Meet our Board of Directors

Individuals dedicated to the arts in our community

Our Board of Directors consists of individuals dedicated to transforming people's lives through the performing and visual arts. As volunteers, they provide essential oversight, seek funding from various sources, and help plan the future of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

We wish to recognize and thank our Board of Directors. They give their time, talent, energy, resources and enthusiasm to move the Arts Center forward.

If you need to contact the Board directly, please reach out to

Adele Connors

Adele is a founder and the former CEO (retired) of the advertising agency Adworkshop. She is a founding executive board member of Point Positive, Inc., an angel investment group fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Adirondacks. Adele serves on the executive board of the Lake Placid Education Foundation, is a board member with the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and is a past chair and longtime board member of the Adirondack Foundation. Adele is a full time resident of the Adirondacks.

Tracy Smith

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Tracy has lived in many places in the Eastern U.S. including Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, and New York City, but finally settled in Lake Placid in 2012 with her husband and three children. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communications, Tracy began her professional career in advertising in New York, NY working with clients like Mercedes-Benz USA, Bristol Myers Squibb & Sara Lee Corporation. Before moving to Lake Placid, Tracy spent 11 years working as Creative Director for the global fine paper company, Mohawk Fine Papers in Albany, NY. In 2013, Tracy left the corporate world to start her own design and marketing business, Smith & Co. Creative. With an intuitive design sense and a life-long love of the arts, Tracy is passionate about making art accessible to all and ensuring that our next generation is given endless opportunities to explore and develop their innate creative abilities.

Debbie Heidecorn
Cathy Johnston

Cathy Johnston grew up in Plattsburgh, NY. She attended Union College in Schenectady where she developed her love of theater and was president of the student theater group for 3 years. She received her MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia and worked in the corporate world for Wachovia Bank and then Burlington Industries in North Carolina and New York City. In 1984, she and her husband, Wayne, bought Ruthie's Run in Lake Placid and are still there.

Cathy served on the Lake Placid Central School Board for 22 years. She has been involved in the LPCA since moving here and has served on the board and as president several times. She is also a trustee of the Adirondack Foundation and the Lake Placid Educational Foundation. She serves on the Lake Placid Horse Show Board and is active in the Lake Placid Business Association.

Cathy believes that the LPCA is what makes Lake Placid a special place to live in the Adirondacks.

Mike Foote

Mike has visited the Adirondacks since childhood and carried through on a lifelong dream of living here in 2007. In March of that year he opened a State Farm agency and has grown it to service over 4000 customers, becoming the leading insurance agency in the Adirondacks. As a lifelong piano player, music lover and story-teller Mike believes in the power of arts to enrich people's lives and build a more diverse community. When not working, Mike and his wife Kelly enjoy traveling, fishing, skiing, and attending concerts. 

MaryLou Brown

MaryLou Brown was born and raised in Iowa. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and English from Beloit College, and a master's in counseling and statistics from St Lawrence University. She began her career as a Systems Analyst with IBM in Poughkeepsie, where she met her husband Doug.

She was teaching computer science at Clarkson University in Potsdam when the opportunity arose to join the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee as Director of Technology. The family moved to Lake Placid in 1978 and have maintained a home here ever since. Following the Games, MaryLou founded a database marketing services company. Professional obligations required relocation to the Albany area for several years, where she directed marketing technology for Key Bank and later Scripps Howard Publishing.

In 1998, MaryLou returned to Lake Placid as the founder and President of MLB Associates, an executive search firm focused exclusively on positions of strategic influence in multi-channel marketing and analytics. Clients include prominent global software/hardware corporations, major financial service institutions, many marketing agencies and service providers, as well as privately held specialty companies. She thinks about retiring ... sometime.

MaryLou has served on the Lake Placid Center for the Arts board of directors (active and advisory) since 2004 and held the office of Vice President. She chaired the LPCA's first strategic planning committee and co-chaired the search committee for the current Director.

