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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and additional information.
BOARD of TRUSTEES
- Andrew J. Crystal, President
- Gail Yacuzzo, Vice-President
- Stuart Mieher, Treasurer
- Linda McInerney, Clerk
- Leah Kunkel
- Terry Masterson
- Marilyn Richards
- Jennifer Rippel
- Kathy San Antonio
- Kathleen McCartney (Ex-Officio)
- David Narkewicz (Ex-Officio)
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.
A long-time resident and former co-owner of Eastside Grill, Gail Yacuzzo has been actively involved with the Academy for over a decade. As co-owner of Eastside Grill for 25 years, she served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Her other interests led her to community service with the Friends of Children as Board President and she currently sits on the Childs Park Association as Board Vice-President. She enjoys employing her history of the organization and operations expertise to bolster the continued growth of the Academy of Music and its flourishing arts community.
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.
Leah Kunkel is a local attorney and former songwriter and background vocalist. Her voice can be heard on numerous recordings, including those of Arlo Guthrie, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon and Art Garfunkel. Having resided in Northampton for a quarter century, Leah has served the community in many capacities. During her tenure on the Center for the Arts Board of Directors, the center paid off its debt, increased First Night attendance and launched the “Eat Your Art Out” fundraiser. A member of the advisory board for the Institute of the Musical Arts, Leah teaches voice at the institute’s Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. Her inside knowledge of the performing arts is an asset to the board.
Terry Masterson serves Northampton as its Economic Development Director since December, 2012 with prior experience as Director of Economic Development for Westchester County, N.Y. and Cayuga County, N.Y. Terry believes strongly in supporting arts and culture for its educational, entertainment and economic value and worked closely with the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival in Auburn, N.Y. to grow their multi-month theater performances. As an Irvington, N.Y. Trustee, Terry worked to complete building improvements to the Irvington Town Hall and its historic Town Hall theater which is now a fully programmed local theater. Terry looks forward to using his development experience to strengthen the Academy’s operations and programming along with enhancing downtown Northampton.
After retiring from a 15-year tenure as Director of External Affairs at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Marilyn Richards served in several interim positions including the CEO of United Way of Hampshire County. A resident of Northampton, Marilyn has also served in local government as a councilor on the Northampton City Council and a member of the Northampton Planning Board. Marilyn is a proud member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony where she has played violin for the last six years. Marilyn shares her love for the city, philanthropy and the arts with the Academy Board.
Jennifer Rippel , CPA is employed as an accountant at Appleton Corporation, a property management company in Holyoke. A resident of Northampton and a Smith College alumni, she currently serves as a board member of the Smith Students Aid Society and formerly as treasurer for the Hampshire County Smith Club. Her general financial knowledge and experience on numerous non-profit boards will be beneficial for the growth of the Academy.
Kathy San Antonio has worked in events management at Smith College for the past twelve years, where her primary responsibilities include oversight of the scheduling program used for the College’s vibrant, busy and wide-ranging schedule of non-academic events. This role provides her with the opportunity to work with all constituencies of the college, nicely fitting her need to have the big picture perspective in whatever she does. Kathy has lived in the Valley for most of the past 35 years. Coming back after some time away deepened her awareness of and appreciation for the many historical, natural, and cultural riches that we enjoy here, the Academy of Music topping that list.
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 is serving his first term as mayor of Northampton, a role that includes acting as an ex officio member of the board for the Academy of Music, which is owned by the citizens of Northampton. David has been actively involved in numerous community organizations, most notably the Northampton Education Foundation, where he is a twelve-year board member and has served as Co-President. He has served as a citizen appointee to the Transportation and Parking Commission (2003-2005) and the Zoning Board of Appeals (1999-2003).