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.

Jill Choate Beier, Esq.
President

Jill Choate Beier is originally from Texas and has lived in New York for 20 years. She and her husband vacationed in the Adirondack Park each summer and winter for over 10 years before finally moving to Lake Placid permanently in 2014. Jill is the founder of the firm, Beier & Associates, PLLC with its primary location in Lake Placid, New York. Her practice includes a broad range of matters in the personal planning area, including estate and tax planning for individuals and families; estate and trust administration; all aspects of Surrogate's Court practice, including probate proceedings, will contests and guardianships, and planning for charitable giving and philanthropy. In addition to practicing law, Jill teaches online classes in accounting, income taxation and business law at Marymount Manhattan College. Jill is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served in many positions of leadership. She earned a B.B.A in Finance from the University of North Texas, an MBA with an Accounting concentration from Fordham Graduate School of Business, a J.D., summa cum laude, from Touro Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

MaryLou Brown
Vice-President

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.

Darcy Norfolk
Vice-President

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.

Tracy Smith
Vice-President

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Tracy has lived in many places in the Eastern U.S. including Chicago, IL, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles 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.

Teresa Brady
Treasurer

Teresa became a full-time resident of Lake Placid in 2013 after 20 years of experience in bank regulation. Teresa worked in Boston, Washington D.C. and Manhattan before settling in the area. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Northwood School in Lake Placid. Teresa, her husband Kevin, and three children love what the community has to offer. They are avid skiers, hikers, and enjoy the arts. Teresa believes that the cultural offerings at the LPCA are essential for her family to live in the Adirondacks.

Judy Meagher
Secretary

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.

Amy Spicer Cannava

Amy is originally from Falconer, New York. She has resided in Lake Placid since 1999. She graduated cum laude with a BA in English and a MS in Education from Fredonia State University. She has been an English teacher at Lake Placid Middle/High School for the past nineteen years, and she is chair of the English Department. She is the Educational Leave coordinator and the advisor for the National Honor Society for her school where the members are active volunteers and mentors throughout the school district. Amy enjoys reading, playing golf, volunteering, cross-country skiing, gardening, and eating her husband's delicious meals. She hopes to get more of her students involved in all the LPCA has to offer.

Sally Crowley

Sally is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and has lived in NYC, Bronxville and Stony Point, NY. She has resided in Lake Placid since 1966. She was formerly the owner of "The Market" gift shop, as well as The Village Emporium, The Wine and Spirits Shop and The Town House Motel. Her educational background was Beloit College and Rollins College as a Theater Arts Major. After graduating she performed in summer stock and television commercials. She is involved with the LPCA to help maintain the presence of this wonderful facility in our community, her love for the arts and her desire to make the arts available to the youth in the region. She served on the Board of the Hospital and the LPECVB. Her special interests include tennis, reading, theater, traveling and, most of all, her grandchildren. Her interests include special events, fundraising, local community involvement and marketing at the LPCA. She brings skills in coordinating details and follow-through on projects.

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. 

Dr. Kevin Fountain

Kevin Fountain was born and raised in Lake Placid. He holds an AB from Cornell, MA and PhD from Brown University. He was assigned to the 146th Engineering Detachment, Special Forces, during the Vietnam War. While a student in Taiwan, he was a disc jockey for a Chinese radio station, then acted and wrote an award-winning TV show. In America, his professional experience began with the National Academy of Sciences. For Commercial Metals of New York he opened a Beijing office, before appointment as Vice President of Societe Generale in Hong Kong. He established his own trading house in Hong Kong, returned to America and has since owned and operated Tempest Capital Limited, a management consulting and investment firm.

Sarah Galvin
Secretary

Sarah is originally from Lake Placid, NY and has lived in Denver and Walnut Creek, California. She has resided in Lake Placid since 2005 and is the co-owner of The Bookstore Plus. She serves on the Board of Directors for her regional book trade organization, NEIBA. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Hartwick College. She feels that the heart of any community is alive through its children and believes that the arts play a very important role in their development. Her special interests include reading, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and anything that will take her family outdoors. She is most interested in children's and "next generation" programming and events.

