Pam White (Chair) of West Braintree joined the Art’s Bus board in the summer of 2014. With her she brings a love of learning and crafting. Pam has a background in Early Childhood Development with 27 years experience owning and operating an early care and education program. Pam understands the different learning styles children have and as the Chair of the Arts Bus board of directors she focuses on helping families and communities understand how the arts reach children in ways typical learning does not. Along with helping to raise many children in the Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield area Pam and her husband Mark raised three children, all grown and living in New York City, in their West Braintree home.
Barbara Gassner of Brookfield is a Para-legal Advocate at the Office of the Defender General, Vermont. Barbara feels she’s been fortunate to work in fields which require, and with people who value, creativity and problem-solving. Her vita includes work in conflict resolution, adult education, organizational and program development, advocacy for disenfranchised populations and long experience in the fields of substance abuse, delinquency prevention and community development. She has used visual, oral and written arts as tools to enhance her work in each of those arenas.
Rachel Bent (Treasurer) Rachel Bent of Braintree joined the Arts Bus board in November of 2017. She was looking for a way to be involved with her local community and this seemed like a great fit. Rachel is married and has two young boys, whom she enjoys taking trips with and enjoying the outdoors with. She pleased about joining the board and excited to see what this adventure will entail.
Debbie Williams of Chelsea is an insurance agent in Bethel. Debbie lives in Chelsea with her boyfriend and daughter. She grew up in Randolph Center. Debbie joined the Arts Bus in the spring of 2017 because she believes allowing children to display their creativity in a variety of mediums is an important part of learning how to express themselves. Debbie loves to spend time camping with her family.
Joan Feierabend of East Randolph received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from Vermont college. Her teaching career started with teaching crafts to the aged handicapped, followed by teaching deaf blind children for one year. After moving to Vermont in 1970, she began teaching adult degree courses at VT College and Goddard. When her children were preschool/kindergarten age, she ran that program in Tunbridge for 2 years. Joan then got a job teaching K-12 art at Chelsea Public School. She retired after 24 years at Chelsea. Currently she works on her own art work daily.