Meet the Board
Catamount Arts is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors comprised of arts enthusiasts from all cross- sections of the local community (teachers, doctors, photographers, administrators, musicians, parents, realtors, seniors, bankers, painters, lawyers, psychologists, students, engineers, etc). This passionate group of individuals works countless hours to fulfill Catamount’s mission to inspire appreciation of and participation in the arts, promote the arts throughout the region, and cultivate the arts as an integral part of community life.
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Twenty-six years ago Catamount Arts welcomed my family to the Northeast Kingdom. Ever since that long-ago evening at the Lyndon Fairgrounds with my one year old son in my arms lulled asleep by Joan Baez’s beautiful voice Catamount Arts has had a special place in my heart.
Throughout the years as my husband and I raised our two sons we always counted on the live performances, classes and movies Catamount Arts offered to enhance our family’s experiences. Our boys took pride in showing off their school art work when it was displayed at Catamount Arts; and one summer our elder son was able to spread his musician’s wings regularly performing jazz at Catamount Arts.
Having recently retired from Lyndon State College as the Director of Career Services I now am devoting more time to promoting the critical role Catamount Arts plays in our community. While my past community service as a St. Johnsbury School Director, a Northeast Kingdom Community Action Board member, and a founding member of the St. Johnsbury After School Program were personally rewarding my Board membership is a passion. I want to ensure that Catamount Arts will continue to enrich the lives of our community members.
Greg MacDonald: Catamount Board member since 2010, Catamount member forever,of which few things are!
My love of listening and moving to music probably began before I was even born as it was an integral part of the culture into which I was born. Although raised in Boston,many of my summers were spent on my grandmotherʼs farm in a place called Antigonish, Nova Scotia, which has been hosting the Highland Games since 1868. So between the haunting wail of the pipes from across the valley or the toe-tapping energy of a jig on a Cape Breton ﬁddle at a ceilidh, I was moved by the power of music at every young age. An appreciator of live music to this day, I attend as many live musical events as I can.
I have recently retired from a fulﬁlling career working in the ﬁeld of human services for the State of Vermont. While working for the department of corrections I was able to witness ﬁrst hand the power of the arts and how they can impact a personʼs life. As a caseworker at the St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility I was involved in a program that allowed the inmates to tap into their creative artistic abilities. The inmates of that block painted expressive murals on the walls, wrote poetry, read their stories, and acted in role-plays that we ﬁlmed and discussed. Years later I had the honor of being involved in Bess OʼBrienʼs documentary ﬁlm about heroin addiction, Here Today. To this day, the power of the arts was more inﬂuential than the power of addiction for the people involved in that project!
The reason I volunteer my time by serving on the board at Catamount Arts is my underlying belief that one of the responsibilities as a citizen of a community is that you give back to your community in order that the children have a healthy environment in which to thrive. The opportunity to serve on the Catamount Board allows me to giveback to the arts, which has given so much to me and to the quality of life of our community. Thanks so much to all of those people who have served and supported Catamount Arts throughout the years and making a difference in our community! I shudder to think what this community would be like without Catamount Arts.
Bob Amos joined the Catamount Arts Board of Directors in 2008, and has been serving as its president since January 2010.
Bob is a professional musician, songwriter and producer. From 1988-2003 he was the lead singer, guitarist and chief songwriter for FRONT RANGE, one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. Front Range recorded eight CDs over that time period, including five for indie label heavyweight Sugar Hill Records. Bob has also recorded three solo CDs, the latest of which features his son Nate and daughter Sarah playing and singing with him. in 2005 Bob moved with his wife Anne and two kids to the St. Johnsbury area. He continues to write and perform, and also runs Stark Brook Productions , a recording studio specializing in acoustic music.
“After spending most of almost every summer of my life at our old family place in the Northeast Kingdom I was psyched to finally move up here full time with my family. The cultural richness of this area was definitely a big attraction for us. After we settled in I was looking for a way to get involved with the local community, and a conversation with Bob Swartz led to me joining the all-volunteer CA board. I had often attended films at Catamount while in St. J. over the summers, but I had no idea how much CA had grown in terms of it’s depth and range of programming, and the new building, which was then in its final renovation stages, completely blew me away. It still does!
