Courtney Bethel (she/her/hers) began working as the admissions coordinator at MacDowell in 2000, expanding her role in 2005 to become admissions director. Her primary responsibility is guiding the application experience for artists, which includes overseeing more than 2,000 applications annually, and coordinating a selection process that fields rotating admissions panels in seven disciplines three times a year. Along with her staff, she successfully transitioned the application to an online, paperless process. Outside of work, Courtney and her husband, Bob, enjoy spending time with their two children and black labs, Stella and Gracie, making maple syrup, and exploring the great outdoors. Contact Courtney via e-mail.
vice president of advancement
Stacey Bosworth (she/her/hers) has been with MacDowell since May of 2017, directing fundraising and development efforts. In 2022 she was promoted to vice president of advancement, continuing to lead our fundraising efforts in addition to a new focus on centralizing our processes for staff and board succession planning. She earned a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in communications from Clark University before working in public relations and moving to the world of nonprofits, managing media relations, the web site, and the annual Carnegie Hall concert for the Rainforest Foundation. At the Sundance Institute and Film Festival she was director of special guest services before becoming founding executive director of the Joyful Heart Foundation, providing healing retreats and wellness programs for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She led that organization for six years and oversaw its national expansion before being recruited to become president of Aaron Consulting, a fundraising group based in New York. A self-described optimist and lover of nature, Stacey lives in Brooklyn with her daughter, Flora, and serves on the board of The Old Stone House. Contact Stacey via e-mail.
Jeromy Brett (he/him/his) has been with MacDowell since 2007 as a maintenance assistant, making up the third spoke of the J-Crew at MacDowell. He spent five years as a tree climber and arborist in Australia, before working with developmentally disabled teenagers and adults both in Scotland and in Temple, NH. He enjoys participating in most outdoor activities, travel, and a good beer.
development database & appeals manager
Robin Cherof (she/her/hers) became development database & appeals manager in early 2021, making the shift from working as sous chef since 2019, and a cook at MacDowell since 2014. In her current position, Robin reports to the director of development and is responsible for ensuring that database resources and online giving platforms support all activities and goals of the development team, as well as organizing annual appeals. She also serves on the board of Arts Alive! and is a member of Joy Moves, a local dance collective. She and her husband Todd like a good bike ride, especially one that ends at a local brewery.
Virtual MacDowell production manager
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Brittni Collins (she/her/hers) graduated with a degree in economics from Emory University before studying the intersections of art history and visual culture at Columbia University. She has held a series of positions working closely with artists while advocating for their ideas and practice. Currently, she works as the Virtual MacDowell production manager at MacDowell and the public art manager at Times Square Arts. Previously, she managed artists services and award funding at Creative Capital and spent three years producing an annual conference on street art and public space with Living Walls in Atlanta. She also serves on the board of Burnaway, an Atlanta-based magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South.
Wendy Fielding (she/her/hers) joined MacDowell in 2021. She has a natural foods background and has worked in restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and Peterborough, where she worked with master chef Hiroshi Hayashi for many years. She enjoys learning languages, traveling, studying cooking, sports, hiking, reading, and taking walks at any time of the year. She lives in nearby Francestown with her family and loves the people, the short commute, and the beauty of MacDowell!
database & network administrator
Jody Garnick (she/her/hers) has been at MacDowell since 1992. She worked her first few years in the finance department and eventually took on the role of technology coordinator to lead the program into the 21st century. Besides keeping the technology operating and moving forward over the years, her biggest role has been helping to create MacDowell’s first digital database in 1993 and continuing to upgrade and maintain it while creating additional databases to help serve MacDowell’s needs. With two kids in college, she has more time to devote to her interests, which include taking long walks with her beloved dog Betsy, and returning to horseback riding, a favorite pastime from childhood.
Ellen Gordon (she/her/hers) has been at MacDowell since 2014. She, along with her colleagues, work diligently to keep all the residences, studios, the main hall, administrative offices, and the library buildings clean and comfortable. She also works on preparation for special events, including keeping the guest accommodations, and the Edward MacDowell music room at Hillcrest in grand shape. Ellen enjoys being outdoors, on the trail, on the water, or in the garden. She shares a love of travel with her husband when they are not working on their old house.
sr. manager, external communications
Jonathan Gourlay (he/him/his) became senior manager of external communications in 2022, after having started as communications manager in 2013. His responsibilities include communicating MacDowell’s mission and essential importance to media outlets and a growing constituency of artists, patrons, and followers online and in print. He has worked as a journalist as well as managed publications and web sites about design software, business web content, motorcycles, skiing, and other outdoor pursuits. He has degrees from Southampton College of L.I.U. and The New School, and has dreams of publishing fiction and to kill on the blues harp. He also likes to grow tomatoes, hike, mountain bike, ski, and make beer. He and his wife Laura are doing their best to prepare their two boys to become contributing world citizens. Contact Jonathan via e-mail.
