Current Board of Directors

Jordan Bongaarts

Board President

Jordan is an emerging artist, with a focus in acrylic painting. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree and minors in Spanish and Horticulture. Jordan has a passion for gallery and museum work- she’s currently employed at the Northern Clay Center, and her resume also includes experience with the Walker Art Center, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the Hennepin History Museum. When Jordan’s not creating art or working, she can be found reading at home among her houseplants.

Wanda Borman

Director of Operations, Board Secretary

Wanda has served as the Executive Director of Dakota Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization responsible for the annual Eagan Art Festival, since 2004. She is also an artist and teacher with extensive experience in large event planning, fundraising, non-profit and board service, and arts advocacy. She is a founding member of Art Works and has been part of the Operations Team since it began in 2018. She has trained with ArtSage to work in facilities for elderly and memory care. Wanda is also an active community leader.

Caitlin Dowling

Director of Operations, General Counsel, Board Director

Caitlin wears many different hats – she is an attorney, ceramic artist, and non-profit administrator. Her legal practice has focused in real estate, general contract litigation, and non-profit law, and she has over 10 years’ experience serving on the board of a philanthropic trust. Caitlin has also been a professional ceramic artist since 2014 and teaches the occasional workshop in alternative firing methods. She is a founding member of Art Works and has been part of the Operations Team since it began in 2018. She is conversant in French and a mother to two budding artist daughters.

John Huisman

Board Director

John has over 25 years experience running his own design/build contracting company in Northern Minnesota and now lives in the South Metro area where he still runs his business and does extensive CAD drawings and design work. In his spare time he enjoys painting, drawing, sketching, woodworking and wood carving. He attends the figure drawing sessions at Art Works whenever he can.

Laurie Hunt

Board Treasurer

Laurie joined Art Works in 2018 as a front desk volunteer and continues in that role today, in addition to being Treasurer and Chair of the Budget and Finance committee.  She claims to be more “craftsy” than “artsy”.  Her background is in logistics, inventory management, and supply chain purchasing.  Her hobbies include making sock snowmen and bunnies, reading, walking, doing puzzles and watching TV. (She also is known to be an annoying Mother to her 2 grown children.)

Jerri Neddermeyer

Director of Operations, Board Advisor

Jerri has 15 years of experience as a music educator and band director. She has extensive experience with large event management, program development, performance, public speaking, visioning, and arts advocacy. Jerri has been a professional ceramic artist for 10 years and has 6 years of teaching pottery. She is a founding member of Art Works and has been a part of the Operations Team since it began in 2018. She is additionally fluent in Portuguese and is able to play more instruments than you can probably imagine.

Jeff Sooy

Board Director

Jeff has 20 years of professional experience in technology for Internet and Financial firms and enjoys being hands on with tools and technology in his free time. Volunteering at a variety of events and being part of a creative community is what initially brought Jeff to Art Works.  He is the proud stepfather of four grown kids and currently resides in Eagan with his wife and pets.

Ann Williams

Board Director

Ann Williams is the Director of Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center in Minneapolis. She opened Ballare Teatro in 1998, growing it from 75 students and two instructors to over 350 students and 16 instructors. Prior to opening Ballare Teatro, Ann obtained a BA in Dance and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has danced and performed for many years and has taught for over 30 years. Ann has served on boards of several arts and business organizations around the Twin Cities, including the Longfellow Business Association, Longfellow Community Council, Keane Sense of Rhythm, and Off-Leash Area. As the daughter of a middle school arts teacher, Ann has a deep appreciation for the arts.

Past Board Members

Haley Harnagel
Board Director, Vice President, President

Served Nov 2019 - Feb 2022

Vice President Feb 2021 - Jun 2021 

President Jun 2021 - Feb 2022

Nicole Watson
Board Director, Vice President, President, Treasurer

Served Jun 2018 - Dec 2021

Vice President Feb 2019 - Jun 2019

President Jun 2019 - Feb 2021

Treasurer Feb 2021 - Dec 2021

Denise Alden
Board Director, President

Served Oct 2019 - Jun 2021

President Feb 2021 - Jun 2021

Denise Sjoberg
Board Director

Served Oct 2019 - Jan 2021

Mike Supina
Board Director

Served Jun 2018 - Dec 2020

Robin Cerio
Board Director, President

Served Oct 2017 - Jun 2019

President Sep 2018 - Jun 2019

Juliet Parisi
Board Director, Vice President

Served Feb 2016 - Feb 2019

Vice Pres. Feb 2016 - Feb 2018

Sameer Aidoor
Board Director

Served Jan 2017 - Feb 2019

Anita Pagey
Board Director

Served Jan 2017 - Oct 2017

Chris Garnsworthy
Board Director

Served Jan 2017 - Sep 2017

Tim Cooper
Board Director, Treasurer

Served Feb 2016 - Nov 2016

Treasurer Feb 2016 - Nov 2016