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CERF+ Welcomes New Board Members

Sept 29, 2016 | CERF+ News

We are very to announce the addition of four outstanding individuals to the CERF+ Board whose terms commence at CERF+’s Annual Meeting in October 2016.

people_photos_beneficiaries-25Tanya Aguiñiga
Artist/Designer/Craftsperson, Los Angeles, CA

Tanya is a Los Angeles-based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. Aguiñiga is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and Creative Capital 2016 Grant Awardee. She has been the subject of a cover article for American Craft and has been featured in the PBS series, Craft in America.


Azim MazagonwallaAzim Mazagonwalla
Senior Level Accountant, Rehoboth, MA

Azim is an administrator with experience in the nonprofit, municipal and private sectors, including 15 years of senior level accounting. He is currently the Senior Director of Finance at the United Way, Boston. He holds an MS in Accounting and an MBA in International Business from the University of Rhode Island along with an MA in Social Work from Madras University, India. Azim has served on the board of numerous arts and culture organizations, including: the Aga Khan Education Board for Southern India and, more recently, the New England Foundation for the Arts. He is married to Janice Kissinger a Fiber artist/designer and lives with their three children in Rehoboth MA.



people_photos_beneficiaries-22Paul Sacaridiz
Executive Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Paul has extensive experience in higher education, administration and leadership in not-for-profit arts organizations. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently executive director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He is a fellow with the National Council of Arts Administrators and has most recently served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). As a sculptor, Paul is interested in the collision of abstraction, urban planning and utopian systems. He has produced multiple large-scale projects, designed for specific institutions such as: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including: the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company.

Olivia Surratt
Investment advisor, business owner, Pikesville, MD

Olivia is the owner of OT Surratt & Associates, LLC, a full service regional brokerage firm. She is a registered financial advisor to high net wealth individuals, retirement plans for medical practices, and family trusts. She has worked for Citibank, First Boston Corporation, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Governor’s Budget Office. She has served on numerous boards, and is passionate about craft as a collector and a silversmith, working in precious metal clay.


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