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Creative Communities

are Thriving Communities

  Staff & Board of Directors  

  Staff  

Paul Gambill

Co-founder & Executive Director

Paul has 25 years experience as a non-profit administrator, educator and musician, specializing in helping schools and communities re-imagine how to strengthen their partnerships through creative projects. He began his career as a public school music teacher in Minnesota, and soon turned to arts administration and conducting. His innovative school residency projects have been GRAMMY nominated and won three national awards for children's media, including the Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award. Before relocating with his family to Vermont in 2009, he was founder and music director of Orchestra Nashville for 20 years, and music director of the Nashville Ballet for six years.

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(802) 595-0087

Eric Booth

Co-founder & Engagement Director

Eric is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator (the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts. In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference. More about Eric.

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Judith Bose, Ph.D.

Creative Education Director

Judith specializes in the area of teaching artist development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists. She previously served as the Director of Teacher Education and Educational Initiatives at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she developed an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music degree program, and led Longy’s Teaching Artist Program. In New York, she was a master teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic for ten years, and she has worked with numerous schools and cultural organizations both nationally and internationally.

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Barbara Edelman

Development Director

Barbara has had a 30+ year career connecting philanthropic individuals and organizations to non-profits with a wide range of missions – from addressing learning disabilities, to integrating liberal arts with technology curricula, to offering programs in mindfulness awareness meditation. She began her professional life as a technical writer, but a thirst for more creative work soon led her to marketing and communications, and ultimately non-profit development, which has brought her the privilege of engaging with people and enabling them to positively impact the world through their charitable contributions.

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‭(585) 301-1033‬

Theresa Murray-Clasen

Partnerships Manager

Theresa has had a long run with public service. From the US Peace Corps, to state government consumer protection and environmental non profit work in schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, she enjoys the ‘boots on the ground’ approach in bringing excellent ideas to fruition. Most recently, she served as the Director of Underwriting for VTDigger, the statewide non profit online news organization. She has served on various non profit boards and volunteered over 15 years within the City if Montpelier and the Montpelier School District.  

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(802) 595-9991

Naomi Kro

Business Manager

Naomi has a decade of bookkeeping and financial management experience with Vermont businesses and nonprofits. Following professionally in her mother’s footsteps, Naomi began her bookkeeping career while still in high school. After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California with a B.A. in Economics, she specialized in accounting work for nonprofits and fiduciary attorneys. As owner of Even Keel Bookkeeping, she leads a team of consultants that support a wide variety Vermont businesses and non-profit organizations.

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(802) 262-6013

Evan Premo

Senior Teaching Artist

Evan is a composer and double bassist who creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. He lives in Marshfield, with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag, and they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. As a member of the New York City-based chamber music collective DeCoda, he performs in teaching artist residencies and concerts around the world, including four he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, also based in New York City, with which he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. More about Evan.

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Gowri Savoor

Senior Teaching Artist

Gowri Savoor is a visual teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, drawing and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Savoor is the founder of A River of Light, an organization committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, parades and installations. She has been a teaching artist for over 17 years with experience in arts integration and community building, and continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. More about Gowri.

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  Board of Directors  

Edith Yovu, President

Educator, Craniosacral Practitioner

Edie has a passion for learning, discovery and truth. With an interest in transformational educational models since college, she was a co-founder (1983) and board member of the Green Mountain Waldorf School, and later, as a member of their special education team developed a creative and collaborative approach to working with children with special needs. Edie has had a craniosacral practice since 1992. She has been both a contributor and board member of Miss Hall’s School for 17 years. Her approach to life is one of inquiry, inclusive attention, and embodied learning. 

Alexander Beck, Secretary

Workforce And Education Specialist / Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Alex is a Brattleboro resident and SIT Graduate, coming from a background in non-profit and social business management. He has extensive experience in community development, youth leadership, and social entrepreneurism in rural economies in the U.S and abroad. At BDCC, he coordinates the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and facilitates the creation, organization, and distribution of regional workforce and education opportunities for young Vermonters throughout the Windham County region.

Kayla Arena

Education Advisor at Vermont Adult Learning

Originally from New York, Kayla moved to Vermont five years ago to pursue an Early Childhood / Elementary Education degree from Champlain College. Throughout those last five years, she became an advocate for educational equity and youth empowerment. Kayla’s passion is making sure that schools are safe places where all students can succeed, regardless of their skin color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. As well as empowering youth and ensuring that they have the tools and resources to use their voice and make change within their communities. In addition to her work at Vermont Adult Learning, she is also a Community Organizer for Parents & Youth for Change, working with the Burlington and Winooski communities and schools. 

Eric Booth

Engagement Director

See bio in Staff list above.

Something distinctively unusual is arising in Vermont—an alignment of student-centered education reform, community action, a priority on creativity, and a vitality in the arts.  I feel lucky to be able to contribute to this chance of a lifetime. 

Paul Gambill

Executive Director

See bio in Staff list above.

I’m inspired by the way CEL activates community partners around the power of the creative process to help our youth imagine and chart a better future for themselves and their communities.

Meg Hammond

Director of Develoment at Goddard College

Before her work as Goddard College's Director of Development, Meg curated Goddard’s Montpelier Pop-up Art Gallery and founded the Haybarn Theatre Concert Series. She was a founding co-owner of the Langdon Street Café, a collectively run art house and music venue titled “the crown jewel of the Montpelier arts community” by VT’ Seven Days. As an artist, she has supported the original Vermont productions of Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown as costumer and stage manager; presented multiple renditions of her Trashion Show during Montpelier’s Fashion Weeks; and was the first artist chosen to kick off Camp Meade’s mural project in Middlesex.

Kathleen Kesson, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita, Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership / Long Island University Brooklyn

Kathleen is Professor Emerita, LIU-Brooklyn, where she taught courses in the foundations of education and teacher research. She was the Director of the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education at UVM (1997-2002). She is co-author, with James Henderson, of Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies and Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership, and with Wayne Ross, of Defending Public Schools: Teaching for a Democratic Society. Her most recent book is Unschooling n Paradise, a memoir. Currently, Kathleen is studying the implementation of Vermont's personalized learning initiative.

Evan Premo

Composer, Double Bassist and Teaching Artist

Evan is a composer and double bassist who creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. He lives in Marshfield, with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag, and they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. As a member of the New York City-based chamber music collective DeCoda, he performs in teaching artist residencies and concerts around the world. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, also based in New York City, with which he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. 

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