Heather Gallant

Executive Director

Heather leads the 577 Foundation in terms of mission, strategic direction, overall vision and management, fundraising, community connections, partnerships, board governance, special opportunities, and crisis management .

Give her a call if you’d like to make a gift to 577 or if you have any questions about community partnerships.

Kelly Rose Hirsh

Assistant Director – Administrative Operations

Kelly manages 577’s Administrative Department, including resource development (donations and grants), process improvement across the organization, board committee tracking, human resources tracking, and volunteer management across the organization.

She handles inquiries about working at 577 (including jobs, fellowships, internships, seasonal work, and volunteering) as well as donations.

Danielle Marino

Assistant Director – Education and Outreach

Danielle manages 577’s Education Department, including classes, programs,  the Curiosity Shop, events, and communications.

Connect with her with inquiries about teaching a class at 577, the Curiosity Shop, or media/marketing.

Mike Mummert

Assistant Director – Buildings, Grounds, Technology

Mike manages 577’s Properties Department, including horticulture, landscaping, groundskeeping, building maintenance and cleaning, equipment repairs and acquisitions, basic IT, building automation, construction projects, and safety and security. 

Contact Mike if you notice a repair that needs to be made at 577 – although, with his keen eye, there’s a good chance he already knows about it.

Julie Beutler

Pottery Studio Manager and Ceramic Artist

Julie is a member of the Education team at 577. A gifted artist and teacher, she leads all things related to pottery and ceramics: classes, kilns (electric, wood, and raku), glazes, and clay recycling. Her creativity in the studio knows no boundaries and has students trying new techniques and projects every day, giving everyone the chance to play with clay.

Give her a call if you have questions about pottery: clay, classes, firings, and more.

Connie Stose

Program Manager

A member of the Education team, Connie coordinates the community instructor classes,  events, tours, and meetings. A gifted artist and instructor, she also teaches painting classes at 577. 

A servant leader at heart, Connie will help you with general questions about 577, it’s classes, events, tours, or meetings. Give her a call. She’s happy to help! 

Bennett Dowling

Organic Landscape Horticulturist

As a member of the Properties team, Bennett envisions and executes the beautiful landscapes at 577. Using flower beds as his canvas, you never know what Bennett will have popping out of the ground next. He is also responsible for our compost operations and lawn and tree care.

He is available to answer your questions about organic landscaping, compost, and garden bed design.

Mike Welling


If there’s anything that Mike Welling can’t fix, we haven’t found it yet. A member of the Properties team, Mike regularly saves the day with repairs and preventative maintenance to keep 577 safe, working, and ready for you to enjoy.

The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. The last day open for 2022 is Saturday, December 17.