Our Team

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

POBA Board and Staff

Sallie Bernard

PRESIDENT, JAMES KIRK BERNARD FOUNDATION

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 nonprofit 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 (a writer), 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, a lifespan services provider and outdoor recreation camp for individuals with autism. Sallie has served on the Board of several other nonprofits, 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 now part of Leger Marketing. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Elizabeth Bell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JAMES KIRK BERNARD FOUNDATION

Liz has dedicated the majority of her career to nonprofit organizations spanning science, services, and artistic creation, matching the three program areas of JKBF.  Liz served in a variety of roles as board member, committee member, grant reviewer, chapter leader, fundraising walk co-chair, expert panelist, writer/editor, and parent advocate for organizations including the Autism Society of America, Cure Autism Now, Autism Speaks, the Autism Treatment Network, and Ascendigo Autism Services.

With a creative spirit and interest in design, Liz entered the art world in a support role when it became evident that her special needs son had a talent for painting, and that time spent with a brush was often his most peaceful and fulfilling. Liz promoted his work through SomethingtoSayArt, and was a founding Trustee, Secretary, and Co-President of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, a grassroots nonprofit arts organization that celebrates art in the everyday. She conceptualized and founded Chance on Main, a ‘for-purpose’ retail store in Pennington, NJ, which featured products of social enterprises and creations of local artisans. Liz serves on the 2020 Access Community Advisory Committee of the Aspen Art Museum. She holds a BS from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and lives in Basalt, Colorado with her husband Peter and, off and on, their three grown children.

Maria Dwyer

BUSINESS MANAGER, POBA

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.

Stina Peterson

MARKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, POBA AND JKBF

Stina was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and recently graduated from Chapman University, where she majored in Integrated Educational Studies, with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies. She devoted her final semester at Chapman studying the benefits of mindfulness and the arts on the mental health of America’s veteran population. Her studies were put into action when she became the administrative intern for The Mindful Warrior Project, an organization providing mindfulness services to veterans across the Greater Los Angeles Area. She assists with client relations, marketing, and social media at both POBA and JKBF.

 

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 and partners, 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 and renewal 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 where she teaches and serves on local boards.

James Austin Murray  is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, an ever-evolving painter, and a former firefighter and gallery owner. He has received multiple awards and artist residencies, and exhibits throughout New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and overseas. His work is represented in several galleries and can be found in various public collections.  He lives and works in New York City.