BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barbara Zolli Albert, President
Barbara Zolli Albert graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Minor in Sculpture. She established pottery/sculpture studios in Newton and Watertown MA and began exhibiting her work. After 16 years of teaching art in public and private schools (Framingham, Sudbury and Newton), gifted programs (Newton), adult education (Newton) and junior colleges (Mount Ida) in Massachusetts, she moved to northwestern Pennsylvania in 1981 and worked for two museums (as Museum Educator, then Director) for 26 years.
In 2008, she began painting – exhibiting and selling her work in local galleries (Titusville and Erie PA) and teaching privately. While serving as a director on the Senior Center Board, she encouraged her painting students (50 and older) to explore and experiment with non-realistic expression in landscapes and portraiture. Two of her senior students went on to win juried competitions and sell their paintings.
In 2013, Barbara purchased a home on Dover Point and retired back to New England and the ocean.
Renee Giffroy, Vice President
Renee Giffroy is a Seacoast resident and photographer. She has served on the NHAA board since Spring of 2015 and has been actively involved in the membership, marketing, and bylaws committees. She assumed position of VP of the board in May 2016.
Prior to joining NHAA Renee had a long career with IBM, holding a variety of sales and marketing management positions around the US. She has extensive experience building marketing plans and developing and executing marketing programs. She is currently President of the Seacoast Camera Club, a member of the Seacoast Artist Association, a member of the Newburyport Art Association, a member of New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and is a juried member of NHAA. During the last 15 years Renee has studied photography at both the Maine Media Workshops and the Santa Fe Workshops. In addition for the last 5 years she worked for National Geographic Traveler Magazine as an onsite events coordinator for their weekend seminars across the US.
David Lancaster, Treasurer
As CEO of ATCO/LanAir, an Aerospace design and manufacturing company located in Newington NH. David brings a love of corporate strategy and a passion for
servant leadership to the everyday operations of the company. He has held the CEO/president position since the founding of the company. Only in the last few years has he understood the value of developing a great work culture. He spends a large percentage of his time working towards developing that culture by establishing a strong set of values and continually working to mentor and instill those values in his team. David believes that his company exists to do good for others internally and externally. ATCO/LanAir allocates 20% of net profit to his team through a values based profit sharing program. They also donate 10% of net profit to local children’s charities with the intention of growing that to 20% in the next few years.
ATCO/LanAir, designs and manufactures low cost FAA approved parts for commercial airlines worldwide. The company was founded in 1995 with one mission. To build a great company, with great people producing great results.
Ree Katrak, Secretary
Ree comes from a background of both fine and graphic arts, having studied at various institutions — The Ecole desBeaux Arts (Lausanne, Suisse), The Museum School of Boston, The Rhode Island School of Design. She also has 25 years of extensive study and practice of Tibetan and Shambhala Buddhism.
Her employment history includes: Director of Special Events at Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado; Director of mindfulness meditation programs in Boston and New York City; Graphic Designer and Production Manager, Bayer Corporation, Walpole, MA
Ree is a juried member of the NHAA, The Copley Society (COSO), the Newburyport Art Association, and the Ogunquit Art Association (The Barn Gallery).
Sachiko Akiyama, Board Member
Sachiko Akiyama Is a sculptor and art professor at UNH. She received her MFA in sculpture at Boston
University. She has shown her work internationally and nationally, most notably including solo exhibitions at Akinofuku Museum (Hamamatsu, Japan), the Danforth Museum (Framingham, MA) and the Museum of Art at the University if Maine (Bangor, ME). He
r work has also been recognized by numerous organizations including the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Debra Woodward, Board Member
A NH native, Debra Woodward has been an avid photographer since childhood but began seriously studying her craft with photographer Robert Chiller in West Newbury, MA in 2009. She has been a juried member of the NHAA since 2011 and is currently one of the four Featured Artisans at the Seacoast Artist Association Gallery in Exeter as well as an active member of the Newburyport Art Association. She is a member of the NH Society of Photographic Artists and York Art Association, and her work has been shown at the Firehouse Gallery in Newburyport and Alpers Fine Art in Andover, MA; as well as the NH Children’s Museum and Camera Commons both in Dover. Debra is National Sales Manager for the book publisher Red Wheel/Weiser in Newburyport, MA and has worked in the book business for over 30 years, including seven years as a buyer for Barnes in Noble in New York City.
