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.

OFFICERS: PRESIDENT - Natali Rodrigues • VICE PRESIDENT - Stephen Powell • VICE PRESIDENT - Tracy Kirchmann • TREASURER - John Kiley • SECRETARY - Jessica Julius
GENERAL BOARD: Alex Bernstein • Kelly Conway • Matt Durran • Michael Hernandez • Ed Kirshner • Jeff Lindsay • Heather McElwee • Lynn Read • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Jan Smith • Cassandra Straubing • Cesare Toffolo • David Willis • Student Representative - Caitllin Vitalo
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GAS Staff 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Pamela Figenshow Koss

Pamela Figenshow Koss, Executive Director

photo_koss.jpgPamela Figenshow Koss, Executive Director, has a strong background in special event coordination, conference and strategic planning, marketing and non-profit membership organization management. Pam's first introduction to nonprofit management was with the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, where she worked as Assistant Director and managed highly successful Arts and Crafts Fairs, increasing revenue by 30%. She then served as President of the Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce, where she increased membership by nearly 100%. There she worked closely with the hospitality industry, bringing in conventions and cruise ship trade. She was appointed by the State of Florida as Film Commissioner, bringing major film productions to the area. She served as President of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce in Washington State for five years where she developed a strong program of work and increased membership by 40%. There she also developed and executed an Advanced Technology International Trade Forum, bringing technology business leaders from Asia to meet with U.S. companies who completed over five million dollars in business at the conference. After ten years in non-profit organization management, Pam left that position to pursue a lifelong dream of living in Paris, France, for nearly two years. There she studied French, art and her own photography. In returning to the U.S., Pam started her own fine art photography and marketing/public relations consulting firm. Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington, and she earned a certificate from the Institute for Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, completing a six-year program for organization executives.

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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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