Staff & Board

  • Ama Rogan
    Managing Director
    Ama Rogan is the Managing Director of A Studio in the Woods. She is a native New Orleanian who earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 and had a professional art practice until 2000, working in a variety of media including printmaking, ceramics and mixed media. In 2001 she joined the fledgling Board of Friends of A Studio in the Woods and founded the Program committee that oversaw the development of the Studio’s signature residency program. In 2004 she became Managing Director and recognized the opportunity to focus residencies on pressing environmental themes. She spearheaded the transition of the program to the internationally recognized leader in ecological residencies that it is today. Rogan directs the planning, development and management of A Studio in the Woods and the Lower Coast Field Station at Carmichael Forest.
  • Cammie Hill-Prewitt
    Residency Coordinator
    Before moving to New Orleans to pursue a Masters degree in Art History at Tulane, Residency Coordinator Cammie Hill-Prewitt was the Program Manager of a non-profit organization in San Francisco working with emerging visual artists. Passionate about the arts, she has worked in non-profits for more than fifteen years. She started working at A Studio in the Woods in 2007 and enjoys finding new ways to bring the arts to the Greater New Orleans community and to students of all ages. Part of Cammie's job is to help source the materials, sites and individuals that artists need to create risk-taking new works during their residencies. In addition to facilitating programmatic activities such as Kids in the Woods summer camp and the annual FORESTival fundraiser, she acts as a grantwriter, bookkeeper and database manager for the organization.
  • Grace Rennie
    Marketing and Operations Coordinator
    Grace Rennie has worked at A Studio in the Woods since early 2017. She wears a number of hats as Marketing and Operations Coordinator, managing the facilities and marketing for the residency as well as assisting with events and programming. Rennie is a weaver and arts administrator who has worked with a number of organizations across the New Orleans area since her arrival to the city in 2011, including the UNO - St. Claude Gallery, National Performance Network, Prospect New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She holds a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.
  • David Baker
    Environmental Curator
    David Baker studied botany under Dr. Bill Platt at LSU and went on to study the impacts of Hurricane Andrew on Everglades National Park and LSU’s Ben Hur Woods, a bottomland hardwood forest.  While working in the Everglades, Baker learned the trade of prescribed burning.  Following his time at LSU he worked at the Louisiana Nature Conservancy as the Louisiana State Land Steward, managing and burning 16 nature preserves in Louisiana. In 2004 Baker began removing Chinese Privet at A Studio in the Woods and has worked there ever since as the program's Environmental Curator. While working at A Studio in the Woods Baker has installed thirty-two ten-meter by ten-meter plots for the long term study of changes in the ecosystem during the restoration process.
  • Joe M. Carmichael
    Co-Founder, Steward, and Board Member
    Joe M. Carmichael is the co-founder and steward of A Studio in the Woods. Born and raised in West Texas, Joe moved to New Orleans in 1941 and purchased the land that is now A Studio in the Woods with his wife Lucianne in 1969. Joe worked as a journalist and lobbyist for public education before retiring. Joe enjoys woodworking and watching the woods grow from his porch swing.

 

Friends of A Studio in the Woods Board
Friends of A Studio in the Woods is the 501(c)3 that supports the Studio by providing guidance, expertise and direction on major decisions impacting the Studio’s arts, environmental and educational programming. The Friends of A Studio in the Woods Board provides financial, project development and volunteer support, along with other resources. Friends is the primary funder of the Studio, providing most of the program costs and 60% of salary costs. Friends relies on support from individuals and private foundations to produce all community programming.

