for the arts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andréa is the Marketing Coordinator for CareVentures Inc., a healthcare management firm that oversees several companies all dedicated to providing quality, customer-focused healthcare and rehabilitation services. She provides assistance with all brand positioning, creative development, marketing campaigns, advertisements, and market research, for over six companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Andréa has recently lent her marketing skills to the political arena, having served as a city council campaign co-manager and the secretary of Change Annapolis, a new political action committee. Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and a graduate of Frostburg State University, Andréa has been involved with many organizations in Western Maryland. She currently acts as the Director of the Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre and was head Cheer Coach at the school for a number of years. She continues to serve with many community organizations, including the local Jaycees and the Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary. She recently participated in Leadership Allegany, a program designed to help identify regional issues within Mountain Maryland and across the State.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
In 1980, at the age of 20, Kelly Mackie opened her first business, Opposite Genders Salon, Inc. She has spent her career studying in New York and training throughout the country with top artists in her field, all the while striving for balance as a career mom to five children and husband Tim. Kelly is a Certified Master Colorist and has dedicated her career to teaching and mentoring other young artists while developing their skills and talent. The arts have played an integral role in Kelly’s life- through her daily work in the salon, as well as her travels to many foreign countries in search of inspiration. Sharing the experience of other cultures and how it unites all of us as artist is something Kelly feels passionate about. As a native of Allegany County and a witness to the transitions it has endured in recent decades, she believes it is most important to give back to the community that has supported her and her company for over 36 years.
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.
Clara Porcello moved to Allegany County several years ago and has been enjoying the beauty of the area and the people who live here ever since. She has practiced as a lawyer in the fields of commercial law and litigation and is also a retired teacher. Her interests are in the areas of the arts, education, and women’s and children’s rights and support services. She has been and is an active volunteer and member in various local arts and community service and educational organizations since moving to the area, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Allegany Museum and Family Crisis Resource Center, having served as the chair or member of various committees, including education, finance and investment.
Mary Ann moved has lived in the Cumberland area for the last four 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.
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.
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.
Kennedy joined the Arts Council in September 2017 and manages its programming calendar and event operations. After relocating from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Cumberland, she joined the Beginnings Montessori board of directors and fell in love with the method, receiving her Montessori certification in Elementary Education in 2016. As a certified 200-hour yoga teacher, she has taught at both Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University. Samantha’s passion is to bring wellness through the arts to local schools and throughout the community. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies and resides in Oldtown with her husband and two sons.
Litman joined the Arts Council in November 2018 and manages its communications strategy, marketing and social media platforms. She also oversees the membership and corporate sponsorship programs. Litman has been working with non-profits since graduating from college. A freelance writer and communications specialist, she has led communications and marketing efforts for educational institutions, direct service providers, religious organizations, and community foundations. She holds a B.A. in English from Bucknell University. Deb lives in Cumberland with her husband and three children.
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.
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.
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 are required by our bylaws and open only to members of the Board of Directors. These committees include:
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:
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:
Complete information about our mission, membership, leadership, elections and meetings may be found in our bylaws.