WAM Theatre Board of Directors:

Tammy Valicenti

President of the Board


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: Vicky May, Tammy Valicenti, Kristen van Ginhoven, Ashley Berridge, Nick Webb

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

WAM Board Members: Bruce Garlow, Nick Webb, Ashley Berridge, Tammy Valicenti, Vicky May

Vicky May

Treasurer of the Board

Marketing and Promotions

About Vicky
Vicky is Assistant Vice President, Manager Marketing Promotions and Partnerships with Greylock Federal Credit Union. She currently serves on the board of Child Care of the Berkshires and is a Pittsfield High School Finance Academy Advisory Board Member. She resides in Richmond with husband Rich and daughter Olivia.
“WAM combines a unique blend of the creativity of the performing arts with a commitment to social change. Being given the opportunity to serve on the WAM Theatre Board of Directors and help it all come together in the service of women and girls is gratifying and inspirational.” Vicky May

Nick Webb

Secretary of the Board

Assistant Professor, Lighting Designer

About Nick
Dr. Nick Webb is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Union College. His research encompasses a range of Natural Language Processing applications, including Information Extraction, Question Answering and Dialogue Systems, as well as Social Robotics, and Computer Science Education. He was the Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Social Robotics Consortium of the Capital Region, and is co-PI of the Social Robotics Workshop, funded by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). His Ph.D. in Computer Science is from the University of Sheffield, UK. www.nick-webb.net. As a lighting designer, Nick’s credits include: “The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls”, “Melancholy Play”, “A WAM Welcome” (WAM Theatre), “Our Country’s Good”, “Stage Door”, “Triangle Factory Fire” (SCP), “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Music Man” (SLOC), “The Herbal Bed”, “A Kind of Alaska”, “Macbeth”, “Titus Andronicus” (SUDS). www.luminixlight.com
“WAM is company that makes excellent theatre, AND makes significant contributions to the most important equality issue of our time; the role of women in society today. It’s an honour to be involved.” Nick Webb

Elizabeth F. Cleary

Officer of the Board

Dean of Academics and Faculty

About Elizabeth

A graduate of Smith College and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Elizabeth has been an educator of theater, public speaking and English for over thirty years working at six independent schools in her career. Elizabeth came to the Berkshires in August of 2015 from Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT where she was the English Department Chair and Director of Faculty Mentoring. She and is now serving as The Dean of Academics and Faculty at Miss Hall’s School. Elizabeth is the recipient of the Harvard Teacher’s Prize and an NEH Grant for her work in creating an online collaboration with schools in New Mexico, Alaska and Connecticut. In 2010 Elizabeth received a grant for a solo journey through the backroads of the western United States to research the landscapes of American western writers. Both a poet and an essayist, Elizabeth’s work has been published in The Midwest Poetry Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Recorder: a Journal of the Irish Historical Society and Independent School Magazine. In the fall of 2015 her book Landspeak, a poetry and art collaboration with painter and printmaker Nancy McTauge- Stock was purchased by the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Elizabeth is both an American and Irish citizen and the mother of two children.

“WAM gives voice and meaning to the issues of our time, and in doing so supports the empowerment of women and girls to bring their own voices into the world as agents of change.”

Elizabeth F. Cleary

Lynn Festa

Officer of the Board

Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist

About Lynn

Lynn is an Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapist who has specialized in hand therapy since 1991. She has enjoyed lecturing nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to rehabilitation of the hand, She is also the owner of Health Professional Coaching, LLC, which provides training and coaching for caring professionals to help decrease burnout, increase resilience, and to flourish at work and in their everyday lives. She resides in Lenox with her husband. With her free time, she loves the outdoors, open water swimming, reading, 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

Kristen van Ginhoven

Board Member

Artistic Director and Co-founder of WAM Theatre

Leigh Strimbeck

Board Member Emeritus

Co-founder of WAM Theatre


WAM Theatre Advisory Board:

Jayne Atkinsonactor, director, producer

Elizabeth Barajas-Román: Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

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

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

Serene Mastrianni: pharmacist, host of Radio2Women

Marsha Norman: Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright

Abbie von Schlegell: development consultant, women’s philanthropy expert

Hannelore Vonness: entrepreneur and adventurer

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