Staff & Board
The Current Staff
Ceramic Studio Manager
Maddy Bertrand-Gerndt has been a part of clay studios since she was 8 years old, beginning in Duxbury, MA. with Linda Capone studios, fascinated by the wheel. She continued her clay journey with Steve Branfman at Thayer Academy, at Skidmore College with Regis Brodie and Toshiko Takaezu, where she earned a BS in Studio Art. She has lived in Spain, Seattle, WA, St. John, travelled to many tropical islands, sailed close to home and once off-shore, taught art K-8 at The Antilles School in St Thomas, ran her own business as a clay artist on Vashon, WA., developing a wholesale line as well as thrown fine art pieces. She was a member of The Vashon Potter's Tour, taught for the Vashon Allied Arts, and currently have a seasonal space in Morrisville, VT as was a past a member of the Vermont Studio Tour, long term art sub at Thatcher Brook, as well as teaching and gallery space at the Old Moscow Road Pottery. Business continued for Maddy as General Manager of Harvest Market in Stowe for over 24 years, after returning to the East coast to be closer to family. Painting on clay is her passion, altering wheel thrown pieces. She looks forward to getting back to the clay studio, creating with young minds to spark a new generation of clay artists.
Julia Guerriero is an artist and educator who moved to Vermont in 2019. Her personal artistic practice draws from two deep wells— her sense of place and belonging in the forests of New England, and the fiber arts and crafting taught to her by the women in her family. Through her art Julia explores the ways in which humans shape and are shaped by the landscapes around them. Julia received her B.F.A from Alfred University in 2017 where she focused her studio practice on painting and printmaking and minored in art history. She began working in education shortly after. Over the past 5 years she’s worked as an Outdoor Educator, the Assistant Director of an Afterschool Program, and most recently, the K-12 Art Teacher at Cabot School. Julia’s passion for curriculum development and arts integration have only deepened over the years. She believes that a rigorous arts curriculum empowers students of all ages to learn valuable critical analysis skills and fully communicate their unique thoughts, feelings and ideas. Julia is so excited to be joining the team at The Current as the Youth Education Manager and is looking forward to meeting and working with all of the wonderful folks in the community here.
Kelly arrived in Vermont from Boston. She got her BA in English Literature and Studio Art at Boston College, where she was on the founding team of the Boston College Crew. She received her MA from Vermont State University in Art Education, and taught youth and adult programs at River Arts. Kelly has been involved at The Current since
2012 as a member and a youth program instructor (2012-2017) and a former exhibitor in the Design Store and Gala events.
Her gallery management experience includes The Susan Calza Gallery, Spruce Peak Arts Gallery, Edgewater Gallery Stowe, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, and West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park. Kelly is also an Independent Curator and a multimedia artist inspired by the urban landscape. Exploring European cities is a muse. Photographic
and video work is often experimental, using older cameras with the intention to work in abstraction.
Kelly is a member of Iskra Print Collective, Vermont Curators Group, Urban Nation (Berlin, Germany) and writes for Art New England Magazine.
Pauline joined The Current in 2022 following decades of work in higher education and contemporary performance. Her administrative experience includes directing an internationally touring dance company and serving as a Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist at the Univ. of California at Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, Pauline worked to communicate scientific discoveries to the public and make discovery-based and bioinspired design education more inclusive, equitable, and student-led. Jennings is also an independent choregrapher who creates contemporary works for stage, gallery, public sites, and interactive installations. Her work focuses on engaging and connecting communities and has been presented internationally at venues including SFMoMA, Burlington City Arts, The Hamiltonian Gallery, New York Live Arts, Merce Cunningham Studio, Museumsquartier Wien (Vienna), Institut Intermédií (Prague), Eastern Bloc (Montreal), Primo Piano LivinGallery (Lecce), Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (Shenzhen) and Takt Kunstprojektraum (Berlin). Pauline holds an MFA from Mills College and a BA from Penn State University. Her passion for making the arts more inclusive has led her to teach at institutions globally, including Vermont's Saint Michael's College, where she served as a Lecturer in Fine and Performing Arts.
Graphic Designer +
Katie joined The Current in 2020 and brings over 20 years of communication design experience with her. She served as Designer and Art Director for Haggman Advertising in Massachusetts from 2001-2019 while also creating branding and design collateral for other Vermont non-profit organizations. Katie received her BFA from Mississippi State University and is originally from Tennessee, but has lived in New England for the past 20 years and never wants to leave. She has 3 daughters –all artists in their own right, and she loves creating with them and making giant messes on their kitchen table. In her spare time she is either throwing functional pottery on her wheel or attempting to capture Vermont's beautiful landscapes in watercolor.