She joined the Lake Placid Olympic Museum board in 2008 and has served as Treasurer, Secretary and President. She has been an active volunteer for many community and sports activities. She enjoys skiing, golf and tennis.

MaryLou and her husband Doug have two children and two grandchildren.

Kathy Daggett

Kathy is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She first visited the Adirondacks during college years and was captivated by the mountains' beauty. She settled in Wilmington at the age of 23, and has remained there ever since. She earned her BA and BS degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh. Her career in healthcare included discharge planning and nursing. She worked as a public health nurse and as Director of Preventive Services for Essex County Public Health. Since retiring she pursues her interest in pottery which she was first introduced to at the LPCA studio and later developed into a home business. She appreciates the LPCA arts education programs both for the training they provide and the interaction of people of all ages who share those interests. She is now grateful to be able to contribute to this organization through volunteer activities to help support its unique arts programs and events. She has served as President of the LPCA, member of healthcare advisory boards, Wilmington Library, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Her other interests include hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, gardening, promoting Wilmington's recreation resources, reading and continued enjoyment of our mountains' beauty.

Matthew Fisher

Matthew Fisher began visiting Lake Placid in 2006 as a principal dancer for Elisa Monte Dance.  He spent three amazing weeks in residence at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts that fall and has been coming back ever since.  Originally from Boston MA, via Davis CA, he received his BA in Economics from Carleton College in Northfield MN and his MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  He currently lives in Harlem NYC with his wife Tiffany and their dog Zing, both of whom are big fans of their trips to Lake Placid and excited about deepening their connection to the area.  Matt works as a Wealth Strategist with The Kraft Group at UBS Private Wealth Management helping families develop and execute financial and estate plans.  Prior to working in financial services he was COO and General Manager of DiJiFi, a media digitization company in Brooklyn and before that a principal dancer for Elisa Monte Dance in New York City.  Matt is still involved in the arts, sitting on boards for Inception to Exhibition, Elisa Monte Dance and now the LPCA.  Having been both a performer and a patron of the LPCA he is excited to help the organization continue to bring top-tier performers to the Adirondacks.  A former lifeguard Matt’s favorite outdoor pastimes include hiking, canoeing, water skiing, sailing, and swimming.  He also continues to enjoy the occasional dance class, Pilates classes and he holds a second-degree blackbelt in Soo Bahk Do, a traditional Korean martial art. 

Sarah Galvin
Joan Gignoux

Joan's family, starting with her grandparents, have been coming to Lake Placid winter and summer all her life; Joan and her husband Reg own a camp which their children and grandchildren use. She grew up in the suburbs of NYC, but has been a resident of Shelburne VT for over 40 years. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She has been a photo librarian for Associated Press, and a freelance writer/editor/poet for small publications. She has served on many boards as a member or officer, including the American Diabetes Association, The Pierson Library, the Lake Placid Institute, the Vermont Humanities Council, and Woodbury College; she was a board member of Champlain College for a total of 23 years. She believes the LPCA will become the most important center for the arts in the Adirondacks.

Tracey Legat Howe

Tracey is a New York City native who has lived in the Tri-Lakes area since 2005. She previously lived in Delaware and the Lake District in England, where she was the General Manager of Brantwood – the home of John Ruskin. Tracey is currently a self-employed marketing consultant with clients in the Adirondacks, including The Wild Center. Tracey has a BA in Art History from the University of Delaware.

Tammy Loewy
Judy Meagher

Judy has more than forty years of experience as a professional in the healthcare field. She has had a long and distinguished career working in the industry, including the New York State Department of Health, Express Scripts, Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Unisys and Thomson Reuters. She recently retired after several years in her own health consultancy business. Judy is thrilled to be living full-time on Upper Saranac Lake, where she is committed to supporting our local organizations and community.

