BOARD MEMBERS

Officers

William Holtz, President
Mr. Holtz is a licensed architect and a member of the AIA, NHAIA, and NCARB. His more than forty years of professional practice has included residential and commercial projects in over thirty states and Canada. For more than three decades he has hung his hats at Bensonwood/Unity Homes, a design-build firm in Walpole, NH, as design team leader and co-owner. Evening and weekend pro-bono dabbling has included rebuilding from the Alstead flood (Alstead Gazebo and Kmeic’s Garage), a single family residence with Habitat for Humanity (Alstead, NH), and the Orchard Hill Breadworks Pizza Pavilion. His early years at WOOL, before gray hair, were enjoyed co-producing a weekly radio show, “The Generation Gap,” with his then-teenage daughter.

Bruce Sterling, Vice President
Mr. Sterling has worked in archaeology for three decades, excavating prehistoric and historic sites in New England, the mid-Atlantic, the desert Southwest, Oregon, and the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. He made early contributions to battlefield archaeology through his work at Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. His archaeological pursuits brought him to Vermont in 1999, where he cares for a house on the Connecticut River with his wife, two children, a dog, and 2 cats. His obsessive interest in music drove him to join WOOL Radio in 2007 to host, as Border Pete, the show “Border Radio.”

Cheryl Gay-Sherwin, Secretary
Ms. Gay-Sherwin was born in Bellows Falls and raised in North Walpole, where she now resides. A U.S. Air Force Veteran of Desert Storm, she worked at her family’s business, Gay’s Fuel Service, before pursuing her degree in Communications Disorders. Cheryl is a speech-language pathologist in the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, serving the needs of local children. She lives with her husband Chris (whose glassblowing studio is also located at 33 Bridge Street), and their dogs and cats. She was the “C” in The ETC Show on WOOL, and is now one of the two Cs on The Cs’ Side.

Directors, alphabetically

Melissa Berry-Brown, Director
Ms. Berry-Brown, a resident of Bellows Falls and a lifelong Vermonter, is a classically trained musician and certified teacher, having studied at The New England Conservatory and received her degree in Elementary Education from Simmons College. She currently heads up the Administration team for an outsourced sales company representing emerging food brands.  Ms. Berry-Brown is a published poet, sings with the contemporary local chorus group Rock Voices, enjoys baking and doing her weekly radio show, “The Dish.”

John McCann, Director

Mr. McCann is a Nationally Registered Advance EMT working on a local ambulance service. He has worked  in EMS since 2008. McCann began his EMS career as a licensed First Responder working for LeFevre Ambulance. Currently he is Volunteer on Bellows Falls Fire as a Lieutenant and in charge of EMS training. In addition McCann has been with the Bellows Falls Fire Department since 2014.  He moved into Charlestown, NH in 2005. His employer, at the time asked him to join the Volunteer Charlestown Fire Department and was Member of the department from May 5, 2005 to 3-1-2019. Not only a firefighter, McCann  is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of Desert Shield/Storm (1986 to 1991). On an evening in August 2016, John and his girlfriend  were walking around Bellows Falls, and happened to stop in at 33 Bridge St. where WOOL Radio studio was open.  He talked with the DJ Host, and since he grew up watching a TV Show “WKRP in Cincinnati”, he was hooked, As they say, “the rest is history”.  John hosts weekly Radio Show, “Bringing Back That Smile” on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm.

Gary Smith, Director
Mr. Smith has been a member of the Board of Directors at WOOL since its founding in 2003. A veteran of the music industry, for 25 years he was owner of Boston’s Fort Apache Studios which, as production, management, and recording house worked with artists including the Pixies, Billy Bragg, Radiohead, Belly, Natalie Merchant, Juliana Hatfield, and Uncle Tupelo. In 2012, Smith started The Popolo Restaurant Group with two ex-directors of WOOL, and is its General Manager, helping to put regional growers in contact with consumers in a farm-to-table setting. Smith also promotes concerts and cultural events in the area. Popolo often works in tandem with WOOL. Smith is ex-president of Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company.