Staff

Lauren V. Walling | Executive Director | She/Her/Hers
Lauren Walling is a practicing artist and has spent 15 years as an art educator. She earned an M.A. in Art Education at Teachers College Columbia University, an M.A.R. in Religious Studies and Art History at Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. at Wells College. In addition, she has studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League, the Glassell School of Art, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lauren is a member of both the Isamu Noguchi Think Tank for Museum and Art Educators in New York City and the Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance (YANA). Lauren joined the staff in 2014 and is involved in all aspects of fundraising, development, and strategic advancement. lauren(at)wsworkshop.org
Erin Zona | Artistic Director | She/Her/Hers
Erin Zona has an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute. Erin is a practicing artist with a special interest in research-based projects that utilize archives and special collections. You can view an archive of Erin’s work and collaborative projects on her website erinzona.com. As Artistic Director, Erin oversees the artistic integrity of all WSW programs and coordinates exhibitions on and offsite. She organizes the selection panels for all of our competitive programs and is responsible for marketing WSW’s artist books and portfolios. erin(at)wsworkshop.org
Chris Petrone | Studio Manager | She/Her/Hers
Chris Petrone has a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase in painting, drawing and printmaking. As Studio Manager, she ensures the smooth operation of WSW’s printmaking and papermaking studios, trains and supervises Studio Interns, and works directly with artists-in-residence. Chris can also be found tending to ArtFarm and working out details on the newest artists’ books at WSW. chris(at)wsworkshop.org
Ruth McKinney Burket | Ceramics Studio Manager | She/Her/Hers
Ruth McKinney Burket received her M.F.A. in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz. Her work explores the link between art and community building and has found that clay is a great vessel for bringing people together. As clay studio manager she maintains the studio and supervises clay classes and events such as WSW’s annual Chili Bowl Fiesta. She is always up for creative conversation over a cozy cup of tea (in hand made mugs of course!). ruth(at)wsworkshop.org
Rachel Dubicki | Assistant Ceramics Studio Manager | She/Her/Hers
Rachel Dubicki is a Hudson Valley native. In May of 2015, she received her BFA from Alfred University where she concentrated in ceramics, making functional tableware and using the wheel as her primary tool. After undergraduate, Rachel joined WSW as a Chili Bowl Workspace Resident. Since finishing, she has moved back to the area and is now an active member of the local art community and continuing her studio practice at Women’s Studio Workshop. rdubicki(at)wsworkshop.org
Robert “Woody” Woodruff | Electrician and Maintenance | He/Him/His
Woody has been the nuts and bolts behind WSW from the beginning. When a press needs repairing, a beater needs building, a roof needs replacing, a jig needs designing, a kiln needs rewiring, a slide rule needs figuring, or a motorcycle needs tweaking, Woody has been here to do it.
Natalie Renganeschi | Marketing Associate | She/Her/Hers
Natalie Renganeschi holds a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. As an inaugural-year teacher she founded the Community Arts, Digital Media, and Art History departments at Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School. Natalie left teaching in 2016 to pursue a career in graphic design, and is now the Art Director and Art Department Manager at Hudson Valley Brewery. As Marketing Associate, she is responsible for supporting WSW’s fundraising operations and managing its marketing team. natalie(at)wsworkshop.org
Carlie Waganer | Programs and Operations Coordinator |She/Her/Hers
Carlie Waganer received her BFA in Fiber from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018. She came to Women’s Studio Workshop as the Nonprofit Management Intern in 2019, and has been here ever since. As Programs and Operations Coordinator, she enjoys learning more about WSW’s artists and making very long to-do lists to check tasks off of. Her studio work has been shown at places such as Distillery Gallery, [email protected], and the Nichols House Museum. carlie(at)wsworkshop.org
Roshana Nabi | Development Associate | She/Her/Hers
Roshana Nabi has a background in international affairs and 15 years of project management experience with major non-profit organizations in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland. Social justice oriented and mission-driven, her clients have been in the fields of corporate social responsibility, youth development and civic engagement, and refugee resettlement. Roshana is passionate about the arts and culture sector and excited to embark on a career in development and institutional advancement with Women’s Studio Workshop to further the cause of envisioning a world in which women’s visual art is an integral part of the cultural mainstream. She has a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. roshana(at)wsworkshop.org
Molly Markow | Program Manager | She/Her/Hers
Molly Markow is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. She received her BFA from the University of Wyoming and her MFA from Illinois State University. As an arts worker, she is passionate about helping artists, and arts organizations make their wild ideas and big dreams a reality through grant-writing, and project development + management. In the studio, she is interested in failure and play as catalysts for collective care, and radical possibility. You can view her personal work at www.mollymarkow.com. molly(at)wsworkshop.org
Aurora Brush | Apprentice | She/Her/Hers
Aurora Brush was born and raised in the wilderness of Vermont and has spent the past four years completing her BFA at Lesley University in the Boston area. Her art lives within a variety of forms, such as intaglio prints, books, shirts, and mixed media pieces. She has been included in exhibitions such as the Book as Art: Wonders, participated in the Iron Printmakers Competition, and won first place in the Boston Printmakers Student Biennial awards. Much of Aurora’s work takes the form of visual narrative and is sourced from her experiences, originating from her perception of the natural world versus the industrial one. Aurora’s other passions include music, biking, and dogs. apprentice(at)wsworkshop.org
Amani Rodriguez | Studio Intern | She/Her/Hers
Amani Rodriguez grew up in between Tijuana, Baja California and San Diego, California, and received a bachelor’s in Biology and Art at UC Santa Barbara, concentrating in ecology and printmaking. She has spent her quarantine working as a virtual intern for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, farming, and making coffee for strangers. Her art centers around cross-cultural identity, memory, and connection to the land.
Marissa Perez | Studio Intern | She/Her/Hers
Marissa Perez grew up in Portland, Oregon. She studied art and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. Since graduating she’s been living in Portland, working with youth, organizing neighborhood events, printing at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and picking berries. Her art practice is filled with found materials, accidents, comics, community made art, friendships and family stories.
Emily Gunning | Ceramics Intern | She/Her/Hers
Emily Gunning was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Central Michigan University in May of 2019 and immediately following attended a Post-Baccalaureate program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Being that her mother is also an artist, she began working in clay at a young age. After her first ceramics course in undergrad, she knew it was something that she needed to do for the rest of her life. Emily has spent time making art in both Italy and China. In China, she took part in West Virginia University’s “Ceramics in China” summer program, where she was able to study at Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen. She soon thereafter was invited back to Jingdezhen as a student ambassador for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art at Taoxichuan Ceramic Arts Avenue’s Autumn Ceramics Festival International Arts Market. Emily worked as a Clay Intern at Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina and a studio assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Board of Directors

