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Deb Dormody, Deputy Director

Deb DormodyDeb Dormody has a high level of skill in both the operational practices of successful organizations, as well as expertise in mission-driven programming. As Deputy Director, Deb manages the Alliance's grantmaking programs, oversees the annual conference and Emerging Program Institute, and develops strategy for research projects and programs. Previously, Deb was the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence. She acted as the liaison to the city’s arts and cultural communities, provided policy input for zoning and public space use, and administered a grantmaking program activating Providence’s neighborhoods through the performing arts. For 8 years, Deb was co-owner of Craftland - a shop, craft school, and gallery. Additionally, Deb founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000 and continues to exhibit her handmade books nationally. She is featured in the film documentary Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine. She serves as board co-chair of Dirt Palace Public Projects in Providence, RI and is on the advisory board for North Branch Projects in Chicago, IL. Deb is originally from Bristol, CT, where annually there is a festival dedicated to the Chrysanthemum.


Hanna Exel, Program + Administrative Associate

Prior to joining the Alliance of Artists Communities in 2017, Hanna worked as an educator with Riverzedge Arts, RISD Pre-College, and the New Museum. She contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art as the Louise Bourgeois Twelve-Month Intern, and at the Tufts University Art Gallery as Graduate Curatorial Assistant. In addition to her work with the Alliance, Hanna is an On-Call Educator at the RISD Museum and organizes with the Providence chapter of Black and Pink, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ prisoners. Hanna studied Art History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Oberlin College. She also holds MA in Art History from Tufts University, where her work focused on artists’ responses to AIDS in the 1980s and ‘90s.


Lisa Funderburke Hoffman, Executive Director

Lisa Funderburke Hoffman is Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities where she has spearheaded the Diversity and Leadership Fellowship, promoting equity in the artist residency field through support of emerging arts administrators of color and those with disabilities. A dynamic facilitator, she works with residencies, foundations and other non-profits on engagement strategy. She began her life’s work as a public school educator and has held leadership posts at McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Charlotte Nature Museum, among others. She is currently on the Grantmakers in the Arts Individual Artist Committee, and serves on the board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Performing Arts Alliance where she is secretary.

Flannery Patton, Director of Member Services + Communications

Flannery Patton joined the Alliance in summer 2011. She has worked previously as a Development Associate at WRNI (Rhode Island Public Radio), as a Research Coordinator in the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University, as a Life Skills and Computer Literacy Teacher at the Rhode Island International Institute, as a public programs producer for the National Park Service, and as an English teacher and Curriculum Developer at Open Book in Denver. Most recently, Flannery also worked as Program Coordinator for Greater Kennedy Plaza, a non-profit offering art and culture programming in downtown Providence; and coordinated monthly art activities for The Hive Archive, a feminist art collective. Originally from Colorado, she came to Providence in 2003 for college; she has a BA in psychology and a BA in art history from Brown University. 



Kimberly Henderson | Program Consultant

Kimberly Henderson is a freelance writer/contributor and mixed media artist based in Harlem, NY. By day, she works in various capacities for the public radio program, This American Life and its counterparts, Serial Podcast and S-Town. Moonlighting as a contributor and content editor for The Art Story and contributor for NY-Art News, she is also the Assistant Curator for LOOM Radiant NYC, a showcase of multimedia artists of color, hosted by the Blueshift Journal. Her arts endeavors are based in Modern and Contemporary art, with specific interest in broadening the presentation of works by artists of color, by way of community engagement as a means of inclusion. Her experience is fostered through artist residency programming and the ways in which artists are using new media and social media outlets as a vehicle for expression.

Hernan Jourdan | Convenings Coordinator

Hernan Jourdan was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has received training as an actor in the Performing school of EMAD and EMBA, and as a scholarship recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education he has completed his studies in Filmmaking at the School of Tokyo Visual Arts, Japan. As a freelance producer he has teamed up with Panasonic and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) among other companies to film across Argentina, Chile and Antarctica. With the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism of Providence, RI he has organized the music and art festival PVDFest 2017 and 2018, visited by over 50,000 attendees. He has also directed an independent feature film (Luna De Humo premiered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008); written the script for the Soccer World Cup documentary Four Guys, No Balls in 2011 (officially selected for the film festivals of NPOTI Japan, Lewiston USA, and Marbella Spain); and more recently directed a play for the Rhode Island Devising Theater Festival (2017). As a multimedia artist, he's led workshops across New England and his work has been presented in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Charlotte, NC and Vancouver, Canada.