Sandra Saville Board President
Sandi grew up in Cumberland and moved back to our community after practicing law in Alaska for 28 years. While in Alaska, Sandra was active in the arts, serving as Chair of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, President of the Alaska Festival of Music, and board member of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. More recently, she spent two years living in Manhattan where she studied photography at the International Center of Photography. Since returning to the Cumberland area, Sandra has exhibited her photos in various local exhibitions, and has acted in several theatrical productions. She also serves on the Foundation Boards of the Western Maryland Health System and Frostburg State University, is treasurer of the Evergreen Foundation, and serves on the Arts in Communities and Visual Arts grant review panels for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Tama Scarpelli Board Vice President
Tama worked and traveled as a Certified Travel Counselor for many years, and now helps run her family's leasing business. She has been involved with several artistic ventures in the area, including the Western Maryland Symphony and the American Red Cross Symphony Under the Stars. She and her husband, Nick, are also involved in many community activities. They currently reside in Cumberland with their two children Leah and Victor.
Kathy Condor Board Secretary
Kathy Condor is currently the Coordinator of Professional and Cultural Development for Allegany College of Maryland’s Center for Continuing Education. In her position at the college, Kathy oversees more than 50 Continuing Education programs and has been a frequent partner of the Allegany Arts Council. She was also recently appointed to serve on the Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of the 2011 class of the Chamber’s Leadership Allegany program. Kathy recognizes that a vibrant arts community is not only an engine for economic development, but an irreplaceable enhancement to our quality of life. She has a life-long passion for the arts and hopes to resurrect her own love of painting and drawing in her retirement. She resides in LaVale with her husband Chuck and three teenage sons. In addition to her professional and volunteer activities, Kathy enjoys watching her boys compete in sports, band, and mock trial, spending time with friends, cooking, hiking, reading, and especially travelling.
Mary Jane Plummer Board Treasurer
Mary Jane was born and raised in the Frostburg area. She has worked in the local business community for the past 28 years. She began her career at Frostburg State University in 1998 as an Events Coordinator for the Performing Arts Center and transferred to the Cultural Events Series in 2001, where she now serves as the Director. She was instrumental in the development of the Mountain Ridge Performing Arts Parents Association and continues to serve in the organization which provides support for the student theatre and vocal music programs. She also serves on the Partnership Committee for the 21st Century Afterschool Program as well as being a member of the Pennsylvania Presenters, West Virginia Cultural Coordinators, and the Maryland State Arts Presenters organizations. Mary Jane believes that "everyone should experience and celebrate the arts."
Kelli Allaway Board Member
Kelli has had the pleasure of living in Cumberland for the past 8 years. She has a background in performing arts and was awarded a dance scholarship from North Eastern Illinois University. While there, she combined her love for creative movement with her passion for working with special needs children. Kelli recently stopped working in education to assist with the design, construction, and administration of her husband Matthews’s medical practice, Urology Associates. Matthew and Kelli are supporters of the arts and feel blessed to live in a community with such dedication to the artistic experience.
Mary Kay Finan Board Member
Mary Kay Finan is a Professor Emeritus of Frostburg State University where she was on the Education faculty for twenty years. She was the Coordinator of the Elementary and Early Childhood programs. Mary Kay taught elementary school for 13 years in Allegany County before joining the faculty at Frostburg. She has been a member of the Maryland State Board of Education since 2007. Over the years, she and her husband Tom have enjoyed the creative process of filling their home with an extensive collection of art, artifacts, and furnishings primarily from the local art community.
Mark Gallagher Board Member
Mark has been involved in the arts since childhood growing up in a musical family in Michigan. He is an accomplished clarinetist and musician, having performed with the United States Navy Band, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and the Skylight Opera Theatre Orchestra. Also an active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice, Mark has performed solo recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and China. In the area of arts administration, he has been director of faculty at the Semplice Harbor Music Settlement in Wisconsin, artistic director for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and arts programing director at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Mark is a resident of LaVale and associate professor of music at Frostburg State University. Since moving to the Cumberland area he been a patron of several local artists, has performed for Allegany Arts Council events and participated, with FSU music students, in the annual "Arts in the Schools Week" program.
John Hart Board Member
John moved to Cumberland 11 years ago. Holding an MBA in medical finance he is the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins University Immunogenetics Laboratory performing donor/recipient matching for all organ transplants performed at Johns Hopkins. An avid fan of all artistic endeavors, from music to print media, John appreciates the impact that arts can have on a community. He and his partner, Dr. Bill Davis, support many of the volunteer and arts related activities of the community.