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.

James Maswick

Jamey has served on the Board since 2011 and has served as Treasurer for the organization. He is originally from Scotia, NY and has been visiting Lake Placid regularly since the 1990's. He has resided in Lake Placid since 2009. Jamey received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 2006 and a J.D. from Albany Law School in 2009. He practices law with Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. where he advocates for clients on matters ranging from personal to business to litigation defense. In his spare time, Jamey enjoys running, cycling, swimming, alpine and cross-country skiing, reading, and visiting with friends. Jamey is also a member of the Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; the Gold Medal BNI chapter, a business networking group based in Lake Placid; and regularly attends meetings of the Lake Placid Business Association. His art interests include photography, comedic events, and both contemporary and classic rock. He continues to place a special emphasis on attracting young adults to the LPCA.

Cheryl Morris

After splitting time between New Jersey and Lake Placid for 16 years, Cheryl and her husband, Bill have recently made the Adirondacks home. She received her Elementary Ed degree from Georgian Court University. Cheryl has worked with many non-profits including fundraising efforts for the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Family & Children's Services, Campership of Monmouth Country, 180 Turning Lives Around and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. She also was a part of the Shrewsbury Borough School's Parent Teacher Group and chaired the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club's Entertainment Committee for 10 years. Cheryl and Bill have 3 children: Amanda, Will (a '08 Northwood School grad) and Caroline. Cheryl feels the LPCA offers an invaluable service to this community and considers it a privledge to work in support of their endeavors.

Beth Phillips

Beth grew up outside Albany, and moved west to California for college and law school, receiving a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D from the University of California at Davis. After a judicial clerkship in Anchorage, Alaska, she practiced law in Anchorage for twelve years before returning to New York State. She has been employed as a Senior Attorney for the Adirondack Park Agency since 2009, and lives in Saranac Lake. She started volunteering for the LPCA when she arrived in the area and believes it is important to bring quality talent to the area while also showcasing the best the North Country has to offer in the performing and visual arts.

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.

Diane Reynolds

Diane was born in New Jersey and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has since lived in Hartford, CT, Boice, MD, Ridgewood, NJ and Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. She has resided in Lake Placid since 1981. She was a sales and technical representative for two major pacemaker companies. She received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. She thinks the LPCA is a wonderful organization offering an incredible variety of programming to a wide variety of audiences. The Board is an excellent way to be a part of the community and being involved with so much that interests her. She is Chairman of the gallery committee, has organized the Antique Appraisal Day and revamped the artists' housing. She feels it is great to work with a Board and staff who are bright and interesting and who are dedicated to the mission and goals. She has served on the Board at the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Junior League and has worked with mental health programs and Planned Parenthood. Her special interests include classical music, piano, theater, ballet, art, reading, gardening, tennis, skiing, aerobics, the environment and grandchildren. She has three sons, three great daughters-in-law, and 8 grandchildren, some of whom live in Lake Placid and enjoy wonderful times at the LPCA - a testimony to all that we offer.

Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens founded Dimension Fabricators, a reconized leader and innovator in the industry with a staff of nearly 100 engineers, fabricators, machinists and related personnel. 

A Tri-Lakes resident since 2009, Scott has previously served as a Director of the First National Bank of Scotia and KRB Machinery, York PA.  Former community service includes the Board of Directors of Ellis Hopsital Foundation, the Capital Campaign for the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady, the Deans Council of the University of Buffalo, and Past Chairman of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute of Chicago, IL.

Scott is also a pilot with Angel Flight NE of  Boston, MA.

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.

...dedicated to presenting and fostering quality arts, which inspire, enrich, educate and entertain people of all ages.
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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