The Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, Inc. is a public 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is overseen by the Board of Directors, who voluntarily serve with their input and support of the community, foundation and Performing Arts Center.
Dianne splits her time between homes in Stowe, Vermont and the South End of Boston, MA. Dianne has also volunteered in multiple school systems, serving as Arts Enrichment Coordinator, Community Food Pantry Coordinator, and Treasurer for various Parents’ Associations. For the past eight years, she has served on the Board of Women Working for Oceans (W2O), an affiliate of the New England Aquarium, where she is also an Executive Committee member, Finance Chair and Events Coordinator. In addition, she is currently a docent and volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in History and Economics, and an MBA from Babson’s Olin School of Business, Dianne’s professional career has spanned banking, investment management and marketing in both for profit and not for profit environments. She is an avid yogi, skier, hiker, chef, and traveler. Dianne enjoys all forms of the arts, both performing and visual. She is thrilled to be a member of the board of Spruce Peak Arts and become more involved in the Stowe community. Dianne is married. She and her husband have two daughters and a dog.
Thomas G. Cronin, President
New Canaan, Connecticut
Tom Cronin is a native of New Canaan, CT and for over ten years, has owned 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 on the New Canaan Board of Education for New Canaan Public Schools, is Vice President of the New Canaan Community Foundation, Treasurer of the Rotary Club of New Canaan, a Board member of the New Canaan Land Trust, and past president of the New Canaan Nature Center. Joy Cronin, Tom’s wife, recently retired as Group President, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.
Kevin B. D’Arcy
Kevin D’Arcy is the Broker for Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, AIG Global Investment Group in Stowe, Vermont. 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.
Elaine Davida Sklar
Elaine is a founder of The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, The Children’s Theatre Workshop, and the Producer/Director for The Greenwich Repertory Theatre. She is the creator, lyricist and co-composer of the musical, Bully No More! published internationally by Tams-Witmark Music Library, and the playwright of the musical, Delilah Sky. Elaine authored the novel, Grand Concourse Karma, co-authored, and co-illustrated Pick A Perfect Party – a 12 book series, and wrote the bi-lingual children’s book, Grandma Rose. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Communications from The University of Michigan and a Master’s in Education from Manhattanville College. In addition to the performing arts, Elaine enjoys ice hockey, swimming, golf, skiing, and kayaking.
Walter B. Frame III, Secretary/Vice President
Walter B. Frame III is Executive Vice President, Trapp Family Lodge and Resort in Stowe, Vermont, where he coordinates all business activities for the resort and the 2,500 acre estate; hotel, brewery, cross country skiing, mountain biking, recreation, homeowner association management, and real estate sales & development. Walter was previously Vice President and Director of Real Estate Development at Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, for the period 2003-2011, where he spearheaded the creation of the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. Walter is a Trustee for Copley Hospital, a Director for the Stowe Land Trust, and a founding Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. Frame earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He is married to Kristina von Trapp and they live in Stowe with their two daughters, Annie and Stella.
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.
Barry Pius, Treasurer
Essex Junction, Vermont
Barry Pius is the Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Systems, Inc.. He is the former Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mt. Mansfield Company/Stowe Mountain Resort. Barry also served as the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spruce Peak Realty, LLC and Stowe Mountain Club, LLC. Barry is a founding Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the resort, hospitality and real estate business, and has been a board member and Treasurer of a number of corporations. He 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.