KC Clay Guild Board Profiles



Josh Wood

1) Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?

I am very passionate about ceramic art and KCCG.  I believe in making art available to Waldo and the greater KC Metro area, and I believe that KCCG provides an excellent venue to do just that.  The Guild has provided an excellent opportunity for area artists and I want to do my part to see it continue to thrive, improve, and grow. 

2) Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.

I have been a member for 11 years and on the Board, as Vice-President for 4 years, and currently serve as President. I have been working with clay since 1998.

I am a Fleet Manager for a local municipality and in this roll manage employees, develop budgets, seek grants, and speak to professional groups and City Councils.  I also have served on a Professional Board called Heartland Emergency Apparatus Technicians as Vice President and Director for several years.  I believe all of these skills directly translate into helping the Guild continue to succeed.

Over the past several years I have done grant defense presentations for KCCG, helped organize shows and auction pieces for KCAC, and served on other committees, in addition to my regular duties as Vice President.  

I am dedicated to the success of the KC Clay Guild, and would be honored to be selected to serve on the Board again this year!


 Gretchen Allen-Johns

1)    Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?

I’m interested in using my skills and abilities to assist a community I’ve fallen in love with.  I am a current member, student and monitor at the guild and want to give back more to this community that has been so welcoming to me.

2)    Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.

I have skills and experience in both my day job and other hobbies that would be useful to the board and the guild at large.

In my job, I focus on logistics, financials, and long term planning.  I create staffing and hiring plans that impact the livelihoods of thousands of people, and ensure we’re able to reach our organizational goals within budget.  I am proficient in the MS Office suite, I organize meetings and summits, and can stay organized even when the people and topics I’m trying to coordinate keep changing. And I’m able to do this all while still managing to get as much time in the studio as possible!

I’ve also been president, treasurer, and run local events for the local chapter of another of my hobbies*, as well as holding regional level offices in the organization.  I am an amateur caterer, and have run dinners and food tables for groups of 10-200, and would be able use this to assist with guild events and activities.   

*Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment organization.  Also a 501c3 non-profit. 

Thank you,

Gretchen Allen Johns



Laura Tyler

1. I am interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board because I love the community and accessibility that the Clay Guild offers.  The KC Clay Guild has been an amazing place for me to grow.   I love being a part of making it an enjoyable and educational place for others.

2. This past year, I have served on the KC Clay Guild board as the Workshops and Events Chair.  I have loved organizing the Second Wednesday Workshops each month and have been working on bringing opportunities outside of Kansas City to the Clay Guild, like our Mayco Glaze Workshop.  I have also greatly enjoyed serving on our Strategic Planning and Holiday Sale committees.  Prior to serving on the board I was a lab monitor on Saturday afternoons.  I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Painting and have been working hard to develop a creative career path.  I have had the opportunity to teach a range of fine arts classes at the University of Missouri, University of Central Missouri, and the Kansas City Art Institute's Continuing Education Program.  I have greatly enjoyed providing opportunities for Clay Guild members to learn new techniques through our workshops.  I would love to continue to use my experiences and skills to contribute to the KC Clay Guild’s Board.  


Melynda Steward

1) Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board? I have been serving on the Board for 10 years. During that time, we have quadrupled our income and made tremendous improvements to the building, and expanded our equipment and program offerings. I enjoy serving on the board and the Guild is a place for me to meet other people interested in ceramic arts to exchange ideas. I'd like to continue to help the Guild thrive!

2) Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member. I am experienced using Quickbooks. I am a buyer as a profession and enjoy seeking out the best deals for the Guild.


John Devaney

1.  I have been privileged to serve on KCCG Board the last five years.  During that time, we have been making improvements to the inside and outside of our studio facilities.  I would like to continue those improvements as well as work to expand membership and provide ceramic opportunities to all of the diverse communities that comprise the greater Kansas City area.

2.  My background in construction and work with non-profit organizations facilitates my ability to assist in improvements to our physical studio, as well as in formulating and attaining our community education and outreach goals.  It also, doesn’t to hurt to have a lawyer on the board.




Kelsie Herron

1)Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?

I am interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board because I have truly found a home here the last two years and I want to stay involved.  As a current/former resident I think I have a good insight as to how the KC Clay Guild can run efficiently and I want to continue contributing to that.  

2) Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.

I have my BFA in ceramics, am finishing up a two year residency at KC Clay Guild, and have teaching experience with all ages and abilities.  I have always been passionate about art and it being accessible in all communities.  I believe everyone is deserving of having access to art and the space to express themselves.  As marketing chair I hope to promote our events and facility in a way that will reach a wide range of people and hopefully contribute to bettering the community as a whole.   



Janet Reuss

Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?

I love working with clay, and have been doing so in places like the guild for the last 25 years.  I have been on the board as Membership Chair for two years and served prior to that as Advertising Chair.   The guild is an awesome resource for the members and the community, and I feel I have the time and abilities to help the guild continue to grow and improve.


Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.

My background is in engineering and management.  I have worked as an engineer, project leader, supervisor, and trainer for General Electric and Corning.  For the last 10 years I have been working from home as a property manager.

With a background working with other clay associations and guilds in three other states, I can share experiences about how these other organizations have run.

I have strong communication, organization, and computer skills.  From managing projects, to communicating with and organizing groups of people, I feel I can contribute to most any role the board needs.

For the last 4 years, I have co-chaired our Spring Sales.  I hope to continue to serve the guild in some capacity in the coming year.




Char Anderson

1. Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?

The Clay Guild is a great place not only for art but for friends. I’ve made some GREAT friends and some OK art. I’ve been at the Guild for about 5 years and I think that serving on the Board is a great way to give back for everything I’ve gotten.

2. Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.

I’ve been a potter for over 25 years. My daughter got me started and I was hooked. (not very good, but hooked) I’ve been a monitor for about 4 years and served on the board this year. I was Co-Chair for the Spring Sale, on the Committee for the Holiday Sale and was in charge of maintenance this year.


Susan Speck

My interest in serving on the Board: I have been a member of the KCCG board since 2003 and a member since nearly the beginning...1988.    I am the current Gallery chairman and have served on the Board in other capacities.  I also chair KCCG Teabowl National exhibit.  I enjoy working to help KCCG improve programs, facilities and activities.  KC Clay Guild is one of my longest memberships and I believe in jumping into those memberships and being very active in that organization.

Describe skills, experience, interests and how you might put it to use as a KCCG Board member: I work in my own space at home in Mission and sell my work in galleries in the region...but have always come to KCCG for my community.  I brought my daughter here when she was younger and she and I worked Raku together silk screening t-shirts.                                                                                                                                                              I am interested in continuing my work with Teabowl National (in its 10th Anniversary year)and the Gallery.  I have made many close friends at KCCG that I treasure...one of them a person who shares my birthday!  I am also fairly involved in the KC Clay community and like to visit the other studios (and friends) and support their activities and programs.  I feel like we all win when other studios are doing well!  I also teach Ceramics and Art on the college level...and sometimes at KCCG. 




KC Clay Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 200 West 74th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

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