While I have always been involved with music, I am also a great fan and supporter of all the other arts, including film, visual arts, dance and drama, and Catamount helps to bring it all to the Northeast Kingdom. I am most excited about two areas of recent growth for us: the first is in the area of partnerships with other institutions and organizations, which has enabled us to increase the breadth of programming that we help to bring to our area; the second is the new focus on free and low cost community events and programs which will enable and encourage all members of our regional community to participate in and experience a wide variety of arts programs. Catamount Arts is an incredible organization, and a great asset to our region, and I am delighted to be a part of it!”
Elizabeth Wilson grew up in Vermont, graduating 2nd in her high school class, obtaining an undergraduate degree from Lyndon State College and just recently, a Masters Degree from Norwich, Vermont. She is very active in nonprofit organizations serving as an officer of the Wells River Action Program and an accountant bookkeeper and clerk for her Church. Her passion is music and sings with different groups, performs solos in her Church setting, and directs the music program at her local church. Elizabeth has worked steadily in the Banking Industry since her Junior year of High School. She is devoted to her family and lives with her husband, Denis Lambert, and her dog, Archie, in Fairlee, VT.
Sharon has been an enthusiastic member of the Catamount Arts Board for 12 years.
She graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan in 1965, and moved to Vermont in 1967. Since then, she has shown her paintings, pastels and drawings around Vermont and New Hampshire; Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Hopkins Center at Dartmouth, Chafee Art Center in Rutland, T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Lyndon State College, The St. Johnsbury Artisans’ Guild and Catamount Arts.
After working as Artist in Residence at St. Johnsbury Academy in 1988-89, she ran a private summer art program for children and adults and started a Portraits Through the Mail business with commissions from around the country.
Sharon’s experience teaching visual art to children for twenty-three years at Danville School, has given her a deeper understanding of the importance of the arts in children’s lives. She has been on the Catamount Arts Education Committee for many years and sees the Arts Education Program at Catamount Arts becoming an essential part of the growth and creativity of children in our community.
Having retired from teaching every day (though workshops still engage her), Sharon has time now to make art. She is showing paintings, drawings, sculpture, and hand made books. The success of the galleries at Catamount Arts for the many artists in the area, and beyond, is one of the goals for Catamount that she holds dear.
Her endeavors outside her field have included being Chairman of the Barnet Planning Commission, Chairman of the Barnet Zoning Board, a Member of the Community Advisory Board for Planned Parenthood of Vermont, Member of the Board of Directors for Northern Counties Health Centers.
I’ve always gardened. Now I’m gardening as much as possible, mainly flowers.
Scott Campbell is a building designer and energy efficiency specialist living in St. Johnsbury. He has been a Catamount Arts Board member since 2010. His background is as a carpenter, contractor, and designer/builder; he managed a four-county Weatherization Assistance Program in Burlington for about 12 years. He is currently administering a “deep-energy retrofit” program for affordable multi-family housing statewide.
Scott and his family joined Catamount Arts as members immediately upon arriving in St. Johnsbury in 2005. As a lover of quality film, it was amazing to find a thriving “art house” theatre in a town the size of St. J. Scott also loves music that comes from the heart, resonant, but unvarnished — Beethoven, traditional bluegrass, Thelonius Monk, Hawaiian and Cuban masters, Grateful Dead — and has especially enjoyed the amazing performances sponsored recently by Kingdom County Productions and Catamount. A recent highlight was Peter Rowan’s performance at St. J School: such deep, well worn and polished songs!
Scott sees Catamount Arts as one of the crown jewels of St. Johnsbury. He is thrilled to be taking an active part in helping it truly become an arts center for the entire community.
Minty Conant just loves Catamount Arts. A long time business person in the St Johnsbury area she understands the importance of the Arts in creating a great and vibrant community. Catamount Arts was often mentioned to her new hires as an asset and drawing card to convince employees to move to the area. Most recently she is working independently to help local entrepreneurs with their businesses and other larger companies in and outside of the Northeast Kingdom to grow and prosper. As part of her focus on economic development, she believes Catamounts Arts is an integral part of the economic health of the area.