Executive Director +
Director of Exhibitions
Moore has been with The Current since 2010, first as Independent Curator, then as Assistant Director & Executive Curator (2011-2016) before taking her current position. In addition to this, Moore is an artist and independent curator. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Alfred University. She is a co-founder of Spoke, an exhibition and event space in Chicago (2008-2011), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece (2009-2010). Moore has presented internationally on the topics of art as a catalyst for change, public art, curatorial practice, and on her own artistic practice. Her curatorial projects have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and public places nationally and internationally including: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece; The Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL; The Current (formerly Helen Day Art Center), Stowe, VT; Town of Stowe, VT; City of Chicago, IL; Spoke, Chicago, IL; DYNAMO Project Space, Thessaloniki, Greece; among others. She served as a Trustee for River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, and is currently Chair of Stowe Arts and Culture Council.
Gallery Engagement Specialist
Alexandra began teaching at the art center in the fall of 2016, with a weekly commute between Boston and Stowe. The experience of working at The Current was so inspiring that Alexa made a permanent move to Stowe in 2017. With a passion for education and lifelong learning opportunities in the arts and literacy, she has taught for over twenty years in both the U.S. and her native home of Bermuda. Alexa is dedicated to creating and sustaining meaningful partnerships between schools and arts organizations, and is excited about the new initiatives at the art center. As a photographer and collage artist, Alexa has also had opportunities to share her skills in both the classroom & as a volunteer in museums, hospitals, and on advisory committees. Her own works of art have been part of a solo exhibition at The Bermuda Society of Arts, where pieces continue to be for sale. She holds a BA in art history & english literature, and a M.Ed from Lesley University.
Ann Wilson is the Office Administrator for The Current. She supports the organization with office administration, accounting support, day-to-day operations, and other duties to facilitate smooth financial and administrative operations. As a former educator, you may even see Wilson teaching in the youth education classes as she provides support from time to time. With many years of professional experience as a legal assistant and a private school teacher, she has been involved in numerous annual giving events, art auctions for a non-profit and has been awarded grants for education outreach for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In addition to this, Wilson is looking forward to developing her own practice in the fine arts and supporting the art communities in Stowe and the surrounding areas. She received an Associates in Early Childhood Education from The American Montessori Society in 2008.
Sophie Bréchu-West is director and founder of 571 Projects, a boutique art gallery located in Stowe, VT. A deep, lifelong love of art and a desire to promote the work of significant emerging artists drives Brechu-West’s curatorial and consulting practice. She received a BA in Art History from The College of William and Mary (cum laude) and an MPhil from Christie’s Education, London (with Distinction, accredited through the University of Glasgow). “I am constantly inspired by the creative journeys of the artists that I have the privilege and responsibility of working with. My own journey as an arts professional nourishes my soul and my curiosity. I am passionate about the arts, and the visual arts in particular. As a Vermonter, I derive a deep sense of peace and inspiration from the beauty of the natural landscapes that surround us."
Kristy grew up skiing in the “mountains” of western NY. She always dreamed of living in a ski town. She earned a BS in psychology at St. Lawrence University which led her to a sales career in Boston where she lived for 12 years. Her love of the mountains and her husband’s Vermont roots brought them to Stowe in 2013. Her 3 bosses (age 10,7 and 4) keep her very busy but in her free time she loves to ski and travel. Despite having zero artistic ability, Kristy appreciates art and the opportunities that The Current brings to Stowe and the greater community and loves promoting and encouraging involvement in the center.
Rebecca Chase was raised in Norwich, Vermont and graduated from UVM with a B.A. in European Studies and a minor in Studio Art. Post-graduation, Rebecca moved to Paris to pursue her dream of living abroad. After a short career in fashion, Rebecca embraced a new profession: that of Event Planner. After eight years in Paris, she returned stateside and settled in the Big Apple. There, she enjoyed an exciting career as an Event Planner, and went on to organize events based in Manhattan, across the United States and abroad. Love and marriage brought Rebecca back to Vermont, and to Stowe, where she is now a crazy chicken lady. As a board member, she hopes to use her skill-set as a Planner to help further the mission of The Current, and help to establish a permanent endowment that will allow The Current to make the arts accessible to all.
