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Susan Martin, IOM

Executive Director


Susan brings more than 25 years’ experience in non-profit management to the Bower Center for the Arts, most recently serving as the Director of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act in the Blue Ridge Region and as the President & CEO of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. In these roles, she developed strong leadership and management skills and completed a professional development program receiving her IOM, Institute for Organization Management designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This four-year program educates participants on all facets of running a non-profit. Susan holds a BA in Journalism and Marketing from Marshall University.

Karen Nuzzo

Education & Outreach Coordinator


Karen Nuzzo, with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in teaching art has been working with children and creating art for the better part of four decades. A retired public school art teacher, Karen believes in the transformative power of art. When not teaching art, she loves to sink her hands into the fiber arts.

Dotti Stone

Exhibits Manager

Dotti studied art at Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), Richmond, VA. She spent over 40 years in the photography business in the DC area where she also operated Great Falls Stained Glass and later took up mosaics. She moved to southwest Virginia in 2007, began teaching mosaics to adults and youth at Bower Center in 2009, and in 2010 started managing exhibits. In 2015 she and a few other mosaic artists formed BRMA, Blue Ridge Mosaic Artists, who call Bower Center home. The group meets bimonthly, exhibits mosaics, and works on community mosaic projects.

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