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Artist Heather Haaga Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

Heather Sturt Haaga, an artist and former marketing executive from La Canada, Calif., was elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees, at its tri-annual meeting, Feb. 27-28. Haaga was elected to a six-year term beginning immediately. Also elected to the Berea Board was Janice Hunley Crase, a businesswoman and civic leader from Somerset, Ky.

Heather Haaga

Haaga brings a 15 year marketing career and more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and support of community and cultural organizations to her new duties as a trustee. From 1982-86, she served as president of Marketing Management, Inc., a consulting firm whose clients included MCI, National Cathedral and various non-profit agencies. She also has held marketing management positions with Chesapeake and Potomac, an AT&T operating company; in philatelic marketing for the U.S. postal service, and was an account executive with international advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. Since 1993, Haaga has been a professional artist. Her paintings have been exhibited at Whites Gallery in Montrose, Calif., and collectors of her paintings range from Delaware to California.

Haaga’s efforts on behalf of community service and educational organizations and in support of the arts have been numerous. From 1979-82, she was director of fundraising and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. She has served as a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary since 2000 and is a member of the President’s Council of Vassar College, her alma mater. Since 1998, she served as director of the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

In her home state, Haaga has for several years served on art boards and led a major fundraising effort for the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, Calif. She also has provided support for local schools and the YMCA, where she has served on the board since 1986 and has been the only female president of this YMCA.

Haaga was born in London, England and lived in several countries while growing up. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. She is married to Paul G. Haaga Jr. The couple have two children, Paul III and Blythe.

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