Lorma Williams Freestone, Executive Director: Freestone is an Art and Communications graduate of Hope College with a background in the arts and theatre. Her professional career includes small businesses creating fiber art sculpture with exhibitions in Montreal, Vermont and the Museum of the City of New York and creating banners and flags. She has also taught workshops in three dimensional collage. Freestone joined the staff of the Arts Council in 2003 as Exhibits Coordinator. She brought expertise in exhibition management and strong community connections. In 2006 she was appointed Executive Director and has since been proactive in bringing the arts to the forefront of local community activities. Her efforts towards this goal include leading the development of the Lakeshore Arts Consortium.
Mary Sundstrom, Program Director: Sundstrom is a visual artist with a BFA from the University of Wisconsin. She has also participated in graduate studies at Western Michigan University. Sundstrom taught art classes in the public schools and at the Arts Council and managed her own arts studio with exhibits around the State of Michigan. Sundstrom’s business experience includes office management for a mortgage company, magazine illustration, art exhibition and art instruction. Her background made Sundstrom the natural choice for Program Director at the Holland Area Arts Council. She now serves in that capacity, teaches classes, coordinates exhibitions, manages the holiday gift shop and continues to work as a professional artist.
Margaret Foreman, Communications Manager and Exhibits Co-Coordinator: Foreman received her Bachelors in Studio art at the Concordia University Irvine in 2012, and graduated with her Masters in History from the University of St Andrews in 2013. Previous positions as designer and assistant in her college art department gave her experience in the arts, and roles as event planner and communications manager at her university gave her the experience necessary to put her creative skills into action. Her education and work experience give her a strong background in writing, communications and visual art. She now serves at the Arts Council designing external communications, managing the web and social media platforms, writing and editing copy, coordinating and managing exhibits and overseeing the daily operations.
Kailey Schroeder, Guest and Visitor Services: Kailey received her BM in Violin Performance from Hope College in 2008. She is a certified Suzuki Violin Method teacher, and has an
extensive background in music performance, music education, studio management, and customer service. In addition, Kailey is an active folk musician and lifetime member of the Michigan
Fiddlers Association. With over five years of successful retail and sales experience, as well as a proven ability to effectively manage administrative and clerical duties, Kailey serves as Guest
and Visitor Services at the Holland Area Arts Council.
Lori Gramer, Regranting Coordinator: Gramer has a varied background: Owned and operated 7 H& R Block office as well as operates an events management business, coordinating fundraising events, writing grants, managing special events and talent. Her clients include Resthaven, Junebug Photography, WJQ Radio, the Holland Sentinel Newspaper, the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Holland Area Arts Council. She has led numerous workshops and education studies for non-profit governance and fundraising spanning 25 years including hands on work experience. She attended classes at Denver School of Design, Mott Community College and the Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Gramer is also GM & COO for the Holland Symphony Orchestra.
Carol Vredeveld, Business Manager: Vredeveld holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Accounting with High Honors from Davenport College and an Associated Degree in Commercial and Industrial Accounting from Muskegon Business College. She is the Arts Council’s part-time Business Manager, but her “day job” is serving as International Financial Analyst for Herman Miller, supporting the international organization by coordinating and reviewing Total International consolidations of financial results, forecasts and plans. She has high level of analytical review of current reporting processes to ensure the monthly results are clearly communicated. She serves as Latin America liaison providing support, training and coaching. Vredeveld was hired in 2011 after long service as a volunteer. She also serves on the Board of Directors.
Kenneth Freestone, Facilities Coordinator: Ken is responsible for assisting in coordination and implementation Arts Council exhibitions, for general office and building upkeep and
technical support. Ken is a lifelong resident of Holland and has his own consulting firm –working in environmental stewardship. This makes him particularly suited to keep the ArtsCouncil’s green initiatives on track. Regionally Ken serves in leadership roles to map best practices in sustainability for 5 major sustainability coalitions, meeting with “community gardening” advocates and practitioners along the lakeshore, and has completed a web based
mapping of Parks and Recreation in West Michigan, now hosted through The West Michigan Strategic Alliance. Ken also serves on the leadership team for the “Discovering Sustainability, a
Regional Conversation” sponsored by the W.M. Sustainable Business Forum.