Minty and her husband, David, raised three daughters in Barnet. Their children were often involved in the activities at Catamount where they took advantage of opportunities in film, comedy shows, and art education.
Now as a board member Minty wants to help Catamount Arts create a good financial foundation so it endures forever! She plans to put her background in business finance and management to good use in working towards this goal.
Jim and his wife Pat moved from New Jersey to Vermont in 1998. His love of Vermont started almost forty years earlier when he and his family vacationed in the state.
Jim’s appreciation of the Arts started at an early age, as his Mother was very active in amateur theater and she “enlisted” him often for children’s parts. In addition to the theater, Jim is also a music lover with strong interests in Jazz, Folk Music, the Classics, and Opera. As a result, involvement in Catamount Arts has been a
natural for Jim.
Jim started as a volunteer, working on the mailings and then the auction. He then has joined the board where he has served multiple terms.
Lisa Emerson joined the Catamount Arts Board of Directors in 2010. Lisa studied fine arts at the University of Vermont and also at Studio Art Center International, in Florence, Italy. After graduation, she began working in elementary schools and fell in love with teaching. After many years of working in the school system, she went back to school and received her elementary teaching license. Before she had children, she taught second grade. She looks forward to the day when she is back in the classroom; however, she also is enjoying her role as “mommy”! Lisa is currently staying home with her two children and eventually will be back into the classroom.
Lisa lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband and two children. Both Lisa and her husband play an active role in the community of the Northeast Kingdom. While her husband is a trustee at the Fairbanks Museum, Lisa also serves on the museum’s Balch Nature School board. She runs a playgroup there, where she encourages family involvement in the outdoors, while integrating the arts into nature.
Lisa has also taught a toddler/parent art class at Catamount Arts. She would love to see more programming for young children at Catamount and she hopes to help with that goal.
Lisa is energized by the idea of making art accessible to our community, especially the little ones. She loves to paint and hopes to find more time to do this once her children are both in school full time. She loves music and dancing, especially live performances. Lisa loves gardening and shares her love for cooking and traveling with her best friend, her husband. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.
I wish I could say that Rick and I chose Newbury for its quintessential New England charm, its welcoming spirit, and its vitality. Alas, it was pure geography. It lay nearly mid-way between Lebanon, New Hampshire where I was teaching and St. Johnsbury, where Rick was directing community action programs. Forty years later, Newbury is still our home. It’s where we built a house that we have lived in for 38 years; it’s where we raised our two sons; it’s the place I taught elementary school, mostly first grade, for 35 years; and it’s where we try in some small way to give back to a community that has given so much to us.
Our passions include travel, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and family work projects for nonprofit organizations. My passions also involve cooking and gardening. Fifteen years ago, we vacationed in Italy and fell head over heels in love with a mountainous region in northern Tuscany and with its warm people. Since then, we purchased a “ruin” there, restored it, and now enjoy a cozy stone cottage to share with friends.
With our sons’ diaspora a few years ago, live theater and music have become central to our lives. Our recent retirement gives us more time to smell the roses.
Kristen Huntington was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, and knows firsthand what a treasure Catamount Arts is for area residents of all ages. She remembers attending Catamount concerts, plays and movies as a child, and can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a vibrant and stalwart champion of the arts in our rural community. After all these years, Catamount Arts is still thriving.
Kristen graduated with a Bachelor Arts in Art History from St. Lawrence University in 1996, spending two semesters studying art abroad: first in Vienna, Austria; and then in London, England. After college, Kristen moved to New York City, where she worked in publishing for Random House, Inc. After a few years in the big city, she moved to Burlington, Vermont, and enrolled in the graduate education program at St. Michael’s College. She received her Master’s Degree in Arts in Education in 2004, and has been teaching ever since.
