Courtney Bethel began working as the admissions coordinator at The MacDowell Colony 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.
director of development
Stacey Bosworth has been with MacDowell since May of 2017, directing fundraising and development efforts. 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 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.
Robin Cherof became sous chef in 2019, having been a cook at MacDowell since 2014. She started working full time in 2016, preparing dinners with a healthy and seasonal twist. As a former dancer and former farmer, she can't help groovin' to music while she cooks and loves running off to the MacDowell garden five minutes before serving dinner for that fresh sprinkling of parsley. She and her husband Todd like a good bike ride, especially one that ends at a local brewery.
Jody Garnick has been at the MacDowell Colony since 1992. She worked her first few years in the finance department and eventually took on the role of technology coordinator to lead the Colony into the 21st century. Besides keeping the technology operating and moving forward over the years, her biggest role has been helping to create the Colony’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 has been at MacDowell since 2014. She, along with her colleagues, work diligently to keep all the residences, studios, Colony 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.
Jonathan Gourlay has been our communications manager since 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, motorcycles, skiing, and other outdoor pursuits. He has degrees from Southampton College 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.
As a part-time administrative assistant, Laura works in the front office welcoming MacDowell Fellows, orienting them to life here. She has lived in the Monadnock region for 40 years and has a lengthy background in publishing and marketing. She was a publisher and editor at Helmer’s Publishing, a marketing manager at BYTE magazine, and as a marketing communication specialist for 15 years as a vice president at C. C. Stephens & Co. She was a partner at FirstTracks Marketing Group in Peterborough, and is a Trustee of the Peterborough Town Library and former Board member of the Cornucopia Project, Monadnock Family Services, and the Monadnock Community Early Learning Center. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, traveling, and trips to the coast of Maine.
assistant to the resident director
Ann Hayashi 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 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 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.
admissions & scheduling coordinator
Karen Keenan 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 Colony’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.
Rayan “Ryan” Khan 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.
Andrea Kierstead has been with MacDowell since 2016 as lead housekeeper, coordinating the work of the housekeeping staff. In addition to providing support for the house manager, she supervises the team in the upkeep of 32 studios, three dormitories, the James Baldwin Library, and Colony Hall. She also has a small home business called Simply Made Treats, and loves cooking, baking, and a good bottle of wine.
Jan has a degree in art and an M.B.A. from UC Davis. After a brief stint costuming for California repertory theaters, she enjoyed a 20-year career in planning, marketing, and fundraising for nonprofits and businesses in international microfinance, life sciences, and higher education. She moved to New Hampshire with her family in 2012 and for the last few years, her concentration has been rehabilitating an 1850 farmhouse and surrounding gardens. She recently joined the board of Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NH. When not working in the kitchen at MacDowell, Jan can be found in her pottery studio, enjoying time with her nearly-adult daughters, or hiking the woods with her border collie.
director of individual giving
Dean Klingler started working at MacDowell on the day in September of 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed, inciting the great recession. It was a challenging time to join the Development Team but, as it always has, MacDowell has persevered and flourished since. Serving as the director of special events for much of his tenure, Dean has overseen all of the Colony’s signature events including The National Benefit, Medal Day, The New Hampshire Benefit, and Chairman’s Evening. Dean has been an antiquarian book dealer in NYC, organized author appearances for one of San Francisco’s premiere independent bookstores, and served as the director of publicity and promotion for a literary nonprofit in Rochester, NY. He studied photography and literature at SUNY Purchase and has a deep interest in cultural and social equity. Contact Dean via e-mail.
payroll & accounts payable administrator
Tammy Lester 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 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.
Jackie Lundsted began working at MacDowell in 2017 as a gardening assistant. Since then, she has graduated from Keene State College with a degree in environmental studies and sustainability. She works to maintain McDowell’s decorative gardens, and bring as much fresh produce to the kitchen as possible. When not in the garden, she enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking.
Keeping artists at the center of all decision-making, David Macy 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.
“MacDowell work?” asks Deb Marsh, who comes each day to manage the studios and common buildings, kind of like the butler, and immerse herself amongst creativity beyond comparison, doesn’t feel like work. She spends her day optimizing the spaces and providing for artists of the highest caliber. They come to write poetry and books, create films, design buildings, paint canvases, compose music, and more, and when they leave MacDowell, they often say the experience has been life changing. Deb says she doesn’t so much come here to work as she does to support art. The setting is bucolic and serene, and she says it is a privilege to be employed at the Colony where she has been for the past 27 years. Supporting the arts at MacDowell has also been life changing for her. There is only one place she’d rather be, and that’s with her family of mariners on the water, in the water, or by the water.
Dan Millbauer joined the MacDowell staff in 2012. From the main office in Colony Hall, 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 is a Peterborough native and has been the staff photographer for The MacDowell Colony 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.
executive assistant and board liaison
Virginia Podesta 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.
library circulation assistant & admissions assistant
Before coming to MacDowell in 2014, Ann Putnam taught for 14 years in both Montessori schools and Head Start programs. When she is not helping artists with their residency applications or providing tech assistance in the library, you’ll likely find her carving up a new piece of social justice art and posting a process video of it on social media. Printmaking, letterboxing, and her work with the Glass Museum are some of the ways she helps to create accessible art experiences for others. Ann and her artist husband Ben live in Wilton, and their two children are off changing the world.
assistant to maintenance foreman
Jamie Sargent 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 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
manager of special events
Brett Evan Solomon 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 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 as the heart and soul (and face) of MacDowell. He says a performance by Monadnock Music in Colony Hall 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 Colony Hall and the James Baldwin Library, offering the ever-popular tour of Colony Grounds, 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.
institutional giving manager
Julia Tolo was the executive assistant and board liaison at The MacDowell Colony from January 2018 to August 2019. In her current role as institutional giving manager, she manages grant writing and applications, supports institutional relationships, and performs donor and prospect research. Julia came to the U.S. from Oslo, Norway to study poetry and translation in 2013. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Queens College CUNY. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and eating dessert. Contact Julia via e-mail.
Scott Tyle 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.
cook & baker
Jeannine Wegmueller 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. 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.
development database & direct appeals manager
Wu started at MacDowell in 2013 as the New York office manager. In
her current role as the development database and direct appeals
manager, she maintains donor and gift records, oversees print and
email campaigns, and generates financial reports. She 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, drawing plants,
and watching sports. Contact Jenni via e-mail.
Andrew Zimmerman 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.