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 midcoast Maine and earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Prior to her return to Maine, she created and taught the art program at Girls Prep, a New York City charter school, and was the studio manager at the Supporting Women Artists Project (SWAP) in Brooklyn, NY. 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, two sons, Peter and Nate, and dog Guinness.
Administrative Assistant: Juliette Walker
As Administrative Assistant, Juliette assists with summer and fall residency communications as well as community and fundraising events throughout the year. She helps to keep the operations of the busy Watershed office running smoothly.
Juliette received her BA in Studio Art from Pomona College. Prior to joining Watershed, she was a post-baccalaureate student in ceramics in her hometown at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in Madison, she taught classes at Midwest Clay Project and worked at the Madison Children’s Museum. She has been a resident artist at the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison and the International Ceramics Center in Kecskemét, Hungary. Her interests lie in the overlap between community engagement and the arts.
Bookkeeper: Donna Burkhardt