Simply Jane/ArtAble Board Members:
Cindy Perusse - Board President
Cindy is an attorney at Perusse Family Law. Cindy is a licensed foster parent and has been involved in numerous organizations including, Normandale Elementary PTO, Wooddale Church Nursery, and Co-Chair of Democratic Precinct Caucus.
Nicole Nelson - Board Vice President
Nicole teaches Interactive Media and Graphic Design at a career college and is a freelance graphic designer. She has experience working with diverse populations, writing curriculum and developing programs. Nicole has been the Lake Harriet Public School PTA Communications Chair and the President of Lake Harriet Montessori Preschool. She also volunteers for Community Emergency Service.
Jennie Clarke- Board Member
Jennie has over 20 years experience as a lawyer and partner at prominent law firms in Minnesota. She has worked with a variety of non-profit arts organizations in both board president and director positions; including the Textile Center and the Minnesota Center for Photography.
Mary Maloney - Board Member
Mary is an Associate Professor at St. Thomas. She has extensive experience in education, curriculum and management. She has served on many committees and boards.
Tamara Gebhardt – Board Member
Tamara is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Hopkins School District. She has served on the boards of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chi Rho Center, Backpack Tutors and the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association.
Jill LaMere – Board Member
Jill has over 15 years of leadership experience working as the Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer at a large full-service firm in Minneapolis. She has been an active volunteer for the Washburn High School Arts program and served as the treasurer for both the Minneapolis Boys High School Hockey and Lacrosse Booster organizations.
Jake Powell - Board Member
Jake has extensive experience providing direct support to disabled adults through working as a Direct Support Professional with Pathways to Community as well as his tenure as a Reader and Scribe for the University of St. Thomas Disabilities Enhancement Program. He has Small Business and Marketing experience as a Co-Founder of a clothing company.
Karen Savage - Board Member
Karen is a Mosaic Artist and has worked as a Speech/Language Clinician in the schools. She is a reserve teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools and teaches mosaic classes for children and adults. She has extensive volunteer experience as a photographer and communications liaison with youth organizations like Southwest High School Soccer and the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team.