About us

OUR MISSION

Scots in New England, Inc. is a community of Scottish organizations and interest groups, collaborating to promote and support the work of its members and all things Scottish.

OUR PEOPLE – LEADERSHIP

Scots in New England, Inc. is a community of Scottish organizations and interest groups, collaborating to promote and support the work of its members and all things Scottish. For any questions, comments, or suggestions email [email protected]

Bob Creighton

Director/ President/ Founding Member

Bob is President of the international collaboration, University Innovations Global. He is proud of his Scottish roots and is active in many roles across the US. He was the 2020 recipient of the National Tartan Day Award and is Chair of NHSCOT’S Council of Advisors. Bob has been the voice of New York’s annual Tartan Day Parade since 2016.

Larry Bethune

Director/Vice President/Editor-in-Chief

Larry was a professor and vice-president of Berklee College of Music for 44 years. He is co-founder and President of the Association for Scottish Roots Music and Atlantic Seaway band. He has researched and traced Scottish traditional music from 18th century Scotland to colonial North Carolina. Larry was the recipient National Trust for Scotland USA 2012 Great Scot Award. He is also a professional musician, composer, and film scorer in several genres.

Donald LaLiberte

Director and Treasurer

Don is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and serves as Treasurer for several non-profit and Masonic organizations. He is proud that his son is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and his daughter is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.

Don is a member of The Kilwinning (Scottish) Club of Boston.

Terri Wiltse

Director/ Secretary/ Founding Member

Terri Wiltse (WILT-SEE), is the Executive Director of NHSCOT. She has spent her career serving arts and cultural non-profit organizations. Delivering interesting cultural programming and producing big events are her passion. Six years ago, she accepted the executive director position at NHSCOT. She’s been happily immersed in tartan, cabers, whisky, and all things Scottish since then. Terri lives in Pembroke with her husband and 2 cairn terriers. She used to drive a Highlander, but recently downsized to a RAV!

Urszula Wojciechowska

Executive Director

Kirstin Gamble Bridier

Director

Mr. Danish

Webmaster

Danish is a professional Web developer and designer. He has worked with many technology startups and companies around the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering followed by a master’s degree in Data Science.
He has founded a Cloud Computing company to improve the experience of retail web application hosting and services.

Editorial Board

For any questions, comments, or suggestions email [email protected]

Larry Bethune

Editor-in-Chief

Larry was a professor and vice-president of Berklee College of Music for 44 years. He is co-founder and President of the Association for Scottish Roots Music and Atlantic Seaway band. He has researched and traced Scottish traditional music from 18th century Scotland to colonial North Carolina. He is also a professional musician, composer, and film scorer in several genres.

Amy Lehman

Curator

Amy Lehman is the program coordinator for NHSCOT in Concord, New Hampshire. She has worked at art and cultural non-profits since the early 2000’s and at NHSCOT since 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, running, and gardening. Originally from Virginia, she sadly can claim no Scottish roots – the closest she can come are proud bits of Norwegian and Irish ancestry.

Gary Maclean

Author

Gary Maclean is a multi-award winning chef who is a favorite presenter at the NH Highland Games. He is a senior lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and a MasterChef: Professionals champion in 2016. He is Scotland’s first National Chef and the author of Kitchen Essentials: The Joy of Home Cooking. He lives in Glasgow with his beautiful family.

Terri Wiltse

Curator

Terri Wiltse (WILT-SEE), is the Executive Director of NHSCOT. She has spent her career serving arts and cultural non-profit organizations. Delivering interesting cultural programming and producing big events are her passion. Six years ago, she accepted the executive director position at NHSCOT. She’s been happily immersed in tartan, cabers, whisky, and all things Scottish since then. Terri lives in Pembroke with her husband and 2 cairn terriers. She used to drive a Highlander, but recently downsized to a RAV!

Hilary Creighton

Curator

Marrying her love for great design and her love for Scotland, Hilary established Scottish Creations to introduce the very best Scottish designers to the US and Canada. Tapping into Scotland’s wealth of creative talent, today she is one of the leading advocates for fine Scottish design across North America.

