Stephanie Mitchell
Executive Director
Stephanie Schumann Mitchell has worked in the arts for over fifteen years. She brings to Lawndale curatorial and development experience from institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Drawing Center in New York City, as well as The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where she received her Master’s in the History of Art from Williams College.

Emily Butts
Assistant Director
Emily Butts received her BA in art history and English world literature from Pitzer College and MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Curatorial Assistant at LACMA, where she was involved in the exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing, organized as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. In 2018, she was granted the Emerging Curator award from Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) for the exhibition Names Printed in Black.

Emily Fens
Community Engagement Manager
Emily Fens began her career in cultural institutions in 2012 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where she assisted educators in engaging youth 6-12 in the Museum’s exhibitions. Since joining Lawndale’s team in 2016, she has served as the public face of the institution. Fens holds a BS in neuroscience from UCLA.

Lisa Gertsch
Lisa Gertsch, Lawndale’s Contoller, began consulting with Lawndale in 2016. She is President of Lisa Gertsch, LLC, a consulting group that has specialized in non-profits since 2011. Her work provides small to mid-sized clients the tools necessary to make informed decisions and plan effectively. Gertsch earned an Economics degree from Stanford University, and obtained a CPA while auditing for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Andrea Allen
Gallery Attendant
Andrea Allen recently joined Lawndale as Gallery Attendant. Allen recently returned to Houston from Japan to pursue her PhD in Education at the University of Houston, with a focus on exploring how access to art and community resources can promote civic engagement and social change in urban areas. Allen received her MA in Art Education from UH before moving abroad.

Jonathan Clark
Lead Installer


Hannah Grunwald
Hannah Grunwald is a current MA candidate at the University of Houston studying arts leadership. She received her B.A. from Texas A&M University in communications and film studies. In addition to working as an intern for Lawndale, Hannah is a docent for Blaffer Art Museum.  

Sumin Hwang
Sumin Hwang is a sophomore at Rice University studying visual art and art history. Originally from San Diego, Sumin fulfilled a full-time internship with Lawndale that was underwritten by Lawndale and Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership.

Caroline Sharpless
Caroline Gray Sharpless is completing her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston Downtown. She holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Houston in painting and has taught art history classes at UHClear Lake.

Board of Directors

Meghan Miller, Chair
Jessica Seff, Treasurer
Mary Catherine Jones, Secretary
Peter Gershon, Chair, Advisory Board
Stephanie Mitchell, Executive Director
Michelle Adams
Gaynell Drexler
Illa Gaunt
David R. Graham
Tim Kollatschny
Calia A. Pettigrew
Teresa Porter
Robert Raney, III
Justin Segal
Sandy Wallis

Advisory Board

Peter Gershon, Chair
Sterling Allen
Nick Barbee
Andy Campbell
Lily Cox-Richard
Jamal Cyrus
Natilee Harren
Autumn Knight
Chris Sperandio