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As Spring Blooms so does the Spruce Peak Arts Board of Directors!

posted at 3:27 pm Thu Apr 8th, 2021 by (WherezIt_Staff)



As Spring Blooms in 2021, so does Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors with the Addition of 5 New Members.

STOWE, VT (April 8, 2021):
At the April 6 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, the addition of five new members to the Board in FY21 was announced. Andrew Chmura, Jeff Clarke, Sam Gaines, Dean Goodermote, and Rich Miller will join Board Chair Lisa Hagerty, Dianne Brown (Secretary), Thomas G Cronin (Vice Chair), Kevin D’Arcy, and Barry Pius (Treasurer). These incredibly talented individuals bring a wealth of unique experience and backgrounds from Stowe and beyond to help reimagine SPPAC and help fulfil the mission to educate, inspire and entertain.


About the New Board Members:


Andrew Chmura from Pittsfield, MA, moved to Stowe in 1999 and has raised his family here ever since. Andrew is the president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours, a global tourism company specializing in travel and event management at major tennis events around the world, partner of Topnotch Management, a sports agency specializing in athlete representation and events, and a partner at Stowe Mountain Rentals. Andrew has been responsible for bringing to life two major tennis events, the 2007 Fed Cup between USA and Russia, and the Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic, a marquee exhibition tennis event held at Spruce Peak in 2017 and 2018. Andrew graduated from University of Notre Dame where he played on the tennis team.


Jeff Clarke co-owns Edelweiss, a small business in Stowe, that celebrates the integral role that Vermont’s family and individual food and beverage entrepreneurs have in translating the uniqueness of this place into industry leadership and innovation. Most importantly, the business works to ensure that Stowe remains a vibrant and inclusive community of choice in which to live, work and play. A native-Vermonter, Jeff recently returned after many years in the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest. His professional experiences include institutional philanthropy, management consulting and Olympic sports. He holds an MBA from the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College and a BA from Middlebury College.


Sam Gaines is  Managing Director of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. and serves as President of Mt. Mansfield Company, which owns various real estate and hospitality assets throughout Stowe, including Spruce Peak (Lodge, Club, village and real estate development). Sam has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate development, private equity investment, asset management and resort operations. Originally from Connecticut, Sam reconnected with his Vermont skiing roots when he moved to Stowe in 2011 with his wife Molly. Now with three children–Theodore, Lois and Beatrice–Sam is active in both local and national organizations, serving as Vice Chair of the Stowe Land Trust, Director of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Academy and as Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Council. In his free time, Sam enjoys skiing, coaching youth sports in Stowe, and playing guitar in a Grateful Dead tribute band. Sam holds a BA from Pomona College and a MS from New York University.


Dean Goodermote’s occupational career has been spent with early-stage software companies working in such varied markets as clinical trials, plant maintenance, disaster recovery and music. He has also been active on boards and committees with many non-profits including the Berklee College of Music, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the New England Aquarium and the US Ski and Snowboard Association. He has an interest in music and is an active player and bandleader. He was a professor of entrepreneurship at HHL, Leipzig School of Management and closer to home, a partner in Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps and a member of the board of the Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club. He has two grown children and lives with his wife, Diane Arnold, their dogs and horses in Stowe Hollow.


Rich Miller is a lifelong entrepreneur and musician. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of OpenTempo, a local Vermont healthcare IT startup, which was acquired by QGenda in 2019.  Currently Rich works as the Chief Strategy Officer for QGenda where he spends most of his time working with healthcare organizations to improve care, patient access and efficiency. He has also served on boards of directors for schools and non-profits. Musically, Rich is an avid vocalist, guitarist and bassist. He’s passionate about writing, recording and playing in a funk/soul/jazz band with his wife Jessica, who plays trumpet and keys.  Rich and Jessica live with their young sons off the Barrows Road in Stowe.

Photos are available upon request.


About Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and entertain. The 420-seat multi-use theatre, which opened in December 2010, offers world-renowned entertainment as well as emerging artists and performers from around the region, state, nation and world. 


Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

122 Hourglass Drive

Stowe, Vermont

For more information: 802-760-4634 or visit


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