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Meet Our Team

2nd Act is a recovery-friendly workplace that fosters support, wellbeing and growth of individuals in recovery through a focus on harm reduction, prevention, and evidence-based practices. The majority of our staff, board and committees are either in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder or have lived experience with addiction either as a family member or close friend of someone with a Substance Use Disorder. 

Administrative Staff

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Executive Director
Ana Bess Moyer Bell, MA RDT

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Ana Bess Moyer Bell received her masters degree in drama therapy from New York University and has been a practicing clinician since 2014. She is the founder of COAAST (now 2nd Act) and has almost ten-years experience running nonprofits. She has practiced and taught drama therapy nationally and internationally and is a commissioned playwright. She is currently on the advisory board at the Rhode Island Department of Health helping to create and maintain the medical regulations for the nation's first legal harm reduction centers. She is a senior advisor to RI Governor Daniel J. McKee on substance use, harm reduction, and recovery. 

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Chief Operations Officer
Karen Snyder

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Karen Snyder grew up in Wooster, OH. In 2002, she received a B.A. in Theater from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Karen lived in Boston, MA for 14 years where she first worked with Improbable Players. After moving back to Ohio in 2017, she recognized the need for prevention and recovery theater due to the opioid epidemic and started the Cleveland office of Improbable Players in May 2018.

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Program Manager
Ryan Beard

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Ryan Beard began teaching drama and improvisational theater to youth a decade ago. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with a degree in Theater Education and Communications. He has taught drama in schools and youth theaters to students from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds in Arizona, Washington and Massachusetts. He has worked as both a drama teacher and a high school technical theater director. 

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Development Consultant
Rebecca Harris

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Becca Harris is a Development Consultant with 2nd Act. After a knee injury ended Becca's hopes of going pro (in culinary arts), Becca studied Event Planning and Hospitality Management at Southern New Hampshire University. After graduating, Becca began her non-profit career, working for various non-profits in the Greater Boston area before taking on her current role as an Implementation Consultant at Anthology, helping non-profits adopt new management tools. She also consults for non-profits on management and development, and has been a consultant with 2nd Act for 4 years.

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Ohio Associate Director
Colleen Longshaw Jackson

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Colleen Longshaw Jackson is currently the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Colleen holds a BFA and MFA in acting from Kent State University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Jackson is a Certified Trauma Professional, a certification she uses in conjunction with her theatre work to create inclusive and mindful artistic spaces.

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Creative Production Manager
Cameron Torres

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Cam Torres is an actor, playwright, director, and Arts Administrator. He has worked in theater and the arts in the Boston and Providence area for 10+ years. He played Sam in the first production of Four Legs to Stand On with COAAST in 2015, and then moved into directing and administrative roles with the organization. He was the artistic director for Deana’s Educational Theatre, an educational program about dating violence.

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Development & Communications Coordinator
Ava Mascena

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Sara Reiling is a website volunteer for 2nd Act. She grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in Washington, DC. Sara graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a degree in anthropology. She has been volunteering with 2nd Act since November of 2021.Ava Mascena graduated from Rhode Island College in 2017 with a BA in Theater and a concentration in musical theater performance. Ava first started working for COAAST (now 2nd Act) in 2019 as a Stage Manager, and joined the 2nd Act team in July of 2022. Along with working in theater as a stage manager, actor, singer and box office manager, she is a skilled potter and teaches pottery classes for children at Mudstone Studios in Warren.  

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Outreach Coordinator
Morgan
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Morgan Shumway is a healing arts advocate, performer, and cares about social and environmental justice. Morgan graduated from Miami University of Ohio, in 2019, with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Morgan has been a Soprano Chorister for the choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been with Improbable Players, and now 2nd Act, since January of 2020.

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Artistic Director, New Works
Elizabeth Addison

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Elizabeth Addison is a composer, lyricist, playwright,  arts administrator, and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Her musical This is Treatment,  a story about women helping women recover at an addiction treatment facility, was produced by Northeastern University. She is the former Associate Artistic Director and founding member of The Dreamscape Project Group, an all-female theatre troupe dedicated to developing pieces that address diversity through dance, movement, music and dramatic narrative.

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Resident Drama Therapist
Amy Larson Lazier, RDT

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Amy Larson Lazier, MA, RDT earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University specializing in Drama Therapy. Amy is a part of the drama therapy department at 2nd Act; creating and running groups, focused on supporting people in recovery while they do their work to support others within the recovery community. Amy utilizes her role as a drama therapist to support actors, directors, and other members of 2nd Act.

