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Board of Directors

New England Youth Theatre Board of Directors  2014

Bo Foard, President

West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
Profession: Bo is founder and president of Foard Panel Inc.


Chip Greenberg, Vice President

Putney, Vt

Profession: Chip is an architect with a major focus in the design of arts and educational buildings.  In addition to the New England Youth Theatre, designed in 2006, he has worked on renovations for the Austine School, Putney Central School, Next Stage, and the Brattleboro Museum.

Past and Present Affiliations: Chip has served on the Boards of Next Stage Arts, River Gallery School, the Brattleboro Coop and Habitat for Humanity.


Stephen Fitch, Treasurer

Putney, VT

Financial Manager at New England Kurn Hattin Homes. Previously Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer at World Learning/SIT.  He has served on a number of boards including director for the Brattleboro Town School District, board chair of the Windham World Affairs Council, vice president of the board for the Federation EIL, and as board president of the United Way of Windham County.


Sadie Fischesser, Secretary

Profession: Sadie Fischesser holds a doctorate in Sociology. She currently works for the Vermont Agency of Human Services as the Field Services Director for the Brattleboro and Bennington districts.

Past and Present Affiliations: Since graduate school, Sadie has worked in a number of non-profits. Her work focused on improving the lives of children and families with organizations such as Windham Child Care Association and the Northeast Foundation for Children. She is involved in a number of community organizations and is currently an associate with the Vermont Leadership Institute. Her daughter is an enthusiastic participant in NEYT activities.


Kaelan Selbach, Student Representative

Toby Young

Westminster West, Vermont

Profession: Real Estate Agent retired;Artist


Past and Present Affiliations:Toby served in the Vermont Legislature for 10 years and chaired the Health and Welfare Committee in the House. She chaired the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Government and served as Executive Director of Common Cause/Vermont from 1990-2000.  She served as legislative advocate for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and the Area Agencies on the Aging.  Toby was appointed by the governor to serve on the Public Oversight Commission, which oversees hospital budgets and certificate of need applications. She was appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court to the Professional Conduct Committee, which oversees the conduct of lawyers in the state of Vermont.  She also served on the board of the Yellow Barn Music Festival.  She is currently an elected member of the Westminster select board and a board member of the Council on Aging of Southeastern Vermont.


Alexander (Sandy) D. Shriver   

Profession:  Sandy has served as an Attorney with Potter Stewart, Jr. Law Offices from 1995 to the present day. 

Past and Present Affiliations:  Sandy has served as President of the Windham County Humane Society, as a BoardMember of the Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, on the Board of Oberlin College, the Vermont Law School and the Brattleboro Union High School.  He has also served as the Secretary of the Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity Chapter and as the Treasurer of the Windham County Democratic Party.  Currently he serves as the President of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club and as the coach of the Dompier Electric Small Fry baseball team.  His daughter, Marjorie, is actively involved in NEYT activities.   


Mary Ellen Bixby

Brattleboro, VT

Profession: Mary Ellen has spent 42 years in Latin, English, and Ancient History classrooms, teaching students grade 8 through college level

Past and Present Affiliations: Mary Ellen now serves on the Board of the Vermont Humanities Council and the Steering Committee for the Loaves and Fishes lunch program at Centre Congregational Church.  She was a member of the Brattleboro Arts Committee from 2009-2012.


Todd W. Mandell, MD

Profession: Todd has 24 years in the practice of Addictions Psychiatry, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Community Substance Abuse Centers. He is a long time theater afficianado with first memories of music being the scores of "The Music Man" and "West Side Story".

Past and Present Affiliations: AIDS Project of Southern Vermont; The Vermont Association for Mental Health. Todd currently serves as the Treasurer for the Monteverdi Artists Collaborative in Guilford, VT


Milton A. Eaton

Profession: Currently retired, Milt spent 15 years as a Director, Representative and Attaché for the US Dept. of Commerce and the Department of Energy.  Earlier he was the Vermont Secretary of Development and Community Affairs in Montpelier followed teaching and selling his regional business.  Besides active athletic competition he also coached national swimming championship teams.  After naval service in the Korean War, he finished with an MBA from Michigan and had a corporate career with StanVac and Mobil Corp.

Past and Present affiliations:  A Windham resident since 1968, Milt currently is a member of the Brattleboro Energy Advisory Committee, Board member of the Ethan Allen Institute and Brattleboro Rotary member.  He is also a member and sponsor of DACOR, CATO, the Heritage Foundation, CSIS and BPC in Washington, DC.  Milt previously was a member, sponsor, officer or board member in innumerable community and academic organizations including the Brattleboro Center for the Performing Arts.


Priscilla Svec


Profession:  Priscilla has been living and working in the Brattleboro area since 1982 as a Physical Therapist.   In 1997 she started and continues to practice at her own outpatient clinic in Putney, Vt.   Her affiliation with NEYT began 7 years ago when her daughterTori Svec first began participating  in NEYT productions.  Since then the Svec family has participated in whatever jobs needed an extra hand, including post Irene clean up and housing summer theater participants.

Past and Present: Priscilla has worked at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital as both a staff therapist and the Director of the Physical Therapy department.

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