Who We Are
- Kimberley Andrews, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kim Andrews has been Executive Director of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden since 2010. She has overseen comprehensive strategic planning and implementation in tandem with newly-established board development and training, and has raised over $1 million for four capital projects and simultaneous capacity-building. Kim received her BA in Art History and French from Temple University, her MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University, UK, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the LaSalle University Nonprofit Center. A lifelong Philadelphian and former Mount Airy girl who was previously a preservation consultant to over fifty cultural heritage organizations, Kim is a founding board member and treasurer of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA), board member of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP), and on the Global Philly 2015 planning committee of the Global Philadelphia Association. She is the sole parent to three lively teenagers. Kim wiles her time away from Shofuso by reading history books, running, hiking, gardening, and visiting architecture and historic sites.
- Derek Finn, Associate Director of Shofuso, email@example.com
- Derek Finn received a BA in East Asian Area Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and joined Shofuso Japanese House and Garden as a visitor service assistant in 2010. He was quickly promoted to site & program manager, overseeing rapid increase in staff growth from three positions to the current roster of over 10 employees. During his tenure, Derek implemented a cultural shift to a visitor service model, culminating in a formal policy based on participation in a series of visitor service symposia and a formal survey of 25 Japanese gardens he visited in 2013. This shift impacts every facet of the organization, from staff hiring and training to garden design choices. As visitation has tripled since 2010 and programs have increased exponentially, Derek has shifted from personally staffing programs, weddings, admissions, and tours, to overseeing departments responsible for these different aspects of the site (though he still enjoys leading tours when possible.) Derek hires, trains, and supervises most of the site staff, including the visitor service staff, head gardener, and education coordinator. Derek serves on the board of the Small Museum Association, as the chair of the executive committee for KyoDaiko, and as a board manager for Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia Association. In his free time, Derek enjoys playing board and video games, and is an active member of the Penn Gamers Club.
- Kara Petraglia, Membership and Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kara Petraglia received her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Florida and her M.F.A. in Book Arts/Printmaking at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. After completing her B.F.A., Kara moved to New York in order to pursue a career in Art Education, as well as nonprofit fundraising and administration. During that time, Kara began focusing on the intersection between nonprofits and technology, culminating in her experience at Fractured Atlas where she acted as the in-house usability testing consultant and customer service manager. To maintain her connection to her own professional art practice, Kara left to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Philadelphia, where she also began working at Shofuso in 2012. While at Shofuso, Kara assisted with the redesign of the Membership and Development programs as well as managed the implementation of a new database. Since then, Kara has combined both her passion for nonprofit fundraising and nonprofit technology solutions to bolster the fundraising potential of the organization. Outside of her duties at Shofuso, Kara is the sole proprietor of Salt Paper Press & Bindery, through which she continues her professional art practice in printmaking and book arts.
- Nicole Schaller, Education Coordinator, email@example.com
- Nicole Schaller received a Masters of Art degree in Museum Education/Arts Education Certificate Program (K-12) from the University of the Arts and also holds a B.F.A. degree in Ceramics from Arcadia University. She has administered on-site arts, school residency and afterschool programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center and the Asian Arts Initiative. Her teaching experience includes Abington Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Asian Arts Initiative and Darlington Art Center. She has served on the Arts Education Working Committee for Arts Plan/New Jersey, the Education Committee of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance and the Arts Education Collective of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Nicole has the travel bug and is trying to fulfill the personal goal of visiting at least one new country, state or city every year.
- James Webster, Visitor Service Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- After spending years in service industry management, James Webster joined the visitor service staff at the Japanese House and Garden during the summer of 2015. There he found a new passion for working on site at Shofuso, preserving the house and garden while sharing its rich history and beauty with the public. This passion continued through the end of the season when he joined the administrative staff as the visitor service supervisor in 2016. Continuing to maintain and present the grounds to visitors, James also ensures that the visitor service staff is well trained, friendly, and eager share the unique experience of Shofuso. Outside of the office he’s an accomplished musician, specializing in both classical composition and modern experimental music, as well as a visual artist and 3D animator.