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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Amanda Cochrane, President
Amanda Cochrane is Director of Resource Development at Groundwork USA, which works to transform natural and built environment of marginalized communities. She holds a BA from Colby College and an MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She lives in with her husband and their three children in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Joshua Kantrowitz, Vice-President
Prior to joining NVRH St. Johnsbury Pediatrics in 2009, Dr. Josh Kantrowitz was a Clinical Instructor at Dartmouth College and Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics. A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University Medical School, Dr. Kantrowitz lives with his wife photographer Cornelia Hasenfuss and their two children in Peacham, Vermont.
Greg MacDonald, Secretary
Retired Field Director for the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services, Greg MacDonald lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont with his wife Penny and their children, Ian and Molly.
Elizabeth Wilson, Treasurer
Active in various non-profits in Northern Vermont, Elizabeth is also the co-founder of the Fairlee Community Music Series, member of several Town committees, and serves as accountant / clerk for her local church. Elizabeth has been in banking for over seventeen years and currently works as a Commercial Credit Analyst at Ledyard National Bank. She and her husband Denis Lambert live in Fairlee, Vermont.
Alexa is a working "creative", and a passionate supporter of the Arts. She is a founding co/creative director of operations for The Alerin Barn, a international destination weddings and events venue located in ST Johnsbury Vermont. After studying fine arts at Green Mountain College and later obtaining her degree from Community College of Vermont she has worked professionally as a fine artist, interior designer and non profit events development and planning. Past accomplishments include featured solo gallery show's, freelance production of independent events for Sundance film festival, as well as a lengthy tenure at Stephen Huneck Gallery as a painter, printmaker and personal assistant. Alexa's commitment to family and community service can be seen in her youth sports coaching of lacrosse and alpine ski racing as well as a full time homeschooling mother to her daughter and son, Piper and Boone.
Professional musician and producer Bob Amos was lead singer and chief songwriter for FRONT RANGE, which toured nationally from 1988-2003 as one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology from the College of Wooster in Ohio and Arizona State University, respectively. He currently performs with the band Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing and now lives with his wife Anne in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Sharon Kenney Biddle
Artist, educator and writer Sharon Kenney Biddle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is a former artist-in-residence at St. Johnsbury Academy and taught art in the Danville public schools for many years before retirement. Active in various cultural organizations, she was previously co-coordinator of a writing group for adults, has served on the Catamount Arts Board from more than 15 years, and also serves on its Arts Education Committee. She lives with her husband Bill Biddle in East Ryegate, Vermont.
A graduate of Cornell University, Scott Campbell is Principal and Owner of Arketype Building Design, a design studio, energy-efficiency consulting and project management firm. He lives with his wife Mary Ready in St Johnsbury, Vermont.
Attorney Bill Cobb represents clients in criminal cases, divorce and family law and civil litigation from offices in St. Johnsbury and Hyde Park, Vermont. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Brooklyn Law School, he lives with his wife Phoebe and their children in Peacham, Vermont.
Minty Conant is a business finance and management consultant who holds a degree in accounting from Lyndon State College and an MBA from Plymouth State University. She lives with her husband David in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Debbie Dolgin holds a B.S in Home Economics Education from SUNY at Plattsburgh, NY, as well as a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Vermont. Before retirement, she taught Home Economics at Lyndon Town School. Together with her husband Steve, she is co-owner of Dolgin Realty, LLC in St. Johnsbury. They actively supports area young people through their Waterski Camp on Harvey’s Lake, their work with Young Eagles Aviation, and other charitable efforts, and live in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
A specialist in broadcast and web based video content services, marketing, and media affairs, Tim Egan is part time faculty at both Lyndon and Johnson State College in Vermont. He's also CMO and Executive Producer for Moody Street TV in Waltham, MA, as well a principal at Sugar Hill Associates in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire where he also lives with his wife and daughter.
Kristen Huntington graduated with a BA in Art History from St. Lawrence University and worked in publishing in NYC at Random House, Inc. in NYC. In 2004 she received her Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from St. Michael’s College and is now the K-12 art and drama teacher in Concord, Vermont. She lives with her husband Tom and their three children in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Prior to becoming CEO and President at Passumpsic Savings Bank, Jim Kisch was co-founder and chief strategist at Continuity, a New Haven, Connecticut-based cloud computing software company. A graduate of the University of Minnesota-St. Paul and the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kisch has over 18 years of banking industry experience. He lives in St. Johnsbury with his wife Sharon.
Paula Scavullo Kitchel
An ardent supporter of the arts, Paula Scavullo Kitchel holds an M. Ed in Education from the University of Vermont and worked as a special educator and school administrator prior to her retirement. She lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
A graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, with a BA from Plymouth State University and a Master’s Certificate in Facility Management from Michigan State University, Melissa Murphy has worked in Boston and NYC, and is currently Associate Director of Admissions at St. Johnsbury Academy. She lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont with her husband Jamie and their two sons.
Pam Smart is a care integration coordinator and leads the Community Health Team at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. She lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
A realtor with Tim Scott Real Estate, Mary Scott holds both GRI and CRS designation and specializes in Northeast Kingdom real estate. She enjoys spending family time with her three grandchildren and lives with her partner Richard Carlson in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Jay Sprout is the retired pastor of St. Johnsbury’s North Congregational Church (now United Community Church). He has served in leadership roles for St. Johnsbury’s annual First Night North celebrations since they began 24 years ago and is currently president and artistic director of the event. He is on the steering committee of Northeast Kingdom Habitat for Humanity. He lives in Barnet, Vermont and sings with the North Country Chorus and the Pumpkin Hill Singers.
Former Catamount Arts Board Chair Linda Wacholder retired from Lyndon State College as the Director of Career Services. In the past, she has served as St. Johnsbury School Director; member of the Northeast Kingdom Community Action Board and founding member of the St. Johnsbury After School Program. She and her husband Alan Boye live in Barnet, Vermont.
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 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.
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.