Brattleboro Museum & Art Center elects new trustees and officers

BRATTLEBORO — The membership of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center elected Gordon Faison, Charles Mallory, and Dick Thall to the museum's Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the museum's members in March. Nominated by the museum's governance committee, the three new trustees join 16 others at the helm of the 45-year-old art museum. The first act of the newly constituted Board of Trustees was to elect five officers to one-year terms.

Of the new trustees, BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld said, "Gordon, Charles, and Dick bring the skills, expertise, and experience needed to help BMAC continue to thrive and grow. I look forward to working with them and the rest of our Board in the year ahead."

Gordon Faison graduated from Williams College, where his father, Lane Faison, was a legendary professor of Art History. Faison and his wife Eleanora Patterson joined the BMAC Board of Trustees in 2010 and served two three-year terms each. Faison was Vice President for a year, and he has continued to serve on the museum's Governance Committee. He was instrumental in bringing about BMAC's landmark 2012 exhibition of paintings by Stephen Hannock. Faison and Patterson live in Dummerston, and Faison has a psychotherapy practice in Brattleboro.

Charles Mallory co-founded one of the nation's leading shipping brokerage firms, Stamford, Conn.-based MJLF Associates. Twenty years later he fulfilled a lifelong dream of being in the hotel and restaurant business, when he founded Greenwich Hospitality Group, which now owns and operates award-winning boutique hotels and restaurants in Connecticut, Texas, and Vermont, including the Four Columns Inn in Newfane. Mallory currently serves on the boards of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the William Pitt Foundation, and is a former board member of the Shelburne Museum. He and his wife Georgette divide their time between Greenwich, Conn.; Fort Davis, Texas; and Jamaica.

Dick Thall is a retired orthodontist and connoisseur of contemporary American fine art photography. Thall joined the BMAC Board of Trustees in 2011 and served two consecutive three-year terms. For the past several years, Thall and his wife Alice have made a special gift to BMAC in order to support underwriting on Vermont Public Radio, where their nephew, Mitch Wertlieb, is the host of Morning Edition. The Thalls divide their time between Roslyn Heights, N.Y., and Newfane.

In a brief meeting immediately following the election of new trustees, the museum's newly constituted Board of Trustees elected five officers to one-year terms. Christopher Chapman of Brattleboro was elected to a fourth term as President. For the past 18 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 Selectboard. His father, Ralph Chapman, was an original incorporator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. James Meltzer of Hancock, N.H., and Dan Yates of Brattleboro were elected as co-Vice Presidents. Fred Moriarty of Hinsdale, N.H., was re-elected to a third term as Treasurer, and Susan McMahon of Dummerston, was elected Secretary.


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