Year-Round Staff Members
Executive Director: Fran Rudoff
Ms. Rudoff joined Watershed in March 2013 as a seasoned leader with extensive experience directing non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Watershed, Rudoff served as executive director of KIDS Consortium for fourteen years where she collaborated with state education agencies, school districts and other organizations to integrate service-learning (application of academic knowledge and skills to solve community problems) into K-12 school culture and practice. She secured and managed numerous federal, state and foundation grants and diversified KIDS Consortium’s funding stream, enabling the organization to have greater entrepreneurial strengths and become more self-sustaining.
Rudoff has also worked for several state agencies in Maine, directing regional planning, land use, and resource management efforts. Through her role as the Director of the Maine Coastal Program in the State’s Planning Office, she worked on a project to protect the Damariscotta River Estuary.
Before moving to Maine in 1986, she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for a decade, holding positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Rudoff is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in Environmental Studies, and of the University of Pennsylvania with a MA in Regional Planning. While not a professional ceramicist, she has worked in clay for many years and has a deep appreciation for the medium. She is the past president of Temple Beth El in Augusta, Maine. She lives in Litchfield, Maine and enjoys gardening, vegetarian cooking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Studio Manager: Reeder Fahnestock
Among his many duties as Studio Manager, Reed Fahnestock acts as an interface between the residents and the facilities by maintaining the kilns and equipment and providing safety and technical information and oversight for staff, assistants, and volunteers.
He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He attended Kansas State University where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda, was awarded the Strecker-Nelson Gallery MFA Scholarship, built a new wood kiln, and taught beginning and advanced ceramics. Most recently, he was the inaugural artist in residence at Pinon Hill Pottery in La Veta, Colorado. He was also artist in residence for two years at Pope Valley Pottery in the Napa Valley in California. His son, Ri, is Studio Shop Manager at the University of New Hampshire in Durham and recently came in second in a hotly contested National Wife Carrying Competition in nearby Sunday River.
Outreach and Communications Director: Claire Brassil
Claire serves as the point-of-contact for artists and other parties interested in Watershed’s programs and events. She also directs Watershed’s marketing and communications efforts and designs Watershed’s digital and printed informational materials.
Claire grew up in Newcastle, ME and first encountered Watershed while in high school. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. After completing her MFA, she moved to New York City, where she created and taught the art program at Girls Prep, the first New York City charter school for girls. She also served as the studio manager at the Supporting Women Artists Project (SWAP) in Brooklyn, NY, which provided emerging artists with free studio space in exchange for mentoring high school students in art. She has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, The Lerman Trust in Pennsylvania, and Kloster Bentlage in Rheine, Germany, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
Development Associate: Courtney Norian
Courtney joined Watershed in June of 2015, bringing with her experience in fundraising, event planning, and marketing. In the Development Associate role, Courtney supports Watershed’s fundraising efforts and oversees the coordination of Salad Days and the Soup Bowl Supper, as well as other fundraising and community events.
Prior to coming to Watershed, Courtney worked in Boston for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as member of the Development Marketing department and then as the Associate Director of the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. During her time at Dana-Farber, she helped the Jimmy Fund Walk become the highest grossing, single-day, fundraising walk in the nation, raising nearly $8 million in 2013. Early in her career, Courtney also worked for a small advertising agency outside Philadelphia, and produced television shows for Warner Bros./Telepictures in New York City.
Courtney is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications. She hails from Wyndmoor, PA and currently lives in Bristol, ME with her husband, Matt, and her children Peter, Nate, and Harper.
Courtney joined Watershed in March of 2018 to assist with major gifts and help prepare for a Capital Campaign. Prior to Watershed, she worked for 8 years in the New York City development office of The MacDowell Colony, the country’s oldest artist residency program, located in Peterborough, NH. There she focused on direct appeals and managed their database.
Courtney is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts and received an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York. She grew up in Towson, MD, but after graduating from Bowdoin spent 4 years working as the tech assistant for their Visual Arts Department in Brunswick, ME. She has recently returned to Maine, residing in Camden with her husband and son after 11 years in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her work at Watershed, she paints commissioned portraits.
Bookkeeper: Donna Burkhardt