Board of Trustees & Advisory Group

March, 2018 — Board Members Elected:

John Gazurian and Cynthia Kammann, both longtime Clayworks potters and significant participants in the Save Baltimore Clayworks campaign; Megan Rich, owner and Managing Director of Megan Rich Physical Therapy, who specializes in treatment for performing artists and athletes; and Carla Dunlap, retired Senior Program Director of Maryland State Arts Council. Though the board is young in its operations, it is seasoned in trustees with experience and the capacity to manage change.

Previously Elected Board Members:

Bilal Ali – Elective Representative from 41st Legislative District, Maryland House of Delegates.

Ronni Aronin — Founder and Resident Artist of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc., professional potter.

Deborah Bedwell — Founder of Baltimore Clayworks, Founding Executive Director 1980-2011, immediate past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Mackenzie Buchanan — Graduated Essex Community College in December 2016 with AFA. Currently studying Ceramics under Trisha Kyner, and Jewelry at Baltimore Jewelry center. Previously attended Villa Julie (Stevenson university), and MICA. Graduated in 2007 from Oldfields School. She intends to further her education at Tyler in Philadelphia next year with a double major in Jewelry and Ceramics.

George Ciscle – Curator-in- residence at Maryland Institute, College of Art until June 2017. Founding faculty of MICA’s M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice. Founding Director of The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.

Alan Cooper – Director of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for 15 years until May, 2017. Recognized international arts leader; formerly Deputy for Development  at National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

Marcy Emmer — Long-time Mount Washington resident, Clayworks student and donor, Marcy has spent many years working with children and the arts, as a teacher, docent, and co-owner of an after-school arts program.

Pat Halle – Potter and social justice community activist. Paraegal staff for 37 years at Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center).

Mary Jo Kirschman – East Baltimore community political advocate. Former social worker. Baltimore Clayworks student.

Mary Ann Mears – Sculptor, visual artist arts activist. Founding board member of Maryland Arts Place and founder of Arts Every Day, an arts-integration cultural  non-profit in Baltimore. Founding board member of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Susan Patz – Retired hydrogeologist, environmental educator, past member of the Cylburn Arboretum Association, Central Scholarship, and CHAI Boards; Northwest School/Community Partnership Co-Chair.

Dr. Larry Sandler – Psychiatrist with offices in Mount Washington Village and affiliations with University of Maryland Medical School. 

Rima Semaan – Clayworks student. International commercial banker, with 15 years experience, general manager of Lebanese bank in London.

John K. Smith — Retired business executive, CPA and developer. Former Board Treasurer and Board Chair of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.

Leathia West – Prince Georges County potter and teacher. Longtime Clayworks student; experienced political and community activist: founder and president of Kindness Corps.

To reach the Board of Trustees, please email Susan Patz, Board Chair,


Advisory Group:

In addition, Clayworks Board of Trustees created an Advisory Group of 14 outstanding arts professionals from the Baltimore area. In May 2018, the Board, Advisory Group, and approximately 100 key stakeholders will engage in a charrette and strategic planning process that will ultimately result in visionary programmatic and financial models. With stability and planning, Baltimore Clayworks will restore the core value of “joy” to the community and build an aspirational road map for its  future.

Members of the Advisory Board include: Fred Lazarus, MICA President Emeritus; Kibibi Ajanku, manager of the Urban Arts Leadership Program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), founder of Sankofa Dance Theatre; Nick Cohen, Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts; Luis Flores, artist and former educator at Baltimore School for the Arts; Denise Gantt, writer and Director of Education at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric; Blaise DePaolo, artist and Assistant Professor at Morgan State University; Jill Green, Associate Dean of the Carey Business School; Nick Hawkins, Assistant Council at Under Armor; Jeannie Howe, Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA); Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of John Hopkins University’s International Arts and Mind Lab; Christina McCleary, artist and administrator at Columbia Art Center, founder of Brickbourne Studios; Lenel Srochi Meyerhoff, art collector; and Gina Caruso, Executive Director of Creative Alliance.

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