STAFF & BOARD
Lynn Davis, Executive Director
Lynn holds degrees in Political Science and French Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She brings more than 20 years of nonprofit administration and fine arts management experience to her position, most recently as Director of Arts & Culture for the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Lynn looks forward to building upon SGS’s reputation as a center for arts and arts education and helping create a platform for emerging and professional artists.
Christine Plunkett, Director of Finance and Human Resources
Christine brings over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit, accounting, financial banking, and mortgage and real estate sectors to her role as Sonoran Glass School’s first Director of Finance and HR. We are grateful for her wisdom, compassion, and kindness and we are thrilled to have her to our team!
Dennis Treadwell, Director of Development & Marketing
Dennis brings more than thirty years’ experience in marketing, sales and development, most recently working in the field of international wildlife conservation. His background includes more than twenty years as a professional bronze sculptor who also works in wood, paper, fabricated steel, and glass. He brings a wide variety of additional skills including graphic design, video production and editing, technical and grant writing, e-commerce, and social media and website management.
Paul Anders-Stout, Shop Manager
Paul Anders-Stout started working in glass in 1999 at Philabaum Glass Studio. Paul’s fascination with glass was immediate and intense. While working for Philabaum, Paul earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in sculpture from the University of Arizona, graduating in 2004. Paul did extensive traveling working in studios from Wisconsin to Australia. Paul ran his own studio for five years and has been Hot Shop Director of the Sonoran Glass School since 2014. His work can be found in private collections from Berlin to New York and Tucson to Seattle.
Jason Marstall, Head Hot Shop Instructor/Lead Gaffer
Jason Marstall is a Hot Shop Instructor at SGS and an Assistant and Gaffer at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio. Born in Tucson, Jason began blowing glass in 2003 through a cooperative program between SGS and the University of Arizona. Today, he continues to build his repertoire of advanced skills in all glass disciplines. Some awards and distinctions include the Arizona Designer Craftsman Award for Art in Craft Media (2006); An assistant to Laura Donefer and Jeff Mack for the Corning Museum of Glass Artist in Residency Program and 3rd Place in the 2013 Tucson Glass Festival. Jason’s perpetually evolving style is apparent in his diverse array of work, from studies in blown forms and figurative sculpture to fine Venetian goblets and large carved vessels. His quest for knowledge and technique in glass is an endless endeavor, and his work is often done in series in order to fully investigate, develop, experiment with a particular technique.
Lauren C. Steinert, Hot Shop Instructor
Lauren C. Steinert received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science and Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin in printmaking and glass-working along with degrees in environmental science and German. She worked as the printmaking technician as well as the relief printmaking Instructor for the University of Arizona throughout her time as a graduate student. Steinert is currently the Printmaking Instructor for Pima Community College teaching relief, intaglio, and serigraphy. Steinert is a Glassblowing Instructor/Assistant at the Sonoran Glass School and she works as an assistant for a painter in Tucson, Arizona. Steinert began blowing glass in 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in imagery through glass. Steinert was a teaching assistant during her undergraduate years for beginning glass students. She has worked with many glass artists through programs such as Pilchuck, Stanwood, Washington–where she has run the Print Shop–to Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan. Her glass work focuses on vitreography, powder printing, and casting. Steinert’s art practice revolves around documenting and archiving the histories of the community work spaces she occupies.
Alexandra Scott, Hot Shop Instructor
Alexandra Scott started working with soft glass in 2012 and was first a student at Sonoran Glass School. Alexandra has just returned to Tucson from Denver where she spent three years working out of three different glass studios on her own work and assisting both transient and local artists on their endeavors, including public art installations. Her work is currently displayed at the Jacquard hotel in Denver Colorado and at the Flux Gallery and Studio. Most of Alexandra’s work has been crafted for the home and bar, and she has made specialty cocktail-ware for hotels including the Dove Mountain Ritz Carlton.
Amanda Marbut, Warm Shop Instructor
Amanda Marbut has a Masters’ Degree in International Relations and left a career with the federal government to pursue the arts. Amanda started taking both fusing and hot shop classes at the Sonoran Glass School back in 2019. While new to the glass world, she loves exploring new methods.
Dave Klein, Co-Founder
Dave is a glass artist who developed many of the original SGS programs and studios. He received a BA in Education in 1991 and has worked internationally in glass. He continues to work with SGS striving to further enhance educational programs and applications for glass in art, science, and technology.
Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder
In 1973, Tom received an MA from University of Wisconsin where he studied glass with Harvey Littleton. Once he moved to Tucson, Tom started a glass studio in 1975, earned his MFA from UA in 1983, and helped orchestrate the first Glass Art Society (GAS) conference in Tucson that same year. He was co-chair for the 1997 Tucson GAS conference and received the AZ Artist of the Year award in 1998. In 2000, Tom and Dave Klein co-founded the Sonoran Art Foundation (now SGS). He has served on the Board of GAS, American Craft Council, Tucson Visiting Artists Consortium, and SGS.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Marcia Lerner, President
- Jaime Gutierrez, Treasurer
- Jim Boulay
- Gina Compitello
- Roberta Elliott
- Don Gutzler
- Barry Kitay
- Jessica Korf
- Evan Mendelson
- Mike Peel
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
- Fritz Dreisbach
- Dave Klein, Co-Founder
- Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder