• Adam Silver. Adam_SilverExecutive Director and Co-Founder. Ex officio board trustee. Adam is an educator and arts administrator. With working knowledge of Chinese, French, Spanish and Hindi, he was a Watson Fellow in India, Nepal and China, and has a special interest in cross-cultural communications. He is a scholar of Asian art, architecture and literature, and of cross cultural studies at the intersection of art, philosophy, psychology and world religions. He has degrees in Art History, Education and Evaluation, advanced certification in Educational Administration and Supervision, and, graduate work in Accounting, Information Technology, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Language Learning. He is webmaster and chief publicist for the Cultural Center.



  • Cai Xi. Cai_Xi_SilverArtistic Director and Co-Founder. Ex officio board trustee. Painter, t’ai chi master, caterer, art and language instructor, Cai has been giving Chinese cultural and arts performances since 1995 presenting for pre-kindergarten through college-level adults. Her residencies have included supervisory unions, school districts, statewide Arts events, public and private schools, home schooling and early childhood groups, summer programs, teacher training, and community festivals. Cai offers a variety of arts and culture workshops. She has worked in film, theatre and television doing scenic painting, costume, make-up and stage design. Her versatility in painting includes traditional Chinese brush, ink and calligraphy, abstract performance action painting, luminous landscapes, larger than life portraits, mixed media installations, and exhibition curating. Her live action painting, performance art, and art happenings have been presented on Vimeo, YouTube, in Boston and Manchester, VT, and in Brattleboro on the New England Youth Theatre stage, and filmed live for public television, BCTV and in New York on WNYE. A 2010 Fellow at Vermont Studio Center, and 2010-2011 recipient of an Arts Endowment Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, she has her MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is featured in the exhibition at Brattleboro Museum, Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art.



  • Michelle Mahin. Michelle_MahinBoard President. Board Trustee. Executive director of KidsPLAYce, a storybook themed indoor play space for caregivers and children ages birth-6, established in 1983, non profit, located in downtown Brattleboro. Self employed owner of Everything Counts! as a bookkeeper for non profits and small businesses. “My mother is from Taiwan, my father of Scottish and Irish descent.” Born in Southern California, she came to New England in 1997. “I wish to steep my four children in the beauty and richness of Asian culture. I am enchanted by the study and wisdom of eastern healing arts, oral tradition, ancient symbols and music.”



  • Norma Willingham. Norma-WillinghamBoard Vice President. Board Trustee. Norma came to her interest in Asia when her daughter Grace was adopted from China in 1996. Norma has been part of a group that for a number of years sponsored the public Autumn Moon Festival and Lunar New Year celebrations which are now under the auspices of ACCVT. She is pleased to be part of an organization that is promoting a deeper understanding of all of Asia, not just China, and feels this kind of exposure is important for all children. She is an assistant professor at Landmark College.



  • Marie Procter. Marie-ProcterBoard Secretary/Treasurer. Board Trustee. Marie has graduate degrees in Psychology and Education, attended the School for International Training has been an elementary school teacher, directed an early childhood center, has been a trustee of the Arts Council of Windham County for more than 20 years, President of the Council for 19, and served as Secretary for Baha’i administrative bodies for over 40 years, Marie has traveled to most of the 50 states in the Union. She has traveled to a number of International Baha’i Conferences through the years and have been on Pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Countries visited include: Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Pakistan, Nepal, Goa, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, England, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, and Mozambique. Marie states: “I think of the earth is one country and that mankind are its citizens. We are all one people in spirit and each person has something unique to contribute. The diverse cultures in the world add to the richness of our experience on this planet. I believe that we are here to realize our common destiny and to help each other reach our full potential during our time on earth.”



  • Yasuko Ichinomiya Parmenter. Yasuko_Ichinomiya_ParmenterBoard Trustee. Yasuko is an artist making Felt art and Kimono kiri-e stationery. Originally from Tokyo, she now resides in Brattleboro, VT where she derives much of her inspiration from her two cats Mochi and Clark. She has been making her art for about seven years, displaying them at various craft fairs, farmers markets, and local stores throughout Vermont.



