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 .
Contact Heather 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.
Contact Kelly for inquiries about working at 577 (including jobs, fellowships, internships, seasonal work, and volunteering) as well as donations.
Assistant Director – Education and Outreach
Danielle manages 577’s Education Department, including classes, reservations, field trips and tours, special events, communications, and the Curiosity Shop.
Contact Danielle with inquiries about media/marketing, scheduling a field trip or tour, reserving a meeting space, Curiosity Shop, and general programing questions.
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.
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.
Contact Julie if you have questions about pottery: clay, classes, firings, and more.
Emily is part of the Education team, assisting in the planning, preparation, and teaching of community pottery classes at 577. She assists with kiln operation and maintenance, loading, unloading and firing, and helps keep our pottery studio stocked, clean, and organized. When she’s not working at 577, Emily is creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for customers of her own ceramic arts business.
Check out the most current schedule of pottery classes at 577 to see what Emily is teaching next.
A member of the Education team, Connie coordinates the community instructor classes and special events. A gift artist and instructor, she also teaches a variety of painting classes at 577.
Contact Connie with inquiries about teaching a class at 577.
Isabelle is a member of the Education department and is responsible for Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop operations. Isabelle is available to welcome and direct 577 guests with a smile, accept book donations, and help you get signed up for a class.
She is also a trained artist and frequent class instructor. You may find Isabelle teaching portrait or still-life drawing classes at 577.
Contact Isabelle if you have questions about our hours, need directions, or want to make a donation to the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop.
Organic Garden Horticulturist
Samantha is a member of the Properties team and is responsible for leading 577’s Community Garden program and food bank donation process, as well as managing our greenhouses, biodome, and potting shed. She has an extensive knowledge of soil science, plant propagation, and plant care, and you may find her teaching a class at 577 on heirloom vegetables or environmental conservation.
Contact Samantha if you have gardening questions, or if you’re interested in participating in 577’s Community Garden program.
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.
Contact Bennett to answer your questions about organic landscaping, compost, and garden bed design.
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.
As a member of the Properties team, Jake works hard to make sure 577’s facilities are spotless and ready for your use. Jake is responsible for setting up and tearing down classroom and meeting spaces, performing general maintenance and repairs, and assisting with landscape maintenance such as mowing and snow removal, among many other things. Give Jake a wave next time you see him out around the grounds.