Strategic Planning
and support
for the arts

Leadership

The Allegany Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization registered in the State of Maryland, and is one of 24 County arts agencies as established by the Maryland State Arts Council. It is governed by a Board of Directors, who are tasked with ensuring the organization meets its mission, maintains and sustains its operations, and works with its professional staff to implement its strategic plan. It is governed by the organization’s bylaws.

Members of the Board of Directors serve two or three year terms and are unpaid. They are major contributors to the work and vibrancy of the organization, and are expected to contribute time, talent and financial support to the organization.

Each year, Arts Council members are presented with a slate of candidates who will serve the organization. All members of the Allegany Arts Council are entitled and encouraged to take part in voting for Board candidates.


Executive Committee

Keith Broome
Board President

Keith Broome is a local community pharmacist with nearly 28 years of experience. He is a part of the PharmaCare Network of pharmacies serving Cumberland, Frostburg, and parts of Garrett and Mineral counties. He is a native of Allegany County and a lifelong resident of the Cumberland area. Keith graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and elected to continue his education locally, earning an MBA from Frostburg State University several years later. He was initially attracted to the local arts community several years ago while providing housing for out of town artists during the annual Plein Air event. Getting to know these artists personally has made a positive influence on his understanding of the value and importance of different styles of art. His goal is to help perpetuate the growth and diversity of the local arts community in hopes of establishing Allegany County as a visitor destination.

Martin Heavner
Vice President

Martin is an award-winning fine arts photographer, business writer, and marketing executive. A native of Cumberland, he is a graduate of Fort Hill High School and Potomac State College and received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and his MBA from Frostburg State University.

He has exhibited his photographs in three solo exhibits and participated in exhibits at the Maryland State House, Maryland Governor’s Mansion, Washington County of Museum of Fine Arts, and galleries throughout the region. In 1999, he was recognized as one of Maryland’s top visual artists by the Governor’s Office.

Martin frequently judges photography competitions throughout Maryland and was a juror for the multi-media Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA. He also helped to curate a 2018 exhibit of A. Aubrey Bodine’s classic black-and-white images of Western Maryland.

A member and former president of the Frederick Camera Clique, Martin also is a member of the Allegany Arts Council, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center and Frederick Arts Council. Currently, he serves as co-chair of the Photography Committee of the Allegany Arts Council. His photographs have won more than 100 awards in national and regional competitions.

Griffin Detrick
Treasurer

Griffin is a 2005 graduate of Bishop Walsh School, and a 2010 graduate of Frostburg State University where he majored in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Maryland. He currently serves as a Senior Accountant for Northrop Grumman. Griffin has helped produce several short films in the Baltimore film community, one of which he wrote and directed and was accepted into several film festivals. He also serves as Treasurer for AHEC West and the Community Trust Foundation. In his downtime, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, including his two rescue dogs, Barney and Lady.

Andrea Beall
Secretary

Andréa Beall serves as the Director of Marketing for CareVentures Inc. Andréa has 10 years of healthcare marketing and communications experience with Life Plan Communities, Skilled Living Facilities, Assisted Living/Personal Care, Outpatient Clinics, and Home Health. Her background includes experience in developing and executing successful advertising campaigns, digital marketing, and social media outreach, web development, CRM programs, corporate identity and branding, internal communications, design and buys, radio, television, and media relations strategies. She directly supervises and works with a graphic design team to develop overall branding and style of advertising campaigns successfully increasing ROI profits up to 25%.

 

Previously, Andréa held the position as Director of Outpatient Services responsible for daily oversight, supervising and managing, completing annual reviews and educational training. Andréa actively participates in corporate partnerships with state and national affiliations to increase awareness and support advocacy for aging services. Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and a graduate of Frostburg State University, and a 2016 graduate of Leadership Allegany, a program designed to help identify regional issues within Mountain Maryland and across the State. Andréa has been involved with many organizations in Western Maryland. She currently acts as the Director of the Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre and continues to serve with many community organizations.


Board Members

Jennifer Browne

Jennifer Browne is a Lecturer in English at Frostburg State University and the Director of the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts. She began teaching college-level composition and literature courses at Garrett College, which fostered her interest in advocacy for underprepared and educationally-disadvantaged students, an interest that was enhanced while she served as Director of the Upward Bound Program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, a federally-funded educational-opportunity program for low-income and first-generation high school students. Upon joining the faculty of Frostburg State University in 2008, she returned to teaching, focusing on the needs of developing writers, who frequently describe her as “passionate,” “knowledgeable,” and “boring.”

In addition to issues of educational access, Jennifer is interested in gender, ecology, the environment, and popular culture, which she investigates in her own writing. She has published poetry in The Peninsula Review, Maryland Poetry Review, American Writing: A Magazine, Backbone Mountain Review, and The Potomac, among others.

