Headlands Center for the Arts

Holly Blake | Residency Manager

As Residency Manager, I oversee the Artist in Residence Program and the Affiliate Artist Program.  That involves everything from answering inquiries about the programs to organizing the application and jurying processes, scheduling artists and assigning artist housing and studio space. I’ve worked at Headlands for over 22 years: my past job experience ranged from being the Circulation Services Manager at a Public Library, a real estate paralegal in both Florida and California and a Nautilus trainer. I’m a painter and have an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Brooke Clinton | Development Manager, Special Events and Major Gifts

As a member of the Development team, I work to ensure Headlands’ success by engaging current and potential supporters. I manage a diversity of fundraising and special events such as our annual Benefit Auction and help coordinate major gifts from donors and corporate sponsors. In the past I worked in arts and nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC and Texas. As a California transplant I spend my free time getting to know the Bay area, finding the perfect cup of coffee, cooking, and discovering new creative ventures.

Chris Doyle | Facilities Manager

As facilities manager, Christopher oversees the day-to-day care and maintenance of our facility and aims to make it a safe and productive place for artists to work and for visitors to visit. The long term goal is the rehabilitation and sustainability of our 75,000 square foot historic campus.

I was born in Chicago Illinois in 1965. I have lived in Illinois, Michigan. Massachusetts, England, South Carolina and of course California. I have an A.A. from Northwestern, a B.A. from Kendall, and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. My studies have included Literature, History, Biology and Fine Arts.

Maude Haak-Frendscho | Program Manager

As Program Manager, I am responsible for the Affiliate Artist Program, Alumni New Works, and Workshops at Headlands. I oversee their administration, coordinate program offerings, and collaborate with artists, partners, and other Headlands staff to develop program content. I earned my MA in Urban Studies from SFAI, and continue to pursue additional curatorial and editorial opportunities. When not at Headlands, I can be found exploring the coast, in the kitchen cooking with my sweetie and a nice glass of wine, or working with my family to tackle yet another garden project.

Cecilia Juan | Development Manager, Grants & Membership

As Development Manager, I work with our members, foundations, and government funders to help raise support for Headlands. Before moving to the Bay Area, I worked with a variety of New York arts organizations including the International Center of Photography and Studio Museum in Harlem. When not writing about Headlands, you’ll find me exploring the Bay Area with family and friends, trying my hand at tennis, or trying out a new recipe.

Vanessa Kauffman | Communications & Outreach Manager

My role at Headlands is to enhance public understanding of Headlands’ mission and programs. I work closely with the different departments to promote all of Headlands’ offerings. I also work to expand Headlands’ audience, and ensure that our programming is accessible and relevant to the communities we serve. When I am not at Headlands I can most often be found experimenting with various forms of writing, reading, and drawing, creating idiosyncratic dance moves, baking bread, and trying to grow lemons.

Cathy Kossack | Assistant Chef

As Assistant Chef, I help prepare and execute the dinners here at Headlands. This involves baking bread in our wood-burning brick oven, perusing the farmers market for local goods, and even making gelato from scratch. I originally started my time at Headlands as a Program Intern and am thrilled to continue supporting the community by creating these meals, where resident artists come together daily to discuss their experiences and artistic inspirations during their residency. When I am not in the kitchen, you can find me cruising on my bike in the Headlands’ hills, backpacking throughout California, or working away in my studio.

Rebecca Lendl | Director of Development

As Director of Development, I lead our efforts to raise funds in support of Headlands’ mission and programs. I work closely with our Board of Directors, donors and members, as well as our foundation and corporate partners. After ten years in New York working with organizations including Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, Creative Time, and MoMA PS1, I am thrilled to be a west coaster once again and to spend my working life in the lovely Marin Headlands. Family, friends, adventuring, art, and music round out my days.

Damon Little | Chef

As Chef, I’m responsible for the creation of five dinners a week for the resident artists as well as cooking for larger public events. This involves everything from menu planning and shopping at the farmers market to cooking and doing dishes. I began my time at Headlands as a live-in kitchen intern for two years before being appointed Chef. In the past I’ve been a baker and pastry chef and spent some time working in the commercial printing industry. I’m a musician, though my current primary creative focus is food.

sharon maidenberg | Executive Director

As Executive Director I work closely with the staff and Board of Directors to envision and implement Headlands’ programs for artists and the public. I do this through fundraising, long-range planning, advocacy work, project management and partnership development. I am also responsible for our relationship with our primary partner, the National Park Service, and the long-term wellness and sustainability of the organization. I’ve worked with artists and nonprofit organizations in the Bay for the better part of the last dozen years. In my spare moments, I read, cook, walk in the Marin Headlands and practice regular furniture rearranging.

Nicholas McCullough | Facilities Assistant

As the Facilities Assistant I work in unison with Chris Doyle tending to the wide array of projects and upkeep that take place within Headlands many buildings. Being an artist and maker myself I am available to the current Artists in Residence to assist them in fabrication and or installation of their work.

I am originally from the Los Angeles area with a BFA from California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) and am currently finishing up my MFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts (CCA) with an emphasis in wood, metal, and also furniture.

Betsy Menzel | Business Manager

My job touches on everything having to do with finance from the everyday (such as making bank deposits and cutting checks), to the big picture (as in “how do we sustain a financially viable organization?”). This involves a lot of multi-tasking which pretty much describes my whole life!

Madeleine Wilhite | Operations & Special Events Manager

As Operations and Special Events Manager I run Headlands’ event rental program, coordinate volunteer outreach efforts, and provide support for the once a season Open House. In addition to managing day-to-day and general operations, I’ll occasionally help an artist track down a ladder or a karaoke machine, check in with the National Park Service about the local owl population, or unearth archival treasures in our attic.

When not at Headlands you can find me in Big Sur, at a ceramics class, or sitting next to my backyard campfire.