Iain MacHarg

Curator

Iain MacHarg is the director of the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts, and a music professor at Norwich University. He holds the Senior Piping Certificate and the Teaching Certificate from the Institute of Piping, Scotland. He has been a familiar face at the highland games since very early in his life and his father, Michael MacHarg, is one of the premier bagpipe builders in the world. In addition to competing as a professional grade solo piper, he has founded four Highland Pipe Bands in Vermont (Catamount Grade 4 & 5, Norwich University, the Green Mountain Highlanders) and has played with several folk groups. Iain’s solo albums and books: Rooted in Tradition, Ceol Na Beinne, Celtic Christmas, and Feadan Mor, a collection of original tunes for the bagpipe are sold worldwide.

Audra Congress
Audra Congress

Curator

Audra followed up her education at Carnegie Mellon and Emerson with a Master’s degree from Edinburgh University. She is a senior researcher in technology user experience.

Alice Sloan
Alice J. Sloan

Curator

Alice’s family originally hails from Ayrshire, Scotland. She is CEO of Sloan Growth Strategies and an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College. Alice has been championing international trade and business development in New England for over 20 years and is highly recognized across the region and beyond.

Pat Tillotson

Curator

Pat has gone through her teaching exams with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and currently teaches the Brunswick, Maine class, having taught for 21 years. She also organizes a demonstration group that performs at various locations in Maine. Having run a Bookstore for dancers in the past, she has accumulated a large collection of dances and music for them. Pat currently is the Past President of the St Andrews Society of Maine.

Jason Bond

Curator

Jason studied with native speakers in Nova Scotia and Scotland while completing 2 degrees: a BA with First Class Honors in Celtic Studies and a Bachelor of Education in Gaelic, Art, and History. He has been teaching Gaelic professionally since 2012.

Jason taught for 5 years on the Isle of Islay in Scotland and has been teaching for the University of Dundee in Scotland since 2018. “In high school, I discovered a deep appreciation for the culture of Ireland and Scotland. Traditional music filled my music collection and I taught myself how to play the harp. Stories of the Fairy Folk and great heroes like Cù Chulainn and the Fianna burned in my imagination. I had to learn more.

“I followed these stories to Nova Scotia, Canada, where I started a BA in Celtic Studies. During my first year, I fell in love with Scottish Gaelic.”

Cat Allison

Curator

Cat grew up in central Scotland and lived in Edinburgh before relocating to Connecticut. Cat has many roles in her professional and personal life – talent development leader by day, artist, adventurer, and musician by night.

Ronald W. Collins

Curator

Ronald W. Collins, has written and published a number of histories and genealogies. Ron is also a recognized poet. His collected work has been published under the title Found There. He has also edited four anthologies of poetry and prose: Shadows of Water, Hills of Light, Valley of Ice, and Angles of Life. All of Ron’s historical and genealogical works were accomplished after he retired from a successful business career as a Fortune 500 vice president and CEO of an international high-tech company. He lives in Hebron, NH. He is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Scottish Genealogical Society, and the Mull Museum. Jason taught for 5 years on the Isle of Islay in Scotland and has been teaching for the University of Dundee in Scotland since 2018. “In high school, I discovered a deep appreciation for the culture of Ireland and Scotland. Traditional music filled my music collection and I taught myself how to play the harp. Stories of the Fairy Folk and great heroes like Cù Chulainn and the Fianna burned in my imagination. I had to learn more. “I followed these stories to Nova Scotia, Canada, where I started a BA in Celtic Studies. During my first year, I fell in love with Scottish Gaelic.”

Amy Lehman

Curator

Amy Lehman is the program coordinator for NHSCOT in Concord, New Hampshire. She has worked at art and cultural non-profits since the early 2000’s and at NHSCOT since 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, running, and gardening. Originally from Virginia, she sadly can claim no Scottish roots – the closest she can come are proud bits of Norwegian and Irish ancestry.

Lois Meredith

Curator

Lois Meredith has served as the Administrative Manager of NHSCOT for the last 17 years and has been associated with the organization for 39 years. Of Scots and Welsh descent, Lois enjoys the very many friends and connections she has made over the years both through NHSCOT and throughout the Scottish communities.

Jimmy Rodden

Curator

I was the youngest of a family of six. My three brothers and I served in the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch ( RHR ) Royal Highland Regiment. Whilst growing up in Fife, I would be taken to Highland Games, weddings, parades, and events, and I would be shown the history and the reasoning behind and the structure of the events and why they took place. Having gained that knowledge and experience from my early years and being taught more in the military has given me the experience to be chosen as the Curator of Weddings and Special Events. To which I might add, I consider a great honor.