CERF+

Staff

Meg Brazill

Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator
Meg joined the CERF+ staff in the spring of 2013. Meg is a writer, editor, and self-described information maven with more than twenty years of experience working in—and writing about—the arts. Previously, she’s managed performing artists in New York City, directed a literary program for the Lannan Foundation in Los Angeles, and was executive director of the local arts council in Woodstock, VT. She has served on grant and advisory panels for state arts councils, foundations, and public radio. Currently, Meg is also the editor of Vermont Art Zine, an online site for promoting Vermont art and artists. A recovering punk rocker and performance artist, she is currently working on a book of short fiction when she’s not too busy living it.

Cornelia Carey

Executive Director
Cornelia has served as the executive director of CERF+ since 1995. She is the co-Chair and founding member of the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, an initiative to improve emergency preparedness and response in the arts sector. Before her tenure at CERF+, Cornelia ran programs supporting artists and cultural institutions at the Vermont Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has served on boards and review panels for foundations, state arts councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives with her husband and daughter on their farm in Calais, Vermont.

Carrie Cleveland

Development and Events Coordinator
Carrie came to CERF+ in the spring of 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history, with extensive work in the visual arts, from Marlboro College where she also worked in the Admissions and Registrar’s offices. After college she spent a couple years living in New York City where she was an entomologist’s assistant by day and a tenor saxophone player by night. Happily re-ensconced in her home state, Carrie and her husband live in Montpelier in a household where musical instruments outnumber the human inhabitants 5 to 1.

Cindy Maker

Bookkeeper/Office Manager
Cindy joined the CERF+ staff in the winter of 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Champlain College and brings over 15 years’ experience in all facets of accounting in environments ranging from health insurance companies to her own 75-head dairy farm. Cindy’s background also includes work in project management, staff training, and customer relations. She is pleased to be at CERF+ and support the vital service that the organization provides.

Meg Ostrum

Director of Special Projects
Meg is an arts and museum consultant whose 35-year career encompasses work as an educator, curator, administrator, and editor. She has worrked with museums, cultural organizations, public agencies, and artists across the United States and Europe. Meg is also the author of “The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy France,” a work of creative non-fiction documenting a little-known WWII resistance story, based on 10 years of oral history research.

Jayne Sheridan

 Director of Administration
Jayne joined the CERF+ staff in the Spring of 2011 as the Director of Administration. Prior to joining the CERF+ team she served as Deputy Director of Vermont Works for Women and spent the previous twenty-four years in public education as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator. Jayne holds a master’s degree in education specializing in supervision and leadership from Kent State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in administration and planning from the University of Vermont. Jayne has a deep appreciation for fine craft and the artists who produce it.

Jenifer Simon

Director of Programs and Communication
Jenifer Simon joined the CERF+ staff in spring 2016. Jenifer brings more than 16 years of experience as an arts administrator, educator, evaluator, researcher, and training and development specialist for the public and private sectors. She has directed arts education programs, created training and career services to support artists throughout their careers, and conceived of Art Cart: Saving the Legacy, an initiative that provides support to aging artists to preserve their life's work. She received her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Skidmore College.

Les Snow

Program Manager
Les Snow joined CERF+ in 2003 as the Operations and Financial Services Manager.  In 2012 Les became our Program Manager working on emergency relief and preparedness services. Previously, he held administrative director, designer and design manager positions. Les has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Vermont. Les lives at Wellspring Farm in Marshfield, Vermont where he has operated a community supported agriculture project and a sauerkraut business.

 

Special Project Consultants

  Amy Schwartzman