Nancy Maurice Rogers, Director
Nancy Maurice Rogers brought her non-profit and arts administration experience to the Art School of Columbia County in July, 2021. Prior to becoming Director at the Art School, Nancy served as Programming Director with a myriad of Berkshire County non-profit organizations 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 in NYC and in Florence, Italy. Nancy’s goals continue to bring growth through creativity, community and collaboration to this role and to ASCC.
Board of Directors
Thomas Chulak, President
Tom Chulak, Board President, is a lifelong lover of the Arts. In 2012, he was the primary organizer of the Art School and has been its President on two different occasions. He is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister and former co-owner of the Chatham Bookstore. Tom is a believer in building organizations that serve the community and transforms people’s lives.
Michael Saltz, Vice President
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 Amazon.com. 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.
Ann Marie Farrell, Board Secretary
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.
Cliff Keyes, Board Treasurer
Cliff Keyes, CPA and Board Treasurer, has worked with non-profit organizations his entire career and spent the last 31 years as CFO of Hawthorne Valley Association. Recently retired, he remains active in non-profit accounting and is also currently Treasurer for Cadmus Lifesharing Organization in Great Barrington. Cliff has 6 children and now 12 grandkids.
Michele Quigley has been a Columbia County resident since the mid seventies, and raised her two children in the Chatham area. She is a former Early Childhood Educator/consultant and mentor through Berkshire County Head Start, where she worked for over three decades. One of her passions is exposing children to the arts and making art accessible to underserved communities. She has been taking art classes at ASCC for the past 8 years and believes art fills a community need. Currently, she volunteers with Meals On Wheels, The Chatham Food Pantry, The Spencertown Academy. In 2022, she attended the Winslow Art Center’s program “Sketching The Nature of Italy” in Gubbio, Italy. She lives in Spencertown, New York.
Katherine Kolbert was born and raised in New York City, has a masters in Computer Science and is a retired software engineer. She and her husband have resided part time in Columbia County since 2000 and full time since 2020. Her interest in the arts began at an early age, fed by New York’s many wonderful museums, galleries and art classes. She has practiced photography professionally, studied ceramics and painting and loves the Art School of Columbia County.
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