Who we are

The Artspace board:

Alan Baseden
Alan BasedenOur project lead and Board President is an interactive designer with over 25 years experience working for organizations such as The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Vanguard Group. He is a former Concord student who holds a BFA from New York’s Parsons School of Design.
Melissa Zoladkiewicz
Melissa ZoladkiewiczOur Board Secretary is a Jester Farmhouse neighbor on Grubb Rd. The New Jersey transplant moved to Delaware to study finance at the University of Delaware where she met her husband, a Wilmington native. She works in the financial industry and lives with her husband, daughter and Labradoodle.
David Steel
Our Treasurer is a retired information technology department manager, formerly with a major Wilmington bank. He brings a wealth of experience to the project with knowledge of nonprofit law, technology, and fundraising.
Susan Benarcik
SusanSusan is an installation artist and surface designer based in Arden. Her work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Lyman Allyn Art Museum. She has a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA with highest distinction from Rosemont College.
Kirsten Olson
KirstenA non-profit leader with more than 20 years’ experience working with local community organizations as well as a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums.  A Delaware resident since 1976, currently residing in Bellefonte with her husband and teenage daughter.
Tod Baseden
todbaseden_100x150A retired DuPont Chemist and current treasurer for the Birmingham Friends Meeting. Was a leader in effort to save the farmhouse from demolition in 2002.

Notable project participants:

Eve Tahmincioglu
EveEve is the Senior Director of Communications and head of Social Media at Families and Work Institute. She contributes articles to NBCNews.com, Today.com, The New York Times and Business Week. She is a former News Journal staffer with more than 20 years experience as a business reporter.
Debra Baseden
debraDebra is a reference librarian in Chester County, Pa. Her illustration work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has a BFA in Illustration from New York’s School of Visual Arts and a Master of Library Science from Clarion University.
Kenneth Velasquez
Ken is a freelance art director with more than 20 years experience working for organizations such as Teach For America, NYC Dept. of Education, NY Cares, and Homes for the Homeless. He is based in Wilmington, DE, and holds a BFA from New York’s Parsons School of Design.