Staff Directory


Title: Executive Director
First Name: Leslie
Last Name: Rowland
Phone: 315.686.4123 x 201
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Title: Education Coordinator
First Name: Marcia
Last Name: Rogers
Phone: 315-686-4123 ext. 203
Bio: Marcia was born and raised in Clayton, NY – and after 20 years in the Buffalo area working in sales & marketing for a mid-sized book publisher, she has returned to live in her hometown. Most recently, she worked as Administrative Assistant at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and now joins the Arts Center staff as Education Coordinator. She is excited to be back, both living and working, along the River again.
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Title: Events Coordinator
First Name: Nicole
Last Name: Heath
Phone: 315-686-4123 ext.200
Bio: Nicole is a fifth generation Wellesley Islander. She made the transition to year-round resident when she moved to the Island from Chicago in the fall of 2013. After earning her BA in Marketing from DePaul University, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in PR before returning to Chicago where she specialized in digital media marketing for Starcom USA.
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Title: Potter
First Name: Sarah
Last Name: Sims
Phone: 315.686.4123 x205
Bio: Sarah was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and spent her summers near Bainbridge Island, Washington, developing her pottery knowledge and skills through lessons from her aunt, well known east coast potter, Jenny Andersen. Sarah has been working with clay for nearly 20 years and has participated in many workshops lead by nationally renowned potter Judy Weeden. Sarah moved to upstate New York in 2001 and resides in Clayton with her husband and three children.
Title: Curator Emeritus
First Name: Sonja
Last Name: Wahl
Phone: 315-686-4123
Bio: Sonja Wahl has a BS in vocational education and an MA in textiles. She owned a garment design studio from 1956 to 1970. She taught design and manufacture of textiles from 1971 to 1992. She was appointed by the State's governor to represent textiles in the "Skilled Worker Emeritus" program. The Handwerkskammer of the State of Saxony in Germany awarded her the "Golden Master's" degree.
Sonja Wahl is a founding member of the Thousand Islands Arts Center, she was one of four members on the Steering Committee of the newly developing "Thousand Islands Museum Craft School," before she served as Chair of the Board from 1967 - 1987. After this she was appointed to be the organizations first curator of the textile collection retiring from the position in 2005.
During her tenure, Sonja initiated the following events: Along the River's Edge, Weaving History Conference, Arts and Craft Show and the Wednesday Weaver's.