Arts In Reach empowers teenage girls through inclusive, creative community.

Since 1997, Arts in Reach (AIR) has empowered teenage girls and gender expansive youth from the Greater Seacoast of NH through innovative mentoring and arts programs. AIR programs create a community where teens feel safe to express their authentic selves, build confidence, and take on challenges through the arts.

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Our Staff

Debra Holloway  Executive Director (she/her)

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University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Education: Curriculum and Instruction

University of New Hampshire, MA English, BA English

Before becoming Executive Director, Debra’s worked with AIR began in 1998. She conducted a two-year research study of AIR and its impact on participants from 1998-2000. In 1999 she co-led the AIR summer program as a staff member and became AIR’s first board member and chair. She helped design, analyze results, and report on the 2015 AIR Alumnae Survey. From 2016 to 2019 she served on AIR’s Program Committee and Advisory Panel, and from 2017 through 2019 she was AIR’s part-time grant writer. Debra’s career began as a writing teacher. She taught writing at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Great Bay Community College. After graduate school, she became an educational researcher focusing on the role of “voice” in the transformation of individuals and communities. She documented how the arts function as strategies to reflect on ourselves and others, try on others’ voices, express our own voices, and discover new possibilities for our lives and our communities. Her research with AIR inspired her to study painting and drawing for three years at the Colorado Academy of Art. She also has served on many non-profit boards, including the UNH Art Museum, Rye Education Foundation, and New Hampshire Learning Initiative. Debra lives in Rye with her husband Scott Marion, their youngest daughter Anna Rose, and dog Luke.

Click here to hear from Debra in an episode of the Creative Guts podcast.

Favorite Dog Breed: Black Lab

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Rebecca Romanoski  Program Director (she/her)

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University of New Hampshire, M.Ed. Secondary Education, BA English Teaching

Becca grew up in Southern NH and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with young women in her own community. During her graduate program, Becca gained experience teaching middle and high school level English, while focusing her research on the integration of visual arts into the language arts curriculum. After completing her studies at UNH, Becca served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the New Outlook Teen Center in Exeter, NH, where she worked with the center’s Young Women’s Adventure Group and coordinated service learning opportunities for teens. Becca served again as an AmeriCorps VISTA for AIR for two years, and has since become our program director extrodinaire!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Grapenut

Favorite Harry Potter Character: Professor McGonagall

Cara Cabral  Program Manager (she/her)

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University of New Hampshire, BFA Painting and Drawing

Cara holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire. In 2011 she was awarded the UNH Museum of Art Fellowship which provided hands-on experience in the areas of collection management and exhibition preparation. A self-proclaimed Renaissance woman, Cara has worked as an antiques dealer, picture framer, barista, cursive artist for a pottery studio, studio assistant for a painting conservator, and interim assistant director of the UNH Museum of Art. She is delighted to be joining the AIR staff and considers her role as Program Manager her most important and meaningful job to date. Cara has been involved with AIR since 2014, first serving as program volunteer and teaching artist. Cara is an active member of the non-profit arts collective, Wrong Brain, and serves on their Board of Directors. When she isn’t working for Arts in Reach, she can be found gardening or making strange art.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Raspberry

Favorite Seltzer: LaCroix Key Lime

Elizabeth Lavoie  Marketing and Communications Manager (she/her)

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College of the Holy Cross, BA English

Elizabeth Lavoie grew up in Manchester, NH and is excited to return to the Granite State after attending college in Worcester, MA. She recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English and Creative Writing. While in college, Elizabeth enjoyed taking part in Big Brother, Big Sister and aiding in ESL classrooms. Following her graduation, she traveled to France where she worked at a summer camp focused on English language immersion. From an early age, Elizabeth has loved exploring the arts and has recently found a passion for writing poetry.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

Favorite Disney Movie: Peter Pan

Haley Searcy Program Research and Development AmeriCorps Vista (she/they)

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Appalachian State University, BS Sociology

Haley grew up in North Carolina and is excited for the opportunity to move to the  Seacoast Region and work with Arts in Reach as an AmeriCorps VISTA! She recently graduated from Appalachian State University where she received a B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities and minored in English and Gender Studies. During college, Haley enjoyed volunteering at the Women’s Center and working as a barista at the on-campus coffee shops. Haley’s spare time is filled with all sorts of creative activities including: writing silly ukulele ballads, sewing scrunchies, painting abstract pictures, and reading good books.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks
Favorite Plant: Lavender

Professional Teaching Artists

Board of Directors

Virginia Skevington President

Virginia Skevington joined the AIR Board in March 2018. As AIR’s former Executive Director, Virginia brings insight to the internal workings of the organization. Virginia works as Manager of Operations at Charter Oak Capital Management, Portsmouth acting as Director of Human Resources and supporting the long-term execution of the firm’s strategic goals.

