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Deb Dormody, Deputy Director

Deb DormodyDeb Dormody has a high level of skill in both the operational practices of successful organizations, as well as an expertise in mission-driven programming. As Deputy Director, Deb manages the organization’s grantmaking programs, oversees the Alliance’s annual conference and Emerging Program Institute, and develops strategy for research projects and programs providing services to members working in the artist residency field. Previously, Deb was the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence. She acted as the liaison to the city’s arts and cultural community, and provided policy input for projects related to zoning, public space use and planning. She administered a grantmaking program activating Providence’s neighborhoods through the performing arts. As Program Director for Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, she launched landmark events centered on creating a positive and flourishing environment for residents and visitors alike. 

For 8 years, Deb was co-owner at Craftland, a boutique shop housing a craft school and gallery. Additionally, Deb founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000 and continues to exhibit her handmade books nationally. She is featured in the film documentary and companion book Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine. She serves as board co-chair of Dirt Palace Public Projects in Providence, RI and is on the advisory board for North Branch Projects in Chicago, IL. Deb is originally from Bristol, CT, where annually there is a festival dedicated to the Chrysanthemum.


Hanna Exel, Program + Administrative Associate

Prior to joining the Alliance of Artists Communities in 2017, Hanna worked as an educator with Riverzedge Arts, RISD Pre-College, and the New Museum. She contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art as the Louise Bourgeois Twelve-Month Intern, and at the Tufts University Art Gallery as Graduate Curatorial Assistant. In addition to her work with the Alliance, Hanna is an On-Call Educator at the RISD Museum and organizes with the Providence chapter of Black and Pink, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ prisoners. Hanna studied Art History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Oberlin College. She also holds MA in Art History from Tufts University, where her work focused on artists’ responses to AIDS in the 1980s and ‘90s.


Lisa Hoffman, Executive Director

Lisa Hoffman joined the Alliance of Artists Communities as Executive Director in the summer of 2016. Lisa is the former Associate Director of the McColl Center of Art + Innovation, where she oversaw programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program at McColl Center.

Prior to McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George's County Maryland Public Schools. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, she is also committed to place-based education, the improvement of schools in marginalized communities and research in creative placemaking.

The recipient of Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, Lisa has served on the board of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, and regularly participates as a speaker at various community and national events including National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture. Currently she serves on boards for the Jazz Arts Initiative and Lakewood Trolley, and is a former board member of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Most recently she was appointed by President Obama to be a Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Holding an MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC, Lisa is dedicated to social practice and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and effect systemic change.

Flannery Patton, Director of Member Services + Communications

Flannery Patton joined the Alliance in summer 2011. She has worked previously as a Development Associate at WRNI (Rhode Island Public Radio), as a Research Coordinator in the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University, as a Life Skills and Computer Literacy Teacher at the Rhode Island International Institute, as a public programs producer for the National Park Service, and as an English teacher and Curriculum Developer at Open Book in Denver. Most recently, Flannery also worked as Program Coordinator for Greater Kennedy Plaza, a non-profit offering art and culture programming in downtown Providence; and coordinated monthly art activities for The Hive Archive, a feminist art collective. Originally from Colorado, she came to Providence in 2003 for college; she has a BA in psychology and a BA in art history from Brown University. 



Kimberly Henderson | Program Consultant

Kimberly Henderson is a freelance writer/contributor and mixed media artist based in Harlem, NY. By day, she works in various capacities for the public radio program, This American Life and its counterparts, Serial Podcast and S-Town. Moonlighting as a contributor and content editor for The Art Story and contributor for NY-Art News, she is also the Assistant Curator for LOOM Radiant NYC, a showcase of multimedia artists of color, hosted by the Blueshift Journal.

Her arts endeavors are based in Modern and Contemporary art, with specific interest in broadening the presentation of works by artists of color, by way of community engagement as a means of inclusion. Her experience is fostered through artist residency programming and the ways in which artists are using new media and social media outlets as a vehicle for expression.

Hernan Jourdan | Convenings Coordinator

Hernan Jourdan was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has received training as an actor in the Performing school of EMAD and EMBA, and as a scholarship recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education he has completed his studies in Filmmaking at the School of Tokyo Visual Arts, Japan.

As a freelance producer he has teamed up with Panasonic and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) among other companies to film across Argentina, Chile and Antarctica. With the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism of Providence, RI he has organized the music and art festival PVDFest 2017 and 2018, visited by over 50,000 attendees.

He has also directed an independent feature film (Luna De Humo premiered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008); written the script for the Soccer World Cup documentary Four Guys, No Balls in 2011 (officially selected for the film festivals of NPOTI Japan, Lewiston USA, and Marbella Spain); and more recently directed a play for the Rhode Island Devising Theater Festival (2017). As a multimedia artist, he's led workshops across New England and his work has been presented in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Charlotte, NC and Vancouver, Canada.