Our Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

  • Tina Athans

    President

  • Elise Huemoeller

    Secretary

  • Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume

    Board Member

  • Ryan Fowler

Tina Athans

President

Tina Athans is a retired Naval Officer and former Operations Director of a minor league baseball club. She is a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and tireless volunteer, who believes in the unique way SiNaCa Studios supports, enhances, and gives to the community through glass art.

Elise Huemoeller

Secretary

Elise Huemoeller is a Physician Liaison for Texas Health Hospital Mansfield. Has a passion for feeding into the community she lives and serves. Believes in SiNaCa’s programs that impact the person taking part both mentally and physically.

Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume

Board Member

Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume is a Privacy Staff Attorney at GM Financial, General Motor’s captive financial company. Elizabeth has a passion for art, non-profits, and community. Prior to law school, Elizabeth supported the events and fund raising efforts at a non-profit in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Fowler

Operations

  • Clifton Crofford

    Executive Director, Development Director, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Jean M. Fernandes

    Kiln Studio Manager & Instructor, Visiting Artist Coordinator

    Kevin McGehee

    Studios Coordinator, Glass blowing Instructor, Flame Working Instructor

  • Tatara Siegel

    Artistic Coordinator/ Youth Outreach Coordinator, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Heidi Childers

    Operations Director

  • Sydney Scott

    Development & Advancement Director

Clifton Crofford

Executive Director, Development Director, Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2007

I am a partner, father, student, teacher, and glass maker.  I am proud to be an important part of the incredible team at SiNaCa Studios and hope that our combined efforts will leave a lasting and important addition to the cultural landscape of Fort Worth, TX. I am a maker at my core, and ultimately love making a difference in the lives close to me and the community I love. 

Jean M. Fernandes

Kiln Studio Manager & Instructor, Visiting Artist Coordinator

Started: 2015

I’m a full time artist and educator with an   
undergraduate degree in the arts from San Jose State University, CA,   
and a master’s degree in glass from the University of Texas at   
Arlington. I’m the runt of the SiNaCa team (the shortest one) and I’m   
also rebellious enough to include only two sentences here instead of   
three. 
Glass Vocabulary Word: Devitrification

Kevin McGehee

Studios Coordinator, Glass blowing Instructor, Flame Working Instructor

Started:2007 

I stumbled in to glass blowing in 1998 needing a 3D art credit for a graphic design degree at UT Arlington. The glass blowing elective turned in to 14 semester journey finishing with a BFA in Glass Art. 20+ years after my 1st gather, I’m still excited by what glass can do and the opportunity to share it with others.  

Glass Vocabulary Word: Murrine 

Tatara Siegel

Artistic Coordinator/ Youth Outreach Coordinator, Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2105

I have a B. A. in Glass and Ceramics with a minor in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington. I have an M.F.A. in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft. My body of work consists of two separate approaches to making, one is designed- based and the other narrative- based. I love finding the balance in making both types of art. 

 Movement, M-o-v-e-m-e-n-t 

Heidi Childers

Operations Director

Started: 2010

I am a UTA alumna with two bachelor degrees with primary focuses in English, psychology and business management, over 20 years of service industry management experience and have volunteered at SiNaCa Studios from the beginning.  I am the non-glass making, glass groupie that has taken on the challenge of keeping these creatives on track.  I love that I get to find new ways every day to use my education, past experiences and imagination to help shape and grow this organization.    
 

Glass Vocabulary Word:  Marver, m-a-r, v-e-r 
  

Sydney Scott

Development & Advancement Director

Year Started: 2021

Current Job Title(s): Development & Advancement Director

I’m a mom, friend, jokester, and sweet tea lover. I have a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington and hold a passion for community development and creative exploration, as well as a deep love for the city of Fort Worth. I’m honored to be a part of the incredible SiNaCa team helping to further its goals and mission.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Bubbles 

Instructors

  • Blake Boles

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Kelley McCabe

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Nick Gomez

    Flame Working Instructor

  • Nolan Bishop

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Fae Turk

    Intern/Instructor

  • Madeline Carlson

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Canaan Casteel

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Amy Stephens

Blake Boles

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2016

In 2017, I obtained my BFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington.   I am a former painter with a fascination in street art.  Currently, I’m interested in sculpting and etching imagery into repurposed glass.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Compatibility

Kelley McCabe

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2012

I am a UTA and Salem CC alumni. I make production glass, vessels, conceptual glass art, and scientific apparatus. I love to help others trouble shoot problems with glass and any other avenue in life.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Mesostompo

Nick Gomez

Flame Working Instructor

Started: 2014

I am a family man with 2 boys and a wife who is my best friend. I always enjoy spending time with my family and I am also very passionate about making glass and music and practice both daily. I’m grateful to be able to make glass and teach people about glass for a living as well as help support my family using my passion for art.

Glass Vocabulary Word: Punty

Nolan Bishop

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2020

My name is Nolan; I started working in glass in 2016 and have a BFA in sculpture from the University of Texas at Arlington. I enjoy making glass equipment just about as much as I enjoy making glass art. My art is about relationships in a broad sense, and one of my greatest honors is the continuation of immortal technique through teaching others.

Glass Vocabulary Word – Pontil, P-U-N-T-Y

Fae Turk

Intern/Instructor

Started:2020

I graduated with an associate’s in science and an associates in arts in 2018 from Weatherford College. I then discovered my love for glass in 2019 when I began taking glass classes at UTA.
 

I graduate in December of 2021 from UTA with a Bachelor’s in arts with a focus in glass and a minor in photography.

I believe that glass is a constant personal growth mentally and physically. Every day you work with glass is a new day to learn about yourself along with those around you.
 

Glass Vocabulary Word: Sanding

Madeline Carlson

Glass Blowing Instructor

Started: 2020

I am a graphic designer that was brought to the dark side; aka the glass world. My first exposure to glass was in a beginning kiln class at UTA. I absolutely loved working with the material and switched my degree to glass and hoped I loved glassblowing as much as kiln forming and casting. (spoiler alert; I do!) Then in 2019 I graduated with MY BFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Canaan Casteel

Glass Blowing Instructor

Year Started: 2021
 
About: I am a UTA alumni with a Bachelors in Graphic Design and a Minor in Glass who has a wide range of multimedia experience including glass, neon, ceramics, printmaking, and more.  I love to work with new people and share our interest in glass, creating not only beautiful glass pieces to enjoy but also great stories and shared experiences along the way.

Glass Vocabulary Word – Swedish overlay 

Amy Stephens

Year Started: 2021

Three Sentences About You: I received a BFA in metalsmithing as well as one in sculpture from UNT in 2012 and am currently a graduate student at UTA with 9 years of foundry experience. I enjoy working with the community and have created over a dozen public artworks in the DFW, primarily Arlington, TX my hometown. My work focuses on the connection between the consumer social shifts integrated in economics and the history of manufacturing/packaging in America. By concentrating on creating a no waste impact in my own practice I am bringing awareness to the influence we can have as individual consumers as well as the scale of waste being generated daily by corporate mass production at the expense of the environment and our own well-being.  

Glass Vocabulary Word: Moil

Sponsors and Partnerships

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