JD Black, President
Barbara Glass Mullen, Vice President
Gayle Waterman, Treasurer
Amiee White Beazley
Genna Moe was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She holds a dual BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Art History, including a two year undergraduate art fellowship in Italy. Her thesis studies in art & healing at the UW medical center and work developing arts curriculum for UC Berkeley’s Youth Arts & Outdoors program brought her to the Aspen Art Museum in 2008, where she developed programs in education and outreach. After completing her MA from the University of Denver in Arts Development and Program Management Genna joined the management team at the City of Aspen, overseeing front of house operations at the Wheeler Opera House. Genna is past President of the Aspen Young Professionals Association, a graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership, a prior Aspen Youth Center Board member, and currently sits on the City of Aspen’s Kids First Advisory Board. She’s passionate about contributing to her community and believes art is vital to personal and community well-being. In 2018 Genna was named one of Colorado’s top 25 Young Professionals by Colorado Biz Magazine. 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.
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.
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.
Lissa Ballinger was born in Brooklyn, NY but her family soon moved to Sydney, Australia and then on to Surrey, England. Lissa went to high school in Cambridge, MA and then went on to Georgetown University where she majored in English Literature and Art History. In 1997 after a humbling year traveling around the world with her sister, she landed in Telluride, Colorado and took her first job at an art gallery. From there, after a quick sojourn to Alaska, she settled in San Francisco, and began working with Fraenkel Gallery. She matriculated into Columbia University’s Arts Administration Masters program in 2001 and graduated after writing her thesis on the Visual Arts in Aspen. She moved to Aspen after completing her thesis and has worked for several commercial galleries, and has been the curator of the Aspen Institute’s extensive art collection since 2012. In 2019, Lissa spearheaded the Bauhaus: 100 Aspen, which endeavored to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus and to commemorate its influence on the community of artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, and thinkers in the Roaring Fork Valley. Lissa is grateful to be invited into the Art Base family and to work with, and support, Colorado artists.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JD Black, President