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  FY18 NYSCA Panelists

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Architecture + Design

Deborah Alden: Deborah Alden is the Managing Director at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, an initiative launched by Pratt Institute to provide resources to designers to turn their ideas into successful businesses. With more than 15 years of experience as a designer, strategist, educator and intrapreneur, her work has ranged from innovation and brand consulting for Fortune 100 companies to launching new models and initiatives around design and entrepreneurship. At BF+DA Alden leads the mentorship program for designers. She has taught visual communication and human-centered design at universities in Mexico and Singapore, served as a Visual Information Specialist at the Smithsonian and worked for the firm ZGF Architects in Seattle as Business Development, Urban Designer and Architectural Programmer. Alden holds degrees in Architecture and Communication Design and was the Inaugural Chair for Pratt’s BFA in Visual Communication.

Sarosh Anklesaria: Sarosh Anklesaria is an architect and educator who maintains dual interests in architectural practice and research. Currently a Senior Architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Anklesaria has also been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. A practicing architect for almost 15 years, Anklesaria has worked in offices in Switzerland, the United States and India. He was the founding partner of the firm Ant Hill Design, a collaborative practiced based in Ahmedabad, founded upon winning the Mahatma Gandhi International University design competition. He worked as a senior architect with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago and was the project manager for Herzog and deMeuron’s Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMoMA). He has been an invited juror at Syracuse, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and Temple Universities. His work with the artist Vasudha Thozhur has been exhibited at the Kunst Museum in Berne.

Michael Boodro: Michael Boodro is the editor in chief of ELLE DECOR, a position he assumed in August 2010, after serving as executive editor. Prior to joining ELLE DECOR, he served as editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living, Culture and Travel, and Garden Design. He was also an editor at The New York Times Magazine and was features editor of Vogue for 11 years. Boodro is the author of the ELLE DECOR book The Height of Style:  Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms (Abrams). His articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine,Art News, Town & Country, and House Beautiful. Prior to his career in magazines he worked extensively in the non-profit art world, including stints at the Museum of Modern Art and the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. For 18 years he served on the board of the Housing Works Thrift Shops, acting as chairman for several years. Boodro holds a BA from Yale University in Art History.

Samantha Bosshart: Samantha Bosshart is the Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has nearly 20 years of historic preservation experience. Prior to this appointment she serves as the Director of Preservation Services at Historic Albany Foundation. In Galveston, TX she oversaw the rehabilitation of five historic houses as the Programs Coordinator for the Galveston Historical Foundation. Previously she worked as an Independent Contractor in Galveston, supervising the rehabilitation of three houses in a National Historic Landmark District. She is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Cornell University Historic Preservation Planning Alumni Association.

Colleen Hill: Colleen Hill is the Curator of Costumes and Accessories at the FIT Museum. She previously served as the Associate Curator of Accessories, and Assistant Curator at the same museum. She has curated numerous fashion design exhibitions including the recent “Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968,” and “Fairy Tale Fashions.” Hill has received the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America for “Eco-Fashion: Going Green.” She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogs and served as the primary author for the catalogs of the exhibitions previously noted as well as “Exposed: A History of Lingerie.” Hill serves as a peer reviewer for Bloomsbury Academic Publishing and Fashion Theory journal.

Martin Hogue: Martin Hogue teaches landscape architecture in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York, where he has worked since 2010. Trained as an architect and landscape architect, and working primarily with analytical drawings as a mode of inquiry, his research explores the notion of site as a cultural construction — specifically, the mechanisms by which locations become invested with the unique potential to acquire the designation of "site.” Hogue’s research has been supported with residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and the University of Nebraska, where he served as Hyde Chair. He is the recipient of a NYSCA Independent Projects grant. His forthcoming book, Thirtyfour Campgrounds, will be published by The MIT Press in 2016. Hogue's work has been displayed in solo exhibits at over 25 venues across the United States.

Joyce Hwang: Joyce Hwang, AIA, NCARB, is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and the Director of Ants of the Prairie. She is a recipient of a 2014 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Awesome Without Borders, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony, where she was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Recent projects and writing have been featured Good, Praxis, Azure Magazine, Architect Magazine, AV Proyectos, Bracket, MONU, Volume Magazine, and Next Nature. Her projects were exhibited at the International Venice Architecture Biennale in both 2012 and 2014, and the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2014. She is a co-organizer of the Hive City Habitat Design Competition and the 2012 Martell Symposium.

Julie Iovine: Architecture reporter, critic, editor, and author Julie Iovine writes the architecture column for The Wall Street Journal. From 2007 to 2012, she was executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, an award-winning news source in print and on the web with editions in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Iovine spent over a decade at the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine. Her books on design and architecture include Civic Action, Provoking Magic:  Lighting of Ingo Maurer, Michael Graves:  Design Portfolio, and Modern Americana.

Kirin Makker: Dr. Kirin Makker is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She was the Director and Lecturer for the Architecture Program of Smith College and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College. Her book A History of Village Improvement in America, 1800-1940, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2017. Makker has been a Research Fellow at the Winterthur Museum and has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. As a creative practitioner, Makker’s work has been exhibited and published. She is also involved in product design, particularly as a jewelry designer and among many activities serves as a Mentor for Women and Minorities in Architecture and Design for AIA Western New York.

Aleksandr Mergold: Currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University, Alexsandr Mergold has also taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Listaháskóli Íslands in Reykjavik, Iceland, and in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Prior to academia Mergold completed a prolific tenure as Senior Architect with Pentagram, and co-founded Austin+Mergold LLC, an architecture, landscape, and design practice. Published in a variety of media, Mergold is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Graphic Arts; and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Aidan O’Connor: Aidan O’Connor is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at AIGA, the professional association for design, where she leads national efforts including Women’s Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion and Design Ed K12. Before AIGA Aidan was a Design History consultant for Pernod Ricard in Paris, a Guest Curator for Vandalorum, Centrum for Konst och Design in Varnamo, Sweden. O’Connor has worked in a number of museums including the Museum of Modern Art where she was Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Architecture & Design. At the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum she assisted the Director of the National Design Awards and worked as a Curatorial Fellow in Product Design.

Sean Sawyer: Dr. Sean Sawyer is the Washburn & Susan Oberwager President at the Olana Partnership, which works with the state-owned historic site that was the artist Frederic Edwin Church’s home. Prior to his current appointment, Sawyer was the Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland. He served as the Director of Administration and Development for the Department of History at Columbia University and the Executive Director of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn.  An architectural historian, Sawyer has taught at Columbia Fordham and Harvard universities as well as The Parsons/New School Master's Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design. He currently serves on the Board of the American Friends of Attingham.

Erin Tobin: Erin Tobin is the Preservation Director at the Preservation League of NYS, where she has worked for the past 8 years with increasing responsibility. She was the past Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Director of Preservation Services at the Historic Albany Foundation, Manager of Grants and Technical Services at the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Preservation Planner for the Massachusetts Historical Commission and architectural staff for Vitetta, a historic preservation studio in Philadelphia, PA. Tobin has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter and held the position of Vice-President for three years. She received an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Frampton Tolbert: The Director of Development and Communications for CUP – the Center for Urban Pedagogy – Frampton Tolbert has worked for more than 15 years with arts and architecture organizations. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council, the advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods and worked as an Associate Campaign Manager at the Brooklyn Museum and as Membership Associate at the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C. Tolbert is on the board of the Victorian Society in New York and Vice President of the Recent Past Preservation Network. He is the recipient of a NYSCA Independent Projects grant for documentation of regional and vernacular modern architecture in Queens.

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Arts Education

Cliff Bird: Cliff Bird has been the principal (and remains so) of the Abram G. Lansing School, an arts-rich elementary school on James Street in Cohoes, NY. Over his 25-year tenure, the school has developed deeper relationships with arts institutions throughout the capital district. As New York schools have been asked to focus more and more on standards and assessments, this school has realized the importance of integrating the arts. Cliff has been a speaker advocating the arts in education in a variety of venues.

Kathleen Christie: Kathleen A. Christie joined Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County in the fall of 2014, bringing with her nearly two decades of experience in the educational and arts education fields by both a practitioner and an administrator. Inspired by time spent teaching children and adults, from Boma N’Gombe, Tanzania to Harlem, New York, she is driven to instill high expectations both from and for the communities she works by strengthening systems, through evaluation and development, and empowering individuals. She has extensive experience building collaborative approaches, with partners ranging from the Brooklyn Public Library to Mannes College of The New School, from UPS to UPI, from the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure the educational needs of all are met. She has presented at conferences throughout the United States, played a role in national and regional advocacy efforts.

Durrell Cooper: Durell Cooper is a native of Montgomery, AL where he was born and raised. He is a dual-state certified arts educator holding credentials in both Texas and New York State as a Theater teacher. He’s been working at Lincoln Center for the past three years first in the Marketing Department conducting outreach but most recently in the Education Department recruiting and training LCE teaching artists. Currently, he’s a manager in LCE’s Community Engagement Programs department with oversight of LCE’s partnership with NYC Department of Education’s Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp and LCE’s Mentor-Linc program both aimed at increasing equity and inclusion in NYC public schools and universities. 

Nathalie Costa Thill: Nathalie Costa Thill has been the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Writing, the literary organization serving the entire six-million-acre Adirondack Park, pretty much since its inception in 1999. ACW offers a variety of literary programs, from workshops, conferences, and readings to retreats for high school students, prison writing programs, and writing contests. All of these events are offered in different corners of the Park in venues as varied as nature centers, ski chalets, arts centers, libraries, and prisons. Before moving to the Adirondacks, Nathalie traveled the world as an archaeologist, with a concentration in Anatolia (Modern day Turkey).

Sean Donaher: As Executive Director and Curator of CEPA Gallery, Sean Donaher manages a highly regarded exhibition and residency program that brings together the brightest local and international contemporary artists, as well as an incredibly vibrant year-round education program that serves over 1,000 children through extended engagement in-school, after-school, and summer programs. Mr. Donaher has also held the position of Executive Director/Curator of Big Orbit Gallery in Buffalo since 1995. Big Orbit is a 20-year old not-for-profit multidisciplinary art center with nationally known programs in visual arts and an internationally known experimental music program called Soundlab. He has also sat on a number of boards and panels including the Visual Arts Panel at the New York State Council on the Arts (Chair - 2007).

Reg Flowers: Reg Flowers has been a theater professional and teaching artist since 1987. He’s done plays across the US, on and off- Broadway. He’s also made several guest starring television appearances. As a director he’s worked in NYC and at Freedom Theater in his hometown of Philadelphia. Reg is also a produced playwright, a producer in his own right and is the founder of Falconworks Artist Group a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and social change. In 2007 He received the BAX10 Award for Arts Education. Since 2009 Reg has been a Theater of the Oppressed practitioner, working in collaboration with theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, Theater of the Oppressed New York, Julian Boal and other TO practitioners from around the world. Reg is currently a faculty member at Montclair State University in the Department of Theater and Dance and has been a guest teacher and lecturer at Pace University among others.

Ed Friedman: As Lifetime Arts’ Executive Director, Ed is responsible for the coordination and implementation of multiple national initiatives including The Creative Aging Libraries Initiative, Lifetime Arts Roster, and Lifetime Arts Training Institutes, while writing the monthly EdTalks column for the Lifetime Arts web site. Ed oversees the organization’s finances, staffing and consultants and is a leading facilitator for trainings across the country. Ed has spent over 30 years in parallel careers serving the arts community, and older adults and their families. As Deputy Director at the Bronx Council on the Arts, Ed played a leadership role in the formulation of policy and programming, advocacy, grantmaking, and community development, as well as overseeing technical assistance services. Ed has directed programs at senior centers and home care programs, and created and led a caregivers' support group in the Bronx.

Wéma Harris: Wéma Harris is an access programs coordinator, museum educator and performing artist. Wéma manages access initiatives and develops programs supporting children of all abilities at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Ms. Harris served as the project manager for the Museum’s Sensory Room, which opened in October, 2012, and currently facilitates initiatives for children of all abilities throughout the museum. Ms. Harris developed new Family Access Programs and school programs in the Sensory Room. She also collaborated with community partners to host a widely successful annual museum-wide event at BCM, I Can! Kid-Abilities Day. She has presented for the Leadership in Arts and Disabilities Conference in Chicago, Accessibility in Practice at MoMA and at NYCMER’s Annual Conference, discussing the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Sensory Room and Access Initiatives. A deep love for the arts has brought her talents to audiences around the United States as well as abroad.

Sobha Kavanakudiyil: Sobha Kavanakudiyil has a strong commitment to quality and accessible arts education. She is a faculty member in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York where she enjoys teaching and managing the Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival for the Harlem community. Sobha has been the recipient of the Colin Powell Fellowship in Service Learning at City College. She is on the Board of Directors for the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable where she is a Co-Chair for today’s one day event, the Face to Face Conference, the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee and the Diversity Task Force; Board of Directors for the Association of Teaching Artists; and President of the Board of Directors for Spellbound Theatre (NYC’s only theatre company dedicated to theatre for the very young). She has been a presenter at conferences including:  Face to Face, AATE, APAP, NJEA Convention, and NYU Educational Theatre conferences to name a few.

Jennifer Koch: Jennifer Koch, the Executive Director of the Community Music School of Buffalo, is a successful and knowledgeable non-profit professional with sixteen years comprehensive experience encompassing leadership roles in the region’s cultural, health services and higher education environments. Extensive and effective experience building constituency relations, representing an organization and its goals to the public, and managing a staff with a variety of responsibilities. Additional attributes that would bring value include outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, a comprehensive understanding of the role of Foundations in non-profit support, and a proven ability to create strategic partnerships to achieve institutional success.

Rashida Ladner-Seward: Rashida Ladner-Seward has served as the pro-bono communications and development director for Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) since 2008.  In this role, Rashida spearheads all communications, program development, marketing and branding efforts for the organization.  Due to her affiliation with UTA, most recently (October 2016-December 2016), Rashida participated in the Future Culture work group with fellows from the Design Trust for Public Space. The work group, comprised of a cross-section of Staten Island artists and art administrators, was charged with helping the Design Trust think through ways to ensure existing arts assets within the community remain connected and relevant in the face of rapid commercial construction along Staten Island's North Shore waterfront. Rashida has also worked in the non-profit youth services sector for nearly 20 years.  As Senior Director of Program Support for ExpandED Schools, Rashida manages a grant portfolio of over 40 after-school programs.

Jeff Langley: Jeff Langley, Professor of Music Emeritus at Sonoma State University (1997-2014), Chair/Director of SSU’s Departments of Performing Arts and founding Artistic Director of its new Donald and Maureen Green Music Center in California’s Sonoma County wine region, is a composer, pianist, teacher and arts administrator with a broad experience that spans an unusually wide musical and theatrical spectrum. His varied history as collaborator/pianist with singer/activist Holly Near (1972-76; 1984), Juilliard graduate (B.M., 1979; M.M., 1980; D.M.A, 1984) and member of its Literature and Materials of Music faculty (1979-86), New York-based opera and music theatre composer, and Director of Entertainment for Knott's Berry Farm (1990-93) speak to his ongoing fascination with the American story as expressed in its culture, art and entertainment. His popular lecture course on American Music enjoyed the highest enrollment at Sonoma State University—700 students each academic year.

Patricia Lannes: Patricia Lannes has worked in the fields of visual literacy and museum education for over 20 years. She is the Founder and Director of CALTA21 (Cultures and Literacies through Art for the 21st Century) a model initiative originally funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS.) CALTA21 builds the capacity of art museums and community based organizations and higher education partnerships to engage and empower adult English language learners by strengthening their academic, social, cultural and civic capital. It was identified by the Center for the Future of Museums, a division of the American Association of Museums, as a replicable and self-sustaining model that addresses national demographic trends, can have national impact, and can be used by other institutions for improving services and performance. Through her work with CALTA21, Lannes was nominated for the White House Champion of Change Award.

David McGillan: David joined the Salvadori Center as Operations Manager in 2010 and changed roles in 2012 to become Development Director. In April 2016, David served as a reviewer on the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Museums and Visaul Arts grant applications panel. A British native, David settled in New York City after a year spent traveling the world. As Director of Operations, he managed four Manhattan senior centers from 2005 to 2010. Before moving to the United States, David spent his early career working in local government in England. He purchased IT hardware and software for Leicester City Council’s 6,000 employees and also worked in the Electoral Services department at South Gloucestershire County Council.David graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration, in 2011, from Baruch College, City University of New York, where he was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society.

Edgar McIntosh: Edgar McIntosh is a passionate advocate for meaningful arts integration in schools. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, middle school principal, instructional coach, and as K-12 Director of Instruction and Human Resources for The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District. Through all his roles, he has celebrated the essential value of a well-rounded arts experience for all learners.

James Miles: James Miles is the Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership and an adjunct professor at NYU. A Master Teaching Artist that has worked in arts education for over 15 years, he has facilitated workshops and designed curriculum for the New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, Theatre for a New Audience, Center of Arts Education, BAX, Brooklyn Arts, Council, Opening Act, and (Out)Laws & Justice. He is on the board of directors for the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and the Teaching Artist Journal. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented at SXSWedu, NYU's IMPACT Festival, Creative Tech Week, EdTech Europe, Google Educator Bootcamp, Face to Face Conference, Geek Street Festival, NY Tech MeetUp, Civic Hall, and has provided Professional Development to teachers across the country. His work has been covered by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, NPR, CBS, US Department of Education, and ASCD.

Alison Paul: Alison Paul has been involved in arts organizations since 1982. Her experience includes seven years as Exec. Dir. of the Pelham Art Center. She was Director of Ed. at the South Street Seaport Museum and the Hudson River Museum. She coordinated a NYSCA Empire State Partnership program that was a collaboration between an alternative high school and Soho arts organizations. In 2002, she founded and continues to run a summer arts camp which provides programming in viusal arts, music, theater and movement. She also co-founded an organization that provides private music lessons to underserved youth. She teaches grantwriting at Westchester Community College and has taught at the graducate level in museum education at The College of New Rochelle. She has been a grants panelist for ArtsWestchester, and managed their Arts Partners Challenge Grant program. She was a panelist for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. She is on the gallery committee for ARC of Westchester.

Christine Peng: Christine Peng is a filmmaker and educator that has spent the past seventeen years foregrounding urgent and untold stories. Her recent films include FROM FOUR DIRECTIONS, an exploration of the intersections of personal and national narratives in the Taiwanese diaspora, and ATENCO VIVE, a documentary chronicling an indigenous community's resistance against efforts to displace residents of San Salvador Atenco in Mexico. Christine has helped produce films, write curriculum, and develop media arts programs for numerous institutions including A&E Television, Firelight Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Global Action Project, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and Harlem Children’s Zone/ TRUCE. Christine currently serves as the Education Director of the Maysles Documentary Center, a Harlem-based organization dedicated to the production and exhibition of documentary films for dialogue and social change.