Alexander Campos, Development Officer at Hispanic Society Museum & Library, New York, NY
Alexander is a museum professional with over 30 years of experience working in the NYC cultural arena, including tenures at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and as executive director of the Jamaica Arts Center, and The Center for Book Arts. His experience includes both artistic and administration functions, including institutional and individual fundraising, finance, strategic planning, capital and architectural master planning, government and community relations, special events, curatorial planning, exhibition management, collections oversight, educational and curriculum development, public programs and performances planning and implementation, artist-in-residence management, and art study tours and art travel development and implementation. Alexander is a trustee of the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum (the oldest free standing house in Manhattan) and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Dahlia Elsayed, President of the WSW Board; Artist, Associate Professor, CUNY LaGuardia Commnity College, Queens, NY
Dahlia is a visual artist who works with language, mapping and visual narratives. Her work is exhibited widely including at Robert Miller Gallery, the Cairo Biennale and the NJ State Museum amongst others. She has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts and others.

She has a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from Columbia School of the Arts. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY. www.dahliaelsayed.com

Richard D. Forbes, Attorney, Richard D. Forbes, Esq. Law Office, Newburgh, NY
Richard attended Tulane University on a Tulane Honor Scholarship where he received his B.A. in 1988 in a dual major of Political Science and Language Writing and Rhetoric. He received his J.D. in 1992 from Brooklyn Law School where he was a Richardson Scholar. Mr. Forbes is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. From 1992-2000 he served as the General Manger of SunStorm Arts Publishing, an international art publisher of its own Fine Art art magazine, as well as a variety of books, lithographs and other products for the art community. Richard Forbes currently serves as a Professor at Marist College (2000-present), teaching Business Law at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both as an adjunct and as full time faculty, and is the current President of the Parish Council of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Newburgh, NY (Parish Council, 2011-present). This is Richard’s second time serving on WSW’s board as he previously served 2010-2016, including a time as Secretary.

Kathleen Laucius, Vice President of the WSW BoardCreative Director, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Kathleen is a creative director, award-winning designer, and fine arts curator. She brings over 30 years of visual brand design to her role at Omega. Her boutique advertising agency in Hoboken, NJ served a diverse group clients including YMCA, HypoVereinsbank (Munich & NY), Equis Corporation, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Constantin Consulting (Paris & NY), and Daimler Chrysler. Her work can be seen throughout Omega’s programs on-line and in print including environment design for major conferences, events, and initiatives on and off site. She works closely with the development team on fundraising initiatives, the capital campaign, and is a key leadership contributor to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Drawing from her studies in contemporary design in Copenhagen, Kathleen brings a balanced and modern perspective to the projects she leads.

