Board of Directors
The Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, Inc. (DBA as the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center) is a public 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is overseen by the Board of Directors, who are elected to the Board and voluntarily serve the Foundation and community with their input and support of the Foundation and Performing Arts Center.
The current Board of Directors:
Sharon Bateman, Member at large
After a decade of living in Vermont, Sharon has become a vital member of her community. A local Real Estate Professional and Managing Broker of her office on Main Street, she has served as both Secretary and President of the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, previously served as a Board member with the Music Festival of the Americas, volunteered with Meals on Wheels program and currently volunteers as a Mentor in the Hyde Park Elementary School system. With Sharon’s broad network, which reaches throughout central and northern Vermont, she is a great asset on the Board. Membership, Development and Events committee.
Thomas G. Cronin, President
Tom Cronin is a native of New Canaan, Connecticut, and owns a home in Stowe Hollow. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Tom has over 25 years of experience in consumer product marketing with multi-national companies including Nestle, SA, and Unilever, PLC. He recently retired from Remy Cointreau, USA, where he served as Vice President of Marketing Services. Tom has been an active volunteer for several years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the New Canaan Public Tree Board and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of New Canaan. Tom is also a Board member of the New Canaan Land Trust and past President of the New Canaan Nature Center. Joy Cronin, Tom’s wife, is currently Group President, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. Chair, Governance committee. Membership, Development and Events committee.
Kevin B. D’Arcy, Member at large
Kevin D’Arcy is the Broker for Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, AIG Global Investment Group in Stowe, Vermont. He is an active volunteer for the Lamoille County Meals on Wheels. He formerly served as a Trustee for the Copley Foundation and as a Director for the Stowe Land Trust. Kevin graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in American Studies in 1984. He is a widower and lives in Stowe. Chair, Membership, Development and Events committee.
Joe Farley, Member at large
Joe Farley is an Analyst at Champlain Investment Partners, a Senior Advisor and Founder of the New York hedge fund Kelvingrove Partners, and a founder of Stowe Mountain Air. He lives in Stowe with his wife, Sara, and family. They are long-time arts lovers. Joe has served on the board of TheatreZone and the Community School of Naples, Florida. After earning his MA in economics from SUNY Albany, he worked for Morgan Stanley, UBS, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Private Capital Management, and AT&T, before founding Kelvingrove. Marketing and Corporate Identity committee.
Walter B. Frame III, Secretary
Walter Frame is married to Kristina von Trapp and they live in Stowe with their two daughters, Annie and Stella. Walter is Executive Vice President, Trapp Family Lodge and Resort in Stowe, Vermont, implementing the business activities for the 2,500 acre family resort. He was previously Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development at Spruce Peak Realty, LLC (AIG Global Real Estate), for the period 2003-2011, where he administered all the development, governance and operations for the planned resort community Spruce Peak at Stowe. Prior to his ventures in Vermont, he was a regional financial controller for Destination Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality and property management company. Walter is a Trustee for Copley Hospital, Stowe Land Trust, Vermont Business Roundtable, and a founding Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. He earned a BA from Babson College and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Lisa Hagerty, Member at large
Lisa is the founder and owner of Well Heeled, a high end specialty boutique for women in Stowe, for the past 10 years. In conjunction, she owns her own Real Estate company. Recently, Lisa started a new venture into the health and fitness world, the Yoga Barn in Stowe. Before she moved to Vermont, she was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sales for Ellie Kai. Lisa holds an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School and an AB in Economics from Harvard University. Governance committee.
Jacquie Mauer, Member at large
Jacquie Mauer is a visual artist and student of yoga. She is the founder of Butter Lamp Project, a platform for the integration of creativity and health practices. She is a past Curator of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. She lives in Stowe with her husband and children. Marketing and Corporate Identity committee.
C. Robert McEleney, Member at large
Charles Robert McEleney is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mt. Mansfield Company/Stowe Mountain Resort since 2007. He has over thirty years of management experience in the resort and hospitality industry, serving executive positions with ITT Sheraton Corp., The Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, California, the five-diamond Ihilina Resort and Spa in Hawaii, the American Skiing Company, Olympus Hospitality Group, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and most recently as President of Callaway Gardens and the Ida Cason Calloway Foundation in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Robert serves on the boards of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Stowe Area Association, and recently the Music Festival of the Americas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire. Robert is married to Kerry McEleney. They have five children and reside in Stowe. Governance committee.
Barry Pius, Treasurer
Barry Pius is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mt. Mansfield Company/Stowe Mountain Resort since 1995. He is also the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spruce Peak Realty, LLC and Stowe Mountain Club, LLC. Pius is afounding Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. He has over 25 years of management experience in the resort, hospitality and real estate business, and is currently a board member and Treasurer of a number of corporations. Pius earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a position in General Electric’s Financial Management Program. He worked for General Electric in a variety of tax and accounting positions. Chair, Finance committee.