Maricelle Robles: Maricelle Robles is currently the Director of the DreamYard Art Center.  Previously, she held the position of Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and oversaw programs serving adults, schools, young people and family museum audiences. Her work is guided by a personal mission to empower people of all socio-economic backgrounds to claim their right to creativity and access to quality arts education. Robles received her Masters of Arts in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); and has taught at RISD, Brown University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Ellen Sinopoli: Ellen Sinopoli founded the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in 1991, after settling in the Capital Region from Boston and NYC. As the Artistic Director of ESDC, the resident company at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany NY, Sinopoli has choreographed over 70 new works and has received choreographic commissions from The Arts Center of the Capital Region The Egg, St. Cecilia Orchestra, Saratoga City Ballet, The Arts Center, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Union College. Beyond her role as artistic director and choreographer, Ellen Sinopoli is also noted for her talents as a master teacher and for her efforts to educate young people about dance. She is on the teaching faculties of Russell Sage College. She has taught at Skidmore College, Siena College, Union College, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Saratoga City Ballet and Guilderland Ballet, among others.

Allita Steward: Allita Steward is an award-winning visual artist and production wardrobe specialist. Allita is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Western New York Minority Media Professionals. In this capacity, she has helped to promote the restoration of the historic Broadway Theatre (anticipated completion fall 2015) and has co-produced television programming through youth mentoring. She is currently the organizer and Committee Chair for the 2015 Queen City Black Film Festival to be held on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. As a Co-founder of Wisteria School of Buffalo, she created Wisteria Art Gallery. The school's Distinguished Speaker Series brought International Parisian artist Nu Barreto to Buffalo, NY to take part in a 14-day residency program which was sponsored by the BENTEN Institute of Guinea Bissau.

Richard Stout: Rich Stout, Conductor, a resident of Washington Heights in NYC, has guest conducted on the “Friends and Enemies of New Music” series, and has been principal conductor of the Turnpike Camerata, conducting several world premieres. Guest conducting includes the Delaware Valley Philharmonic orchestra, the Adirondack Chamber Orchestra, Broadway Bach Ensemble and New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble in Manhattan. He has led the Cornerstone Chorale, a community-based chorus in Washington Heights, since 1996. In NY educational venues, Richard has guest conducted ensembles at the Lucy Moses School, and the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, and is former conductor of the Third Street Music School Settlement Chamber Orchestra. He was conductor of the Sinfonia Orchestra of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. Richard conducted the orchestras for pop legend Anne Murray at the National Arts Centre in Canada, and for Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole.

Sharon E. Wait: Sharon has strong knowledge of local and state wide arts and cultural organizations,through her current and past positions as Decentralization Grants Administrator at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Program Director at the New York State
Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE), Albany, NY. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Oswego State University and her M.S.Ed. from Sage Graduate School. Currently as Saratoga Arts’ Grants Administrator, Sharon assists in making the arts accessible to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties. Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and Saratoga Arts, DEC is a re-grant program for individual artists, non-profits, and government depts. interested in coordinating community arts events or short-term school-based arts residencies.

Jason Yoon: Jason Yoon is the Director of Education at the Queens Museum (QM) in New York City where he oversees the museum's visual arts education programs both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. Jason also is an adjunct faculty member in Goucher College's MA in Cultural Sustainability program where he teaches a course on art and social change. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. He was a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason is a proud graduate of Cooper Union's free visual arts high school outreach programs.

Elizabeth Zunon: Elizabeth Zunon was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), West Africa. Surrounded by the bright,vibrant colors of everyday West African fabrics and tropical vegetation, Elizabeth’s love of color and pattern grew, lingered, and is a fixture today in all of her works in drawing, painting and illustration. After returning to the United States, Elizabeth attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2006. Her illustrated picture book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Dial Books) was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2012, among other awards. Elizabeth now lives in Albany, NY, where she explores a multicultural world through painting, beading, sewing, and collage:  in fine art paintings from her own imagination and published children's books where she brings to life others'stories.

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Dance

LaRue Allen: LaRue Allen, Executive Director, came to the Martha Graham Center in 2005 when she assumed responsibility for retiring a $5 million deficit and returning the Center to a sound financial footing. She accomplished these goals within two years of her arrival and turned her attention to building an effective plan for transforming the Martha Graham Dance Company into the leading repertory group it is today, increasing the budget by 200% and providing a successful structure for the creation of new work, important historical reconstruction, and an extensive touring program supported by earned income. Her principal accomplishments include rebuilding the Center’s Board of Trustees, attracting important funders, launching the largest dance archive in modern dance, and restructuring the Center’s historic School. She came to the Center from the North Carolina Dance Theatre where she created a new touring initiative and brought the company to New York’s Joyce Theater for the first time.

Bob Bursey: Bob Bursey is a seasoned arts manager with 17 years’ experience in contemporary dance in New York and abroad, including 10 years as the producer for Bill T. Jones, producing director of Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts, production manager of the American Dance Festival, and production manager of the Pina Bausch company. Now Senior Producer of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in the mid-Hudson Valley, he focuses on the development and presentation of contemporary dance and theater while overseeing annual presenting seasons including opera, classical music, world music, and humanities events, including the acclaimed SummerScape festival.

Michelle Dorrance: Michelle Dorrance is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance as well as a New York City-based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher, and director. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, a 2014 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2013 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner, a 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, a 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and a 2011/2015 Bessie Award Winner. And most recently, she was awarded a 2016 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant and is a 2016 United States Artists Fellow.

Martín Goldin Santangelo: Martín Santangelo (Artistic Director) founded Noche Flamenca. He studied with Ciro, Paco Romero, El Guito, Manolete and Alejandro Granados. He has performed throughout Spain, Japan and North and South America, appearing with Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco, the Lincoln Center Festival of the Arts and Paco Romero’s Ballet Espanol. He also appeared in Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center. He choreographed and performed in Eduardo Machado’s Deep Song. He choreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center. He has directed and choreographed Bodas de Sangre, The Lower Depths, La Celestina, A Streetcar Named Desire, amongst many other productions in Spain and Buenos Aires. Martín has been blessed to have worked with Lee Breuer, Luis Valdez and Jerzy Grotowski. He has collaborated with many, many artists, but his most fulfilling collaboration has been with his wife, Soledad Barrio and his two wild daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

Lauren Grant: Critically acclaimed for her 20-year career dancing with the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group, Lauren Grant has been labelled the “luminous heart of the company” by Washington Post critic Sarah Kaufman, as well as “unbetterable [and] heart catching in many ways” by New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Grant has been featured in magazines, books, television, and in photographs by Annie Liebovitz. In 2015, the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” committee honored her with an award for her sustained achievement in performance. Lauren is a faculty member at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and conducts master classes in ballet and modern technique at universities and conservatories around the world.

Maura Keefe: Maura Keefe is a contemporary dance historian. In addition to being an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at The College of Brockport, she is a scholar-in-residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. Based on these interactions with dancers and choreographers, she is working on a collection of essays on contemporary dance forms and cultures. Other research interests include the relationships between dance and sports. Ms. Keefe has given lectures at Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institute, New York Live Arts, the Joyce Theatre, and New York’s City Center, and served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance. She holds an M.F.A. in choreography and performance from Smith College and a Ph.D. in dance history and theory from University of California, Riverside. Ms. Keefe teaches dance history and theory and choreography.

John F. Meehan: John Meehan has been a member of the international dance world as performer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and artistic director for the past 46 years. Meehan studied at The Australian Ballet School, joined The Australian Ballet in 1970 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1974. John joined American Ballet Theatre as Principal Dancer in 1977 where he danced leading roles in all of the classics as well as contemporary works by many of the world’s leading choreographers. He was also a frequent guest artist with the New York City Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. In 2005, John was invited to teach at Vassar College before traveling to Hong Kong where he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Ballet in July 2006. He returned to Vassar in 2009 to join the faculty as Professor of Dance and Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. In 2013 Meehan was named to the Frances Daly Fergusson Chair in the Humanities at Vassar College.

Amy Miller: Amy Miller has been a part of the dance community of Northeastern Ohio for Twenty years. From being a Principal Dancer in a ballet company reviving masterworks on proscenium stages, to helping found a contemporary dance organization dedicated to New York in new spaces, Amy now spearheads the development of Gibney Dance Company under the incredible leadership of Gina Gibney.

Nicasio (Nicky) Paraiso: Nicky Paraiso, currently Programming Director for The Club at La MaMa and Curator for La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival celebrating its 11th season in May 2016, has been a downtown mainstay for the last four decades, whether as a champion and presenter of other artists' work as he often is now, as well as presenting his own complicated, intimate solo pieces, or collaborating with living legends of innovation and audacity like playwright/actor Jeff Weiss & visual artist Carlos Ricardo Martinez, composer Meredith Monk, or choreographer Yoshiko Chuma's School of Hard Knocks, among many others. His first professional job as an actor was at La MaMa in 1979 in Jeff Weiss's 5˝ hour play, Dark Twist. He has performed with both Ma-Yi Theatre Company and National Asian American Theatre Company.

Jan Schmidt: Jan Schmidt has worked at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the NYPL for the Performing Arts for over 25 years, and was appointed as the chief curator in 2008. In this capacity, she provides the leadership, vision, and direction of the Dance Collection. Over the years, her duties have included overseeing and managing the acquisition, preservation and access policies; original documentations of hundreds of dance performances by companies ranging from ballet and modern dance to ethnic and social dance; and the organization and presentation of public events and programs. She has published several articles, served as a lecturer and panelist for numerous events, both nationally and internationally, and was the Chair of the Dance Heritage Coalition from 2012-2014. Ms. Schmidt holds an M.A. in Art from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Paul Scolieri: Paul Scolieri is an Associate Professor of Dance at Barnard. Paul's research interests include global dance studies, American modern dance history, movement theory and analysis, and performance studies. He is affiliated with Barnard’s Center for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Africana Studies, for which he served as Acting Director in 2007­08, and been on the boards of the Society of Dance History Scholars, the World Dance Alliance—Americas, and the Congress on Research in Dance. He has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014, he was awarded the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research for Dancing in the New World:  Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest. Professor Scolieri earned his B.A. (Dance & English) at Columbia College, Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Elizabeth Streb: Elizabeth Streb has dived through glass, walked down London’s City Hall, allowed a ton of dirt to fall on her head, and set herself on fire, among other feats of extreme action. She founded the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY in 1985 and established SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn, NY in 2003. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award in 1997, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013. In 2010, Feminist Press published her book, STREB:  How to Become an Extreme Action Hero. She is the subject of two recent documentaries:  Born to Fly, directed by Catherine Gund (Aubin Pictures) and OXD, directed by Craig Lowy, which follows STREB at the 2012 London Olympics. In the spring of 2015, Streb was the subject of Alec Wilkinson’s “Rough and Tumble” in The New Yorker magazine.

Denise Warner-Limoli: Denise Warner Limoli, an Associate Professor at Skidmore College, specializes in Classical Ballet training, repertoire and history. She has showcased her dancers in performances with the Skidmore Orchestra at the Zankel Music Center. Prior to Skidmore, Ms. Warner Limoli performed internationally as a featured dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She was also a regular ABT company teacher and an assistant to the Ballet Masters. Denise served as Ballet Mistress for several professional companies and was ballet faculty at both the University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Since 1970, she has been Senior Ballet Mistress for the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Connecticut. Ms. Warner Limoli has taught for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.

Edisa Weeks: Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and dearest dreams. Edisa has a BA from Brown University, and received a full fellowship to attend New York University's TISCH School of the Arts, where she obtained an MFA in Choreography.

Lois Welk: Lois Welk has a wide range of dance experience as an arts admin/producer; choreographer; educator with an in-depth knowledge of diverse dance aesthetics and of both the Upstate & NYC dance scenes. She is theArtistic Director of her own organization, American Dance Asylum, based in corning NY which serves as the fiscal conduit of the NYS DanceForce. She was also the past director of the NYS DanceForce. Lois travels extensively throughout the State, seeing a wealth of dance performances. Lois was the Director of Dance/Philadelphia until 2014 and prior to that served as both Executive and Artistic Director of 171 Cedar Arts Ctr in Corning, NY until 2007, where she developed & curated extensive dance series & residencies at 171 Cedar in Corning & at the Clemens Center in Elmira. 

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Electronic Media & Film

Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt: Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt is the Executive Director of Spark Media Project. Nicole brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her roles as the Chief Administrator of a community-based media arts/education organization. She has led Spark Media Project for the past eight years, where she has transformed the organization from a local, project based youth media collaborative to a full service regional, media education organization whose programs and partnerships extend to area school systems, libraries, colleges, and county government youth employment programs.

Renate Ferro: Renate Ferro is a trans-media, cross-disciplinary, conceptual artist who toggles between the creative skins of old and new technologies. Her hybrid artistic projects embrace physical, social and theoretical paradigms of the body. Her digital work has received fellowships and awards from New York State Council for the Arts, Women Direct, the Experimental Television Center, and the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor. Most recently her work has been featured at The Freud Museum (London), Brief Histories (the United Arab Emerites), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), and The Janus Pannonius Museum (Hungary), Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapis, Mexico). Free University of Berlin (Berlin), Chicago City Arts (Chicago), Tsing Hua University (Beijing China), Hang Zhou Museum of Fine Arts (China), LACDA (Los Angeles), AWOL Gallery (Toronto), and numerous galleries and museums across North America.

Anneka Herre: Anneka Herre is an Artist, Art Educator, and Curator. She is the Director of Urban Video Project at Light Work and teaches in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University. She has a keen eye for what makes strong work and a healthy organization.

Kathy High: Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She produces videos and installations posing queer and feminist inquiries into areas of medicine/bio-science, and animal/interspecies collaborations. She hosts bio/ecology+art workshops and is creating an urban nature center in North Troy (NATURE Lab) with media organization The Sanctuary for Independent Media. High is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Since 1988 High has taught video art and documentary production and theory at institutions and universities including the UCSD, School of Visual Arts, New York University, The School of Art at Cooper Union, Princeton University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Now High's practice includes classes on art and biology, and working with living systems.

Athena C. Holbrook: Athena Holbrook is an audiovisual archivist dedicated to the history, presentation, and preservation of media and performance art. A graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University, Athena has gone on to work with a variety of cultural heritage institutions, private art collections, and time-based media artists. She is the Collection Specialist in the Department of Media & Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art.

Justine Nagan: Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change. Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films as Executive Director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on all KTQ films including Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers.

Kylie Pierce: Kylie Pierce has worked in the field of arts development since 2007, writing and reviewing various grant application as well as assisting others in their own grant writing. She has served on several decentralization grant panels for CNY Arts. Because of the current capital project that her organization is undertaking, Kylie has had extensive experience in various arts funding fields, and has written several grants resulting in 6-figure grant awards.

Scott F. Propeack: Scott Propeack is responsible for permanent visual arts and archival collections, all on-site and off-site exhibitions (including traveling exhibitions) and works on loan. He is also accountable for collections and acquisitions, and the Western New York Arts Legacy Project, in which the museum’s entire visual arts and archival collections are being brought online for full access by the public, at no cost to users (it also includes the Living Legacy component in which living artists help compile video, audio and other elements of their online autobiographies). Propeack also manages the curatorial department staff that includes nine staff members; together, they curate more than 20-24 onsite and offsite exhibitions in a full range of media every year. He also develops and manages the department’s budget and participates in donor development and fundraising around curatorial projects.

Wenhua Shi: Wenhua Shi is a New Media Artist, a NYFA fellowship recipient and member of the New Media Caucus. Wenhua creates audiovisual installations and various time based media (sound, film & video). His recent installation "Singing to the Sky" was awarded New York State Council on the Arts finishing grant. He also was a Juror for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in 2010.

Rose Vincelli-Gustine: Rose Vincelli Gustine has been a vital member of the IFP Programming staff since 2007, serving on the selection committees for all IFP's programs:  for documentary & narrative feature works in progress, as well as for screenplays. Rose previously managed grants for IFP, including grant partnerships with Calvin Klein, the Fledgling Fund, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. She managed IFP's Fiscal Sponsorship program from 2008-15. Rose serves on the selection committee for the Venice Biennale Cinema College, and previously, for the Southern Circuit Tour & the Silverdocs Festival. She is an ideal candidate for the NYSCA film & media arts grant selection, has a thorough knowledge of independent film, is a clear-headed events producer so therefor knows the value of a grant and how to allocate it, and is a champion of filmmakers and artists.

Jenni Wolfson: Jenni Wolfson is the Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovate storytelling catalyzes social change. Jenni was previously the Managing Director of WITNESS, the international human rights video advocacy organization co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel. She has worked for UNICEF, protecting the rights of children affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters. She has also served in numerous posts around the world for the UN, including the UN International Civilian Mission in Haiti and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda as a human rights investigator. Jenni wrote and still performs a solo play, RASH, about her experiences as a human rights activist. Jenni has a Masters Degree in Human Rights and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

Aminah Yoba: Aminah Yoba has had many years of experience in the production and management of film and media. Aminah stays current with practitioners in the field, particularly independent films and documentaries, and with emerging technology developments. For the past 10 years, she has been a Program Officer at UMEZ, where she has demonstrated excellent skills at grant development, financial analysis and grant management.

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Facilities

Sarosh Anklesaria: Sarosh Anklesaria is an architect and educator who maintains dual interests in architectural practice and research. Currently a Senior Architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Anklesaria has also been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. A practicing architect for almost 15 years, Anklesaria has worked in offices in Switzerland, the United States and India. He was the founding partner of the firm Ant Hill Design, a collaborative practiced based in Ahmedabad, founded upon winning the Mahatma Gandhi International University design competition. He worked as a senior architect with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago and was the project manager for Herzog and deMeuron’s Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMoMA). He has been an invited juror at Syracuse, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and Temple Universities. His work with the artist Vasudha Thozhur has been exhibited at the Kunst Museum in Berne.

Rebecca Buntrock, P.E.: Rebecca Buntrock, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Engineer with Robert Silman Associates, where she works as a project engineer specializing in historic structures. Buntrock served as the Silman Fellow with the National Trust for Historic Preservation where she produced conditions surveys and feasibility studies for Trust properties nationwide. In New York State some of her work has included a structural study for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, structural investigation for the New York Public Library and exterior facade survey for the New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works Building. She is a licensed structural engineer.

Keri Butler: Keri Butler has nearly 20 years experience as an arts administrator in New York and Chicago. For the last ten years, she has worked closely with New York City agencies on the development and design of capital projects with a particular focus on cultural institutions. She also works closely with various agencies to conserve the City's art collection, ranging from the City Hall portrait collection, to WPA abstract murals, to the Central Park Obelisk. Extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken about art and art history, Keri serves as an advisor for the City's Percent for Art artists selection process and collaborates closely with Public Art Fund and Creative Time on temporary exhibitions in and around City Hall.

