Board of Directors

Kinsey Anne O’Brien

Board President
Associate Attorney
Hodgson Russ LLP.

Kinsey O’Brien is proud to serve as the Board President for LSA. An attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP, she is glad to give back to the community by ensuring that this wonderful and important Fruit Belt institution continues to provide free classes to artists of all ages and talents levels for many years to come. Kinsey is a life-long Buffalo resident and lives in the Riverside neighborhood with her husband and two rambunctious dogs.

Bradley Bethel

Board Secretary
Communications Manager
Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Freelance Designer
Scott Alexander Wood Design Inc.

Buffalo native Bradley J. Bethel Jr. has established a career through local non-profit organizations, such as tax preparation at United Way, participatory budget delegation at the Clean Air Coalition, and research and social media development at the Restore Our Community Coalition, all with a concentration on community development. With an education in urban planning and visual communications, he currently serves as a Communications Manager at Preservation Buffalo Niagara. At Locust Street Arts, Bradley serves as the Board Secretary, and has been a proud student of the art institute for twelve years. His artistic works include landscape drawings and paintings, as well as an animated short film.

Brandi Barrett

Board Member
Officer, Credit Support Associate
Bank of America

Hello, my name is Brandi Barrett. My family and I have lived in the Fruitbelt neighborhood for well over 70+ years. Molly Olga was my first introduction into the art world. Throughout my childhood and adult life my love for art and creativity became a way to express myself. I am now a self-taught seamstress, I sketch, I paint, I interior design… I create! Although Peach St is where we call home; it’s on Locust Street (Molly Olga) where my imagination, the ability to think outside the box, was born.

Milissa Williams

Board Member
Professional Visual and Performing Artist
Freelance Instructor

Milissa is a Buffalo Artist, and has been a neighbor to Locust Street Art for 10 years. She considers the LSA community a part of her family. As a Board member, combined with her love for the arts, she is dedicated to vociferously advocate for the continued artistic and creative educational resources that LSA provides.

Heather Gring

Board Member
Lead Archivist
Burchfield Penney Art Center

Heather Gring joined the board of Locust Street Art in December of 2016. Heather first learned about the incredible impact of Locust Street Art from Molly Bethel, one of the founders of MollyOlga Neighborhood Art Classes (the precursor to the current name). Heather is the Archivist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and conducted an in-depth oral history interview with Bethel in early 2016. Having the opportunity to hear about the 50+ year history of LSA from Molly was very powerful for Heather, and she became eager to connect with the active community at Locust St. more. Prior to joining the board, Heather curated an exhibition of legacy LSA artwork for the Burchfield Penney's 50th anniversary event, Golden. From 2015-2017, Gring was an organizer of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, and helped organize multiple DIY arts events at Locust St. during the 11-day festival. Heather is grateful to be a link that helps hold onto Locust Street Arts' past while exploring the bright futures ahead.

Sean Crawford

Board Member
Marketing Coordinator, Childhood Department Chair, Instructor
Community Music School of Buffalo

Dr. Benjamin Cashaw

Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
FruitBelt Coalition

Leslie Mark Greenbaum

Advisory Member
Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan PC

Leslie Greenbaum has been an attorney with his firm since 1978. He concentrates his practice in areas of copyright, trademark, entertainment, art and sports law and related litigation. For several Western New York and community organizations, Les is a member of the board or an advisor. He frequently lectures to professional and general audiences in his areas of concentration.