BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees. Alyne Cistone of Mount Desert Island’s Island Housing Trust, and actors Becky and Dylan Baker have been elected to the COA board. The Bakers serve as parent trustees, as their daughter is a member of the class of 2015.
Says Dylan Baker, “Becky and I were so excited when our daughter, Willa, found COA, and even more so when we got to know the school through her experience. Seeing students from COA tackle the world’s problems on various stages, as well as in its classrooms, made us excited to try and help the school grow and continue to produce graduates who are looking to make a difference.”
The Bakers are New York City-based actors. Becky Ann Baker has appeared in six Broadway plays and musicals, many Off-Broadway and regional theater productions, and numerous television and film productions. Currently, she is in Golden Globe-winner “Girls” on HBO. She is an artistic associate of the Williamstown Theater Festival and a member of the Actors’ Studio. Dylan Baker has performed on and off Broadway and in many popular television series. Among his film credits are “Spiderman 2” and “Spiderman 3.” He has won Gotham Independent Film, Obie, and Theater World awards for his work and has directed more than a dozen plays for the Williamstown Theater Festival and other venues.
Alyne Cistone is the executive director of Island Housing Trust. Born in Kenya, she holds a law degree from both the University of Nairobi and the Kenya School of Law and worked as a legal and program officer for the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. She came to the United States for further legal training at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in Cleveland, Ohio, and later received a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University. Cistone has worked with Amnesty International and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, and has taught at Ursuline College and College of the Atlantic.
Says COA President Darron Collins, “Alyne, Becky, and Dylan are thoughtful, skilled, committed people who have already made significant contributions to the college: the Bakers as parent trustees concerned about the future of performing arts at the college; and Alyne for her teaching and her focus on the wellbeing of our small island. We are more than grateful to have such caring people on our board.”
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.