Board of Directors

Missy Fisher

President

Melissa FisherMissy Fisher has been on the MAA board since 2009, Treasurer and member of Executive Leadership Team since 2012. She is an investment professional and has worked as a financial services executive for several Fortune 500 companies. She comes from a long line of family artists and currently designs and constructs jewelry using mixed media.

Mimi Knittle

First Vice President

Mimi KnittleMimi Knittle joined the MAA Board in 2016 and is a creative design professional with degrees from Bennington College and Rhode Island School of Design. A practicing graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, Mimi began her career in Boston as a book and cover designer in publishing where her work received numerous awards and was published in several national magazines. She currently works as a freelance designer in Marblehead. Mimi recently returned to her first love of fine arts and has begun painting in her home studio. Mimi has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, where she has lead successful fundraising events as well as designed and produced marketing, promotion and outreach materials. She has been a Marblehead resident and member of the Corinthian Yacht Club for over twenty years and enjoys sailing the beautiful waters of New England and the Caribbean.

Michele Martin

Second Vice President

Michele MartinMichele Martin has been a Board member at the MAA since 2012. She serves on the Art Committee and is spearheading the IT Committee. Michele is an Artist member working in the alternative photography realm of Van Dyke, Cyanotype and mixed media. She has exhibited in the North Shore, Boston and Provincetown areas and enjoys volunteering and submitting works for non-profit auctions – most notably Bikes Not Bombs, Lifebridge and the MSPCA.

Kathy Hempel

Treasurer

Kathy Hempel, TreasurerKathy joined the board in August 2017. She started her career working as a CPA for a large firm in Boston, but more recently has served in senior financial roles within both large and small organizations. She is currently a CFO Consultant with RBF, a CPA firm in Woburn, and her client base includes start-ups in the life sciences industry as well as non-profit organizations. Kathy has been a Marblehead resident for over 25 years and an active volunteer for political candidates for the past several years. Kathy recently served as Treasurer for the Marblehead Festival of Arts and is looking forward to bringing that experience to MAA. Kathy enjoyed taking art lessons as a child and she would like to get back into making art after the demands of career and family have subsided.

Kristen Uekermann

Secretary

Kristen UekermannKristen Uekermann joined the Board in 2015 and serves on the event planning committee. She works as a director in a basic science research department at Harvard University and is active in politics and community service. While her own artistic skill is limited to stick figures and doodles, Kristen is nonetheless a supporter and fan of both visual and performance art. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Management from Harvard University Extension School.

Bruce Greenwald

House Committee

Bruce GreenwaldBruce Greenwald is an architect, preservationist, and sculptor. With over 30 years of experience, he is currently principal of D. Bruce Greenwald, Architects in Marblehead, MA. His architectural designs include housing, historic preservation, commercial, broadcasting and theatre projects. As a sculptor, he has created works in wood, brass, bronze, silver and stone. He designed and installed the “Sun Circle,” an astronomical stone sculpture, at Beach Bluff Park on the Marblehead/Swampscott border, and he serves the park as a board member of the Clifton Improvement Assoc. He has been a creative consultant for area theaters since 2003 and has been a set designer with the Mugford Street Players and the Salem Theatre Company. His community work has included 10 years on the Old and Historic Marblehead Districts Commission, and he has received various awards, including the Frank Regan Community Service Award from the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce. Bruce joined the MAA Board in 2015 and is the Chairman of the House Committee.

Larry Dunn

Associate Member

Larry DunnLarry is a self-taught photographer whose passion for the art started over 50 years ago. Larry’s work has won many awards at international, national and local exhibits. He has had his photographs published internationally and has been exhibited both in the United States and Internationally. Having joined the Board in 2019, Larry is an active member of the MAA, he exhibits frequently and serves on the Art Committee. He is also active with the Swampscott Arts Association, the Greater Lynn Photographic Association, the Photographic Society of America, the New England Camera Club Conference and the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Recently retired, Larry has a degree in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and spent 30+ years in retail sales. Owning his own business for a decade, he also managed and was a buyer in the Outdoor and Ski Industries. He and his wife love to travel, cycle, kayak, ski, snow shoe and spend time with their grandchildren.

Claudia Kaufman

Associate Member and Past President

Claudia KaufmanClaudia Kaufman has been a Board Director of the MAA and Chair of the MAA Art Committee since 2007, and has also served as Co- President since 2016 and Second Vice President since 2013. After a career as a Healthcare Information Systems marketing executive, Kaufman now sits on the board of several other non-profit community and human services organizations. A contemporary realist painter, Kaufman is a member of the Copley Society of Art, North Shore, Rockport and Marblehead Arts Associations and has been a frequent exhibitor and award winner in greater Boston area exhibits.

Julie Livingston

Associate Member

Julie LivingstonJulie joined the MAA board in December of 2016. She holds an MBA from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. and is President & CEO of Marblehead Bank having served in various capacities there over 36 years. She was on the Board of Directors of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, two of which she served as President of the organization. She also served on the Board of the Marblehead Festival of Arts during their 50th anniversary year. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Marblehead as well as the Boston Yacht Club. The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce honored her in 2010 by naming her Person of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the community. She also serves on the Education Committee of the Massachusetts Bankers’ Association and as a faculty member of the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College.

Chris Poulin

Associate Member

 Chris PoulinChris Poulin joined the board as a new member late in 2016. An alumnus of the Art Institute of Boston, he has worked in advertising as an art director and creative director for over thirty years. His work has garnered numerous regional, national and international awards for creativity. He looks forward to using his design, marketing and conceptual skills to help Marbleheaders understand what a great resource the MAA is. Chris has lived in Marblehead since the early 1990s, and enjoys skiing, golfing, kayaking, and pretty much anything else that takes place outdoors.

Clare Wheadon

Associate Member

Clare WheadonClare joined the Board in the spring of 2018. She recently returned to Marblehead after twenty years living on the West Coast and in Southeast Asia, and is excited to roll up her sleeves in fundraising, event planning, and young artist/member outreach. Her previous fundraising experience was with Caring for Cambodia, an educational nonprofit focused on sustaining an award-winning school system in the Siem Reap area. She is a residential interior designer with degrees from University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Art Institute of California in San Francisco, works bicoastally and founded Clare Wheadon Interiors in 2014. When she is not biking around town with her two young boys, Clare enjoys being in the snow, on the water and painting on her back patio in Old Town.

Jodi Gildea

Associate Member

Jodi GildeaJodi is a life-long resident of Marblehead and graduated from Marblehead High School and Salem State University. She has held her real estate license for 20 years. She brings a diverse background where she was an Advertising Manager, Office Manager for the Relocation Department and the Administrative Office Manager at Carlson Real Estate’s Marblehead Office. She is an active member of the Marblehead Community where she has been a travel soccer coach for both boys’ and girls’ teams as well as a running coach for “Fit Girls” and a member of the Winter Garden Club. Jodi is married to Sean Gildea, who has been a real estate sales manager for over 25 years. They have two teenage children and live in Marblehead. Jodi enjoys photography in her spare time. She joined the board in 2019 and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the organization.