Bill Kane, President
Kathy Honea, Vice President
Gayle Waterman, Treasurer
Genna Moe was born and raised in Berkeley, California, graduating from Berkeley High and then the University of Washington at Seattle with a dual BA in Art History and Interdisciplinary Visual Art, including a two year undergraduate art fellowship in Italy. In 2008, her passion for visual arts brought her to the Aspen Art Museum, where she developed programs in education and outreach, before joining the management team at the Wheeler Opera House, and completing her MA from the University of Denver in Arts Development and Program Management. Genna is past President of the Aspen Young Professionals Association and a recent graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership. She’s passionate about contributing to her community and believes art is vital to personal and community well-being. When asked about the future, Genna beams: “I’m excited about helping The Art Base realize its great potential as a community leader and regional center of art learning and celebration.”
Director of Programs
Holly Hoffman Gressett is a fifth generation Roaring Fork Valley resident. She has worked in arts administration for over 15 years for organizations such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, as well as several galleries, including the Michael Fatali gallery in Southern Utah. She has her degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She and her husband both grew up in Basalt where their teen-age, mountain bike racing son and actress daughter, along with the golden retriever now call home.
Jocelyn Murray was born in Iowa and grew up in the university town of Whitewater, Wisconsin. Graduating with a B.A. with honors, Jocelyn joined the corporate world of retail buying in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since moving to Colorado, she has managed several design-based firms while continuing her fine art studies. An arts aficionado, as well as an abstract painter, she enjoys combining her passion for the arts with her strong administration background. Jocelyn lives in Basalt, Colorado with her husband, their away-at-college daughter and cat, Indie.
Dana Higbie has spent her life surrounded by art, design and beauty. A native of Michigan, and later Aspen, Dana received her design degree from Colorado Institute of Art an her BFA from California College of Art. For many years, Dana was a principal in the Denver-based Partners in Design, an award-winning graphic design studio. For 15 years after that, Dana lived and traveled with her family in Mexico and Central America, sourcing native artwork and artisan wares for her retail business, La Tiende (The Store), with locations in Mexico and Honduras. Dana currently resides in Basalt with her husband and daughter.
Allison Sawczyn was raised in Rockaway Twp. and Cape May, New Jersey. While studying at Ithaca College, she discovered her true passion for the visual arts and has dedicated her career to the vitality and nurturing of arts organizations through fundraising and development efforts. After earning a BS in Organizational Communication Learning and Design with three minors in Art History, Public Relations, and Advertising, Allison’s career led her to the arts world in London, New York, and Aspen. After an internship in the press office of Sotheby’s in London, Allison worked at several arts institutions in New York including Forbes Magazine, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, culminating in the position as Director of Development for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, led by the Estée Lauder family. After marrying and relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley, Allison worked at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Art Museum. Allison’s focus is to see the arts in the mid-valley thrive and be embraced by our incredible community which led her to her role as Development Chair for the Art Base.
Youth Programs Manager
Abby was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. She grew up spending much of her time outside and when inside often helped in her mother’s pottery studio nestled in a wooded ravine. Abby attended the University of Iowa where she was a proud Hawkeye and a member of the women’s soccer team. Following college, she worked for several years at various wineries and vineyards in New Zealand and California before completing her Master of Arts, Curriculum & Instruction in Aesthetic Education at the University of Denver. She also holds a Professional License from the Teacher Education Program at the University of Denver—for 6 years, Abby was a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher at Aspen Elementary School. During her time in the classroom, she focused on connecting core curriculum with the arts wherever possible. She has taught summer workshops for organizations such as The Aspen Institute, Aspen Art Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She believes that the incorporation of art and nature into the daily lives of youth is critically important for overall wellness and awareness. She finds that kids are at their best when they are engaged, enthused, and working from their own ideas. Abby is excited to join the team at the Art Base and its commitment to the cultural health and art opportunities for all community members in this valley.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill Kane, President