Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

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: Ben Cobb • Eric Goldschmidt • Glen Hardymon • Michael Hernandez • Karen Mahardy • Lynn Read • Debra Ruzinsky • Michael Saroka • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Demetra Theofanous •  Lisa Zerkowitz •  Student Representative Paige Lizbeth Morris
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, Development and Membership 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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Jenna Green, Operations and Program Manager, enjoys communicating with conference presenters, organizing conference sessions, and managing GAS programs such as the Work Exchange Program and the Member Exhibition Program. Jenna received a master's degree in Museology from the University of Washington where she studied museum interpretation, education, and evaluation. She is excited to be working at an international organization and in her free time loves to travel, practice hot yoga, and drink coffee.

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Lauren Bayer, Communications Manager, specializes in crafting compelling stories, engaging with diverse audiences, and bringing awareness to GAS and its world-class programming. Lauren brings with her a Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and over 10 years of marketing and communications experience at non-profit organizations, including Living Computers: Museum + Labs, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Tucson Museum of Art. Lauren spends her time outside of the office watching movies, playing with her two tuxedo cats, and making deliciously elaborate pie art.

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Helen Cowart, Technology and Conference 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. 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 metalwork since then. 

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Mae Quach, Administrative Assistant

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