Staff

Executive Director: Fran Rudoff
frudoff@watershedceramics.org

Fran 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
rfahnestock@watershedceramics.org

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.

Director, Outreach & Communications: Claire Brassil
cbrassil@watershedceramics.org

Claire works with artists to organize Watershed’s summer residency sessions and workshops. Additionally, she directs Watershed’s marketing and outreach work and designs the Center’s digital and print collateral.

Prior to working at Watershed, Claire created the art program and served as the lead art teacher at Girls Prep, the first New York City charter school for girls. She also worked as the studio manager for the Supporting Women Artists Project (SWAP) artist collective in Brooklyn, managed a gallery that showed work by emerging international artists, and worked for a pioneering art lawyer on projects for Christie’s, the World Monuments Fund, Alliance for the Arts, One Laptop Per Child, and a number of private clients. Claire earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of 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.

Associate Director, Development & Special Events: Courtney Norian
cnorian@watershedceramics.org

Courtney joined Watershed in June of 2015, bringing with her experience in fundraising, event planning, and marketing. Courtney manages Watershed’s fundraising efforts and organizes Salad Days and other fundraising 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.

Development Associate: Courtney Brecht
 

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 children after 11 years in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her work at Watershed, she paints commissioned portraits.

Office Coordinator: Trelawney O’Brien
tobrien@watershedceramics.org

Trelawney joined the team at Watershed as the Office Coordinator in 2019. A wearer of many hats at Watershed, Trelawney keeps the office running smoothly and helps organize special events, residency programs, and workshops.

Originally from the Midwest, Trey graduated with a B.F.A from Bowling Green State University. She has been a mover and a shaker in the Maine art community since 2010 when she moved here permanently.

She has been a teaching artist at the Farnsworth Art Museum, many public school systems, Sweet Tree Arts Center, Merryspring Nature Center, and the Patton Free Library, and has held many public and private textile workshops on her farm in Rockport and throughout Maine. Her interdisciplinary work has been shown around the state. Trelawney has run her small textile-based company, treyummy, since 2016 as a way to explore traditional craft, process, and art through thoughtful, one of kind objects and fashion. 

If you don’t find Trelawney in the office or in her studio, she’ll be on a surf board or on some other adventure in the wilds of Maine.

Bookkeeper: Donna Burkhardt
dburkhardt@watershedceramics.org