Elizabeth Chaney: Elizabeth Chaney has taught theatre design and technology at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY for over ten years, as both an adjunct and a full time professor. She has just received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Prior to this, she was the Technical Director for the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and a freelance lighting technician. Her twenty year design career has taken her to such diverse places as San Francisco, Italy, Alaska and New York City, where she currently resides. Her designs have been seen at The Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater, Abingdon Theatre, Roulette, The Whitney Museum, The Alaska Theatre of Youth, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and the SconfinArti Festival in Bolzono, Italy. In 2012, Elizabeth adapted, designed and produced Dark Hollow, an Appalachian Woyzeck at the New York International Fringe Festival. Elizabeth holds a BFA and an MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Kyle Chepulis: Kyle Chepulis is the Founder and Principal Designer for Technical Artistry. Chepulis works as a set and lighting designer on theatrical productions and events. He created the production design of the first Tribeca Film Festival, and is a co-founder and designer for The Flea Theater in Tribeca. Chepulis has been a lighting designer for a number of theaters and museums across the country. He has experienced as a panelist, including service for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Ariel Fausto: Ariel Fausto is an award-winning design leader specializing in civic architecture and public space that connects people to their community and each other.  His knowledge-based approach to design starts with wide ranging investigations into a project's history, geography, and social implications resulting in meaningful architectural solutions.  Throughout his nineteen year practice, much of Mr. Fausto's work has been located on prominent sites and designed for highly regarded institutions.  Such work includes New York City's Lincoln Center Theater, regional destinations like the Maritime Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, and performing arts centers for universities across the country.  Whether in downtowns or vast landscapes, he believes architecture is an opportunity to enhance, sustain, and celebrate the distinctive characteristics of a community.  

David Grindle: David Grindle is the Executive Director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.  As the member service organization for designers, technicians, and managers in live entertainment, USITT has grown under his leadership to expand training, research, and safety across all levels of the entertainment industry.  Since taking the staff leadership position in 2010, USITT has created the Rigging Safety Initiative providing safety inspections and rigging training to more than 120 high schools in 36 states.  The USITT Presents program has provided training online and in person to individuals at all skill levels.  Also under his leadership USITT has seen a growth in non-dues income which allowed an expansion of services while holding member dues steady. He has worked to grow the educational opportunities for professionals at all points in their career, from entry level to advanced.

Mark Hage: Mark Hage, P.E. is the Principal of Hage Engineering, a structural engineering firm which has completed many projects for arts organizations including Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Isamu Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Center. Hage’s firm has collaborated with leading architects and artists and won multiple American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) awards. He lectures on structural systems at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and at Yale University. He is a critic on sustainability at Columbia University and a visiting critic at Cornell University. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University. Hage is also a visual artist.

Ivan Ilyashov: Ivan Ilyashov has led teams for strategic planning and analysis for on-going and future educational,arts, cultural, social service, and community development projects. He has provided project management and owner’s representative services for both private and public sector clients and previously was a Design leader for a NYC office of a 750-person, multi-national A/E firm. His overall design responsibility included projects in higher education, healthcare, science/technology,and governmental market sectors.

Warren Antonio James: Warren Antonio James was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Warren was educated at Cornell University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture, and at Columbia University where he received his Masters Degree in Architecture and Building Design. He also studied architecture design at Harvard University and at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. In 1988 he founded Warren A. James Architects + Planners, in New York City, a 100% Latino-owned architecture and urban design firm. Based in East Harlem/El Barrio the firm has worked on the National Latino Museum, in Washington DC, La Marqueta Internacional for the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, the Master Plan for the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, the Museum of the City of New York and Museo del Barrio. The firm also designed the original community-based Master Plan for Sherman Creek a new waterfront neighborhood in Upper Manhattan which incorporates a riverside malecón on the Harlem River.

Luke Johnson: Luke Johnson is an architect at Cannon Design in Buffalo, an educator and a board member of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

Tyra Johnson Hux: Tyra Johnson Hux is owner of Blue Sky Design Supply, both a retail shop and consulting firm with a unique experience in sustainable project development. Blue Sky grew out of Tyra's desire to be a steward for the community. Before founding Blue Sky, Tyra was a project manager at the largest commercial construction firm in Western New York.  She established a reputation for completing multimillion-dollar projects by developing strong partnerships with architects, contractors, vendors and clients while maintaining costs.  Tyra currently serves on the board of the Buffalo Arts Studio and 43North.

Ann Kalmbach: Ann Kalmbach is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Women’s Studio Workshop. In this role she has helped hundreds of artists print portfolio editions and artists’ books. She has also been a resident artist at Visual Studies Workshop, University of Southern Maine, and the MacDowell Colony. Kalmbach has managed multiple capital projects at WSW. She holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from SUNY New Paltz.

Susan Meyers: Susan Meyers has served as the Director of the National Dance Residency Program, a grant program of the New York Foundation for the Arts sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Executive Director and Development Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Director of Development of The Kitchen and Story Editor for Walt Disney Productions. In addition, Meyers has worked in television and video production. Meyers has been an advisor, consultant and panelist to a variety of organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. She has served on the boards of Dance/USA and Movement Research. In 1995, Meyers formed MEA MGMT, in partnership with long-time colleague Cathy Einhorn.

Mark Nerenhausen: Mark Nerenhausen is Professor of Practice and Founding Director of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, Syracuse University. Nerenhausen previously managed numerous performing and visual arts organizations as well as capital projects. He served as President/CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX; President/CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Executive Director of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Oshkosh (WI) Grand Opera and Bijou Theater Center of Knoxville, TN.

Stephen Reilly: Stephen F. Reilly is a licensed architect, AIA member and LEED Accredited Professional with 24 years’ experience working on some of the most important historic structures in the United States. He has a strong materials conservation and technical background, and is particularly experienced with projects involving preservation, restoration, adaptive reuse and contextual additions. Stephen holds Bachelor of Architecture and Building Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a partner at Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation, LLP. Previously he was a senior associate and project director with EYP Architecture & Engineering since 2007, and before that worked for the architecture firms of John G. Waite Associates Architects PLLC, Ann Beha Associates, and Mesick Cohen Waite Architects. Stephen has been an adjunct faculty member for undergraduate and graduate level courses at RPI’s School of Architecture since 2001.

Bevin Savage Yamazaki: Bevin Savage Yamazaki joined Gensler in 2010 with professional experience in base building architectural design and interiors for a wide range of cultural and institutional clients. Her work springs from her passion for the arts, culture and physical environments that affect people on an innately human level. On multiple projects for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan, Bevin has collaborated with diverse artists and architects to create unique experiential installations and permanent spaces. Bevin has written about the relationship between art and architecture for Gensler’s “GenslerOn Cities” blog series, and in 2013 she organized and moderated a panel at the New Museum called interdisciplinary Dialogues:  Synergy Between Creative Forces, which explored how cross-discipline artistic collaboration can create strong and meaningful design projects. This past year she lead a year long research project which tracked current and future trends in museum audience engagement.

Orah Weisberg, P.E.: Orah Weisberg, P.E., LEED, AP is Principal of SRW, a firm focused on engineering and construction management. Weisberg consistently finds innovative solutions to problems before they delay the project and impact the budget. She has over 15 years of experience in project management of both new construction and renovations to existing spaces, and has worked with a wide range of clients, including schools and public libraries. Weisberg holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design.

Alicia West: Alicia West has worked with New York City agencies for ten years on the development and design of capital projects, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center plaza designs, the Culture Shed, BRIC & Urban Glass, and A Theatre for a New Audience. In her current position at the Department of Environmental Protection, she works closely with engineers and architects to ensure that the city's critical infrastructure not only functions to provide clean drinking water and wastewater management but also offers significant aesthetic improvements to the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Folk Arts

Ray Allen: Ray Allen has been affiliated with HISAM since 1993. Ray is trained in folklore, ethnomusicology, and American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD 1987. His research has ranged from African American gospel, Caribbean Carnival music, and the folk music revival to the works of composer’s Ruth Crawford Seeger and George Gershwin. As a Senior Research Associate at HISAM, Professor Allen co-edits American Music Review with Jeff Taylor. Professor Allen teaches courses on music of the United States and New York City, as well as cultural studies courses in Brooklyn College’s American Studies program which he directed from 1998-2010.

Karen Canning: Karen Canning is the founding Director GLOW Traditions, a regional traditional arts and folklife program for Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York. The program was established in 1997 as a shared program by the counties’ arts councils. She frequently collaborates with community, educational, business and civic entities to document and present diverse folk arts of our region such as Hispanic holiday traditions, American folk music, world dance traditions, Native American arts, and occupational folklore. Karen is actively involved in statewide initiatives to support New York’s traditional cultures.Canning holds a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, with a specialty in indigenous Mexican popular music.

Varick A. Chittenden: Varick A. Chittenden is Professor Emeritus of English in the Department of Humanities at SUNY Canton, where he taught English, folklore and American rural studies. In 1986, he was the founding director of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York [TAUNY], and continues today as an adviser on special projects. He currently is doing extensive research on historical and contemporary folk art from the northern New York region in anticipation of publishing. His other research interests include vernacular architecture, foodways oral traditions, and regional identity. He has curated numerous exhibits, published in scholarly journals and popular magazines and produced several series of documentary features on regional folk culture for North Country Public Radio. A native of St. Lawrence County, he holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in American folk culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta.

Cecily Cook: Cecily Cook is Director of Programs at the Asian Cultural Council, where she is responsible for program development and management, strategic planning and administering the grants program of this foundation. She previously served as the Co-Director of the Cambodian Artists Project, directed the Refugee Arts Group in Allston, MA and administered the folk arts apprenticeship grant program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Cook is a specialist in Asian traditional arts. She holds a MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina.

James C. Hall: James C. Hall has a Ph.D. In American Studies from the University of Iowa (1992). He’s the author of MERCY, MERCY ME:  AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND THE AMERICAN SIXTIES (Oxford, 2001) and has written broadly about African American Studies, American musics, and issues related to culture, memory, and history — including work on cultural tourism and heritage sites. From 2004-2012, he served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Folklife Association and from 2008-2010 was the organization’s President. During that time, AFA developed traveling exhibits about Alabama folklife, including textile arts, Sacred Harp and other musical traditions, work-lore, and ethnic regional traditions, including foodways, woodcraft, and cemetery practice, in addition to developing a Community Scholars program. Currently, Hall is the Executive Director of the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Deirdre L. Hollman: Deirdre Lynn Hollman is the Director of Education and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library. She formerly directed the Dr. Bevery J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program at Mind Builders Creative Arts Company., which trains adolescents to document and present the folklife of their community. As the Schomburg she is responsible for engaging teachers and learners of all ages with the Schomburg’s collections through year-round programming for youth and teens; professional development workshops for teachers; school day programs for K-12 students; curriculum development partnerships with schools and community organizations; public lecture series for adults, and providing educational advisement for exhibitions.

Mira Johnson: Mira Johnson is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Pelham Art Center. Johnson previously served as the Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director for Jump Street, which manages state folk arts programming for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A specialist on refugee and immigrant traditions, she has carried out extensive field research with these communities. She has curated exhibitions of traditional art, managed the Pennsylvania Folklife Archive, administered a folk arts apprenticeship program and presented traditional artists in a variety of settings. Johnson is the President of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association and the co-convener of Preserving America’s Cultural Traditions, a national organization of non-profit folk arts organizations. She holds a MA from the University of Oregon in Interdisciplinary Folklore.

Maria Kennedy: Maria Kennedy is the Folk Arts Coordinator at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning, New York. She previously worked at Traditional Arts Indiana, producing exhibitions and editing its magazine. Kennedy has also been a Historic Interpreter at Connor Prairie Living History Museum, taught folklore at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis and interned at WJFF Radio Catskill and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University. She is a specialist in agricultural traditions and the folklore of the Catskills and the Southern Tier. Kennedy completed her joint MA in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the School of Journalism at Indiana University and is currently a PhD Candidate in Folklore at Indiana University. In 2007 she placed third in a New York Press Association’s competition for her coverage of agriculture.

Maureen Loughran: Maureen Loughran, Ph.D., serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.She served for a number of years as a Senior Producer of American Routes, the nationally broadcast public radio program hosted by Nick Spitzer. While at American Routes, she produced over 80 two-hour programs and numerous segments, including feature radio documentaries profiling Woody Guthrie, John Coltrane and Alan Lomax. Loughran conducted fieldwork to document Baton Rouge’s sacred and secular music traditions for the Folklife Program of the State of Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. She has additionally served as Youth Program Director for Silence is Violence,an after-school music program for at-risk youth, and served as an adviser for the public radio station WWOZ’s program New Orleans Calling. Along with Spitzer, she was awarded an Archie Green Fellowship by the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center in 2010-2011. 

Elena Martinez: Elena Martínez has been a Folklorist at City Lore since 1997, and since 2012 has been the Co-curator of the series Bronx Rising! for the Bronx Music Heritage Center, where she is also the Co-Artistic Director. She co-produced the documentary, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, which aired on PBS in September 2006 and won the NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) 2007 ALMA Award for Best TV Documentary. She is also a producer for the forthcoming documentary, We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo.  She is currently on the Advisory Boards for Casita Maria/Dancing in the Streets’ South Bronx Culture Trail, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Archive at Hunter College, and Los Pleneros de la 21.  She has been awarded a 2013 BOROMIX Puerto Rican Heritage Award, Comité Noviembre’s Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad 2013 and was honored as a Madrina at the 2016 Three King’s Day Parade by El Museo del Barrio.

Edward Y. Millar: Edward Millar is the Curator of Folk Arts at the Castellani Museum. He was previously curatorial assistant for Long Island Traditions and Educational Programs Assistant at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Millar is a specialist in the folklore of Western New York, material culture, maritime folklore and cultural tourism. He has curated exhibitions and organized public programs about such topics as Native American beadworking, Fillipino traditions and maritime folklore. Millar holds an MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Christopher Mulé: Christopher Mulé is a folklorist and currently serves as the Director of Folk Arts at Brooklyn Arts Council and as the director of the NYSCA New York State Digitization and Folk Arts Website initiative at City Lore. He produces programming and carries out field research of ethnic and occupational folk traditions.  Mulé specializes in grant writing, cultural documentation, public programming, and non-profit management. He earned his M.A in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, and serves on the board of directors for the Ghanaian Association of Staten Island, the Liberian service organization Napela, and the New York Folklore Society . In 2015, he received the Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for his collaboration with Domestic Workers United, an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, that organizes for fair labor standards.

Naomi Sturm: Naomi Sturm is the Staff Folklorist for the Council on the Arts for Staten Island. Naomi implements the program through the following activities:  1) Conducts fieldwork to identify & document folk art practitioners on SI; 2) Facilitates programming, planning, and presenting at least four significant public programs based on field research annually; 3) Networks with local & regional organizations that are interested or pertain to folk arts; 4) Provides technical assistance to local artists and organizations, and; 5) Assists in reporting and fundraising in support of folk art programs. Ms. Sturm also assists in the general operations SIA at large hands-on events such as the annual LUMEN festival, gala fundraiser, English/Spanish language translation, and development of the Culture Lounge space. She holds a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College.

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Individual Artists

Nahshon Anderson: Nahshon Dion Anderson is an artist with ancestral roots in California, East Texas, and Louisiana. Nahshon has been involved in Arts & Entertainment since 1994 and attended California State University, Los Angeles. At age 19, Nahshon survived an attempted murder, inspiring short story “Shooting Range,” which won a 2014 BRIO Award. A recipient of grants from the California Arts Council, Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Nahshon is a member of the Bronx Council on the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures, the Screen Actors Guild, and PEN America. They're a 2015 VONA/Voices Fellow, and a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow. Nahshon is also an Arts & Human Rights Advocate, having served as a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and the Queens Council on the Arts.

Dianne Bellino: Dianne Bellino is a Shorts Filmmaker who works in both animation and live action.  Dianne makes narrative films but comes from an experimental background.  She works in Pratt College and is familiar and comfortable with many forms of film.

Dorothea Braemer: Dorothea Braemer is the former Executive Director of Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Organization in Buffalo, New York and former Assistant Director of Scribe Media Arts Organization in Philadelphia. Dorothea is a Documentary Filmmaker and Experimental Media Artist for over 30 years.

Ana De Orbegoso: Ana De Orbegoso is an experienced visual artist.  Many of her projects have involved collaboration and management. For example, in making her award winning video art, De Orbegoso managed a team of over 40 people, and collaborated with others. Ana was also in charge of the budgeting and financial management. Similarly, her numerous art installations have involved extensive teamwork and both fiscal and logistical planning and management. As a successful applicant, she is also familiar with the process of grant making and portfolio review.

Kermit Frazier: Kermit Frazier has had nearly twenty plays produced in New York and around the country at such theaters as the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Aslo Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Philadelphia Drama Guild, and Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre. He is also a television writer, having written for such series as Gullah Gullah Island (co-producer and executive story editor), Married People, True Colors, The Cosby Mysteries, The Magic School Bus, The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel, The Wonder Pets, and All My Children. He was a creator of and head writer for the popular children’s mystery series, Ghostwriter, whose first season has recently been released as a five-DVD box set. His articles, reviews, and short stories have appeared in many magazines and journals.

David Goren: David Goren is a Radio Producer, Audio Archivist and Sound Artist with over 25 years of experience in reporting, field recording, and audio post-production for public media. David has produced original programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, the Jazz Stories Podcast, All Things Considered, Afropop Worldwide, On the Media, and many others. As a radio monitor and audio archivist, he has developed the Shortwave Shindig, a long running multi-hour live mix incorporating spoken word, musical performance, live radio, and archival sound. Mr. Goren has been commissioned to create audio installations for Proteus Gowanus, The Ethnographic Terminalia Collective, and the Radio Arts Exhibition in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His work is grounded in the documentation and analysis of broadcast culture, and examines its ability to create and support community.

Anneka Herre: Anneka Herre is an Artist, Art Educator, and Curator. Anneka is the Director of Urban Video Project and teaches in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University. She has a keen eye for what makes strong work and a healthy organization.

Felix Hiciano: Felix Hiciano has Acted and Directed in 15 Off Broadway shows. Felix has Acted and Produced a short film and is in post production in a full length independent film that he is Producing, Co-directing and Acting due in March 2017.

Tracie Holder: Tracie Holder is a Filmmaker, Consultant, Producer and Engagement Campaign Specialist. She is a 2016 Sundance Creative
Producers Fellow and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. Clients include: Documentary Campus, European Documentary Network, Active Voice, Creative Capital, Unions Docs, DocNomads and the Made in NY Media Center, among others. Holder was a longtime Consultant to Women Make Movies and recently joined the staff of Fork Films. She is a former Board Member of NY Women in Film & Television and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and Grant Panelist for national and local funders. Holder is the Co-producer/Director/Writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at more than 40 festivals internationally. The NYSCA-funded film will broadcast nationally on PBS/American Masters in 2017.