Virginia brings diverse experience from the nonprofit, private and government sectors. Previously, Virginia ran two arts nonprofit agencies on the Seacoast, creating Art Connects NH, a partnership of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and New Hampshire Art Association. Before moving to New Hampshire’s Seacoast, she attended graduate school in Roanoke, Virginia and worked as a Washington lobbyist in energy and telecom for several years. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech.

Virginia is a native of Washington, DC. She resides in Newfields, New Hampshire with her husband John, and their four-year old son, Britton and two-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Karin Barndollar Vice President

Karin Barndollar left her native Germany in the early seventies and spent a number of years living in England, France,  and the United Arab Emirates, where she met her husband Steve. They moved to Portsmouth in 1982, started a business and raised their son and daughter here. They chose Portsmouth because of its vibrant arts scene, as well as its proximity to the mountains and the ocean.

Karin’s first volunteer experience was with the Little Harbor and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations where she was instrumental in helping to bring arts and other enrichment programs into the classrooms. She subsequently served for several terms on the Music Hall Board and has always been very supportive of the arts in the community. Karin is currently a member of the Board of Families First Community Health Center and believes that health care is a human right. Through Families First parenting programs, she became particularly familiar with the issues faced by many Seacoast families, which led her to become an AIR supporter.

There has always been an international focus to Karin’s life, as a business person, a traveller, and a Board member of Education for All Children, a New Hampshire based non-profit that sponsors high school and university students in Kenya, again with the focus on supporting girls and young women.

Karin is the lucky grandmother of two little girls who live in her neighborhood.

Leslie A. Martin Secretary

Leslie’s appreciation for Arts in Reach (AIR) began more than nine years ago. Both of her daughters had social and emotional issues when reaching middle school. The illness and death of the girls’ father compounded the family pressures. Participating in the AIR programs provided a safety net and opened opportunities for social learning and exposure to the arts. Now both daughters are flourishing in college. Leslie credits the AIR program with growth in self-esteem and important family healing.

Leslie joined the Board in 2016. She is committed to promoting the gifts of AIR participation to other teens and families. Her career background includes marketing and project management in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eve M. Hoefle  Treasurer

Eve is a senior executive with over 35 years of experience in banking and finance, commercial real estate and private equity. Eve began her career at Bank of Boston as a commercial lender and co-founded a real estate private equity firm where she served as CFO and COO for 17 years. After leading a Specialty Lending team at Boston Private, Eve joined Two International Group, a Portsmouth-based commercial real estate developer and operator, where she divides her time between seeking new projects and leading asset management efforts for an active commercial portfolio. Eve has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards and joined Arts in Reach in 2019 with enthusiasm. She passed on her parents’ creative and musical genes to the next generation and greatly appreciates the value the arts have provided for her four children. She lives in Rye, New Hampshire with her husband, Dan.

Glicka Kaplan  Past Board President

Glicka Kaplan joined the AIR Board of Directors in April 2011. Glicka is an active Seacoast community member and is a former teacher of the deaf for the Portsmouth School system. She also helped initiate art enrichment programs at Portsmouth Dondero School through the PTO. Glicka’s board experience includes the Children’s’ Museum of Portsmouth, where she served on both the special interest committee as part of a Capital Campaign and the Road Race committee. She was also a Board Member of the Portsmouth Public Library. In addition, Glicka held executive positions on boards for the Dover Temple Israel and The Birchtree Center, a school helping youth with Autism. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the Board as well as connections in the arts community and interest in positive youth development.

Susan Gold

Susan Gold is a career sales & marketing professional, and a strong advocate for networking to build relationships and connect people. In her spare time Susan is an artist, painting, drawing, creating fabric art and quilts or just exploring new media. She believes that everyone is an artist in their own way and often helps others find their creative courage. Dedicated to community service, Susan is a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club and participates in fundraising for many local charities. She has been involved with Arts in Reach since 2014, assisting with the first Tablescapes event. Susan lives in Portsmouth with her husband Alan, her son Sean and the family cat, “Sam-kitty”. She has a daughter and two beautiful granddaughters who also reside in NH.

