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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Arts Center Names New Directors

Eight new directors have joined the Westport Arts Center’s Board of Directors, and one retiring member was made an honorary member.

Jon Bullard, Richard Di Marco, Tamson Hamrock, Catherine Johnston, Eugene Miller, Ann Sheffer, Peter Thorner and Frances Wilson were named to the board, and Susan Malloy will be an honorary board member.

“We’re delighted to welcome such an outstanding group of men and women with such diverse talents, expertise and vitality,” said Cindy Vaccaro, WAC president, in a written statement. “The Arts Center’s mission and goals are in great hands.”

Jon Bullard has been a volunteer at the Arts Center, applying his more than 30 years of experience as a computer consultant and software company owner to the organization’s computer systems. His second career as a teacher began three years ago when he completed a master’s degree in education and was certified to teach both elementary school classes and high school mathematics.

Richard Di Marco is a partner in the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of tax, estate planning, business law and representation of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. A resident of Weston, he previously lived in Norwalk, where he was a member of the board of directors of the Norwalk Community Health Center and the United Way of Norwalk & Wilton.

Tamson Hamrock, a former Citibank global marketing executive, is now the owner of Kismet, a lifestyle/art gallery in Westport’s Sconset Square. Ms. Hamrock started Kismet in New York in 2002 and established it in Westport in 2004 after moving to Greens Farms. Her interest in collecting art began with her childhood in Maine, where she was part of a creative, artistic family.

Cathy Johnston was formerly executive vice president of Conde Nast Publications, where she played a key role in the firm’s acquisition and integration of Wired Magazine. Since retiring in 1999, she has been a partner in Midway Communications, LLC, a consulting business that helps launch new magazines. Ms. Johnston has been active in many charitable causes, especially the founding of the East Harlem Village Academy, the first college preparatory charter school in Harlem.

Gene Miller has more than 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a vice president responsible for business development with The Bank of New York’s Westport Private Banking Office. He has been a board member of the Westport Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and United Way.

Ann Sheffer, a community arts advocate and patron, has been a member of Westport’s RTM since 1993 and chaired the Library, Museum and Art Committee. A past president of the Westport Historical Society, she has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Westport Country Playhouse and Americans for the Arts. Sheffer was a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities from 1992 to 2000. In 2003, she was named to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Ms. Sheffer was a founding member of the board of the Arts Center when it merged with the Westport/Weston Arts Council in 1985.

Peter Thorner, a business strategist and turnaround executive, was chairman and CEO of Bradlee’s Inc., where he led the successful reorganization of the discount department store chain. In recognition of his successful reorganizations, Mr. Thorner was inducted into the Business & Industry Hall of Fame of the American Institute of CPAs. He is past chairman of VITAM Youth Treatment Center in Norwalk.

Frances Wilson studied fine arts and sculpture in her native Canada and went on to a career in Canadian film and television. After moving to the U.S., she was involved in theatrical productions in New York and East Hampton and founded a music school for children in New York. Most recently she has worked as Martha Stewart’s stand-in for her television shows and commercials. Ms. Wilson’s involvement with the Arts Center has centered on “Play With Your Food,” the luncheon theater series, and the organization’s fine arts programs. She is the Producer for this year’s WAC Gala.

A member of the original Westport-Weston Arts Council from its beginning, Susan Malloy was elected an Honorary Board Member in recognition of her dedicated support of the organization through its many changes over the years. An artist since her college days, Malloy has participated in the WAC studio tour and has shown her work in many WAC exhibitions and other galleries. Her sponsorship of the Malloy Lecture in the Arts has brought outstanding speakers to the community for several years, and she recently established the “Malloy Match” to support increased membership in the Arts Center.

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