WonderArts is growing!
We are currently looking for new board members who are forward looking, have a heart for the community, and embrace our vision of bridging barriers to change lives for the better.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact board president Naomi Ranz-Schleifer via email or by phone at 802-535-8090.
Board member biographies:
Naomi grew up in Greensboro and started her WonderArts journey as a Summer Journeys Guide during college. She is excited to continue working with the organization on the board where she shares her dedication to engaging kids and communities through creativity and her vision for an active community. She is a media producer and strategy consultant who focuses on interactive media projects and social impact initiatives that engage audiences through compelling storytelling, film, and other creative methods. Naomi has diverse experiences in program development and evaluation and is trained in motivational interviewing. She has a Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and Bachelors degrees from Johns Hopkins University in International Relations and Biology. Naomi is an enthusiastic traveler, avid photographer, swimmer, and tennis player, imaginative baker, heuristic gardener, eclectic crafter, and social convener who enjoys inspiring and engaging individuals, communities, and people to live happy lives.
Riva is a Seattle native who fell in love with Vermont and a maple syrup farmer when she went to graduate school at the University of Vermont. Part of a sugaring family for 10 years, she manages the online farm business and occasionally plays in the sugarwoods. Riva's two children attend the Craftsbury schools. She and her husband are committed to helping build and maintain vibrant educational opportunities in the area. Her personal art interests tend toward the literary and culinary. She believes that all kinds of art in public places and in everyday life make everyone happier.
Havilah Stewart Mann
Havilah is an accounting and finance expert with more than 15 years of experience working in business management. She specializes in helping both corporate and non-profit enterprises establish accounting infrastructure and formulate successful long-term strategies. A veteran of Arthur Anderson, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and a champion of small businesses, her diverse experiences and interests convey prudence, insight, and imagination to the uncommon challenges facing evolving organizations. She has a BS and MA in Accounting from the University of Denver. During the school year, Havilah lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. She is a wellness fanatic and avid supporter of the arts. Summers find her paddle-boarding on Caspian Lake, hiking up up Barr Hill, and enjoying all Greensboro has to offer.
Alain is a sales and marketing executive with a passion for technology who has worked in organizations ranging from startups to mature companies, including divisions of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Merrill Lynch, and Dragon Systems. He holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University. First introduced to Greensboro in the late 1980s, Alain regularly returned to the area, drawn by its natural beauty and welcoming community. Many aspects of the Northeast Kingdom remind him of Normandy, where he spent summers growing up. Alain, his wife, and two children put down part-time roots in Greensboro in 2009. They subsequently moved here full-time following six years of weekend and summer commutes from the Boston-area. A passion for quality regional food, outdoor activities, and weekend trips through Vermont and Québec, keep Alain and family busy in their spare time.
Monique grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and received her Bachelors in Environmental Science, with a minor in Photography, from Simmons College. She returned to Vermont and spent 15 years developing her managerial skills with Starbucks Coffee Company. After she and her husband built their forever home, in Craftsbury, Monique knew she wanted to work closer to home and be a part of the local community. She now works for the Cellars at Jasper Hill, in Greensboro, as Human Resource Manager. Monique loves spending time with her husband and two young daughters, being creative, exploring the outdoors, and enjoying their extended family.
Peggy Sapphire has been a writer since she discovered the salvation of writing, beginning with good-bye letters. She served as a public school educator, special education counselor, and adjunct college instructor for nearly thirty years. She has served on the Board of Trustees for The Frost Place, Franconia, NH, and as Editor of the Connecticut River Review, published by Connecticut Poetry Society.