Patricia Hilton Board Member
Pat is active in both fine and applied arts. In the fine arts she explores media ranging from pencil to oils. She has shown her work regionally and in the Midwest. Locally, she is a member of the Allegany Arts Council, Arts at Canal Place, and Allegany Area Arts Alliance. In addition, she regularly shows her work at Arteco Gallery. On the applied arts side, Patricia has leveraged her background in planning, project management, training and graphic facilitation, founding her own company dedicated to enhancing organizational performance. She supports the work of organizations in strategic planning, improving performance, and developing and delivering effectively sequenced projects and sessions. She often uses large sheets of paper, drawing and recording information with markers to increase transfer of knowledge and information among groups. Ms. Hilton has managed various aspects of program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and process improvement during her tenure with the Baldrige National Quality Program at the National Institute of Standards in Technology; and the National Training Center, a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition she has supported the work of a variety of other government and non-profit organizations.
Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab Board Member
Betsey was raised in Rochester, New York, where music was a way of life because of the Eastman School of Music. She began piano lessons at 5 years of age and then started violin at 8. The music teachers in the public schools were always affiliated with the Eastman school and this provided a great basis for her strong appreciation of music and art. Betsey moved to Cumberland over 30 years ago, when she married her husband, Doug. She was most recently in charge of Human Resources at the S. Schwab Company, and she continues to serve on the Board of Directors for a variety of other community organizations. Betsey is an avid collector of art and fine craft, and has been a patron of the Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery for many years.
Ryan Mullaney Board Member
A relative new comer to the music scene, conductor and baritone Ryan Mullaney is already making a name for himself in music circles across the country. A native of Western Maryland, Ryan currently resides in Cumberland where he serves as Director of Liturgical Music at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Parish, supervising a staff of eight part-time musicians and musical worship at five churches. He is also co-founder and co-director of Mountainside Baroque, a new early music collective based in Cumberland. His travels have taken him across the country, including trips to New York studying the Music of Brahms with Joseph Flummerfeldt, and performances of Handel’s Messiah in Boston, to San Francisco where he studied with Jeffrey Thomas at the Inaugural American Bach Soloists Academy. Mullaney holds a Master of Music Degree in Choral/Orchestral Conducting from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Towson University.
John Persons Board Member
John is an Assistant Vice President of Susquehanna Wealth Strategies; the Brokerage division of Susquehanna Bank. He is a native of Allegany County. He and his wife, Karen, have lived in the county for 26 years. John is delighted to witness the cultural renaissance occurring in the region. As members of the Cumberland Theatre and the Allegany Arts Council they have become true arts enthusiasts, as have their three children. Appreciation of the arts has no boundaries, and provides enduring rewards. John seeks opportunities to give back to the community that has been so generous to himself and his family.
Victor Rezendes Board Member
Vic is a retired Federal Senior Executive with extensive experience in management and public policy issues. He was Assistant Comptroller General for Health, Education, and Human Services; and Managing Director, Strategic Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He has a Master’s degree in Governmental Administration from George Washington University and Bachelors in Accounting from Bryant University. He frequently testified before congressional committees on a wide range of issues. After retiring he was a consultant with Nathan Associates, and Chemonics International Inc., both international economic development firms. He moved to Cumberland, MD in April 2007 and has been active in volunteer activities. He is also a Board Member at the Allegany Museum, Chairman of the Archive and History Committee at The Church of St. Patrick, and a member of the National Road Bicentennial Committee.
Dave Romero Board Member
Dave is in equal measure artist and technologist. Originally from Califormia, Dave has lived in various parts of the country including Seattle, Washington and Portland, Maine. Though the majority of his adult life was spent as an electronics engineer and strategic marketing executive in the semiconductor industry, his camera was never far from reach especially during his travels abroad. In pursuit of this other passion, he gradually embarked on a second career as a commercial and fine art photographer. When it became clear that this “night job” could be nurtured and transformed into a full time pursuit Dave, and his wife Meg, put together a plan to escape “Corporate America”. In 2003 they moved to Cumberland, purchased and renovated their living and working space in one of the grand old buildings “on the bricks” in the heart of Cumberland’s Towne Centre. Dave’s fine art photography has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has won several awards. The commercial side of his studio is focused on providing web design, videography, and photographic services to businesses, universities, and artists.
Gloria Saville Board Member (Emerita)
Gloria is a fifty-year resident of Cumberland where her father, J.Holland Rannells, and husband, Buford Saville, founded Potomac Valley Television Company in the early 1950’s. She has been an active patron of the arts and civic volunteer for most of her life. She is currently general partner of G.R.S and B.L.S. Enterprises and Vice-President and board member of TWR Communications. She also serves as a board member of the Cumberland Theater and the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, is a member of the Allegany Area Arts Alliance and is President of the Ya Ya Investment Club.
Ann Townsell Board Member
Ann grew up in the military, moving around the United States until her family finally landed in Cumberland in the 1960s. Although not a native of Allegany County, she has grown to love this area, and now proudly refers to Cumberland as her “hometown." Ann has been involved with the Allegany Arts Council since 1996, and has been the organizer of one of the Saville Gallery's signature exhibitions, the annual Will’s Creek Survey. She is also an accomplished visual artist and has won awards both locally and regionally for her photography and graphic design. Ann holds a degree in graphic design and works as Assistant Director of Publications in the Office of Communications & Media Relations at Frostburg State University.