Christopher Doyle Chris and his wife, Laurie Fogelson have been coming to Stowe every weekend since 2003 when Chris retired from his medical practice in Boston. They have two grown children who don't visit often enough. Chris has worked at Harvard Community Health Plan where he was the Chief of Urology for many years. Prior to his medical career Chris taught high school and served as an Assistant Headmaster and a Trustee of his school. Both Chris and Laurie are delighted to make Stowe their focus for the future. Chris welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Paul E. Hertz
After growing up in Brooklyn, attending university in California and graduate school in Massachusetts, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Nova Scotia, Paul joined the Biology faculty of Barnard College in New York City in 1979; he retired from that position in December 2021. His research, which centered on the ecology and evolution of the Anolis lizards of the Caribbean as a model system, was supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation. While at Barnard, Paul directed a broadly based curricular program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1991 to 2016 and served in several administrative roles at the college. He also co-authored an introductory biology textbook, which is now in its fifth edition. Paul and his spouse, painter James Rauchman, have visited northern Vermont regularly since the mid-1980s; they finally took the plunge and bought a house in Morristown in 2017. Shortly after the
onset on the pandemic, they decided to make Morristown their permanent home. Paul has always been a lover of art and a collector of objects, including natural history curiosities, pre-Columbian artifacts from the Greater Antilles, studio ceramics, and contemporary paintings and sculpture. He previously served on the board of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and he looks forward to learning more about art and the local community through his service on the board of The Current.
With an artist education (Rhode Island School of Design BFA in painting ’92), Maiya worked in Arts Administration for the Donald Judd Estate in Marfa, Texas. After leaving to devote time to painting and becoming a mother of two sons, she opened Maiya’s restaurant as the executive chef for 15 years in which time she was nominated for best chef of the Southwest in 2012 & 2013 by the James Beard Foundation. Other ventures followed which include a grocery store, The Get Go, a well curated independent store in Marfa, Texas. Currently Maiya lives with her husband whose roots in Montreal and Vermont brought her to the area. She splits her time in Stowe, Vermont; Marfa, Texas; and Brooklyn, New York. She currently has a painting studio in Waterbury, VT.
Damon E. Lee
Damon Lee moved to Stowe in 2018, after growing up in Toronto and living in New York and London. His father was a University of Vermont graduate and an enthusiastic Stowe skier, so Damon enjoyed family vacations in Stowe from an early age. After graduating from Princeton University, Damon joined the Merrill Lynch investment bank. He managed client relationships and coached teams in the United States and Europe, with a focus on raising capital for hospitals and healthcare institutions. As a consultant, Damon currently provides corporate financial and strategic advice to healthcare executives across the U.S. He also develops real estate in Vermont.
Damon appreciates the beauty of mountain landscapes, and their artistic representation and interpretation in visual media. Architecture is another avenue for people to embrace and complement their surroundings in the natural world.
As a member of the Current’s board, Damon hopes to be a resource for the management team and other board members. The Current is an attractive community asset; Stowe’s growing number of residents and visitors is a key opportunity to implement the Current’s strategic plan and build towards an ever-brighter future.
Diane Looney moved to Stowe in 2013 after spending 14 years living abroad in Hong Kong and London, where she worked as an interior designer. After earning a degree in art history, she worked at the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and was a researcher and cataloguer at the Art Museum of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, organizing the Museum's ceramics collection. Additionally, she worked at Christie's Auction House in sales in the Chinese ceramic department. In addition to art, Diane's interests include historic preservation, land conservation, and recreational sports including tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and yoga. She currently serves on the board of Landmarks West, a historic preservation group in New York City, and has been active on fundraising committees for the Central Park Conservancy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, a land trust in Massachusetts. Diane is married with three grown sons, who all learned to ski in Stowe, and four cherished grandchildren.
Lisa is a natural “connector” in both work and play. She absolutely loves bringing people together! As a young mother living in Wellesley, MA, she created the Wellesley Mothers Forum. Then when she and her husband Spencer moved to Boston as empty-nesters, she created the Beacon Hill Womens Forum. During the day Lisa connects people with new homes as a real estate agent and at night she brings them together on the dance floor as the singer in The Walkin’ Blues Band or over romantic dinners with her Beacon Hill Jazz Quartet. Now as a Stowe resident Lisa is bringing her creative energy to the community through The Current
Sara grew up in Skaneateles, New York and she received a BFA from the University of Vermont. Sara moved to Stowe, VT in 2017 from San Francisco where she worked at Pixar as both a Production Manager and Department Manager on feature films, TV shows and DVD projects. She has also worked in 2D and 3D animation. Prior to working at Pixar, Sara worked in live action overseeing production of concert videos. Upon arriving back in Vermont Sara produced social media content for a Burlington based studio called Driven, Inc. working with with brands such as Seventh Generation, Cabot Creamery and Ben & Jerry’s. She is well versed in production process, tool development, media creation and post production. Most recently she has put her project management and marketing skills into a different area of business, real estate. Sara now works with her sister, Meg Kauffman at LandVest in Stowe.
