Board of Directors
Officers and Directors of The Salisbury Forum
for the 2019-2020 Season
Mary Close Oppenheimer, President: Mary began her professional life as a graphic designer and illustrator in New York and then worked almost exclusively as a fine artist focusing on painting and drawing. For over 25 years she served on the board of The Reading Reform Foundation of New York which trained inner-city public school teachers phonetic-based teaching skills. She also served on the board of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. She is currently a member of the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission and is involved in producing a short documentary film about our local volunteer services.
Frank Fitzmaurice, Vice President: Frank had a career of more than 35 years managing broadcast facilities and producing news and public affairs programs in Washington D.C. He was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition and was on the staff of American University's School of Communication.
Jeanette Weber, Secretary: As a National Educational Consultant and textbook author for McGraw-Hill, Jeanette was involved in many aspects of editorial, marketing, and sales of educational materials. Since retirement she has served on the boards of several local organizations.
Bill Littauer, Treasurer: Bill Littauer had a 50 year career in broadcast news as a reporter, producer, executive producer and manager in Baltimore, Washington and New York.
Claudia Cayne, Emeritus: Claudia has been Director of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury since 2002.
Lee deBoer: Lee was part of the early management team at Home Box Office and ultimately helped to chart its growth for nearly 20 years, focusing on expansion into new services and global markets. Subsequently, he has served as the CEO for a number of digital media enterprises and as a longtime media industry consultant.
Joshua Ginsberg, Ph.D.: President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his B.S. from Yale University. His career in conservation science spans 35 years and several continents. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led ecology and conservation projects in Asia and East and Southern Africa. For 18 years at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), he held a series of senior management roles that benefited from his scientific, fiscal, and administrative expertise. Dr. Ginsberg has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 1998.
Dennis Mincieli: Dennis is a former Vice President of AKRF, Inc., one of the leading environmental and urban planning firms in the Northeast, where he directed the company’s real estate advisory group. He was previously a senior member of the real estate development subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff and a partner in the Lord Company, real estate developers. Dennis continues to consult on economic development projects in the State of Connecticut and for Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, a global leader in toxic pollution cleanup.
Cynthia Rhys: Cindy's first career was in the arts, where she performed opera, concerts, and straight theater, working on a wide range of projects with innovative creators from Meredith Monk to Arthur Miller. With a background in the humanities, she then moved to the other side of the stage lights, presenting and writing for arts organizations. Cindy is the sole proprietor of a company specializing in life transitions, organizing ideas, words, people and their transitions.
Chris Russell: Chris has been teaching in independent schools for the past 22 years. He currently serves as History Department Chair at Salisbury School and teaches AP US History, World History, and The Cold War. Before landing at Salisbury Chris worked at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA. Over the years Chris has served as a Form Dean, College Counselor, and taught courses on Civil Rights, Vietnam, Latin American History, Global Studies, and Psychology.
Katherine "Shrevie" Shepherd: Shrevie Shepherd lives in Sharon, CT with her husband and three sons, where they grow hops for local microbreweries. She recently graduated with a Master's in Social Work from University of Connecticut with a focus on international social work, social justice and community organizing. Last year she worked at the United Nations focusing on the Global Compact for Migration. From 2004-2014, Shrevie lived in Abuja, Nigeria and Gaborone, Botswana working within pediatric HIV/AIDS clinics and as a small grants officer for the US State Department.
Kathleen Voldstad: Kathy and her husband came to Salisbury 25 years ago and recently made it their full-time home. Kathy has graduate degrees in psychology and has trained as a psychotherapist. She has certifications in contemplative practices through the UMASS Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness and the Zen Center for Contemplative Care in NYC. She has worked at a college-counseling center, as a hospital chaplain and taught yoga and meditation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Currently she facilitates a weekly meditation group in Salisbury and teaches workshops on various contemplative practices.