The Lab, Belmar Lab, Mixed Taste


Adam J. Lerner, Ph.D., Executive Director
Adam first came to Denver in 2001 in the role of master teacher at the Denver Art Museum. He was the youngest member of the Brooklyn Squares, Square Dance Club, at age 9 and, in the fifth grade, he won first prize for his diorama “The Tumbling of the Walls of Jericho” at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, New York. He was curator at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Adam received his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University and his masters from Cambridge University.

Kathie Kramer Ryan, Deputy Director
Before joining The Lab in June 2007, Kathie Kramer Ryan was featured on The Today Show, where she gave away her Winter Park restaurant to the most articulate writer of a 200-word essay. She has worked as the manager of major gifts at the Denver Art Museum and the director of marketing and public relations for metro-Denver’s Rape Assistance and Awareness Program. She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sarah Kate Baie, Assistant Creative Director
Sarah comes to The Lab from the Denver Art Museum, where she worked in the education department as the coordinator of informal learning programs. She has a BA from the University of Colorado and is days away from completing her MS from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Sarah grew up in Aurora, Colorado and while she always hoped to be famous, it is her dog Walter who has been featured in two films, a billboard campaign and several magazine feature stories (though admittedly two of these were written by Sarah).

Sarah Skeen, Manager of Development and Operations
Prior to coming to The Lab, Sarah spent fifteen years in gardening retail at Smith and Hawken. Sarah has been a long time Lab fixture, started first as a Lab member, then marrying a member of The Lab's affliate staff and eventualy applying for a job. Sarah hails from Chicago, Illinois, and as a child, she won first place in a contest on the Bozo the Clown Show (televised on Chicago's WGN) when she was the fastest contstant to remove all of the tissues from a tissue box. It's a skill she still brushes up on from time to time. She has a BS from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Jillian Allison , Development Assistant
Jillian grew up in Arvada and received a BA from the University of Colorado and an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State. Before returning to Colorado, she was the registrar for the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming. In addition to working at The Lab, Jillian is the education coordinator at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. While living in San Francisco, a man offered to sell Jillian a live pigeon, which was concealed in the sleeve of his coat. She declined the offer but often wonders how life would be different if she had purchased the bird.

Laura Ann Blum, Program Assistant
Laura is a student at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, a school she expects to graduate from in just eight short years. We found her working at The Lab one weekend, and although no one could remember hiring her, she seemed to know where everything was, so it made good sense to keep her on. She hails from Pennsylvania and was featured as a child actress on the television program Sunny Farms. YouTube, anyone?

Noah Van Sciver, Illustrator
Noah came from New Jersey to find fame and fortune in the cartoon world. He has contributed to many publications but is most well known for his comic strip interviews that appear weekly in Denver's alternative  paper
Westword, as well as his own comic book series, Blammo. He has never enrolled in any art school.

Steve Burkholder, Executive Director, Colorado's Future
Mark Falcone, Managing Director, Continuum Partners
Francisco Gónima, Senior Partner, Topline Associates
Fayoké Longe, Creative Director, Fusion Media Interactive
Myles Mendoza, Director of Development, Denver Scholarship Fund
Eliza Prall, President, Prall Marketing
Dean Prina, M.D., Partners in Pediatrics
Eric Schwartz, Artist
Mary Seawell, JD, Executive Director, Sturm Family Foundation
Lewis Sharp, Ph. D., Director, Denver Art Museum
Mark Tompkins, Director of Public Finance & Accounting, Continuum Partners
Tom Whitten, Independent Curator


Carlos Basualdo, curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Iwona Blazwick, director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Patrick Charpenel, independent curator, Guadalajara, Mexico
Lisa Corrin, director, Williams College Museum of Art
Darby English Ph.D., professor, University of Chicago
Isaac Julien, filmmaker and artist, London
Helen Molesworth, curator, Harvard University Museums of Art
Michael Rush, director, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Gary Sangster, executive director, Headlands Center for the Arts