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Betsy Alwin

Visiting Director of Ceramics and Expanded Media

Betsy Alwin is a sculptor working across mediums. She has two decades of teaching and curriculum experience including serving as the Dean of Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing for several years. She attended Skowhegan, holds an MFA from Illinois State University, a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C., AIR Gallery, New York, The Phipps Center, Hudson WI, the Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN, Burnet Fine Art Advisory, Wayzata, MN and Rubine Red Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. Public commissions include sculptures at the Onoden Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan, Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2022 Artist Individual Support Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Alwin recently served as co-curator with Steve Locke for the exhibition Distance: Works on Paper at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, NY. Her work will be featured in the Clio Art Fair in New York City this May. Alwin is a member of the Minneapolis collective Rosalux Gallery and exhibits her work at Rubine Red in Palm Springs, CA

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Andrew Betancourt

Printmaking Studio Technician

Andrew Betancourt is a Printmaker and Ceramics artist born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned his BFA in Printmaking with a minor in Ceramics from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). During his academic career, Andrew was the recipient of The Manuel Acosta Memorial Art Scholarship and The Carl and Margaret Jackson Fellowship. He worked as a studio assistant for Printmaking during his time at the university and now works as an assistant to Master Printer Brian Shure at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Preferred Pronouns (He/They)

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Nicolette Bonagura

Operations and Human Resources Manager

Nicolette Bonagura earned her MFA in photography from the University of Arkansas and holds a BFA from Arcadia University. She is interested in investigating the complexities of visual perception, using the camera as a tool to document time and light.  Her practice is interdisciplinary but revolves around the role of the image and its representations.  Nicolette’s work has been exhibited online and in galleries both nationally and internationally. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Jeff Buchman

Accounting Administrator

Jeff’s belief in enriching and strengthening small communities brought him to Colorado in 2011 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Weld County while finishing his Masters of Nonprofit Management degree. Having worked in higher education for almost a decade after completing his VISTA service, Jeff wanted to return to his nonprofit roots by helping people explore their talents and passion, which led him to Anderson Ranch. Growing up in the forests of Western New York has given Jeff a deep love of the outdoors and in his free time he enjoys all types of adventures, but his favorites are whitewater kayaking and skiing. Pronouns: he/him

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Angelina Cagle

Registration Assistant

Angelina (Lina) Cagle has a BFA in painting and printmaking with an emphasis in art history from Augustana University. She taught herself how to paint and draw at a very young age and fell in love with printmaking in college. She has also worked in stained glass. In school, she worked in the on-campus gallery handling and archiving work from artists like Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, and many more. She has had work exhibited in the Aspen Art Museum, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, and the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In her free time, she teaches dance for Legacy Dance Company which consists of students ages 2 to 14, both recreational and competitive.

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Hillary Brigid Carpenter

Events Manager

With a BS in Industrial Design from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO, Hillary specializes in creating handcrafted furniture. With a philosophical framework she explores space, material, form, and user interaction to create seemingly simple functional art. As an anti-mass production maker, Hillary believes when we surround ourselves with enduring beauty, made with care and intent we inherently enrich our lives for the greater good.  And through these meaningful engagements individual makers ultimately charter humanity.

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Idalia Esperanza

Housekeeping Assistant

Idalia joined the Ranch in the summer of 2016. She is from El Salvador and is a mother of three sons, Ediberto, Ricardo and Luis. She is a hard worker, deep souled, quick to learn and a self-motivated team player. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Liz Ferrill

Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing & Printmaking; Artists-in-Residence Program; Critical Dialogue Program

Elizabeth Ferrill received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including in Aspen, CO; Nashville, TN; Omaha, NE; New York; and Berlin, Germany. Liz is the Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch.

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Lindsy Fortier

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lindsy moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2004 and has called Aspen home ever since. Lindsy has a background in nonprofit and resort marketing. With experience in photography, design and production she is thrilled to be part of the Anderson Ranch community. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Emil Gorman

Studio Coordinator, Digital Fabrication

Emil Gorman is the Studio Coordinator for Digital Fabrication. He is an artist and designer with a passion for furniture and the implementation of sustainable materials. He received a BFA with a concentration in Human-Centered Design at Northern Michigan University. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

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Emilia Hernandez

Café Staff and Steward

Emilia joined the Ranch in 2013. She is from El Salvador and is a mother of two sons, Brandon Kennedy and Javi. She is a hard worker, quick, diligent and competent in work. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Asha John

Finance Director

Asha recently moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Houston.  She has an Accounting degree from Baylor University with an MBA in Sustainability from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. During her MBA, she was able to work with First Nation aboriginal communities, teach business in Nairobi and study in Gujarat.  Her background includes working with both corporations and non-profit organizations.  She enjoys art, music, writing and traveling with her son.

