Susan Collings joined in September 2010 as the Executive Director. Previously, Susan was the director of development for the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University, teaching fundraising strategies and collaborating with students and alumni on annual giving after successful completion of a $7.5 million endowment campaign. Prior to PBHA, Susan worked in child welfare at Harbor Schools and Family Services on the North Shore and in arts management at the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. She completed her degree in art history at Williams College, where she worked at the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art. An amateur photographer, Susan has traveled and lived abroad extensively and brings her passion for art and her love of nonprofit organizations to The Art Connection.
Chanel Thervil is an artist and educator with an interest in all things art and community. She has a B.F.A. in Painting from Pace University, an M.A. in Art Education from Mass Art, and a K-12 teaching certification in Visual Arts. She brings with her a strong background in and passion for social justice and empowering diverse communities with art, most recently at MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She is ecstatic about joining forces with The Art Connection to continue exploring the many ways art can enliven shared spaces.
Sarah B. Shallbetter, Program & Volunteer Coordinator since March 2001, is a visual artist. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a post-baccalaureate degree from UMass, Dartmouth. Sarah is a member of The Boston Printmakers and works out of Mixit Print Studios. In addition to program process improvement, she manages new art donations, facilitates agency and artist outreach, and directs extensive follow-up procedures with both groups. She is also the database administrator and oversees the volunteer program. Sarah loves yoga, cooking, and gardening.