About Our Board of Directors

John Berbrich

John Berbrich was born & raised on Long Island. He has lived for nearly 30 years in Russell, New York. He has worked many jobs, the most recent as an obscure paperwork drudge in a gloomy government office building. He has been a bassist & vocalist for several experimental rock bands.  In 1997, John co-founded BoneWorld Publishing & MuscleHead Press with his wife Nancey.  In April, 2007, he co-founded St. Lawrence Area Poets (SLAP).  John has been a Radio DJ at WTSC, 91.1 FM at Clarkson University (currently on pandemic-hiatus).  In January 2020, John was voted into the Board of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. This has been a wonderful experience for him, opening many new doors.  Lately people refer to John as “Exotic John”. He likes this. 

Lisa Dashnaw

Lisa Dashnaw is a high school art teacher working for the Massena Central School District. She grew up in the Potsdam area and went to SUNY Potsdam for Art Education. She also did her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in Visual Arts & Stoneware Ceramics. Currently, she is involved with the North Country Art Teachers Association and coaches Varsity Cheerleading at Massena. Lisa enjoys learning and teaching art techniques, as well as working with adolescents and helping them discover their passions in the arts. Ceramics became a way she could challenge herself, and Lisa finds something about working with clay that is very meditative. She thinks Potsdam has always had an amazing arts community and she hopes to foster that for the youth of the community as well.