Become an Arts Leader at Salem Arts Association. Join the Board of Directors or Lead a Committee.
Salem Arts Association succeeds on Volunteer efforts from our members. This requires a few members to lead committees, take on board roles, and contribute to the overall strategies and success of the organization. We’re rewarded by building a community of great creative energy and talent, which comes with many friendships and the pride of making something truly special happen.
Please consider taking on one of the following leadership roles at Salem Arts Association.
Contact Nomination@SalemArts.org with your area of interest. Current leadership will be there to train you and make sure you have the information and resources to succeed.
2024 Nominee Election Information
Please visit the Annual Meeting and Election information page to download a ballot or to attend out Annual Meeting and VOTE in person.
Officers of Salem Arts Association Board
2024 Nominee for President of the Board
Anastasia Alter (She/Hers)
I believe that art belongs in everyday life, accessible to anyone so inclined. Creating avenues for artists to connect with each other, the public, and with potential buyers enhances our community and culture at all levels.
Through art I have learned that people value how you think more than what you know, and that most folks would rather be eaten by sharks than speak in public. These two ideas have been foundational in building my career and how I spend my time.
I am currently a Sr. Director at an enterprise software organization. I run a team that is responsible for the retention and growth of a $73M customer portfolio. In addition to helping businesses identify and achieve their business outcomes, I facilitate customer leadership councils, develop internal trainings, and mentor individuals seeking career growth.
Outside of work I have held terms with three non-profits as a Board President, Board Member, and Community Director. During my terms these organizations successfully worked through an RFP to win a consolidated business contract from Harvard University, implemented new business plans to improve cashflow and employee retention, and significantly grew memberships numbers.
It is my honor to leverage my skills in service of Salem Arts Association to ensure a strong future for this impactful organization.
Outgoing President of the Board
Heather Meri Stewart (She/Hers)
Realist painter, writer, and sometime bass player
Executive Assistant at John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University. Nationally exhibiting artist with extensive experience in non-profit leadership.
Heather Meri Stewart is a realist painter, writer and sometime bass player living in coastal New England. Heather's artwork has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including exhibits at the National Arts Club, the Colby College Art Museum, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and the Boston Center for the Arts. She has acted as a juror, curator or critic for exhibits at Harvard University, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Wentworth Institute, Bromfield Gallery/WCA Exhibit and Salem Arts Association. She holds certification as a Massachusetts art teacher and has taught at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for seriously ill children, the Boston Architectural College and Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
Heather holds a Masters of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Studio Arts and Film Studies from Harvard University. She also holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Archaeological Studies from Boston University, and has studied extensively at the Boston Museum School and the Boston Architectural College.
Although she focuses on realist painting, Heather works in a variety of mediums; her portfolio includes abstract painting, drawing, illustration and sculpture. In all her work she complements her rigorous technical training with her imaginative interpretation of the visual world as she explores the possibilities of creative expression.
Vice President: Vacant
You may nominate yourself or someone you think would be a great VP. Nominees will be interviewed by the Board of Directors for consideration in 2024. If you are interested in a leadership role at Salem Arts Association Please contact Nomination@SalemArts.org
2024 Treasurer Nominee
Vanessa R Thompson (She/Hers)
Vanessa R Thompson is a film photographer and holds a career as a Human Resources/People Operations Professional dedicated to building and supporting a strong collaborative, inclusive company culture.
She received an MFA at the Art Institute of Boston in 2005. Since then, she has been involved in a number of collaborative gallery spaces in the Boston area and throughout New England.
Meagan Jackson (She/Hers)
Meagan Jackson is a senior accounting professional and the owner of M. Jackson Accounting & Bookkeeping in the greater Boston area.
She draws on 20 years of experience providing expert planning, internal audit controls, bookkeeping, and QuickBooks implementation services to clients across diverse industries, including the financial services, data warehousing, real estate investment, and skilled trade sectors.
Before founding her company, Meagan spent nearly two decades driving strategies, initiatives and processes that generated dynamic gains in financial performance and operational efficiencies for start-ups and mid-size private companies. One notable highlight is her consultancy at a private biofuel company, where she made it possible for the company to go through due diligence and sale in just one weekend.
