Lori Kerrigan-Gramer, Executive 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.
Gemma Fletcher, Ceramics Studio Assistant: Gemma took the ceramics 1 class in September 2020 and has been developing her skills ever since. She loves the camaraderie found in the ceramic studio, how everyone is eager to help one another to overcome obstacles to improvement .
Originally from the United Kingdom, Gemma spent 10 years working as an Art and Textiles teacher in a busy high school before moving to the U.S with her husband and 2 boys. She works as a visual artist as well as volunteering as a docent at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She has a Masters and Bachelors degree in Fine Art as well as a postgraduate certificate in Art Education. In her spare time Gemma loves to swim in Lake Michigan and take long walks with her dog Florence.
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.
Tom Reverman, Education Director: 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.
Jen Doornbos, Program Coordinator: Born and raised in Holland, Jen's love for meeting new people and capturing authentic moments led her to a 10+ year career in photography. With an adoration for connecting with other creatives, she considers herself a dedicated student of the artsy side of life. She is the proud mother of two magical humans and one crooked-eyed cat!
Sara Eastwood, Program Coordinator: Clarinetist Sara Eastwood has been heard in performances across the United States, China, France, and Croatia including notable venues of the Shanghai Grand Theater, the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Dr. Eastwood previously served as the Assistant Professor of Band at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where her duties include Director of Bands and Professor of Clarinet. As an orchestral musician she has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed for A Celebration of Harry Potter (2018) at the Universal Orlando Resort. Dr. Eastwood maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and educator. She is a founder and Operations Manager for the American Single Reed Summit. She is a native of Marysville, Michigan and is currently living in Holland, Michigan with her husband.
Mary Wolter, Ceramics Studio Manager/Instructor: Wolter is an experienced Ceramic Instructor living and working in Holland Michigan. Her teaching reflects her love of learning and passing knowledge to her students with a sensitivity to diverse learning styles. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa. Her work combines handbuilt and wheel thrown processes to create pieces fired in a wood kiln to be used in a functional way to enhance the everyday things we do in our homes.
Eileen LaMore, Ceramics Studio Manager: LaMore took the Arts Council’s Ceramics 1 class for the first time in June 2017. Taking a Ceramics class had been on her bucket list for years. “The moment I put my first chunk of clay on the wheel, I felt I was home!” Ever since that first class, Ceramics has become a large part Eileen’s life, her creative outlet. The studio became her second home. “The HAAC Potter's community is kind, warm and welcoming to all that join it. In my new role as a Studio Assistant, I feel blessed everyday to have the opportunity to give back in a small way to this wonderful community ... and of course, the best of all, is that I am able to support the Art Council in any way I can."
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Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th Street
Holland, Michigan 49423