Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2016 - 2017

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 - Cassandra Straubing • VICE PRESIDENT - Stephen Powell • VICE PRESIDENT - Natali Rodrigues • TREASURER - John Kiley •  SECRETARY - Tracy Kirchmann
GENERAL BOARD: Alex Bernstein • Kelly Conway • Matt Durran • Michael Hernandez • Jessica Julius • Ed Kirshner • Jeff Lindsay • Marc Petrovic • Charlotte Potter • Lynn Read • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Jan Smith • David Willis • Student Representative - Ian Messenger Schmidt
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GAS Staff 


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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Kassaundra Porres, Executive Assistant

porres.jpgKassaundra Porres is a passionate supporter for the sustainability of the arts and cultural community. She grew up in a military family, moving around the world, and cultivating her appetite for the arts at a young age. She received her bachelor’s in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012, and after graduation she moved to Florence, Italy to complete a master’s in museum studies. Returning stateside, Kassaundra worked as gallery manager for a contemporary art gallery in Rochester, NY until she decided to venture to the Pacific Northwest!

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