BOARD & TEAM

The Frederick Arts Council’s Board and Team members bring together a wide variety of experience which is combined in service of advancing and supporting Frederick’s creative community. We are proudly connected to our mission and we believe that Frederick’s flourishing depends on the flourishing of the arts.

Bruce Zavos, Zavos Architecture + Design LLC
President

Linda Roth, VP FCB Bank
Vice President

Andrew Rosenfeld, Mount St. Mary’s University
Secretary

Terri Almacy, Almacy & Co. CPAs
Treasurer

Deb Bedwell,  Founder, Baltimore Clayworks
Jillian DeShazer, Project Manager,  DMS Health and Research IT
Jessica Fitzwater, Frederick County Public Schools
Kai Hagan, Frederick County Council
Freddy Katana, Founder, Shungu Gallery
Karlys Kline, Founder, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County

Sharon Kuebbing, Maryland Licensed Psychologist
Tim Kueberth, Edward Jones
Donna Kuzemchak, City of Frederick
Leslie Powell, Powell LLC
Robert Robey, Civil Engineer
Ted Robinson, Monocacy River Photography
Paula Rubin-Wexler, Paula Rubin-Wexler Fine Art

 

Louise Kennelly, Executive Director

Ms. Kennelly joins the Frederick Arts Council after nearly five years as Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, a membership organization dedicated to providing access to world class arts for all public school students which functioned as the formal arts education partner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Prior to that position, she was a Director at the federally funded National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research. Ms. Kennelly is a published poet and painter and a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a North Carolina State Arts Council Grant, and is qualified as a Maryland Artist in the Schools through the Maryland State Arts Council Arts in Education Artist-in-Residency program. She was an adjunct faculty member of Hood College and is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has an MFA from the University of North Carolina. 

Kennelly@frederickartscouncil.org

 


Gabriella Smith, Director of Operations

Gabriella received her Cultural Studies degree in 2016 from Towson University with a focus on Museum Studies. Her career focus is community outreach with the inclusion of the arts for underserved youth and young adults.  Smith spearheaded the exhibition installation at Towson University’s MFA gallery for “Mission Universe: A Cuarnaut’s Journey” in Summer 2016. Smith has been a student of classical ballet since she was very young.

Gabriella@frederickartscouncil.org


Emily Holland, Public Art Program Manager

Emily is a 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in English Language
and Literature. Her initial background in journalism includes internships at the former Frederick
Gorilla, The New Republic, and an arts-focused Senior Writer position at Chicago’s South Side
Weekly. She returns to the Frederick Arts Council after serving as its Community Outreach
Coordinator from 2016-2018. She brings unique insight to the position of Public Art Program
Manager, having assisted FAC with its Public Art Master Planning process and having served
on the team at Kalisher, a leading hospitality art consulting firm. Her creative interests include
writing (fiction, arts & cultural criticism), ballet, and vintage fashion.

Emily@frederickartscouncil.org

 


Maura Parrott, Sky Stage Curator 

Maura trained in art history with an MA from George Washington University, and early work in collections research and documentation for the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art. She has served on the Rockville, MD Cultural Arts Commission, the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the Southern Nevada team of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative toward arts access and integration in K-8 education. Maura particularly enjoys community collaborations on all incarnations of art in public spaces.

Maura@frederickartscouncil.org


SJ Wiegand, Art Center Coordinator

SJ Wiegand graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2019. She majored in Visual and Critical studies where she focused on critical theory as well as multifaceted studio art practices. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice includes painting, video installation, performance art, and sculpture, all of which are based on research and theoretical contextualization. In addition to her creative interests, SJ is passionate about identifying and amplifying the communities and currents that make up local art scenes. Her curatorial thesis “Make it Look Like an Accident” in the fall of 2018 exemplified her ability to take different mediums and concepts and find the similitude between them.

wiegand@frederickartscouncil.org

Michelle Esposito, Communications Associate
Michelle earned her Master’s degree in Arts Management from American University where her thesis focused on the intersection of mental health and artists, culminating in the development of an online database of tailored, mental health support services for artists in the United States. Her past experiences include roles at Roundabout Theatre Company, Joffrey Ballet School, and Theatre for a New Audience. Michelle is especially enthusiastic about spreadsheets, collaboration, and art as a way to build community.  

Taylor Cone, Facilities Technician
Taylor Cone was born in Fairfax Va, and grew up in the DC area, getting acquainted with Frederick  in the spring of 2021.  Although not personally described as an artist, Cone has always been attracted to and appreciated the Arts in it’s many forms.  Cone is comfortable and engaged when recreating outdoors including skiing, biking, camping and rafting.  Taylor feels lucky to have connected with The Frederick Arts council because it has given him the opportunity to become familiar with and participate in some of the best that Frederick has to offer by way of culture, history, community, and current events.

David Dooley, FAC Associate

David Dooley is a tradesman of many years with experience in many facets
of home improvement and commercial construction. He has a background in microcomputer technology and music, and since 2017 has facilitated events at Sky Stage as a sound technician and barkeep. During that time, Dave has built custom props for a musical production at Sky Stage, tree planter-boxes, and a video projection housing for a art installation. He has managed the facility for private events, sealed the bleachers, and facilitated the replacement of the trees among a hundred other odd jobs. If you’ve been to Sky Stage, you’ve probably seen Dave!

Logan Waters, FAC Associate

Logan Waters has managed and run sound for Sky Stage and designed sound, lighting and projection for Frederick Arts Council events since 2018, adding live-streaming to his services in 2020 to help bring shows to a wider audience as the pandemic reduced our capacity at Sky Stage. He is the owner of Semi Audio, a Frederick-based event sound company, and has over 30 years’ experience as a sound engineer, in studio, on tours, and for many live events in the UK, continental Europe, and Washington, DC. Since settling in Frederick his company has also run event production and sound for New Spire Arts and other venues.

Gregory Svedberg, Volunteer

Gregory Svedberg is a musician, dj, sound and video producer who also works as a technician for Tech Data Corporation.  Greg has been assisting with concerts at Sky Stage since the start of the 2019 season.  He operates Buzz Entertainment Productions, and has produced video from Make N’ Music’s “Local Live” shows featuring interviews and performances by local musicians and bands, as well as videos of local venue live performances, and concert videos with Seven Arts Archives.

Opportunities:

Internship: Fall 2022

The FAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.