Meet The Tree House Team!
Babies and toddlers ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to explore a world of discovery and wonder with the guidance of the nurturing and experienced Tree House Team!
Here your little one will explore art, gymnastics, music and movement. Caregivers will engage in the class and meet other parents and caregivers.
Our Tree House staff of early childhood instructors invests in each child and gets to know you and how you and your little ones learn best. Our team members discover and employ teaching strategies designed to maximize your experience! By doing this, we help you graduate through our programs as you become a part of our Tree House community.
Owner and Founder
Joe is the owner and founder of LINX, LLC. Before starting LINX, Joe worked as a financial consultant for KCI (acquired by FTI) and worked for McKinsey & Co in Boston; he was the COO/CFO of an eldercare startup and did some turnaround work as well. Drawing on his business experience, his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests, in LINX Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment of classes and camps in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX. Joe is a board member of Camp Casco, which provides free camp experiences for children with cancer. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S.in Management, with a minor in Computer Science, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Joe is married and the proud father of two daughters.
Vice President and Executive Director of LINX Camps
Josh is the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX Camps. Josh has been an integral part of the LINX leadership team for over ten years. He has worked in the camping industry his entire career, managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive, and has received national recognition for the staff training and character development he designed. He also is a published author on character development. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business. Josh is a proud husband and father of five.
Melissa is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that taught children how to become more confident leaders.
Lisa is an integral figure in the LINX community; she is a Class Director that has worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups for over twelve years. She has directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital, and graduated Weelock College with a Bachelor's in Human Growth and Development. Lisa's knowledge and passion for child development is unparalleled and she brings this passion directly to the LINX campers every day.
Meesh knew from a young age that it was her calling to work with children. She nannied for many years while in college and for some time after. Upon graduating from Framingham State College, she aided in the opening of a children's gym and indoor playground. She put her passion of fitness and child development together and designed a kid-fit program for the gym. When the opportunity opened for a career at LINX it was an easy decision. LINX's core values match those that Meesh values and she quickly became a LINX leader. Going on year four at LINX, Meesh has proven she can lead a team and continually strive for excellence. As Associate Director of LINX Camps she is eager to prove that she can do anything and be a role model for campers to look up to.
LINX Camps Director of Dance Programs
Heather brings valuable talent to her role as Dance Director. She has a Bachelor's in Dance from Adelphi, a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and has years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, yoga and many more. She has worked with unbelievably talented choreographers like Frank Augustyn, Leda Merdeith and David Parsons. Heather holds many regional and national awards in dance and has performed professionally across the country. Her expertise is unmatched and she is the perfect leader for Dance programs here at LINX.
Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in business. She has studied dance for over 20 years training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern and Irish Step. Jessica competed as well as performed in local community and charity events throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. In 2005 Jessica completed the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course and has been teaching ever since. Jessica currently teaches at local dance studios, summer camps, workshops, and after school programs. She also served as the Dance Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA in Taunton. Jessica has had the opportunity to take classes from renowned teachers and choreographers such as: Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Chris Judd, Tyce Diorio and Wade Robson to a name a few. Jessica has choreographed award winning competitive dance routines on a regional and national level. She received an outstanding choreography award for her work in 2014. She has judged for TL5 productions and is a certified Zumba® Fitness instructor. Jessica is currently a dancer in the Larkspur Dance Company and continues her dance education through instructor workshops in Boston, New York City, and Orlando. She is excited to join the LINX staff.
Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her home town dance studio. She took her passion with her to college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. During her time at ECSU, she danced and was captain of the ESCU Competitive Dance Team. She lead her team during sporting events and to NDA and UDA nationals around the country. While a full-time student and dance captain, she also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team. After school, she continued to dance with DanceWorks Boston and choreographed for their annual workshop. She is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team. Dannea is part of the LINX Dance Studio year-round team.
Kaely is a graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. In her four years at FSU, Kaely participated in and performed at ACDA Nationals in Washington D.C and has worked in dance studios throughout Florida teaching ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and modern technique and choreography to a wide variety of age groups. Kaely's dance career started at the young age of three years old, graduating from both BAK Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Kaely has also participated in many competitions including Dance Masters of America, JUMP, and Onstage America. Kaely is part of the year round LINX team and works in both the our customer service and dance departments.
Faith graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in Theatre Arts with a Dance concentration. She has years of training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Faith has had the opportunity to study at both the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Queensland Ballet of Australia. Faith is proud to be a member of the LINX team and is excited to share her passion for dance through teaching!
Todd has 20 years of experience producing original plays and adaptations for performers in elementary, middle and high school. He brings out creativity and confidence in all and especially loves when shy students discover their great potential. He believes in learning through laughter and that theater is a means of accessing literature, history and philosophy. Todd began the LINX Theater program with Joe Kahn in 2006 and is always searching for ways to raise the bar. His immense experience and love of teaching is invaluable to LINX. He not only loves to light the creative spark in young performers, he loves to teach others how he does it. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Emily graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre and Religious Studies. She then went on to direct theatre throughout New York with companies and festivals such as FringeNYC, New York Classical Theatre, Jewel Box Theater, Alchemical Theatre Lab and Royal Family Productions. After making the move to Massachusetts, Emily is so excited to bring inspiration and fun to the LINX Theater program!
AnneMarie has been performing since the age of three, and theatre has remained a huge part of her life ever since. She went on to graduate from Emerson College in 2006 with a BA in Theatre Education and an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, AnneMarie has gone on to teach and direct at theaters, schools, and camps across Massachusetts including: Stoneham Theatre, Kidstock, Runkle Extended Day, The Brooks School, and Beaver Summer Programs. Her biggest passion is getting her students excited about theatre! AnneMarie also serves as the Director of Development and Media to The FUDGE Theatre Company. If she's not onstage or behind the scenes, you can usually find AnneMarie cooking, crafting, or on an adventure.
Akshay has graduated from George Mason University, Virginia in Information Systems after completing his undergraduate work in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, India. His prior experience includes an internship with Defense Research and Development Organization and work at Tata Consultancy Services as a System Engineer. Apart from this, he has been playing soccer, volleyball and handball since the age of 12.
Dave Gerth Director of Finance Dave is the Director of Finance for LINX. He is an MBA graduate of Dartmouth College and has his undergraduate degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. Dave has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of both very large public companies and successful "start-ups" throughout New England. Dave comes from a family that places a priority on children's education and character development. Dave is a true exercise enthusiast and is excited to join the LINX team.
Francisco Barani started to work in 1998 at the Boston Center Rehab., as a housekeeping supervisor. He was a manager of 10 people and also was in charge of the laundry department. Each day, he had the task to go to each floor and make sure that each patient room was clean and disinfected. In the laundry department each day also, he received clean linen from another facility and replaced the dirty laundry with clean laundry. At the end of the day, he would have to make sure that each housekeeping employee cleans all of the equipment and puts it back where is was. He was there until Dec. 2013. In October 2015, Harvard University called Francisco to come for an interview to work at Harvard as a custodian. As of today, he had been working at Harvard.