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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.

Christopher Martin

Communications Coordinator


Christopher Martin, a Bedford, VA native, recently Graduated from the University of Lynchburg with a BA in Sport Management and is currently pursuing his Masters in Business at Lynchburg. During his time the University he worked as the Social Media Coordinator for the schools Sport Management Department. Christopher began working at the Bower Center part-time in 2020 before becoming a full-time member of the Organization in 2021.

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.

Madison Allen

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Madison Allen is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary where she earned her BA in Economics and Anthropology. Since graduation, she has worked in both exhibitions and childhood education, with experience in STEAM based learning. Through her work, Madison strives to create a welcoming environment in the art world and make art accessible to individuals of all backgrounds and capabilities.

Sarah Echols

Clay Studio Coordinator



Sarah is a Lynchburg based ceramic artist who has been working in clay for 16 years. After graduating from Berry College in 2010 and starting a family in Northern Georgia, she moved to the area in 2017. Sarah also continues her pursuits in environmental education, for all ages, and brings that joy and inspiration to her pottery to create useful, beautiful, everyday items for your home.  Outside of a clay studio, she can be found getting her hands dirty in the garden, exploring the woods, or tending to her chickens.

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