Board of Directors

Project Stretch Board of Directors



Dr. Dave Tesini – President

Dr. Dave Tesini Founding member since 1988
Pediatric dentist
Board member of the AAPD







Mary Kellerman – Vice President

Mary Kellerman RDH- joined Project Stretch over 20 years ago. She helped with fundraising and has gone on several missions, Include Central and South America, Mexico, Cape Verde, Ukraine & New Orleans, LA. Mary has served on PS Board several years and now as Vice President.








Bernadette Tesini

Bernadette Tesini has served Project Stretch as the Treasurer since 2005. She has traveled to New Orleans, LA, Teacapan Mexico, and participated in Massachusetts programs. Bernadette is the office Manager of a Pediatric Dental office.







Deb Hesek

Deb Hesek has been a member of Project Stretch for many years; she is the immediate Past President and is now serving in the role of Secretary. Deb has participated in many local projects as well as traveled to Venezuela, New Orleans LA, and Mexico She continues to work as a dental hygienist in a pediatric dental practice and especially loves to treat children and adults with special needs. She lives with her husband Rick and has two grown children.










Dr. John Ficarelli

Dr. Ficarelli received his DMD and pediatric specialty training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Boston Floating Hospital of Tufts-New England Medical Center. He is Director of Dentistry at the Massachusetts Hospital School and is on staff at Tufts Medical Center and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. Dr. Ficarelli is board certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a founding board member of Project Stretch: Dentistry Reaching Out to Children. He has the honor of serving as a member of the board of Advisors of Tufts Dental School and is a director on the board of Forsyth Institute. In 2010 he was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Dentists and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Dental Science and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Ficarelli practices pediatric dentistry at Pediatric Dental Associates of Brookline, PC, and Dental Associates of Walpole, L.L.P. His son, Dr. Andrew Danberg-Ficarelli, is also a pediatric dentist who is in practice with his father in both offices. Dr. Ficarelli has two springer spaniels, and sings bass with the Highland Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1908.




Gail Weisberg

Gail Weisberg RDH volunteer director raises the money and supplies for the many programs that PS sponsors. Gail has been to Mexico, New Orleans, Georgia , heads up Honduras and many Massachusetts programs A hygienist for over 40 years Gail is program director of Trident USA Mobile Services which provides mobile nursing home care. Proud receipt of the Sunstar Distinguish Hygiene Award and the Esther Wilkins Alumni Award






Frank SchiamoDr. Frank Schiamo

Bio coming soon.


Julia Rayberg – Executive Director




Andrew Ficcarelli