Grant Category: Members

Kathryn Noel Phillips


Kathryn has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1992.  She is the granddaughter of the founders of the foundation, Kathryn and Ellis Phillips.   

As a member of the Board, Kathryn is interested in arts and historic preservation projects.  She is also interested in the growing farm to table trend at local, rural food pantries that works to end hunger in a sustainable manner, while working with local farmers to provide nutrient rich food to those in need.  Kathryn also lends her talents to preserving open land in Columbia County, NY.

Kathryn has a B.A. in History of Art and Fine Arts from Cornell University, and has completed graduate study at Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing, Aix en Provence, France and at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY.  She has also studied photography and printmaking. Her art work has been shown in Ithaca, Rochester, Red Hook, and Hudson NY.  For more than two decades she was the sole proprietor of Noel Phillips Gilding and Restoration, which provided conservation of gilded antique frames and furniture.  Kathryn lives in Hudson, NY. 

Cynthia Phillips


Cynthia Phillips has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996.   She is the granddaughter of the founders of the foundation, Kathryn and Ellis Phillips. 

Cynthia has studied extensively, both informally and formally, and has a wide range of interests, including Philosophy, Psychology, Comparative Religion studies, History of Western European Music and Literature.  As a member of the Board, her grant interests specifically include historic preservation, music, and the arts.

Cynthia spent several years living in Wales, where she indulged in her love of travel, nature, folk music and poetry.  One of her main passions in life has been guitar playing (pickin’), songwriting in the folk/rock/blues genres, and harmony singing, which is reflected in her foundation interest in music and the arts.  Previous work experience includes working on a dairy farm, as a docent and educator at science and history museums, as a certified Home Health Aide, and as a volunteer with her local public school.  Cynthia currently splits her time between Rhinebeck, NY and northern Maine.

Hardy Watts


Hardy Watts is the fourth President of the Foundation and the great-grandson of its founder. He has served on the Board since 2007. A longtime teacher before attending law school, his philanthropic focus is in education, especially for underserved populations.

A graduate of Princeton and Suffolk University Law School, Hardy lives outside of Boston and is raising three children. His eldest son, Hardy Jr., joined him on a recent Foundation trip to Haiti in support of a school-building grant there. When not practicing law or performing Foundation duties, Hardy loves history, crossword puzzles, and tabletop games.

Grant summaries for March 4, 2017


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