2 new members join art center staff

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MANCHESTER — The Southern Vermont Arts Center has announced the addition of two new members to its staff. Connie Blatchford is deputy director for operations and external affairs, and Erin Kaufman is manager of education and programs.

The two join the team led by new executive director Anne Corso, who was hired in January.

"I am delighted to welcome two talented professionals onto the team here at SVAC. Both Connie and Erin bring exceptional skills, creativity, and perspective to the organization and are exactly what we need to realize the new SVAC," Corso said in a media release.

Blatchford has experience in marketing, human resources, event planning and educational program administration. She most recently was a member of the PowerWeek team implementing social media and marketing workshops for small business owners and non-profit leaders in the Northshire. Prior to her consulting role with PowerWeek, she was the marketing manager for J.K. Adams in Dorset.

Prior to moving to Manchester, she worked as a program manager with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Blatchford serves on the board of The Dorset Equine Rescue and is a member of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation's Northshire Regional Advisory Board. Parents of two adult children, she and her husband Jon are now empty-nesters here on their farm in Manchester.

Kaufman is an experienced educator for grades kindergarten through college. She holds teaching certifications in art and English and has taught science as well. She holds a BA in English from Amherst College and a master's in education from Lesley College. Kaufman has taught at the Bronx Preparatory Charter School, The Children's Storefront School and the Brearley School in New York City, and Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In addition, she has experience with adult education, as she has served as an adjunct professor of English at Southern Vermont College and as a freelance writer for the Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia University.

Kaufman serves as a board member and volunteer for the Community Food Cupboard in Manchester. Erin and her husband, Mark Tashjian, headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy, are raising their four children in Manchester.

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