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Yvonne Allen

Regional Groups Committee

Yvonne Allen is a mosaic artist from Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been a SAMA member since 2007. After volunteering to coordinate the Mesa conference volunteers, she was recognized for her work by being selected as SAMA's first Volunteer of the Year. She soon after joined the Board and served until 2013. In addition to mosaics, Yvonne works in clay as a hand builder and tile maker. She shares her passion for mosaics, tile making and the creative process with her local community by teaching workshops in the Phoenix area.

Erin Bliss

Conference Welcoming Committee Chair

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Erin is a mosaic hobbyist who's been interested in the art form since the early 70s but didn't seriously try her hand at it until she attended a continuing education class at the Massachusetts College of Art in the late '90s. From there she went to Ravenna and has taken classes around the country. She continues learning and supporting the art by participating on the SAMA Board of Trustees.

Cherie Bosela

Member at Large

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Cherie Bosela has been creating art since she could pick up a pencil and draw. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2001 with a degree in Art. While in college, she experimented with every medium, during that time she discovered mosaics. It was never offered at the University, leaving her to learn on her own. She is most known for her use of vivid colors and original photography under the glass in her mosaic art.

Cherie has exhibited her art in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and fine art festivals in Central Florida. She has won several awards for her work including “Best of Show” for her piece “The Guardian” in the Orlando Museum of Art - 1st Thursdays: Eclectic Knights V exhibit since coming into the scene in 2010.

When Cherie isn’t working on her art, She uses her love for photography and her two Weimaraners to help raise money for many Weimaraner rescues throughout the US.

In 2016, she opened her own mosaic studio and supply store - Luna Mosaic Arts in Orlando, FL. When previous owners were ready to move on, she was excited to take over the studio and start this new chapter in her life.

Cherie has been a member of SAMA since 2011 and was elected onto the Board of Trustees for the Society of American Mosaic Artists in April 2014.

Judy Walton Davis

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Judy Walton Davis is a resident of Palm Beach Gardens ,Florida. She took her first mosaic class when living in Panama, Republic of Panama in 2003. She has taken classes from a vast array of teachers in the United States, Tunisia, Greece, France, Turkey and courses from the Orsoni Mosaic School in Venice, Italy and the Perdomo School in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Judy has been selected in juried shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut and twice for Mosaic Art International. She is a very loyal fan of The Society of American Mosaic Artists since 2003 and she became a board member in 2016.

Christopher Forillo

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Conference Manager

Jacki Gran

President, Exhibition Chair

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Jacki Gran is a mosaic artist living in Miami, Fl. She is President of the SAMA Board of Trustees and she has been a SAMA member since 2004. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country, most notably The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ and she has been a featured artist on HGTV. She was co-owner of Art Effects Party Decorations, planning personal and corporate special events and has spent 35 years volunteering with non-profits including the Zoological Society of South Florida, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and currently the South Florida Epilepsy Foundation. Jacki is married 35 years to Bernard and they have three grown children. She loves creating and collecting art, cooking, traveling and most of all family and friends.

Libby Hintz

Scholarship Chair, Membership Chair, Executive Committee

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Libby is an artist, a wife, a mother of three, a mother-in-law to one and a grandmother to one sweet little girl. Learning how to create a mosaic opened a channel in her life that she never dreamt could have happened when she took her first mosaic class. Creating has taught her so much about herself and how she walks through life. As a board member Libby continues to document the conference processes and every board's tasks, jobs and responsibilities; is Membership Chair, chairs the Scholarship Committee and and is on the Executive Board of the SAMA Board of Trustees.

Susan Jeffreys

Fundraising Chair, Strategic Planning

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Facilitator of SAMA's annual Strategic Planning Retreat. Full time technology maven at Wells Fargo Bank. Independent consultant for ThirtyOne Gifts.

Nida Khalil

Member at Large

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Nida Khalil is a self-taught mosaic artist with a rich and diverse background of creativity who through trial and error has worked herself into the world of mosaic art and continues to grow as an artist. She was elected onto the Board of Trustees for the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) in April 2013 and by the end of that year, named Membership Director of SAMA.

Nida’s mosaic art pieces have been featured in a private organizational newsletter, “The Saint Clairion” (2011), in the 2010 Edition of the Mosaic Yearbook: Mosaic Art 6, Santiago, Chile Gallery (2012), as an invited featured artist at The Jerusalem Gallery in Washington, DC (2014 & 2016) and most recently featured artist during the 2015 San Francisco QUIT Outside the Frame Film Festival. She has also worked on volunteer mosaic installations for the Chicago Globe Project (2009), Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (2010), Houston’s Smither Park Mosaic Project (2014), Kentucky’s Gateway Regional Art Mosaic Mural (2014) and Oakland's Urban Mosaic wall in East Oakland (2016). In the past few years, Nida has been experimenting with colors, wording and shapes more reflective of her Middle Eastern culture. She hopes to continue on this road and showcase the beauty of Arab culture through her work.