Katyanne Zink

Katyanne Zink joined the AIR Board of Directors in March of 2018. Growing up in Somersworth, NH Katyanne participated in AIR programing from 1997 – 2004 and knows firsthand the value AIR provides young women. Katyanne credits AIR for finding her inner strength and self-worth at a very vulnerable age through art. Without the foundation AIR built, she would not be where she is today.

Katyanne earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and her Master of Science in Nursing Informatics from Walden University. She obtained her board certification in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. During her college years, Katyanne planned and led teams on volunteer projects, including traveling to Washington, D.C where she volunteered in homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Katyanne has also volunteered as an Alumni advocate for TRiO programs at a state and national level. Within this role, she advocated for equal opportunities for access to post-secondary education to the Senate Budget Committee’s 2013 Hearing on the Impact of Budget Decisions on Families and Communities in Washington, D.C.

Katyanne is currently employed as a Clinical Informatics Nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. In her role, she leads implementation of clinical systems and provides support and education related to the technologies used by clinical staff. In 2016, Katyanne moved back to her hometown of Somersworth, NH with her husband, daughter, and family dog. She is grateful to be able to give back to the program that gave her so much.

Emmett Soldati

After earning his master’s at the London School of Economics, Emmett returned to his home state of New Hampshire to establish himself as a serial entrepreneur. Using crowd-sourcing technologies, he opened Teatotaller, a tea-house and venue in historic Somersworth, and later worked with other area-natives to open Leaven, a craft beer bar and sourdough bread bakery.

His most recent role has included technology start ups. As Chief Product Officer of Weather Analytics, he brings together a team of developers, designers, and data scientists to continually push the bounds of new business intelligence solutions. Emmett has spearheaded gathering of user requirements and design of nine decision-support applications for the insurance and U.S. Intelligence Community. He also is leading design and delivery of five smartphone and tablet application for parametric insurance programs.

As a serial entrepreneur in the granite state – from tea houses and gastro pubs, to green tech and incubators, his passion for innovation has contributed to the economic and cultural revitalization of his home city, Somersworth. He has sat on multiple boards, including an arts nonprofit, and the board of governors for York University.   He was named one of New Hampshire’s top Upstarts by NH Business Magazine at the age of 25, for his continued engagement in ventures large and small – and ones that cut across consumer and business enterprises –as well as having founded the Makers and Shakers organization, which promotes and celebrates entrepreneurs in semi-rural areas.

Emmett earned his Master of Science from the London School of Economics and his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from York University, in Toronto, Ontario.

Derek Price

Derek moved back to his home state of New Hampshire with his family at the age of 15 and has been an active and engaged member of the Seacoast Community ever since. In 2016, he worked as a Songworks Mentor for Arts In Reach and has continued to be a part of the program every year. He feels moved and inspired to be part of this community and relishes the opportunity to help other young songwriters express themselves. He has worked in the field of Social Work for over a decade and his values are rooted in his profession.  After graduating with degrees in Social Work from UNH in 2012, Derek went on to become a Licensed Therapist at Seacoast Mental Health and has worked there for over five years with adults who experience mental illness.  In addition to his day job, he is a lifelong musician and poet and records and performs indie rock music with his band Pangea Pop which includes his good friends and father on lead guitar.

Derek attributes his passion for being of service to others and creative expression to the values of his parents and the family he is in.  When he was young he often felt like he didn’t fit in and now as an adult, he is more confident and tries to use his gift as an extroverted networker to facilitate bringing people together with the important value of inclusion: that everyone has a place at the table. In college, he was a community organizer and activist for environmental and social justice, being a member of the Peace and Justice League, The Student Environmental Action Coalition, as well as The Friends of Forest Park. He is still an involved member of The Waysmeet Center, an inclusive community center in Durham that provides services and hosts events for UNH students and Seacoast community members. He is currently a member of the D.I.Y. creative collective Sue’s Space, based in the lower Rollinsford mills where he helps with the production and booking of music, theater and comedy shows.

Advisory Panel

Priscilla Stevens French

Founding Director, Portsmouth Pro Musica; Artistic Director, Sandpipers Seacoast Children's Chorus

Ellen Schlefer, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Beth Salvi-Hudgins, LICSW

Teen and Adult Therapist

Cathy Sununu

Director, Portsmouth Museum of Art and Owner of Blue Orchid Interiors

Katherine Wells Wheeler

Former State Senator, Community Activist

Jacqueline Gadsden

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion & Customer Experience, Comcast