The Team

The founding board of directors and its advisors have dedicated their time, energy, and resources to establishing a viable nonprofit capable of launching the Manship Project. As new opportunities and challenges present themselves, we look to expand this pool of volunteers to meet developing needs. Manship Artists Residency + Studios welcomes Val Gilman our newest board member!

This is a community project that will take more than the Village of Lanesville - if you are interested in getting involved, please reach out. 

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Val Gilman Joins Manship Artists Board

The Board of Directors of the Manship Artists Residency + Studios is delighted to introduce our newest board member. Val Gilman has been serving our community for many years in various public official capacities. Currently she is serving her second term as Ward 4 City Councilor for the City of Gloucester – the Manship property is located in Val’s ward.

Val previously served on the School Committee for six years, from 2007 to 2013, two of those years as its Chair. In addition, she has served on the board of the Gloucester Education Foundation as well as on its Community Council. Val has been a Board member and active participant of the Annisquam Village Players for the past ten years, and also serves on the Board of the Council on Aging.  She lives in Gloucester with her husband, Paul, and son, Jared. She and her husband also have a daughter, Casey.

As the founding board expands and MARS begins to develop an organizational culture, Val’s expertise in strategic planning and customer satisfaction, training and development and performance management will allow us to establish best-practice policies and procedures from the start. We are so very grateful to have Val bring her rich background in Human Resources Management, which includes 25 years in high technology, Fortune 500 companies.  Most recently, Val served as VP and Officer of Human Resources for Comverse Network Systems in Wakefield. Val has a BA in Psychology from UMass Amherst and a MS in Human Resources Management At Lesley University.

“I am delighted to be invited to serve on the Board. I am passionate about supporting local and visiting artists. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Lanesville and Cape Ann community, artists, and art lovers. “

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Rebecca Reynolds

President. A museum professional and arts administrator with some 30 years experience, Reynolds is a curator and art consultant specializing in American sculpture and was the founding director of Forest Hills Educational Trust and its public art program. She is a member of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts.

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Linda K. Bruce

Secretary. A vice president with Morgan Stanley, Kennedy Bruce has worked for some 30 years in the financial industry.  She has been an active volunteer involved with numerous charities and co-created and served as the former director of the Kids’ Club After School Program in Lynn, MA.

Betsy Whittey

A former Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts and New York, Whittey is now in private practice in Gloucester.  Her expertise is in civil litigation, regulatory process, administrative law and consumer protection.  She was a close friend of Margaret Cassidy Manship.

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Jo-Ann Castano

Vice-President. A sculptor, arts educator, community cultural organizer with 39 years' experience as an arts administrator and activist, Castano co-established Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts, the Society for the Encouragement for the Arts (seARTS), and the Gloucester Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Donna Hassler

Executive Director of Chesterwood, and Administrator of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  Hassler is an art historian and museum professional with over 30 years' experience as director and curator of several important cultural institutions.

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Diana N. Theriault

The great grand-daughter of Paul and Isabel Manship and the grand-niece of Margaret Cassidy and John Manship, Diana Natti is a former Gloucester resident who grew up playing on the Manship estate.  She has degrees in art and art history and has studied abroad at an artist residency in France.

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Sandy Stone

Treasurer. The former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a local federally-funded organization, Sandy has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 35 years.  She is a Gloucester native, a neighbor of MARS, and a founding member of Gloucester’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).


Mags Harries

An international public artist, who has completed over 30 major public commissions, Harries is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Gloucester summer visitor for over 20 years.  She has been the recipient of prestigious artist residencies.


Valerie Gilman

The current Ward 4 City Councilor for the City of Gloucester, Val also brings 25 years experience as an Human Resources Management in high technology companies. Her expertise is in strategic planning and customer satisfaction, training and development and performance management.