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WESTON PLAYHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY
Board of Trustees 2020

OFFICERS

Michael Neff
Chair of Board and Executive Committee; Member: Finance and Investing Committees
Warwick, Bermuda; Managing Director of Bermuda and Group Head of International Wealth Management at the Bank of Butterfield; Executive Board member of the Bermuda Stock Exchange, the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, and the Bermuda Bankers Association; Over 30 years of experience in financial services and financial risk management in US, Europe, and the Far East.

Claire S. Stern
Vice Chair of Board; Chair: Development Committee; Member: Executive, Finance, Governance, Gala, and Nominating Committees
Weston, VT and Newton, MA; Currently, a comprehensive development consultant for organizations large and small following a development career at Boston's Combined Jewish Philanthropies and St. Francis House; long-time Trustee, Executive Committee member and Chair of the Development Committee at Judge Baker Children's Center; Corporation member of Beacon Academy; past Board member Jewish Family Service Metrowest.

Wayne Fisher
Treasurer of Board; Chair: Finance Committee; Member: Governance Committees
Ludlow, VT, New York City, NY and Bonita Springs, FL; On the Board of the Zurich American Insurance Companies and chairs its Audit Committee. Chief Risk Officer in Zurich, Switzerland, prior to retiring from Zurich Insurance. Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and served as the organization’s President in 2014.

Francis P. DeVine Jr.
Secretary of Board; Chair: Governance Committee; Member: Executive, Finance, Buildings and Grounds Committees
Belmont, VT; Retired; Former Vice President J.P. Morgan & Co. and J.P. Morgan Chase, Chief Financial Officer for The Hewitt School, NY, NY; Board member, Okemo Valley TV.

MEMBERS

Ludy Biddle
Chair: Buildings and Grounds Committee; Member: Executive, Governance
Shrewsbury, VT; former Secretary, Weston Playhouse; Currently executive director of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a non-profit housing organization; member of Community Development Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Governor’s Housing Council, Vermont; Clean Energy Action Team, Vermont; and board member for Spring Lake Ranch, Cuttingsville, VT.

Skye Chalmers
Head of Marketing Task Force
Weston, VT; Founder and CEO of Image Relay, a software service company with over 250 clients worldwide; Professional photographer for twenty years, producing three photography books including Sending Milk, a B&W photography book on the Cabot Cooperative dairy farmers of the Northeast.

Wayne Granquist
Chair Emeritus of Board; Member: Executive, Finance, and Planned Giving Committees
Weston, VT; Consultant to non-profit organizations and regional economic development efforts; current Board member Vermont Public Radio and Southwest Vermont Medical Center; former Chair, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System; held senior positions in US Senate staff and White House; former President Fairfield County National Bank (CT); former President, Stratton Corporation; former partner, Manchester Capital Management.

Claudia Harris
Landgrove, VT; Broker-Owner at Mary Mitchell Real Estate; current Board member Vermont Association of Realtors (VAR) and South Central Vermont Board of Realtors (SCVBR); chaired the 2020 realtor workgroup under Vermont Governor Scott’s Return to Work/ReStart Vermont Taskforce; chaired a special ad hoc fundraising committee that raised over $18,000 for seven southern Vermont hunger-relief organizations; advanced EMT and active with the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS); Landgrove, VT's Town Moderator and Grand Juror.

Abigail L. Hurlburt
Chair: Nominating Committee; Member: Executive, Finance, Governance, Investment, Gala Committees
Plymouth, VT; Partner/Owner of Summit Wealth Group, LLC in White River Junction; holds the CFP, the Retirement Income Certified Professional and the Registered Life Planner professional designations; financial planner since 1999; Board member and on the Finance and Investment Committees for the Maynard House in Hanover. Enjoys the outdoors, skiing, traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Barrie Koegel

Vicky Linville
Member: Buildings and Grounds Committee
Weston, VT, and Rowayton, CT; Retired following a long career in the Ski industry including a skiwear buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC and a Skiwear Stylist for Beconta, Inc.; Former President and Board Member, Woman Flyfishers Club of NY; Member, Blue Flames Steel Band.

Michelle A. Lowes
Manchester, VT and New York, NY; Investigative dermatologist who co-founded and directed the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment and Research Center at Montefiore Medical Center; currently serves as a researcher, physician, and board member for leading institutions including the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation and Rockefeller University. 
 

John T. McHugh
Head of Strategy Task Force; Member: Finance and Investment Committees
Weston, VT and Mendham, NJ. Retired; Former Partner with Accenture providing management consulting services to clients in the Financial Services Industry. Board President. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NJ. Trustee of Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ.

Linda Oskam
Member: Development Committee
Manchester VT and Palm City, FL; Board of trustees: Manchester Community Library and Southern Vermont Art Center. Co-Chair Weston Playhouse Gala 2016 and 2017.

Michael Plaut
Weston, VT and Paris, France; Consulting and interim strategic business leader for early-stage companies in the US and France focused on finance, market outreach, organization and culture building, and operating effectiveness; Non-profit volunteerism focuses on cross-cultural and multilingual communication.
 

Elizabeth Paxson
Member: Development and Gala Committees
Dorset, VT; Former Director of Retail for Etro, GianFranco Ferre, and Valentino;
A broad range of volunteer engagement focused on education and the arts in US, England and Nicaragua; Previously served as a volunteer for a number of international and local organizations including Fabretto Foundation; Ready for Reading, Burr and Burton Academy and Hunger Free Vermont.

Janet Warren
Chair: Community Committee; Member: Executive, Development, Planned Giving, and Nominating Committees; Coordinator of Play Reading Group
Mount Holly, VT; Retired Licensed Psychologist in California and former Alumni Director at Boston University. Wide range of volunteer activities including originating and coordinating Photo Contest and Calendar in Mount Holly, mentoring young women, and member of a writing group.

Bill Watson
Member: Development, Planned Giving, and Gala Committees
Grafton, VT; Vice President, Grafton Firefighters Association; active firefighter & licensed EMR; Deacon Chair, Grafton Community Church; Certified Race Officer, US Sailing; former board member and development chair for National Women’s Hall of Fame & Volunteers of America for Western NY; retired journalist, Rochester, NY and Washington, DC.
 

James Young
Chair: Buildings and Grounds Committee; Member: Development and Nominating Committees
Weston, VT; Practicing attorney.

EMERITUS TRUSTEES

  • Richard H. Adams
  • Paul Adamsbaum
  • Carol P. Cox
  • Beverly O. Fonner
  • David Fubini
  • Charles M. Goodwin
  • Rocco Maggiotto
  • Barbara Morrow
  • Amy Van Nostrand
  • Rebecca Y. Robinson
  • Robert L. Schwartz
  • Patrick Walsh
  • Morrison D. Webb
  • Anthony C. Wood
  • Robert H. Young