Executive Director, Pamela Dexter
Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. While an educator, Pamela worked in two districts that provided education in a non-traditional format. One school was supported by the Kellogg Foundation. Pamela earned her Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. As a school guidance counselor for 27 years, Pamela worked with many organizations and businesses to provide services and opportunities for her students. This often required Pamela to organize community services meetings in order to facilitate the integration of services.
Upon retirement, Pamela began her second career in art as a watercolorist. She sought out training from many talented local art instructors. As a board member for the Vermont Watercolor Society, she was responsible for development and initiation of a state-wide program for the Society. The “Hubs” program provided VWS activities to eight different regions thus offering their members a greater benefit from their membership. The Hubs program continues to this day. Pamela also earned her signature membership during this time.
Catherine Smith Bibbo
Catherine Smith Bibbo is a dual US and Canadian citizen, with homes in Washington, NH and Toronto, Canada. In her business career she was a senior executive with a Canadian bank, CIBC for 25 years, and worked in Toronto, Tokyo and New York. Subsequently from 2002-2009 she was the COO/CFO of United Way of Toronto. Catherine is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and serves on the board of directors of Walmart Bank of Canada and IIROC, a national investment industry regulator in Canada.
Catherine also has extensive non-profit experience serving on the boards of the Pine River Institute and its’ foundation. Pine River is an organization that deals with adolescent mental health and drug and alcohol addiction. She also served on the board and acted as the Chair for The York School, Toronto, an international baccalaureate school. Catherine also served on the Audit Committee of Toronto East General Hospital. Catherine and her husband Ted Bibbo have long been supporters of all forms of artistic expression and believe thriving artistic communities enrich the lives of both the artists and those in the surrounding environments.
Jules was a Master draftsman and designer for Kingsbury Machine Tool in Keene, NH. Later, while at Markem, he was a Manufacturing Engineer and Project Engineer. At that time, Jules developed several inventions with embodiments which were patented.
In addition to his engineering, designer and drafting experiences Jules is an educator. Local manufactures engaged Jules to teach entry level machinists Blueprint reading. He has instructed many students in the art of watercolor for the Keene High School Community Ed and in his Brightfield Studios. Producing Fine Art Giclee prints of his own, as well as other artists, is another aspect of his studio work.
Jules developed his watercolor painting competency through training with local artists, Sharon Arts Center instructors and Plein Air watercolor classes throughout New England with internationally known artists.
In his spare time, Jules shared his talents by volunteering to advise the Markem Junior Achievement group and the N.H. First Robot Competition. He also has been a volunteer for the Thorn-Sagendorph Gallery.