In 2017, Babette’s (she/her/hers) drive for new challenges led her to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, where she earned a professional chef diploma. She immediately began a cooking career that was quickly and joyfully interrupted by the arrival of a new grandson. She eagerly assumed the role of nanny for his first four years, then in the fall of 2021 Babette decided to resume her cooking career and joined the MacDowell staff to create and prepare Sunday and Monday evening menus and dinners for the artists in residence. She is grateful to be doing what she loves in a dream kitchen with a warm-hearted and talented staff. Mother, wife, professional seamstress, amateur pilot, school board member, paralegal in her late husband’s criminal law practice, and life-long learner are a few of her other roles over the years. Babette is a native of Rangeley, ME. She and her family have lived in Hillsborough since 1980.
assistant to the resident director
Ann Hayashi (she/her/hers) has been at MacDowell since 2012. In addition to providing support for the resident director, she also manages the MacDowell in the Schools program, supervises the Front Office staff, manages the review process for travel grants, stipends, and named fellowships, coordinates Medal Day and other NH events; and a few other things. She enjoys a story well told, a rousing game of pickle ball, and an incredibly delicious meal. Contact Ann via e-mail.
Philip Himberg (he/him/his) oversees the creative mission as well as the financial well-being of the nation’s first multidisciplinary residency program. Himberg arrived at MacDowell in May of 2019 from The Sundance Institute where he spent 23 years guiding all aspects of the Sundance Theatre Program, including its Theatre Labs and satellite residency programs in Massachusetts and Wyoming, and internationally in several locations in East Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa. Under his aegis, the Institute’s Theatre labs have supported many hundreds of playwrights in the creation of important new work, which is produced across the U.S, off and on Broadway. Himberg is also a playwright, and his most recent play, Paper Dolls, had its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln Theatre) in London in 2013. He is a former member of the Tony Award Nomination Committee, served as past president of the Board of Theatre Communications Group and was a trustee of the Kiln Theatre, London. He has taught at NYU/Tisch and the Yale Drama School. In addition to a B.A. from Oberlin College, Himberg holds a degree as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, and previously was a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Contact Philip via e-mail.
Christian Holland (he/they) has been writing things on the internet since before the cool kids knew it was cool and before his parents knew about it. Now he does it for MacDowell, and he’s also an intermittent writer, art critic, and adjuncter. He’s proud of his understanding of the periodic table, has never worn a tie on a boat, and is currently aspiring to be a consummate generalist. Contact Christian via e-mail.
Gina Hsu (she/her/hers) joined MacDowell in January of 2020 as development department assistant, and was promoted to development associate in 2022. Gina graduated with a double major in English and computer science from Cornell University in 2019, where she wrote an honors thesis on critical film theory. She grew up in Princeton, NJ and Taipei, Taiwan and is always homesick for Taiwanese food. She is passionate about housing advocacy, tenant organizing, food solidarity, and mutual aid. Her hobbies include writing, photography, cooking, baking, and wanting to try most things once or a few times.
Betty Leigh Hutcheson
institutional giving manager
Betty Leigh Hutcheson joined MacDowell in 2022 to manage institutional fundraising efforts after working as senior grant writer at the Rubin Museum of Art. Previously employed at the College Art Association for 14 years, Betty Leigh’s tenure concluded as director of publications, where she provided oversight of three journals, two websites, and all publication grants. She holds degrees in anthropology and fine art, and for several years she maintained a photography practice. Betty Leigh lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she enjoys walking the urban landscape (especially in Greenwood Cemetery), practicing yoga, indulging in art and culture of all types, and befriending other people’s dogs. Contact Betty Leigh via e-mail.