After living outside of the Northeast Kingdom for over a decade, Kristen – along with her husband, Tom – decided the NEK was the place to be, and moved to St. Johnsbury in 2005 following the birth of their first child. They now live in East St. Johnsbury, with their three children and dog. Life in the Huntington household is boisterous and busy, but Kristen still attempts to make time for two of her favorite pastimes: cooking and gardening. If she had more time, Kristen would spend it traveling and making her own artwork.
Kristen has been the K-12 art teacher at the Concord School for the past eight years – her dream job! She loves the challenge of teaching to such a wide range of ages; one moment she has a class of five-year-olds, and the next moment she’s teaching a sculpture class to high school seniors. There is never a dull moment!
Joe is an assistant professor in Lyndon State College’s Music and Performing Arts Department. He has played a key role in growing Lyndon’s Music Business and Industry Program since moving to Vermont in 2009. Joe’s professional career in and around music began in high school and continued through decades of touring and recording with his group the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. While working on staff at Los Angeles bases Side One Dummy Records, Joe produced music and video projects including the documentary film Whiskey on a Sunday, which tells the story of the Irish influenced folk/punk band Flogging Molly. Joe continues to tour with the Bosstones when he’s not busy fishing, mowing fields or working with students at Lyndon State College.
While the second-newest member of the Lyndon State College English & Philosophy Department, David Johnston, is not from Nebraska, he is at least from as far away as Flint, Michigan, the hometown of his only slightly more famous contemporary, Michael Moore. Dr. Johnston’s special interest in film, along with his facial hair, might suggest some interesting similarities between these natives of Flint, but David is a much better dresser than Michael Moore. In addition to his interests in film studies and theory, David’s areas of expertise include phenomenology and existentialism, philosophy of art, social justice issues, and the social and political implications of technology. He has presented papers in these areas and others at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada and has published articles on Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series.
In October 2009, Dr. Joshua Kantrowitz joined NVRH St. Johnsbury Pediatrics. Previously, he had been a Clinical Instructor at Dartmouth College and Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics.
Kantrowitz grew up and graduated from high school in the Boston area. After deferring from college for a year, he worked as a volunteer in the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, KY. There, he developed a deeper understanding of rural healthcare and the forces that drive it. He graduated from Harvard University in 1996, taught for three years in a private school in Sandy, UT and enrolled in medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1999.
He took an extra year during medical school to live and volunteer in Central America, both to develop his Spanish language skills and to develop his interest in international medicine. He returns to Nicaragua for a month each year to practice medicine.
His wife, Cornelia Hasenfuss and their two children reside in Peacham. Cornelia is a photographer with a great love of the outdoors. Together, Hasenfuss and Kantrowitz telemark ski, hike, and rock climb.
I am very honored to serve on the board of Catamount Arts and I hope that I can help nourish a culture of artistic expression in our community. Being of Italian descent, I grew up in a family and culture who valued creative expression: cuisine, music – from Frank Sinatra to Opera with our beloved Italian singer, Caruso, art: sculpture, drawing, painting, needlework and embroidery, photography, puppets and mask making, acting and theater, wine making, dancing, writing, gardening and design and a love of languages and conversation.
Art is love: fundamental, abstract, and from the deepest parts of our hearts and souls. To me, a world with out creative expression would be very dark and empty. The arts are who we truly are and there is neither beginning nor end to its’ root in the soul.
I am very lucky as I am a mother of five children (step and bio. and 10 grandchildren). I hold an M Ed. in Education from the University of Vermont. I have worked as a special educator and school administrator combined for over 35 years. I am presently the administrator for the early education programs at Caledonia Central Supervisory Union. I continue to delight in the dedication of my teaching staff and marvel at their creative expression and joy while working with 3,4, and 5 year olds. All forms of art and creative expression are an integral in our preschool curriculum.
The more opportunities and exposure of creative expression that we can offer our children and adults, would truly enhance and encourage a vibrant community representing our commitment to non-violence and compassion. By offering exposure and positive experiences to the arts to those ” at risk” for poverty and failure, we will be able to elevate them to new heights.
Please join me in supporting our community organization of Catamount Arts.
