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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. Our Vision is to be a vibrant and sustainable Arts institution, serving as an essential force in the Arts for individuals, organizations and communities throughout the region.

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Linda Wacholder, President

Linda Wacholder, President of Catamount Arts

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.

Melissa Murphy, Vice President

Melissa Murphy, Vice President

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.

Greg MacDonald, Secretary

Greg MacDonald, Secretary of Catamount Arts

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.

Elizabeth Wilson, Treasurer

Elizabeth Wilson, Treasurer of Catamount Arts

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.

Bob Amos

Bob Amos of 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!”

Sharon Kenney Biddle

Sharon Kenney Biddle of Catamount Arts

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

Scott Campbell of Catamount Arts

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.

Amanda Cochran

Mandy Cochran of Catamount Arts

 

Minty Conant

Minty Conant of Catamount Arts

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.

Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan of Catamount Arts

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.

Lisa Emerson

Lisa Emerson of Catamount Arts

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.

Carrie Gendreau

Carrie Gendreau of Catamount Arts

Carrie has been an Adjunct Instructor at White Mountain Community College since 2013. She has owned/operated Emma & Co. Consignment Boutique in Littleton, NH since 2008. Emma & Co. Consignment Boutique is an upscale women's retail store that offers high-end clothing, handbags, footwear, accessories and jewelry. Carrie has also owned/operated The Training Connection in Littleton, NH. The Training Connection delivers engaging, tailored personal and leadership programs.

Christine Heinrich

Chrissie Heinrich of Catamount Arts

Christine Heinrich is a co-founder and CEO of the geospatial data acquisition and delivery company, Whiteout Solutions, LLC™. She has over 25 years experience building geospatial technologies for surveying (parcel & road mapping) and public safety (NG9-1-1). Until 2012, Christine led a NG9-1-1, GIS/GPS and software business as Vice President of microDATA. Christine, entrepreneurial at heart, is expert at understanding business opportunities and emerging technology software/hardware solutions and balancing those implementations against the risk of being first to market and selling to early adopters. Working with GPS and GIS in the early 1990s to deliver survey grade data to States and Counties nationwide and, with her partners, successfully building an innovative NG9-1-1 company that was acquired in 2012, she is now leveraging that business and geospatial expertise to deliver aerial and 3-D GIS data for Forestry, Wildlife Management, Road/Bridge Infrastructure, Agriculture/Cropland Management, Special Event capture, Real Estate & Public Safety. Leveraging her expertise in identifying and leveraging innovative solutions, and specifying software requirements to meet industry demands, Christine is now one of the key visionaries at Whiteout Solutions, LLC™ In bringing these UAS (unmanned aerial systems, drones), custom software and GPS/GIS emerging technologies together to provide solutions for these industries as never experienced before. With a strong personal focus on influencing and mentoring the next generation of geographers, Christine looks forward to working with the private sector, States and Counties nationwide to plan, acquire and consume analyzed aerial and 3D geospatial data. Christine holds a BA from the University of Vermont.

Kristen Huntington

Kristen Huntington of Catamount Arts

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!

David Johnston

David Johnston of Catamount Arts

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.

Joshua Kantrowitz

Joshua Kantrowitz of Catamount Arts

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.

Paula Kitchel

Paula Kitchel of Catamount Arts

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.

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.

Jay Sprout

Jay Sprout of Catamount Arts

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!

Pam Smart

Pam Smart of Catamount Arts

 

Advisory Council

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 yearly 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.

Bob Swartz (former Board President) and Pam Smart (current Board Member) Co-Chair the Advisory Council as Co-Chairs and lead its on-going activities.

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Bob Swartz, Co-Chair

Bob Swartz, Co-Chair of Catamount Arts

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 Arthur

Jane Arthur of Catamount Arts

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.

Paul Bengtson

Paul Bengtson

Werner Heidemann

Werner Heidemann

Delsie Hoyt

Delsie Hoyt

Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore

Neko Case

Neko Case

Lorna Higgs

Lorna Higgs of Catamount Arts

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 Thompson

Tim Thompson

Tim Tierney

Tim Tierney of Catamount Arts

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.