Robert “Coop” Cooper

Robert “Coop” Cooper is the Director of Student Activities & Fraternity and Sorority Life at Frostburg State University. He has been working at Frostburg State University for almost 12 years but has been in higher education for almost 22 years having worked at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Union College, and Roanoke College. Robert graduated from the University of Lynchburg (Lynchburg College at the time)in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Due to his position, he has had the opportunity to plan events on and off campus with some of the events crossing over into the arts. In September 2019, Robert took 50 students to see the Lion King in Pittsburgh. He also hosted actor Martin Sensmeier, The Magnificent Seven. Robert has collaborated with the Cultural Event Series and worked with bringing International films to the university.

Before his time at Frostburg State University, Robert use to work with local art venues by promoting them to students who had never experienced the arts. His goal is to aid with the growth and exposure of the local arts to the community. Currently he and his wife are exposing their three children to the arts locally and regionally. Although he is not a native of Allegany County, he has grown to love the area and wants to share it with others.

Al Delia

Al Delia is vice president for regional development and engagement at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. He oversees the University’s efforts to help advance the region it serves through engagement with business, industry, community organizations and government. Al has extensive professional experience in economic and community development, healthcare, government and academe. Al is a political science graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is married to Cecelia Karas and lives in Cresaptown, Maryland. He has two adult sons, Jordan and Alex.

Patricia Hilton

Patricia Hilton is known in the community as a pastel and oil painter, and has shown her work throughout the region. Her work was recently shown in the Saville Gallery in May 2018. In addition, since 2008, Patricia has managed her own business, Patricia Hilton Applied Arts, to provide graphic facilitation and recording services to for-profit, non-profit, and governmental agencies. In addition, she has been an integral member of the team that developed and continues to deliver the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program. This leadership program has received numerous national awards from HR.COM’s Leadership 500 competition.

Marion Leonard

Marion Leonard is a Professor Emeritus, MBA department of Frostburg State University. Prior to her teaching career, she was successful in both retail management and financial consulting and planning.

She integrates her academic background in management, psychology, body mind wellness, yoga and meditation with her business experience to serve the community and promote wellness throughout the region. Marion serves in various leadership positions in the Allegany Arts Council, Community Trust Foundation, Community Wellness Coalition, Frostburg State University Foundation and the Imagination Library of Allegany County, Maryland.

Donna Miller

Donna Miller is a member of the Allegany Arts Council and is a retired graphic design artist. She was raised in the small town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and never considered art as a career until she met several arts educators who told her to pursue her dreams.

She received a BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and eventually landed at the National Wildlife Foundation in Washington, DC, where she continued her work in the arts for 40 years.

During her time as Art Director at NWF, she designed books, calendars, educational materials and served as a constant supporter of the arts for children.

Since retirement, she has spent her time volunteering, including often working with the Arts Council programming group on development of children’s art outreach. She has supported the Arts Council at Delfest, with her work on traditional quilts at the 2019 Appalachian Festival, and other programs.

Mary Ann Riley

Riley has lived in the Cumberland area for the last five years with her husband and two children. She is a practicing Internist at UPMC Outpatient Care Center and the Medical Director of the local Hospice office. She was initially attracted to the area for the quaint small town feel but quickly fell in love with the vibrant arts community. While in Cumberland her family has been avid supporters of the arts community through participating in Plein Air and multiple Allegany Arts Council gallery events. During her tenure on the Allegany Arts Council she looks forward to integrating her love of both medicine and art within the community she now calls home.

Chandler Sagal

Chandler Sagal is a Development Officer, Grant Writer and adjunct faculty member at Allegany College of Maryland (ACM). He has held the position of Development and Grants Associate at ACM since July of 2018 and has been an adjunct faculty member in the college’s Leadership Development Program since September of 2018. He earned his associate’s degree from ACM in 2016 and went on to further his education at Frostburg State University where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree. Chandler is currently a graduate student at West Virginia University where he is pursuing his Ph.D. Higher Education Administration.

Chandler is a lifetime resident of Allegany County. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married since October of 2019 and have two corgis named Louis and Winston. Chandler and Sarah enjoy spending their free time traveling, repurposing old furniture, and frequenting the local breweries and distilleries in the area.

Sandi Saville

Sandi grew up in Cumberland where she graduated from Fort Hill High School. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the Maryland Bar Association. After graduation from law school, she spent thirty years in Alaska practicing trial law and raising her two sons. She returned to Cumberland in 2003 and has been living here ever since. She has been active in the community including being Treasurer of the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, member of the Boards of Frostburg State University and Western Maryland Hospital Foundation, President of the Allegany Arts Council, President of the Evergreen Heritage Foundation and currently Chair of the Downtown Development Commission. She also served as an adjunct professor at Frostburg State University teaching intellectual property and the arts. While on the Arts Council, Sandi has been especially active in promoting Creative Placemaking efforts.

