Board of Directors
Renee Giffroy is a Seacoast resident and has served on the NHAA board since Spring of 2015. She assumed position of President of the board in fall of 2017.
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 and events.
Renee is also a photographer. She is 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. She is a former President and current Advisor to the Seacoast Camera Club. Renee has studied photography at both the Maine Media Workshops and the Santa Fe Workshops. In addition she worked for National Geographic Traveler Magazine for 5 years as an onsite events coordinator for their weekend seminars across the US.
Joanna has been teaching photography part-time for over 25 years. After receiving her Certificate in Photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, she taught Black & White Darkroom I and II and two camera courses at the Institute for 11 years. Since 2002, she has taught basic and advanced photography courses at Concord Community Education. Joanna encourages her students to not only learn about their cameras and various photographic techniques but also to use photography as an artistic medium for self-expression. In her professional career, Joanna worked as Technical Documentation Manager and Senior Technical Writer for several high-tech firms. She is currently the Vice President of the New Hampshire Art Association and enjoys photography, oil painting, reading, and music.
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.
Alison was born in Exeter, NH, grew up in Kingston, and now resides in Portsmouth and Colebrook. She and her husband own and operate Jewett Construction Co., Inc., a commercial construction company based in Raymond, NH, building commercial structures all over New England. Supporting small businesses and nurturing relationships has always been her focus.
Having grown up in a family of artists, Alison took to oil painting and and today has an established studio at the Button Factory on Islington Street in Portsmouth. Her paintings come from an ispiration of history, architecture, people and nature. She creates works based on what calls to her and her interpretation of the image. (Photo credit to Jay Goldsmith)
Lisa McManus graduated from Parsons School of Design, with a major in painting and sculpture. Her interest in young people led her to a 30-year career in education, and the long-held position of Education Director at Learning Skills Academy in Rye. Her own children are mostly flown from the nest so she started painting in earnest ten years ago. Landscape painting has been her focus but recent efforts have centered on finding a more individualized lexicon. Lisa enjoys wrangling with the challenges found in non-profit organizations, and is hoping to find other like-minded members to join her in NHAA projects.
Education, art, and business are common threads throughout Nancy Rosen’s life. Nancy grew up outside of Philadelphia. She received her BA in French and Religion, a Master of Education degree from Boston University, and an MA 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.
Suzanne C. Dubus is excited about serving on the board of the New Hampshire Art Association.She is passionate about the mission of NHAA and is looking forward to working together to continue to build the organization.
She has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport, MA since 1998. She is credited with developing and administering domestic violence prevention programs that are effective, innovative and community-‐based. Vice President Joe Biden recognized the Crisis Center’s domestic violence high risk team model at the White House in2010 and said, “We need to replace what we have been doing and replicate this kind of success.” Recognized as an expert in the field, she was named a Champion of Change by theWhite House in October 2011; is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Massachusetts Council on Family Serving Agencies, and Jane Doe, Inc., the statewide coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault programs.
She lives in Exeter, NH with her husband and their daughters.
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.
Linda comes from a strong and varied business background with particular expertise in managing large virtual teams. Early in her career she was a school teacher, owned two small businesses and was Vice President of Sales for a company in central NH. She has spent the last two decades as the Director of Resource Management for a global Accounting, Tax, and Advisory firm. Linda has always been passionate about and active in the Arts. She personally enjoys oil painting, jewelry making, and landscape design.
Rick had an extended career as Chief Operating Officer of a large law firm in Manchester, employing over 50 attorneys and 55 other staff. During this time, he volunteered in Board leadership capacities with The United Way of Manchester, The Manchester Community Health Center, and The New Hampshire Institute of Art. Leaving the law firm after 28 years, Rick became the Executive VP and then interim President of the Art Institute.
Rick is also a portrait and fine art photographer with a Certificate in Photography from the NH Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited in galleries on the East coast from Maine to Georgia. He has attended photo workshops in Rockport, ME, Woodstock, NY, Palm Springs, CA, and Havana, Cuba.
Since 2010, Rick has lived in Stratham with his partner Cathy, his dog Diego, and his cat Raven. He has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Carol Reynolds studied painting and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. She has been employed by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., The Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport Framers, and The Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Ma.
She has been creating her own art while also presenting, promoting and exhibiting the work of other artists for many years. She paints landscapes in pastel and oil, as well as commissioned portraits.
Mary Liz Lancaster moved to New Hampshire in 1989 with her husband David. Originally from Rye, New York, she graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a BFA concentrating in photography. Her professional focus has been on travel, events, nature and portraiture. With her family Mary Liz has been able to explore different parts of the world such as Europe, Panama and British Virgin Islands. She has taken workshops with professional photographers at New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester and seminars at Star island. She has been a member of New Hampshire Art Association since 1999 and New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists since 2007.
In 2014 Mary Liz created a niche photography business using fairy house images from years of photographing the annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour. In 2016 she added a new dimension to her Fairy House Photo by combining these images as backgrounds for child portraiture. In Creating Enchanting Images ™ she digitally transforms children into fairies for timeless fantasy keepsakes. She has also participated in fairs and farmers’ markets with her portable studio.
Mary Liz was hired as Operations Manager at NHAA in 2017. She feels very fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring artists and fine arts as her children grow up and graduate from high school and college. Her past retail experience includes being Assistant Manager at a camera store in Old Greenwich CT and accounts receivable, accounts payable and collections at ATCO Inc. These positions have contributed to her ability to serve artists and guests at NHAA.
Suzanne has been a juried photography member of the NHAA since 1992.
A Boston native, Suzanne moved to New Hampshire 30 years ago and has been living in Portsmouth since 2011. She has a background in journalism, public relations and is a published poet. She is a regular contributor to the Portsmouth Herald.