Board of Directors
Adam Stalder, President
Stockyard, Clark-Fulton &
Brooklyn Centre Community
Adam Stalder is the Managing Director at the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office. He has been with the organization since 2010 and has experience with housing, greenspace, and economic development. Adam has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Geography from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University where he focused on Real Estate Development. He is very active in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood where he currently lives.
Nitza Rondon-Rosario, Board Secretary
Ernst and Young
Nitza Rondon-Rosario is a 17-year resident of the Brooklyn Centre area in which Art House is situated. She became involved with Art House by bringing her children to classes and participating in AH’s Family Open Studio. So she has seen firsthand the benefit of art in children’s lives and thusly has volunteered for several years to ensure that art was available to other children as well. She is very dedicated and active in supporting initiatives that will contribute to enhancing children’s lives as such she also is part of the CMSD Nominating panel who is charged with nominating a slate of persons for each Board of Education vacancy. She is a MS SharePoint professional where her specialty is understanding the users and stakeholders, understanding the desired results from each group involved and delivering quality solutions that exceed expectations. She is currently the Community Advisor/SharePoint professional at Ernst and Young.
Sharon Chumra, Treasurer
Accounting & Financial Analyst Consultant
Sharon is currently a consultant in finance and accounting. She has worked with several public and private companies as well as nonprofits. She has taken the role of project manager in the areas of software implementation, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked in numerous sectors: industry, service, public utility, and manufacturing. She was also the controller at the Aurora Country Club, a nonprofit recreational facility. Sharon has been volunteering her time at several nonprofit organizations since she was in high school and taken many leadership roles, including President of her son’s elementary school PTA, the APL, the Girl Scouts and several other humanitarian, art and education based organizations.
Aside from her career and volunteering efforts, Sharon has been member of the Art House Board of Directors since 2013. Equally as impressive, is the reason why she has dedicated her time and talents to Art House. In 2011, Sharon suffered a near fatal accident and had the opportunity to take part in the art therapy program at Metro Health Hospital. She discovered that she could lose herself in the project and not focus on the pain thereby eliminating the need for pain medication. Sharon vowed that upon recovery she would dedicate her efforts to an organization with a mission of both art and education.
Kim Bissett, Ex-Officio
Baldwin Wallace College
Kim Bissett grew up in an artists’ family in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. After a Foundation year at the Rhode Island School of Design and one year pre-med at Case Western Reserve University, Bissett studied sculpture and drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, completing a B.F.A. in Sculpture in 1976. Bissett then worked as an independent contractor at Cleveland’s Studio Foundry, learning traditional bronze casting processes with the perk of being able to cast her own work. In 1986 she earned an M.F.A. in Art Education from C.W.R.U and her M.F.A. in Drawing from Bowling Green State University in 2009. She taught in the Sculpture and Foundation Departments of the Cleveland Institute of Art and currently teaches drawing at Baldwin Wallace University.
Bissettt’s work has been shown locally and nationally at venues including at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Survival Kit Gallery at West 78th Studios, Manifest Gallery and Research Center in Cincinnati, and the Butler Museum of American Art. Her work has been published in Manifest Gallery’s “International Drawing Annual 6” and will be in the upcoming “Manifest Exhibition Annual: Season 10”.
Visit Kim’s website at: http://www.kimbissettartist.com/
KSU Emeritus Professor of Art
Tyrell taught sculpture at Kent State University starting in 1968. From 1972-1996 I headed the Sculpture Program and retired as a Professor Emeritus. Tyrrell’s sculpture and drawings have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries, and he has created many public commissions. Tyrrell won the sculpture prize at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show twice. Tyrrell and his wife received the Governors Award for the Arts in Ohio in 2002 and he received the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Visit Brinsley’s website at: http://www.artistbrinsleytyrrell.com/
Detroit/ Shoreway Community Development
Kate Dupuis is a Graduate of LSU Baton Rouge, owner of Rainey Dupuis Studios for 35 years. Designed and fabricated liturgical art, sculptures, stained glass and interactive art for children’s rooms for public libraries. Works installed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Korea, as well as Northern Ohio. Consultant to architects on historic preservation of stained glass. Served internship at Canterbury Cathedral, Great Britain, receiving a Master Glass Painter designation. After retirement, Kate decided to become involved with housing issues in the Stockyard, Clark Fulton neighborhoods, employed as a Housing Specialist for the local community development office. She continues to draw and paint for her own pleasure.
