Board Members and Staff
Board of Directors
Sally Kagerer, President
Sally Kagerer is a life long-Flint resident who is deeply invested in the community. An owner of a Flint business, Beauchamp Ace Hardware, her volunteer work for non-profits extends over four decades. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the National Board of Planned Parenthood. Sally is married to an artist who shares her passion for the arts. When traveling, they visit galleries throughout the country.
Paul Hauth, Vice-President
Paul is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art with an MFA in Metalsmithing, also holding a BFA in Jewelry Design from State University College at Buffalo, New York. Currently, he is an adjunct art professor at Mott Community College in Flint and is an instructor at the Flint Institute of Arts. During the summer, Paul is Operations Supervisor at the Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York. Paul is a practicing artist working in metalsmithing, jewelry, printmaking, and mixed-media.
Robert Downer, Treasurer
Robert’s affiliation with Buckham Gallery began in 2017 while he was completing his Master’s In Arts Administration at University of Michigan Flint. Robert also earned a BFA at U of M-Flint and currently focuses on painting, drawing, and wood-burning. His community arts involvement includes work with the Flint Public Art Project.
Corinne Nuzum, Secretary
The daughter of an original founding member, Corinne has a life-long association with Buckham Gallery. Her artistic practice includes painting and drawing. She currently is on staff at the Swartz Creek Art Center and is completing her degree in social work. Corinne is an instructor for Youth Arts: Unlocked, a non-profit that works with detained youth at the Genesee Valley Regional Center.
A visual arts instructor at Mott Middle College in Flint and the Flint Institute of Arts, Matt holds a BA from Columbia College and an MA from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint and has been extensively involved in the Flint arts community for years, serving as an instructor at Factory 2 and curator at the original Red Ink Studios Flint. His artistic practice, board in scope, includes work in watercolor, silk-screening, graphic design, puppet-making, drawing, and screen printing.
Donovan is the director of the Art School at the Flint Institute of Arts. He earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has worked in non-profit arts education at various institutions since 2004, including Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy. Donovan is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and printmaker. His large-scale figurative works have been exhibited throughout the country.
A University of Michigan-Flint graduate, Nic is employed by U of M-Flint, working in the Innovation Incubator at the Office of University Outreach. A writer and performer, Nic has been awarded a residency by the Poetry Foundation and has contributed to seven site-specific and verbatim plays. He hosts the monthly Open Mic at Buckham Gallery and serves on several community boards including Court Street Village Non-profit Housing Corporation and the New Evolution Educational Center.
Craig is a retired art teacher, a past president of Buckham Gallery, and a member of Buckham since its inception in 1984. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a practicing ceramic artist. Actively engaged in the arts community for years, Craig has received numerous MCACA grants.
Susan, formerly a social worker, has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan. A practicing artist, Susan paints daily and teaches workshops at multiple galleries. Her membership and involvement in local arts organizations includes Swartz Creek Art Gallery, Greater Flint Arts Council, Cause and Effect Gallery, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Working in acrylic and mixed-media, Susan has won multiple awards and her work has been published in magazines.
Michael D. Melet
A businessman, Michael Melet attended the University of Michigan and worked in retail fashion for several decades. A life-long Flint resident with strong community ties, Michael oversaw Buckham Gallery’s move to a new location in January of 2019. Michael has served on numerous boards, non-profits, and community organizations including the Governor’s Commission on Retail Business, Mayor’s Commission to Rebuild Downtown Flint, the Flint Institute of Art, and the Flint Institute of Music. Michael was a founding member of the Flint Art Fair and the FIA Friends of Modern Art.
Shirlene is the wife of a Buckham Gallery artist-member, former Board President Ken Hakala. Shirlene resides in Grandville, Michigan.
Lynn Penning, Executive Director
Lynn Penning joined Buckham Gallery as Executive Director in the fall of 2017. A former arts educator with a BS in Art Education and a MA in Education, Lynn oversees gallery operations and programming.
Michele Leclaire, Exhibiton Director
Michele Leclaire earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. A printmaker and painter, Michele joined Buckham Gallery as Exhibitions Director in December of 2018 and oversees the jurying process, installation of exhibits, and scheduling exhibition-related events.