Water Street Studios Staff


Danielle hollis
Executive director

Danielle joined Water Street Studios in September of 2015 after completing her Masters in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University. Danielle has raised over $350,000 to support programming at Water Street Studios. She believes in using art as a tool for educational, creative, professional, and personal growth. 

Danielle enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her partner, family and friends. She also serves on the board of Chillinois Young Farmers Coalition



karine bauch
director of education

Karine Bauch joined the Water Street Studios team as the Director of Education in June of 2016. Previously, she was director of The Learning Vine in Naperville and ran her own art instruction company, Masterpiece Art Instruction. She has taught art classes locally and online for 16 years and now enjoys mentoring art teachers and students at Water Street Studios

Her degree in Illustration from Fashion Institute of Technology helped refine her drawing and painting skills. Her other interests include paper marbling, guitar, piano, and singing. She lives in North Aurora with her husband and two sons.


jaime gutierrez
events & facilities manager

Jaime arrived at Water Street Studios in January of 2015 and soon realized he was the only non-artist on the staff. He quickly developed a deep appreciation for this community of creators and their work. He is dedicated to providing a clean, comfortable, and well-lit atmosphere to support the creative process. As the Events Manager, he strives to provide unique experiences outside the usual offerings.

Jaime is a husband, father, mobile DJ, trivia host, and podcaster. He loves soccer. A bit too much, perhaps.


Water street studios Board of Directors 

  Steve Newman President   

Steve Newman


  Christine McFadden Vice President

Christine McFadden
Vice President

  Stacey Sargent Treasurer

Stacey Sargent

  Ramon Bassett Secretary

Ramon Bassett

  Buzz Miller Board Member

Buzz Miller
Board Member

  Richard DeVeau Board Member

Richard DeVeau
Board Member

  Kurt Hagemann Board Member   

Kurt Hagemann
Board Member


  Chris Mortenson Board Member

Chris Mortenson
Board Member


Eric & Krista Andersen, Carolyn Hanna, Andy Kenney, Angella MacDonald, Bob Vaughan, Jeff Vekony, Fran Yoshioka .... more to be announced next month. 

Gallery Committee

Steve Sherrell, Rebecca Allen, David Wensel, Richard DeVeau, Kathy Mc Donald, Angela Wilson, Georgia Schwender, Amy Schoenthal