Executive Board


Erin Root

Erin manages her own studio in Architectural and Landscape Architectural design. She received a Masters in both disciplines from the University of Virginia in 2013, and a Bachelor in Fine Arts, from the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC in 2002. Following graduation, she sat on the board of the “Washington Sculptors Group” and worked at “Red Dirt Studio” while teaching Middle and High School Art practice, history, and theory at The Washington International School, in addition to an inaugural course in parallel with the exhibition ”The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas” at the Hirshhorn Museum. After leaving DC, Erin completed a Ceramics Residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA.

In graduate school Erin found ways to overlap her love of making and designing and apply them to her interest in social justice and environmental advocacy. After graduation, she received a Postdoctoral fellowship, from the Center for Global Health at UVa (funded by the NIH), to continue her research in flexible water infrastructure that is adaptable to the landscape and the needs of the communities in the Limpopo region of South Africa. After returning from South Africa, Erin begin teaching Architecture and Design Thinking courses at the University of Virginia. Erin was brought up in a household full of art, and attended courses outside of school that formed her Art and Design skills today.


Amber McBride

Amber McBride received her BA in English from James Madison University in 2010 and acquired her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in 2010. She has taught English Composition, English Literature and Poetry Composition at James Madison University, Strayer University and Northern Virginia Community College.

Amber is the former media assistant at The Furious Flower Poetry Center where she worked putting together programs and readings to honor African American poets and writers including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Nikki Giovanni.

Amber is also a writer. Her poetry has appeared in various literary magazines including Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, DecomP and others.  She writes Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and is represented by Rena Rossner at The Deborah Harris Literary Agency.

Originally from everywhere, Amber was born in Heidelberg, Germany and spent the first 18 years of her life living in several different states. She moved to the area in 2018 and loves calling Albemarle County home.


Heather Stertzer

As co-owner of the Scottsville Supply Company LLC, Heather Stertzer is the day-to-day manager of the beekeeping supply store in Scottsville and known as the “bee lady” around town. In 2017, she initiated the certification process for the Town of Scottsville to become Virginia’s first-ever Bee City USA and currently serves on the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce board. Heather is also an Army veteran with in combat tours in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and passionate about veterans’ issues and using beekeeping as an outlet for PTSD. She is an avid beekeeper and a nature lover who is always happier outside. Heather volunteers her time and knowledge to assist SCAN maintain their beehives and is a member of SCAN’s Land Committee.


Board Members


Kristin Freshwater
Artistic Director of Theatre

Kristin is a writer, director and designer currently living in Scottsville, Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama, where she earned the William Demoville Pettway Prize for her work within the department. In addition, she has completed Graduate work at the University of Virginia in Scenic Design. While a student, she designed the sets for multiple productions, including Waiting for the Parade and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both of which were nominated for a KCACTF Award

Kristin has designed, directed, wrote and acted in productions with the UVa Department of Drama, Wolfbane Productions, Appomattox Courthouse Theater and SCAN. During her final undergraduate year at UVA, Kristin wrote, produced and directed a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces. In the summer of 2007, she traveled to Prague to shadow producer Mark Johnson on the film set of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

She is currently the Artistic Director and founder of SCAN’s educational community theatre program, Victory Hall Players. In this role, she works to engage the community through performance art, sparking community growth and conversation. Kristin’s most recent productions have been “theatre-in-place” projects; fashioning already existent spaces to the needs of a production, as opposed to using the traditional stage space.

Kristin’s passion for history, visual art and storytelling fuels her creative process and brings a unique perspective to her work within the theatre. She is currently writing a full length play exploring the personal journey of Civil War soldier and spy, Sarah Emma Edmonds. 


Grace Young
Program Director

For over 12 years, Grace has been exploring the relationship and interactions between humanity, nature and art. She is currently the managing member of Oak and Clay LLC, a natural-building collective which specializes in the design and creation of locally sourced timber-frame structures.  Grace has written curriculum for nature-based homeschool programs and most recently, released a 12-week curriculum for Waldorf Schools which focuses on teaching knitting using storytelling and natural narratives.  As a mother, musician, writer and fiber artist, she is passionate about humanity’s role in restoring, maintaining and interacting with our local ecosystems as well as nurturing a hyper-local-folk-culture to pass on knowledge, especially through artistic expression, to future generations. From 2014-2016, she lived-in and worked for a village-scale permaculture demonstration site in Harrisonburg, VA called Vine & Fig 501(c)3. Grace re-located to the Scottsville area in the beginning of 2018 and is proud to call Scottsville home.