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William Lanzillo

Studio Coordinator of Sculpture

William Lanzillo is a sculptor whose work includes objects, performances, and interactive experiences. He received a BA from Carleton College in 2019, studying both psychology and studio art. He recently earned an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2023.

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Joanne Seongweon Lee

Studio Coordinator, Ceramics

Originally from South Korea, Joanne Seongweon Lee received her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a concentration in Ceramics in 2015. After graduation, she moved back to South Korea for an Artist in Residence program at the Korea Ceramic Foundation: Icheon Cerapia. She completed an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019 and achieved the Franz Rising Start Project Scholarship: Outstanding Performance in Porcelain Design in that same year. After graduating, she finished her Residency at Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. In 2021, Joanne taught numerous Ceramics courses for various levels at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Alexei Locsin

Creative Services Manager

Alexei is originally from Washington State and received his B.S. in environmental science at Western Washington University. With a brief stint working as a marine biologist/groundfish observer in Alaska, the mountains were calling and the Rocky Mountains have been home ever since. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

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Kaisa Nichols-Russell

Development Assistant

Kaisa Lily Nichols-Russell was born and raised in Mount Rainier, Maryland. After graduating with degrees in Studio Art and Sociology, she has worked with Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD, and Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. She is thrilled to be continuing to pursue her passion for supporting artists and their work at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. In addition to arts administration, she is passionate about papermaking and printmaking, and her work explores concepts of identity, body image, and mental health. On a day off, you can find her listening to her favorite podcast, cooking, or exploring local areas on her bike!

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Esther Macy Nooner

Workshop Program Manager; Studio Coordinator of Photography and New Media

Esther Macy Nooner received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas School of Art. She has participated in the artist-in-residence program in the National Park System, and most recently at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has shown work nationally and internationally, and is currently the studio coordinator for Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Kimberly Patterson

Philanthropy Support Coordinator

Raised on the shores of Massachusetts, Kimberly Patterson, graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2021 with a B.S. in Communications Media with a dual concentration in Professional Communications and Photography. Having previous experience with the Fitchburg Art Museum through the Fitchburg State University partnership as well as the non-profit Opportunity Works, Kimberly is excited to continue to support the arts and non-profit aspects of Anderson Ranch Arts Center alike. In her free time she can be found enjoying the outdoors and working on her Photography. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Lane Preston

Studio Coordinator of Woodworking & Furniture Design

Lane Preston, originally from Houston, Texas, received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Photography and Sculpture in 2016. After graduation he worked as an exhibitions coordinator and photographer for art and design galleries to put on exhibitions all over the world.  In 2021, he went to Florence, Italy, for his MFA in Furniture Fabrication and Design, after teaching abroad for two years.

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Katie Ralston

Senior Development Manager

Katie Ralston, a classical violinist, earned her Bachelor’s in Music Business from New York University. The world of development found its way to Katie when she observed and experienced the ways in which philanthropy can impact and transform an organization, a community, and individuals. Katie and her husband have called the Roaring Fork Valley home for over eight years. She enjoys being active in the community, running, mountain biking, and spending time enjoying all the arts and music that the valley has to offer.   Email Address: [email protected] Office Phone Number:  970-924-5052

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Elsie Rangel

Children’s and Community Program Educator

Born and raised in Mexico City—where she studied Art and Communication—Elsie discovered a deep passion for creative expression. Her Mexican heritage is a source of immense pride, and Mexico’s rich artistic history and roots deeply influence her work. Elsie honed her skills working alongside renowned Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes, exploring the diverse possibilities of art-making and the boundless power of creativity. Recently moved to the Roaring Fork Valley, Elsie brought her passion for connection and artistic exploration to her last role as Gallery Director. She is a firm believer in the profound impact of art as a platform for inspiration, connection, collaboration, and community building.

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Samantha Resner

Registrar

Sam was born and raised in Colorado, and holds a BFA in Animation and Visual Effects from Academy of Art University, and earned both an MS in Library Science, and an MA in History from Simmons University. In her free time, Sam enjoys exploring various artistic endeavors, such as sketching, painting, and experimenting with digital media. She also has a deep love for literature, constantly seeking out new books to delve into and share with others.

