About Us • Board of Directors

Board of Directors

AIR’s volunteer Board of Directors oversees our financial and administrative health. The time and support offered by our Board are integral in helping us continue our mission and service to the community and teens.

Virginia Skevington

President

Virginia Skevington joined the AIR Board in March 2018. As AIR’s former Executive Director, Virginia brings insight to the internal workings of the organization. Virginia works as Manager of Operations at Charter Oak Capital Management, Portsmouth acting as Director of Human Resources and supporting the long-term execution of the firm’s strategic goals.

Virginia brings diverse experience from the nonprofit, private and government sectors. Previously, Virginia ran two arts nonprofit agencies on the Seacoast, creating Art Connects NH, a partnership of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and New Hampshire Art Association. Before moving to New Hampshire’s Seacoast, she attended graduate school in Roanoke, Virginia and worked as a Washington lobbyist in energy and telecom for several years. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech.

Virginia is a native of Washington, DC. She resides in Newfields, New Hampshire with her husband John, and their four-year old son, Britton and two-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Karin Barndollar

Vice President

Karin Barndollar left her native Germany in the early seventies and spent a number of years living in England, France, and the United Arab Emirates, where she met her husband Steve. They moved to Portsmouth in 1982, started a business and raised their son and daughter here. They chose Portsmouth because of its vibrant arts scene, as well as its proximity to the mountains and the ocean.

Karin’s first volunteer experience was with the Little Harbor and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations where she was instrumental in helping to bring arts and other enrichment programs into the classrooms. She subsequently served for several terms on the Music Hall Board and has always been very supportive of the arts in the community. Karin is currently a member of the Board of Families First Community Health Center and believes that health care is a human right. Through Families First parenting programs, she became particularly familiar with the issues faced by many Seacoast families, which led her to become an AIR supporter.

There has always been an international focus to Karin’s life, as a business person, a traveller, and a Board member of Education for All Children, a New Hampshire based non-profit that sponsors high school and university students in Kenya, again with the focus on supporting girls and young women.

Karin is the lucky grandmother of two little girls who live in her neighborhood.

Katyanne Zink

Secretary

Katyanne Zink joined the AIR Board of Directors in March of 2018. Growing up in Somersworth, NH Katyanne participated in AIR programming from 1997 – 2004 and knows firsthand the value AIR provides young women. Katyanne credits AIR for finding her inner strength and self-worth at a very vulnerable age through art. Without the foundation AIR built, she would not be where she is today.

Katyanne earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and her Master of Science in Nursing Informatics from Walden University. She obtained her board certification in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. During her college years, Katyanne planned and led teams on volunteer projects, including traveling to Washington, D.C where she volunteered in homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Katyanne has also volunteered as an Alumni advocate for TRiO programs at a state and national level. Within this role, she advocated for equal opportunities for access to post-secondary education to the Senate Budget Committee’s 2013 Hearing on the Impact of Budget Decisions on Families and Communities in Washington, D.C.

Katyanne is currently employed as a Clinical Informatics Nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. In her role, she leads implementation of clinical systems and provides support and education related to the technologies used by clinical staff. In 2016, Katyanne moved back to her hometown of Somersworth, NH with her husband, daughter, and family dog. She is grateful to be able to give back to the program that gave her so much.

David Greene

Treasurer

David Greene has been a lifelong resident of Dover, NH. He can often be found sipping an iced red eye at Adelle’s Coffeehouse, gardening at his house, or riding his bike. David has a passion and commitment for public service. Arts have also been a passion of David’s and he strives to share his enjoyment with others.

After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic University in 2007, David went on to get a law degree with an LLM in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH Law School) in 2010. David has been a practicing attorney and small business owner in Dover for over 10 years, specializing in intellectual property law and offering legal expertise in the areas of family law, real property issues, wills and trusts, and personal injury matters.

Andrea Allen

Andrea Allen has been an active member of the seacoast community for the past 20 years. She moved to Portsmouth, NH with her husband in 2001 and has since raised her three children in this community. She has enjoyed a successful career in the education sector, a passion for equity and justice, and a strong commitment to philanthropy and service. Andrea owned and operated the Portsmouth, NH Kumon Math and Reading Learning Center for 10 years, ensuring that students of all ages and abilities develop a strong foundation in math and reading. As owner, Andrea instructed and coached students, managed operations and staff, maintained strong financial health, and effectively communicated with parents and stakeholders.

Throughout her professional career, Andrea has allocated significant time to community service and volunteerism. Notably, she was a founding member and first Vice-Chair of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle, helping to launch and grow what has since become one of the most prolific philanthropic entities in New Hampshire. She served on the US Board of Directors for Education for All Children as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee in addition to leading the US team as Executive Director.

Andrea’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Tufts University and a graduate certificate in Human Behavior from Harvard University’s Extension School, where she is currently completing her master’s degree in Psychology. Her multifaceted career path reflects her unwavering dedication to education, community involvement, and nonprofit leadership.

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Joanne Knight

Joanne was born and raised in Chicago in a family of six girls. After receiving her BS in finance from the University of Illinois and her MBA in finance and economics from the University of Chicago, Joanne embarked on an international banking career working in Chicago, London and Milan.

Joanne met her husband, Rick, while living overseas, and in 1999 they moved back to U.S. living in Chappaqua NY before relocating to the Seacoast in 2012 with their then 13-year-old son. Joanne joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in May 2013 as part of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Drew Wealth Management Group. In between her two financial careers, Joanne became a Certified Holistic Health Coach and built a successful practice counseling individuals and families on how to live healthier lives.

Community involvement has always been important to Joanne.  Locally she has served on the boards of New Heights Adventure for Teens, Womenaid, The Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle and The Alex Manfull Fund. She brings this experience to the AIR board along with her passion for empowering women.

She currently resides in Portsmouth, NH. In addition to her son, Joanne has a stepdaughter and two grandkids. Her interests include travel, hiking, biking, skiing, being a mom, and making an impact on the world.

 

Cori McGrath

Cori joined Arts in Reach in 2022, after one of her children smiled their way through AIR’s Wild Imaginings Project and actually walked the runway in their up-cycled outfit. Cori’s passion for the Seacoast started in 1996 when she moved to the area from Westchester County, NY.  Settling in Portsmouth, Cori found the perfect community to ground herself and be connected to nature, history, and the arts. Her husband and teenage twins believe in participating in local activities, supporting local businesses, and helping the community to be a better place to live.  She is a Realtor with Aland Realty and is licensed in New Hampshire and Maine. She strives to build relationships with her clients and exceed their expectations.

Cori graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a BA in Psychology and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Music Hall, helping the organization with fundraising and corporate partnerships. In addition, she graduated from Leadership Seacoast in 2022 which opened her eyes to the array of community programs like Arts in Reach.

Beth Salvi-Hudgins, LICSW

Beth Salvi-Hudgins (she/her/hers) received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994, and has worked on the Seacoast of NH since 1995, providing individual, family, and group therapy to youth and adults. Beth was in private practice in Exeter, NH from 2000-2021, and in 2021 opened DBTeens NH, a tele-mental health intensive outpatient program. In 2023 she expanded this organization to DBT For You, the parent company of DBTeens, DBTwenties (both intensive outpatient programs), and DBT For Schools (training for school providers in implementing DBT in the school system). 

Beth was a clinical consultant for AIR from 2018-2021, and is excited to return in her new role as Board Member. 

 

“I am moved by AIR’s mission and impact again and again. If my time and support can help even one girl reach her undiscovered potential, then it’s all worth it.”

– Virginia Skevington, President