Brattleboro Museum & Art Center elects new trustees and officers

BRATTLEBORO >> The membership of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center elected five individuals to the museum's Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the museum's members on Tuesday, May 17. Nominated by the museum's governance committee, the new trustees join 13 others at the helm of one of the region's premier cultural institutions. The first act of the newly constituted Board of Trustees was to elect four officers to one-year terms.

Of the new trustees, BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld said, "These five individuals bring just the right combination of skills and expertise to help BMAC continue to thrive and grow. I look forward to working with them and the rest of our Board in the years to come."

Christie Herbert, of Dummerston, is an associate professor of art at Landmark College, where she teaches ceramics. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MAT degree from SIT, and a BA in English from Reed College. She has served on the Women's Freedom Center Board, the Dummerston Planning Commission, and as chair of the Empty Bowls dinner for the past 12 years, among other board affiliations.

Laura Howat divides her time between homes in New York City and Brattleboro. She grew up immersed in the world of art and museums, as her late father, John K. Howat, was the longtime chairman of the Department of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Howat served as a trustee of BMAC from 2009 to 2015. In addition to her work with BMAC and other Brattleboro-area nonprofits, she is on the Board of the New York City nonprofit Urban Glass.


After graduating from Cornell with a degree in architecture, Stephen Lloyd, of West Brattleboro, spent two years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia. He worked for architecture firms in New York, Maine, and Connecticut, before forming his own firm in Chester, Conn., in 1986, from which he is now mostly retired. His projects over 30 years included residences, institutional buildings, and religious institutions, including a synagogue designed in collaboration with artist Sol LeWitt.

Susan McMahon, of Putney, is the Associate Director at Windham Regional Commission. She is a planner with over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in land use and community development. She has helped numerous communities and nonprofits take their visions from idea to ribbon cutting. For her work on Brownfields, she was awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. McMahon has a Master's Degree from Tufts University and currently serves on the Vermont Environmental Consortium and Vermont Rural Ventures boards.

Fred Moriarty, of Hinsdale, N.H., earned a degree in accounting from Ithaca College and subsequently worked as a CPA, auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, and regional financial controller for Trans World Airlines. He was treasurer of Holstein Association for 13 years, co-owner of Creative Woods Furniture for 19 years, and executive director of the National Unfinished Furniture Association for 10 years, ending in 2015. Moriarty is a director of Brattleboro Savings & Loan and a 35-year member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

In a brief meeting immediately following the election of new trustees, the museum's newly constituted Board of Trustees elected four officers to one-year terms. Christopher Chapman, of Brattleboro, was re-elected to a second term as president. For the past 16 years, Chapman has been a principal with Trust Company of Vermont, a statewide trust services company. He has served on numerous boards, state committees, and the Brattleboro Select Board. His father, Ralph Chapman, was an original incorporator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. James Meltzer of Hancock, New Hampshire, was elected vice president. David Walter of Westminster was elected secretary, and Fred Moriarty was elected treasurer, a position he held at BMAC from 1990 to 1994.

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