Meagan earned her Master of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from Worcester State University, and an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Massachusetts Bay Community College. She is a Certified Desktop and Online QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
An active member of Corridor Nine/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce, Meagan also teaches classes at the Center for Women & Enterprise and Keefe At Night, Continuing Education at Keefe Regional Technical School. When she is not working, you can find Meagan at karaoke with friends or volunteering her time to such organizations as Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
Secretary: Edward Morneau
Edward Morneau is a retired teacher of thirty-five years, and has been committed to creative endeavors in art, music, writing, and travel. His education is steeped in the areas of English (BA), speech (Fellowship), and film (MS). Edward has taught English, media studies, film studies, and coached and produced theatre arts throughout his career. As a musician he has performed in various contexts--solo and ensembles--and has composed, recorded, and produced numerous CD's--the most recent ("Jacquerie") was included as one of twenty of the top CD's of 2022 by "Metronome Magazine."
Edward Morneau has written several books--plays, parodies, novels, poetry, and illustrated works. One of the latter, "Marks Twain's 'The War Prayer'," was commissioned by Salem State University's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), and featured over forty collages illustrating this famous anti-war poem. It was exhibited at the university's Berry Library for four months in 2019-20. He has had other showcases for his collages and has been profiled and reviewed in "The Noise," "It's All About Arts," and "Metronome Magazine," and has been reviewed as a collagist in "The Transcript Newspapers."
Salem Arts Association Board of Directors
Salem Arts is seeking board members and committee persons who are energetic and qualified to help us guide the association in to the future.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with referrals.
Board Member, Emeritus
Vice President 2016
Board member since 2014
Fourth two-year term on board
Artist member since 2009
James Bostick (He/Him)
Director of User Experience Design and Researcher at Carrier Corporation, Fine Art Photographer, Arts Administrator, Owner, Gallows Hill Artist Studios.
Bostick is an active Salem artist with a focus on fine art photography. In his Gallows Hill studio Bostick creates images ranging from Infrared photographs inspired by historic landmarks to his theatrical “Salem Arcanum Tarot” project. Other themes include still life, studio figure photography, and experimental photo techniques. Images by James Bostick have been exhibited globally and are included in many private and public collections.
Bostick’s professional career spans more that 30-years leading cutting edge design projects involving user-centric practices to deliver communication strategies, state of the art software, and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Carrier Corp, United Technologies, Dell, EMC, and Gateway Computers.
He earned his Masters of Arts form Pennsylvania State University, Bachelors of Fine Arts form Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Studied at the Villa Caproni School of Fine Arts in Rome Italy, attended Millersville University, an has an Associates Degree in Fine Art form Bucks County Community College.
Third Two-Year Board Member Term
Board Member since 2019
Member since 2019
Timothy Brown (He/Him)
Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Northeast Arc.
Tim’s passion has always been assisting people to succeed. Currently, Tim is the Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Northeast Arc, where he is part of a dynamic team that helps positively change the lives of 15,000 people with disabilities.
Tim’s tenure at the Northeast Arc spans over 30 years. Projects have include the development of ArcWorks Community Art Center, Breaking Grounds Café, Peabody’s Black Box and revitalization of 28,000 square feet of mall space. Tim created parcels, a retail store supporting artists/entrepreneurs with disabilities and autism from around the globe. Tim developed and implements the annual Arc Tank, an international social innovation challenge that has awarded over $1million dollars.
Tim also serves on the Executive Committee for the Peabody Cultural Collaborative, Executive Committee for North Shore Children’s Museum and President of the Friends of the North Shore Children’s Museum. Tim also serves on Peabody Main Streets Promotions Committee, MA Innovative Task Force and the Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment. Tim is on the Advisory Board for the Behind You, Salem and Center for Public Representation’s Supported Decision-Making Advisory Council. Tim is involved in local and regional chambers of commerce.
Tim frequently presents in regional, state and national conferences on topics including system change, collaboration and partnerships. An innovator and change leader, Tim has judged social innovation challenges for MassChallenge, the Social Innovation Forum, Remarkable and EforAll. Tim co-leads hack-a-thons at Suffolk University. Tim was awarded the 2022 Program Innovation Award by the National Council of Executives.
Tim accredits his success to a critical and analytical thought process, developing strong collaborations and partnerships and always willing to roll up his sleeve and be a part of the solution.
Board Member since 2023
First two-year term
Artist member since 2022
Ricky Corbett (He/Him)
Ricky Corbett is an award-winning artist and the President, Treasurer, and Membership Chair for Reading Art Association, the Treasurer and Membership chair for Arts Reading, which is a cultural organization that acts as an umbrella group to all cultural organizations from The Reading Symphony Orchestra to Creative Arts in Reading, and every organization in between.