John LeCours, Board Member
John LeCours is a New Hampshire based painter. He has been a juried member of the NHAA since 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. John takes inspiration from the natural beauty of his native New England. He most often works in oils or acrylic.
John says his central aim in painting is to create beautiful and poetic imagery. His creative process centers on a direct response to nature, in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau. He says he hopes to evoke a response in the viewer to these experiences.
When he is not painting, John works as a Project Manager at Applied Graphics in Amesbury, MA.
Nancy Rosen, Board Member
Education, art, and business are common threads throughout Nancy Rosen’s life. Nancy grew up outside of Philadelphia. She received a B.A. in French and Religion and a Master of Education degree from Boston University, and an M.A. degree in Religion from McMaster University, Canada. Her experience includes administration at several New England universities, art gallery ownership, and the sale of commercial and residential real estate. Nancy lives in York and is a Maine Realtor affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group.
Carol Van Loon, Board Member
Carol has been a NHAA member since 2002, board member since 2011, President 2012- 2014, and Interim Gallery Manager 2014-2015.
Carol is a black and white photographer from Dover, NH. She started photographing on her family farm in western NY during high school and continued her photographic training at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, receiving a BFA in Photography. She moved to Colorado after graduating from RIT working for a local paper as a production manager and photographer along with her fine art photography. She moved to the seacoast in 1988.
Carol is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and New Hampshire Art Association; also a member of New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and Kittery Art Association. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout her photographic career.
For the last 40 years Carol has worked in the printing field including typesetting, production and darkroom. Presently she is a freelance project manager handling retail communication projects for financial institutions.
Linda Marshall , Board Member
Linda Marshall is Regional Site Manager, Northern New England for Historic New England and has been based in Portsmouth at the Governor John Langdon House since March of 2014. Linda worked previously as Engagement Manager, Greater Boston & Northeast Regions for The Trustees of Reservations, and Director of Programs at Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester MA.
Linda’s background in museums includes education, public programs, visitor experience, exhibitions, volunteer and staff management, publications and enterprise opportunities. She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing, minor in Art History from University of Massachusetts/Amherst, a M.A. in Applied Psychology (Dance/Movement & Expressive Arts Therapies) from Antioch University New England, and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. She is co-chair of the Historic Sites Professional Affinity Group of the New England Museum Association.
Linda lives in the Newburyport area and in her spare time enjoys hiking, gardening, and studying flamenco and printmaking.
Laura Calhoun, Board Member
Alexis Kochka, Gallery Manager
As the Gallery Manager, Alexis runs the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery and supports the New Hampshire Art Association membership. “My favorite part of my job is interacting with our membership. I love it when members come into the gallery and I get to talk with them about their artwork and what’s happening in their lives.”-Kochka
Alexis comes from a background in art education and in art non-profit organizations. She is new to the NHAA community and is excited to leverage her experience to continue the Association’s mission.
Danielle Antico, Assistant Gallery Manager
As the Robert Lincoln Levy Assistant Gallery Manager, Danielle Antico gets to work on fun projects that support NHAA artists and the on-goings in the gallery. As a New Hampshire native she can often be seen at art events in the area. She holds a bachelor of fine arts in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Danielle works with a medium format film camera; taking night landscapes and portraits. Often Danielle lends her photographic talents to update our website + social media, and to design our membership newsletters. In her free time she enjoys walks with her dogs, Kida & Bronn.