Denise Iris: Denise Iris expertise area is film, video, and electronic media. Denise is a Filmmaker and Media Artist with 20 years' experience in experimental, narrative, and documentary forms. She has received two NYSCA grants, three NYFA Fellowships and a Jerome Foundation grant, among others. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and broadcast on PBS/Channel Thirteen. Ms. Iris has taught film directing, video production and screenwriting at Columbia University, Swarthmore College and Parsons The New School.

Kavery Kaul: Kavery Kaul's credentials as a Scholar and a Filmmaker speak for themselves — beginning with her BA in English Literature from Harvard (Magna Cum Laude), and moving forward to her having received grants/fellowships for her films from NYSCA (several over the years), NYCH, NEA, and NYFA, among others. Most recently, Kavery received a Fulbright Fellowship and a grant from the Ford Foundation. In addition, she served as a NYSCA panelist in the late 90’s and recently has been a Reader/Evaluator for Fulbright submissions. She has taught at several universities and is currently an adjunct profession at Columbia University.

Maura Keefe: Maura Keefe is a contemporary dance historian. In addition to being an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at The College of Brockport, she is a scholar-in-residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. Based on these interactions with dancers and choreographers, she is working on a collection of essays on contemporary dance forms and cultures. Other research interests include the relationships between dance and sports. Ms. Keefe has given lectures at Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institute, New York Live Arts, the Joyce Theatre, and New York’s City Center, and served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance. She holds an M.F.A. in choreography and performance from Smith College and a Ph.D. in dance history and theory from University of California, Riverside. Ms. Keefe teaches dance history and theory and choreography.

David R. Kimelman: David Kimelman is a New York Director of Photography. David also is a Steadicam and Camera Operator working on many of New York's top episodic shows. He has been in the business since 1990 and has over 16,000 union hours on features, episodics and commercials.

John Knecht: John Knecht has been a practicing film and video artist since 1973. His films, videos and installations have been shown all over the world. John Knecht holds the Russell Colgate Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History and Film and Media Studies Chair at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where has been teaching since 1981. He served as Chairman of the Art and Art History department from 1991- 1999. Knecht received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1972 and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Idaho State University in 1974.

Frances Lozada: Frances Lozada is an Artist who has acted and produced several short and feature films, web series and several theatrical plays. For the past six years, Frances hosted a independent short film series called Cinema Night which was held in Brooklyn, NY that showcased upcoming and local filmmakers’ films. She has been invited to be a guest host at the International Film Festival Manhattan, Brooklyn Girl Film Festival and Viva International Film Festival. Her experience with films continues to help develop projects and has helped form many relationships in the industry. She has also directed several Off-Off Broadway shows. Frances continues to inspire and be inspired by other artists in the industry and knows that collaboration is genius.

A.B. Lugo: A.B. Lugo is a bilingual (Spanish-English) actor and playwright.  He has written 3 full-length plays, 3 one-acts, 2 solo shows and 2 screenplays.  His work has been produced at Teatro LATEA, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, the Hudson Exploited Theater Company (NJ), and the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival Fringe.  He is also a performance poet whose work has been published in several independent journals.  As an actor, he has worked Off-Off Broadway and in regional theatres as well as in film and television.

Brian Milbrand: Brian Milbrand is a Media Artist with work ranging from documentary video, to experimental film to interactive projects. Brian is a past recipient of a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant. He is the Technology Director at Buffalo State College.

Kylie Pierce: Kylie Pierce has worked in the field of arts development since 2007, writing and reviewing various grant application as well as assisting others in their own grant writing. She has served on several decentralization grant panels for CNY Arts. Because of the current capital project that her organization is undertaking, Kylie has had extensive experience in various arts funding fields, and has written several grants resulting in 6-figure grant awards.

Zahida Pirani: Zahida Pirani is an independent filmmaker. She studied nonfiction filmmaking at Columbia University as a Charles H. Revson Fellow in 2009-10. Zahida produced and directed the award-winning short documentary JUDITH:  PORTRAIT OF A STREET VENDOR which is currently being distributed by Third World Newsreel. Zahida’s work is informed by her experience as a community organizer, having organized for many years around immigrant and worker rights issues in New York City. She is the former Director of the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP), a project of La Fuente Inc., which is a community-labor collaboration that works with various immigrant rights organizations and labor unions in New York and surrounding areas. Zahida has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Thomas D. Rotenberg: Thomas Rotenberg is the Digital Media and Gallery Manager at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, where he oversee all screenings, manage and maintain hardware, and installs digital gallery exhibitions by a wide range of digital artists every month on their wall of 27 HD monitors and their 360-degree projection-mapped theater exterior. Thomas comes from a film and television production background, and has worked on shows for History Channel, as well as a variety of independent films. Thomas also creates digital art by shooting and digitally manipulating footage. His work has been shown at film festivals and galleries in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, and Berlin.

Molly Schwartz: Molly Schwartz runs her own production studio creating animation, design, typography, compositing, special effects for documentary films, installations, and site-specific projection mapping.Molly's work won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation for the documentary film Watchers of the Sky. Schwartz also shows her animated videos, drawings, interactive artworks in public art commissions, installations, exhibitions and festivals worldwide.

Maria Venuto: Maria Elena Venuto is the Executive Director of the Standby Program, which provides artists with access to the sophisticated media technology at reduced rates. She was formerly a Museum Educator at the American Museum of the Moving Image and Technical Director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo. Her films, which have been exhibited internationally, explore issues of women’s reproductive rights and. She received the Juror’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival and the Narrative 2nd Prize at the Athens International Film and Video Festival for her film, “The Tourist.” She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies and Art History from the University at Buffalo.

Bruce Wands: Bruce Wands is the Chair of the MFA Computer Art Department and the Director of Computer Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has been involved with digital media and music for forty years as an artist, musician, writer, curator and educator. His creative work explores the relationship between visual art, music, mathematics and the invention of new works of narrative. He was the first musician to give a live performance over ISDN lines on the internet in 1992. He has lectured, performed and exhibited his creative work in the U.S. , Europe and Asia. These have included the 1st Annual Conference on Animation Education in Beijing and the Decoding the Digital Conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum. His publications include Art of the Digital Age (Thames & Hudson, 2006) and Digital Creativity (John Wiley, 2002),. Wands is the Director of the New York Digital Salon. He holds a MS from Syracuse University and a BA with honors from Lafayette College.

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Literature

Allison M. Charette: Allison M. Charette translates literature from French into English. She recently completed her M.A. at the University of Rochester, during which time she founded the Emerging Literary Translators’ Network in America (ELTNA.org), a networking and support group for early-career translators. She has published two book-length translations, in addition to short translated fiction that has appeared in InTranslation, the SAND Journal, and others. Currently, Allison is collaborating with French-speaking authors from Madagascar to introduce the Anglophone world to Malagasy literature in translation.

Anne E. Conable: Anne Conable is Community Engagement Manager for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. She initiates and manages community-based programming at the Downtown Library – Author Talks; celebrations of Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disabilities Awareness; family programs presented by Young Audiences of WNY; and various lecture series – and writes grants, assists with marketing and publications, and administers the Library Foundation. She joined the Library in 2009 after similar community-oriented positions with the Buffalo History Museum and the Buffalo Museum of Science. She worked with Buffalo Place Inc. for 12 years focusing on development of Buffalo’s Theatre District, its constituents and events.

Peter Conners: Peter Conners has worked at BOA Editions since 2003 and was named Publisher in 2010.  At BOA he has worked as Marketing Director, Editor, and founder of the American Reader fiction series, which has published eight titles since 2007.  He was also founding co-editor of the online literary journal DOUBLE ROOM, and served as its editor until 2009.  Conners has published six books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. 

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a poet, performer and curator. The recipient of a 2015 NEA fellowship for poetry, she has presented her work at many universities and cultural centers worldwide. Her book, Twerk, from Belladonna* Collaborative has sold over 2,000 copies since its first printing in 2013. She is a lifelong New Yorker and dedicated support of the arts across all disciplines as an independent curator and artistic director. She has served as a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Since 2013, she has a member of the curatorial team for La Casita Poetry and Music Festival held during Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival.

Jeffrey Flagg: Jeffrey Flagg is the recently-retired executive director at the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.  At Sagamore, Jeff worked closely with a number of NYSCA planning, implementation, and performance grants in the capacity as Program Director, a position which he still holds. One grant which he worked closely on with me was a Folks Arts Presenter grant, which funded crafts demonstrations by regional artisans in support of Sagamore's interpretive programs and daily tours.

Sarah Gambito: Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.

Serena Liguori: Serena Liguori serves as Executive Director for Herstory Writers Workshop, and is responsible for all aspects of Herstory’s operations and administration. She is also responsible for creating and nurturing partnerships with organizations and funders focused on social justice and legislative advocacy, where first-person testimony becomes a key tool to create change. She is also responsible for creating ways in which Herstory writers can become active participants in social justice initiatives locally and throughout New York State. Prior to joining the Herstory staff she was the Associate Director of Policy at the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project where she spearheaded legislative initiatives and policy advocacy addressing prison reform. She was the key organizer of a successful effort to create the Adoption and Safe Families Act Expanded Discretion Law as well as the Anti-Shackling Law.

Veronica Liu: Veronica Liu has worked in literary publishing for over a decade, as an editor or publisher, and is currently senior editor at Seven Stories Press. She has also been an arts organizer in multiple disciplines for nearly two decades. Her most recent relevant experience is the found of Word Up – a nonprofit community bookshop and arts space located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Northern Manhattan – which functions as a collectively run new and used bilingual bookstore, and also as a community space where events and workshops of every arts discipline are held six days a week.

Lisa Lucas: Lisa Lucas has extensive experience with literary organizations and nonprofit management across NYC. Lucas has served as an nonprofit arts administrator for 16 years and has experience in theater, film, and literature and has been a New Yorker since 2003. Recently named the Director of the National Book Foundation after serving as Guernica Magazine's Publisher for 4 years, she has a deep understanding of the New York nonprofit landscape as well as the challenges and opportunities that literary nonprofits face. Lucas has worked on successful NYSCA applications for TADA! Youth Theater, Tribeca Film Institute, Magic Box Productions, and Guernica Magazine.Throughout this time, she has shown a passion for seeing the arts thrive in NYC, bringing her expertise in development and her proven leadership skills to several organizations.

Nikhil Melnechuk: Nikhil Melnechuk, a poet and screenwriter, and reader, directs the non-profit, Bowery Arts+Science and programs its venue, the Bowery Poetry Club, both founded by his mentor, Bob Holman. In that capacity, Melnechuk reads and interacts with hundreds of emerging and established writers annually; his finger is on the pulse of the New York literary scene. His tastes were shaped by his Poet grandfather, his Post-Colonial Scholar mother, and his voracious appetite for work that "make(s) it new!" Melnechuk holds a degree in Sociology from Wesleyan University, and his art theory thesis on "The Suspension of Disbelief" earned him an academic award. Previously Melnechuk ran a film-themed social media contest and online community, and is focusing on growing Bowery Poetry's online present to showcase new literary talent.

Valerie Merians: Valerie Merians is the co-founder and publisher of Melville House, an award-winning independent publishing house with offices in Brooklyn, NY. An artist and sculptor, Merians started Melville House in 2001 with her husband Dennis Johnson. Their first book, Poetry After 9/11 became a surprise hit in the national media, launching the press into the limelight. Merians’s undergraduate degree is in English Literature. She studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and has her Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to the founding of Melville House in 2002, she was exhibiting her artwork in New York and teaching sculpture at Kean University.

David Mutton: David Mutton is Deputy Director of Development at The Moth, an acclaimed not-for-profit storytelling organization. He has been with the organization since 2009, helping its growth from a small New York group to an internationally renowned institution, and works on all aspects of contributed income. This includes annual grants from city, state, and federal funders, plus substantial gifts from the MacArthur Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and many family foundations. Through The Moth he has attended hundreds of storytelling shows, monologues, one-person shows, and theater pieces. He is currently the only non-artistic member of staff who participates on The Moth’s weekly review of stories for its radio show and podcast.  He also shares production duties for several Moth Mainstage shows. 

Daniel Reid: Daniel Reid's areas of expertise are Programmatic Quality and Managerial and Fiscal Competence. He is Executive Director of the Whiting Foundation, which supports writers through the Whiting Award for emerging writers; financial aid grants for attendance at writers' residencies in New York State and elsewhere; a nonfiction work-in-progress grant; and other programs. His experience in ensuring and monitoring Programmatic Quality includes work with literature selection panels at Whiting and consultancies with UNESCO, where he evaluated a grant program to preserve endangered languages, and with the Illinois Humanities Council, where he developed a strategic roadmap for programming to support the underserved "downstate" area. His experience in Managerial and Fiscal Competence includes full financial and operational management of the Whiting Foundation; work as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.

Clarence Reynolds: Clarence V. Reynolds is director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and editor of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, the Center’s biannual, peer-reviewed literary jour-nal. He is former managing editor and staff writer for Black Issues Book Review, where he worked for five years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he began his journalism career as a researcher and reporter for Discover magazine, after working in corporate public relations. Reynolds is the editor of America I Am Journal, published by SmileyBooks (2010) and has worked as a copyeditor, editor, production assistant, and research editor for numerous publishers and publications, including Cox, Matthews and Associates; The Beckham Publications Group; Time Inc. Custom Publishing; The Network Journal; Diverse Issues in Higher Education; and Mosaic Magazine. He was also an adjunct English instructor at Medgar Evers College, a City University of New York.

Martha Rhodes: Martha Rhodes is a poet, teacher, and publisher. She is the author of four collections of poetry:  The Beds from Autumn House in 2012, Mother Quiet from Zoo/university Press of Nebraska in 2005, Perfect Disappearance, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues in 2000, and At the Gate, Provincetown Press in 1995. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She serves on publishing panels at universities and conferences around the country, hoping, mostly, to demystify the publisher/writer relationship. She is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books, now in its 22nd year, publisher of fifteen titles of poetry and short fiction annually. As director, she oversees all operations of the press and its staff . Rhodes is also the director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry.

Michael Robertson: Michael Robertson is Managing Director of The Lark, an international theater laboratory. Previous positions:  Director of Development, Collaborative Arts Project 21; Membership Director, National Alliance for Musical Theatre; Managing Director, Assembly Productions; and Director of Annual Fund, Trinity School. He is currently working on a study for the New World Foundation exploring the intersection of theater and social change. He serves as Vice President of the La. School of Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, ART/New York, The MAP Fund, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Theatre Communications Group. As a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar in Bali, Indonesia he studied dance and served as a consultant for the Agung Rai Museum of Art. BA, Music, Trinity College. Master of Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University.

Bertha Rogers: Bertha Rogers founded Bright Hill Press Inc. with her husband, Ernest M. Fishman, in 1992. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the organization which grew from a literary reading series to include publishing of poetry and literary fictions, adult, youth, and children's literary workshops, teen mentoring and poetry competitions, and both History Days and Great American Poets Days. The organization expanded in 2002 to a complex in Treadwell, NY, that includes an Education Wing and a 12,000-volume literary and art library. It also holds offices, guest rooms for visiting writers, a kitchen bookshop, and a literary garden. Rogers, a master teaching artist, has been an artist in schools for almost 40 years, working with DCMO and ONC BOCES Arts Education Programs and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

Kyle Semmel: Kyle Semmel is a native western New Yorker. He has worked in a variety of capacities in nonprofits, most recently as the development and communications manager of Collegiate Directions, Inc. in Bethesda, MD. Prior to that, he worked at The Writer’s Center, also in Bethesda, MD, and while there he served a stint as the interim director. He is a writer and literary translator whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He has translated (as K.E. Semmel) 12 books, including, most recently, Thomas Rydahl’s The Hermit, and is the recipient of numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow. Today he serves as the executive director of Writers & Books, in Rochester, NY.

James Sherry: James Sherry is a tactical and strategic change agent in both literature and technology. In literature, he founded the Segue Foundation, Inc. and Roof Books and Magazine that were central to the public profile of several groups of innovative writers over the past 35 years. Roof Books has published over 120 titles and Segue Foundation has a long history of supporting the arts in NY. He is the author of 12 books of poetry and prose, most recently Oops! Environmental Poetics. In technology, he specialized in development of computer to computer communications technologies at IBM focused on financial markets. He has an extensive background in project/program management for industrial scale computing, project leadership, communications, infrastructure, IT strategy in financial markets and banking. He shares patents in secure broker technology and inefficient computing using multicasting.

Ira Silverberg: Ira Silverberg is a Strategic Advisor at Open Road Integrated Media, the world's largest publisher of e-books. He's spent many years working in publishing and the arts in various capacities, among them Literature Director of the National Endowment of the Arts, Editor-in-Chief of Grove Press, and as a literary agent. Silverberg has served on many board including, The New School MFA Writing Program, BOMB Magazine, and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Benjamin Strader: Ben Strader is the Managing Director of Blue Mountain Center, a residency program for writers and artists located in Blue Mountain Lake, Hamilton County in New York’s Adirondack State Park. He administers the annual admissions process for the 400 residency applicants. Ben is the President of the Board of Directors of the Indian Lake Theater, a new life as a community stage and screen for a defunct movie house in central Hamilton County. He worked with the Adirondack Foundation to help start the Adirondack Nonprofit Network in 2008, and continues to sit on their Advisory Board. He is the Secretary of the Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department, sat on the Indian Lake Planning Board for 10 years, and volunteers regularly at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Laurie Dean Torrell: Laurie Dean Torrell has 25+ years experience in non-profit organizations. Since becoming Just Buffalo’s Executive Director in 2002, Torrell has worked with staff and board to implement a new mission statement, strategic plan, and focused operational direction. Under her leadership, the organization has secured competitive national, state, and local grants to more than double the budget ($325K to $684K) and bring expanded literary programming to the local community including the BABEL International author series, now being called “the most exciting literary series that Buffalo has ever seen,” and Writing With Light joint educational programming with CEPA Gallery. Torrell pioneered an Administrative Collaboration which has been honored with a National Certificate of Recognition from the Kellogg and Lodestar Foundations; and a site based collaboration with the WNY Book Arts Collaborative to develop the Western New York Book/Arts Center.

David Unger: David Unger is an author, translator and the Director of the Publishing Certificate Program at the City College of New York. A native of Guatemala, he is the International Rep for the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara [Guadalajara Book Fair] . In 2014 he was awarded Guatemala's Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement. He is the author of The Mastermind (Akashic Books, 2016; Planeta Mexico:  2015),La Casita:  Forgetting Spanish (Mexico:  CIDCLI, 2014),El precio de la fuga (Guatemala:  F y G Editores, 2013), La Casita (Mexico:  CIDCLI, 2012), The Price of Escape (New York:  Akashic Books, 2011), Para mi, eres divina (Mexico:  Random House Mondadori, 2011), Ni chicha, ni limonada (F y G Editores, 2009; Recorded Books, 2010), Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press, 2004).

