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SNAG Welcomes New Conference Program Manager

monicaSNAG will soon be saying goodbye to staff member Monica Hampton. Monica joined SNAG in June of 2013 as our Program Manager consultant and joined the staff full-time as Education Director in May of 2014. Monica will be moving onto new projects and leaving SNAG at the end of the year. “Monica has been a great asset to SNAG and we are sorry to see her go. During her tenure, Monica contributed greatly to the new conference planning systems, created more streamlined processes, and has made her own mark on the conferences. We wish her the best with her new endeavors,” says Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith.

Alaina ClarkeSNAG is happy to announce that Alaina Clarke has joined the staff as the new Conference Program Manager. Alaina has her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Grand Valley State University where she studied under Renee Zettle-Sterling and Beverly Seley. She also holds her Masters degree in Public Administration: Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where in her spare time she teaches an artist business class for local creatives. Past organizations include Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley, and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Alaina is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all creatives through education and dialogue. She is really excited to continue her work through SNAG as the Conference Program Manager and cannot wait to meet more like-minded individuals. Gwynne also says, “Alaina is going to be a perfect fit for this new position. She brings with her the skills necessary to successfully program the conferences, and is passionate about the field of jewelry and metals. We are happy to welcome Alaina to the family!”


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, and Pocosin Arts.

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