Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Saltonstall Foundation is comprised of dedicated individuals committed to maintaining and advancing the mission of the Foundation. Each one brings a passion for the arts, and many are artists and writers from the immediate Ithaca area.

bcolley4webFounder/Editor, Stone Canoe, vice president

Robert M. Colley


Robert Colley is a recently retired associate dean at University College, Syracuse University, and editor of Stone Canoe, a prize-winning journal designed to showcase distinctive art and literature from the entire Upstate New York Region, including many Saltonstall grant winners and residency alumni.


He also publishes Vitruvius, a virtual arts journal that is distributed in Second Life, and has recently begun his own publishing company, Standing Stone Books. He is a published author, writing on literature, professional ethics and moral education, a published photographer, a tennis player and novice sailor.

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Leslie Daniels


Leslie Daniels’ first novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House came out in 2011 and has been published in translation in Brazil, Russia, Poland, and Italy. It is under option for film.


Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Santa Monica Review, Stone Canoe, and New Ohio Review.


She is the former fiction editor of Green Mountains Review, and teaches writing at the Spalding University MFA program and at the Squaw Valley Writers Conference. Leslie lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Rachel Dickinson


Rachel Dickinson writes about science, nature, environmental issues, birds and birding, and travel. Past and present clients include The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, AmericanStyle, National Geographic Traveler, Cooking Light, Islands Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Living Bird among many others.


Rachel’s first narrative nonfiction work for adults — Falconer on the Edge: A man, his birds, and the vanishing landscape of the American West was published in 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can read her daily dairy in haiku form at

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Bill Hastings


Bill Hastings is a visual artist that works primarily in sculpture with themes inspired by nature and environmental issues. He received a BA in Planned Studies with Honors in Art from Ithaca College and a MFA in Sculpture from The University of Connecticut.


Bill lives and works in Ithaca where he is a part-time professor of studio arts at Ithaca College as well as co-owner of FOUND, a multi-dealer antiques business. Bill’s artwork has been exhibited locally and throughout the United States.


Being a board member of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts continues his interest in the Ithaca arts community. Bill co-founded the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, has been a member of the State of the Art Gallery, volunteers at the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, and is currently the director of the Gallery @ FOUND.

Fundraising professional

Michelle Hitz


Michelle Houle Hitz is a fundraiser and writer who worked in the non-profit arts field in New York and Philadelphia before returning to Ithaca to work for Cornell University, where she is Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs and Development for the College of Arts & Sciences.


Prior to Cornell, she enjoyed working with performing arts organizations that supported the development of new work, including PlayPenn, Vineyard Theatre, MCC Theatre, and Jeanne Ruddy Dance. Other interesting jobs include having served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Westpal College of Media Arts and Design and the manager of the front of house staff for the New Yorker Festival.She has also written seven non-fiction books for children that have been published by Enslow Publishers.


Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in English and classics from Cornell and a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, Scott Hitz, a director and puppeteer, and their two children.


Terry Plater


Terry Plater is a painter who works in oils and pastels. She focuses on the figure, landscape and portraiture. Her education as an artist includes painting workshops at the Art Students’ League (NYC), the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown MA), and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia PA).


Terry earned a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a master’s in architecture degree from Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in fine art from Villanova University. She has more than 30 years of higher education experience: as faculty in colleges of art, architecture, and planning; and in senior administration as an associate dean for academic affairs in Cornell University’s Graduate School.


Locally, Terry is a participating artist on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. Her work has been exhibited at the Community Arts Partnership’s ArtSpace (2013), the Tompkins County Public Library (2012), the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s “Made in NY” annual exhibit (2012), at the State of the Art Gallery new member’s exhibition (January 2012), and at the Community School of Music and Arts (2011).



Bob Proehl


Bob Proehl is a fiction writer, former bookseller, former bartender, occasional DJ and one-time record store owner.


He has a BA in English and Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo and an MA in English from Boston University. He was a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2013 resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony.


He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site His first novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds, will be published by Viking in June 2016.


Bob currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, stepson, and daughter.

Blake Reid Jan 2016

Building scientist

Blake Reid


By day, Blake is a building scientist who dances a relentless ballet with energy, moisture, discomfort and mold, all of whom are unyielding partners.  At night, he’s a family man in Trumansburg.


Blake taught science, math and art as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe and spent many years behind the scenes in the theatre.  A former educator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, he most recently built the Trumansburg Montessori School, a zero-carbon one-room schoolhouse for three- to six-year-olds.


Musician, Artist

Alice Saltonstall


Alice, Connie’s younger sister, is a local jazz/improvisational singer who earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University. She has collaborated with various local musicians, most recently with Jayne Demakos who produced the CD “Beauty Crowds Me” for Hospice.


Alice is the mother of four children. She loves the Saltonstall Colony and would like her sister’s legacy to grow and continue to support the artists and writers of New York State.

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Werner Sun


Werner Sun is a physicist and IT director at Cornell University. He received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Caltech and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University.


Werner has a background in music and is also a visual artist who focuses on themes of randomness and uncertainty. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues in the Finger Lakes region and beyond.


Apart from scientific journals, his writing and artwork have appeared in Stone Canoe, Lunch Ticket, and Concatenations Forum. A committed supporter of arts organizations, Werner has previously served on the boards of The Upstairs Gallery and the Light in Winter Festival of Science and the Arts.