Windmore Foundation for the Arts promotes the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education.
A culturally rich environment where artists, arts organizations, educators, and the community come together to create diverse artistic experiences and life-long learning.
A rewarding and memorable artistic experience is essential to understanding the contributions that art makes to the quality of our daily lives, our ability to solve problems, and achieve goals. Creating and experiencing art enhance the human spirit and are critical components of society.
Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc. was founded in the spring of 1987 under the working title of Culpeper Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The name Windmore was chosen to honor the dairy farm that once operated at the site of Windmore’s amphitheater.
Windmore was created to promote the arts in the Northern Piedmont area, serving the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange, and Madison. Since its inception, Windmore has supported, presented, and provided education in many disciplines of the Arts including: theater, music, dance, literature, visual arts, and arts education.
It remains Windmore’s goal to maintain the diversity of the arts represented and increase the participation of people from all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Windmore was awarded the Governor’s Award for Community Service and Volunteerism in 1996.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fran Cecere, President is a retired Master’s prepared Oncology Nurse originally from the Central New York area. Fifteen years ago she moved to Culpeper with her husband. For many years she has enjoyed writing for her family and friends. She has been the editor of the three different newsletters for her professional organizations. In addition, she has written nursing research articles. Since joining Windmore, she has continued to write fiction, poems, short stories, and memoirs. She is the facilitator for the Pen-to-Paper writers’ group, and she chaired several committees to publish anthologies for Windmore Foundation. She is a beta reader for several authors and is an editor for a romance author. Fran is also an active member of StageWorks Theatre Group of Windmore. She wrote one play that was performed by StageWorks featuring children and adults as actors. In addition, she directed one play performed at a dinner theater. She was a past member of the Board 2010-2016. Ms. Cecere has served on several boards of Directors including two hospice groups, two different oncology nursing societies, and a sports group.
Doray Walker, Vice-President is originally from Oxford, Pennsylvania. She has been an ardent supporter of Windmore and community arts, particularly with music, throughout the years. She currently teaches Choir and Drama in the Culpeper County School District. She is also the choral director of Culpeper High School. Doray volunteers on the Swim Committee of the Culpeper Recreation Club.
Lynn Gore, Executive Director grew up in Culpeper and was excited to have the opportunity to move back to the community ten years ago. She has a Master of Music Composition degree from Middle Tennessee State University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Lynn has most recently been the General Manager and Advertising Director for the Culpeper Star-Exponent. She has worked for several large companies as a Marketing Executive leading database, production, and creative teams. Lynn is an active member of the Culpeper Baptist Church and sings with the Blue Ridge Chorale.
Roy Carter, Treasurer retired after a 34-year career with Exxon-Mobil. He served as the treasurer of the Credit Union for the Syracuse Terminal, and as the treasurer for the Onondaga Ski Club. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Onondaga Ski Club for many years. He joined the Windmore Board eight years ago and was the treasurer for three years. He is currently serving his second term on the Board. He is a community supporter of the arts and has volunteered for all the divisions of Windmore Foundation.
Laurel Van Horn, Secretary is a retired English teacher from Rappahannock County High School in Washington, Virginia. She has loved reading and writing and then teaching others to love reading and writing almost her whole life. She has been so grateful to discover Windmore’s wonderful activities over the past two years, after her husband, Dee, passed away in 2015. Since that time, all the great people she has met and worked with in both Pen-to-Paper and StageWorks have been an inspiring comfort to her and continue to be so. Laurel enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and non-fiction articles, and she was thrilled to be the stage manager/stagehand for the popular StageWorks play Salt & Pepper recently.
Tammy Buckalew, Director holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from James Madison University. She is currently a second-grade teacher in Culpeper County Public Schools. Tammy is a musician who plays the flute for the Piedmont Community Band of Virginia. She is also the treasurer of the band. Tammy has served as the Chair of the Education Committee of her church including creating and balancing the annual committee budget, evaluating and selecting materials for education programs, organizing and advertising activities and programs, as well as long-term planning.
Dawnn Fletcher, Director has 20 years of experience playing music. She plays violin, viola, and cello. She has been teaching for 9 years. Dawnn has been the Director of the Crossroads Youth Orchestra for 2 years and currently teaches private lessons locally. Dawnn has a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music and Music Theory from Bluefield College. She has performed with various symphonies in the Virginia area.
Gail Matthews, Director, a native South Carolinian, graduated from Winthrop College (presently Winthrop University) in Rock Hill and has a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from George Mason University. She moved to Virginia in the early 1980s. Gail retired from teaching in 2016 and now enjoys writing, painting, traveling, and working with the Windmore Foundation.
Jessica Mahr has a Master’s degree in Arts Management and a Bachelors’ degree in technical theater. Mahr was a founding member of StageWorks when it was started in 2009. Her experience includes working as a theater teacher at the Madeira School, and being a stage manager professionally at a number of theaters in the DC area, having over 20 years’ experience in theater production. Her passion for productions was reignited while working on The First Leon with Windmore. She believers her education and knowledge of marketing and how to run an arts organization will be beneficial for Windmore as they move forward in the upcoming years and work to become even more active in the community. Mahr looks forward to working with Windmore and StageWorks as they prepare for their next for their next theater season.
Amanda Reck, Director, has been married to Patrick for almost 19 years. They have 5 children (4 girls and the youngest is a boy.) She worked for a large telecommunications company prior to becoming a stay at home parent and then stayed busy by volunteering. Since then she served as Culpeper Baptist Church MOPS Coordinator for 9 years, Coached youth cheer for 8 years and served as a board member for CFA for 2 years, taught Sunday School and bible study classes. In addition, she has been the Coordinator for many local events and so much more!
Amanda is currently a UNOS and LifeNet Organ Donation Ambassador, a CHD advocate, the Eastern View High School PTO President, and Mountain View Community Church’s Hospitality Coordinator.
While in school Amanda was very active in drama and received a Thespian (drama) letter. She has helped with many local plays over the years from behind the scenes, to promoting and selling tickets. With all this expertise in a variety of different areas, she is a wonderful addition to the Windmore board.
PRIMARY PARTNERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
OF WINDMORE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Many Thanks to Windmore’s Partners, Sponsors, and Affiliates
National Endowment for the Arts
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation
Nancy N. and Michael D. Baudhuin Foundation
The Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt Community Fund
The de Leon – Khanna Charitable Fund
Rappahannock Electric Company Power to Change Grant
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services
Mr. William Chase
Fountain Hall Bed & Breakfast, Culpeper
Culpeper County Parks & Recreation
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
Culpeper Baptist Church
Culpeper Women’s Club
Wellspring Health Services
State Theatre Culpeper
Jewell Tone Music
Studio C. Photography
Jimni Custom Laser Engraving
Lignum Ruritan Club
Blue Ridge Chorale
The Town of Culpeper
Culpeper Ballet Theatre
James Madison Museum
Prince Michel Winery
Rose Hill Heritage Farm
Glory Days Grill, Culpeper
Roy Carter and Fran Cecere
Mary and Ben Allen
Robert L. Fajkowski
Deborah and John Schupp
Brian D. Hedges
Margaret Moon and John Davies
Charlene James and James Duguid of Touchstone Studio
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