I am a fourth generation Hoosier from Indianapolis, Indiana, educated in the public schools, and a graduate of Purdue University with a combined major in Sociology, Psychology, and Child Development. I also have an elementary education teacher’s certificate from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. I worked as a teacher briefly and as an administrative assistant in a medical school for two years. My primary work has been as a volunteer – a docent at two art museums, founder of two competitive swimming teams for children, and founder and president of a neighborhood association in Winter Park, Florida (the neighborhood became the first historic district in that city).
My interest in the arts stems from childhood. Mother was a portrait artist and a high school art teacher. As children, my sister and I were taken frequently to the art museum in Indianapolis. I have wonderful memories of the mummies in the Egyptian collection. Paintings I enjoyed included the beautiful portrait of Indiana’s Poet Laureate, James Whitcomb Riley, and an oil of an important group of art school teachers that influenced my mother. My father loved the theater, desired to be a professional actor, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Daddy worked for Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company, but followed his passion for acting as an amateur at the Indianapolis Civic Theater. As children, we were thrilled to be taken to see him live on stage.
I have been a dabbler in the arts, “jack of all trades, but master of none”. When we lived in Guatemala, enjoyment was found each afternoon sketching in black pen-and-ink and colored pencil the many beautiful sights found in Antigua. My classical guitar sits in a closet, after twelve years of lessons discarded temporarily by my passion for golf. I have sung in The Bach Festival Choir in Winter Park, Florida and The North Country Chorus here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Beginning as a 50-year-old, I took ballet classes for four years at Rollins College (with the coeds). I have enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, hand-weaving, and am currently doing rug hooking. A new adventure for the past three years has been trying my hand at writing in Bill Biddle’s writing group that meets bi-monthly in the Catamount Arts building.
My husband of 53 years is David Kurtz, a retired math professor and college dean. We have one married son, and a 18-year-old granddaughter. An important aspect of our family life has been traveling and living in other countries (1960-63 Philippines; 1980-83 Malawi, east central Africa; and 1994 Guatemala for 5 months). We have had a home in Vermont for 50 years which was seasonal until two years ago when we moved here year-round.
How fortunate I have been to join the Board of Catamount Arts, family-like in spirit and focused on the common purposes of the arts in our community!
Bob Manning is a painter with 24 one-man exhibitions to his credit. He as been a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts since 1968. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the University of Hartford. Bob taught for 30 years in Connecticut at Glastonbury H S (5years), Manchester Community College (25 years) and the University of Hartford (adjunct faculty). Retiring to Vermont in 1993, he has been a member of the speakers Bureau of the Vermont Humanities Council since 2001 and has served on the Board of Directors of Catamount Arts since 1996. Bob is married to Libby Hillhouse and they reside in their home in Ryegate, Vermont.
Melissa (Hemond) Murphy was born and raised in Waterford, VT. After roughly 15 years living outside the Northeast Kingdom in Boston, New York City and Phoenix, Melissa happily returned to Vermont in 2013. Melissa and her husband, Jamie, and their two sons, Howie and Harry, now make their home in St. Johnsbury.
A graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Plymouth State University and a Master’s Certificate in Facility Management from Michigan State University. After working in facilities management in the banking industry in Boston and New York City, Melissa became a realtor upon her and her husband’s move to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001. Melissa was an award-winning realtor, focusing her practice on high-end properties and representing professional athletes in the home-buying process.
Upon returning to Vermont, Melissa left the real estate business to focus on raising her two young sons. Melissa and her husband are dedicated to involving themselves in the local community and have begun investing in and developing commercial real estate in St. Johnsbury’s downtown core. Melissa also has a passion for renovating their 1871 home, gardening and playing with her boys.
Melissa is excited to assist Catamount Art’s mission of inspiring appreciation of and participation in the arts, promoting the arts throughout the region, and cultivating the arts as an integral part of community life.
Recently retired as the Pastor at North Congregational Church, Jay has spent decades as a leader in the St. Johnsbury community. Under his stewardship, First Night St. Johnsbury has matured into the most anticipated annual celebration of the Arts in the region. Featuring hundreds of performers and volunteers in multiple venues across town, thousands of First Night revelers welcome in the New Year together with music, dance, film, magic, fireworks and more!
