Our Team

Nancy Harris Frohlich, Director

A educator since 1972, Nancy has a Masters in Child Development from Tufts University. She founded LEAPS of IMAGINATION to support underserved elementary school children in Maine where art has been significantly cut. As Head of School at The Advent School, Boston for 17 years, she developed thematic curriculum, founded a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood program, and launched an engineering initiative for children from 4-12. She served for 20 years at the Charles River School as a teacher, Head of Lower School, and Director of Studies. Nancy serves on the Board of Ashwood Waldorf School and Advisory Boards of The Advent School, Charles River School, Watershed School, and Sweetland School.

  • Susan Beebe
    Susan Beebe Lead Artist

    Lead artist, Susan Beebe is a painter, naturalist, and teaching artist who leads programs for the Farnsworth Museum and Rockland Library. She shows her work at Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, and the Island Institute. Trained at Tufts’ Museum School, Beebe is lead artist for Langlais LEAPS’ summer program.

  • Avis Turner
    Avis Turner Lead Artist

    Lead artist, Avis Turner is a sculptor and teaching artist with a Masters in sculpture from American University. She has taught at Sidwell Friends in D.C. and in public schools in Farmington, Connecticut for more than 30 years. She currently exhibits her work at Harbor Square Gallery.

  • Alexis Iammarino
    Alexis Iammarino Lead Artist

    Lead artist, Alexis Iammarino is an ardent supporter of community arts initiatives in midcoast Maine. With a Masters from Maryland Institute College of Art, Alexis is the Director of Education at Steel House, and a teaching artist for Rockland’s RASA (Arts in Action,) the Farnsworth Museum, and CMCA’s ARTLab.

  • Alanna Hernandez
    Alanna Hernandez Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Alanna Hernandez, is the newest member of the team.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies and art, she works with children at  Youthlinks in Rockland. Alanna brings multiple skills to LEAPS, including the teaching of yoga.

  • Cynthia Trone
    Cynthia Trone Educator

    Educator, Cynthia Trone, is a graduate of Colby College and former director of art programming in FLA. She brings her passion for environmental stewardship to her work with children and adults, where she’s most recently she’s overseen programs at Georges River Land Trusts’ Langlais Sculpture Preserve.

  • Cindy McGuirl
    Cindy McGuirl Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Cindy McGuirl, is a multimedia craftswoman and teaching artist. She attended the Swain School of Design and Kansas City Art Institute, and she directs Thomaston Grammar School’s Art Club.  Cindy’s expertise is in bookbinding and marbling paper, which she teaches to adults in her studio.

  • Dee Peppe
    Dee Peppe Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Dee Peppe, is the founding director of the Midcoast Community Darkrooms in Rockland. She teaches photographers of all ages. Having received her Masters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design she is on the faculty at the University of Maine. Dee serves on the LEAPS’ Advisory Board.

  • Sandy Weisman
    Sandy Weisman Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Sandy Weisman  is a book maker, mixed media artist, and poet.  Sandy is the owner of the artist’s retreat, 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston. She is a published poet and serves on the Education Committee at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.