Hinda Miller was born and raised in Montreal; she first visited Stowe with her family as a teenage city girl and fell in love with skiing, the Green Mountains, the expansive sky, and starry nights. Hinda is nourished by her family, travel, and education, which includes studies at the Parson's School of Design and NYU School of the Arts (MFA, Theatre Design). She greatly values the creative journey and has served as Jogbra's Co-Founder, Inventor & Entrepreneur Jogbra, a VT State Senator, a Founding Board Member of the non-profit social enterprise Girltrek.org, and a Mentor & Coach of Venture Mentoring Group, where she championed the diversity of Next Gen Entrepreneurs, amongst many other roles. Hinda and two colleagues were inducted into the 2022 National Inventor's Hall of Fame and awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by Sports Business Innovation Hub @ Sterling College, Scotland. As an additional honor, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History houses the Jogbra Archives. She approaches life with curiosity, experimentation, imperfection, delight, and recovery and hopes to bring these qualities to The Current.
Courtney is a ninth generation Vermonter and her love of science and nature guided her through degrees in Marine & Freshwater Biology as well as Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. She has worked in biotechnology research for the last 20 years and currently works for Adimab LLC in Lebanon, NH as an antibody engineer. She has always felt a strong connection between science and art. Stunning photographs of microscopic cell structures, diagrams of complex biological systems and recognizing the golden ratio displayed in natural phenomena are all examples she believes inextricably tie two worlds together. The combination of science and art has helped her understand and communicate ideas within her work and as a teacher in the laboratory and classroom. She dabbles in photography, fiber art, and linocuts. She is a field guide fanatic and loves to identify anything living in the fields, forests, waters or skies. She moved to Stowe in 2016 after marrying her husband, Ryan and they have two lovely daughters, Lydia and Louisa. Her family loves spending the day skiing or riding on the mountain or taking care of the many cows on the farm. Living on a dairy farm, helping to support the agriculture that preserves Stowe's gorgeous landscape and raising children back in her home state is a dream come true.
Greg Popa is publisher of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group, a group of six weekly newspapers, including The Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record, News & Citizen in Morrisville, The Other Paper of South Burlington, The Citizen of Charlotte and Hinesburg, and Shelburne News. He also publishes and edits the Stowe Guide & Magazine. Born and raised in Ohio, Greg moved to the Northeast after graduation from the University of Akron, first settling on Mount Desert Island, where he spent summers, and later migrated west to Vermont. He's worked off and on for the newspaper company since 1986, holding just about every job at the community journalism level, from paperboy to publisher. Greg, who lives on a small farm in Bakersfield with two dogs, a cat and some elderly chickens, appreciates the combination of quiet at home and the bustle of Stowe.
Greg Popa was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame on April 29, 2022.
Karla was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she obtained with distinctions a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Subsequently, she obtained a masters in law (LLM) in environmental law and a masters in law in comparative legal studies from the prestigious environmental program at Pace Law School in New York. She holds professional certificates in climate justice, stormwater management, sustainable land use practices, green infrastructure, and land use and real estate law. Her professional career is focused primarily on environmental and climate justice, poverty and language access in legal and non-legal settings. Currently, Karla coordinates the Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources Civil Rights and Environmental Justice compliance work, and its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She comes to Vermont via Manhattan, NY, Seattle, WA, and Buffalo, NY. In Stowe, now Karla’s permanent residence, she discovered a matchless sense of place in its natural beauty, vibrancy and culture. This appreciation for Vermont’s culture and Karla’s lifelong commitment to diversity and equity drew Karla to contribute to The Current as a Trustee. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute her lived experiences and professional knowledge to advance this formidable group's mission. In her spare time, Karla enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, skiing, painting, culinary adventures and spending time with her family and dog, Olive.
Berenice Fernandez Sarafzadeh
Berenice Fernandez Sarafzadeh is the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA). The YCBA is the largest museum outside of the UK devoted to British Art, and one of the largest university museums in the US. Prior to her current role, Berenice was Deputy Director and CFO of Shelburne Museum in Vermont, and has spent over 15 years in the accounting and audit of cultural organizations, non-profits & foundations including Georgetown University, the Meyer Foundation, the UVA Foundation, and others.
