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Jim Baker | Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School

Jim joined Pilchuck in June 2010 and most recently served as President of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (2006-2010) and as Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (1995-2006). In both roles, Jim worked with board and staff to implement comprehensive strategic plans, develop strong community programs, broaden educational opportunities for faculty and students and lead significant capital and endowment campaigns. Baker served on the Alliance of Artists Communities board 1999-2005, and was the Chair of the Board 2004-2005. An accomplished photographer, Jim received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1973 and an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975.

Linda Earle | Director, New York Arts Program

Linda Earle is currently the Executive Director for the New York Arts Program, an accredited off campus study program serving undergraduates nationally in the visual, performing and media arts, writing and journalism. Before joining NYAP she served as the ED of Programs for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists. Earle was a Senior Program Director for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and later served as Director of the Museum/Visual Arts and Theatre programs there. Earle has taught Film and Cultural Theory courses at Barnard and Hunter Colleges and at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Linda is president of the Board of the Art Matters Foundation, and serves on  the boards of Alliance of Artists Communities, and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. As a writer she has participated in professional residency programs at Hedgebrook and the Writers’ Room. Earle received her BA in Film Studies from Hampshire College; and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

Adam Huttler | Founder and Executive Director, Fractured Atlas

Adam has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.B.A. from New York University. Since forming Fractured Atlas in 1998, he has grown the organization from a one-man-band housed in an East Harlem studio apartment to a broad-based national service organization with an annual budget of $15 million. Adam serves on a number of boards and steering committees, including those of the Performing Arts Alliance, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, NYC's One Percent for Culture campaign, and the Bay Area Video Coalition.

Brad Kik | Co-Founder + Co-director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art + Natural Design (ISLAND)

The last 20 years of Brad Kik's life have been a jumbled mess of film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, woodworking, chicken raising, music, ecology and permaculture. More recently, Brad found slightly more focus by falling in love with his partner Amanda and, with her, co-founding and now co-directing the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), an emerging arts, ecology and agriculture program in Northwest Lower Michigan.

Kristin Nelson | Associate Director of Development, Boliasco Foundation

Originally from New Jersey, Kristin ventured to Missouri for undergrad and received her B.A. in both History and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. After a brief stint as a Pre-K teacher in Connecticut, Kristin missed having intelligent, adult conversations and returned to school to earn her M.A. in Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute in NYC. She has worked at the Bogliasco Foundation for the past year and a half, and before that served as Development Manager at Independent Curators International for three years. Aside from work, Kristin is gearing up for her sixth season on the Titans, a competitive women's softball team in Park Slope, and spends entirely too much time doing CrossFit.

Hunter O’Hanian | Director, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Hunter is the Director of Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York's Soho neighborhood.   Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Founded in 1873, MassArt is the only independent public college of visual arts in the UnitedStates. Prior to joining MassArt, O’Hanian led two renowned artists’ residencies programs, serving as the President of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, outside of Aspen, Colorado, and Executive Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the largest residency program for emerging artists and writers in the United States. He also has a long career of non-profit board and community involvement. He is the past Board chair of the Alliance of Artists Communities.


Stephanie Olmstead | philanthropist; trustee, Alliance of Artists Communities
Stephanie Olmsted is Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Alliance of Artists Communities; and has served as a volunteer with The MacDowell Colony. She graduated from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana, with a BA in Elementary Education; and earned an MS in Educational Psychology from Butler University. She served as an elementary school teacher in the Carmel/Clay schools and then worked for Estee Lauder Companies for 17 years, in Clinique Education (in Indianapolis, Chicago, Toronto, and New York) and in Origins Education worldwide. She currently serves on the Major and Planned Gifts Committee of Chi Omega Fraternity and on The MacDowell Colony’s Salon Committee and National Benefit Committee.





Alix Refshauge | Research + Special Project Associate, Alliance of Artists Communities

Alix was born and raised in South Carolina, and studied studio art at Furman University. Her post-college career included working for Christies Auction House with 19th C. European Furniture, working for Burton Snowboards as a traveling/snowboarding nanny, spending a summer in Denali, AK, as a hotel housekeeper, working in Spartanburg, SC, as a faux finisher/painter, and getting an MPA in Arts Management in Charleston, SC. In 2007 she was offered the dream job of working for HUB-BUB as the Director of the Artists-in-Residence Program and Director of Development. In 2009-2010, Alix was selected as the Alliance’s Emerging Leader Ambassador by Americans for the Arts. Alix left HUB-BUB in early 2011, though she continues to serve the field of artist communities through research, consulting, and advocacy. Alix lives in San Diego and continues her art-making practice in painting and printmaking.





Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Caitlin has been involved in professional arts management for nearly two decades, first in the performing arts and later on behalf of artists of all disciplines. She has served the Alliance since 2002 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. Prior to joining the Alliance, Caitlin served as General Manager of His Majesties Clerkes, an early-music choral ensemble, and as Executive Director of CUBE, a new music group, both in Chicago. She is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer, and has been invited to speak by the Association of Small Foundations, Brown University, College Art Association, Dance/USA, Grantmakers in the Arts, Res Artis, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and others. Caitlin has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Joyce Foundation, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on music as a tool for building communities of resistance and social dissent.