Board of Trustees, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.

September 27, 2017


Bilal Ali – Elective Representative from 41st Legislative District, Maryland House of Delegates.

George Ciscle – Curator-in- residence at Maryland Institute, College of Art until June 2017. Founding faculty of MICA’s M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice. Founding Director of The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.

Alan Cooper – Director of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for 15 years until May, 2017. Recognized international arts leader; formerly Deputy for Development  at National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

Pat Halle – Potter and social justice community activist. Paralegal staff for 37 years at Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center).

Mary Jo Kirschman – East Baltimore community political advocate. Former social worker. Baltimore Clayworks student.

Mary Ann Mears – Sculptor, visual artist arts activist. Founding board member of Maryland Arts Place and founder of Arts Every Day, an arts-integration cultural  non-profit in Baltimore. Founding board member of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Susan Patz – Retired hydrogeologist, environmental educator, Member of the Cylburn Arboretum Association, Central Scholarship, and CHAI Boards; Northwest School/Community Partnership Co-Chair.

Dr. Larry Sandler – Psychiatrist with offices in Mount Washington Village and affiliations with University of Maryland Medical School. 

Rima Semaan – Clayworks student. International commercial banker, with 15 years experience, general manager of Lebanese bank in London.

Leathia West – Howard County potter and teacher. Longtime Clayworks student; experienced political and community activist: founder and president of Kindness Corps.

Additional members elected by vote of the aforementioned list:

Ronni Aronin — Founder and Resident Artist of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc., professional potter.

Deborah Bedwell — Founder of Baltimore Clayworks, Founding Executive Director 1980-2011, immediate past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Marcy Emmer — Clayworks student, lifelong Mount Washington resident, former teacher and docent.

Douglas Silber — Attorney and civic leader, experienced in non-profit organizational affairs and governance.

John K. Smith — Retired business executive, CPA and developer. Former Board Treasurer and Board Chair of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.

Marsha Smelkinson — Clayworks student, retired advertising and marketing executive, former executive director of Lawyers Club of San Diego.