The Board


The Furniture Society Board of Trustees consists of up to 22 members at any given time, as provided in the organization's charter. Trustees serve for a term of 3 years, and may serve two consecutive terms. Candidates for openings on the board are considered by the Nominating Committee, and voted on by the full board. Trustees who have completed their term(s) usually continue to serve by invitation on the Advisory Board.

Officers of the board are elected by the full board and include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These officeholders form the Executive Committee. Retiring Presidents are invited to serve one additional active year on the board in the position of Past President.

Any member of The Furniture Society is eligible to be considered for nomination as a Trustee.

The Board of Trustees is composed of member volunteers who give their time and experience to guide the Society in the fulfillment of its mission. Meetings of the full Board occur twice during the year.




Officers are elected annually and constitute the organization's Executive Committee. Date in parenthesis shows when Trustee joined the Board.

Forest Dickey

San Francisco, CA (2011)

Board President,

Forest Dickey initially came to the Board as the Student Representative, and also served as the Vice President of the Board.

Bart Niswonger

Worthington, MA (2013)

Board Vice-president

Bart Niswonger is a furniture maker in western Massachusetts. His work explores complex surface pattern and texture, employing techniques from hand carving to computer controlled routing as well as a broad range of materials. He received the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship in 2011, and has been a member of The Furniture Society since 2004.

Maggie Sasso

Milwaukee, WI (2014)

Board Secretary,

Maggie Sasso received her BFA in woodworking and metalsmithing from Murray State University in 2006. During this time she served as Student Representative on the Board of Trustees for the Furniture Society. In 2010 she received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she made many bodies of work, including the Mobile Museum of Material Culture, a collaborative grant funded project featured in a documentary. In Fall 2010 she taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft for one semester in the woodworking department, and worked as a visiting artist. In 2011 she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she received a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship and works at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she is the Sewing Lab Technician and teaches adjunct in the foundations, new studio practice and industrial design departments.

Bill Schairer

San Diego, CA (2013)

Board Treasurer,

Bill Schairer is a CPA and long time supporter of The Furniture Society.



Trustees are elected for three-year terms and may be re-elected to a second three-year term. Date in parenthesis shows when Trustee joined the Board.

Hayami Arakawa

West Newton, MA (2013)

Trustee - Exhibitions

Hayami Arakawa is a furniture maker and educator at MIT in Cambridge, MA.


Katie Hudnall

Indianapolis, IN (2012)

Trustee - Educational Grants and Currently Showing

Katie Hudnall is an Assistant Professor in Furniture Design at Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, IN. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art & Design and her MFA in Furniture/Woodworking at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a member of the FS since 2003, and played an active role in several conferences including Indianapolis, IN, Boone, NC, and the most recent in Port Townsend, WA. She owes much of her career and woodworking/furniture knowledge to the Furniture Society.

Sarah Marriage

Rockport, ME (2015)

Trustee - Exhibitions


Sarah Marriage is a maker of fine furniture and other wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods. She is the 2015 recipient of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, through The Society of Arts and Crafts and the Mineck Foundation in Boston, and will use her Mineck funding to support the creation of “A Workshop of Their Own,” a space where women furniture makers can come together in a supportive environment.  She is a co-founder and co-editor of Works & Days Quarterly, an online quarterly of arts, letters, and no small amount of craft ( Sarah is currently making work as a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.

Robert Matthiesen

Milwaukee, WI (2015)

Student Trustee

Robert Matthiesen is a student studying at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. While taking a course in metals, Robert began to experiment with using alternative surfaces for his painting and screen printing work. With a woodworking course, Robert began adding woodworking techniques to his 2D work creating a Substractive Layering series. Soon furniture provided the perfect direction to integrate both wood work and my metal work. Robert continues to push all of these ideas further with his current furniture design.

Heath Matysek-Snyder

Richmond, VA (2017)

Trustee - Regional Events

Heath Matysek-Snyder is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts). He teaches in the Department of Craft/Material Studies, where he is the Wood/Furniture Design Area Head. He earned his BFA from VCUarts in 2000 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Heath has been an Artist-in- Residence at San Diego State University and Designed Objects Tasmania, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Additionally, Heath has been a participating artist at Emma International Collaboration, in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan.

Jennifer-Navva Milliken

New York and Tel Aviv (2017)

Trustee - Exhibitions

Jennifer-Navva Milliken is a curator and writer whose work is inspired by the objects with which we live and the hands, tools, and ideas that shape them. Her exhibitions have been presented in museums, art fairs, galleries, and unconventional spaces, and her writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications that investigate and critique the intersecting fields of art, craft, and design. With a uniquely global perspective, honed through a life split between two continents, she is driven by the extraordinary power of the arts to challenge preconceptions and bridge divides.

Cory Robinson

Indianapolis, IN (2012)

Past President

Cory Robinson studied furniture design at the Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, receiving a BFA and applied design at San Diego State University with an emphasis on furniture, receiving a MFA Robinson served as the co-chair for the 2006 annual society conference in Indianapolis. In addition to having a furniture making studio practice, Robinson teaches furniture design at the Herron School of Art, since 2003, and is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts department at the school.

Kathy Sharp

Nashville, TN (2015)

Trustee - Conference, Auction

Kathy Sharp is owner of Keystone Professional Solutions and a longtime volunteer with the Furniture Society. She is married to Alf Sharp, a furniture maker, former board member, and past president. Many will know Kathy from her activities organizing the Silent Auction at conferences.

Susie Silbert

New York, NY (2014)

Trustee - Newsletter, Content

Susie Silbert is a curator, writer and historian with a background in craft and design and a passion for interpreting the built world. She looks for innovative projects that challenge assumptions about artistic disciplines and the boundaries between them. Some of her recent exhibitions are Material Location at UrbanGlass and SPRAWL at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She is the ceramics columnist at American Art Collector and her writing has also appeared in GLASS Quarterly, on the American Craft Council website, and in catalogues for galleries and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Advisory Board

The Furniture Society Advisory Board provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees.

Ronald Abramson
Glenn Adamson
Mark Bench
Sylvia Bennett
Bonnie Bishoff
Scott Braun
Martha Connell
Edward S. Cooke. Jr.
Paula Cooperrider
Stephen B. Crump
Deborah Levin Daniell
Linda Sue Eastman
Dennis FitzGerald, Past President
David Fleming
Amy Forsyth
Michael Fortune
Gail Fredell
Rachel Fuld, Past President
Brian Gladwell, Past President
Andy Glantz, Past President
Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, Past President
Marc Grainer
Peter Handler
Michael Hosaluk
Ursula Ilse-Neuman
Bebe Pritam Johnson
Janet Kardon
Jack Larimore
Po Shun Leong
Kern Maass
Wendy Maruyama
Craig Nutt
Aimee Pickett
Andy Pitts
Mike Podmaniczky
Richard Prisco
Gabriel Romeu, Past President
Rosanne Somerson
Bernice Wollman