In addition to our many wonderful volunteers, these folks are key to MAKING IT HAPPEN!
Board Vice President Andy Davis lives with his wife and 15-year-old daughter in Albany, in the shadow of Mt. Chocorua, where for the past 15 years he has co-directed the World Fellowship Center, an educational family camp and retreat center dedicated to peace and social justice. His passionate avocation is storytelling, and he dreams of a day when he will be a post-carbon, itinerant bicycling storyteller. Read lots more about him at andydavisstoryteller.com.
Board Secretary Chris Clyne raised her children in Tamworth. A Licensed Nurse Practitioner, she has worked for many years at the White Mountain Community Health Center and as Reference/Genealogy & History Librarian at the Cook Memorial Library and has served on many local boards. Chris is a NH Master Gardener, an experienced seamstress and artist.
Board Member Lisa Ferguson lives in Madison. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Lisa teaches music at the K. A. Brett School and has played with many area musicians through the years. She recently released her debut CD, Apple Tree, and continues to practice and write songs, to the annoyance of her teenage son.
Board Treasurer Siena Kaplan-Thompson fell in love with Tamworth when she and her wife moved here "temporarily" in 2011 and never left. Siena worked in public interest non-profits in Boston, where she was involved in the lively Cape Breton fiddling scene. She now works at White Mountain Community Health Center and as a fiddler for barn dances with Caravan Band.
Board President Courtney Spalding-Mayer grew up visiting Tamworth in the summers and is now happy to call it her home. She teaches at The Community School, loves to hike in the Whites, and enjoys heading out into the great, wide-open world to explore and write whenever she can.
Board Member Kimball Packard has over 25 years of experience in the music industry as a concert promoter, label and artist manager, production coordinator and co-producer on a variety of recording projects.
Kimball launched Sound Advice Management in 1994 and quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for musicians. Mirroring his taste in music, Kimball has worked with an eclectic roster of nationally and internationally known artists in a variety of genres.
Kimball is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Boston Managers Group., With the help of many New Orleans-based musicians and philanthropists, he was instrumental in the launch of Trumpet NOT Guns, a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and mentorship for at-risk youth.
He and his wife Neysa, own and operate The Farmstand in Chocorua, a B & B and seasonal farm stand, concert / special events venue. He is also a commissioner for the Tamworth Economic Development Commission and a member of the Chocorua Community Association.
Executive Director Carly Goss is a self-proclaimed introvert who can't keep from diving into social situations headfirst. A Sacred Harp enthusiast of nearly twenty years, Carly learned to sing as a teenager using shaped-notes, and has been "singing loud" ever since. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she learned to weave, to draw, to dye... to make. For thirteen years she called Baltimore City home. There she found her passion--both independently and as President of the Charm City Craft Mafia--for creating space for art & music and connecting makers with unexpected partners, audiences and venues. Singing, weaving, and supporting her community of artists is what makes Carly tick--she also makes a mean latte and bakes a small truckload of bread each day. Carly now divides her time between her position as Executive Director of Arts Tamworth, baking loaves at Vintage Baking Company in Glen, leading community Sacred Harp sings in Berlin and Jackson, and working on her Bartlett-based hand weaving business, Carlybird Weaves.
Technical Director Dennis Quinn 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. More recently he is the founder of Tamworth Wireless, providing wireless access across the hills and dales of Tamworth. Dennis is Arts Council of Tamworth’s sound tech; he runs sound for Wolfeboro Folk and did so for the former Drylongso Coffee House, produces sound effects and provides technical assistance for The Barnstormers Theatre summer productions, designs and maintains websites, and is baker’s assistant/husband at Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery.
Bookkeeper Kate Vachon 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 a freelance business writer. When she’s not working, she plays flute with the Mountain Top Music Center community orchestra and anybody else who will have her, or travels to visit her kids and grandkids in California and Minnesota.