Our Team

Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS) is a non-profit that works in cooperation with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department to expand and add unique offerings to the Studio’s programs. We strive to provide affordable and high quality arts education to the community.


Board of Directors

*Their favorite art medium(s)


Amy Higgins,

Salesforce, Director, Content Strategy
*Metal Arts and Jewelry, Fabric, Woodcuts

Committee Chairs


Stephanie Choy

Choy Consulting

*Glass & Textiles

Jessica Kiever

Docusign, Marketing Strategist

*Pencil Sketching, Painting, & Ceramics

Danielle Waltrip

SFMOMA, Membership Manager


Committee Members

Krista Walton Potter

Global Fund for Women, Communications and Editorial Manager

*Watercolor & Ceramics

Ana Manzur-Allen

Hygge Health, Co-Founder

*Painting, Printing, & Ceramics

Joshua Min

Checkout.com, Account Manager


Kaitlin Lee

Salesforce.org, Senior Business Analyst, Marketing Operations

*Graphic Design, Ceramics

Easton Chen

Parallax Volatility Advisers, L.P., Chief Compliance Officer


Office Staff

Executive Director

Friends of Sharon Art Studio

Nicki Guard

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Nicki joined as the Executive Director in January 2020. She has been a ceramics student here since 2004. Driven by her love of our unique art community, she is committed to seeing it thrive. Her responsibilities include being an ambassador to the world both inside and outside this beautiful stone building. She listens to what inspires students and partners with the city of San Francisco to keep the arts a priority. Nicki has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership. In her previous role at Girls Inc. of Alameda County she managed over 1000 volunteers and served on a team that raised over $7 million per year. Nicki has also directed education programs for the  YMCA of San Francisco and Planned Parenthood. If you can't find her in the office, check the pottery studio or Tartine Bakery in the Inner Sunset.

Program Manger

Friends of Sharon Art Studio

Cassandra Sechler





Cassandra began her journey at the Friends of Sharon Art Studio in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant. In 2021 she was promoted to Program Manager. Cassandra is instrumental in growing the selection of classes that align with the studio mission and is a mastermind behind our community events. Her commitment to providing and enhancing the quality of everything we do is inspiring. In addition to her role at the Sharon Art Studio, Cassandra is an artist, filmmaker, and operates her own film production business.

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Studio Coordinator

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

Zach Canter

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Zach has served as the Studio Coordinator since 2018. He is an artist, educator, and holds a degree in recreation. He sees art as preventative medicine. Prior to working at the Sharon Art Studio he worked at the Chinese Immersion School of De Avila. As the studio coordinator, he is inspired by the dedicated students and staff as well as it's role in serving a very invested community. As a student of dance, Zach's favorite artist is Edgar Degas because of the artist's ability to capture performing artists in their element.