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 Headland’s 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.

Myles Dunigan | Facilities Technician

As the facilities technician, I work closely with the facilities manager to ensure the maintenance and functionality of the Headlands’ various buildings. My goal is to provide support to artists and staff in order to foster a safe, efficient environment.

I am a printmaker and visual artist hailing from Massachusetts; much of my inspiration is drawn from the intersection of humanity and the natural world. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design for my bachelor’s degree, and worked as a technician in the art department of Wellesley College following my undergraduate studies. When I am not at the Headlands, I divide my time between my home studio in Oakland and the printshop at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.

Helen Gilbert | Assistant Chef

Food service has long supported my work as a visual artist; cooking allows me to find work in any place I need an excuse to go and the means to stay. In a parallel universe I am an astrophysicist—an intergalactic explorer—but in this one I’m not so hot at math and instead I use the processes and language of contemporary art to chase new and exciting ideas.

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.

Brian Karl | Program Director

Walking and talking. Thinking out loud. Making connections. My artistic practice outside the office attempts to tease out the uncanny in the quotidian, mostly through audio and video.

Leigh Lehman | Acting Executive Director

As Acting Director, I am here to ensure the fiscal and programmatic well being of the organization, serve as a liaison to the board of directors, and support the staff this spring while the executive director is on maternity leave. I have worked at arts-based nonprofits for the past decade, with a 7-year career teaching English and ESL to teens and adults prior to that. Over the years I have also dabbled in odd jobs ranging from specialty chocolate sales to fashion research. I live in San Francisco with my husband and two young children. On the weekends you can find me dancing and reading with my kids, exploring the many natural landscapes of the Bay Area, or daydreaming about my next international travel destination.

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.

Seair Lorentz | 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 Headlands’ programs are accessible and relevant to the communities we serve.

When I am not plotting promotions, writing press releases, or drafting eBlast copy I can be found cooking in my kitchen, running a trail, walking the dog, visiting galleries, or watching a ball game (go Giants!)

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.

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!

Eva Rogers | Development Manager, Grants & Membership

I am Headlands’ grant writer and membership coordinator, which means I am in the business of using compelling words and conversation to tell Headlands’ rich story, create/maintain relationships, and encourage people to support the organization financially. I can also provide information about or help staff and artists with things like database use/management, getting quarters for the washing machine, and finding a postage stamp. I received my Master’s degree in graphic design from San Francisco State University, and I like to write. I also enjoy hot cider, roller coasters, ginger snaps, photography, that holiday feeling, the Midwest, sushi, subscriptions, colors that vibrate, beautiful books, running, and more!

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.