Roger Williams / President
Kate Waldo / President-Elect
CINDY NIELSEN / Secretary
Cindy received her BA in Studio Arts and her Professional Certificate in Art Education from the University of Hawaii. After living in Okinawa, she taught art and pottery to adjudicated youth in Hawaii for three years before coming to Oregon. She received a Masters of Education in Handicapped Learners from Western Oregon State College. Cindy recently retired from 25 years of teaching art at Oregon Youth Authority’s Lord High school.
Cindy has been an ongoing student potter since 1990. Her carved pots and petroglyph rattles were featured at Salem’s Bush Barn Gallery for five years. Then she began selling Pilgrim Flasks at Renaissance Faires in Oregon. Her current fascination is to make pots that seem to dance or float above the surface of the table.
Cindy has been active in several civic organizations, including the board of Very Special Arts Oregon (an international non profit organization celebrating the power that the arts have made in the lives of individuals with disabilities) and SOLV (she organized the “Down By The Riverside” clean-up of Wallace Marine Park). She taught boater safety in the Salem area from 1999 to 2006.
Dori Parker / Treasurer
Kathy Cervantes/ Past President
Kate Speckman / Board Member
Ken has lived in Salem most of his life, graduating from North Salem High School in 1963. He attended University of Oregon for two and a half years, then enlisted in the Army and achieved the rank of Captain before his discharge in 1970. After the Army, Ken transferred to Western Oregon University (OCE in his time). He majored in Art Education and chose pottery as his media of emphasis. He received both his bachelors and masters degrees at Western.
Ken was hired at South Salem High School in 1972 and spent the next thirty years in the same classroom teaching pottery. He also taught photography and other art subjects during his years at South. He was a member of the Oregon Art Education Association for 22 years, with 8 years in leadership positions of Treasurer, President Elect, President and Past President.
Since retiring, Ken spends about 20 hours a week at the Willamette Art Center making his large vases. He sells his work online at TheVaseMaker.com, at the Elsinore Gallery and the Camas Gallery (the Bush Barn) in Salem, and at the 250 South Main Gallery in Independence, Oregon.
Linda Kromer/ Board Member
Dana Field/ Board Member
Pam Baldwin / Board Member
Jim Ransom / Board Member
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