admissions & scheduling coordinator
Karen Keenan (she/her/hers) joined MacDowell in 2004 as the admissions assistant. With duties expanding over time, she became the admissions and scheduling coordinator in 2012. Karen assists with the coordination of the application process during admissions cycles as well as manages the residency program’s master schedule of studios and bedrooms throughout the year. In her off time, Karen and her husband Matt are discovering new hobbies and new destinations for motorcycling now that their kids are grown and they’ve run out of walls to knock down in their house. Contact Karen via e-mail.
office manager & Virtual MacDowell production assistant
Rayan “Ryan” Khan (he/him/his) started at MacDowell in 2018. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ryan has been living in New York City since 2000 and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2016 with a double major in international relations and economics with a concentration on the intersectionality of decolonization, economic development, and religion-based conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia. In the past, he worked for BlackRock Solutions as a Portfolio Analyst, but he has always had an interest in NGO’s and nonprofits. Contact Rayan via e-mail.
payroll & accounts payable administrator
Tammy Lester (she/her/hers) started with MacDowell in 2002 and has been handling payroll and accounts payable here for all 17 wonderful years. In her off time, this New Hampshire native enjoys spending time with her family and fluffy pooch Meesha, making memories to last a lifetime. She enjoys camping, boating, and playing in the sun and most often these days you’ll find her at the barn working with or riding the family horses, enjoying every second. Life is precious!
A lifelong NH resident, Colette Lucas (she/her/hers) moved to Peterborough and was hired by MacDowell in 2000, and has been librarian since 2004. She loves this small art town and was happy to finally find her tribe. Colette manages the library collection and institutional photo archive, and fields historical inquiries. In her spare time she enjoys reading (of course), and has been trying to learn to knit something other than a scarf. In 2009 she became a master gardener. In addition to maintaining her own small garden, she manages a community food project called The Garden Tithe, which provides premium, fresh produce to the Peterborough Food Pantry. Colette has taught drawing, collage, and printmaking in classrooms and workshops throughout New Hampshire, and has been awarded residencies at I-Park, Rensing Center, and the Loomis Chaffee School.
Keeping artists at the center of all decision-making, David Macy (he/him/his) works with about 30 Peterborough staff members to sustain ideal working conditions and an unpressured atmosphere conducive to the exchange of ideas. Working with architects, staff, contractors, and the Board’s physical plant committee, Macy has directed more than $10M in capital improvements since 1994. Past projects include the installation of underground utilities and a one-acre solar energy system, renovation of Colony Hall and about two thirds of the studios, as well as new construction of Calderwood Studio and The James Baldwin Library. To deepen MacDowell’s relationship with the regional community, Macy established two free public programs, MacDowell in the Schools (1996-present) and MacDowell Downtown (2001-present), each introducing hundreds of volunteering writers, composers, performers, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, architects, and visual artists to thousands of local students and enthusiastic regional arts lovers. Macy has served on the boards of the Alliance of Artists Communities, Monadnock Arts Alive!, the Peterborough Arts Council, and New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts. Macy moved to Peterborough from Northern California where he managed the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. In 2000 he earned his M.Sc. in management at Antioch University New England. Contact David via e-mail.
After learning about MacDowell, lifelong supporter of arts and education Deb Marsh (she/her/hers) started working summers to be a part of the organization beginning in 1992. Her first task was with housekeeping to bring the Lodge dormitory back online after it received a full renovation. Since then, she has played several roles as an employee, working special events and in the kitchen as well as with the housekeeping staff at the same time she was co-director of a local private school. In 2003, upon retiring from 20 years of teaching, Deb joined MacDowell’s team as its fulltime house manager and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the housekeeping department, fellows’ services, assisting the scheduling coordinator with the master schedule, and working closely with the resident director to provide an optimal residential setting by working on renovations, upgrades, and maintaining furnishings and equipment for studios. Deb supports staff and artists as a member of the DEIA Advisory Group as well as MacDowell’s Safety Committee. In her spare time Deb enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family of mariners. Contact Deb via e-mail.
Dan Millbauer (he/him/his) joined the MacDowell staff in 2012. From the main office, he greets and assists Fellows and guests, and completes a wide array of tasks and special projects. He was born and raised in Mystic, Connecticut, served three enlistments in the United States Army as a broadcast journalist, and has taught elementary school. He holds a B.A. in mass communication studies and a M.A. in elementary and general special education. Dan is an avid amateur photographer and loves to travel with his wife and daughter.
