Flint Institute of Arts

1120 East Kearsley Street  |  Flint, Michigan 48503-1915  |  810.234.1695




John Henry

Executive Director

John Henry has been the FIA's Director since July 1996, and holds an M.A. from the University of Mississippi in Art History and a B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina in sculpture.

He is a member of Rotary International and a member of numerous professional affiliations including the Board of Trustees of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, The Association of Art Museum Directors, American Association of Museums and the Midwest Museum Conference.

The Director is responsible for the administration of board policies and all museum operations.

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Lori Motley

Executive Assistant

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Mike Melenbrink

Director of Finance & Administration

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Tracey Stewart

Grants & Special Projects

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Tom Cheek

IT Manager

Craig Fenner

A/V Technician

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Curatorial Department

Tracee Glab

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Tracee Glab is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts and holds an MA in art history from Wayne State University and a BA in art history from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Recently she has contributed to Magnificence and Awe: Renaissance and Baroque Art in the Flint Institute of Arts (2011). Prior to her position in Flint, she worked for ten years at the Detroit Institute of Arts, editing several collection and exhibition catalogues, as well as serving as the editor of the museum's scholarly journal. Tracee was also honored with two competitive travel grants to London and Oxford to conduct her master's thesis research on the nineteenth-century British painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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Sarah Kohn

Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts

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Peter Ott


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Heather Jackson

Collections Manager

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Rachael Holstege

Assistant Curator

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Art School Administration

Donovan Entrekin

Director of the Art School

Donovan holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His undergraduate concentration was painting and printmaking; and graduate studies painting and sculpture.

Prior to joining the Flint Institute of Arts, Donovan served at Interlochen Center of the Arts for seven years, most recently as Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid. In addition to his administrative work, Donovan has exhibited, lectured and taught art at summer camps, community centers, and universities.

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Daniela Hellmich

Art School Office Manager

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Brent Swanson

Glass Programs Manager

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Development Department

Marissa Pierce

Director of Development

Marissa Pierce received an MA in English Language and Literature and BA in Communications, with a minor in Africana Studies from the University of Michigan Flint. She has worked in Public Relations and Marketing for over 20 years, in a number of industries. She has served a number of non-profit organizations as a volunteer and a Board Member including the Board of Governors for the University of Michigan Flint. She was also named the 2014 Young Professional Leader by The Flint & Genesee Group (formerly known as the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce). Marissa is a lifelong resident of the Genesee County community.

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Valarie Bailie

Membership Coordinator

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Bonnie Ferguson

Membership Assistant

Miles Lam

Senior Graphic Designer

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Patrick Hayes

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

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Mark Nichols

Digital Content Specialist

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Kathryn Sharbaugh

Director of Donor Relations

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Education Department Administration

Monique Desormeau

Curator of Education

Monique Desormeau holds a B.A. in Art History from the College of New Rochelle and an M.S. in Art Education from the College of St. Rose, and is a certified art educator. Her responsibilities include planing programs to help people connect with art, presenting art history classes and educator workshops, and training docents (museum guides).

Monique is a member of the National Art Education Association and American Alliance of Museums. In addition to her duties at the FIA, she teaches art education classes at Mott Community College.

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Michelle Dummer

Assistant Curator of Education

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Yvonne Blair

Administrative Assistant

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Brittany Wilson

Digital Media Coordinator

Jennifer Edgington

Art Educator

Jessica Brown

Art Educator

Rebekah Mikkelson

Art Educator

Rachel Higinbotham

Art & Museum Educator

Ka'Sella Matière

Program Coordinator

Member and Guest Relations

Sarah Mullane

Director of Member & Guest Relations

Originally from Ireland, Sarah Dunne moved to Flint in 2009. Sarah’s background in business and marketing in service-related industries allowed her to successfully introduce new cultural events as well as increase attendance to existing events during her five-year employment in the executive offices of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation. Sarah joined the FIA’s administrative team in 2014 and is now utilizing her expertise to develop and manage a new member and guest relations department that integrates the customer-facing services of the museum including the café, gift shop, visitor services, events, and facility rentals. Sarah also served on the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2015.

