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Board of Directors

Meet the team of volunteer community members dedicated to the success and mission of Plainfield Arts.

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President

Dan Fingas

Dan Fingas has a nearly 2 decade career in social justice work in Vermont, New York, and Michigan.  Dan has been focused in creating community and making positive change in the communities he has served and currently serves as the Vermont Organizing Director for Rights and Democracy.
 

Dan brings a wealth of fundraising, volunteer management, and event planning experience.  Dan is a 2004 graduate of Albion College and has been married to wife Mo Lynch since 2015. They live in Plainfield.

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Treasurer/Secretary

Keith Swann

Keith Swann, a resident of Plainfield since 1994, recently retired from Vermont PBS where he served as producer and director since 2006. He received his BA in Anthropology from the California University system and an MFA from UCLA’s Film/Television program. 
 

His career began at NBC in Los Angeles and then onto television production in Boston. He has designed and taught video production courses, but his first loves were theater and music, therefore his commitment to the mission of the Plainfield Town Hall Opera House.

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Board Member

Donny Osman

Donny Osman has a long history in theater. He founded and directed The Two Penny Circus which toured New England and beyond for ten years.  Donny toured his own solo shows and taught theater worldwide for more than twenty years.

 

He played a leadership role in founding Circus Smirkus. Donny was the Director of the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts for over two decades. He served three terms as a State Representative in the Vermont Legislature.

 

Donny says that for the last few years between riding his bike in the summer, and skiing in the winter and watching Netflix year round there are not enough hours in the day.  

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Vice-President

Lori Stratton

Lori’s varied jobs have primarily involved environmental protection, health, education or theater. As an environmental toxicologist, she provides environmental health assessments through her consulting business, “Safer World Environmental”.  She is an avid long distance bicycle rider, loves to hike in the woods, identify plants, and swim in the ocean.

 

Lori is often seen behind the scenes stage managing, lighting and organizing at different community theater activities in the area. Among her various interests, skills and occupations, her love of theater and good music makes being a board member of the FPTHOH, an attractive pursuit.

 

As a technical person, she enjoys being on the Plainfield Arts tech committee to help maintain and improve lighting and other practical aspects of the beautiful historic building of Plainfield Town Hall Opera House. 

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Event Coordinator

Karl Bissex

Karl has been a dedicated Plainfield resident since 1980. In his 40+ year marriage to Mary Trerice, they raised two accomplished sons; Daniel, a bass musician, and Owen, a sculptor. Karl was a school board member in the 1990s and a Selectboard member from 2001 to 2007, where he served as chair for three years.

Karl was a member of the Town Hall Committee during the 1985 restoration and also served on the Revolving Fund Committee. He also coached youth basketball and soccer from 1989 to 1993.

After founding and operating DMS Inc, from 1985 to 1995, Karl then established KAB Enterprises, Inc, successfully managing the business from 1995 to 2020. Simultaneously, Karl served five years on the board of the Summit School of Music in Montpelier.

Karl has co-hosted the Occasional Concerts house concert series with Mary since its inception in 2005. His business experience and strong interest in the arts adds to the activities of the Plainfield Arts board.

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