Richard Anderson, Facilities Manager
Richard Anderson was born in London, grew up in London and Norwich, Great Britain, and studied physics at the University of London. He worked as a builder before meeting his wife, Suzanne, and moving to the US. He has worked in construction in Oregon and Pennsylvania, taught wood-working at a Waldorf School in San Francisco, and taken care of developmentally disabled people in New Hampshire. After settling in Harrisville with Suzanne and their son, Galen, Richard was a bus driver for the Keene Waldorf School. He began working at Apple Hill in 2002, driving the bus and doing odd jobs, and has worked here full time since 2008. He enjoys reading, watching movies and Boston sports teams, skiing, hiking, camping, and traveling.
Gail Malitas, Office Administrator
Gail comes to Apple Hill with a varied background. She spent over 15 years as an outside sales rep of industrial products, then parlayed that experience into being a major gift officer at Northfield Mount Hermon School. It helped that she had been a class agent for her Bowdoin class, raising money for the Alumni Fund, for years.
After leaving NMH, she joined the Keene Chorale and was asked to serve on the board, where she is now the Fundraising Chair. She also serves on the board of Monadnock Arts Alive! and Raylynmor Opera.
She started with Apple Hill as a grant writer, and in the summer of 2013 filled in for Amelia as Summer Coordinator for a month. In November of that year she came on as Administrative Coordinator and continues as such.
Amelia Perron, Summer Workshop Administrator
Amelia began her association with Apple Hill in 2003 as a Summer Chamber Music Workshop participant. She joined the staff as Summer Coordinator in 2008, after receiving her Bachelor of Music in violin performance, summa cum laude, from Lawrence University. As a freelance violinist, she has performed with several local ensembles, most recently Symphony New Hampshire, and enjoys playing chamber music. In interludes away from Apple Hill, she has lived, studied, and worked in Paris and Provence.
Rebecca A. Sayles, Development Director
Relocated from Mamaroneck, New York, Rebecca has had a successful career as an arts administrator and fundraising professional. She served for twelve years as Director of Development at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, one of the largest and oldest community music schools in the U.S. Rebecca served in a similar role at Copland House, fostering public awareness and appreciation of American composers and their work. Other positions held include Executive Director of Bang on a Can, and of Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP).
Working at Apple Hill is a homecoming of sorts–to the place where her love of chamber music was instilled during summers as a teenager. Rebecca now plays flute and piccolo in the Windham Orchestra and Westmoreland Town Band.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Harvard and a master’s in international and comparative education from Columbia University. An occasional writer on the social history of the arts, her recent article, “From Women’s Clubs to MeetUps: Social Influences on Amateur Music-Making in America” is published in the October/November 2019 issue of American Music Teacher.
Rebecca resides in Westmoreland, NH with her husband, who also attended Apple Hill as a teenager. They have two grown daughters who have attended Apple Hill, on and off since 2007.