Staff and Board of Directors

Director: Nancy Maurice Rogers brings her non-profit experience and expertise to the Art School of Columbia County as of July, 2021. Prior to becoming Director at the Art School, Nancy served as Programming Director with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and previously served as Executive Director with the Wooster Community Art Center in Danbury, Ct. She attended Hamilton College where she received her B.A. degree with a major in Fine Arts. Nancy also studied art at The Art Students League and in Florence, Italy. Nancy’s goals are to bring growth through creativity, community and collaboration to this role.

Board of Directors

Thomas Chulak, President, is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister who, in addition to parish ministry, spent much of his ministerial life leading, organizing, coaching and contributing to congregational and denominational growth and development on local, regional and national levels. Tom is the co-owner of the Chatham Bookstore and former president of the Chatham Area Business Alliance, father and step-father of four grown children and grandfather of three (which includes a set of twins). Thomas is a “gentleman” farmer who has a passion for traveling the world. Tom resides with his wife, Nicole, in Ghent, NY.

Karen J. Martin. Karen recently transitioned to Columbia County from Long Island after retiring from a large pharmaceutical company after 20 years as a Senior Business Development Manager. She and her husband Elliot bought a farm in Valatie were they grow much of their own food. Karen received an art scholarship and holds a BFA degree from Long Island University and started her professional life in advertising. She is the proud mother of 2 daughters and is passionate about art, photography, gardening and farm to table cooking.

Christian Dewailly was born in Lille, France. With a degree from “L’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne” he advanced his career in the hospitality industry with increasingly responsible positions in France, England, and Switzerland. He came to the United States in 1992 and managed several private clubs in New York City, including the famed Knickerbocker Club and Cosmopolitan Club. Christian brought his joy of hospitality, culinary arts, and travel into his retirement in 2016, where he also discovered an enomously rewarding creative outlet in painting. “Painting gives me inner peace, and has opened my eyes to the beauty of all nature and the world around us.” Christian and his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Garger, live in Ghent, NY. Enthusiastic weekenders” in Columbia County for 15 years, the couple moved full-time to Ghent when they retired together in 2016. They continue to enjoy entertaining, travel, music, the arts and expanding their network of friends.

Ann Marie Farrell and her family moved to Hillsdale in 2006 where she also continued her teaching at Taconic Hills School as a kindergarten teacher..Over the past 15 years until her retirement she taught grades Pre-K through 2nd. Prior to working at Taconic Hills, she taught for 10 years at Wooster School in Danbury,CT and ran the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program there. For the last 3 years of teaching, she was involved in the Arts Integration Workshops sponsored by ArtOMI with the support of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. While not a visual artist, she incorporated music daily into her teaching by playing the guitar, singing and using hand movements with the children. In addition to teaching at Taconic Hills, she was a past VP and a teacher liaison on the PTO, helped with the Backpack Program and was on various committees of the Faculty Association. for many years. She also served for 3 years on the Board of the Roe Jan Library and was the Board Secretary.

Michael Saltz started spending time in Columbia County in 1952. For almost his entire professional career, Saltz was a senior producer for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in all its iterations prior to it becoming the PBS NewsHour. For most of those years, he traveled throughout this country and various hotspots around the world. His experiences and views about what he saw are recounted in his memoir, The Winding Road: My Journey Through Life and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. In addition, he is an occasional op-ed writer for the Hudson Register-Star. A few of those essays titled Down the Rabbit Hole: How We Got to the January 6 Insurrection are available on He is also a member of the board of School Life Media, which teaches kids in the Hudson City School District about the practice and ethics of journalism along with aiding in achieving greater literacy among its students.

For information about serving on the ASCC’s Board of Directors, please contact us.


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