  • Anthony Parmenter. Anthony_ParmenterTony joined the board in 2010, after moving from Tokyo, Japan, to Brattleboro with his family. Before coming to Brattleboro, Tony spent eight years living throughout Japan, Korea, and Oman where he worked as a U.S. federal employee, a private ESL teacher, and spent his free time traveling and playing a role in these countries’ independent music scenes. Tony feels especially connected to Japanese culture and lifestyle, and is a foodie for “most things Asian”. When not volunteering with ACCVT, Tony works as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. He plays in a band with his wife, attempts to hike whenever possible, and hopes to one day build Vermont’s first rotenburo (Japanese outdoor hot bath).



  • Eshagh Shaoul. Eshagh_ShaoulEshagh is a retired financial executive and a musician. He directed financial institutions in Asia and Africa. Since retirement he has focused on composing music. He is building a “Temple of Love,” dedicated to all the world’s religious faiths.



  • Rosalyn Shaoul. Rosalyn_ShaoulRosalyn is an ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor. She has taught in international schools and colleges. She has a soft spot for IT and does web development for special people.



  • Harvey Nystrom. Harvey-NystromHarvey has been involved with science, education, Asia, and fantasy in some form or another all his life. He graduated with a BA in Physics for Cornell University, with an MA in Astronomy from the University of Chicago and an MSW from Loyola University, Chicago. He received a certificate of secondary education at DePaul University in 2001. He has made several trips to Asia including Thailand (1991), China (2000 and 2002), and Japan (2004 and 2005). Japan is his first love, and in 2007 led a group of high school students on a summer program for the Experiment in International Living. He has participated in the Asian Studies Outreach Program through the University of Vermont and has attended seminars through the Five Colleges East Asian Program. He has developed a high school Japan Club at Keene High School and serves on the board of the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont. He has given public talks on Kuan Yin and Chinese Astronomy. He speaks Japanese among other languages. He has also given talks on Japanese monster movies. Godzilla and company have fascinated Harvey since he saw his first move, Rodan, at age 5. He has been a devoted fan along with his son Carlos. He has developed a course on science and science fiction movies that he taught for several years at DePaul University. He has assisted in the planning of the Samurai and Kaiju film festival in Brattleboro, VT.



  • Marni Rosner. Marni_RosnerMarni is a semi retired high school teacher and Putney resident who first visited China as a teenager in 1971, and has lived, taught, raised a family, and travelled extensively in China and SE Asia in the four subsequent decades. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Jane Goodall Institute- China and brings her experience in promoting cultural and educational exchanges to the ACCVT.



  • Assad Akhlaqi. Assad_AkhlaqiAssad is a technician working in the IT department at the Putney School. He is originally from Afghanistan and now lives in Putney. Four years ago, he attended Putney School and then went to Champlain College to get his bachelors degree in Computer Science. He has traveled to Pakistan, India, United Arab Emirates, Germany and the United States. He speaks Dari/Farsi, Pashto, English and little Arabic and Urdu. He likes meeting people from diverse backgrounds and getting to know their culture and traditions. His favorite food is Kofte Kebab and he loves cooking. He likes watching sci fi movies and listening to great Persian music as well as music from everywhere in different languages. He likes reading books, telling stories and traveling.



  • Prachi Dalal. Prachi_DalalPrachi is a dancer, educator, arts administrator and cultural program specialist. She has worked as a museum educator at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC) and the Rubin Museum of Art (New York City). She directed Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance from its inception to the first six years of its nascent stage. Today, it is considered a major festival presenting dance from South Asia. She has worked on heritage education, crafts development and sustainable tourism projects in India. She brings to the Asian Cultural Center her passion for Asian art, culture and cross-cultural understanding as well as her experience in programming, community outreach and event management.
 
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