In addition to Mosaic Art, Nida loves to travel internationally and is almost at her goal of visiting every continent of the world. She has also volunteered with the Refugee Women’s Network, International Rescue Committee, Middle Eastern Children's Alliance, Domestic Violence Shelter, Arab Resource & Organizing Center and ArtForces. Currently she holds board seats with SAMA and the YWCA.

Tami Macala

SAMA Vice President, Chair of Future Exhibitions

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I am a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I started my mosaic art business in 2000 and named it All Cracked Up Mosaics. It quickly grew from small commissions to large scale installations. I enjoy creating large mosaics for homes, businesses and public art. In 2009 I founded the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art. I enjoying teaching all levels of mosaic art to anyone with a creative spirit. The school hosts many visiting artists as well from all over the world. I joined SAMA in 2011 and have loved being a member and even more now being a board member. SAMA is a great community of mosaic artists at all levels. Meeting people from all over the world at the annual summits are great opportunities to network and just be amongst like minded artists.

Shawn Newton

Communications Director, Groutline Editor

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Shawn’s long career in graphic design includes working for clients such as 4H Council, Girls Incorporated, NBC, and HBO. A mosaic artist and SAMA member since 2001, she has participated in MAI exhibitions as well as other national venues. Shawn’s other interests include gardening, working with shelter animals, and she and husband, Vikram (also a SAMA member) are finishing up a decade-long renovation of their CT Greek Revival home.

Roxana Nizza

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Roxana is an award winning mosaic artist that has been creating mosaics since 1995 and teaching mosaic art since 1997 in her hometown of Houston and throughout Texas. As a native of Mexico, Roxana’s memories of the artisans in the streets and markets of Mexico influenced her in selecting mosaic as her art medium as well as much of her work. She is the former owner of a retail mosaic store and gallery in the Houston area, and is now a full time artist working primarily on commissioned pieces. Roxana has been a member of SAMA since 2006 and has attended every single conference since then; she is passionate about mosaic art and grateful for the opportunities that SAMA has offered, both for fellowship and education.

Donna Post

Nominations Chair, Volunteer Coordinator

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Donna Post is a mosaic artist from Southern California and has been a SAMA member since 2008. Donna began creating mosaics in 2007, using a variety of materials in her work as she continues to develop her art and find her voice in the mosaic art community. Donna’s passion for volunteering, both in her community and at the SAMA conferences, led to becoming the SAMA Volunteer Coordinator in 2010 and becoming a member of the SAMA Board of Trustees in 2011.

Donna also serves as executive minister at her church and is married to her husband of 36 years, Craig. Together they have raised two amazing sons that now have given them the gift of daughters in law, and are now enjoying their first grandchild! Besides mosaicking, she loves to walk, read and travel, especially to London, and spending time with those she loves.

Luis Alberto Rivera

Board Advisor

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Luis Alberto Rivera, was born in the Bronx , New York City en el 1956. He arrives to Puerto Rico at the age of five along with his parents, where he grew and still lives today. Throughout his sensibility and appreciation of the arts, he studies and develops within the mosaic techniques at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico where he studied and eventually became the mosaic instructor for the museum. Architecture as his profession, painter and self taught musician, he shares his vision throughout his trajectory within the mosaic world. After sharing at the museum for three years, Luis Alberto sets out to open his own mosaic workshop where he would share with all to paint with tiles, glass and other materials. Yes, he wanted apprentices to understand the color theory, composition, focal points and light & shadow amongst other art theories within an art piece. Fairly quickly, the Atelier has grown greatly and impacted a large number of folks who still today continue to learn one technique after the other and participate in formal expositions offered by the Atelier for all to share with their families. . Luis Alberto is passionate about mosaics and all it entails and looks forward to what this exciting trip will bring to his life and for those who have already joined in the journey.

Dawnmarie Zimmerman

Executive Director

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For over 17 years, Dawnmarie Zimmerman’s use of stained glass and reclaimed materials has established her as a unique and pioneering spirit among contemporary mosaic artists. Her work has exhibited throughout the US and presented at premiere art festivals and galleries throughout Western PA. She has been a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Southern Allegheny Museum of Art’s Artist in Residence Program, conducting residencies in K‐12 schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. She has taught all ages in basic mosaic technique and has written articles and instructional material on working with stained glass and non‐toxic adhesives.

Since 2005, she has served the Society of American Mosaic Artists as Executive Director where she is responsible for strategic guidance to the Board, management of staff and independent contractors and the execution of administration of programs including the American Mosaic Summit, Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, SAMA’s Website, publications and scholarship program.

Additionally, Ms. Zimmerman served on the Board of Directors for Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA, in 2015 and is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She shares her daily explorations of creativity via Instagram where her followers are inspired and motivated to step outside their comfort zone, honor their intuition and find meaningful connections through everyday experiences in developing their authentic visual voices.