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33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
USA

Who we are

Board of the Northampton Community Arts Trust, 2016

Bob Cilman, Director, is the former Executive Director of the Northampton Arts Council which administers grants to distribute funding received from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and also produces arts and cultural events and artistic enrichment programs in the public schools. Bob is also Director of the world-renowned Young@Heart Chorus, a chorus of elderly people who perform nationally and internationally. As a Director, Bob is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust. Bob is on the Use and Management Committee.

Kathy Couch, Clerk, is the Resident Lighting Designer for Amherst College and a freelance lighting, scenic and costume designer, having designed for over 350 performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Armenia, Russia, Latvia and throughout New England. Kathy was the original President of the Arts Trust. As a Director, Kathy is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust. Kathy is on the Design Committee, the Use and Management Committee and the Public Relations Committee.

Ginny Mayer, Director, has been a theater director, production manager, touring and stage manager with many itinerant companies including, Evergreen Theatre, Spiderwoman, Split Britches, Theaterworks, Reality Theatre, and Cultural Images Group as well as Smith College Theatre and Tallahassee Little Theatre.  She has also served on the contract negotiations team and on the executive board of SEIU Local 263 Dining Services of Smith College.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northampton Center for the Arts and the steering committee of the 24 Hour Theatre Project.  As a Director, Ginny is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust.

Dorothy Nemetz, Director, is a non-practicing attorney and is the president of the Board of Directors of the Northampton Center for the Arts. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Northampton Education Foundation has served Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton in many capacities, including president, fundraising chair and personnel chair. As Clerk, Dorothy is responsible for preparing and distributing minutes of meetings and other documents as well as such other duties as are set forth in the bylaws. Dorothy is on the Finance/Fundraising Committee and the Design Committee.

Stephen Petegorsky, Director, is a professional photographer with numerous solo and group shows to his credit who also teaches photography at the college level. He is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Northampton Arts Council. As a Director, Stephen is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust. Stephen is on the Public Relations Committee.

Lisa Thompson, Director, is the Associate Director of A.P.E. where she manages all programming, promotion and community outreach as well as administering grants. Lisa was a performing artist and has worked as an arts administrator in New York and Los Angeles. As a Director, Lisa is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust. Lisa is on the Design Committee, the Use and Management Committee and the Mission and Membership Committee.

Gordon Thorne, Director, is the founding director of Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.), a private, non-profit organization housed in downtown Northampton and dedicated to supporting contemporary artists working in all disciplines. He is also director of Open Field Foundation, an organization that endeavors to preserve agricultural land through agricultural use. As a Director, Gordon is responsible for implementing and managing the mission of the Arts Trust. Gordon is on the Design Committee and the Mission and Membership Committee.

Richard Wagner, President, is a videographer and former science writer and a member of the Authors' Guild and the National Association of Science Writers. As President, he is responsible for scheduling and running meetings and setting agendas, as well as general planning and such other duties as are set forth in the bylaws. Richard is on the Finance/Fundraising Committee, the Property Committee, the Mission and Membership Committee and the Public Relations Committee. He is also an ex-officio member of all other board committees and manages the Arts Trust’s website.

Peter Whalen, Treasurer, is president of Whalen Insurance in Northampton, MA, a fifty-year-old family business. He also has a real estate company, is treasurer of the Northampton Business Improvement District and has served on the boards of many local non-profit groups, including Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Academy of Music and the Northampton Center for the Arts. As Treasurer, Peter is responsible for bookkeeping and other financial oversight and such other duties as are set forth in the bylaws. Peter is on the Finance/Fundraising Committee and the Property Committee.