Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is comprised of 2/3rds practicing artists, as dictated by the by-laws, 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 - Tracy Kirchmann
VICE PRESIDENT - Jessica Julius
TREASURER - John Kiley
SECRETARY - Kelly Conway 

GENERAL BOARD: Matt Durran • Glen Hardymon • Michael Hernandez • Nadania Idriss • Jeff Lindsay • Heather McElwee •  Lynn Read • Debra Ruzinsky • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Jan Smith • Demetra Theofanous •  David Willis •  Student Representative - Caitlin Vitalo
View profiles of Current Board Members.
View profiles of Former Board Members.
Board Members Only

GAS Staff 

Brandi Clark, Interim Executive Director 

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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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Jalair Box, Development & Membership Specialist, raises gifts and private grants, assists with events, and gladly serves the many fascinating members of the Glass Art Society. She enjoys family and friends, travel, dancing, and being outside. Jalair’s art pursuits include painting and glass mosaics. She grew up in western Canada, calls the United States her second home and India her third, having married a man from Tamil Nadu. Her Tamil is lacking (to the chagrin of her Indian in-laws), but she is able to parse out French and a little Italian.

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Tess McShane, Communications & Social Media Specialist, keeps busy in the office drafting and editing publications and promoting the Glass Art Society and members through storytelling, social media, and other outlets. Tess studied glass at Kent State University but ended up minoring in ceramics and majoring in political science. She’s spent more than 20 years working in public relations giving voice to good candidates and causes. In her free time, you’ll find her in her basement studio making jewelry and other things--or spending as much time as possible with her husband and two teenage sons.

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Helen Cowart, GAS Administrative Assistant, 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. After twenty-plus years, it was time for a change. 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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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.