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Kenny Reyes

Facilities and Grounds Manager

Originally from Honduras, Kenny has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 13 years and graduated from Basalt High School. He currently lives in Willits with his wife and two children, Clark (5) and Easton (3). Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

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Stephanie Richardson

President’s Office Administrative Manager

Stephanie is a Texas transplant, moving to Snowmass Village in 2014. She has 20+ years of experience as an Executive Assistant working alongside C-Suite Executives and Business Owners. Stephanie is passionate about clear and effective communication. Inspired by the mountains, she can be found running the trails, hiking, and XC skiing in her spare time. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Brie Schettle

Welcome Center Coordinator

Brie Schettle received her MFA in Visual Arts from Boise State University and BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art and ecology with a background in painting, printmaking, photography, and video. Brie has participated in several artist-in-residence programs, including La Porte Peinte in Noyers sur Serein, France, the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology located on the Oregon coast.  Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Brian Shure

Master Printer-in-Residence

Brian Shure is represented by Planthouse Gallery in New York, where he curated the 2018 show Bathing. He has taught at RISD, Brown and Cornell and conducted classes in China, Japan, Mexico & Germany. He is Master Printer, Director of Anderson Ranch Editions at Anderson Ranch.

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Evan Soroka

Digital Media Manager

Evan Soroka is an experienced digital media strategist with a unique background in human and spiritual sciences. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Aspen, CO, Evan was exposed to art at an early age through her father’s fine art photography gallery. This led to a lifelong appreciation and respect for creativity in all forms. An adventurer at heart, Evan received a dual degree in Anthropology, and Spanish/Portuguese from the University of Colorado. During her time as an anthropology student, she specialized in archaeology, working and living in South America for half a decade. Before coming to the Ranch in 2022, Evan was an educator and author, teaching workshops, classes, and programs worldwide. She is the author of Yoga Therapy for Diabetes and her work is featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga International and Yoga Therapy Today.  She approaches her work from an integrative lens, with passion, excellence, and a deep understanding of human connection. Preferred pronouns: she/her

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Ashley Todey

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Ashley oversees the operations and business units as well as Board of Trustees relations and governance. She joined Anderson Ranch in 2011 and was appointed as a Vice President in 2020 and Chief Operating Officer in 2023. Ashley earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2020. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Zenayda Villacorta

Café Manager

Zenayda Lisseth Villacorta was originally from El Salvador and has lived in Colorado for the past 4 years and went to Carbondale Roaring Fork High School. She enjoys learning about other cultures through interacting with people. Zenayda is interested in immigrant rights and eventually would like to work in immigrant advocacy. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Peter Waanders

President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter embraces art-making as a neophyte – exploring various mediums for the simple pleasure of learning and making. He brought his business management and leadership experience to Anderson Ranch after serving as the Director of Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Peter is active in the Roaring Fork Valley, having served as president of the Aspen Young Professional Association, President of the Rotary Club of Aspen, and on the board of The Buddy Program. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Aspen Public Education Fund. He is married with two children. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

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Andrea Jenkins Wallace

Vice President of Artistic Affairs, Artistic Director of Photography and New Media

After completing an undergraduate degree in Communications Media, Andrea Jenkins Wallace received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before coming to the Ranch in 2008, she worked for over ten years in academia, holding tenure track appointments at Lake Forest College and Willamette University. She is often an invited speaker to colleges and universities including Pratt Institute, the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She has also been a featured speaker at the Denver Art Museum and the Stonewall National Museum. In 2021, Wallace co-taught a class entitled Photography, Race and Gender at Colorado College. Her film, Rochell and Brian, a documentary about teenage pregnancy, premiered at the New York International Independent Film Festival. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China and the Middle East. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Rachel Wolman

Director of HR & Talent Managment

Rachel has spent the past 20 years leading talent management initiatives and HR strategy at professional services organizations of various sizes and stages. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA and an MBA. Originally from Washington, DC, Rachel came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 and joined the Ranch in 2023.   Email:  [email protected]

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Lindsey Yeager

Studio Coordinator of Paint and Printmaking

Fueled by a need to find closure in a deteriorating world, Wisconsin-born Lindsey Yeager paints and illustrates connections between society and nature, between human and animal, translating and reframing human contexts into fearful, raw, and feral allegories. Lindsey received a BFA in New Studio Practice and Illustration from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2021 and she went on to win two Society of Illustrators awards and participate in the 2021-22 cycle of Plum Blossom Initiative’s Bridge Work residency. Her work has been shown at Var Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Soft Times Gallery, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Society of Illustrators, among others. Lindsey is represented by Var Gallery in Milwaukee.

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