Carlos Vázquez: Carlos Vázquez is the Bronx Writers Center Director; published author; fiction and memoir anthology editor; NYC Comptroller's Office Commendation recipient in 2014 for "contributing to New York City's Puerto Rican and Latino literary culture through work with Festival de la Palabra of Puerto Rico and as Director of the Bronx Writers Center".

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Museum


Darsie  Alexander:
Darsie Alexander is Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art. Previously she served as Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center (MN). Alexander also worked as the Department Head and Senior Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her exhibitions have been review in Artforum, Frieze Art as well as the New York Times. Alexander started her career as a curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art. She was a Visiting Critic at the University of Pennsylvania for four years. Alexander received a BA from Bates College and an MA from Williams College followed by a fellowship at the Harvard University Art Museums.

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado: Rocio Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio. Dr Aranda-Alvarado holds a PhD in Art History from the City University of New York and specializes in modern and contemporary art of the Americas. She is an adjunct professor in the Art History Department at City College, teaches a course on Race and Gender in Contemporary Art at Rutgers University, and has been published broadly. Prior to joining El Museo del Barrio, Aranda-Alvarado was Curator at the Jersey City Museum (NJ).

Bartholomew Bland: Bartholomew Bland is Director of the Art Gallery at Lehman College/City University of New York, located in the Bronx. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Hudson River Museum, where he worked in increasingly responsible positions since he started as the Curator of Exhibitions in 2004. Prior to this Bland served as the Vice President for Exhibitions and Collections at the Staten Island Museum. He was an Assistant Curator at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in West Palm Beach, FL. Bland has completed the Getty Leadership Institute and has served as a guest curator internationally. He has been a grant reviewer for the New York Council on the Humanities and a juror for the MTA Art in Public Spaces program.

Nomi Dayan: Nomi Dayan is the Executive Director at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. She joined the Whaling Museum in 2008 as the Program Director in an effort to strategically revitalize the organization's vision and transform its offerings to the community. Originally from Brooklyn, previous experiences include working in the education departments of the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and running inquiry-based, interdisciplinary programs about science, botany, and culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She is the author of Whaling on Long Island and has served on the board of New York City Museum Educators’ Roundtable, and currently the Museum Association of New York. She holds a master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College. 

Linda Dunne: Linda Dunne is the Director of Museum Services and Operations at the Rubin Museum of Art and brings over 30 years of experience in the museum field to the panel. Previously Linda has served as Deputy Director/Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Director at the American Folk Art Museum; Deputy Director and Acting Director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and as a Museum Administrator at Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Michigan. A graduate of the Museum Management Institute, Dunne also taught for many years in the Visual Arts Administration Program at New York University.

Lenora Henson: Lenora Henson is the Director of Public Programming and Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo where she has worked for almost 20 years. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Daemon College where she teaches Public History. Henson previously worked as the Collections Administrator at the Wright Museum of World War II (NH), has previously served as a Board Member of the Museum Association of New York and is the New York State Team Leader for the American Association of State and Local History “Leadership in History” Awards Program.

Beth Hill: Beth Hill is the President and CEO of the Fort Ticonderoga Association, a major cultural destination in New York State. Prior to moving to New York State, Hill was the Executive Director of Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in North Carolina and Director of the Historical Center of the York County Culture and Heritage Commission in South Carolina. She has also worked as an Archivist for the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. Hill is active in the North Country and is a member of the Regional Economic Development Tourism Committee. She serves on the boards of the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce, and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Essex County.

Meredith Sorin Horsford: Meredith Sorin Horsford is the Executive Director of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Horsford worked for many years at the Historic House Trust of New York City, holding the positions of Manager of Historic Sites, Director of Property Stewardship and Acquisitions and finally Deputy Director. At the Trust she worked closely with New York City government agencies, and managed acquisitions of new properties. She has consulted with the 1772 Foundation and Oneida Community Mansion House and currently serves as a Board Member of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. Horsford holds degrees in Geography and has completed the American Express Leadership Academy and DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center/Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Amy Hufnagel: Amy Hufnagel is the Director of Education at The Olana Partnership and has worked for over 25 years in non-profit administration, museum & public education, designing and implementing hundreds of public programs. She served as the Assistant Director of Light Work, an artist-run photography center at Syracuse University; and as the Executive Director of The Alice Austen House Museum within the New York City Parks Department and the NYC Historic House Trust. She has served as a Director of Programs and Education for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (in partnership with NYS Department of Cultural Education). She also headed up the Education Department at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Before Olana, she directed Programs & Development for a start-up museum and cultural center project that was attached to a public school in Allamuchy, NJ, and served as a Consultant.

Lynda Kennedy: Dr. Lynda Kennedy is the Vice President, Education at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Prior to this she served as the Associate Executive Director of the Louis August Jonas Foundation; Director, Teaching & Learning, Literacy and Outreach at the New York Public Library; History Network Coordinator for the Gotham Center for New York City History; Director of Education at the American Museum of the Moving Image; Manager of Teacher Outreach/Gateway to the City Project at the Brooklyn Historical Society; and Education Coordinator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Among her many accomplishments and titles, Dr. Kennedy has presided as Chair of the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable and President of the International Museum Theatre Alliance.

Anna Kowalchuk: Anna Kowalchuk is the Executive Director of the Livingston County Historical Society which received a Certificate of Commendation – Engaging Communities at the Museum Association of New York’s annual conference in 2015. Kowalchuk holds a New York State teacher certification and worked for a decade as a Kindergarten teacher. She is the Founder of the Friends of Livingston County History and previously the Secretary of the Western New York Association for Historical Agencies.

Shannon Murphy: Shannon Murphy is the Head of Education at the Noguchi Museum, a museum she has returned to after previously working there as an Education Assistant and Teaching Artist. Murphy has additionally worked in a number of museums in the field of museum education. She was the Sackler Educator at the Guggenheim Museum, Public Programs Manager at Wave Hill, School and Family Programs Educator at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum and has held multiple positions at the Museum of Modern Art, most recently as Museum Educator and Workshop Coordinator. A photographer, Murphy brings an educator and artist’s perspective to panel.

Herb Tam: Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York where he recently curated “Waves of Identity:  35 Years of Archiving,” an exhibition that explores the construction of Chinese American identity through MOCA’s archival materials. Tam has previously served as the Associate Curator at Exit Art and the Acting Associate Curator at the Queens Museum of Art. While at Exit Art, he curated "New Mirrors:  Painting in a Transparent World"; and co-curated "Summer Mixtape Volume 1," an exhibition exploring the role of pop music in the work of emerging artists. In 2007, Tam curated "A Jamaica, Queens Thing," about the intersection between hip hop and the crack cocaine epidemic. He has also curated solo exhibitions with artists Lee Mingwei, Rafael Sanchez and Regina Jose Galindo, and has worked on historical exhibitions about urban planner Robert Moses and alternative art spaces in New York.

Ed Varno: With over 30 years in community service, public affairs and marketing, Ed Varno is the Executive Director of the Ontario County Historical Society which runs the Ontario County History Museum. Varno has held his position at OCHS for over 20 years. Previously he was the Director of Development for the Town of Victor and County Planner for Ontario County.

William Walker: Dr. William S. Walker is Associate Professor of History at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta). He is the author of A Living Exhibition: The Smithsonian and the Transformation of the Universal Museum, and a lead editor of History@Work, the blog of the National Council on Public History. Walker previously taught  at Amherst College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Studies.Prior to academia Walker worked as an interpreter at the Paul Reverse House (MA), Membership staff at the Museum of Science in Boston, Exhibit Assistant at the History Center in Tompkins County and as a Park Guide at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

Brian Lee Whisenhunt: Brian Lee Whisenhunt is the Executive Director of the Rockwell Museum. Previously Whisenhunt served as the Executive Director of the Museum of the Southwest, a five-acre multidisciplinary campus that includes the Turner Memorial Art Museum, Durham Children’s Museum, Blakemore Planetarium, a public sculpture collection, and the Holloway House residence and guest house.  He has also worked as Executive Director of the Swope Art Museum in Indiana, as Manager of Public Programs at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas- Austin, as Director of Education at the Wichita Art Museum (KS). Whisenhunt is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and a recipient of the Beacon Award for Excellence in Organizational Leadership from the Nonprofit Management Center. He has received numerous awards as an art educator and served as a panelist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Texas Commission for the Arts and the Indiana Arts Council.

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Music

Cristian Amigo: Cristian Amigo is currently the Composer-in-Residence at INTAR Theatre, where he runs the NewMusic Tuesdays concert series He has composed theatre music, chamber and orchestral music, opera, jazz and art song. Amigo received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition and the Van Leir Fellowship from Meet the Composer. His work has also been supported and/or produced by organizations including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), New York City Opera, Jerome Foundation, American Composers Forum, New York State Music Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Danish Arts Council, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, LAByrinth Theater Company, Boy Scouts of America, José Limón Dance Company, Sundance Institute’s Film Composer Labs, UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (APPEX/Asian Pacific Performance Exchange), CSI(CUNY) Foundation, among others.

Susan S. Ashbaker: Susan Ashbaker is General Director for Tri-Cities Opera. She is an artistic advisor/consultant, master class presenter, lecturer, and an opera/vocal coach. Ms. Ashbaker was previously Director of Artistic and Music Administration of the Opera Company of Philadelphia for 16 years. She has also worked as assistant conductor and vocal coach with the New York City Opera, European Center for Opera and Vocal Arts (Belgium), International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv and Montreal, Theater am Goetheplatz (Bremen, Germany), the Academy of Vocal Arts; Executive Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs and was on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music from 1993-2010. Ms. Ashbaker has been Artistic Advisor for The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College, where she acts as one of the Master Vocal Coaches and Master Class presenters and served as Adjunct Professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Ronnie Bauch: Ronnie Bauch is a Violinist in the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. He has toured  throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as a soloist with many ensembles.  Since 1984, Mr. Bauch has served as the Artistic Director of the North Country Chamber Players. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at music festivals throughout the United States, including the Aspen Cabrillo, Bard and New Hampshire Music Festivals. . As the creator of the Orpheus Process demonstration, an innovative approach to arts management, Mr. Bauch has been a featured speaker at the Wharton School, the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, California at Berkeley, NYU, and corporate audiences in the US, Europe and Asia. He has been instrumental in developing Orpheus’s outreach program, including seminars, concerts and residencies for New York public schools and colleges, and American and European universities, conservatories and corporate groups.

Joe Damon Chappel: Joe Chappel is the longtime Principal Bass Soloist at Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity (NYC), the oldest running cantata series of its kind in the United States. He is involved in a wide variety of projects spanning early music to new music, working with such notable conductors as former Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller and ASO conductor Leon Botstein. Recent projects include the internationally acclaimed four year, four continent world tour of Einstein on the Beach, with its creators Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, a guest artist appearance with the San Francisco Girls Chorus as Noah in Britten's Noye's Fludde, and the US premiere of Simon Bainbridge's Tenebrae with the Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, under the composer's direction. Mr Chappel's resume includes performances throughout the United States and Europe with recent solo appearances at the Bollington Festival (UK), Boulder Bach Festival, Bard Summerscape Festival, and the SC Philharmonic.

Russell Greenberg: Russell Greenberg is a percussionist specializing in music of the 20th and 21st centuries that spans a wide variety of styles. As a founding member of the piano and percussion quartet, Yarn/Wire, Greenberg has collaborated with many  composers.  He is also a member of Either/OR and the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, and often appears with other groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Argento, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Sound.  Through international and national performances, he has worked with a wide variety of composers and conductors including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki, Enno Poppe and Beat Furrer. Greenberg's interdisciplinary work and collaborations include work with Theatre of a Two-Headed calf, the artist David Bithell, Judy Dunaway, and John Morrison. Russell has also penned music for the Off-Off Broadway theater production of Clubbed Thumb’s Gentleman Caller among others. He is a faculty member at Suffolk Community College.

Daniel J. Hart: Now in his 9th season as Executive Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Hart has 25 years of experience in orchestra management. He previously served as executive director for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Springs Symphony. As a Fellow of the League of American Orchestras, he worked with The Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Trained as a double bass player, Dan performed with many orchestras before embarking on a career in orchestra management. He currently serves as a Board member of Young Audiences of Western New York and on the Advocacy Committee of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance.

Tony Kostecki: Tony Kostecki is General Director of Seagle Music Colony.  He was previously on Seagle’s faculty a coach/accompanist and conductor for ten years.  Between 2002 and 2007, Tony was Director of Education at Fort Worth Opera and also Director of the Fort Worth Opera Studio. During his tenure with Fort Worth Opera, Tony oversaw the creation of the Fort Worth Opera Studio Young Artists Program and all outreach aspects of Fort Worth Opera. From 2002-2007 he was also the Fort Worth Opera Chorus Master.  As a coach/accompanist, Tony worked for Fort Worth Opera, Shreveport Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera Express and Kansas City Civic Opera.A native of Topeka, Kansas, he received his undergraduate degree in Music from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and his Master of Music Degree in Piano Accompanying and Organ Performance from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Alexander Lombard: Alexander Lombard is the CEO and founder of the Lake George Music Festival, which quickly became the major cultural event in its region. It has had a full house of 5000 annually. He has developed highly innovative ways to introduce new audiences for classical music. These include "Art Attacks", performances in public places; late night concerts in venues frequented by people in their 20s, and, for children, an annual children't performance and instrument petting zoo. He also founded an annual composition competition. He is a classical pianist and holds a bachelors and masters degree in Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.

Terrance McKnight: Terrance McKnight is the WQXR weekday Evening Host. He also hosts the Saturday evening program, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. He has also produced audio documentaries. McKnight’s musical experiences – from glee club soloist and accomplished Pianist, to Professor at Morehouse College, and finally as Producer and Host of several music programs for public radio – have consistently juxtaposed the European Classical tradition alongside American classic traditions – jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres. McKnight previously was an evening host on WNYC  and, at Georgia Public Broadcasting, was creator, producer and host of Studio GPB, a program that introduced a wide array of musical artists through interviews, live studios sessions and commercial recordings. 

David Alan Miller: David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American Conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, David has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra have twice appeared at "Spring For Music," an annual festival of America's most creative orchestras at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Prior to his appointment in Albany, Mr. Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1988, he was Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work with that ensemble.

Kirsten Morgan: Kirsten Morgan is the Executive Director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Harold Bennett and Harvey Sollberger, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, NYS School Administrator and Supervisor certification, and a Dalcroze certificate. Additionally, she studied at the University of Michigan and the Dalcroze School in New York City. Kirsten teaches children's Dalcroze classes and college level teacher training courses at Diller-Quaile. She has served as a Vice Chairman on the board of trustees for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is Chair of its Members Council, and has served as a Presenter at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Rebecca Pechefsky: Rebecca Pechefsky is a Harpsichordist and Organist who has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, where she and Brooklyn Baroque perform in a yearly series. She has also been heard in concert series of the Miami Bach Society and the Harpsichord Center in Pasadena and Brentwood, California, as well as in fringe concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival and the Berkeley Festival.  She has given recitals in Tallinn (Estonian Harpsichord Festival), London (Handel House), Milan (Sforza Castle), Bologna, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Basel. Among her recordings for Quill Classics are the complete harpsichord music of François d’Agincour; Bach and His Circle (JPF Music Award, Best Classical Solo Album); Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, praised in Fanfare as “excellent to the highest degree”; and Johann Ludwig Krebs @ 300. Pechefsky also performs new music. She is currently Organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Queens.

Alexander Peńa: Alexander Peńa is Director of ROCmusic, a music education program that offers group and private instruction to at-risk youth within economically disadvantaged communities in Rochester, NY. His non-profit collaborative, an El-Sistema-inspired program, is a partnership between the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Eastman Community Music School, City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District, and the Gateways Music Festival. Peńa has been Youth Education Director at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota since 2009. An advocate for new music and contemporary art, he joined forces with New York-based Sound ExChange Project’s ‘HEX’, a platform for performing artists dedicated to exploring alternative ways of presenting classical music. Peńa is a Senior Instructor of Viola/Violin and Conducting at the Eastman Community Music School where he conducts five ensembles.

Lisa Terry: Lisa Terry is an avid chamber music performer and soloist on viola da gamba and violoncello, and has spent her career as a long-term member of many of the best known chamber ensembles in the early music scene of the Northeast. Her home base is in New York City, where she is a member of the viol quartet, Parthenia. Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, and is a member of the Dryden Ensemble in Princeton; she works regularly with the Lyra Consort (NYC) and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester). She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Concert Royal.Lisa Terry is an experienced teacher at all age levels, from beginner to advanced; her special expertise is in technique analysis and discovery.

Catherine Underhill: Catherine Underhill is Managing Director of Symphoria, Syracuse's symphony orchestera. Prior to working at Symphoria served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Colorado Music Festival, in Boulder, CO. During her tenure, she oversaw the merger of the six-week summer classical music festival with a year-round community music school that offers instruction on all instruments and voice to individuals of all ages and all abilities. Catherine brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions in a wide range of arts organizations to Symphoria. Prior to her work with the Colorado Music Festival, Catherine served for several years as Executive Director of The Dairy Center for the Arts, in Boulder, where she managed the $3.5M conversion of an abandoned dairy processing plant into a vibrant, multidisciplinary arts center that became home to 14 local arts organizations.

Eric Wright: Eric D. Wright has 20 years of experience in Arts Management and Production. Currently Director of Concerts and Touring Operations, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), he has programmed and produced concerts, events and residencies all over the world. He has collaborated with the U.S. Department of State and The White House; with symphonies; dance companies; and with major U.S. media including ABC’s “The View” and “Late Night with David Letterman” and “60 Minutes”. He conceived and programmed the Blues Summit concert series for JALC and co-founded the music nonprofit Horns to Havana. He is founding co-producer for the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival and was part of the founding team for the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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Presenting - Multi & Interdisciplinary Arts

Noel Allain: Noel is a New York based actor and theater producer. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Juilliard School's Drama Division. Before co-founding The Bushwick Starr in 2007, he was a founding member of the theater company, Fovea Floods, for which he served as an actor and a producer. As a professional actor, he has performed in various theater, television, and film productions in and out of New York City. As Artistic Director of the Starr, he has presented over 50 companies and served hundreds of artists through the Starr's Seasons of programming and development. His curatorial track record is noteworthy, resulting in critically acclaimed productions by emerging and established artists,such as The Mad Ones, Kate Benson, Dave Malloy, Half Straddle, The Debate Society, Daniel Fish, Julia May Jonas, and William Burke.

