Melissa Whitwam | Executive Director
Melissa Whitwam has coordinated nearly fifty exhibitions at Foundry Art Centre since 2013 as Exhibition Manager, a role she continues to lead as the new Executive Director. Melissa received a B.A. in Literature and a B.F.A. in Fiber Arts from Truman State University in 2003, earned a M.F.A. from Arizona State University in 2007, and now resides in St. Charles, MO. As an artist, she exhibits her work throughout the country and is a member of many local art organizations, including Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts – St. Louis, and is a supporting member of Craft Alliance and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Since accepting the role of Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre in November 2015, Melissa has striven to connect the Foundry to the community, establish relationships and connections to local businesses and organizations, and elevate the Foundry’s role in the arts community.
Melanie Sanders | Event Manager
Melanie Sanders was hired as Event Manager of the Foundry Art Centre in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Art and Design earning a certificate in Event Planning. A graduate of St. Louis Christian College, she earned a B.S. in Education and was a children’s programming director for six years in Streator, IL, followed by a ten year career as Merchandise Manager and Event Manager at Barnes & Noble. She is excited to bring her love of event organization to the Foundry Art Centre and has already coordinated many successful events and concerts. Melanie lives with her family in St. Peters, MO.
Kaitlin Wilfing | Exhibitions Manager
Kaitlin Wilfing is the new Exhibitions Manager at the Foundry Arts Centre. She was a volunteer helping in exhibitions for a year after coming back from studying abroad in Vienna, Austria in 2018. While working on her BFA at Webster University in Webster Groves, she curated an all women’s show and helped to curate the final BFA thesis show. An avid book lover, travel bug, and painter, she is the fortieth grandchild on her mother’s side.
Eva Heinermann | Education Manager
Eva Heinermann is the Education Manager at the Foundry, with a background both in art and childhood education. In the past she has worked with all age groups of children as assistant teacher at daycare centers, and is still currently a freelance artist in her free time. Eva graduated from Lindenwood University in 2017 with a B.A. in studio art and a minor in graphic design. She is excited to be at the Foundry and share art education with others. She loves painting, drawing, photography, and spending time with her dog.
Madeline Cameron | Media Coordinator
Madeline Cameron comes to the Foundry as Media Coordinator after completing her double MS degrees in urban planning and historic preservation at Columbia University in New York. In 2015, she graduated with a BA in historic preservation from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Madeline is an avid landscape and nature photographer, a hobby she shares with her husband Jon. Her cats and dog are also among her favorite subjects.
David Helling | Facility Manager
Helling has nearly a decade’s worth of experience as the Foundry Art Centre’s facility manager. From gallery lighting and installation assistance to administering the numerous receptions, fundraisers, and corporate events held at the center, Helling’s acute attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the center is key to maintaining the highest quality and reputation the Foundry is known for.
Tim Hill | Support Staff