Meet our Team
Lee Steadman - Director
Lee incorporates over a quarter century of experience as an accomplished artist, entrepreneur, educator and environmentalist into his position as the Director of BLOOM. His art has appeared nationwide in university galleries, one-person exhibitions and invitational art shows. Lee has served on numerous boards of trustees, including his current position on the PA Council of the Arts.
Sarah Hartmans – Operations Manager
Sarah earned a BFA in Dance from Mercyhurst University in 2010. Throughout her time in Erie she has contributed to the arts community through ballet, and has been a part of Stairways Behavioral Health since 2012. She loves helping people, laughing, exploring and experiencing new things.
Jessie Simmons – Clay Studio Manager
Jessie Simmons earned a BFA from Alfred University in 2013 while carrying a strong interest in ceramics and community based art projects. After graduating, she spent two years in the Pacific Northwest honing her skills working at ceramic production studios. She has returned to her hometown of Erie, PA to pursue her love of clay while teaching classes at BLOOM Collaborative.
Vanessa Mazza – Art Therapist
Vanessa holds a BS in Psychology, MA in Art Therapy and is a board certified Art Therapist. She contributes both on a creative and clinical level at BLOOM. “My goal here is to guide each individual to discover his or her own innate creativity and to connect with it in a way that makes each person feel empowered and whole."
Pat Smith – Art Educator
Pat is a retired art educator from the General McLane School District, who has taught at the Carriage House Studio for the past ten years. She has received numerous awards and accomplishments over the years with the most recent being the 2010 Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Retired Art Educator award. Whether referring to her elementary students, BLOOM artists, her grandchildren or even herself; Pat feels, “The art of teaching is simply to awaken the curiosity of the mind."