Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2018 - 2019

The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is comprised of 2/3rds practicing artists, as dictated by the bylaws, and such factors as geography, medium, skill set, and current position in the glass community are considered to maintain a well-rounded and balanced group.

PRESIDENT - Natali Rodrigues
VICE PRESIDENT - Jessica Julius
VICE PRESIDENT - Nadania Idriss
TREASURER - Heather McElwee
SECRETARY - Caitlin Vitalo 

GENERAL BOARD: Matt Durran • Glen Hardymon • Michael Hernandez • Jeff Lindsay • Lynn Read • Debra Ruzinsky • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Jan Smith • Demetra Theofanous •  David Willis •  Student Representative
View profiles of Current Board Members.
View profiles of Former Board Members.
Board Members Only - Webpage access 
Board Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Monday of each month. 

GAS Staff 

Brandi Clark, Executive Director 
“This is an exciting time for GAS, with the momentum gained from the organization’s recent historic conference in Murano, Italy,” says Clark. “I’m so inspired by this community. I’ve worked with many amazing glass artists in the past and when I was offered the chance to work for GAS, I didn’t hesitate. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity.”
Clark is a native of Texas where she attended Texas A&M University. She has dedicated most of her career to non-profit administration working for arts organizations including the Houston Symphony, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Fifth Avenue Theater and the Pratt Fine Arts Center. Most recently, she was the executive director of the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, Washington.

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Kristen Wagstrom Ferguson, GAS Operations and Program Manager, spends her time in the office organizing conference programs and managing presenter communication. Kristin is a native Texan living in the Pacific Northwest. She has a master’s degree in Art History from the University of North Texas, a background in museum education and over 12 years of non-profit experience. Her free time is spent traveling, doing yoga, searching for Tex-Mex queso, and spending time with her family.

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Helen Cowart, Office and Membership Manager, is often the first point of contact for our members. She really enjoys working for the Glass Art Society because she can support an organization that is all about the medium she loves. The majority of Helen’s career has been as a graphic designer. Looking for another creative outlet, she started creating kiln-formed glass in 2009. At the beginning of 2016, she took a beginning jewelry class at Pratt Fine Arts and has been working on combining her glass and metal work since then. 

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We are currently looking for an Administrative AssistantDevelopment & Membership Manager and a Communications & Social Media Manager. If you are interested, please read the job description and send your information to


We are looking for college student interns starting August 15, 2019, to help with the following areas:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Social Media & Digital Media
  • Fundraising
  • General non-profit operations

These opportunities will not be paid positions, but for educational credits. You won't need to be in the office (or even in the country) to do many of the duties required. Please send your cover letter, resume, course schedule, and work samples to

The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.