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Grants Manager
EJ Harris

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EJ Harris has newly returned to the Greater Boston Area after stops in New Haven, Milwaukee, and Youngstown, OH. He studied theology and classics at Providence College, and met his wife, Catherine, while accidentally making fun of her shoes during a debate round. They became partners in debate, then in life, then in competitive axe throwing, a sport they continue to pursue. He has worked in law, politics, IT, non-profit development and a comics shop, but considers grant writing his best job yet.

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Volunteer, Federal Grant Writing and Program Evaluations
Esther Fisk Ramsahai, MPH

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Esther Fisk Ramsahai, MPH obtained her Master of Public Health from Liberty University in 2021, her concentration is in Health Promotion. She became a volunteer for 2nd Act for her practicum in late 2020, supporting us as we worked through the application requirements for a grant through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S Department of Health & Human Services. She continues to volunteer for 2nd Act. She is also the Director of Innovation for OptumRx.

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SEL Drama Therapy Consultant
Carrie Watt, LCAT, RDT

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Carrie Watt, LCAT, RDT has been working in the New York City Department of Education since 2014 bringing social-emotional learning tools to students and school communities. Carrie believes in the power of the arts to transform and through a clinical lens as a creative arts therapist offers youth a platform to share their voice and their stories. 

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Videographer, JaiCG
Joseph Phommasith

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Joseph Phommasith is a MA native who grew up in RI. He has a degree in International Relations from Boston University. In 2012, Joseph started JaiCG — a public relations firm initially based out of Providence. Nowadays, JaiCG is known for video work and is based out of Boston. With change, a few things have remained constant, however: everything is made from the heart and is for the people.

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Digital Consultant
Geoff Capraro MD, MPH

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Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH is a practicing, board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician with Brown Emergency Medicine and co-Founder of the RI-hatched, now, nationally distributed NaloxBox program to furnish tools to support bystander rescue of people overdosing on opioids in public and semi-public places.

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Website and Grants Volunteer
Sara Reiling

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Sara Reiling is a website volunteer for 2nd Act. She grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in Washington, DC. Sara graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a degree in anthropology. She has been volunteering with 2nd Act since November of 2021.Sara Reiling grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in Washington, DC. Sara graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a degree in anthropology. She has been volunteering with 2nd Act since November of 2021.  

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Outreach & Social Media Intern
Kimstelle Merisma

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Kimstelle Merisma is a junior Theatre and Performance student at Emerson College in Boston. A firm believer in blending all of one’s passions, Kimstelle seeks to combine her love for performing and visual arts with her devotion to community-building in all of her current and future endeavors. Kimstelle is a huge music enthusiast and, at the moment, her favorite song is King by Florence + The Machine. 

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Development Intern
Paggy Lin Patel

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Sara Reiling is a website volunteer for 2nd Act. She grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in Washington, DC. Sara graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a degree in anthropology. She has been volunteering with 2nd Act since November of 2021.Paggy Lin Patel is a senior at the University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth. Her internship is through the Community Based Work Study at the University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth. She grew up in New York and then moved to Massachusetts to make new friends. Her hobbies are gym, movie marathons, and food enthusiasts. She is also into volunteering for her community on campus to reach sustainability goals. 

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Website Designer
Elero Obaitan

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Elero Obaitan trained as an Agricultural Engineer and upon graduation worked as a graphic artist, content developer and 2D/3D computer-aided designer. A chance encounter with the Python programming language led to an interest in a career in web development. He now works as a front-end developer and UI/UX designer in a mostly freelance and contract capacity.

Staff

Actors

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Our Cast

Writers

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Daniel T. Hankins
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Daniel T. Hankins is an actor and musician based in the Boston area. Daniel studied Communications Media, concentrating in Theater at Fitchburg State University until 2020. Although he thrives on the stage, Daniel has filled many other producing roles behind the scenes as well, working as a Stage Manager in a number of productions for his alma mater, and independently with his friends. Joining 2nd Act in 2022, Daniel has been able to connect with many people in the struggle against Substance Use Disorder, performing in 2nd Act's productions of "I'll Never Do That" and "Four Legs to Stand On" in person and virtually in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This has awakened a desire to educate the youth in Harm Reduction in any way he can, using the power of music and theater to aid in his endeavors.