Joanna Eldredge Morrissey
Joanna Eldredge Morrissey (she/her/hers) is a Peterborough native and has been the staff photographer for MacDowell since 1989. She has completed more than 5,800 portrait sessions of MacDowell Fellows during their residencies for the MacDowell archives. After graduating from California State University at Fullerton with two bachelor degrees (in communications and philosophy), she worked at a commercial photo studio and at the Corona Public Library for many years before returning to New Hampshire to raise her two daughters and run her family farm. Last year, her photographs appeared in a book called Sheds, which was written by Howard Mansfield. Jo also works freelance and covers many subjects including but not limited to architecture, PR, and events. Her other interests include music, gardening, farming, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor attached.
manager of board & executive relations
Virginia Podesta (she/her/hers) is an Argentine writer, producer, and director who joined the MacDowell staff as executive assistant and board liaison in 2019 after an ample body of work in TV, film, theatre, and advertising as well as brand name events. At MacDowell NYC she provides support to MacDowell’s executive director and works closely with the board of directors. In her spare time, Virginia develops passion projects, mostly for the stage. She is an avid reader and a lover of all animals. Contact Virginia via e-mail.
assistant to maintenance foreman
Jamie Sargent (he/him/his) began working at MacDowell as a seasonal employee for the maintenance department during his college years. Upon graduating from Springfield College (where he studied secondary education) in 1996, he was hired for a full-time position with MacDowell’s mavens of maintenance, and has been part of the team ever since. When not involved in helping keep the studios, roads, and other buildings on MacDowell’s 450 acres in top shape, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and attending live music and sporting events.
John Sieswerda (he/him/his) has the distinction of being the longest-serving fulltime staff member at MacDowell, having begun in the maintenance department in the spring of 1988. At the time, he had gained many years of experience as an independent home and business contractor and immediately put that background and his interest in forestry to work caring for the buildings and land on MacDowell’s 450 acres. He has overseen many studio winterizations, renovations, burying of power lines, keeping the woods and meadows healthy, and eventually took over the department as its responsibilities increased. He is proud that all of the changes he has seen in the last three decades have led to the improvement of the program and the artist experience. John is married to MacDowell Fellow Amy Jenkins and the two are parents to Adam and Elias. John also has two adult children, Eliza and Jesse, and likes to ski in winter, and if he can find the time, fish in summer. He also has studied the visual arts at the University of Utah and has plans to get back to his painting practice when his schedule permits.
Brett Evan Solomon
sr. manager, events & donor engagement
Brett Evan Solomon (he/him/his) is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and arts administrator originally from Baltimore. He has held positions with New York City Players, Ripe Time, Target Margin Theatre, Young Jean Lee's (MF ’08, ’10, ’11) Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Festival, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was a member of the Tank’s 2018 TV Pilot program and produces theatre, podcasts, and films through the production company, Special Events. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree double major in playwriting/screenwriting and theatre and performance studies from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at SUNY Purchase College. Contact Brett via e-mail.
financial & human resources administrator
Stephanie Stafford (she/her/hers) is one of MacDowell’s newest employees, having joined the staff in the spring of 2019 after working in finance for most of her career. She worked for Vermed Manufacturing, a producer of electrodes for medical purposes, for 14 years, eventually becoming controller. Stephanie has an associate’s degree in photography, a B.S. in accounting from Franklin Pierce University and an M.B.A. from Plymouth State College. She and her husband Seth, an IT director, have two school-age children and the family likes to camp, hike and get out on the water. Stephanie rides a snowboard, cross-country skis, and also enjoys mountain biking.
fellows’ services coordinator
Returning Fellows greet Blake Tewksbury (he/him/his) as the heart and soul (and face) of MacDowell. He says a performance by Monadnock Music at MacDowell in 1978 was an “a-ha moment” for him. He decided from his seat in the catwalk of Colony Hall that MacDowell was where he wanted to be. Blake began working at MacDowell part-time in 1980, mainly on landscaping tasks, but eventually becoming indispensable as the Fellow’s services coordinator. That job entails making the mail run, picking up Fellows at the Keene bus depot, clearing snowy paths into the main building and the James Baldwin Library, offering the ever-popular tour of MacDowell, transporting Fellows on errands into town on weekday afternoons, and delivering the famous lunch baskets to studio doorsteps. Blake is also a regular at a few of the finer eateries around town and is the only staff member (and possibly the only Peterborough resident) to have a drink named after him.
