BOARD of DIRECTORS
Sarah Bouchard is a professional artist, writer and curator. She is co-director and curator of the Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine. She has an MFA in Sculpture and Installation from the Maine College of Art, a BA in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and curated exhibitions from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. Bouchard has extensive experience in non-profit management, curation, collection development, and arts administration. She has worked closely with the Carlo Pittore collection for the past twelve years, placing Pittore’s work in dozens of institutional and private collections. Bouchard is a passionate advocate for artists’ rights.
Kent Gordon is the co-founder and Vice President of Caine, Farber & Gordon, a computer software company that created the first compilers for the Intel microprocessors and a program design language, PDL. His most significant scientific contribution is the discovery of the crystal structure of the zeolite paulingite. As a personal database research project, Gordon is creating a very complete archive of all of his possessions, present and past. He served as a board member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, and is currently a member of the board of the SPACE gallery, in Portland, Maine. Gordon was a longtime friend of the late artist Carlo Pittore and has been an active member of the Maine arts scene for over thirty years.
Jessica Giles is the daughter of an entrepreneurial Maine family that emphasized elegant production and hospitality. Jessica recently retired from a successful career of restaurant ownership/management in New York’s Finger Lakes region to dedicate more time to her two children and civic activities. She currently applies her business acumen as a Small Business Consultant and presides as Planning Board Chair for the Village of Trumansburg, NY. Jessica is a firm believer that art is present across the disciplines and is the fuel that feeds us all. When not solving number puzzles, working as Race Director for the T-burg Crit cycle race, or making supper, you might find her recharging at an art exhibition.
ADVISORS and CONSULTANTS
mp Warming is an IAM Co-Founder and international artist who is based in Berlin, Germany. Warming's projects communicate forward-thinking ideas within fine art for renowned architectural spaces. The American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the US Department of Fish and Game have contributed to her projects. Warming's art has been in exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale détournement and is in permanent collections at the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg and Foster + Partners’ Library at the Freie Universität Berlin. Currently she is working with scientists at Naturkundemuseum in Berlin.
David Tobis, Ph.D. has been a friend of Carlo Pittore since they were in middle school together. David was the first chairman of the Carlo Pittore Foundation.
He began his career as a social activist in Mississippi in 1965, rebuilding a burned church and then returning as a civil rights worker. He spent the next decade as an anti-war activist, traveling to North Vietnam in 1968 as part of the first student delegation to visit that country. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala in 1966-67 and co-edited the book published by NACLA, Guatemala: And So Victory is Born, Even in the Bitterest Hour. He was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, a distinction given to individuals who have worked to improve New York City.
Tobis is a sociologist who has worked to reform child welfare in New York, the United States and internationally for almost four decades. He founded and was executive director of the Child Welfare Fund and the Fund for Social Change. Beginning in 1991 he worked as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank to prevent children, the disabled and the elderly from being placed in long-term residential institutions in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is a founder and senior partner of Maestral International, a non-profit organization that works to promote the well-being of vulnerable children and families throughout the world. He recently worked in Nigeria and Mexico and is now working in Lebanon to strengthen their child protection systems.
His recent book, From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He graduated from Williams College and received a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.