Bob Bursey: Bob Bursey is a seasoned arts manager with 17 years’ experience in contemporary dance in New York and abroad, including 10 years as the producer for Bill T. Jones, producing director of Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts, production manager of the American Dance Festival, and production manager of the Pina Bausch company. Now Senior Producer of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in the mid-Hudson Valley, he focuses on the development and presentation of contemporary dance and theater while overseeing annual presenting seasons including opera, classical music, world music, and humanities events, including the acclaimed SummerScape festival.

David Cady: David Cady is a New York based Casting Director and Teacher who began his professional career as an actor on Broadway. Film casting credits include Disney's "Enchanted" and assisting on the original "Dirty Dancing." Theater casting include the world premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind." David has been a Commercial Casting Director for over 25 years.

Sherry Dobbin: Sherry Dobbin is the Director of Public Art for Times Square Arts, the Alliance’s public art program that works to bring high-quality and cutting-edge art to the Crossroads of the World. Sherry is responsible for programming Times Square with installations and performance arts from artists around the world. She most recently served as Director of The Watermill Center. She brings over 20 years of experience having worked internationally within performance arts, visual arts and public art and having served as a producer, administrator and curator.

Ellen Kodadek: Ellen Kodadek has over 30 years experience in non-profit arts administration, including multi-disciplinary program development and implementation, public relations and marketing, fundraising and managerial oversight.  Since January 2008, Ellen Kodadek is the Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) at historic Flushing Town Hall I(circa 1862), in Queens, NY.  FCCA is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and a member of New York City's prestigious 33-designated Cultural Institutions Group (CIG).  Kodadek served as chief Executive Officer of Southern Tier Celebrates in Binghamton, initially facilitating the merger of two non-profits:  First Night Binghamton and the Binghamton Summer Music Festival.  Prior to her stint in Binghamton, Kodadek served as Director of Presentations and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the 28-building, 83-acre Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, NY.

James Lemons: James Lemons is the Executive Director and Head of Programming for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY. James was formerly the General Manager of Florida Studio Theater, one of the largest producing houses on Florida’s West Coast, managing a budget of over $4.5M and producing 25 shows per season. James also oversaw the renovation of the Gompertz Theatre, a 100 year old historic theatre, and the creation of two performances venues.

Mary Rose Lloyd: Mary Rose Lloyd is a Curator of performing arts, recognized for her expertise in family and young audiences programming and for her passion in supporting the creation of extraordinary  work for audience of all ages by innovative artists across all disciplines. Mary Rose is currently the Director of Artistic Programming at the New Victory Theater in New York-a leading arts presenter dedicated to championing outstanding theater, dance, music, circus, and puppetry arts for kids, their families and classmates.

Salvatore Prizio: Having spent almost 20 years in the music industry, Sal Prizio brings a creative energy and experience to every project that he finds himself involved with. With an education from Northeastern University in Music Industry he spent the first ten years of his career in New York City working for such companies as Warner Brothers, Elektra Entertainment, and Eagle Rock Entertainment while pursuing a career as a touring musician. The second ten years has seen his career transition from the recorded side of the business to live performance. In 2008 he opened Bread and Jam, a live venue and restaurant in Cohoes NY. After two years in that venture he was offered the opportunity to take over the reins at The College of Saint Rose Massry Center for the Arts. For the past 6 seasons he has directed that venue with some of the world’s best performers and has grown the performance season to near capacity attendance.

Michelle Reiser-Memmer: Michelle Reiser-Memmer holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has over 20 years of experience in the presenting field and directs the Performing Arts Program at Hamilton College, a position she has held since 2000. Prior to her position at Hamilton College, she was the assistant director for Cultural Programming at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Michelle has served on grant panels for Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, Central New York Arts Decentralization, CNY Arts in Education Grants, and New York State Presenters Network. She has also been a member of the showcase jury panel for the Performing Arts Exchange Regional Conference and the Chamber Music America National Conference. She is on the advisory panel for New York State Presenters Network.

Jay Wegman: Jay Wegman is the Director of Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center. He is responsible for all arts programming, residencies, instruction, exhibitions, and arts-in-education projects. Prior to joining Henry Street in 2006, he served as Director of the arts programs at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine for ten years and was also a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Jay is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Yale University.

Jefferson Westwood: Jefferson Westwood has been Director of the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia since 1982. Designed by IM Pei and Partners, the complex includes three performance venues and two art galleries. Mr. Westwood serves as Artistic and Managing Director for the DFT Communications Pops Series, the World Travel Series, the Kaleidoscope Family Entertainment Series and the daytime On Stage for Youth Series for area elementary schools. In addition to programming, his responsibilities include general management, strategic planning, staff supervision, community relations, fund raising, financial management and directing Fredonia’s undergraduate degree program in Arts Administration.

Seth Wochensky: Seth Wochensky has served as Executive Director of Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) since 2010. Over the past five years he has guided the rural multi-arts organization through strategic planning, program expansion and successfully raising over a million dollars in capital project financing. In addition to arts management he has experience in construction management, historic preservation, and filmmaking.

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Regional Economic Development

Diane Aaronson: Diane Aaronson has a BA in Studio Art, SUNY Oneonta, CAS in Non-Profit Management, College of St. Rose. Diane is a resident of Otsego County since 1981; involved with schools, arts organizations and artists through work as Arts In Education Program Manager for DCMO (Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego) and ONC (Otsego-Delaware-Schoharie-Greene) BOCES and through volunteer activities. She is current Chair of the Future for Oneonta Foundation and Co-Chair of NYS Arts In Education Network.

Liz S. Alsina: Liz Alsina has over ten years of experience in performing arts administration. In her current role as a program associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she manages the Foundation's portfolio of nearly 100 active music grants across the country.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Alsina was director of institutional giving at Roundabout Theatre Company, Florida Grand Opera, and TheatreworksUSA, where she also served as director of development. She received a bachelor of music from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical voice, and a masters in fine arts from Yale University where she studied theater management at the School of Drama.She also completed a certificate in global affairs from New York University.  During her studies at Yale, Ms. Alsina was the first recipient of support from the Benjamin Mordecai Memorial Fund, and was a National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts scholar. 

Kathleen Benson-Haskins: Kathleen Benson Haskins worked for more than 40 years at the Museum of the City of New York, serving in various departments, from education to curatorial to government and community relations. While with the Museum, Kathleen served on several grant review panels, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. In retirement, she is an active community advocate, serving on three nonprofit boards and one committee. She is also a published author who recently read from her new children's book at CMOM.

Gigi Bolt: Gigi Bolt is a Theatre and Musical Theatre Program and Philanthropy Consultant, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Columbia University’s School of the Arts Theatre Management and Producing Program. The Director of Theater and Musical Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1995 till 2006, Ms. Bolt advised the agency on policy related to the fields and was responsible for the review of applications from 500 theaters and musical theaters across the country. She also created or worked with discipline-based agency initiatives including the NEA/TCG Theater Residency Program for Playwrights, the NEA/TCG Career Development Programs for Theater Directors and Designers, Shakespeare in American Communities, American Masterpieces/Musical Theater, and the NEA/USC Arts Journalism Institute. From 2006-2007, she served as Interim Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, the National Organization for the American not-for-profit theatre.  

Cindy Boyer: For over 25 years Cindy Boyer has worked in various capacities for the Landmark Society of Western New York, one of the oldest and most active preservation organizations in the country.  Currently, she is the Director of Public Programs.  Boyer’s responsibilities include program management and administration as well as researching, developing and overseeing interpretive programs to introduce communities to the stories behind historic buildings.  Boyer’s consulting work has involved the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, the Harriet Tubman Home and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.  Additionally, Boyer worked in interpretation at museums in Boston and Rochester and has served on the board of Museumwise.

Stacey Bridge: Stacey Bridge began her career on the technical side of theatre, serving as scenic carpenter and stage manager, before transitioning to administrative roles in marketing, box office, and the business office, where she participated in contract negotiations with visiting artists and daily fiscal operations. She is currently the Director of Finance and Administration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Keri L. Butler: Keri Butler has nearly 20 years experience as an arts administrator in New York and Chicago. For the last ten years, she has worked closely with New York City agencies on the development and design of capital projects with a particular focus on cultural institutions. Keri also works closely with various agencies to conserve the City's art collection, ranging from the City Hall portrait collection, to WPA abstract murals, to the Central Park Obelisk. Extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken about art and art history, Keri serves as an advisor for the City's Percent for Art artists selection process and collaborates closely with Public Art Fund and Creative Time on temporary exhibitions in and around City Hall.

Edmund Cardoni: Edward Cardoni is the Executive Director of Hallwalls, a highly regarded multi-arts center in Buffalo. Programming includes a gallery for changing exhibitions, a film series, plus film/video archives, a music program and a small performance space for other programs. Under Edmund's leadership, Hallwalls relocated to expanded quarters. He was involved in the planning and renovation of the new space.

Michelle Carollo: Michelle Carollo is an Installation Artist and the Community Engagement Manager for the Made in NY Media Center by IFP where she handles all things community. She has worked extensively in the public non-profit sector, developing community partnerships with both non-profit organizations and corporate partners. As a former Grants and Development Administrator, she has managed investments of public funds and leveraged capital funds for cultural facilities, working to provide New York State citizens access to high quality arts and culture. Recently, she served as the Co- Founder and Artistic Director of SPARKBOOM, an innovative program that was conceived to foster Long Island’s emerging creative talent. Michelle installs large-scale public works around the country.

Marc R. Courtade: Marc Courtade is an arts professional with over twenty years' experience in programming, financial reporting, fundraising, contracts administration and database management. Marc combines his practical experience with the theoretical as Adjunct Professor of Arts Management. He is currently Director of the Huntington Arts Council.

William Daly: William Daly became Director of Planning and Development for Wyoming County on August 1, 2014 after being hired out of retirement by the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.  He had been a private businessman and business consultant before serving as the Director of Planning and Economic Development for Chautauqua County and the Executive Director/CEO of the County of Chautauqua IDA from January 2006 until May 2014.

Russell Davidson: Russell Davidson is the Innovation Lab & Special Projects Manager at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and serves on the Museum's senior management team. The Innovation Lab is an independent department within the Museum, which aspires to fulfill the Albright-Knox's mission to serve as a hub of creative, collaborative energies. Russell has an extensive background in government, banking, and academia. He began his career working for a Member of the US House of Representatives, serving in a number of capacities including community development, public relations, and community outreach. Russell has also served as the Government Affairs Liaison for the Erie County Sheriff's Office, a financial analyst at a number of banking institutions, including the US Treasury Department at Freddie Mac, and as a Research Assistant at The Ohio State University while pursuing his Master's Degree.

Dale Davis: Dale Davis is one of the founders of NYS Poets in The Schools and co-founded The NYS Literary Center where she is Exec. Dir.  In the past 31 years, 300 writers and artists have worked with 32K youth in 600 different schools that span from rural, suburban, and urban schools to alternative educational settings.  She founded NYS' Arts In Correctional Ed. Network and was a founder of the Association of Teaching Artists.  The first artist invited to conduct an on-line residency for The New York Foundation for the Arts, she was also the recipient of the Individual Award, Arts & Cultural Cncl of Greater Rochester.  She has edited and published over 600 books of writing by young people.  Davis' work with NYSLC has received national recognition from the American Council on the Arts, The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Annenberg School of Communication, among others.  Dale Davis' own writing has appeared in publications from the Iowa Review to Op-Ed page of The NY Times.

Carey Eidel: Carey Eidel is a Founder and Executive Director of Auburn Public Theater (APT), a nonprofit multi-arts center in the Finger Lakes Region. He has expertise in theater management, programming, fundraising, producing and captial improvement projects. He is familitar with the NYS grant process. As a NYS vendor, APT also is partially funded by NYSCA and acts as a DEC Regrant site for a 5-county region. APT has also been funded by The Regional Economic Development Council is 2015. Before his current postition, he was a union performer, writer and teacher in NY and Los Angeles for 25 years.

George Ferrari: George Ferrari is Executive Director of Community Foundation of Tompkins County. George has 30 years experience in community based organizations in leadership, grant seeking and grant making positions. He alos has 10 years experience in philanthropy including community foundation grant making, regional association of grant makers, and grant application review and final report and site visit evaluations.

Susan Fisher: Susan Fisher is an experienced curator who has worked on a wide range of exhibitions at Yale University Museum, the Gross Foundation & other venues.  A skilled Arts Administrator who has significantly increased the public profile and programs of the Gross Foundation, a historic house museum devoted to the work of Chaim Gross & mid-century American Art. She is actively engaged in the City & State’s arts community. She combines a commitment to artistic quality with an understanding of diversity, ability to clearly express her ideas, willingness to listen & respond to others.

Aaron Flagg: Aaron Flagg, trumpet, holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and two degrees from the Juilliard School.  He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Dean of the Hartt College of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  Dr. Flagg has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, New York Philharmonic, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Manhattan Virtuosi, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Westchester Philharmonic, Westchester Symphony, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, among others.  He has performed classical and jazz repertoire at festivals in Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, as well as 22 states throughout the country. 

Jeffrey Flagg: Jeffrey Flagg is the recently-retired executive director at the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.  At Sagamore, Jeff worked closely with a number of NYSCA planning, implementation, and performance grants in the capacity as Program Director, a position which he still holds. One grant which he worked closely on with me was a Folks Arts Presenter grant, which funded crafts demonstrations by regional artisans in support of Sagamore's interpretive programs and daily tours.

Cynnie Gaasch: Cynnie Gaasch has been a staff member or teaching artist for Young Audiences WNY since 2003, and Executive Director since 2009. Cynnie has broad experience of the 8 counties of WNY, and peer relationships with many in the Rochester area. She founded the Arts Partners for Learning Initiative, providing 8 county services expanding capacity in arts education for schools and cultural organizations. She was a founding steering committee member for the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, and is a board member for Ujima Company. At Young Audiences she has secured two NEA Our Town Placemaking grants for the City of Buffalo and two NYS CFA Regional Economic Development Grants, and continues placemaking work with Nick Cave, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture, and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. She was formerly a board member for the Chautauqua County Arts Council and Adams Art Gallery in Dunkirk, NY.

Jan Michael Hanvik: Jan Hanvik is the Executive Director of The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. The Center has received a $150,000 Regional Economic Development Council grant for the Lower East Side Arts Jobs Training Program. From 2002-2008, Jan was Executive Director of Columbia Council on the Arts. He was a modern dancer for many years.

Pamela L. Jackson: With more than 25 years marketing and fundraising experience, including 12 years in cultural institutions, Pamela Jackson is qualified to objectively evaluate projects and programs particularly through a lens of service to the public. During this time, Pamela has successfully written hundreds of public and private grant requests and has managed grant funded projects. She also a certified English Secondary Education Teacher with training in technical, exposition and persuasive writing.

David Johnston: David Johnston is Executive Director for Exploring the Metropolis (EtM). An arts administrator, playwright/librettist and screenwriter based in New York City, he worked at Culture Finder and New York Foundation for the Arts. At NYFA, he was part of the initial team responsible for conception of NYFA Source and helped to administer the New York Arts Recovery Fund. He joined EtM in 2002, and became Executive Director in the fall of 2012.
For EtM, when the organization was known as NYC Performing Arts Spaces (NYC PAS), he oversaw the NYC Music, Dance and Theatre Spaces website programs and special projects. He served as liaison with government and foundation funders, and conducted outreach with local arts service organizations and councils. In 2007, along with Founder/Director Eugenie C. Cowan, he led a strategic planning process which led to transfer of NYC PAS, completed in September 2010. 

Sarah Keefe: Sarah Keefe graduated from Vassar College in 2005 with a Childhood Teaching Certification and has experience as a Student Teacher and Bank Street Urban Education Fellow. Sarah received her MA in 2008 from the Parsons/Cooper Hewitt program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, where she focused on 20th-Century Craft and Design. Areas of expertise include design thinking and theory, museology, and urban education. Sarah found her way into the non-profit arts world as a Museum Program intern at NYSCA, and have subsequently dedicated the last nine years to honing her skills as an effective development professional, working with museums and cultural organizations to make the arts accessible to all audiences.

Kate Koperski: Kate Koperski is Director of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, where she previously served as Curator of Folk Arts. She earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an interdisciplinary degree combining studies in Cultural Anthropology and English with a concentration in visual material culture. Koperski has more than fifteen years’ experience producing exhibitions and related public programming, and has a special interest in artistic expressions that have historically been under-represented in museums. Kate has served as a grant review panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and has been a member of the New York Council on the Humanities Speakers Program. She is a member of the Cultural Alliance of Niagara, a collaborative that promotes arts, culture and heritage sites in Niagara County. She currently serves as Vice President of the board of directors of Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

Lynne Lacey: Lynne Lacey is a Certified Fine & Decorative Arts Appraiser conducting research studies and appraisals of personal property and special collections. Her clients include galleries, estates, educational institutions, corporations and individuals. In addition, she is an Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY Empire State College and a member of the prior learning assessment team of educators with a specialty in Medical and Arts Non-profit Administration and Grant Writing. She also teaches an Arts Valuation course at SUNY Broome and a Grants Research course for the Broome County Arts Council. Over a 20-year professional career Lynne secured and managed more than $10,000,000 in healthcare, library and arts grants as well as serving on the grant allocation panels for the Broome County United Way, the Library Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and the Broome County Arts Council. She is a co-founder of the Broome Library Foundation and served as its First Treasurer.

Kimberly LaMendola: With formal education in Community and Rural Development, Kimberly LaMendola is the Regional Development Coordinator of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board. Previously, Kimberly was the Director of Programs and Business Advancement for the City of Salamanca, under the Chamber of Commerce. For a decade, she was the Programs and Grants manager of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, including providing administration of Regrant programs and workshops among a myriad of duties. Kimberly also worked in program development in the Olean, NY area, and while there also co-founded and owned "The Muse Arts & Cultural Magazine."

Julia Lu: Julia Lu is Director of Consulting for the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, a nonprofit management support organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit leaders and their organizations. She previously served as the Director of the Cultural Industry Investment Fund for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ). This $25 million fund was designated as investment capital for the nonprofit arts and cultural sector as a means of building institutional capacity and advancing organizational development. Prior to joining UMEZ, Julia was the Director of Programs for the American Academy in Rome—one of the leading independent centers for advanced study in the arts and humanities—where she managed the signature Rome Prize. From 1996 to 2001, she held dual positions as Program Director and National Conference Director for Chamber Music America. While there, she managed programs to support the institutionalization of historically volunteer-run chamber music presenters, funded art

Richard Luftglass: Rick Luftglass is Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which works to increase access and opportunity in New York City by supporting cross-cutting initiatives in areas from education and the arts, to healthy food and economic development, and beyond.   The Fund is particularly focused on neighborhood disparities. He has worked in the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for more than 25 years. Mr. Luftglass began his career in New York City cultural nonprofits, with a particular focus on jazz and immigrant cultures, received an MBA at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and spent 16 years at Pfizer, where he served as Executive Director of the Pfizer Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement.   He also serves as President of the board of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and is chair of Economic Development for Brooklyn's Community Board 6.