AIA, LEED AP
David is one of Crain’s Cleveland Top Forty Under 40, ENR’s Top 20 Under 40 (Midwest), and a recipient of the Emerging Professional Award from AIA Cleveland. He joined Bialosky after graduating with a master’s degree in Urban Design from Kent State University and made partnership after only ten years. A former adjunct professor of design studio at KSU’s CAED program, David is now director of design at Bialosky and oversees many of the firm’s large-scale mixed-use projects including Crocker Park, Van Aken District, and Centric at University Circle. On the side, David has assisted communities with volunteer design services close to home (such as Zygote Press and Slavic Village) as well as in faraway lands (such as Malawi and Madagascar). David lives in the historic Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland with his artist wife, Jen Craun, and their two children Isabella and Nathaniel. In his spare time he enjoys restoring their 1880 home, bike rides with the family, and backpacking along some of the Allegheny and Appalachian mountain trails.
Senior Software Developer
Daniel Spencer, Senior Software Developer at Cleveland Clinic, is a results-driven Software Developer with over 10 years of experience and demonstrated success in the design and development of business-to-consumer solutions as well as strategic consulting services in both corporate and agency settings. A confident team player who can ideate, build and deliver a solution that fits the demands of any company ranging from the mom & pop shops to Fortune 500 companies. With a fine arts degree from Kent State University, Daniel leverages his art background on a regular basis when designing his software interfaces to integrate both form and function.
Fundraising Committee Chair
ET&F Fastening Systems, Inc.
Sharon Martynowski is an 18-year resident of the Brooklyn Centre area in which Art House is situated. She is active in the community and a member of several organizations whose primary goals are to enrich and improve the quality of life of the residents in her neighborhood. To this end, Sharon has been a tireless Art House volunteer for the past 7 seven years and recently was Interim Art House Office Manager for several months. She has returned to Art House’s Board for which she served as Secretary for 2 years. She has a background of over 30 years of professional administrative, organizational and office experience, beginning in the financial industry and most recently in the small business manufacturing industry.
Sharon has also been a Stained Glass Artist for almost 20 years with a small, successful studio where she creates custom windows and decorative pieces for her clients as well as for her Art Show clientele. She is able to bring her professional skills and her artistic skills together to assist the Executive Director in making sure that Art House continues to provide the high quality of Art Educational Programming for which it has become known.
Community Advisory Commitee
Legal Administrative Assistant, Retired
Area artist Marge Pauls, a native Clevelander, has been designing and creating hand-made jewelry since 1976. She is a commissioned artist, executing artwork for restaurants, and designs greeting cards with her artwork and photography. Her illustrations have appeared in several special effects cookbooks, and she has taught the art of calligraphy and pysanky (intricately dyed eggs) to school students in both the Cleveland and Akron Public Schools. She has created artwork for various music scores published by Ludwig Music, and illustrated the cover of the CD of The Firebird that was issued by The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
Ms. Pauls is a graduate of West Technical High School and had further training in both legal and business areas at Cleveland Community College; she also received specialized training in the medical field where she served for over ten years. She has run businesses, including three of her own, and is familiar with all aspects, including accounting and employee relations. She spent over 39 years in the legal field, handling all aspects of law and trial work.
She serves on non-profit boards as both a Director and an Officer, and has worked with Brooklyn Centre Naturalists and Art House, Inc., for years. She has engaged in community art projects, teaching both children and adults, and spent time serving the community as Precinct Committeewoman, as an officer of various ward clubs and as a Presiding Judge during Elections.