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Ashley Toth

Events Coordinator

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Malissa Lagios

Café Manager

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Ayanna Davis

Visitor Services Manager

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Bryan Christie

Facilities Manager

Don Howell

Assistant Facilities Manager & Preparator


Michael Wilson

Security Supervisor

Tony Gittens

Assistant Security Supervisor

Art School Faculty

Brent Swanson

Glass Programs Manager

Brent Swanson is a working artist as well as an educator. Swanson infuses his passion for glass working into both the pieces he creates and his classroom approach, in part because he sees glass as a magical medium, one that holds a special place in his heart. His work experience—which ranges from glass factory production to demonstrating glassblowing at Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village to teaching at his alma mater, College for Creative Studies—is as vast as what he fashions from molten material: elegant stemware, upscale lighting, and indoor/outdoor sculpture, some of which mix in other media, underscoring his education in craft of all kinds. Swanson’s unconventional, innovative approach defines not only his art, but also his attitude toward teaching, leading gallery owners nationwide to display his work.

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Guy Adamec

Instructor & Art School Technician

Guy has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is the FIA Ceramics Studio Fire Master. Guy has been a studio potter and ceramics instructor for more than 25 years. He exhibits his work throughout the midwest.

Jim Ames


Jim has taught watercolor for 35 years and is a member of the American Water Color Society. He is the author of Color Theory Made Easy and has lectured on color theory at many leading U.S. Art Schools.

Alla Dubrovich


Alla has an MFA and BFA from the Moscow Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia. She is a freelance illustrator and also teaches at Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Alice Foster-Stocum


Alice has taught at the FIA since 1982. She earned a degree at Michigan State University and studied under several renowned fiber artists. She has exhibited her work at numerous art venues.

Jeff Hageman

Instructor & Art School Technician

Jeff has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in ceramics. Jeff specializes in teapots and sculptures constructed from thrown parts.

Paul Hauth


Paul has a BFA in Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College in Buffalo N.Y. and an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy. Paul teaches at Mott Community College and works summers with the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

Tonya Henderson


Tonya Henderson has a degree in Visual Communications from the Colorado Institute of Art, and a diploma from Dubner Training Center in computer graphics. She exhibits nationally and is the owner of Creative Spirit Studios and co-owner of ReTHINKin It. 

Craig Hinshaw


Craig has a BS in art education from Ball State University, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been teaching elementary art in Michigan schools for 30 years. 

Barbara Holmer


Barbara has a BFA from Kendall College of Art in painting and surface design. She specializes in botanical watercolors and art quilts and has exhibited her paintings nationally.

Karyn Konkel

Instructor & Art School Technician

Karyn holds a BFA in ceramics and drawing from Sienna Heights University. She has taught at the Creative Arts Montessori, Ann Arbor Art Center, and was an assistant moldmaker at Pewabic Pottery.

Igor Macherkevich


Igor has a BA in graphic design from Moscow Art College of Design and an MFA from Moscow State Pedagogical University. He is a full-time practicing graphic designer.

Rachel Reynolds Z


Rachel holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She exhibits throughout the region.

Philip Ruehle


Philip received a BFA & MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Ruehle's artistic output ranges from wildlife to abstract painting to sculpture, with recognition for miniature figurative painting.

Anita Spencer


Anita holds a BA in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught K-6 in the Lapeer Public Schools for 30 years and exhibits fused and lamp-worked glass regionally.

Ellyn Sudow


Ellyn holds an MFA in Photography from George Washington University and also studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her experimentation includes the artistic potential of smartphones.

Karen Sutherland


Karen holds an AGS with honors from Mott Community College and is studying Art Education at University of Michigan-Flint. She was a para-professional at Clio Area Schools and has participated in Bridges, a multi-cultural arts program.

Rich Tesner


Rich Tesner has a Graphic Communications degree from Baker College and a MPA from University of Michigan. He is an associate member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS). Rich exhibits his work throughout Michigan.