Terry McDonald: Terry McDonald has served as Executive Director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center for the past nine years. In that capacity, Terry has bolstered public relations and improved its financial stability. She has taught numerous art history courses, and is a specialist in medieval studies and architectural history. Terry has worked as Assistant Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Cloisters, and Director of Education at the Roberson Museum. Terry brings a background in education as well as administration to the panel.

Ellen McHale: Ellen McHale is the Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society, located in Schenectady, NY. A resident of Montgomery County, she has served as the Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society since 1999. Prior to taking this position, she served as the chief executive officer for the Old Stone Fort Museum, Schoharie, and the Shaker Heritage Society, Colonie, and has been a consulting arts professional for major museums and heritage institutions. Ellen McHale is a Fulbright Scholar (Sweden) and is an Archie Green Fellow at the Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jorge B. Merced: As Associate Director of the Bronx-based, Pregones Theatre, Jorge B. Merced is a well-respected theatre artist in the Latino community and the field at large. In his several years of experience, Merced has worked as both an actor and dancer, receiving many awards, among them the HOLA Hispanic Actors Award and the ACE Hispanic Critics Award. He is presently vice-Chair of the board of the Association of Hispanic Arts. In addition, Merced has served as a NYSCA auditor and on numerous funding panels Statewide.

Travis Newton: Travis Newton currently serves as the Director of Music and Arts Administration at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where he also conducts the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra and has recently initiated a new Master's program in Arts Administration. Travis also serves as Artistic Director of the Le Moyne College Summer Arts Institute String Camp. Through many community collaborations with arts organizations and nonprofits in Central New York, he has developed one of eight higher education programs in Arts Administration in New York State.

Brian O'Keefe: Brian O'Keefe is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Communications at SUNY Farmingdale College.  Brian has Commercial Design experience with Kodak, Fujifilm, Walmart and Verizon.  He is a recipient of a 2013 Regional Economic Development grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Sara Pasti: Sara Pasti is the Director of the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. Sara is the driving force behind Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collections Consortium (HVVACC) and as such has broad knowledge across the region. She has had a lot of arts administration experience and is well-organized.

Eliza Rand: Eliza Rand has over 30 years of experience in non-profit work in the areas of development, marketing and media relations. She is currently Associate Development Officer for the Parrish Art Museum. She was founding Director of Marketing & PR for Bay Street Theatre and has worked at a variety of arts institutions including the James Corcoran Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She worked as an editorial associate with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton on their collection of children’s books, The Julie Andrews Collection.

Daniel Reid: Daniel Reid's areas of expertise are Programmatic Quality and Managerial and Fiscal Competence. He is Executive Director of the Whiting Foundation, which supports writers through the Whiting Award for emerging writers; financial aid grants for attendance at writers' residencies in New York State and elsewhere; a nonfiction work-in-progress grant; and other programs. His experience in ensuring and monitoring Programmatic Quality includes work with literature selection panels at Whiting and consultancies with UNESCO, where he evaluated a grant program to preserve endangered languages, and with the Illinois Humanities Council, where he developed a strategic roadmap for programming to support the underserved "downstate" area. His experience in Managerial and Fiscal Competence includes full financial and operational management of the Whiting Foundation; work as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.

Elizabeth Reiss: Elizabeth Reiss has worked as an Educator, Exhibition Coordinator, Fundraiser and CEO of museums and arts organizations in and around NYS for over 25 years. Elizabeth would like to interact with her colleagues and think more broadly about the arts in New York State.

Michele F. Saliola: Michele Saliola has 15 years experience working with non-profits on program development and evaluation for artists projects, exhibitions, educational programs, marketing and audience development, and capital projects and collections management. Michele has overseen planning an delivery of mission-driven programs from concept through to execution and evaluation.

Jennifer Schwartz Berky: Jennifer Schwartz Berky is trained as urban planner who understands historic preservation. Jennifer worked for Ulster County for several years before she started her own consulting firm, Hone Strategic LLC. She developed a cultural analysis for the region. Her strength in Regional Economic Development (REDC) is her high rate of success getting support for REDC projects in the region. She has also done a lot of work with Storm King.

Constance R. Sullivan-Blum: Constance R. Sullivan-Blum,Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Constance holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Binghamton University. Dr. Sullivan-Blum has been doing research and teaching on the college level in the Southern Finger Lakes region for nearly a decade. Her folk arts interests include making links between the folk arts of Europe and those of other cultures around the world, and expanding the visibility of multi-cultural folk arts in our community.

Robert Wildman: Robert Wildman is Associate Professor and Director of the Long Island University BFA Program. From 2002 to 2005, Robert was employed as Senior Program Manager for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, where he oversaw the Organizational Support Program.

Joshua Worby: Joshua Worby is currently Executive and Art Director of Westchester Philharmonic. Mr. Worby is Chief Executive of largest performing arts organization in Westchester County. He is responsible for programming, artist engagement, education programs, budgeting, fund raising, grant writing, board engagement, marketing, collective bargaining, operations, compliance and reporting.  Joshua has 15 years managing two orchestras.

Kal Wysokowski: Kal Wysokowski Chairs the Erie Canal Bicentennial Committee on behalf of the NYS Canal Commission, and has a passion for the waterway, it's heritage and meaning, and the importance of celebrating its 200th year across New York State! Kal's experience includes more than 20 years in regional and local economic development in Ithaca and Fairport; over a decade working in higher education and with nonprofit organizations (Ithaca College, Community School of Music and Arts).

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Special Arts Services

Arnie Apostol: Arnie Apostol is Development Officer/Executive Associate of the Martha Graham Dance Company located in New York City.  From 1991-2011, Arnie was a Volunteer Assistant for the Dance Program at the New York State Council on the Arts

Dian Dong: Dian Dong is Associate Director/Education Director of Chen Dance Center – an arts institution in lower Manhattan comprised of a Theater, School and resident company H.T. Chen & Dancers. She performed with the company for many years, and in 1998 took on a greater management role with the organization. In 2005 she attended the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders-ARTS at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Dong  participated in the Kennedy Center’s Capacity Building Program led by Michael Kaiser, and most recently, helped lead Chen Dance Center through a series of expansion and renovation projects. Ms. Dong has served as panelist for the NYSCA - SAS, NEA, NYC DCA, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Guido Garaycochea: Guido Garaycochea is Co-founder, Curator, and Deputy Director of Expressiones Cultural Center in New London,CT. Guido has community based arts experience and currently is Director of the New New Yorkers program at the Queens Museum.

Janice Gouldthorpe: Janice Gouldthorpe has been the Executive Director of Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (GCAE) for 10 years. The Genesee Center for the Arts and Education is leading a cultural institution in Rochester that offers services to the community that are in demand and relevant and, the organization has achieved an impressive degree of sustainability. During her tenure at GCAE, Gouldthorpe has grown the organization from a financially and structurally at risk cultural institution to a sustainable one – with a balanced budget of more than $500,000. The organization owns its facility outright. It received a $3.5M endowment contribution two-years ago, which is managed by Rochester Area Community Foundation. It has grown its staff and faculty from 7 to 11 (6 full time, 7-part time) members, plus more than 50 adjunct faculty members.

Paulette D. Harris: The Paul Robeson Theatre in Buffalo, NY has emerged as a major venue for African American theatre in Western NY, largely due to the skill and artistry of Paulette Harris, who has mounted an annual production season of 3-4 original plays and revivals for over 15 years.  As a director,   Harris received the 1996 Artvoice “Artie Award” for Best Ensemble Production for “Jar the Floor”.  Playwrighting credits include,  “Santa’s Blues” and “Soul of a People”.  In addition to her work with PRT, Harris does collaborative programming with agencies such as the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center and, directs plays for local theatre companies.  In 2007, Harris founded Sacred Ground productions, which works in theatre and electronic media...Currently, Harris instructs the African Cultural Center of Buffalo’s drama workshop for students 7-12 years and a theatre arts workshop for teens.

Karen A. Jones: Karen Clinton Jones currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Buffalo State and has been an active member in the Buffaloand neighboring Rochester communities. She has invested much of her professional and personal life to advancing diversity and inclusion across the spectrums of higher education, for-profit and not-for-profit industries, and secondary
education. Most recently, she has joined the boards of Read to Succeed Buffalo and the Erie Arts Council Advisory Board.

Marigene Kettler Behrens: Marigene Kettler Behrens has been the Executive Director of the Rockland Conservatory of Music since 1999. Marigene has heightened the organization’s image and outreach capabilities, increased enrollment and, offered more scholarship opportunities to students in financial need. Under her leadership, RCM has expanded its collaborations with other organizations in the County.  Behrens’ mission is to educate young people in the arts and make music a part of their lives; and has served on local, regional and State panels.  As a professional musician, Behrens has had an extensive career as a free lance musician and remains an active soprano soloist and chamber musician in the tri-State area, the  U.S, and   internationally; in such venues as the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Julia Lu: Julia Lu is Director of Consulting for the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, a nonprofit management support organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit leaders and their organizations. She previously served as the Director of the Cultural Industry Investment Fund for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ). This $25 million fund was designated as investment capital for the nonprofit arts and cultural sector as a means of building institutional capacity and advancing organizational development. Prior to joining UMEZ, Julia was the Director of Programs for the American Academy in Rome—one of the leading independent centers for advanced study in the arts and humanities—where she managed the signature Rome Prize. From 1996 to 2001, she held dual positions as Program Director and National Conference Director for Chamber Music America. While there, she managed programs to support the institutionalization of historically volunteer-run chamber music presenters, funded art

Jorge B. Merced: As Associate Director of the Bronx-based, Pregones Theatre, Jorge B. Merced is a well-respected theatre artist in the Latino community and the field at large. In his several years of experience, Merced has worked as both an actor and dancer, receiving many awards, among them the HOLA Hispanic Actors Award and the ACE Hispanic Critics Award. He is presently vice-Chair of the board of the Association of Hispanic Arts. In addition, Merced has served as a NYSCA auditor and on numerous funding panels Statewide.

Wilfredo Morel: Wilfredo is a Hudson Valley region artist, specializing in sculpture.  He has developed a series of community art projects, specifically Arts10566, One World One Peekskill & the Culture Club, that use art as a tool to facilitate community participation and dialogue within vulnerable and disenfranchised communities.  Wilfredo is a past Artist Review Panelist for both ArtsMidHudson and ArtsWestchester, and is a current Board Member of Peekskill's Artist Certification Council and the NYS Folk Art Society.

Andrea E. Smith: Andrea Smith is currently Chairman of the Board of 651 ARTS. Andrea was a former consultant to small to mid-size presenting and producing organizations as well as independent artists; former employee of presenters PS 122 and Newark Symphony Hall. She previously served on panels for the NC Arts Council, the Arkansas Arts Council and NYSCA POP and Appeals Panel.

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State & Local Partnerships

Stephen Butler: Stephen Butler is a native of Onondaga County and the Executive Director of CNY Arts, a regional arts council serving six counties in Central New York State. He received his BA in Theatre from Oswego State University and relocated to New York City. During his years in NYC, Stephen worked as the Director of Membership/Programs for the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils and at several producing organizations including Manhattan Theatre Club, the Hudson Guild Theater, and Creative Alternatives of New York, a drama-therapy organization serving the greater metropolitan region. He was also an AEA stage manager. Stephen is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient in Strategic Planning. He returned to Syracuse and obtained a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Before coming to CNY Arts, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County.

Marc R. Courtade: Marc Courtade is an arts professional with over twenty years' experience in programming, financial reporting, fundraising, contracts administration and database management. Marc combines his practical experience with the theoretical as Adjunct Professor of Arts Management. He is currently Director of the Huntington Arts Council.

Carey Eidel: Carey Eidel is a Founder and Executive Director of Auburn Public Theater (APT), a nonprofit multi-arts center in the Finger Lakes Region. He has expertise in theater management, programming, fundraising, producing and captial improvement projects. He is familitar with the NYS grant process. As a NYS vendor, APT also is partially funded by NYSCA and acts as a DEC Regrant site for a 5-county region. APT has also been funded by The Regional Economic Development Council is 2015. Before his current postition, he was a union performer, writer and teacher in NY and Los Angeles for 25 years.

Dalaeja Foreman: Dalaeja Foreman is a DEC coordinator at the Bronx Council on the Arts. She is a Curator specializing in community engaged exhibitions and public programs. Dalaeja is also a Community Organizer in the Bronx.

Janice Gouldthorpe: Janice Gouldthorpe has been the Executive Director of Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (GCAE) for 10 years. The Genesee Center for the Arts and Education is leading a cultural institution in Rochester that offers services to the community that are in demand and relevant and, the organization has achieved an impressive degree of sustainability. During her tenure at GCAE, Gouldthorpe has grown the organization from a financially and structurally at risk cultural institution to a sustainable one – with a balanced budget of more than $500,000. The organization owns its facility outright. It received a $3.5M endowment contribution two-years ago, which is managed by Rochester Area Community Foundation. It has grown its staff and faculty from 7 to 11 (6 full time, 7-part time) members, plus more than 50 adjunct faculty members.

Betsy Harris: Betsy Harris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European History and Art History from William Smith College in Geneva, New York. She continued on her academic career to the University of Glasgow in Scotland to complete a Master’s Degree in Art History in 2012. She has worked with many institutions as a student including Albright Knox Gallery, Christie’s Auction House and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Her first professional experience in the arts was as a personal assistant to the gallery owner Vito Schanbel, learning about the contemporary art world of New York City. She continued on her career with Livingston Arts Center in Upstate New York beginning as an intern in 2013, hired as the program coordinator whose main responsibility was the DEC program of the organization and eventually offered the role of Executive Director in 2016.

Tina Hastings: Tina Hastings is the Executive Director of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council having been appointed to the position in May 2014. She attended Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (SIUC) where she studied anthropology and history. She held several positions within the University Museum during her time at SIU, including her last position as Assistant Curator of Collections/Archive Supervisor. She graduated from SIUC with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2002 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2006. Originally from central Ohio, Tina and her family moved to western New York in 2007 when her husband accepted a teaching position at SUNY Fredonia. She was named Director of the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia where she enjoyed working with artists in all mediums and curating diverse exhibitions for the campus and community. She also coordinated and taught courses for students in the Museum Studies minor program.

Tod Kniazuk: As the Executive Director of Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Tod Kniazuk has a deep knowledge of the 300+ nonprofit cultural organizations located in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Tod previously served as a NYSCA panelist in SLP, Presenting, and REDC; and has also served as an Arts Grant Reviewer at the county and city level, as well as in New Orleans for a private foundation. Tod routinely consult with cultural organization on matters of budget, board development, strategic planning and other relevant work. He has run a presenting program for 10 years now called The Big Easy in Buffalo, and has served on numerous cultural boards including the Buffalo Arts Commission, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and Irish Classical Theatre.

Ellen Kodadek: Ellen Kodadek has over 30 years experience in non-profit arts administration, including multi-disciplinary program development and implementation, public relations and marketing, fundraising and managerial oversight.  Since January 2008, Ellen Kodadek is the Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) at historic Flushing Town Hall I(circa 1862), in Queens, NY.  FCCA is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and a member of New York City's prestigious 33-designated Cultural Institutions Group (CIG).  Kodadek served as chief Executive Officer of Southern Tier Celebrates in Binghamton, initially facilitating the merger of two non-profits:  First Night Binghamton and the Binghamton Summer Music Festival.  Prior to her stint in Binghamton, Kodadek served as Director of Presentations and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the 28-building, 83-acre Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, NY.

James Lemons: James Lemons is the Executive Director and Head of Programming for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY. James was formerly the General Manager of Florida Studio Theater, one of the largest producing houses on Florida’s West Coast, managing a budget of over $4.5M and producing 25 shows per season. James also oversaw the renovation of the Gompertz Theatre, a 100 year old historic theatre, and the creation of two performances venues.

Suzanne McBroom: Suzanne McBroom is the Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts), a regional arts council serving Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Suzy was previously the grants coordinator of SLC Arts for six years managing the NYSCA Decentralization program for the region. Suzy is a life-long resident of the North Country and has spent 16+ years volunteering for two locally-based nonprofits. Her own involvement in the arts has centered on textile arts and choral performance.

Jorge B. Merced: As Associate Director of the Bronx-based, Pregones Theatre, Jorge B. Merced is a well-respected theatre artist in the Latino community and the field at large. In his several years of experience, Merced has worked as both an actor and dancer, receiving many awards, among them the HOLA Hispanic Actors Award and the ACE Hispanic Critics Award. He is presently vice-Chair of the board of the Association of Hispanic Arts. In addition, Merced has served as a NYSCA auditor and on numerous funding panels Statewide.

Elizabeth Reiss: Elizabeth Reiss has worked as an Educator, Exhibition Coordinator, Fundraiser and CEO of museums and arts organizations in and around NYS for over 25 years. Elizabeth would like to interact with her colleagues and think more broadly about the arts in New York State.

Sami Abu Shumays: Sami Shumay has experience as both an Arts Administrator (currently Deputy Director at Flushing Town Hall) and Artist (traditional Arab music, leading ensemble Zikrayat). Sami has served on numerous grant panels, including NYC DCLA, NYSCA Technical Assistance, BAM PDP in the last several years; as a former Director of the regrants program at Queens Council on the Arts (2008-9), she set up and ran panels to award grants (NYSCA, DCLA & JPMorgan Chase). Sami's areas of responsibility at Flushing Town Hall encompass budget, board relations, HR & staff management, government relations, community partnerships, capital projects, marketing & PR.

Constance R. Sullivan-Blum: Constance R. Sullivan-Blum,Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Constance holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Binghamton University. Dr. Sullivan-Blum has been doing research and teaching on the college level in the Southern Finger Lakes region for nearly a decade. Her folk arts interests include making links between the folk arts of Europe and those of other cultures around the world, and expanding the visibility of multi-cultural folk arts in our community.

Sharon E. Wait: Sharon has strong knowledge of local and state wide arts and cultural organizations,through her current and past positions as Decentralization Grants Administrator at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Program Director at the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE), Albany, NY. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Oswego State University and her M.S.Ed. from Sage Graduate School. Currently as Saratoga Arts’ Grants Administrator, Sharon assists in making the arts accessible to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties. Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and Saratoga Arts, DEC is a re-grant program for individual artists, non-profits, and government depts. interested in coordinating community arts events or short-term school-based arts residencies.

Christoper Walters: For over 3 years Chris has managed multiple grant programs for The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes including NYSCA funded DEC and EMF regrants as well as locally funded regrants. Chris has also served on grant panels for local foundations and previously managed academic and cultural exchange and grant programs for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and university administrators.

