Amy Cunningham

Amy is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Vermont Arts Council, working to bring the organization’s strategic goals to fruition. She directs the programs team, manages the Vermont Creative Network, and is the contact for national advocacy efforts. Amy has worked for more than 15 years in leadership positions in Vermont cultural and educational nonprofits. Her educational background is in U.S. history and museum studies. When she’s not at the Arts Council, Amy enjoys knitting, exploring Vermont, and overly ambitious gardening projects.

Ann Lawless

Ann Lawless serves part time as Northeast Kingdom Outreach Coordinator for HEAT Squad home energy audits, a program of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. In 2018 she retired after 13 years as Executive Director of the American Precision Museum in Windsor. She serves on the Selectboard in the Town of Wheelock and is active with the Wheelock Community Initiative, a volunteer group seeking to bring social and economic opportunities to help create a vibrant town. She is a member of the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board.

Carolyn Frisa

Carolyn Frisa is a paper conservator in private practice and runs her conservation studio, Works on Paper, LLC from southern Vermont. She specializes in the conservation of artistic and historic works on paper, wallpaper and photographs as well as emergency planning, disaster preparedness and disaster response for cultural heritage collections in both the public and private sectors. She received her M.A. in Paper Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts in London, England in 2000 and worked at Tate Britain and the Northeast Document Conservation Center prior to moving to Vermont in 2008 to establish her own practice. Carolyn has been a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation since 2007 and has been a member of the AIC’s National Heritage Responders (NHR) team which responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public since 2011. 

Carrie Cleveland

Carrie Cleveland is the Education + Outreach Manager at CERF+ where she has held various positions since 2008. During this time, she has participated in all aspects of the organization’s work to help artists have resilient careers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with extensive work in the visual arts, from Marlboro College and prior to her time at CERF+ she was an entomologist’s assistant by day and a tenor saxophone player by night. In addition to her work at CERF+, Carrie is a student of Facilitated Communication, and she is also a beginning metalsmith.   

Eileen Corcoran

Eileen, Community Outreach & Media Coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society, has been working for over fifteen years with local historical societies and museums in Vermont via a variety of organizations and programs to support capacity-building, networking, and collections care; including emergency preparedness.

Jamie Duggan

Jamie Duggan is the Director of Preservation for the State Historic Preservation Office, assigned to the State Historic Sites program. He is responsible for the maintenance and repair of significant state-owned historic properties, including 80+ buildings and structures and over 1,300 acres of land that recount the history of Vermont from the arrival of the Native Americans 9,000 years ago to the roaring 1920s of President Calvin Coolidge. Utilizing his expertise, Jamie ensures the highest levels of preservation and restoration are undertaken in the stewardship of these Vermont places. His preservation management plans support enhancing energy efficiency and climate resiliency by continually evaluating and developing policy and procedures that prepare and protect our historic sites from potential threats, impacts, and emergencies. In recent years, Jamie has participated in the development and review of national standards related to hazard mitigation techniques for historic buildings including elevating and armoring structures against flooding. He also works to increase public awareness and illustrates how disaster recovery activities and flood mitigation best practices can be used to foster local redevelopment sensitive to historic preservation.

Joseph Watson

Joseph is the Preservation Manager for the Middlebury College libraries.  He’s also the coordinator of the Addison County Cultural Heritage Emergency Response Network, a group for folks who work with cultural heritage collections (Libraries, Museums, Historical Societies, Town Offices) to provide mutual aid in preparedness for, and response to disasters.

Michael Billingsley

Michael is an artist, social psychologist, science journalist and lifelong student of pattern recognition. Following his persistent interest in public service, he has used his training in a number of overlapping areas.  He worked as a volunteer assisting teams on the ground during Hurricane Katrina, the Port-au-Prince Haitian earthquake and the volcanic eruption sequence of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull. He helped with hazard prediction for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, published daily reports on the devolving Fukushima Diachi’i power plant complex and has evaluated the potential for tsunamis and new weather patterns in the North Atlantic.  He runs the Plainfield Hazard Mitigation Committee and was the town’s Emergency Management Director for two years.  As an exhibiting artist Michael has run a number of non-profit media arts organizations starting with Montpelier’s Image Co-op, has volunteered and worked for the Vermont Arts Council, and presently is events and exhibition curator for Dar Gur Arts & Dharma in Plainfield VT.

 

Michele Bailey

Michele Bailey has worked in the field of arts administration at the Vermont Arts Council since 1988.  She is currently the Senior Program Manager administering the Cultural Facilities Grant program as well as public art programs.  She also serves as the Council’s Accessibility Coordinator and is committed to increasing access to and inclusion in arts and cultural activities for all people. Michele has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performing arts with a minor in Dance from Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) in Johnson, Vermont.

Rachel Moore

Rachel has been with the Helen Day Art Center since 2010, first as Independent Curator, then as Assistant Director & Executive Curator (2011-2016) before taking her current position as Executive Director and Director of Exhibitions (2016-present). In addition to this, Moore is an artist and independent curator. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Alfred University. She is a co-founder of Spoke, an exhibition and event space in Chicago (2008-2011), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece (2009-2010). Moore has presented internationally on the topics of art as a catalyst for change, public art, curatorial practice, and on her own artistic practice. Her curatorial projects have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and public places nationally and internationally including: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece; The Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT; Town of Stowe, VT; City of Chicago, IL; Spoke, Chicago, IL; DYNAMO Project Space, Thessaloniki, Greece; among others. She has served as a Trustee for River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, and is currently Chair of Stowe Arts and Culture Council, REAL (Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille) committee member, and VACDaRN steering committee member.

Rachel Onuf

Rachel Onuf is the Director of the Vermont Historical Records Program, based at the Vermont State Archives & Records Administration.  In this role, she offers technical assistance to cultural heritage repositories through site visits and reports, workshops and trainings, and serving as an ongoing resource.  She also encourages and facilitates collaborative efforts among Vermont repositories in an effort to build statewide capacity.  In addition to VACDaRN, she is an active member of the  Collections Care and Conservation Alliance and the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance. Past jobs include serving as Roving Archivist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Director of Archives at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  She taught as an adjunct for Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and worked as an independent consultant for many years.  She lives on a sidehill farm near the village of East Orange with some glorious Gotland sheep and their guard donkey, Glory. 

Sally Blanchard-O’Brien

Sally has long been passionate for history and the arts. Since 2012, she has worked at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, after receiving an MLIS from San Jose State University. As an archivist, she arranges and describes state government records with enduring value, provides reference services to state employees and public researchers, collaborates with outreach activities, and assists with initiatives under the Vermont Historical Records Program. Sally also serves on committees with the New England Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and is a member of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. When not in the archival vaults, Sally can usually be found knitting, doing yoga, or traveling around Vermont in her quest to visit all 251 towns and cities. She lives in Burlington with her husband.

Sarah Amos

 

Tom McMurdo

Tom is Assistant State Librarian for Information and Access at the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB). He oversees VTLIB’s online resources, interlibrary loan, collections, services to state employees, and cataloging support and IT support for libraries. Following a decade at the University of California physically and digitally preserving newspapers, Tom came to Vermont in 2011 to help start the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project at UVM before moving to VTLIB in 2012.