Board & Staff

Renee Tribert, Board of Directors

Having spent formative years as a child exploring and trying to get lost in French castles with her family, Renée Tribert developed an interest in historic buildings, architecture and art. Since moving to Connecticut in 1988 she has worked at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the New Britain Museum of American Art and now Preservation Connecticut. She enjoys biking, hiking, and travel, often in pursuit of her adult children. With nary a creative bone in her, she instead appreciates the creativity of others, and discovered The Buttonwood Tree upon moving to Portland in 2019Re.

Melinda Brainerd, Board of Directors 

Melinda graduated from Loyola Marymount with a B.A. in Theater and has done community theater in Connecticut. An accounting assistant for an Architectural Firm, as well as private bookkeeping, Melinda is serving as our Treasurer. While her passion is theater, she loves live music.

Cynthia Montalvo, Board of Directors

Born and raised in the vibrant NYC East Village, Cynthia Montalvo takes pride in her Hispanic roots. Her formative years in these diverse streets shaped her character, instilling values of resilience and adaptability. Cynthia’s roots run deep in her commitment to family and community.

In 2007, Cynthia made a pivotal move to the welcoming town of Middletown, Connecticut, in search of a better life to raise her growing family. Quickly embracing the community, she fell in love with the tranquil charm of Middletown—a place that would serve as the backdrop for her exploration into the world of yoga. She has been on the TBT Board of Directors since February 2024.

Terri Lachance, Board of Directors

Terri Lachance comes to The Buttonwood from her love of the atmosphere. She comes from a background of Elementary Education. She is a singer songwriter that has 6 CD’s of original music with the Terri and Rob Duo.

She is a musician that plays all over CT and also books for a few locations as well.  She runs the Open Mic the First and Third Monday with her her musical partner Rob De Sorbo. Terri has been a longtime volunteer at TBT, and joined the board of directors in February 2024.

Kirk Hart, Executive Director

Eileen Anderson, Board of Directors

Eileen has practiced as a critical care RN in the CICU at Yale New Haven Hospital combining Reiki practice with patient care. Since retirement she has become a Reiki Master offering Reiki class and facilitating Reiki events at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center. This contributes to the healing vibes of the arts community.

She involves herself within the Middletown community interacting with the neighborhood around the Buttonwood. She volunteers on Mondays open mics reading other’s short stories and poetry. She has also displayed her sea-glass art along with managing the book sales at make Music Day. She is excited to be part of this board.

Eileen lives in Wallingford with her husband and two adult children and 3 cats. She enjoys, biking, hiking, swimming, and making art.

Caitlin Duffy, Board President


Caitlin (s/he/they) grew up around the artistic hubs of Middletown, CT, spending time in arts and cultural centers like the Buttonwood Tree with her sisters and aunts. Her father, who worked at the Record Express formerly on Main Street in Middletown, instilled a love for music in her at a very young age.


Caitlin graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Psychology. She came back to Connecticut from New Jersey to pursue a career in any sector she could get her hands on, from medical to political, town government to nonprofits, and finally to the arts.


Outside of her work, Caitlin enjoys volunteering at the Buttonwood, especially at live music events and teaching neurographic and collage art classes. She also is co-chair on the Board of the Fair Rent Commission in Middletown. Her hobbies include playing bass guitar, painting literally anything, and collecting too many dolls and stuffed animals.

Edward Langford, Board of Directors

Edward (Eddie) Langford is thrilled to be a part of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center family. He is originally from Rhode Island, but has lived in Middletown since 2006.

Eddie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Behavioral Clinician with an office downtown and have worked in the Mental Health and Human Services fields for more than 35 years, with a strong interest in mindfulness and music. In 2021, He completed the inaugural Mindfulness Facilitator Certification Program at the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford.

Derrik Bosse, Booking Director