MANCHESTER - The Southern Vermont Arts Center has announced the appointment of several new members to the organization's board of trustees.

Katherine Hoopes is a Vermont psychotherapist. A past president of Green Mountain Gardeners (2010-2012) and co-founder of Memorial Tree Project, Londonderry, Hoopes has also served as a former board member at the Mountain School at Winhall (2003-2004) and a deacon at Second Congregational Church in Londonderry. Hoopes' art experience includes serving as a docent at the Hirschhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution from 1983-1992; Art History Training at Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. and art history courses at University of Maryland.

Georgine MacGarvey will be returning to the SVAC board after a four year hiatus. She received a Bachelors degree from Hollins College and an MFA in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute. After a career as a silkscreen printer, teacher, and commercial artist, MacGarvey returned to her art in the 1980s. Her drawings have been published in numerous books and magazines and her pastel and oil paintings have been shown extensively throughout Vermont.

David Meiselman is a founder and senior partner in Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton and Eberz P.C. in White Plains, N.Y. His community service includes Board of Trustees, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (2010-present); Chair, Westchester County Sports and Entertainment Commission (200-2002); Vice-president and general counsel of the Sabin Vaccine Institute at Georgetown Medical School (1998-1990). Meiselman is also a member of the Lotos Club in New York City and the Dorset Field Club.

Barbara Melhado is a personal property appraiser and broker and wholesale dealer of antiques and fine art. She is an art curator; lecturer and author on the subject of antiques and appraisals. Active in the not for profit sector, her service includes Bennington Museum Trustee (2011 - present); Southern Vermont Arts Center Trustee (2003 - 2008; senior vice President 2007 - 2008); Vermont Historical Society Trustee (2002 - 2008) and Southwestern Vermont council on Aging (1995 - 2003). Melhado earned a Bachelors in American History, with Honors, from Middlebury College.

Todd Nebraska is a General Superintendent for Gilbane Building Company. He currently is working at the new $360 million New Patient Tower project for Albany Medical Center. He joined Gilbane in May of this year with 23 years in the construction industry as a superintendent, general superintendent, and business development manager with regional construction management and design/build firms in Connecticut and Vermont. Nebraska holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Lehigh University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a past president of the Bromley Outing Club and is a member of Manchester Rotary.

Jennifer Weinstein is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Florida, the Eastern District of New York, and the US Supreme Court.

She graduated cum laude from the University Scholar program of the Pennsylvania State University and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. An active volunteer, she works weekly at the Community Food cupboard and with Neighbor to Neighbor; she just finished serving a one-year term as a member of the board of the Israel Congregation of Israel. Stanley S. Stroup served as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Wells Fargo & Company. He has over 30 years of experience in the legal and government relations issues facing the financial services industry.

Previously, he worked for several leading banks, including the Bank of California and First National Bank of Chicago. He graduated cum laude from University of Minnesota, where he also earned a law degree, magna cum laude.

Stroup has been involved with the Arts Center since 2006, serving as president in 2010-2011.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center makes both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of our community and the region. For more information about SVAC and its programs, exhibits and special events, call 802-362-1405.