Board Members Speak
I started reading Metalsmith magazine at age 15 while in my first jewelry class, and I’ve been a member of SNAG for as long as I can remember. I always thought that I would like to serve on the board at some point, and during the past year the time just seemed right. During the past seven years I have completed graduate school, taught at a variety of institutions, worked for an arts non-profit, and made several bodies of work. I feel like I have a unique perspective of the field as a result of my experiences, and I hope I use that knowledge to enhance my board service.
I am the “Community Liaison.” My job is to be a direct and neutral communication portal between the board and the membership at large. I am available to listen to what members have to say and to bring their concerns and requests to the attention of various board members, the Executive Director or the President, whoever is in the best position to answer the question at hand.
I started working with metal during graduate school in 1995, while studying Installation Art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I met Sue Amendolora, who was one of the faculty advisors on my graduate committee. Interestingly, in undergraduate school I distinctly remember telling myself (foolishly) that I would NEVER pick up a file and make such obsessive work, but life had other plans for me and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was Sue who also introduced me to SNAG and the community of people that were open and eager to share their ideas/techniques.
What led to your board position? My path to board service began with volunteer work at the 2007 conference in Memphis, TN. I wanted to be more involved and soon I was helping with the silent auction and raffle and eventually became the coordinator. It was a great way to connect with and get to know […]
I have a strong desire to be of service and I saw an opportunity to help that could be mutually beneficial. My “former life” could be of service to a fairly large organization and that interested me. I would now be able to meet some of my jewelry heroes and make a difference at the same time.