  • Ylva Rouse
    Board Chair
    Ylva Rouse currently serves as Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. She served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and later Interim Director for Prospect New Orleans from 2007 to 2019. She has been active throughout her career writing, curating and organizing lecture series about art aimed at the general public and has always immersed herself in the community, serving as advisor and collaborating in multiple and diverse arts projects and general initiatives with local organizations, community centers, and universities in order to support positive change. With the firm belief in art as a force for change, Rouse's passion throughout her career has been to spread the understanding and enjoyment of the modern and contemporary arts among the general public and bring awareness to the importance of nurturing the creative spirit, as individuals and as community.
  • Lynne Burkart
    Board Treasurer
    Lynne A. Burkart, CPA, CIA, CFSA, CRMA, CGMA, CFE, is a Director in the Postlethwaite & Netterville Accounting and Assurance Services Group, and serves as Director of Assurance Services for the firm's New Orleans office. With over 30 years of audit experience, Lynne works with clients in diverse industries including financial services, employee benefit plans, healthcare, non-profit and manufacturing.
  • Alexandra "Sascha" Mora
    Board Secretary
    Alexandra "Sascha" Mora is originally from New York, and feels connected to her Latin American and Swiss roots. New Orleans has been home to her for over 20 years. She is a lawyer, mediator, and hearing officer. She also serves the government of Switzerland as an honorary consul of New Orleans. As a lawyer, she has worked with non-profits and taken on civil rights cases, including voter registration and discrimination. For relaxation, she enjoys practicing Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu, and painting. Sascha expresses her commitment to the environment by carrying her own plastic cup, avoiding plastic water bottles, re-using whenever possible, and supporting organic and local businesses. She is proud to support Friends of A Studio in the Woods as its Secretary and a board member.
  • Katrina Andry
    Board Member
    A native of New Orleans, Katrina Andry received an M.F.A in printmaking in 2010. She currently lives and works in New Orleans where she maintains a studio and works as the Project and Publications Manager for The Data Center. Andry’s artwork explores the negative effects of stereotypes on the lives of Black people and how these stereotypes give rise to biased laws and ideologies in our society. Her large-scale prints confront the viewer with these derogatory cultural clichés. Andry’s more recent work expresses the collective experiences of Black people in our society, such as problems of gentrification, unequal education, unequal pay, and gender politics through the lens of stereotyping an entire group of people. Andry was listed in the September 2012 Art in Print magazine as one of the top 50 printmakers. She has recently shown at the Hammonds House Museum (solo), the Pensacola Museum of Art (solo), and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
  • Mary Len Costa
    Board Member
    Mary Len Costa met the Carmichaels in 1995 and has benefitted from a relationship with ASITW ever since, most recently serving as Board Chair for the Friends in its successful capital campaign to build the Writer’s Cabin. Long an advocate for the value of regional arts and culture, Mary Len worked at the Arts Council of New Orleans for 18 years. In administering the City’s public art program, she assisted artists in creating artworks that tell the story of our local communities. Post-Katrina, as Interim CEO of the Arts Council, she increased public, private, and foundation support for the local cultural community to assist in recovery efforts. In partnership with Evacuteer, she formulated the process to create 14 sculptures that mark pick-up sites throughout the city for those without transportation in the case of mandatory hurricane evacuation. With her husband Louis, she has received local and national awards for their contributions to the preservation of the Lower Garden District and revitalization of its residential character.
  • Luann Dozier
    Luann Dozier serves as Vice President of Advancement for Constituency Programs at Tulane Unviersity.
  • Alicia Franck
    Board Member
    Alicia Franck was appointed Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Development Officer at The National World War II Museum in November 2019. A member of the executive leadership team at the Museum, Ms. Franck maintains primary responsibility, and provides strategic direction, for planning, managing and executing fund raising activities in support of the Museum’s capital and programmatic priorities, as well as overseeing the annual Membership and Events program. Ms. Franck has over 30 years of advancement experience working in a variety of sectors including higher education, international development, and healthcare. A native of Mississippi, Ms. Franck earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rhodes College and a Master of Divinity degree, cum laude, from Emory University.
  • Tina Freeman
    Board Member
    Tina Freeman is a photographer of landscapes, architecture, portraits, and interiors whose life work has focused on the exploration of physical environments. Acclaimed for photographing architecture and interiors in her native New Orleans, the U.S., and Europe, she has simultaneously sought to capture the subtle beauty of Louisiana’s natural landscape through her discerning lens. Her subjects have included stately interiors, urban warehouses, remote Arctic and Antarctic glaciers, and backcountry Louisiana swamps. Freeman earned a BFA in Photography from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where her love of nature was first stoked from visits to varied landscapes from the desert of Death Valley to the magisterial Redwood forests. She returned to New Orleans after completing her studies, becoming the second curator of Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1978. Her work is held in collections both private and public, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
  • Robert Hopkins
    Board Member
    Robert Hopkins serves as Assistant VP of Business Banking Development for Hancock Whitney Bank. He also serves on the board of GNO Inc, as Executive Vice President of the Westbank Business and Industry Association, and as Director of the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival. He is the Former Chairman of the Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry.
  • Scott Hutcheson
    Board Member
    Scott Hutcheson serves as Managing Director of Strategy and Partnerships for E Pluribus Unum Fund and was formerly the Senior Advisor for Cultural Economy to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Under Mr. Hutcheson’s leadership, the first Cultural Economy Snapshot, a report on the impact of culture on the New Orleans economy, was developed and is now published annually by the City. This Snapshot serves as a national model for cultural economy development. Mr. Hutcheson was appointed by Lt. Governor Landrieu as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cultural Development and served as the State Historic Preservation Officer. As a senior member of the Executive Management Team for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Scott led the work of the Division of Historic Preservation, Division of Archaeology, Division of the Arts and the state’s Cultural Economy Initiative.
  • John Kleinschmidt
    Board Member
    John Kleinschmidt is an architect and urban designer at Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment where he leads projects focused on creative adaptations to climate change and sensitive responses to place and site. Additionally, he maintains an artistic practice focused on drawing, printmaking, and site-specific installations. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Yale School of Architecture, and was a 2018 Adaptations Artist-in-Residence at A Studio in the Woods.
  • Libra LaGrone Pealer
    Board Member
    Libra LaGrone Pealer currently works as a Research Associate at Amanda Winstead Fine Art, LLC, New Orleans, LA. Previously, she was the Finance/Development Manager at the Newcomb Art Museum, the Deputy Director/Curator of Southern Music at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and has consulted independently for multiple arts and cultural events including Prospect 4, TEDWomen, and French Quarter Festival. Libra serves on multiple parent driven committees at the Newcomb Children's Center where her two daughters attend. She holds an MLA from Tulane University and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of North Alabama and is FORESTival's biggest fan.
  • Jacqueline Sullivan
    Board Member
    An accountant by training, Jackie Sullivan served in many roles at the New Orleans Museum of Art, concluding her 37-year tenure as Deputy Director. A Native New Orleanian, Jackie has dedicated her life to promoting the arts in New Orleans and has served on numerous Boards.
  • Dawn Wesson
    Board Member
    Dawn Wesson is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medical at Tulane University. Wesson's background in medical/molecular entomology and vector biology has led to her role as a principal investigator on many research projects on vector-borne pathogens (particularly dengue, West Nile, and Chagas disease), and as an instructor of graduate and undergraduate courses on vector biology and ecology. Her research interests include the ecology of arbovirus transmission, eco-epidemiology of Chagas disease, host-pathogen co-evolution, development of novel vector control strategies and tools, and examining the effects of vector-borne pathogen infection on human pregnancy outcomes. She has mentored more than 170 students (BSPH, MSPH and PhD), and post-doctoral researchers.