SA Staff - Contact Us
Administrative Offices: 518.584.4132
General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Kerr, Executive Director
Grants & Community Relations
Mae Hailu, Grants and Community Relations Coordinator
Programs & Exhibitions
Christian Wechgelaer, Exhibitions and Program Coordinator
Kerry Connolly, Education Coordinator
Having grown up in Saratoga her whole life, the deep ties that Mae has to the area have continuously inspired her to seek out involvement in the local community. This fervor for advocacy work brought her to Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Africana studies. During her time in college she focused her academic pursuits on the field of affordable housing, leading her to dedicate multiple years to various community based projects situated in the Western Massachusetts region. After graduating from college and returning to the Saratoga Springs area, Mae was able to reconnect with both a love for her hometown, as well as her deep-rooted excitement for both the written word and crochet. She is excited to continue her dedication to the Saratoga Springs community through her work here at Saratoga Arts.
Kerry comes to Saratoga Arts after 12 years with Girl Scouts most recently as VP, Business Consulting at GSUSA in Manhattan and, prior to that, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY based in Albany. Before serving in the non-profit world, Kerry held senior management positions in the industries of financial services, technology, management consulting and higher education.
A Saratoga resident, Kerry spends her time loving the arts: classical and jazz music, museum browsing, nature and historical talks and experiences, and cinema and theatre shows. She travels when she can, spends every day dabbling in her kitchen with new recipes, and is learning to watercolor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh and her MBA from Bryant University. To work within the arts arena is a dream fulfilled for Kerry. Promoting a culture of arts within the Saratoga region is the vison for Saratoga Arts and she is excited to be part of this endeavor.
Exhibitions and Program Coordinator
Christian Wechgelaer was born and raised in Saratoga Springs and has a deep love and commitment to bettering this community. In 2021, Christian graduated from the Center for Art & Design at The College of Saint Rose with his BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. Having studied in such a strong and tightly knit department, in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, further solidified the importance of community for Christian.
In 2020-21, Christian completed a remote internship at IPCNY (International Print Center New York) which provided a critical exhibitions background. In summer 2021, Christian was an instructor for Teen Summer Art Camp at Saratoga Arts which was an experience that blossomed into a part-time position at Saratoga Arts as Program Coordinator. Christian looks forward to continuing to serve his community, and to work toward providing new and exciting programs at Saratoga Arts.
Theresa joins the team at Saratoga Arts from the Western New York area. Her creative endeavors started at an early age with a love of poetry and theater. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Hilbert College, she became a published poet. Her career has led her to many different work experiences and working with the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara for the last four years has given her a solid foundation for work in the non-profit sector.
In September 2022, Theresa moved to the Capitol Region to be with her partner and is still learning all the amazing things about the community of Saratoga Springs. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys watching football and rooting for her hometown team…Go Bills! She participates in the art abandonment movement, painting rocks and taking photographs; as well as reading great fantasy novels.
Saratoga Arts' programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.