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 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 - Webpage access 
Board Meetings are scheduled monthly and will occur on: 
2018: November 19  |  December 10
2019: January 28  |  February 11  |  March 11  |  April 8  |  May 13  |  June 10  |  July 8  |  August 12  |  September 9 

GAS Staff 

Brandi Clark, Interim 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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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, 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 a Development Manager. If you are interested, please read the job description and send your information 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.