WAM Theatre Board of Directors:

Tammy Valicenti

President of the Board

LICSW

About Tammy
Tammy is a mother who lives in West Stockbridge with her husband & two daughters.  She is also a psychotherapist in private practice in Lenox, MA specializing in trauma and addictions recovery.  She was Coordinator of a rape trauma program at The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing therapy, ER and court advocacy, sensitivity training and education to Special Victims Unit officers and DAs.  She has also worked for a domestic violence program specializing in disabilities in NYC, Tempo, Inc., an outpatient recovery and prevention program and in middle schools and elementary schools with children and families.  She enjoys being active and a positive role model of a strong woman for her girls.
“I believe in WAM’s mission of uplifting women & girls for until we are all regarded equally, all constituents of all communities will continue to pay an enormous price.  I enjoy that we accomplish our mission creatively, through our unique brand of theater and hope that we inspire others to participate in the movement in ways that feel meaningful to them.” Tammy Valicenti

WAM Board Members: Lynn Festa, Wendy Healey, Kristen van Ginhoven, Tammy Valicenti, Christopher Buono, Arwen Lowbridge

Christopher Buono

Vice President of the Board

Information Technology

About Christopher
Christopher Buono has been working professionally in the Information Technology field for over twenty years—twelve of those in various leadership roles. Chris is an honors graduate of the University at Albany’s Business School, where he received a BS in Management Information Systems and Economics. Further, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management towards an MBA degree. He shares a lovely home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts with his beautiful and accomplished Czech wife, Tereza Hubkova, M.D. as well as his equally beautiful and accomplished preschool daughter, Nicolette. His most recent projects include four years of board service for Community Health Programs, a nonprofit medical organization, as well as membership on the Strategic Planning Committee for WAM Theatre, a company whose mission is the empowerment of women and girls. His favorite hobbies include saltwater aquaria, cooking and baking, and woodworking—seahorses and coral reefs hold a special attraction for Chris. On occasion, he is known to write restaurant reviews—so far has penned three for Berkshire eateries.
“As husband to a wife, father to a daughter, and resident of our mother earth, I have a tripled interest in seeing and helping WAM achieve its mission. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of an organization actively promoting and pursuing the empowerment of women and girls—through entertainment and education.” Christopher Buono

Wendy Healey

Treasurer of the Board

Senior Vice President, Community Banking and Marketing, Lee Bank

About Wendy
Wendy Healey has been in the banking and financial technology business for over 20 years.  She has worked for Lee Bank since December of 2015.  She has been active with local chambers of commerce her entire career, and has served on the board of three of them as well as serving as the President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce. Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut where she majored in English Literature, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. She grew up as an Army brat and a musician. She played both the piano and the oboe in high school, and still likes to practice her piano music. Wendy lives in an 1832 home on an old dairy farm in Colebrook, CT with her partner Scott and their 3 rescue dogs.  She loves spending time around the house, doing projects both inside and out. Wendy enjoys history and family genealogy. She is looking forward to serving on the board of WAM because it aligns well with her appreciation of the arts and interest in supporting girls and women.

“I think WAM Theatre is something of a well-kept secret.  It is a top-notch organization doing serious theatre, but it is also so much more than that.  The mission to support women in girls plays out in both the artistic sense and in the practical sense.  WAM really “walks the talk”, and as a board member I hope to help tell the story of this worthy theatre, so it is no longer a secret.”

 

Wendy Healey

Lynn Festa

Secretary of the Board

Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist

About Lynn
Lynn Festa OTR, CHT, CDWF has been a certified hand therapist since 1995, and has been a clinician in a variety of settings for over 29 years. She combines her work as an OT/CHT with providing training to other health care providers in promoting wellness and limiting burnout. Lynn has given national presentations and webinars on this topic, and runs workshops with an emphasis on empathy and compassion, using evidence based studies and strategies. She attained her certificate in positive psychology from the Wholebeing Institute, and is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator through The Daring Way ™. She has also completed life-coach training through the Martha Beck Institute. She is a Clinical Consultant at Berkshire Hand to Shoulder Center, and is the owner of Health Professional Coaching, LLC.She resides in Lenox with her husband. With her free time, she loves the outdoors, open water swimming, singing, and learning to play the piano. She is a board member of the Berkshire Music School. Lynn is grateful for the years of theatre experience as a teenager and college student, and is thrilled to be a part of this mission to promote the many benefits theatre provides to girls of all ages.
“I am honored to be a part of an organization that provides these unique opportunities for women and girls to develop their artistry through theatre productions and education. Not only are they participating in a great organization, they are gaining valuable life skills of dedication, perseverance, teamwork and philanthropy. WAM provides a crucial foundation for women and girls to accomplish great things, now in the future.” Lynn Festa

Arwen Lowbridge

Officer of the Board

Financial Advisor, Baystate Financial

About Arwen
Arwen has been in the performing arts since age five, when she started studying dance. She had a twenty career in the non-profit arts world that began with live performance and spanned to include theatrical production, arts administration, non-profit management, fundraising, grant writing, teaching, and mentoring young artists. She earned her BFA in Acting with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Certificate in Fundraising & Development from Rollins College’s Crummer School of Business. After many wonderful years in the arts, in 2015 she changed directions to pursue her second passion: financial planning. She established her financial planning practice for people who seek unbiased advice and help with their important financial decisions. She is now a Financial Advisor with Baystate Financial and is pursuing her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. In her current service to the theatrical arts, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn-based play company, The Debate Society and the Berkshires-based WAM Theatre. She lives in the Berkshires with her husband and volunteers at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens.
“WAM is a unique treasure among the world-class performing arts community here in the Berkshires and  I am honored and proud to support its mission and programs. It is a theatre company that is ahead of its time, and with a mission to create opportunity for women and girls, WAM’s time is now!”
Arwen Lowbridge

Kristen van Ginhoven

Officer of the Board

Artistic Director and Co-founder of WAM Theatre

Leigh Strimbeck

Board Member Emeritus

Co-founder of WAM Theatre

www.leighstrimbeck.com

Nick Webb

Board Member Emeritus

Founding Board President

 

WAM Theatre Advisory Board:

Jayne Atkinsonactor, director, producer
www.jayne-atkinson.com

Elizabeth Cleary: Dean of Academics and Faculty, Miss Hall’s School
www.misshalls.org

Jon Budish: retired Fixed Income trader, Advocate for the Berkshires and Financial Literacy

Ethan S. Klepetar: lawyer, Hellman Shearn & Arienti, LLP
www.hellmanshearn.com

Serene Mastrianni: pharmacist, host of Radio2Women
www.radio2women.com

Victoria A. May: Vice President of Marketing, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
www.pittsfieldcoop.com

Marsha Norman: Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright
http://marshanorman.com/

Abbie von Schlegell: development consultant, women’s philanthropy expert
www.abbievonschlegell.com

Hannelore Vonness: entrepreneur and adventurer

Kevin Craig West: award winning actor/filmmaker, member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA
www.kevincraigwest.com