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Board

Members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers who contribute a variety of skills and expertise toward the operation of the theater. Individuals who are interested in joining the board should contact the Academy at info@academyofmusictheatre.com for an application and additional information.

BOARD of TRUSTEES

For more than two decades, Andrew Crystal has been a civic leader. Fifteen years of that time he was the chair or a member of the city’s Planning Board and a vocal advocate that projects be well designed. As vice president of O’Connell Development Group of Holyoke, Andrew has developed and managed several notable area projects, including The Village Commons in South Hadley and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. A city resident, Andrew’s lifelong appreciation for the performing arts drew him to the Academy. He serves on the board to ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy the historic theater.


 Stuart Mieher is a member of the investment management team at Select Equity Group, a New York-based firm that oversees a large stock portfolio. Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist with the Wall Street Journal and later as a business consultant with Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consulting firm, before moving to Northampton in 2002.  He enjoys putting his business experience to work in the service of the Pioneer Valley’s vibrant performing arts community.


For more than 20 years Linda McInerney has worked as an actor, singer, director, and producer in New York and throughout New England, with credits including Circle Repertory Company and ABC’s All My Children. She co-created, directed and produced the original musical, “Women in Arms” that was presented at the Academy of Music in 2006. Currently the artistic director of Old Deerfield Productions, Linda has many credits to her name. A resident of Deerfield, she has also taught theater at Deerfield Academy, Deerfield Elementary School, Eaglebrook School and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She brings her deep knowledge of the theater and connections to that community to the board.


An independent not-for-profit and fund-raising consultant, Amy R. Rome brings experience in performing arts, education, health, international and faith-based organizations. She has worked at New York City Opera, the School of American Ballet, New York Philharmonic, American Field Service (AFS-USA), Episcopal Church Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. She continues to work with not-for-profit organizations as a consultant. Her book, School of American Ballet: A History, was published in February 2020 by Ballet Society – Eakins Press Foundation.


Isabelina Rodriguez, Ed.D. – Dr. Rodriguez is a 35-year Bi-lingual/bi-cultural Educator with experience within Public and Charter School settings. During her professional tenure, Dr. Rodriguez held various Educational Leadership positions. Serving as Chief Academic Officer with the Connecticut Dept. of Ed., Superintendent of Schools within the communities of Northampton and Granby Massachusetts, and most recently as the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter Schools. Dr. Rodriguez’s longest tenure of employment of 16.5 years was with the Northampton Public Schools, with her last approximately 7 years leading the public-school district as their Superintendent of Schools. She describes her time in Northampton as one of the best and feeling as if being with family. Due to Dr. Rodriguez’s commitment and passion to ensuring equity in education, high achievement and social justice, she has a record of leading systemwide school change efforts to raise the achievement levels of all students, including student with disabilities and other subgroup populations. During her years as an educator, Isabelina has promoted access to art education for all students and is excited to be a new member of the Board of Trustees.


Brian Foote is the Director of the Northampton Arts Council and the City of Northampton’s Arts and Culture Department. He has worked in retail, sales, education, banking, business development, marketing, fundraising, venue management, and event production. He attended Bard College and graduated with a B.A double-majoring in Political Studies and Latin America-Iberian Studies. He went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science. He is a dedicated community member with a passion to make positive change..


Amanda Herman is the Education Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Amherst. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has been a visiting lecturer of photography and Social Practice at Smith, Hampshire, Amherst and Mt Holyoke Colleges. Starting in 2012, she produced Live Art Magazine, an annual art and music magazine created for the stage at the Academy of Music. She is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees at Historic Northampton and visual arts curator of Florence Night Out, an annual street festival in Florence. She’s committed to building community through art and sees the Academy of Music as a crucial piece of Northampton’s creative landscape.


David Mintz is an attorney with a solo general litigation and criminal defense practice who has been living in Northampton since 1986 and currently resides in Florence with his wife Shawn Farley, who is the Marketing Director at UMASS’ Fine Arts Center. One of the main attractions that drew David to Northampton was its robust arts and entertainment communities. He regards the Academy of Music as a city “treasure” and is excited to be joining the Board of Trustees as a new member. He has served as a board member for other non-profits including the Nonotuck Community School and, most recently, Soldier On (dedicated to providing services to formerly homeless veterans).


Minh Ly is the Associate Director for Assessment at Smith College. With expertise in evaluation, he conducts research to determine if programs work and how students learn. During his twelve years at Smith, Minh has fostered a culture of continual curricular and institutional improvement through meaningful collaboration. His research interests focus on programs that promote access and inclusion for all students in higher education. A Pioneer Valley resident for over 20 years, he holds a deep appreciation for the area and the community. Minh is a firm believer and beneficiary of arts education, and is grateful for the Academy’s important place within the region. He enjoys attending art events throughout the valley with his wife, Kathy Foley, and their two children.


Kathleen McCartney (ex officio) is the eleventh president of Smith College. Before coming to Smith, McCartney was dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, only the fifth woman dean in the history of Harvard University. The first in her family to attend college, McCartney received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yale University. She and her husband, Bill Hagen, live in the president’s house on the Smith campus and are proud to call Northampton home.


David Narkewicz (ex-officio) is the 44th Mayor of the City of Northampton. Mayor Narkewicz was first elected in 2011 and was reelected to a four-year term in 2013. Prior to serving as the city’s Chief Executive Officer, he was elected to three terms on the Northampton City Council and served as City Council President from 2010-2011. David is an Air Force veteran and earned his bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He and his wife, Dr. Yelena Mikich, have two teenage daughters who attend Northampton High School.