Mark Russell is currently a student in the Business/Music Program at Lyndon State College. He has been a student and youth advisor to Catamount since his high school days at Lyndon Institute. He brings an area of technical sound and lighting expertise to the Catamount Board.
Mark worked with Catamount as an Americorp member during the summer of 2013 during which time he helped organize and implement a summer arts camp.
Mark is the host of Substance-Free Open Mic every Friday night at 7:00pm in Catamount’s Outback Artspace.
The Advisory Council was formed to bring together leaders from throughout the community to assist the Board of Directors in the transition of Catamount Arts from a grassroots art house / movie theater to a Regional Community Center, Arts Organization and Cultural Institution which also provides support services for other similar organizations. The Advisory Council’s purpose is to provide counsel, give perspective and advice, serve as advocates and public relations representatives, to assist the board in fundraising and to provide technical assistance. The Advisory Council meets quarterly and functions like any committee of the board. Members’ responsibilities are limited to making recommendations and providing background for Board decisions; they have no legal responsibilities and serve at the pleasure of the Board.
Two long-standing Catamount Board Members / Officers, Bob Bishop (former Treasurer) and Bob Swartz (former President), transitioned onto the Advisory Council as Co-Chairs and lead its on-going activities.
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Bob Bishop, former Catamount Treasurer, was on the board from 2007-2012, shortly after moving to Vermont. He is a Financial Artiste, working in numbers as others work in oils or clay. He manages the Commercial Banking Department for Passumpsic Savings Bank, and also serves on the boards of Northern Community Investment Corporation and Gilman Housing Trust. He is a CPA and has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Bob and his wife, Susan, live in St. Johnsbury. They are the founders of Kingdom Vegetarians, a social group promoting the benefits of a plan based diet for health, environmental and humanitarian reasons. Bob and Sue agree that Catamount Arts is the coolest thing in the Kingdom.
Bob Swartz has been a patron and advocate of Catamount Arts since its beginning, when it was showing Indie films upstairs over Luvs on Railroad Street, and then at “That Bookstore” on Eastern Ave. in the 1980’s. He served on the Board when Catamount moved to the Old Post Office on Eastern Ave, and resigned when he went on Sabbatical to Reunion Island, France, in 1989. But 12 years later he agreed to get back on the Board when he found that he was promoting Catamount as one of the reasons he and his wife, Pat, had decided to stay in St. J. for “retirement”.
For 27 years Bob taught English at St. Johnsbury Academy and was the founding Director of its ESL Summer Program. He has also taught in England, and Springfield College School of Human Services. Since retiring from the Academy, he has been the Education Resource Coordinator for the Area Health Education Center, planning and implementing continuing education and professional development programs for the health professions in central and northeastern Vermont. This is a part time job he still enjoys.
Bob and Pat have three daughters and six grandchildren who live in Maine, NH and VT— and who return most years for Catamount’s Annual Auction. They too enjoy the evening of delicious food and drink, sociability and great bargains.
Travel is big, for Bob and Pat. Visiting family, getting away for mud season, returning to England (Pat’s birthplace) and France (favorite foreign country), and exploring new destinations, all add to their happiness and enrichment. But attending Catamount’s and KCP’s productions and the Met’s Operas in HD, and a couple of films a month, and the Gallery openings—and more!— keeps Catamount at the center of their cultural focus. Bob was chairman of the Board during the move to this new building and the development of Catamount as the Community Arts Center. He has seen (and helped) it grow from one-film-a-week, and a handful of productions a year, to 150+ films a year, and 300 performance opportunities a year. Who can’t get enthusiastic about that?
Jane is on her second time living in the Kingdom and now is here to stay. She and her partner, John McClung, bought a home in Danville Jane is very clear that Catamount is one of the big reasons she has decided to stay in the area. The other big reason is the large Shambhala community here.
Jane grew up in San Diego, but left there at 17 and never looked back. She has lived in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Colorado and the Northern Mariana Islands. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and worked for many years in neonatal intensive care units. She was also a nurse in the Air Force for 3 years.She received her law degree from George Washington University in 1987. Her legal career was primarily working in the criminal justice area.
