Meet the Staff

Kristen Holler
Executive Director

Kristen M. Holler, Executive Director, Albany Barn Inc.

Kristen is a native of Schenectady, and a lover of all things small-city. An avid arts appreciator from an early age, Ms. Holler began working with Albany Barn, Inc. as an intern in 2006 and has supported the organization in various capacities - including as a founding board member and director of volunteer coordination - before taking on her current role as executive director in 2013. Previous to that Kristen worked in employment services with various non-profits, and spent 13 years in the theatrical costuming industry at The Costumer. In addition to her work with Albany Barn, Ms. Holler is an active volunteer in her community. Board and committee service includes Rosa Venerini Early Childhood Center, Zonta Club of Schenectady, Mission Accomplished Transition Services, and SUNY Empire Leadership Institute.

Erin Eckler
Operations Coordinator

Erin M. Eckler, Operations Coordinator

Erin Eckler is a local artist and entrepreneur (EQWilbert) born and raised in Schenectady, NY. From facilitating a Songwriting Workshop at Schenectady High School for 8 years to being a champion for fellow artists through support and encouragement, Erin's career has been most fulfilling when it is integrated with nurturing others. She is excited to leverage her position at Electric City Barn to further her goal of generating creative opportunities and support systems for creatives throughout the community.

Tim Sheldon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Timothy J. Sheldon, Community Engagement Coordinator

Working for Albany Barn Inc. as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Tim originally hails from Philadelphia, PA. After graduating in 2018 with a degree in International Relations, Environmental Studies, and Mandarin Chinese from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Tim dove into an internship with the youth program at a church in the Philadelphia area. It was during this internship that Tim felt himself called to do a volunteer service year in America's cities with AmeriCorps. This is what brought him to Schenectady and the Electric City Barn, taking over marketing and community engagement at the Barn.