Seth Wochensky: Seth Wochensky has served as Executive Director of Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) since 2010. Over the past five years he has guided the rural multi-arts organization through strategic planning, program expansion and successfully raising over a million dollars in capital project financing. In addition to arts management he has experience in construction management, historic preservation, and filmmaking.

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Theatre

Raquel Almazan: Raquel Almazan is an actor, writer, director in professional theatre / film /television productions. Her career as artist-activist spans original multimedia solo performances, playwriting, new work development and dramaturgy. She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and creator/teacher of social justice arts programs for youth/adults, several focusing on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within her lifelong project on writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country (Latin is America play cycle). She was awarded a Professional Development residency with the Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights’ Conference 2015 and The Playwrights' Center 2015-16. Almazan is the recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award and The Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship.

Karin Bowersock: Karin Bowersock has been Executive  and Artistic Director of Bristol Valley Theater, a professional summer theater in Naples, New York since 2003. In addition to guiding the artistic vision of the theater, she has directed nearly 30 productions there of both musicals and straight plays, specializing in re imagining popular Broadway works such as Evita, Les Miserables, Cabaret and To Kill a Mockingbird for the theater's more intimate setting. In 2014, Bowersock launched the BVT New Works Initiative, which integrated new works into the repertoire. In 2017, Bowersock has launched a new initiative at the theater: Hear Me Roar: Women's Voices from Suffragist to Dramatist in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State. Karin has served on the Board of Directors for TheatreROCs, a consortium of over twenty Rochester area theaters, since its inception in 2010. She is the playwright of Mystery Radio Theater.

Stacey Bridge: Stacey Bridge began her career on the technical side of theatre, serving as scenic carpenter and stage manager, before transitioning to administrative roles in marketing, box office, and the business office, where she participated in contract negotiations with visiting artists and daily fiscal operations. She is currently the Director of Finance and Administration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Robert Brunschmid: Robert Brunschmid, former Managing Director of Theatre of Youth (TOY) since April 2004, will join the team at Shea's Performing Arts Center effective July 13, 2015 as the Director of Operations. In this position, he oversees the Facilities Department, the Concessions Department and the Volunteer Program at Shea's Performing Arts Center which now comprises three theatres: Shea's Buffalo Theatre, the 710 Main Theatre and Shea's Smith Theatre. Prior to his employment at TOY, Robert served in several administrative roles since 2000. He graduated from Medaille College with an MBA, received a B.S. in Biology from Niagara University and was certified in Program Planning & Proposal Writing through the Grantsmanship Training Center. During his tenure at TOY, Robert served the theatre community as Co-Chair of Curtain Up!, as President of the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo and as a steering committee member of Arts Partners for Learning. 

David Cady: David Cady is a New York based Casting Director and Teacher who began his professional career as an actor on Broadway. Film casting credits include Disney's "Enchanted" and assisting on the original "Dirty Dancing." Theater casting include the world premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind." David has been a Commercial Casting Director for over 25 years.

Kia Corthron: Kia Corthron came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis, whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. She is the author of more than fifteen plays, including Breath, Boom, The Venus de Milo is Armed, Tap the Leopard and A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. Her plays have received productions at Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons in New York, Chicago's Goodman Theatre, London's Royal Court Theatre, Los Angeles's Mark Taper Forum, and Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater. She has also written episodes for the acclaimed television series The Wire and The Jury. She received the Windham Campbell Prize, the USA Fellowship in Theatre, the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, the VCCA Wachtmeister Award and the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award.

Mark Cuddy: Mark Cuddy is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. He has led Geva through a renaissance of artistic and institutional growth with a diverse repertory, topflight artists, wide-reaching educational programs and a commitment to new play development. Mr. Cuddy is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Rochester Fringe Festival, and served on the Board of Directors of  Theatre Communications Group. As a director, Mr. Cuddy is known for his productions of musicals, contemporary comedies and premieres. Mr. Cuddy has also served as Artistic Director of Sacramento Theatre Company, Producing Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and on the directing staff of the Denver Center Theatre Company. Mr. Cuddy received the 2013 Performing Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He received his B.A. in Theatre/Honors from the University of Massachusetts where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. 

Aimee Davis: Aimee Davis, in her time at Henry Street, has been a great asset to the Development Team, and specifically to the Abrons Arts Center, bringing 10 years of New York theater and performance experience to bear on her role as Grant Writer for the Arts. Aimee has extensive knowledge and understanding of the artists and companies that NYSCA serves.

José A. Esquea: José A. Esquea- Served as Director/Artistic Director of Teatro LATEA from 2006- 2013. He is a graduate of Skidmore College. The work of Artistic Director meant direct responsibility and management of all productions presented at LATEA during Mr. Esquea’s tenure. He was responsible for budgeting, marketing, and execution, of well over forty productions in his 6 years in the forms of long form theater, playwright and film festivals, as well as co-production efforts with emerging artist. He has been working as a Director/Independent producer in New York City since 2001. In 2005 he founded Sońadores Productions classical theater company dedicated to the production of Shakespeare and other classics with multicultural cast and crewmembers.

Kathy Evans: Kathy Evans founded the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in 2011, with a mission to provide musical theatre writers with a sanctuary to develop their musicals in the Hudson Valley.  She served as Executive Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) for nine years, raising $2.1M to support new works programs.  Before her work in theatre, Ms. Evans was Executive Director at Scholastic Entertainment; head of Programming and Promotion for International Video at Sony Pictures; and served as a consultant to Viacom, WLIW and TIME OUT NEW YORK.  She holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Scott Alan Evans: Scott Alan Evans is a Director, Writer, Adapter, and the Artistic Executive Director of the award winning TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. Since 1993, Evans has unearthed, produced, and/or directed over 150 plays, including rare or forgotten works as well as new plays. His Off-Broadway directing credits include:  Home, The Sea, Incident at Vichy, The Cocktail Party, Three Men on a Horse, Beyond Therapy, Hard Love and The Triangle Factory Project, which he also conceived and co-wrote. Triangle has been published by Dramatists Play Service and continues to be produced across the country. Additionally, he has directed works regionally and in the university setting. For 10 years, Evans served as Artistic Director of the American Musicals Project, an educational program created by the New-York Historical Society in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education.

Kermit Frazier: Kermit Frazier has had nearly twenty plays produced in New York and around the country at such theaters as the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Aslo Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Philadelphia Drama Guild, and Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre. His plays include Kernel of Sanity, Shadows and Echoes, Interstices, Legacies, An American Journey, Dream King, Sacred Places, Little Rock, and Smoldering Fires (published by Dramatic Publishing). Three of his one-act plays, Dinah Washington Is Dead, Class Reunion, and Outside the Radio have been produced in EST Marathons. He is also a television writer. Kermit is Professor of English at Adelphi University, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. 

Vit Horejs: Vit Horejs is the Artistic Director of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre. Vit has written several plays, published original and translations of folk tales and stories, performed over 3,000 performances of his Czech folk tales with puppets, and directed over a dozen large scale productions with his company. He has served as panelist with the MAP Fund, and has been active in the NYC Czech community, as a board member of Dvorak Society and the Czech Society for Arts and Sciences.

Fredrica Jarcho: Fredrica Jarcho is a freelance arts consultant who served for 20 years as a program officer and vice president for programs at the Greenwall Foundation, where she focused on support for emerging artists and the creation of new work.  Before entering the philanthropic sector, she held positions at Symphony Space and at New York University’s Institute for the Humanities.  She has consulted recently on projects for the Kennedy Center, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the O’Grady Foundation.  Dr. Jarcho holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Johns Hopkins University.

Rachel Lampert: Rachel Lampert is a Playwright, Director and Choreographer and has been the Artistic Director of Ithaca's Kitchen Theatre for the past 16 seasons. She has also directed, written plays, produced and collaborated locally with the Hangar Theatre, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Music's Recreation and AIDSwork of Tompkins County. Directing and theatrical choreography credits outside Ithaca include productions at Cal Rep, Arkansas Rep, Portland Stage Company, New York's Public Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre and Hawaii Opera Theatre. Her concert dance works have been in the repertories of numerous dance companies in the U.S. and abroad. Rachel is a 4-time recipient of NEA Choreography Fellowships and a CAP Individual Artist Grant. She attended Mount Holyoke College and has a BFA and MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

James Lemons: James Lemons is the Executive Director and Head of Programming for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY. James was formerly the General Manager of Florida Studio Theater, one of the largest producing houses on Florida’s West Coast, managing a budget of over $4.5M and producing 25 shows per season. James also oversaw the renovation of the Gompertz Theatre, a 100 year old historic theatre, and the creation of two performances venues.

Mary Rose Lloyd: Mary Rose Lloyd is a Curator of performing arts, recognized for her expertise in family and young audiences programming and for her passion in supporting the creation of extraordinary  work for audience of all ages by innovative artists across all disciplines. Mary Rose is currently the Director of Artistic Programming at the New Victory Theater in New York-a leading arts presenter dedicated to championing outstanding theater, dance, music, circus, and puppetry arts for kids, their families and classmates.

Christopher Manelli: Christopher Manelli joined the staff of Geva Theatre in Rochester as Managing Director in 2016 and oversaw completion of the $11M Front and Center renovation campaign.  He was Managing Director and General Manager of the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago from 2011-2016; Deputy Director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre from 2007-2011; and is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, DePaul University and SUNY Geneseo School of Performing Arts with a background in music performance and composition, theatre and philosophy.  He is a board member of the Downtown Rochester Development Corporation and a past board member of the League of Chicago Theatres, and the Producers Association of Chicago Area Theatres. cmannelli@gevatheatre.org

Davis McCallum: Davis McCallum (Director) is delighted to be back at the Humana Festival, where he directed Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea in 2011. Recent Off-Broadway credits include The Harvest (Lincoln Center), Stupid F***ing Bird (The Pearl), Fashions for Men (Mint Theater; Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations for Best Revival); Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), The Whale (Playwrights Horizons; Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play; Calloway Nomination for Best Director), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage; Pulitzer Prize for Drama); February House (Public Theater); and London Wall (Mint Theater; Drama Desk and Lortel Nominations for Best Revival). Regional credits include the Denver Center, Dallas Theater Center, Old Globe, Guthrie, OSF, the O’Neill, Williamstown, others. He is the Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison NY, and recently directed The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure for the company.

Bobby H. McElver: Bobby H. McElver has been a Sound Designer for theaters in NYC since 2009, with prior experience in LA. Bobby has been a company member of the Wooster Group since 2011 and worked on every Wooster show since. In addition to Wooster Group, he has worked with New York City Players, Half Straddle and many other companies, creating original sound designs. Bobby also composes original music scores for dance.

Jonathan McGrory: Jonathan McGrory is an Obie Award Winning, Harlem-based artist currently the Director of Theatre Arts Program at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre since 2012. Jonathan has worked professionally as a director, producer and actor for the past 11 years. Directing Credits include:  HandsUp, Hope Speaks Blacken The Bubble, Asking for More, Last Laugh and Enter Your Sleep. A Washington, DC native, he attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then New York University TISCH School of the Arts. In 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC and the Torch Bearer Award by Woodie King Jr.

Leah M. Michalos: Leah Michalos is a photographer, writer and producer with a passion for supporting the arts. She has spent the last 10 years in the arts and arts education, and has integrated herself in the NYC arts community. Currently, she serves as Managing Director for The Directors Company, a non-profit theater company in NYC, while also heading the S.T.A.R. Program, an evidence-based, peer theater education program that works within New York City Schools. As part of the Greek America Foundation, Leah served as the Director for the GABBY Awards on Ellis Island, which honors the pursuit of excellence achieved by Greek Americans in the arts, philanthropy, business, education, etc. While her main focus has been in the performing arts as of late, Ms. Michalos is also a writer and photographer whose work has been published in print and online media throughout the country. Ms. Michalos holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Meg Quinn: In 1972, Meg Quinn was a Founding Member of Theatre of Youth (TOY) Company and has held several positions with the company over 34 years- Actor, Teacher, Director, and Artistic Director for the 21st year. Meg holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Daeman College and a MS in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving from the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) at Buffalo State College.

Michael Robertson: Michael Robertson is Managing Director of The Lark, an international theater laboratory. Previous positions:  Director of Development, Collaborative Arts Project 21; Membership Director, National Alliance for Musical Theatre; Managing Director, Assembly Productions; and Director of Annual Fund, Trinity School. He is currently working on a study for the New World Foundation exploring the intersection of theater and social change. He serves as Vice President of the La. School of Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, ART/New York, The MAP Fund, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Theatre Communications Group. As a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar in Bali, Indonesia he studied dance and served as a consultant for the Agung Rai Museum of Art. BA, Music, Trinity College. Master of Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University.

David Snider: David Andrew Snider has more than 25 years of experience as a director, educator, producer and administrator. Currently the Executive & Artistic Director of the Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education in Cambridge, NY, David received the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation’s $100,000 2010 Exponent Award for visionary leadership of a nonprofit, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Hands On Greater DC Cares’ Essence of Leadership Award. He is a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, a past President of the League of Washington Theatres, and a National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Fellow.  Prior to Hubbard Hall, David served as the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC from 2012-2014, planning and producing some of the most ambitious and daring work seen there in over 15 years, according to The Washington Post.

David Staller: David Staller is the Founding Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG), now in its 12th year. David produces and directs the monthly PROJECT SHAW series of Symphony Space, GTG's annual off-Broadway productions, runs its new play development program, discussions groups, and educational programs. David was in the apprentice company of the Joffrey Ballet Co., studies cello with Rostropovich, acted in three Broadway and almost 50-off Broadway plays. He teaches Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Stony Brook.

Ivan Talijancic: Ivan Talijancic is a Cultural Producer and Practitioner working at the intersection of theater, performance, dance, music, film, video, installation/visual art, new media, fashion, fundraising/development, curatorship, journalism and education in New York City and around the globe. Ivan completed his MFA in Directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City before co-founding WaxFactory, an international multidisciplinary theater group. To date, he has created and produced nearly 20 performance, installation and film/video works with the company, presented on four continents. Alongside his work with WaxFactory, Ivan has maintained a dynamic career path as a fundraiser/producer (The Invisible Dog Art Center, Dance New Amsterdam, etc), educator (NYU, Barnard, Brown University, etc), published journalist (Bachtrack London, Brooklyn Rail etc) as well as a freelance performance and art director in non-profit and commercial realm.

Daniella Topol: Daniella Topol is the Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Her world premiere productions include: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Rattlestick in a co-production with Women’s Project; Steppenwolf Theatre; RoundHouse Theatre), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre in a co-production with P73), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Theatre) and Row after Row (Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and MaYi Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep). Daniella has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon where she also received her Masters of Arts Management. She has served as the Associate Producing Director of the City Theatre in Pittsburgh, New Works Program Director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Mia Yoo: Mia Yoo is the Artistic Director of La Mama, Etc. and teaches in the Theatre Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Visual Arts

Keri L. Butler: Keri Butler has nearly 20 years experience as an arts administrator in New York and Chicago. For the last ten years, she has worked closely with New York City agencies on the development and design of capital projects with a particular focus on cultural institutions. Keri also works closely with various agencies to conserve the City's art collection, ranging from the City Hall portrait collection, to WPA abstract murals, to the Central Park Obelisk. Extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken about art and art history, Keri serves as an advisor for the City's Percent for Art artists selection process and collaborates closely with Public Art Fund and Creative Time on temporary exhibitions in and around City Hall.

David Court: David Court is the Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. David has first-hand experience in non-profit arts management, knowledge of institutional grants/grantwriting, and passion for serving the arts community in NYS.

Adrienne Edwards: Adrienne Edwards is a Curator, Cultural Producer and Writer of contemporary art with a focus on the visual performance art. Adrienne is a Curator at Performa. She is a PHD candidate in performance studies at NYU.

Iliya Fridman: Iliya Fridman is behind the Fridman Gallery on Spring Street. The program at the gallery is very strong with respect to visual arts. Iliya served as a panelist for Wave Farm in 2016 (for the The New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund for Individual Artists) and was a delight to work with in this capacity.

Beth Giacummo: Beth Giacummo is currently employed by Dowling College, Oakdale, NY . She is also an adjunct professor and co-director of Visual Arts Residency in Lucca, Italy. Ms. Giacummo counts museum management, artistic direction, curation, fundraising and arts activism among her professional skills and expertise. Her curatorial skills include curating exhibits from concept to installation; in addition, she has experience in collaborating with arts initiatives, non-profits and constituents developing and promoting events and cultivating relationships with local, national, and international artists.

Cheryl Hageman: Cheryl Hageman is a Manager with MTA Arts and Design, where she commissions new work for the Percent for Art program and coordinates conservation efforts for permanent art throughout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system. Over the past 10 years, Cheryl has managed arts organizations and projects in public art, contemporary art, and decorative art for sites and museums in New York City and Washington DC. 

Jessica Johnston: Jessica Johnston has worked as curator and assistant director at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, where she also teaches as a visiting instructor through SUNY Brockport. She has been involved in the publication of Afterimage, a media arts journal, and before working with VSW was the assistant curator of photographs as George Eastman House, for eight years. She holds an MFA from Ryerson, where she focused on collection management and art preservation. Jessica understands the interworkings of a non-profit, and has a keen eye for strong work. She has an in depth knowledge of photography and artists' books as well as other
mediums.

Tatana Kellner: Tatana Kellner is Artistic Director of the Women's Studio Workshop. Tatana has worked and exhibited across Upstate New York in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Albany, various sites in the Adirondack's and throughout the Hudson Valley. At WSW, her work is deeply informed by her interactions with visiting artists and has an uncanny capacity to 'read' budgets.

Martin J. Kline: Martin Kline has been an established professional artist since 1983 and is well known for his exceptional encaustic works, his bronze and stainless-steel-cast sculptures. Martin's work has been exhibited and is in the permanent collections of various American and European Museums and he has been published internationally.

Alan Michelson: Alan Michelson is a New York-based artist and Mohawk member of Six Nations of the Grand River with 35 years of experience which includes exhibitions, teaching, lectures, and public art. Recent exhibitions include the 18th Biennale of Sydney and the 5th Moscow Biennale, and honors include fellowships from the University of Melbourne, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Native Arts and Culture Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Alan served as prize Panelist and Artist Advisor to the New York Foundation for the Arts, as Selection Panelist for Land Art Generator Initiative for Fresh Kills Park and CEC Artslink, and on the Artists' Advisory Board for Art in General. 

Michele F. Saliola: Michele Saliola has 15 years experience working with non-profits on program development and evaluation for artists projects, exhibitions, educational programs, marketing and audience development, and capital projects and collections management. Michele has overseen planning an delivery of mission-driven programs from concept through to execution and evaluation.

Martha Wilson: Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art.

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