She is currently the Executive Director of Karme Choling. Her buddhist practice includes working with the arts as part of everyday life from a contemplative point of view. She is very happy to be serving Catamount in this way.
Dr. Joe Bertolino recently completed his first year as the 15th President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Prior to his arrival at Lyndon, Dr. Bertolino served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Student Personnel at Queens College/City University of New York from 2004-2012. Dr. Bertolino also served as the Dean for Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University, and has worked in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state higher education systems and the SUNY system.
Since his arrival last July, President Bertolino has instituted a plan entitled “Moving Forward.” Throughout the course of his first year, he conducted a comprehensive listening tour, visiting with some 1,000 individuals throughout the year. Additionally, he rolled out a new public relations campaign, reintroducing Lyndon State as “the college” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His enthusiasm, his focus on an “ethic of care,” and his sense of humor, has help change the tone and tenor of the campus community. Numerous planning efforts are under way including a new strategic plan, master plan, and adult and continuing education plan. Dr. Bertolino recently secured a $1M gift to the college, one of the largest gifts in the Lyndon State College’s history.
During 2010-2011, Dr. Bertolino served as a Fellow with the American Council on Education at the University of Houston System, under the mentorship of Chancellor Renu Khator, and at the University of Texas at Brownsville, under the mentorship of President Juliet Garcia.
Administrative leadership in higher education has been Dr. Bertolino’s passion for the past twenty years. Beyond Lyndon State College, Dr. Bertolino is an author, lecturer, and teacher, having presented hundreds of programs to tens of thousands of students at over 600 colleges and conferences nationwide. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of Let The Games Begin, A Guide For Peer Mentors, (2012) with Dr. Ruth Frisz. Dr. Bertolino has been recognized with numerous outstanding professional awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), The Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA), and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Campus Activities Magazine named Joe “Best Diversity Artist” in 2007 and the American College Personnel Association presented Joe with the prestigious Annuit Coeptis Award. Recently his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Scranton, presented him with the 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education, the highest award given jointly by the University and the National Alumni Society.
Dr. Bertolino’s research interests include student immigration (with an emphasis on undocumented students and the DREAM Act), campus community development, campus social change, leadership development, service learning, multicultural worldviews, and LGBTQ student issues. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2003, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Scranton in 1986.
Dr. Bertolino serves on the Alumni Board of Governors of the University of Scranton, as Past-President of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Southern New Jersey, a member of the Advisory Board of Catamount Arts and as a Corporator for the Northern Vermont Regional Hospital. He has also served as a National Delegate for the YMCA of the USA, a Board Member for the American Red Cross of Queens County, and a District Commissioner and former National Vice President for Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Dr. Bertolino lives with his partner of nineteen years, Bil Leipold, and his three dogs, Livingston (a Corgi), Wanamassa (a Shih Tzu), and Willoughby Vail (a Lhasa Apso mix) and a cat named Zander. His greatest joy is his EIGHT Godchildren – Christian, Evan, Kevin, Nathan, Tara, Teresa, Remick, and Matthew.
Tim McGuire is the vice president and general manager of Burke Mountain ski area, he has over a decade of ski resort management experience while working for multiple resort owners and developers. In addition to his ski background, Tim has over two decades of real estate development, land planning, permitting, and design experience in both urban and resort locations.
As the manager of Burke since early 2006, he calls upon his technical skills and resort management expertise to continually improve the guest experience and bottom line at the resort. As the resort is going thru an extensive expansion, his background in real estate development, planning and design is equally important.
A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with both a bachelor and masters degree in Civil Engineering with an environmental concentration, Tim has been a registered professional engineer for over 15 years in multiple states. Tim serves on multiple boards in committees in the Burke area and teaches a Ski Resort Management class at Lyndon State College.
Tim resides in Burke Vermont with his wife Sacha and two daughters, when not at Burke (either working or skiing), the family enjoys mountain biking and the many other outdoor activities that can be found in the NEK.
