Water street studios Board of Directors 

Board of Directors

Steve Newman, President
Christine McFadden, Vice President
Stacey Sargent, Treasurer
Christopher Mortenson, Secretary

Ramon Bassett
Jessica Breugelmans
Richard DeVeau
Maureen Gasek
Kurt Hagemann
Buzz Miller
Lisa Youngdahl

Water Street Studios Staff


Danielle hollis
Executive director

Danielle currently leads a team of 10 employees, 11 board of directors, 10 advisory council members, and numerous volunteers to further the mission of making the arts accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. She has generated over $550,000 in contributed revenue and $715,000 in earned revenue since 2015 by finding cost-effective ways to solicit and steward current and prospective donors, partnering with other local arts-related organizations and local businesses, utilizing unique resources that are already available to find new ways to serve the greater community, and establishing clear calls to actions for funding and program support.

Danielle's professional growth began at an early age through volunteerism at community events, leading to further opportunities in the nonprofit sector ranging from serving as the Executive Assistant for Batavia MainStreet to providing farm-based job training for individuals in need as a Farm Sales Manager at Growing Home in Chicago, IL.

Danielle believes in the power of collaboration over competition to rally a community around a cause. She strives to lead organizations that provide programs to support personal, professional, and economic growth both today and in the future. Danielle accomplishes her tasks by attracting the best and welcoming all.


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. 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 and Facilities 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.

Becka Davis

program Assistant

Becka has always been drawn to Water Street Studios. In 2017, she started as a volunteer, then became art instructor at Water Street Studios.

Becka is an artist from Aurora, Illinois. She is continuing her education at College of DuPage; with dreams of becoming an Animator and an art teacher. She has taught art classes for homeschool programs and art classes for Blick Art Materials. Becka also has her Copic Marker Certification through Imagination International Inc.

When Becka isn’t creating art, you can find her spending time with her family. She also loves watching animations, playing video games, writing stories, and drinking coffee.


Eric Andersen, Krista Andersen, Abby Beck, Austin Dempsey, Carolyn Hanna, Sandra Harrison, Arlene Hawks, Andy Kenney, Angella MacDonald, Deborah Venezia.

Gallery Committee

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