Darcy Norfolk

Darcy moved to Lake Placid from Long Island in 2003 where she lived and worked in the mobile computing technology industry for 8 years including one year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. Darcy is founder of Agency Accelerate providing business management, operations and marketing consulting services. She also is a licensed real estate salesperson with Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. Previous to this she worked locally at Adworkshop for approximately 10 years in various management and executive positions. She received a B.S. in Marketing from Canisius College and an M.B.A. from Hofstra University. Darcy is also involved with the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF), Lake Placid Ski Club and Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association (LPYAA). Darcy believes in a balance of academics, sports, music and the arts at a young age to foster individuals and nurture a passion for self-exploration. She does not think it is ever too late to further explore the artistic side of one's self and for many this may be untapped. Darcy feels building creativity and a passion for the arts in a technology driven world is important. "I have three children growing up in our intimate community and I look forward to building upon what exists today, ensuring that the LPCA maintains its mission and achieves it vision long term, building awareness and long-term success," says Darcy.

Margie Philo

Margie, Broker/Owner of Adirondack Premier Properties has more than 20 years of real estate experience in the Lake Placid area, specializing in both sales and resort rentals with emphasis on personal attention to clients and details. Margie has been ranked #1 in personal sales in the surrounding 13 counties for the last few years. Adirondack Premier Properties, Inc. was voted the #1 Real Estate Agency for Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals in the Adirondacks for the last 4 years. Margie serves on several community boards including the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Board, Condominium Homeowner's Associations and is a member of the Rotary Club. In addition, Margie has served as a Director on the Northern Adirondack and Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service Board and as a Board Member on the Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors. Margie's husband David is a CPA in Lake Placid where they reside. Her daughter Megan, a graduate of Northwood School and University of North Carolina has a Master's Degree in clinical psychology. Megan lives in Florida with her husband David, who is an Electrophysiologist Cardiologist and their three young children.

Joel Peller
Nancy Adams Sweet

Nancy has been a resident of Lake Placid for more than 10 years, and a summer resident all her life. She served on the LPCA Advisory Council prior to joining the Board of Directors. Nancy graduated from the University of Michigan, and worked as a teacher and a veterinary technician, before opening her own retail shop in Weston, MA. Nancy's work for non-profit organizations includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Care, North Country SPCA, Adirondack Museum, Lake Placid Sinfonietta Advisory Council and the Garden clubs of Weston and Lake Placid. Nancy is an ardent champion of animals and of the arts.

Dale E. Skivington

Dale E. Skivington is a consultant doing business as Compliance By Design and is the former Vice President of Global Compliance and Privacy at Dell Technologies. She also served as Dell's Chief Privacy Officer. Dale is a former Assistant General Counsel at Kodak, its first Chief Privacy Officer and was the VP of HR in Europe.

While at Kodak, she chaired the New York State Business Council's Labor and Human Resources committee, served on the New York Governor's Task Force on Independent Contractors and the Governor's Task Force on Sexual Harassment, and was a founding Board Member and Officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Dale is currently an adjunct faculty member of the University of Colorado's Wolf School of Law. She has frequently lectured on compliance, privacy, employment litigation, diversity best practices, and various civil rights and employment law matters.

Dale served on the Board and elected Chair of the Board of ESL Federal Credit Union. She has also served on numerous boards in the Rochester area, including the Rochester City Ballet. She served as a Dell and Kodak management sponsor for its women's network and is active in the Rochester and Denver Women's Giving Circle. She currently serves as the president of the Cross Border Data Forum, sits on the Board of the Future of Privacy Forum and serves as a Program Director of the Chief Privacy Officer's Council of the Conference Board.

Dale and family enjoy spending summers and fall at their camp on Upper Saranac Lake and winters in their home in Denver.

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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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06/29/22 - 06:30pm to 08:30pm

with Joe Conto

07/01/22 - 10:00am to 01:00pm

In-person watercolor class with Valerie Patterson

07/05/22 - 06:00pm

Online Class with Thom Williams

07/06/22 - 10:30am

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