Meet the Management Team
Quick Contact Staff
For more information about individual staff members, read on below.
- Executive Director, Katie Miller
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- Director of Children’s Programming, Peggy Rainville
- Director of Community Partnerships, Heidi Swevens
- Development & Communications, Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller
- Senior Teaching Artist + Creative Collaborator, Lisa Condino
- Inclusive Arts Specialist, Alexandra Turner
After more than a decade of working for arts and youth empowerment organizations across the east coast, Katie Miller joined the staff of Inclusive Arts Vermont in May of 2016 as Development & Communications Director. She enjoys bringing together her background as an artist and skills in nonprofit management to serve the community. As the parent of a young child with a disability and an artist herself, she feels a strong personal connection to our mission.
Katie brings enthusiasm and humor to her work as well as extensive experience in program development, communications, and fundraising. She completed her graduate research on how to make the arts more accessible to rural communities. She has a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Marlboro College. She is also a trained Results Based Accountability trainer.
In her free time Katie enjoys working on home renovations, photography, hand-lettering, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Director of Children’s Programming
Peggy Rainville holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has over 20 years of experience leading children and adults on creative adventures. She is inspired by nature, little children, animals, and love.
In 2000 Peggy began her time at the organization as a teaching artist and in 2009 became the full-time Director of Children’s Programming. In this role, Peggy leads Start With The Arts and the other children’s programming. She is continuously updating the programs to keep them relevant to the current needs in Vermont and keeps herself inspired by continuing to work in Start With The Arts as a teaching artist.
Additionally, Peggy completes and processes payroll for Inclusive Arts Vermont, balancing out her right brain tendencies!
Peggy is committed to the mission of Inclusive Arts Vermont and to encouraging joy, creative self-expression, and professionalism. She carries this to her work outside of Inclusive Arts Vermont, as a visual artist and Creativity Encourager in her art studio. In addition to creating her intuitive paintings, she encourages others to connect to, or reconnect with, the power of their creativity, and to find the magic that it holds.
Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, in nature, riding and caring for her horses, and all things creative.
Director of Community Partnerships
Heidi Swevens enjoys people, stories, and connections. Her first summer job was at a childcare center where she engaged with toddlers and infants. After experiencing changes in her vision a couple years later, she returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2001. Since that time she has worked in and served a variety of organizations whose missions relate to people with disabilities, older adults and families and communities. One volunteer role led to a synchronous opportunity to show her photography in a solo exhibit she titled “Do You See What I See?” which was part of UVM’s Disability Awareness Month’s events in 2006.
Heidi was first introduced to VSA Vermont when one of her photographs was accepted in the 2011 Engage Exhibition, a juried show featuring artists with disabilities. After that initial experience, she was eager to get involved with the organization including the first BOOM VT drum festival. When a staff position became available, she was grateful to contribute to the mission in a more formal way.
Heidi currently manages a variety of programs including Adult Arts Education, K-12 arts integration residences, inclusive programming with partners in the community, and professional development. She has facilitated groups and trainings throughout her career and particularly values presentations about disability awareness and inclusion. As part of Inclusive Arts Vermont’s professional development team, Heidi engages with learners of all ages and appreciates developing curriculum that get at the heart of understanding and increasing inclusion through the arts.
Heidi enjoys nature, trees, rivers, hiking, snow shoeing, zip lining, writing, and much, much more. She also enjoys taking photographs of both the adventures and the simple details that remind her that beauty is everywhere.
Senior Teaching Artist / Creative Collaborator
Lisa joined Inclusive Arts Vermont as a teaching artist in September 2011. In 2018 joined the management team while continuing to contribute her teaching artistry to the many wonderful programs offered.
Lisa is a visual artist who has dedicated 20+ of her art career years to support learning, empower individuals, and build community. She believes everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and seen. The root of her teaching approach promotes self-advocacy, cultivates a safe environment for creative expression, supports social & emotional learning, active engagement, and the inclusion of all learners. She developed the Inclusive Arts Vermont arts integration curriculum used for engaging reluctant and reactive learners.
Lisa earned a BFA in Painting and Photography with a minor in Art History, Paper Science & Technology, and Museum Studies from Western Michigan University. She also holds a certificate of Art Therapy from Northwestern University. Lisa brings humor and professionalism to her creative work and has considerable experience engaging a complexity of wonderful learners. When not at work Lisa can be found adventuring and taking note of the endless metaphors that surround us.
Inclusive Arts Specialist
Alexandra Turner is a teaching artist, professional development instructor, and Inclusive Arts Specialist. Alexandra works with all ages in a variety of settings including public and private schools, preschools, galleries and community programs. In addition to residencies and workshops for students and community members, Alexandra works with statewide organizations to develop and lead professional development workshops for teachers, Teaching Artists, after-school and early-childhood professionals. Alexandra joined the staff of Inclusive Arts Vermont in 2018 after three years of working as an independent contractor for Start With the Arts, Adults Arts, Arts to Smarts, and professional development programs. She brings over ten years of experience in teaching artistry. Alexandra holds a BA in Studio Arts and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education. Alexandra is an multidisciplinary artist working mainly in kiln-formed glass and digital photography.
Through her art and teaching, Alexandra investigates light, nature, and narrative and enjoys helping others to notice the beauty in the world around them and the joy in experiencing art.
When not making art or leading arts experiences, Alexandra can be found hiking, swimming or paddling with her family and dog.