Born and raised in Saltillo Mexico, Berenice has a master’s degree from the Poole School of Management at North Carolina State University. During her time at Shelburne Museum, Berenice was the chair of the museum’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion task force. She also serves as a member of the Vermont Governor’s Workforce Equity and Diversity Council. She was the past treasurer of the Vermont Hunter Jumper Association and has been active in the New England equestrian and polo scene for the past decade. A resident of Stowe Hollow for the past 10 years, both of her children graduated from Stowe High School. Berenice continues to feed her love for the equestrian arts through her daughter who is a competitive polo player at the University of Virginia and occasionally catching a chu
Edee, her husband Mark, and their family first began making Stowe a regular part of their lives 25 years ago, with a visit during the summer when they were living in Boston. That led to summer rentals, then the purchase of their home in Stowe, and spending more time in town. Fast forward to 2021…. Edee is based in London, Mark is spending most of his time in Shanghai and their son and daughter live in Israel and and Costa Rica, respectively. But Stowe remains the touchstone of their lives and where the family comes together. Art, in particular contemporary visual arts, became an important part of Edee’s life when she lived in Shanghai (“as an expat who did not speak the language, art became my ‘way in’ to the contemporary culture of the country”) and has continued in London where she currently curates contemporary art programming for two expat organizations, and has made museums and galleries an integral part of her day-to-day life there. A graduate of New York University and the Harvard Business School, her past professional endeavors centered on marketing in the real estate, finance and apparel sectors. At present, her focus is on contemporary art, craft and design, in addition to her interests in yoga, travel and cooking. Edee hopes to bring her marketing skills and her experience planning art events to The Current to bring art to even more Stowe residents and visitors!
Molly Triffin is a freelancer who currently lives in Stowe with her husband. Between snowshoes alongside her dog and children, she writes for magazines and websites about everything from women's lifestyle topics to parenting to careers. But she didn't always live in fleece jackets and Sorels. Before her move, she was based in NY, where she served as the features director at Cosmopolitan. In addition to writing and editing for the magazine, she oversaw special projects and events, including Cosmo's campaign against sexual assault on college campuses and the award-winning Practice Safe Sun campaign, and authored two books. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in English and French, and later attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Although prose is the fulcrum of Molly's artistic fervor, she also has a life-long love for the visual realm: Her parents own a furniture store in her hometown of New Haven, CT, part of which is a gallery featuring local artists that Molly helps out with. She also volunteered for the nonprofit "Free Arts NYC," which delivers art programs for inner city kids.
Johanna joined the Board of Trustees in 1984 and has served the art center in numerous capacities since then - from Membership Chair to Administrative Assistant to Executive Director. In addition to countless volunteer and staff work, for 25 years Johanna planned and led the Bus Tours offered by The Current to regional museum and arts destinations. Johanna has also served on various other boards locally -- the Stowe Woman's Club, United Way of Lamoille County, Copley Hospital Foundation and Friends of the Stowe Free Library, to name a few. She received the Helen Day Arts Center Art Award, and, together with her husband, Lee, she was awarded the Cliff Thompson Public Service Award, an honor given to those who have unselfishly worked to contribute to the quality of life in the Town of Stowe.
Ted Lockwood (Trustee Emeritus 2013 - 2019)
Ted who retired to Stowe with his wife in 1998, was an educator his entire career. He served as President of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was the Founding President of the United World College in New Mexico – one of 10 United World Colleges worldwide. Ted previously served on the Board for 2 terms, during which he served on the Executive Committee, on the 25th Anniversary Committee, and as Chair of the Development Committee. Ted was invited back by the Trustees to serve for an additional year as a non-voting Ex Officio Trustee. "I have been interested in art and dabble in painting myself. Clearly, [The Current] is a worthy effort in Stowe."
Ginny has been involved with the art center almost since its founding in 1981. An early strong voice for artistic integrity and high standards with an appetite for creative risk-taking, Ginny has been a spiritual leader as the organization has matured and developed our identity as a contemporary outpost in the heart of Vermont. Ginny and Hartley Neel have demonstrated their support for both exhibitions and educational programming year after year, responding in times of need and bringing other culture seekers to the center.
Annie discovered The Current in 1986 when she first moved to Stowe and became involved with the Visual Arts Committee. She has also given her time to the building committee and the film society and she has worked on the installation of most of the exhibitions through 2009. Annie now serves as a Trustee Emerita, a distinguished role in recognition of her exceptional commitment, involvement, and generosity to The Current over many years.