As a prior gallery owner Kathleen curated exhibits that included works by artists of note such as, Robert Motherwell, Alice Aycock, and Robert Rauschenberg. Her gallery was featured regularly in the New York Times. At Omega, Kathleen continues to curate pop-up art exhibits that both educate and inspire.

Jennifer M. Thayer, Senior Strategy Consultant, Mottspoint Consulting, New Paltz, NY
A technology strategist with a broad background in B2B collaboration technologies, product innovation and refinement and growth strategy, Jennifer Thayer has consulted on a range of strategic areas from governance to business development to product innovation and launch. A trusted advisor to many executives, she has worked on a broad range of projects, lending an unorthodox approach to business development, risk management and growth. Trained in an empowerment framework, she has also developed and led mold-breaking workshops on innovation, team building and strategic visioning, experiences that bring teams together around ideas, culture and leadership.

A two-time Fulbright scholar to Egypt, Jennifer earned a PhD from New York University. She has an undergraduate degree from Colby College, Waterville, ME. where she graduated cum laude with distinction and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for research in the Mediterranean. She likes global politics, feminism and localism; plus, she thinks that adding “art” to STEM means we’d get technology that would improve lives not derail Monday mornings. She tweets @jtnaylor.

Amanda Newman-Godfrey, Professor of Art Education, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Amanda has a BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College and a minor in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College; a Masters of Arts in Art Education with K-12 Arts Certification from the Teachers College Columbia University (TC CU), where she currently is a Doctoral Candidate in Art and Art Education.  Newman-Godfrey has full-time and adjunct teaching experience at TC CU and experience with Clinical Supervision in K-12 Arts and she was an art teacher for 11 years at the Children’s Center of Monmouth County where she worked with 300 students annually ages 3 through 21 years. Newman-Godfrey presents at national and state art education conferences and is a member of the National Art Education Association, Art Educators of New Jersey, New York City Art Teachers Association and Council on Exceptional Children. Newman-Godfrey is a photographer and has had solo and group exhibitions in New Jersey and New York.

Gina Pellegrini, Cofounder and CFO of My Money My Future
Gina is a finance and operations professional with over 18 years of non-profit experience. She specializes in capacity building: helping organizations improve and simplify systems and determine how to best use their resources so they can focus on their vital mission work. Gina is currently the Cofounder and CFO of My Money My Future (MMMF), a fin-tech company dedicated to empowering multicultural millennials to build wealth and to manage their money with confidence. Her areas of responsibility span marketing, finance, business development, compliance and operations. Gina believes that MMMF is aligned with her life’s work – to provide communities with access and opportunities that will have a multiplier effect on their lives for generations to come. Outside of work, Gina loves to travel and is about to launch a design blog, Spoiled by Design. Gina received her BA, MBA, and MPH from Columbia University.

Emeritus Board

Kenneth Burge, Artist, former Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz 
Kenneth Burge was Professor of Art at SUNY New Paltz until his retirement in 2003. He served on WSW’s Board of directors since its inception. Former husband of WSW founder Barbara Leoff Burge and past instructor of founder Ann Kalmbach, Ken provided continuity and historical perspective to WSW’s board. Ken graduated from George Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, earned an MFA from The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and completed additional studies at Columbia Teachers College and Yale University. In addition to being a practicing artist, Ken was an involved political activist, whose perspective also informed his interest in the activities of WSW.

Founders

Ann Kalmbach, Co-founder of WSW
Ann Kalmbach has an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz. Ann has produced a number of artists’ books with her long-time collaborator, Tatana Kellner, under the acronym KaKe Art. She has also been a resident artist at Visual Studies Workshop, University of Southern Maine, and the MacDowell Colony. As a co-founder of WSW, Ann has helped hundreds of artists print portfolio editions and artists’ books over the years.
Tatana Kellner,  Co-founder of WSW
Tana Kellner holds an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of Toledo. Tatana (Tana) has received numerous awards for her work including two New York Foundation for the Arts individual artists’ grants. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, Lightworks, the Millay Colony, ArtPark and Visual Studies Workshop. Her work can be viewed at tatanakellner.com
  Anita Wetzel (1949 – 2021),  Co-founder of WSW
Anita Wetzel held a B.F.A. in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Anita was an artist-in-residence at Blue Mountain Lake Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm Trust, as well as at international residencies in France, Spain and Costa Rica. In memory of Anita Wetzel: 1949 – 2021
  Barbara Leoff BurgeCo-founder of WSW
Barbara Leoff Burge is a founder of Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work is in university and museum collections, including Yale, Harvard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. She’s a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a practicing and teaching artist in New Paltz.