A graduate of Colby College, Karla became the Mariposa’s Executive Director in 2012, following 18 years in the international development field. Working with Aid to Artisans, Inc., for many years, Karla contributed to strategies supporting the growth of small businesses in 16 countries of Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Central Asia. As ATA’s Regional Director in Central Asia in the mid-1990s, she worked to help museums, small businesses, heritage site centers, and artist support organizations on the ancient Silk Road transition to a market economy. As ATA’s Chief of Party in Haiti from 1998 until 2003, she worked with more than 200 Haitian businesses, ranging from micro-entrepreneurs to factories revive local commerce and build export trade with U.S. importers, catalogs, and retail stores. She has served as a consultant for Counterpart International (Egypt), Koios Associates (Cameroon), UNESCO (Palestine Territories), the World Bank (Ethiopia), the Organization of American States (eastern Caribbean), and the UK’s Travel Foundation (Dominican Republic). In 2004, she founded the organization Resortful Arts, based in Antigua, which she guided until 2012. Karla now lives with her son, Nikolas, in Dublin, NH.
The Mariposa welcomes Melissa Brooks to the position of Education Director. Melissa grew up in Peterborough in a multicultural family, attended Keene State, and went on to graduate studies in archaeology and ancient history at Leicester University, U.K. With an M.A. in teaching social studies at Rivier University, and experience in curriculum design and teaching, she is the ideal person to ensure Mariposa education programs meet the needs of educators while inspiring students while expanding outreach offerings for senior centers and other special groups. For more information about Melissa, click here.
Tina Thaing began working at the Mariposa in 2005 while still a student at ConVal. Serving as Administrative Assistant as she completed her degree in back office management, she was promoted to Administrator in 2015. Tina’s family is Cambodian and she brings her understanding of Southeast Asia as well as her bilingualism and cultural competency to Mariposa exhibits and educational programs.
Collections and Facilities Manager
A native of Ukraine, Nadiya has a background in arts management and she brings both her cultural knowledge of Ukrainian culture and history and her passion for international arts to the challenge of overseeing the Mariposa’s collection of more than 7,500 artifacts from six continents. When she is not at the Mariposa, you will find Nadiya at Andre’s Institute, a sculpture park in the forest of Brookline and an arts education center, which each year hosts emerging sculptors from around the world, under the direction of Nadiya’s husband, sculptor John Weidman.
Gift Shop and Merchandising
Pashya White merchandises the Mariposa’s gift shop, and creates the window displays. She is an artist of the sewing kind who designs and sews wearable art and accessories in her fabric-filled Peterborough studio, and enjoys doing all sorts of custom sewing projects for her clients, from pillow covers, handwoven tops, quilts, and shawls, to passport bags, purses, and sachets.
Padma Pali, Gift Shop and Maintenance
Who’s Who on the Board
Joyce Healy, Board Chair, Stoddard, NH. Co-owner of Visual Graphic Systems. Former commercial banker. New York City.
Heather Ames, Jaffrey, NH. Retired Director of Post Adoption Services, Wide Horizons for Children. Board member of Shelter from the Storm, Jaffrey.
David Blair, Harrisville, NH. Co-founder of Mariposa Museum; Associate, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding; ESL Curriculum Specialist.
Betsy Small-Campbell, Milford, NH. M.Ed. Cross Cultural Counseling Psychology Columbia University Teachers College; former Peace Corps Volunteer, Sierra Leone, West Africa; former Executive Director, War Child USA, Peterborough NH.
Karla Hostetler, Dublin, NH. Executive Director of the Mariposa Museum
James Kelly, Peterborough, NH. Corporate board member, Woodbrowser. Board member, Low Carbon Enterprise Fund, Peterborough Historical Society, LaDonna Musicale; Active member of local business organizations and town committees.
Mary Vallier-Kaplan, Peterboroug, NH. Former COO, Endowment for Health; Chair, Governor’s Commission on Medicaid; Board Member of DentaQuest Foundation; International adoptive parent.
Martha Manley, Peterborough, NH.
Christine Robidoux, Temple, NH
Lou Casagrande, Emeritus, Jaffrey, NH. Museum consultant and former president/CEO of Boston Children’s Museum.