Our Team

POBA, Where the Arts Live, is a program of the non-profit James Kirk Bernard Foundation and operates under the direction of the foundation’s Board of Directors and staff.

POBA Board and Staff


Sallie Bernard


Sallie Bernard is the President of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, under whose auspices POBA, Where The Arts Live® was created. Sallie is a talented painter and illustrator in her own right. Much of Sallie’s career has been devoted to key roles in non-profit organizations, especially in the fields of autism and neurological development. Sallie has served on the board of Autism Speaks, following its merger in 2007 with Cure Autism Now (CAN), where she had previously served as Board Chair and as Executive Director of the New Jersey chapter. She was also a member of the Founders Forum for The Autism Center of UMDNJ in New Jersey. She and her husband, Tom, have been major supporters of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), Clinical Trials Network, Autism Treatment Network, and Environmental Innovators Award programs.

Sallie is also co-founder and Board President of Ascendigo Autism Services, (formerly Extreme Sports Camp), a lifespan services provider and outdoor recreation camp for individuals with autism. Sallie has also served on the Board of several other non-profits, including the US Cochrane Center, where she was Chair and Founding Member of CUE, a program that supports evidence-based decision-making in health care.

Sallie was the founder and former president of ARC Research, a market research and consulting firm sold in 2004 and now part of Leger Marketing. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Maria Dwyer


Maria Dwyer, Business Manager coordinates POBA client relations, marketing, and partner outreach. She is an accomplished media executive who has held roles at Viacom, Martha Stewart Living, and New York Public Radio. She enjoys creating new and exciting ways for POBA to expand its reach and share creative legacies, while continuing to support the mission of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation. Maria lives outside of New York City with her four sons and husband Tim.

POBA Advisors

Career artists and gallerists provide essential services and advice to POBA on behalf of our mission and our clients. We are pleased to have the support of many advisors, but give special thanks to these.

Roger Ricco is a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, photography and video documentaries. He is also a co-founder and partner, with Frank Maresca, of Ricco/Maresca, a well-known New York venue specializing in contemporary art by both schooled and self-taught artists. He has a special interest in outsider art created by individuals who find purpose, direction and self-worth in art, representing artists with various challenges and advising programs for art development in psychiatric facilities, jails and other non-traditional places. Ricco’s work has been exhibited widely, from Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington to Jerusalem and is part of the collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California.

Summers Moore is an artist, photographer, mentor, and curator living in Carbondale, Colorado. Summers searches for truth and meaning in both her photography and fine art. Unfortunately, while her children were young Summers lost her husband, and she found solace in the many facets of art. Since then it has become an integral part of her life. When Summers isn’t taking photos or painting she is dedicating her time to the local arts community.