Board of Directors & Key Volunteers – 2014

Board of Directors

Cynthia Dollar, President has been a volunteer with Art From the Streets for more than 10 years and served on the board of directors since 2010. Her passion is to promote the arts and the artists who participate in the program. She is also a textile artist and painter. To support her volunteer work and hobbies, Cynthia is a health law and information technology attorney for the Department of State Health Services.

Gene Golembiewski, Treasurer became a volunteer with the program shortly after attending the 2001 annual show and sale, and has been a board member since 2010. Gene has managed the cultural services contract with the City of Austin, is responsible for budgeting and all financial reporting, and assists with show production.

Samuel Pate, Secretary Joined the board in 2013. With twenty-six years’ experience as an architectural designer and project manager, Sam is Senior Project and Design Manager with Parsons, with primary focus on public institutional and governmental client projects. Sam and his wife Connie are ardent supporters of the visual and performing arts in Austin and have been involved in supporting community art focused organizations for 15+ years. Their collective passion for the art experience has encouraged trips to Sydney, Perth, Florence, Rome, Paris, Vancouver, Siena, Venice, NYC, San Francisco and LA.

Devon Bijansky joined the board in January 2013. She is involved with board development and fundraising efforts. Devon is an attorney for the State of Texas.

Kitty Bird moved to Austin, TX in 2004 after earning a BA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She began volunteering for Art from the Streets in 2009 and now serves as a board member. She currently is the Store Manager for Ten Thousand Villages where she uses her creativity to design displays, sales plans and annual events to help artisans in developing countries earn a fair living wage.

SueAnn Chandler did various volunteer jobs at the AFTS annual show and sale for many years. After retiring from Vocational Rehabilitation Division for Blind Services she enthusiastically joined the board in 2012. Appreciating the arts over the course of her life, she now serves as the AFTS Volunteer Coordinator.

Jane Cohen is a longtime patron of the Annual show She joined the Board in 2011, and is primarily involved in fundraising activities. Jane is the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Lisa Culbertson joined the board in February 2013 and is interested in assisting with fundraising and marketing efforts. Lisa is a senior administrator for an independent school and is also involved with several social enterprises in the education market.

Heloise Gold is a performing artist, dancer, choreographer, comedian, and T’ai Chi/Qi Gong instructor. She co-founded Art From The Streets in 1990 by offering once per week open studio art sessions for folks who were homeless. She was one of the creators of the first show in 1991. She has been involved with the program ever since taking on a variety of roles. Her love of the artists and making art in community is at the heart of her commitment.

Kelley Worden began volunteering with AFTS in 2010 and joined the board in 2013. She volunteers in the open studio and manages Art Prep for the annual show. She also manages our very active Facebook page, and leads our efforts with fundraising and organizing outside shows for AFTS. Kelley has a BFA with an emphasis in graphics and a minor in photography. She worked as a graphic artist for many years before taking on her role as full time mother.

Staff

Bill Jeffers began his role as Art From the Streets’ first Executive Director in January 2014, after retiring from the Texas Workforce Commission. He is an award-winning poet and sculptor who has been involved with AFTS since before the first show. He served as board president from 2010 -2013, managing production of the annual shows the last two years.

Key Volunteers

Pamela Costello has been volunteering with the show since 2004 and volunteering in the classroom for the last four years. She is the class manager for the Thursday class, and maintains the schedule for the classroom facilitators for both classes.

Elizabeth Romanella has been with the program since 2006. She is the class manager for the Tuesday class, assists with production of the annual show, and coordinates outside showings and exhibits of the artist’s work. She is a retired Arts Administrator with 20 years’ experience in developing, organizing and coordinating exhibition programs and museum administration.

Lindsay Tolles has worked with AFTS since 2009. She leads the volunteer professional marketing team for the annual show and is responsible for creative development, advertising, online and social media as well as email and direct marketing. She’s an amateur painter, and a corporate brand manager for Dell.