The betterArts Board of Directors represents an eclectic mix of North Country professionals.


Our board is a diverse mix of ideas and talents brought together to better serve the arts community of the region—and to attract artists from all over the world to create at our lovely farm setting in rural New York State.

  • Nicole Caldwell, PresidentNicole Caldwell is a professional writer and journalist, as well as owner and executive director of Better Farm. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, came out in 2015. Her next book, Farm + Land, will be released in 2019 by Chronicle Books. Learn more at
  • David Magbee, Vice President * Bio coming soon!
  • Laurie Peterson, Member * Bio coming soon!

  • Ashley Pastorium, Member * Bio coming soon!

  • Heidi Sourwine, Events and Education Outreach * Bio coming soon!

  • Eileen Kaleel, Member * With more than 20 years in various non-profits, Eileen brings considerable community-development expertise, organizational experience, liaison roles and public-relations skills to her role with betterArts and, specifically, Better Radio. Eileen is passionate about playing a role that positively impacts the people of her community while helping to find similarities and potential opportunities for growth. She is the wife of a Fort Drum soldier, mother of five and grandmother of six.

  • Matthew Tardif, Member * Bio coming soon!