasting, and has had articles and poems published in media from the South Boston Literary Gazette to Yankee Magazine.

Rick’s acting career continues apace, with recent roles in “Apron Full of Beans” and “The Good Woman of Setzuan”.  His experience includes historic interpretations and an original one-man play, “Paul Revere”, as well as indie films, dinner theater, and performances in many local theater venues.  He has covered numerous Medicine Wheel events over the years and is continually amazed at how much they accomplish.  Rick became a member of the Medicine Wheel Productions’ Board of Directors in 2012, and currently serves as its Recording Secretary



amitAmit Dixit, Founder and Executive Director, South Asian Arts Council was Born in Jaipur India. Amit Dixit came to the Boston with his parents in 1973 and grew up in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.  Amit has combined his respect for his native culture and his entrepreneurial spirit to establish the South Asian Arts Council and strives to bring communities together through innovative arts programming.

Amit has developed and managed programs for digital conversion services and served on the boards of nonprofit organizations including Map for Health, GLAD, The History Project, and the Boston LGBT Film Festival.




IndresanoMichael Indresano Over the past 20 years, Michael Indresano has infused his passionate attention to detail into thousands of photographs. From powerful portraits of world-class athletes and Fortune 500 CEOs to dynamic images of everyday products, Michael shoots for a diverse clientele who value his dedication to creating high-impact, beautiful work.

Through a variety of innovative lighting techniques, Michael solves creative challenges and transforms even the simplest products into energizing ad campaigns. His commitment to preparation, budgets, and scheduling–along with his contagious enthusiasm and creative execution–are among the many reasons clients return to his photography studio. As client demand for engaging digital material increases, Michael has used his extensive knowledge to transition into the exciting world of video production.



Ruth Raphael, Liaison to the Board  Ruth Raphael is a Landscape Architect and Planner with the National Park Service at Boston National Historical Park.  Ruth has worked on numerous projects including the rehabilitation of Dorchester Heights in South Boston, Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center and the new NPS Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall.  Ruth graduated from Cornell University and has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ruth has a particular interest in urban green spaces and has worked with youth and community groups in developing gardens in urban spaces.  Ruth lives in Charlestown with her husband and daughter.




Susan Nalband As is true for many photographers, I don’t remember not being compelled by images and a means to make them. My father and his father were amateur cameramen, and I confiscated the family camera for myself at a young age. Believing in the relationship between the subject and the photographer helps me listen with my eyes and my camera. I often rest my camera while I try to discover what I’m seeing, and then endeavor to take a photograph with a purpose.

Photography is a visual experience loaded with emotional, intellectual and personal influences. My intention is to create images that allow the viewer into the world I see. What they see may impact them as it did me but hopefully it allows them to have their own experience and take away from it what they find for themselves. I’ve been privileged to study large families, isolated individuals, sisters, small town inhabitants, diner workers, laborers, and a Mennonite community living in rural Massachusetts. More recently the trees inhabiting the landscapes of Massachusetts, Florida and North Carolina have been my subjects. Summer of 2013 I will be making photographs of the native pine and oak forests and ponds of Martha’s Vineyard.

Working with my eyes and hands is a way of life for me, and I consider my work in photography a life project. I am currently at work on a documentary book project comparing a collection of photographs taken in 1938-1940 by the photographers of The Farm Security Administration and a collection I produced in 1974 using the same script for Small Town America, specifically in rural Minnesota.

A second book has begun to take shape around the simple phenomenon of beauty in nature through photographing trees and shrubs at various times of day and in varying weather conditions. Text is expected to discuss environmental issues in the areas recorded as well as descriptions of place.


10734263_10205200213553167_5982879043916597378_nRoy Rider was born in South Boston, Massachusetts where he lived with his parents and sister until moving to Marion, Massachusetts.  After graduating from High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Special Operations in Europe and Cambodia. On his return he entered college majoring in Marketing and later in Communications and Theatre.  Roy joined his family’s ski and sporting goods business and owned and managed stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire while simultaneously working for a major retail corporation as a consultant opening new stores.  When his son joined the Cub Scouts Roy served as Cubmaster and was later appointed District Chairman and sat on the Council Executive Board.

Retired, Roy returned to his home in South Boston with his wife Sheila.  He is a passionate historian and genealogist and served as a docent at Fort Independence on Castle Island and is on the speaking circuit.  He is a member of several historic organizations and is a constituent to Boston Harborfest.  Roy also serves on the board of Medicine Wheel Productions.




bowersJane Bowers currently a resident of Jamaica Plain, for many decades activist and resident of the South End, has been supporting Medicine Wheel since it first began its annual installation and vigil.  Introduced to the organization by her son Michael, she is excited by the capacity of a visionary nonprofit like Medicine Wheel to use art to support the creation of open, productive, healthy lives for residents of Boston.


Founder and Principal of McCormick Bowers Associates, Jane supports nonprofit organizations by consulting, coaching and participating in their governance. She actively promotes civic engagement in Boston communities by promoting involvement in community organizations and in government, encouraging voting and support for open and effective local and national government. And she offers her deep knowledge of the way nonprofits work as a resource to donors seeking to accomplish their personal social goals through philanthropy.

Jane is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, a long-time member of the League of Women Voters, and an elected member of the Ward 19 Democratic Committee.





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