Board of Directors


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

Michael Saltz, Interim 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, a group of essays titled Down the Rabbit Hole: How We Got to the January 6 Insurrection are available on Currently, he publishes occasional essays about politics, culture, and life at

Thomas Chulak

Tom Chulak 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.

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

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. She lives in Spencertown, New York. 

David Conyers

David Conyers was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. David has a degree in Early Childhood Education. He and his wife Joan raised two children in Westchester County, NY. He worked at the Rye, NY YMCA starting as a part time worker and ending his career as the CFO . While raising his children he was involved with the PTA and also served 8 years on the board of HHS Band Parents Association as Treasurer and President. He also helped delivering meals to the elderly for the Harrison Meals on Wheels program. Since  2015 he has resided in Columbia County part time and now lives here full time – his interests in music and art have been a lifetime endeavor – having always kept the music side nurtured he left the art side unfed until about three years ago when he began taking classes at Art School of Columbia County, here he has found his artistic creativity reinvigorated

Kim Bach

Kim Bach was born in Queens, NY and raised in Central and South America, Kim is the child of a military attaché. After constant artistic exposure within her family (her aunt was the well-known abstract expressionist, Lee Deffebach) and in college in California, Utah and New York, Kim Bach arrived in Hudson with a Fine Arts background and a mother who was eager to close up her tea shop in Park City, Utah.  VOILA!  Verdigris Tea was born. Since 2006, Kim has immersed herself in all things Hudson. In no particular order, she’s co-hosted a sidewalk chalk contest for children, a sock auction for the benefit of the homeless, a few author’s lectures, a flower show, lighthouse benefits, Bard classes on the history and varieties of tea, and tea and chocolate tastings too numerous to mention. Once, when a car drove up on the sidewalk and smashed through her front window, she commissioned a local artist (Earl) to paint the temporary plywood sheathing that filled the space for several days. Now retired from the retail world, she can be found in her Hudson painting studio, or on the Board of a local non-profit, or off walking long distance pilgrimages in Spain. Kim’s rescue dog, Pekoe, has contributed to the community as well – raising money for the Hudson Dog Park through cookie sales.  ARF.

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