Lori Kerrigan-Gramer, Acting Director: Gramer has a varied background spanning 25 years of non-profit experience. Gramer has served as Regional Re-granting Officer for The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Region 4a for 15 years through the Holland Area Arts Council. Gramer has served as General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Development for several regional arts and culture organizations. She is a national consultant for event management, non-profit fundraising events, and managing special talent.
Mary Sundstrom, Exhibits 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 Exhibits Director at the Holland Area Arts Council. She now serves in that capacity, teaches classes, coordinates exhibitions, and continues to work as a professional artist.
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.
Sandie Coffman, Youth and Art for All Instructor: Coffman has been teaching and facilitating art for nearly 20 years for elementary, middle school and high school students, the elderly and the handicapped. Her goal in each situation is to engage those learning to experience art at various levels — to educated and experience the usage of artistic medium in a manner that brings personal expression and appreciation. She encourages trying new things, seeing things from a different perspective and valuing the work of others. Coffman is also an award winning photographer with at the Southwest Michigan Council of Camera Clubs. She has been hearing impaired since birth and uses a hearing aid in both ears. This has been the largest influence on her tendency towards the visual and her heart for the Arts Council’s Art for All program. She currently works at with Art for All, collaborates with Hope College professors and students, works at the Evergreen Day Center with the elderly and teaches Arts Council kids art and cooking camps.
Mary Wolter, Ceramics Studio Manager/Instructor: Mary attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa. She has a heart for teaching and encouraging others in the learning process. Her work is a combination of wheel and hand building. She enjoys working with a group of potters that fire a wood kiln twice a year at West Michigan Clay. She and her husband Patrick have been residents of Holland for the past 30+ years. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. When she is not in the studio she designs gardens, ride a road bike and enjoys kayaking and yoga.
Kailey Schroeder, Operations Director: 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, she now oversees daily operations, facility rental, and guest services.
Maggie Bandstra, Education Director: Maggie Bandstra is an artist and educator; She holds a BS in Education from Loyola University of Chicago and an MA in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. She is currently working on her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Maggie's studio is in Grand Haven Mi, where she lives with her husband and son. Maggie has been teaching art at Hudsonville Public Schools since 1998. During her tenure in Hudsonville, she held the Department Chair position for many years. She mentored new art teachers and developed programs to get her students artwork in public spaces like Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and ArtPrize. Maggie also founded the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective in 2016 to help artists connect with their community.
Tom Reverman, Program Assistant: Tom Reverman graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2015 with a degree in wildlife management and moved to Holland shortly after. Prior to the HAAC, he worked for Park Township Recreation as Program Manager. He began pyrography, or "wood burning" in 2016, and soon found it to be his favorite medium. He primarily enjoys burning scenes of nature and animals, combining his love for the outdoors with his wood burning talent. He has taught several classes and plans to teach for the HAAC. Tom also enjoys biking, fishing, and hiking with his dog. Click here to visit Tom's etsy shop.
Merritt Kramer, Communications Coordinator: Kramer is a junior at Hope College where she is pursuing a major in business with a concentration in marketing and minors in art history and psychology. She also holds the position of Director of Marketing on the leadership team for Hope’s Business Club. Merritt studied abroad in Paris which sparked her passion for art and she knew she had to somehow incorporate it into her career, which led her to an internship at the Arts Council. After the completion of her Summer 2019 internship Merritt was hired by the HAAC to handle communications and social media. She is fascinated by arts administration and processes that go on behind the scenes.