Our Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

  • Tina Athans

    President

  • David Sieja

    Vice President

  • Elise Huemoeller

    Secretary

  • Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume

    Board Member

  • Karen Bowen

    Board Member

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.

David Sieja

Vice President

David Sieja is an IT Professional, Glass Artist, and Potter. His passion for hands creation led him to SiNaCa, and his belief that Art can improve everyones life merges perfectly with SiNaCa’s mission. Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life – Pablo Picasso

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.

Karen Bowen

Board Member

Operations

  • Clifton Crofford

    Executive Director, Development Director, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Jean M. Fernandes

    Kiln Studio Manager & Instructor, Visiting Artist Coordinator

    Kevin McGehee

    Associate Director, Glass blowing Instructor, Flame Working Instructor

  • Tatara Siegel

    Artistic Coordinator/ Youth Outreach Coordinator, Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Heidi Childers

    Administrative 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

Associate Director, 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

Administrative 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 
  

Instructors

  • Nolan Bishop

    Glass Blowing Instructor

    Blake Boles

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Kelley McCabe

    Glass Blowing Instructor

  • Nick Gomez

    Flame Working Instructor

Nolan Bishop

Glass Blowing Instructor

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

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

Sponsors and Partnerships

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