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The Clara Martin Center Board

The Clara Martin Center Board of Trustees has a long history of dedicated community members from across the region committed to advocacy for the rural communities Clara Martin Center serves and ensuring that rural areas continue to have access to local services, working to strengthen the organization, and support Clara Martin Center staff.

Joined board in 1976

Serves on: Board Planning Committee, Board Finance Committee, Board Advisory and Local Standing Committee, Board Personnel Committee

Arnold Spahn (Arny)

Board President

Mr. Spahn is a retired, self-employed business owner, photographer and U.S Air Force veteran. Arny is now applying his creative talents to wood turning. He joined the board at the request of the Brookfield town as a representative.

In his retirement, Arny has continued to be an active community member. He has worked on several local town projects, including Randolph’s revitalization and has committed years to the Restorative Justice Reparative Board. He is an active Rotarian and is very interested in the access to mental health services for the local communities throughout the State. Advocating for mental health services is dear to his heart because of his own family’s history.

Joined board in 2001

Serves on: Board Planning Committee, Chairman, Board Personnel Committee, Nominating Committee

Dennis Brown

Board Vice President

Mr. Brown is a real estate agent and has past experience as a business owner. Dennis has received numerous awards and designations in his field and was recently awarded the Realtor of the Year. Dennis is very involved in local government having served on the Planning Commission, the Development Review Board, Town of Randolph Budget Committee and as the Chair of the Randolph Selectboard. He has a particular interest in volunteering with community organizations.

The roots of Dennis’s interest in mental health and substance use issues come from family and friends who suffer from depression and alcohol related problems. He feels all people need mental health care along with their physical health care. Dennis is committed to eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness.

Joined Board in 2007

Serves on: Board Planning Committee, Board Finance Committee, Board Advisory and Local Standing Committee, Board Personnel Committee

Priscilla Spahn

Board Member, Randolph

Mrs. Spahn has a Master of Education from Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Art History degree from Skidmore College. She is a retired teacher and photographer and has held many volunteer community positions. She is the past president of the New England Professional Photographers Association and is an active Rotary member. She joined the CMC board out of support for family members with mental health issues and developmental disabilities.

Joined board in 2009

Serves on: Board Planning Committee, Board Finance Committee

Rachel Westbrook

Board Member, Randolph

Ms. Westbrook has worked for large teaching hospitals across different levels of care in her career and currently is a physical therapist at Gifford Medical Center. She is committed to access to mental health services, understanding the needs of the community, decreasing stigma, and integration of physical health and mental health issues through parity. Rachel has an understanding and compassion for those with mental health issues including her own family. She is a long term resident of Randolph and believes in keeping non-profit organizations strong including mental health agencies and schools. Rachel is interested in rescue dogs and training of animals.

Joined board in 2019

Loretta Stalnaker

Representative from East Randolph

Chief Stalnaker has been the Chief of Police for the Town of Royalton since 2018, having previously worked with the Randolph Village Police Department for 18 years. She has been very active in the community and schools, using a community policing model as her guide. She partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to bring the L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Program to the Randolph schools. She has served in the military and retired after serving 21 years in the Army National Guard. She is a Military Police Officer and retired at the rank of Sergeant.

Joined board in 2020

John Durkee

Representative from Tunbridge

Mr. Durkee is a Certified Public Accountant who runs his accounting practice in Tunbridge. He is a lifelong resident of Tunbridge and the previous Fire Chief. He is a huge supporter of community and local small businesses, and served on the Chelsea Health Center Board for many years.

Joined board in 2021

Dr. Page Spiess

Representative from Randolph Center

Dr. Spiess is a resident of Randolph Center and is a current Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Norwich University. She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Norwich University in 2017, and has taught a range of classes. Dr. Spiess has created a number of novel courses for Norwich University, and is the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee on campus. She has a Masters in Public Health, and a Masters of Science and Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She enjoys gardening and weaving in her spare time.

Joined board in 2021

Carl Demrow

Representative from Corinth

Mr. Demrow is a resident of Corinth and joined the Clara Martin Center Board in 2021 and currently serves as a representative in the Vermont State Legislature. He is a previous high school English teacher, and worked as a middle manager at a non-profit in northern New Hampshire before starting a trail management and consulting business and moving to Washington, Vermont in 2001. Demrow has also been a land conservationist, farm hand, carpenter, and is now a partner in a trail construction company that works throughout the Northeast. He wrote the Tricks of the Trade column for Northern Woodlands magazine for seven years, was a volunteer firefighter in Jackson, NH for eight years and has served on the boards of the Jackson Firefighters Association, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Waterman Fund, and Orange County Headwaters, which he also co-founded. He currently serves on the board of Northeast Slopes, where he regularly volunteers as a lift operator.

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Clara Martin Center welcomes and encourages financial contributions. These funds go to support the services and programs offered to local communities.