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Auden Muchnik
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Auden Muchnik is a current student at Emerson College where she is studying acting and videography. She is a strong advocate for substance abuse education, especially for young people. She is passionate about creating many mediums of art talking about addiction. Additionally, she was diagnosed with bone cancer in January 2022, and has spent the better part of a year undergoing chemo and radiation. Now, in remission, she is excited to include topics of cancer as a young person in her art.

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Elizabeth Addison
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Elizabeth Addison is a multi-hyphenated artist whose work exists at the intersection of theatre and recovery. Elizabeth  has written three musicals inspired by her recovery and theatre journey, two of which, "This is Treatment” and “Chasing Grace”,  have been seen all over New England and the Tri-State area. Elizabeth is on the Advisory Board for The Recovery Theatre Project in Sarasota, Florida. Over the last two years, Elizabeth has been co-facilitating Recovery Storytelling workshops and training to become a Recovery Coach. She has just begun her practice as a Creative Recovery Coach with Revolution Recovery where she will work with Artists in recovery. She is consultant for 2nd Act and is thrilled to be overseeing their New Play Development process.

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Leandro Castro
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Leandro Castro, better known by his stage name "Kufa Castro", is a Queer Afro-Dominican artist based in the city of Providence, RI. Canta Author, rapper, poet and playwright. Kufa has been creating music since 2012. Kufa fuses his history and experience as an afro queer Latinx immigrant in the United States in his music and his poetry. His poetry is the tilling of his experience to keep finding himself, connect to his community, and culture. As a playwright Kufa was co-translator of Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Rep’s production of “The Tempest/La Tempestad” 2018, lead translator and adapter of Comedy of Errors/Comedia de Errores for Brown/Trinity’s MFA Program’s class of 2019 and in the summer of 2019 he was the lead translator and adapter of “Much Ado About Nothing/Tanta Bulla y pa que?”.

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Kenzie Jacobsen
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Kenzie Jacobsen is a proud and vocal transgender writer, musician, and activist. She spends most of her time on Tiktok fighting to educate and spread awareness to anyone wanting to understand her community better. She is also a self guided touring musician and the VP for a queer owned nonprofit, KREATIVE HAUS, which works to educate and train queer youth on all things music.

Writers
Board

Board of Directors

Board Chair: Jessica Morrison (Newton, MA): Director of Development, Huntington Theatre Company; former Deputy Director of Development at the American Repertory Theater and Director of Development at Commonwealth Shakespeare. BFA, Boston University.

Board Vice Chair: Olivia Jenkins (Providence, RI): Recovery Housing Inspector with RICARES, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, community organizer, LGBTQ advocate, visual artist, performer.

Board Treasurer: Joe Kelleher (Newton, MA): Program Director, Hamilton House; supervisor for practicum students in the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program at UMass Boston, and business manager, The Gavin Foundation. BA in Psychology, College of the Holy Cross.

Board Clerk: Rachel Morgan (Harvard, MA): Early COAAST Outreach Coordinator; Human Factors Engineer at Eli Lilly and Co.; BS/MS in biomedical engineering; MS in systems engineering (Focus in human factors). 

Joaquin Dos Reis (Cleveland Heights, OH): International Customer Service Supervisor, Moen International; former Program Manager of Global Executive Education, Cleveland Clinic.

Jennifer Johns (Twinsburg, OH): Executive Director at Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio.

Roger Oser (Boston, MA): Principal, Ostiguy Recovery High School, Vice-Chair for the Association for Recovery Schools and Co-Chair of the Boston Youth Service Network. BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from The Citadel. 

Khalil Saddiq (Chelsea, MA): Marine Corps veteran, Community Activist, Racial Equity Consultant, Life Coach, currently sits on a committee for the City of Boston to end city homelessness and is a passionate advocate for eliminating homelessness. Cambridge College BA Multidisciplinary Studies focused on early education. 

Bradly Widener (Pawtucket, RI): Director of Service & Experience at Trinity Repertory Company, Teaching Artist, Actor, BFA from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Taylor Cacciola (Providence, RI): Co-Founder of Namra Consulting,  Board Director of Central RI Chamber of Commerce, BA, Marketing + MBA from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. 

Kate Kataja (Boston, MA): Board Relations Manager at GBH, former Assistant Director of Development for Trinity Repertory Company, former Artistic Associate at The Wilbury Theatre Group, former resident director at Burbage Theatre Company, BA in Theater from Emerson College, Arts Administration Graduate Certificate from NYU.

Committees

Governance Committee
Finance Committee
Development Committee

Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Recovery-Friendly Workplace Committee 

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