Rindge native Dan Thayer (he/him/his), who took over as MacDowell’s head gardener in the spring of 2021, actually worked in the kitchen throughout his high school years. After high school, Dan moved to Maine, working as a house painter and a line cook on Peaks Island. He’d never had a desire to sit behind a desk, and became interested in sustainable farming. Dan earned a degree in sustainable agriculture in 2015. Upon returning to Peterborough with his young family in 2018, he started working again in MacDowell’s kitchen, on the grounds, and in our kitchen garden. Today, he lives in Keene with his daughter, and puts his creative energies to work finding efficiencies in gardening, and in helping out our maintenance crew when the growing season ends.
Scott Tyle (he/him/his) has been the chef at MacDowell since 2004. He’s responsible for managing the daily operations of the kitchen and talented staff that serve artists-in-residence breakfast and dinner in the dining room and a picnic basket lunch at their studio door. His staff also provides the food and beverage service for the Medal Day Garden Party, New Hampshire Benefit, and annual holiday party. Scott lives in Peterborough with his wife Beth, son Jack, and daughter Molly. He enjoys being in the woods in fall, cutting and preparing his home’s firewood, ice fishing, and spending time with his family.
Jeannine Wegmueller (she/her/hers) came to MacDowell after owning her own business, Earthlings Baked Goods, and having worked at the Dutch Epicure bakery in Amherst, NH. She started part time as a cook at MacDowell in 2012, and moved into the kitchen full time in October of 2015. She became sous chef in 2021. Her hot breakfasts and freshly baked goods have only added to the magic of the MacDowell kitchen where she exercises both her experience and education in culinary arts as a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. She has three children and lives with her husband in Temple. She keeps busy in her spare time wrangling a collection of geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats at home. She plans on adding a mule to the mix in retirement.
director of internal communications & human engagement
Jenni Wu (she/her/hers) started at MacDowell in 2013 as the New York office manager, and began working as the development database and direct appeals manager in 2017. In early 2021, she became MacDowell’s first director of internal communications and human engagement. In this role, she will focus on streamlining internal communications, strengthening and maintaining a healthy and inclusive work culture, creating opportunities for staff professional development, and coordinating our ongoing work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Jenni studied art history and French at Grinnell College and has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys spending time with her dog Marvin, reading, painting, and crossword puzzles. Contact Jenni via e-mail.
communications & marketing associate
Cassandra Yerkes (she/her/hers) started at MacDowell in Spring 2022 as the communications and marketing associate working alongside Jonathan Gourlay and Christian Holland to spread the word about MacDowell and its Fellows. A life-long enthusiast for all things art, she graduated from Westminster College with a degree in arts administration with the aim of helping other creatives achieve their goals. She spent the first years of her career at the Cultural Core in Salt Lake City where she ran programs, events, and marketing campaigns to support individual artists, build the area as a cultural district, and raise awareness about the creative community there. Now back in her hometown, Cassandra looks forward to pursuing her own career as a working artist alongside her position at MacDowell.
Steve Zakon-Anderson (he/him/his) started cooking at MacDowell in 2021 after a culinary journey that has included stops as chef at Farm and Wilderness camps in Plymouth, VT, sous chef at the Hollywood Cafe in Peterborough, NH, 15 years managing the kitchen for the Dublin (NH) School, and, with his wife Bettie, creating and operating Fiddleheads Cafe and Catering in Hancock, NH. While at Fiddleheads they were pleased to provide the picnic baskets for three years of MacDowell Medal Day celebrations. In October 1986 Steve was honored as a Yankee Magazine “chef of the month.” In 2004 Steve and family relocated to the Happy Valley of Western Massachusetts (aka the Pioneer Valley) where he taught middle school math for 15 years before a recent return to live once again in beautiful Hancock. Steve is also a caller for contra dancing, a 40-year passion that has taken him far and wide, but is on hold during the pandemic. When not cooking professionally, Steve still enjoys cooking and baking at home, walking with his wife and their two dogs, gardening, biking, kayaking, and taking part in all manner of winter sports.
Andrew Zimmerman (he/him/his) joined MacDowell in April 2017. He works with department heads, senior staff, and board members, directing financial operations and benefits administration. Andrew has worked in nonprofit finance and administration since 2003, primarily for arts and artist-support organizations in New York. While there, he also worked as an actor and performer with focuses on physical theatre and new work development. He grew up in southeastern Tennessee and studied English literature and theatre at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Andrew began his career as an intern and then resident caretaker at New Dramatists. Contact Andrew via e-mail.