Brushwood Center Staff

Catherine Game - Executive Director

Catherine Game is the Executive Director of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Catherine ensures that the legacy of Brushwood Center thrives through strong partnerships and inspiring programs that connect art, nature, and wellness. Prior to joining Brushwood Center, Catherine served as Director of Communications and Engagement for Chicago Wilderness where she oversaw the organization’s communications, member engagement, and efforts to cultivate a diverse conservation constituency. Catherine has held previous positions in communications, program evaluation, and education with conservation groups in Michigan and Illinois. She holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Art from Albion College. Catherine is the recipient of the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship and a Morris K. Udall Scholar. She is also an artist and uses homemade, natural paints to bring visibility to urban nature. Catherine hails from the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan and loves exploring the outdoors with her husband, daughter, and courageous dog, Crux.

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Julia Kemerer - Director of Arts and Administration

Julia joined the staff of BCRW in 2006 and oversees arts exhibitions in the Brushwood gallery and arts programming as well as the administrative elements of the entire organization. Julia brings to BCRW a wealth of art management skills including past curatorial and artifact collection management experience and a passion for the creation process. Also a mixed media artist, Julia sculpts with paper, found objects, fabric, wood, and clay and paints in oil and watercolor. Julia attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her artwork has been shown in several area galleries and can also be found online. Julia lives in northern Lake County with her husband and daughter.

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Aqsa Junagadhwala - Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Aqsa helps to plan and implement Brushwood Center’s art, nature, and wellness programs. She is a graduate of Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability where she became interested in building a bridge between people and the natural environment. She is particularly interested in making natural areas enjoyable and accessible for all. Currently, she is obtaining a GIS Graduate Certificate in hopes of using this technology to aid local conservation efforts. Aqsa volunteers for many conservation organizations in the Chicago area and is also a recipient of the Wangari Muta Maathai Award which recognizes individuals for outstanding community service. In her freetime, Aqsa enjoys puzzles, swimming in Lake Michigan, and cooking for her friends and family.

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