ACT Board of Directors
Michelle Cleveland, board president, was born and raised in Michigan and spent her early professional years in elementary education and later years in economic & workforce development. She and her husband John moved from Grand Rapids, MI to Tamworth in 2005 when she retired from her ED role of facilitating industry councils. Michelle has enjoyed meeting Tamworthians and making new friends through her several volunteer roles with Tamworth’s nonprofit organizations. She joined the ACT Board in the fall of 2008. Recently she partnered with husband, John, to support the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. Michelle enjoys spending time with her three adult children (two live Tamworth) and five grandchildren (granddaughter in Tamworth), reading and baking pies.
Myles Grinstead, Art Works liaison
Siena Kaplan, Treasurer
Secretary Annie Riecken spent the first summer of her life in Bethel, ME. Her family has returned to the area since the 1950s, building a home in Center Lovell in the 1970s. After 10 years as an ex-pat, living in the Netherlands, Annie came back to the area in 2003 and settled in Tamworth. Freely admitting that “they pay me NOT to sing in public,” Annie has worked in a production capacity on events, music, film & video and writing projects since the 1970s. She lives in South Tamworth where she gardens, ferments foods and beverages, and raises chickens. Daughter of a psychology professor and a potter, Annie has a lifelong love of and appreciation for all the arts. She is employed as an editor. Other volunteer work includes editing The Tamworth Civic News. Read about Annie’s life with rescue dog Chico at canibringthedog.
Bookkeeper Kate Vachon returned to the ACT board in 2010 after several years’ absence. She and her husband Tom have lived in Tamworth since 1998 and in New Hampshire since 1990. Kate spent the previous twenty years living in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, NY, working mostly in the theatrical costume industry. Before that she did costumes at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut, and (in the very far past) at Harvard’s Loeb Drama Center and the University of New Hampshire. Kate is the telecommuting editor of a niche-audience magazine published in New Jersey. When she’s not working, she plays flute with the Mountaintop Music Center community orchestra and anybody else who will have her, or travels to visit her kids and grandkids in California and Minnesota.
Juno Lamb, Executive Director
Juno is a novelist and photographer. She has taught all ages and several subjects, including creative writing, English, French, and Iyengar-style and restorative yoga, and has worked as a garden designer, freelance writer and editor, website designer, blogger, graphic designer, publicist, grant writer, and arts administrator. She wants everyone to read to their children, and any other kids they can get their hands on; more about this on her website, Try This at Home.
Dennis Quinn, Technical Director
Longtime board member Dennis Quinn now serves as ACT’s Technical Director. Dennis has been producing, promoting and supporting live music in the Mount Washington Valley since 1989, when he built a stage onto the front of Scarlet Begonias Boutique, which he co-owned, so that folks could hear music and dance in the street. A touring Deadhead since the late ‘70s, Dennis has been on the radio at 93.5 WMWV for 16 years, and the host of Scarlet Begonias Radio (podcast at sunnyfield.us/sbradio.htm) every Saturday night for 13 years. Dennis is ACT’s sound guy and IT genius. He runs sound for Wolfeboro Folk and did so for the former Drylongso Coffee House, produces sound effects and provides technical assistance for Barnstormers Theatre summer productions, designs and maintains websites, and is baker’s assistant/husband at Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery.