Board of Directors
Gordon Hayward, President
Gordon Hayward is a nationally recognized garden designer, contributing writer and editor for noted gardening publications, lecturer, and author of books on garden design. He and his wife Mary have been developing a 1 1/2 acre garden around their 220-year-old farmhouse in southern Vermont for the past twenty-six years as well as a garden outside their cottage in the Cotswold Hills of England where Mary is from. These gardens are the basis of two of Gordon’s ten books. In 2016, Hayward authored “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theatre Empire They Built,” the definitive history of the Latchis and the family who made it all possible.
Jennifer Latham, Vice President
Jennifer Latham is an award-winning film and television producer. She started her film career in her home state of Vermont on Nora Jacobson’s “My Mother’s Early Lovers,” the beginning of nearly two decades of work in films that go beneath the surface in revealing, honest, and often provocative ways. Her documentary credits include the critically acclaimed “Two Towns of Jasper,” Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and “Capitalism: A Love Story,” the climate series “Years of Living Dangerously” and “The Uncondemned,” releasing in October 2016.
Maggie Cassidy, Secretary
In June of 2015, Maggie retired after 38 years of teaching French and leading student exchanges at Brattleboro Union High School. Now she teaches French to adults, writes occasional features for the Brattleboro Reformer and commentaries for Vermont Public Radio, serves on the Board of Putney Family Services … and goes to movies and other events at the Latchis. She says that it’s an honor to be a member of the Board of Latchis Arts and to help preserve and promote the Latchis as an anchor for the arts in Windham County.
Riley Goodemote, Treasurer
Riley Goodemote is a musician and music educator in and around Southern Vermont. He helps with music events at the Latchis, plays a mean jazz trombone and serves as the Latchis Arts Treasurer.
Anne Latchis grew up in and around the Latchis Hotel and Theatre, and is an invaluable resource for her historical perspective and small business expertise. She recently joined Brattleboro’s popular Strolling of the Heifers as its General Manager.
Janet Wallstein has lived in the Brattleboro area for 30-plus years. Retired from Arts Administration and food sales, she has served on many boards, including school boards in Newfane and Townshend, the Brattleboro Music Center, and River Gallery School of Arts. In addition to the board of Latchis Arts, she is currently a member of the Town of Brattleboro Arts Committee.
Steve Heim is owner of Heim Properties, LLC, a local portfolio of commercial and residential buildings. He holds a self-designed BA from Ithaca College in Art Theory and the Construction of Meaning and a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard Extension School, based in Creative Writing and Literature, for which the screenplay thesis “Among the Ashes” was written. Before moving to Brattleboro, Steve worked as a carpenter restoring historical homes in Boston and the Philadelphia area. He lives in Brattleboro with his fiancee Rachel, son Oliver and dogs Fern and Nellie, all of whom he paints in watercolor and writes songs about.
Mary Copans retired after serving as the director of the Brattleboro Nursery School for 30 years. She served on the Brattleboro Town School Board, where she helped to found Early Education Services. She has been a Town Meeting representative for 35 years. She is particularly interested in developing Latchis programming for children and families. She became a member of the Latchis Arts Board because she loved attending so many arts events in such a unique venue.
Jonathan Schwartz lives in Brattleboro, is an associate professor of film at Keene State College, makes short 16mm films, loves going to the movies by himself, and with others, looks at constellations on theater ceilings and in the sky.
We are pleased to have Joey Morgan and Paul Van Winkle serving on the Latchis Arts Board. Biographical information to come!