About Us • Board of Directors

Valued Support: AIR 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.

 

Leslie A. Martin

Secretary

Leslie’s appreciation for Arts in Reach (AIR) began more than nine years ago. Both of her daughters had social and emotional issues when reaching middle school. The illness and death of the girls’ father compounded the family pressures. Participating in the AIR programs provided a safety net and opened opportunities for social learning and exposure to the arts. Now both daughters are flourishing in college. Leslie credits the AIR program with growth in self-esteem and important family healing.

Leslie joined the Board in 2016. She is committed to promoting the gifts of AIR participation to other teens and families. Her career background includes marketing and project management in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Eve M. Hoefle

Treasurer

Eve is a senior executive with over 35 years of experience in banking and finance, commercial real estate and private equity. Eve began her career at Bank of Boston as a commercial lender and co-founded a real estate private equity firm where she served as CFO and COO for 17 years. After leading a Specialty Lending team at Boston Private, Eve joined Two International Group, a Portsmouth-based commercial real estate developer and operator, where she divides her time between seeking new projects and leading asset management efforts for an active commercial portfolio. Eve has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards and joined Arts in Reach in 2019 with enthusiasm. She passed on her parents’ creative and musical genes to the next generation and greatly appreciates the value the arts have provided for her four children. She lives in Rye, New Hampshire with her husband, Dan.

 

Glicka Kaplan

Past Board President

Glicka Kaplan joined the AIR Board of Directors in April 2011. Glicka is an active Seacoast community member and is a former teacher of the deaf for the Portsmouth School system. She also helped initiate art enrichment programs at Portsmouth Dondero School through the PTO. Glicka’s board experience includes the Children’s’ Museum of Portsmouth, where she served on both the special interest committee as part of a Capital Campaign and the Road Race committee. She was also a Board Member of the Portsmouth Public Library. In addition, Glicka held executive positions on boards for the Dover Temple Israel and The Birchtree Center, a school helping youth with Autism. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the Board as well as connections in the arts community and interest in positive youth development.

 

Susan Gold

Susan Gold is a career sales & marketing professional, and a strong advocate for networking to build relationships and connect people. In her spare time Susan is an artist, painting, drawing, creating fabric art and quilts or just exploring new media. She believes that everyone is an artist in their own way and often helps others find their creative courage. Dedicated to community service, Susan is a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club and participates in fundraising for many local charities. She has been involved with Arts in Reach since 2014, assisting with the first Tablescapes event. Susan lives in Portsmouth with her husband Alan, her son Sean and the family cat, “Sam-kitty”. She has a daughter and two beautiful granddaughters who also reside in NH.

 

Jaci Grote

Jaci Grote has lives on the NH seacoast for over 30 years living in Portsmouth, New Castle and Rye, She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance. She recently retired from a 40 year career as a sales executive in the plastics industry. She has always maintained a strong connection to her community whether it be on a non-profit or municipal board. She currently sits on the Rye Conservation Commission and chairs the Rye Budget Committee.

After a brief retirement, she was elected to the House of Representatives representing Rye and New Castle and ran on a platform with a strong emphasis of public education and civic involvement. Empowering girls and young women to find their voice and path in life is important to her and she looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of AIR.

 

David Greene

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.

Emmett Soldati

After earning his master’s at the London School of Economics, Emmett returned to his home state of New Hampshire to establish himself as a serial entrepreneur. Using crowd-sourcing technologies, he opened Teatotaller, a tea-house and venue in historic Somersworth, and later worked with other area-natives to open Leaven, a craft beer bar and sourdough bread bakery.

His most recent role has included technology start ups. As Chief Product Officer of Weather Analytics, he brings together a team of developers, designers, and data scientists to continually push the bounds of new business intelligence solutions. Emmett has spearheaded gathering of user requirements and design of nine decision-support applications for the insurance and U.S. Intelligence Community. He also is leading design and delivery of five smartphone and tablet application for parametric insurance programs.

As a serial entrepreneur in the granite state – from tea houses and gastro pubs, to green tech and incubators, his passion for innovation has contributed to the economic and cultural revitalization of his home city, Somersworth. He has sat on multiple boards, including an arts nonprofit, and the board of governors for York University. He was named one of New Hampshire’s top Upstarts by NH Business Magazine at the age of 25, for his continued engagement in ventures large and small – and ones that cut across consumer and business enterprises –as well as having founded the Makers and Shakers organization, which promotes and celebrates entrepreneurs in semi-rural areas.

Emmett earned his Master of Science from the London School of Economics and his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from York University, in Toronto, Ontario.

Katyanne Zink

Katyanne Zink joined the AIR Board of Directors in March of 2018. Growing up in Somersworth, NH Katyanne participated in AIR programing 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.

joanne knight

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.

“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