Per Article VI, Section 3 of our bylaws:
Members do not vote if there is only one applicant for a position; the nominee is elected.
Please extend a warm welcome to the new Officers for the IPCA Board of Directors.
President: Amy Brown
Amy is a recent transplant to Cary, North Carolina, moving there from Grinnell, Iowa in 2020. She lives there with her husband, Jerry, and their two Shih Tzus, Millie and Baxter. They have two adult daughters.
Amy is a U.S. Navy veteran and served 8 years on active duty in Holy Loch, Scotland, Subic Bay, Philippines, Middletown, Rhode Island, and San Diego, California.
As a child, her family was stationed in Keflavik, Iceland in 1974 and her love of making things started at the after-school craft club on the naval base. For 25 cents every Wednesday, she learned how to make string art, wood burning, cross stitch, and the ever popular ceramic ashtrays.
Her interest in polymer clay started in 1995 when she was a stay home mom and she saw Donna Kato on TV. She's been hooked ever since. She is also an avid quilter, beader, and knitter.
Amy has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Leadership Development.
Vice President Communications: Denise Fitzsimmons
Denise has lived in Connecticut almost her whole life but was born in New Jersey and spent some time in Pennsylvania as a young child. Her mother was an avid knitter and fabric crafter and Denise spent most of her spare time learning from her mom. This is where her love of mixed media started and Denise attributes her talent and inspiration to those special times with her mother.
Denise followed her mother’s and father’s footsteps into the education field and became a secondary Spanish teacher in Connecticut. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Spanish Education, an M.S. in Secondary Curriculum, and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership. While currently on a break from teaching, Denise gets to spread her joy of learning through teaching local “Not Your Average Arts and Crafts” workshops that focus on mixed media and polymer clay work as well as teaching a variety of classes at a local retirement home.
Denise was on the Create Along Design Team for 3 years and continues to contribute tutorials to their many endeavors. Denise has contributed many articles and tutorials to Passion for Polymer magazine as well. In 2021, Denise was thrilled to be a teacher for the Polymer Clay Symposium on Curious Mondo. Denise has been a member of the IPCA for two years and is a member of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild.
Treasurer: Lorrene Baum-Davis
A long-time active member, Lorrene has joine the board in the role of Treasurer.
Lorrene lives in California, is active in musical theatre, metalsmithing, and is a member of Clayville California.
Vice President Membership Development: Julie Picarello
As an award-winning artist, international instructor and author of “Patterns in Polymer: Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques”, Julie’s work has been featured in a variety of print publications as well as Beads, Baubles & Jewels TV.
Influenced by the computer circuits she designed for over two decades, and inspired by master artist Tory Hughes, in 2005 Julie became intrigued and completely focused on what she calls “Imprint Mokume”, an adaptation of an ancient Japanese metalworking technique that lends itself well to polymer clay. She began experimenting with various tools and layering methods to create controlled rather than random patterns, and adding depth and dimension to her designs.
Julie has previously served on the IPCA Board.
Continuing Officers & Volunteers
- Barbara Forbes-Lyons, Past President & Webmaster
- Laura LePere, Assistant Webmaster
After many years of service to the IPCA, the following officers are retiring:
- Barbara Forbes-Lyons, President
- Ann Duncan Hlavach, Vice President Communications
- Scott Cooper, Treasurer