Staff/Board of Directors - Center for Visual Arts

Staff/Board of Directors

BETSY CHASE

 Executive Director

Betsy Chase has worked in education for over 25 years, including eight years as a gifted-talented/enrichment coordinator for the Steamboat Springs school district. During that time, she established a mentorship program for gifted students to provide opportunities for them to work with community experts in fields of interest, with an emphasis on the arts. Betsy served as the Operations Director of the Steamboat Art Museum during its start-up and also was manager for the Steamboat Springs Community Orchestra. She has a B. A. in sociology with minor in art history from Colby College and a Master of Arts degree in education, with graduate work in learning disabilities and gifted-talented. She is a strong believer in the important role that arts play in our schools and community.

LINDA LAUGHLIN

Founder and Board President

Prior to moving to Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her family in 2003, Linda Laughlin was Director of the Hay Gallery in Portland, Maine. (2001-2004) She was also President and founding owner of Linda Lee Advertising (1985-2000) which was a recipient of the Tribute to Women’s Award by the YWCA in 1987 for excellence as a woman-owned entrepreneurial business. As part of this award, Ms. Laughlin spent a year with other award winners conducting mentoring workshops with high school girls to raise aspirations. Ms. Laughlin has lived in Steamboat for ten years during which time she has served on the Board of Directors for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council (SSAC), Visual Arts Director, Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the Public Art Board of Steamboat Springs. She is co-founder of the Steamboat Springs First Friday Artwalk. As a Executive Director of the Center for Visual Arts, Linda’s primary focus is on the operations of the Emerging Artist Gallery, program development and grant writing.


MARION KAHN

Director and Board Vice President

Formerly of Little Rock, Arkansas, Marion Kahn is a Steamboat Springs resident and former Executive Director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. She comes from a long and successful 30-year career in public relations on the national level, including presidential campaigns and work for nonprofits including Boys and Girls Club, Rotary Club, Delta Airlines and stints as writer/correspondent for national media outlets.


STEVE BOLANDER

Director and Board Treasurer

Steve was the former Professor of Management at Colorado State University where he also served as Chair of the Management Department and Dean of the College of Business. Following his years at CSU, he then served as Dean of the College of Business at the University of New Hampshire where he retired in 2008. He has a bachelor degree in Chemistry, an MBA, and a PhD in manufacturing management. He has written over 50 articles in various referred journal publications and written four books during his academic career. He spent many years as a program manager with Rockwell International and served as a consultant to over 100 national and international companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for a NASDAQ traded company where he serves on the audit committee and the compensation committee. Following his recent retirement, he has become active in the art world with his oil landscape paintings and joined the CVA in the summer of 2009.


ANNA LEE LIPMAN

Director and Board Secretary

Anna Lee Lipman was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up in Canada and New Zealand. She studied art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and graphic design at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College in Hawaii. She worked in publications as a graphic designer in Honolulu, Hawaii and later moved to Massachusetts where she attained her Masters degree in education at Smith College and taught technology in the Massachusetts schools for 16 years. During those years, she painted in watercolor and then returned to printmaking (favorite medium since college) as a member artist at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence, Massachusetts. Her work currently depicts the open, rolling landforms of the spectacular Yampa River Valley in Colorado; she hopes to capture with layered transparencies the clarity of light and often otherworldliness of the alpine landscape. Since moving to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2012, she has found more time to spend in the printmaking studio where she works in the areas of relief, intaglio and monotype printmaking.


GEORGE FARGO

Director

George Fargo worked as an Engineer and Executive in the telecommunications industry for almost 40 years. He led the design efforts for very large telephone systems and internet routers. He began his career at Bell Laboratories and went on to develop innovative products at several small startup companies. His customers included many Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, NASA and other governmental agencies, and the University of Chicago and other large universities. George has a BSEE from Worcester Tech and an MSEE from the University of Michigan. For several years he served on the Executive Board of the Engineering School at SMU. He has been involved in photography for many years and is currently an artist member at CVA.



BRAD POISSANT

Director

A Steamboat resident for the past 20 years, Brad is a local artist, exhibiting member, skilled craftsmen, and experienced in facility management and resource management. He was the 2009 First Prize Winner of annual Home Resource art contest for sculpture from recycled materials.



AL REINER

Director

After working at the New York Daily News, Reiner was a principle contributor to the syndicated column called “Consumer Tech”; it ran in the New York Daily News for over 10 years. He had the regular lead article in Dealerscope, a consumer trade publication, for over a year. After retiring, he was a senior editor of a News Service out of New York City. Reiner studied photography at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. After retiring, he studied at Santa Fe Photo Workshops with Ed Halpern. Reiner has completed workshops with Brenda Tharp, Dave Wyman and John Fielder and has studied with Karen Schulman, Steamboat Springs.


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