Timothy Egan: Media Analyst & Content Creator
Tim is a Senior Strategist at Sugar Hill Associates – A political communications and media training practice based in the Boston offices of Murphy & King. Via offices in Sugar Hill, NH, & Washington, DC they research; build relationships with; creatively implement; and analyze the power of – the media for geo-political clients.
He is Managing Partner/CMO at Moody Street Pictures: www.moodystreetpictures.com -the ten-year-old entertainment and communications company based in Waltham, MA. He has two New England Emmy Awards as Writer/Director/Producer, among his 15 plus Emmy Nominations during his 20-year career in New England. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching business of television production and political media content, at Curry College in Milton, MA. In 2013 he was re-appointed on Massachusetts Creative Economy Council.
With a nod to media industry development, in 2012 he was named inaugural Marketing Chairman for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He served as a National Trustee in 2010-2012, after his role as President of the New England Chapter and Founding Co-Chair of Presidents Council for NATAS, from 2006 to 2010. Upon moving to NH, in 2011 Tim was a Founding Member/President of the NH Production Coalition and appointed as Business Representative/Media Advisor to The NH/Canada Trade Council. In 2013 he was named to the Board of Directors for the NE/Canada Business Council and as an Advisory Board Member to Catamount Arts in VT.
Along with his communication content clients, he is the media advisor to The British Consul-General of Boston, The British Council, The New England Canada Business Council, MIT’s Technology Review and legislative officials in Mass. & NH. He was a media services consultant to: Presidential Campaigns of Senator Joe Biden (DE.) in 2008 & Governor Jerry Brown (CA.) in 1992; Lt. Governor Tim Murray (MA) in 2010, Senate President Terry Murray (MA) & Jim King for US Senate in 2012 (MA), and currently the 2013 NH House Of Representatives – Environmental Caucus.
He lives in and enjoys the White Mountains of NH with his wife Betty & daughter Maggie.
Lorna Higgs is a Project Manager at Northeastern Vermont Development Association. NVDA provides leadership and technical assistance to communities, businesses and organizations in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. Special projects under her direction have included a Business Plan Competition for new and existing small businesses in the NEK; four annual Energy Expos at LSC offering exhibits, renewable energy demonstrations, workshops and guest speakers; and regional assignments promoting job training, energy efficiency, economic development, and tourism.
Lorna was affiliated with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for over 35 years as a trustee, certified Librarian, Administrative Officer, and Co-Director. Under her leadership in 1999 the National Historic Landmark completed a $500,000 roof restoration project. Major fundraising followed and after securing a “Save America’s Treasures” grant she supervised the building’s $1.4 million-dollar interior restoration. The Athenaeum published the first comprehensive study of its celebrated art collection in 2006. She was responsible for raising funds for the award-winning project and directed the production from start to finish. She was instrumental in forming Friends of the Athenaeum and just prior to her retirement from the institution she oversaw the planning and startup of Secondhand Prose, an off-site bookshop on Main Street operated by volunteers. Profits from the sale of donated books continue to supplement the library’s annual operating budget.
Lorna was a founding member of the St. Johnsbury Works! Board of Directors. She chaired the Cultural and Historic Preservation Committee for St. Johnsbury’s 2001 Town Plan and St. Johnsbury’s Historic Main Street Partnership Study. She and her husband Layne have lived in St. Johnsbury for 45 years. They have two adult children and three grandchildren – and feel privileged to support the educational and cultural institutions that inspire the community they call Home.
Tim Tierney is the Executive Director of Kingdom Trail Association in East Burke, Vermont. He is also the current president of the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson of the Newark School Board. He recently just left a five year position as head coach of the Lyndon State Lacrosse Team. Tim has worked all over New England in the conservation/outdoor recreation field, including managing the north Half of the Long Trail for the Green Mountain Club. Before moving to the Northeast Kingdom in 2004 Tim was Director of Field Programs for the Adirondack Mountain Club in Lake Placid. Tim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the Alaska and the Northwest before moving back East. He resides in Newark with his wife, Shellie and two daughters and is continually rehabilitating their old farmhouse.