Pamela Twigg

Pamela Twigg is a native of Cumberland, having returned to the area in 2013 after living nearly 25 years abroad. She holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages from Clarion University. Most of her career has been in an international corporate environment in the Netherlands and in the U.S., focused in the ICT sector. Her current position is with BT Americas as a principle commercial manager supporting BT’s largest global clients. She is interested in people, languages and cultures, and how cultural differences affect global events. This interest resulted in her learning three languages. She is passionate about being part of the Arts Council, which she feels plays a vital role in revitalizing the local economy and helping people in Allegany County broaden their horizons. Pamela is also a member of the Leadership Allegany! Steering Committee.


Staff

Julie Westendorff
Executive Director

Westendorff serves as Executive Director of the Allegany Arts Council, and began with the organization in January 2018. She and her husband relocated to Allegany County after living and working in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 15 years. Her career includes more than 15 years of corporate event planning, managing logistics for several high-profile lawmakers, and managing operations for several non-profit organizations. Westendorff is active in the community and serves on the Boards of the Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary and Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

Deb Litman
Assistant Director

Litman serves as Assistant Director of the Arts Council, having originally come on board in November 2018 as Communications and Membership Manager. She has spent her entire career working with non-profits, including educational institutions, direct service providers, religious organizations, community foundations, and a university press. Deb lives in Cumberland with her husband and three children.

Diane Webb
Office Manager

Webb joined the Arts Council in June 2018 and manages its finance, bookkeeping and accounting practices. She previously worked for Kenney Signs in Frostburg, MD, as a bookkeeper and has extensive experience in managing daily financial operations. She and her husband live in Cumberland, MD, and have three children.

Alec Edwards
Program Associate

Edwards serves as Program Associate for the Arts Council, where she supports program development, gallery operations, and creative projects. Edwards originally joined the Arts Council in 2018, where she worked as a weekend Gallery Assistant, and returned in April 2021 after completing her education. Edwards holds a B.A. in Fine Arts with a focus in Printmaking, Graphic Design and a minor in Art History from Frostburg State University. She enjoys serving and growing with the art community in every way.

Garrett Webb
Gallery Assistant

Webb joined the Allegany Arts Council in 2018, working primarily to support the gallery’s weekend operations. He currently resides in Cumberland, MD, and is passionate about music.


Committees

In addition to the Board of Directors and staff, the Allegany Arts Council is supported by a variety of committees who carry out the mission of the organization and its work supporting the community.

Board Committees

Board Committees are required by our bylaws and open only to members of the Board of Directors. These committees include:

  • Executive Committee: Led by the President, and comprised of the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Director and Immediate Past President (ex officio), the Executive Committee is responsible for recommending agenda items, grant guidelines, and development of long-range strategic planning goals. The Executive Committee also makes formal recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Governance/Human Resources: Led by the Vice President, the Governance Committee’s chief responsibilities are to determine the composition of the Board of Directors, and to measure the quality of performance of the Board and its individual members. The President must appoint at least three additional members of the Board of Directors to serve on the committee.
  • The Human Resources Committee is responsible for creating and monitoring values-based systems to ensure the organization is in compliance with local, state and federal laws. It also assists the Executive Director as needed to manage human resource and employment matters.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are required by our bylaws and provide opportunity for the organization to utilize the expertise and abilities of Arts Council members, volunteers and donors, putting their talents and experience to work for the organization’s success. All members of the Arts Council are eligible to join committees and may co-chair a committee, along with a member of the Board of Directors. These committees include:

  • Investment: Led by the Treasurer, the Investment Committee is responsible for oversight of the organization’s restricted funds and other unrestricted investments of the organization, for proposing investment strategy, and for the development and maintenance of an investment policy.
  • Grants: Led by the Executive Director, the Grants Committee is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all grant applications and for proposing funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Fundraising/Special Events: The Fundraising Committee is responsible for the development of programs and initiatives to be recommended to the Board of Directors, as needed by the organization, to sustain its operations.

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees provide opportunity for the organization to utilize the expertise and abilities of Arts Council members, volunteers and donors, putting their talents and experience to work for the organization’s success. All members of the Arts Council are eligible to join committees and may co-chair a committee, along with a member of the Board of Directors. These committees include:

  • Creative Placemaking: The Creative Placemaking Committee is responsible for cultivating, developing and proposing projects which include art as a part of community development. The committee also seeks opportunities and funding for the implementation of public artworks.
    Wellness through the Arts: The Wellness Committee is responsible for developing programs and initiatives which utilize art as a means to promote health and well-being in our community.
  • Exhibition: The Exhibition Committee is responsible for the review of exhibition applications for the Arts Council’s Saville and Schwab Galleries, and for recruiting artists to exhibit in our community.In addition to the Exhibition Committee, several other annual exhibitions maintain committees which support the planning, juror selection, sponsorship and implementation of signature events of the Arts Council, including the Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition, Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, and Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art.
  • Membership: The Membership Committee is responsible for the recruitment and retention of members of the organization.

Complete information about our mission, membership, leadership, elections and meetings may be found in our bylaws.