A native of North Reading, Mr. Corbett is a completely self-taught pencil artist/portraitist with experience in teaching. “I spend hours upon hours perfecting my technique.
I consider myself a lifelong student of art. I work to develop patience as I work toward my goal of achieving realism. I am inspired not only by other artists but from life itself. I am inspired by people, textures, smells, sounds, all my senses seem to come alive when I draw. My drawings take me on an artistic journey of self- discovery.” Mr. Corbett brings his acumen managing non-profit arts organizations and his perspective as a practicing artist to Salem Arts Association.
Board Member since 2023
First two-year term
Member since 2022
Evan Dooley (He/Him)
Evan Dooley is the consultant, paralegal, manager, and creative visionary who serves as Founder and Principal at Dooley Paralegal & Consulting. For almost 20 years he has served as a consultant for businesses, law firms, attorneys, creative individuals, and talent – bringing his broad experience for the strategic direction and execution of business, legal and creative projects.
In addition to his legal expertise he has been at the forefront of political campaign management as well as at the inception of innovative products and services – most recently being a partner developing an IoT device. Prior to founding DPC he worked in marketing for Sony Music Entertainment and in public relations and local/national marketing for one of the world’s top promoters and live entertainment corporations. He later became that corporation’s National Venue Sales Coordinator, assisting in venue sponsorships and co-branding efforts for over 100 live entertainment venues nationwide.
Today, he continues to consult with businesses and creative individuals on general business, talent management, strategy, marketing, and development and his personal business designing lifestyle clothing and home decor.
Board Member since 2023
First two-year term
Member since 2022
Joseph A. Ferrari, Esq. (He/Him)
Joseph A. Ferrari, Esq. – is the Contracts Manager / Deal Manager for Oracle America, Inc and serves on the Board of Directors for Salem Film Fest. He completed his undergraduate degree in Film/Radio/TV and Political Science from University of Wisconsin Madison.
He holds a degree in law (Juris Doctorate) from New Hampshire School of Law and is admitted to the bar in Maryland and Illinois. In addition to his experience in negotiaton and contract management Mr. Ferrari has extensive experience working in the legal and political fields. He also brings extensive experience in sponsorship, grants writing and non-profit management from his work with the Salem Film Fest.
Board Member 2019 - 2023
Second two-year term
Artist Member since 2019
Nathan Lewis (He/Him)Nathan Lewis is a curator and independent arts organizer with national recognition. Throughout his career, he has developed a diverse range of artistic experiences, including museum exhibitions, intimate performances, academic symposiums, and community art events.
Nathan has held significant positions in various institutions, such as the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Montserrat College of Art, the Head Curator for the Salem Art Gallery at TST, the Gallery Manager at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Coordinator for both the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships and Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists.
In addition to his curatorial practice, Nathan has taught at colleges and universities across multiple cities, engaging with graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education students.
Nathan holds a Masters in User Experience, a Masters in Fine Arts, and a Bachelors in Studio Art. He currently resides in Salem, MA, with his wife and three cats.
Board Member 2019 - 2023
Second two-year term
Member since 2022
Gretchen Sinnett (She/Her)
Gretchen Sinnett is an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art + Design department at Salem State University. Her courses explore how art and visual culture both reflect and help shape the societies from which they emerge.
She believes that close looking and visual analysis benefit students in all disciplines and especially enjoys teaching courses that draw students from across the university. For many years her American art students have conducted a civic engagement research project with the Danvers Historical Society, providing hands-on experience with art and material culture.
Her scholarship focuses on representations of girlhood and adolescence in 19th-century American art. She lives in Melrose with her husband, two Siamese cats, and her son when he is home from college.
Second Two-Year Term - 2023
Artist member since 2018
(Student Board Appointee)
Erin Survilas (She/Her)
Erin Survilas is an award-winning artist and student at Monserrat College of Art. A beloved member of the community Ms. Survilas joined Salem Arts Association when still in high school. She is familiar with both the organization and the needs of younger artists. Although grounded in classical painting traditions her art work looks to the future and expresses her unique point of view. Ms. Survilas acts as a liaison between the Board of Directors and student artists.
Salem Arts in entirely operated by volunteers. If you are interested in helping please contact any committee chairperson listed below to see who you can participate.