Sandy Danielson, President
Sandy is the Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of AiM. In 2015, she founded AiM, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
AiM provides ongoing educational programming for the community that includes: art classes and workshops, monthly juried exhibitions, outreach/support to local schools, speaker presentations and more. She is responsible for planning, developing, executing and managing all operations and programs, which includes membership/fundraising and administration.
She has worked in the nonprofit world since 1987 that commenced at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC. She received her Bachelors of Elected Studies at the University of Minnesota where she studied the arts and humanities. Afterwards, she studied black and white photography at the Corcoran School of Art, and color/studio lighting at NOVA.
She passionately supports art education for all! Art is vital and it does matter!
Maureen Storey, Vice-President
Maureen Storey is the owner and glass artist of storeyweaver designs in glass and is a Virginia Juried Artisan in fused glass of the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV).
Maureen’s first 35-year career as a PhD nutrition scientist was fulfilling as she held executive-level positions in the food industry, academia and trade associations. But in the rare moments of spare time, she discovered a joyful outlet for her creative energy through fused and stained glass.
Maureen’s artwork is currently on display at The Loft Gallery in Occoquan, VA; Wine Gallery 108, Old Town Alexandria, VA; and the Artists in Middleburg (AiM), Middleburg, VA. She is a member of The Loft Gallery LLC, Artists in Middleburg, and National Capital Art Glass Guild (NCAGG). Maureen served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of AiM for many years and became its Vice-President in January 2021. She is past (2019) president of the NCAGG Board of Directors.
Chito Padilla, Secretary
Chito Padilla has recently retired to Marshall, VA from Washington DC after spending more than 30 years as a senior professional managing contracts and grants departments in leading not-for-profit organizations in the international development sector.. He received his BA in History and Political Science, at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, his Master's Certificate at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and a MALD at Tufts University, Medford, MA.
Chito is now enjoying his pursuit as the life an artist. "My style is influenced by the abstract expressionist movement which denotes the non-representational use of paint as a means of personal expression."
Goksin Carey, Director
Goksin Carey Akman is an associate member of the National Sculptor Society NSS, a member of Virginia Equine Artists, and is certified through the American Academy of Equine Art. Her art displays at the National Sculptor Society, Fairfax Art League -Village Gallery, and Saatchi online's websites. Her commissioned bronze 6’ fox sculpture Is located In the Middleburg Community Center Plaza.
Ms. Carey teaches equine sculpting workshops at the Artists in Middleburg, Middleburg VA since 2014. Twice a year July and November she returns to NSLM National Sports Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA to instruct a week-long full-day intense Sculpting workshop.
Ms. Carey has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles. She was chosen for the "TURKISH COMMUNITY STAR AWARDS, BEST ARTIST OF 2015".
A recent interview in Turkish-American TV with Ms. Cerey:
Her website is sculptinghorses.com
J Douglas, Director
J (Just J) Douglas, has been honing his artistic skills his entire life. This native Texan started his career as a portrait artist in 1976 but worked only in black and white. In 2008, J met and watched Henry Asencio paint in person. He was so inspired by Henry, that he bought all of the supplies to paint in oils, and has never looked back. Henry and J have become friends through the years and continue to inspire each other.
His award-winning equestrian work began in 2010 when his wife, Cindy Battino, asked him to create a few horse paintings for his next show. That was the catalyst that sparked his love for the horse. You will find his work in palaces, presidential homes, estates, resorts, galleries, and many homes around the world. "Destiny", his largest piece to date, can be found hanging in the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.
J's evolution from portrait artist, commercial artist, martial artist (6th-degree black belt), and finally equestrian artist has been an exciting journey. J likes to say, "I cannot wait to see what I will be creating in five years." He says this because he truly feels that art is an ever-evolving study, and that mastery is a title for those that have passed on in life. J also teaches art and has volunteered hundreds of hours during the pandemic to teach on Zoom at AiM.
Pamela Gwaltney, Director
Currently, Pam serves as Chair of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., which publishes a biweekly newspaper, website, and many specialized publications for leaders in academe. The company also publishes The Chronicle of Philanthropy for leaders in the non-profit and foundation communities. Both publications provide news, coverage of important trends in their fields, virtual events, webinars, and newsletters.
For the past 12 years, Pam has been an artist, concentrating on lighted wall sculptures. (pamelagwaltney.com). She attended the Corcoran School of Art as a full-time student during a career hiatus, and again in the Corcoran’s continuing education program in the early 2000s.
Pam is a collector of post-war geometric abstraction and Washington Color School art, as well as emerging artists. She serves on the boards of The Phillips Collection and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Wendy Lind, Director
Wendy Lind grew up in Ireland and has lived in Middleburg for the past 20 years. Her background is in fashion design and the arts have always been an important part of her life. She loves to paint in oil and pastels and is a bronze equine sculptor.
Wendy is an avid and competitive equestrian who enjoys many disciplines including polo, fox hunting, and side-saddle. Painting and sculpting horses combine both loves.
Kathleen Malone, Director
Kathleen Malone joined AiM’s Board in fall of 2017.
Kathleen moved to Loudoun County in January 1988 where she and her husband raised their family of 5 children.
In February 2018, she retired from 42 years of federal government service. After retiring, Kathleen is now devoting more time to dressage riding, her grandchildren and AiM. She is on the new AiM program committee and is enjoying the robust weekly equine sculpting workshops offered by Goksin Carey, talented sculptor and teacher, and AiM board member.
Kevin, her husband of 37 years continues to own and manage some of Loudoun’s longstanding and popular restaurants including Tuscarora Mill, Magnolia’s and Fire Works.
Nancy Milburn, Director
Sylvia Scherer, Director
For many years, the professional life of Mrs. Scherer centered on words written and spoken -- journalist, poet, linguist, and simultaneous conference interpreter. Her artistic journey has taken various paths from dancing Flamenco, playing concert castanets, writing poetry to painting.
Painting has now become Mrs. Scherer’s overriding passion. The amalgam of life experiences and extensive travel has shaped her use of styles and selection of motives. She prefers to work in two media – acrylics and Chinese watercolors. In Sumi-e she focuses mainly on painting horses in the Spontaneous Style on delicate rice paper. In acrylics, her preferred world of color, she paints a broad range of motives, for horses using mainly the Tarashikomi technique.
An award-winning artist, Mrs. Scherer has been juried into various national and international exhibitions.