Staff

  Lauren V. Walling | Executive Director | She/Her/Hers
As Executive Director, Lauren Walling has grown the organization’s financial capacity by increasing the donor base and investing in projects that promote self-reliance. Currently, she is responsible for all strategic advancement, fundraising and fiscal management including annual audits. She deeply understands the financial management needs specific to the arts nonprofit sector and is committed to creating economic opportunities for all artists as a matter of principle and right. Prior to her time at WSW, she was an art educator for 15 years. She has degrees from Wells College, Yale University, and Columbia University. lauren(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Erin Zona | Artistic Director | She/Her/Hers
Erin is a practicing artist with a special interest in research-based projects that utilize archives and special collections. Erin is responsible for the artistic integrity of all programs and projects; including WSW’s artist’s book publishing program, coordination of all exhibitions on and off-site, and panel selection for all competitive programs. Zona co-represents over 200 artists from WSW publishing catalog in the sales and distribution of artists’ books and is the lead artistic organizer of WSW’s upcoming 50th-anniversary program of events, including artist and curator management, exhibitions, publications, and related public events. erin(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Chris Petrone | Studio Manager | She/Her/Hers
Chris Petrone facilitates and collaborates on all studio programming and projects in the printmaking and papermaking studios. She manages all technical aspects of the artists- in-residence opportunities, maintaining the studios’ equipment and leading artist book production. She came to WSW as a studio intern in 2004, a year after getting her BFA from SUNY Purchase, and has been a part of WSW’s operations ever since. She sees herself as a practicing technician and collaborator playing a part in a professional workspace that encourages experimentation, mistakes, and play. chris(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Carlie Waganer | Programs and Operations Coordinator |She/Her/Hers
As Programs and Operations Coordinator, Carlie is responsible for managing all internal systems related to business activity as well as facilities, finance, and programmatic initiatives. She works closely with all of WSW’s departments, from staff training to assisting the Executive Director with the annual audit. In addition to her HR and finance responsibilities, she is also integral to the execution of the artist residency program.  She is a practicing artist and graduated with her BFA in Fiber from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. carlie(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Natalie Renganeschi | Marketing Associate | She/Her/Hers
Natalie Renganeschi crafts and oversees the creation of all of WSW’s public-facing communications. Utilizing her expertise in graphic design and marketing gained through her years in the for-profit sector, she has elevated WSW’s visual and virtual identity, and has more than tripled the organization’s social media following since she was hired in 2018. In addition, she crafts twice-yearly virtual fundraising campaigns that have raised over $54,000. Natalie holds a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to her career at WSW, Natalie  was an inaugural-year teacher at Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School and  founded the Community Arts, Digital Media, and Art History departments Natalie left teaching in 2016 to pursue a career in graphic design, and served as  the Art Director and Art Department Manager at Hudson Valley Brewery for five years. natalie(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Ruth McKinney Burket | Ceramics Studio Manager & Volunteer Coordinator | She/Her/Hers
Ruth McKinney Burket received her M.F.A. in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz in 2011. Her work explores the link between art and community building and has found that clay is a great vessel for bringing people together. As ceramic studio manager and volunteer coordinator she maintains the ceramic studio, supervises clay classes, and manages volunteers. Ruth is in charge of the annual Chili Bowl Fest Fundraiser and oversees the production of nearly 1,000 hand crafted bowls annually. In preparation for the fundraiser she hosts a regular gathering of creative volunteers and orchestrates collaborations between artists to produce unique vessels for the event. She is always up for creative conversation over a cozy cup of tea (in hand made mugs of course!). ruth(at)wsworkshop.org
     
     
  Robert “Woody” Woodruff | Electrician and Maintenance | He/Him/His
Woody has been a core member of the WSW staff since 1979. He is a technician, innovator, artist and electrician. He has supported WSW’s mission for decades by assisting artists with inventions and technical support while managing the campus and facilities. Additionally, he is a builder and a licensed electrician.     
     
     
  Faythe Levine | Independent Researcher, WSW 50th Anniversary Exhibition Events Consultant | She/Her/Hers
Faythe Levine has been in service to the arts for over twenty years advocating for creativity to be used as a vehicle to build community, personal independence and empowerment. Motivated by reimagining archives and collections through a queer feminist lens, her creative labor intersects with curatorial projects, consulting, writing, documentary film, and happenings. Levine’s core belief is that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog. Through her work she strives to perpetuate momentum towards a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency, accountability and complexity.
     
     
  Kaisa Lily Nichols-Russell | Nonprofit Management Intern | She/Her/Hers
Kaisa Lily Nichols-Russell was born in Mount Rainier, Maryland in 1996. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2020 with degrees in Sociology and Studio Art. Nichols-Russell’s work was recently featured in the SHE D.C. show at La Cosecha in Union Market. In the past her work has been shown at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in their Member Mash Up Show, and Invitational 10 x 10 Show. Nichols-Russell completed the Key-holder Residency at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in February of 2022, and is a proud member of Red Dirt Studios in Mount Rainier MD. She is excited to be exploring teaching, art therapy, and new methods of creating and being. 
     
     
  Erin Moore | Studio Intern | They/Them/Theirs
Erin Moore is a printmaker and designer from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. In Spring 2022 they graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Printmaking and a Book Arts Minor. Their printmaking practice is largely research-based, working with found typography and images from queer archives. They love all things letterpress, zines, and bookbinding. Moore’s work was included in IPCNY’s Winter 2022 New Prints Exhibition “Unfinished.” They have worked with Poster House, Second State Press, and Globe Collection and Press.
     
     
  Thaïs Calvarin | Studio Intern | She/Her/Hers
Thaïs Calvarin is a papermaker and printmaker from Princeton, NJ. Since earning her BFA in Chicago in December of 2019, Thais has been exploring what visually communicating through paper might mean. She builds off of introspective drawings of her own thoughts and experiences by papercutting, redrawing, layering, translating, and reconfiguring this foundational imagery. When completed, the pieces are always an homage to compromise and a tribute to context. The original drawings act as both records of an evolving mindset and factors of a greater whole: translucent layers in a translucent piece where no single part can be viewed in isolation.
     

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 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 freestanding house in Manhattan) and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Timothy (Tim) Delaney, Retired, Glenford, NY
Tim has been a WSW member, supporter and student since 1980. He retired as General Manager of Negotiation Analysis at K&R Negotiation Associates. He worked to create and teach negotiating techniques in more than 20 countries negotiating business proposals of up to $2.2B US across a variety of industries. He also created and taught methods to express business value in negotiations. Previously, he worked for IBM as a large project development manager and as Program Director, Premier Accounts, negotiating and managing partnership agreements in numerous countries. Tim’s non-profit experience includes 7 years with Ulster County Habitat. He graduated from the University of Connecticut as a Departmental Honors Fellow in Mathematics.

Dahlia Elsayed, President of the WSW Board; Artist, Associate Professor, CUNY LaGuardia Community 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 of 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.

Bhavna Mehta, Artist, San Diego, CA
Bhavna Mehta works with paper and fabric; cutting and embroidering to tell stories that combine figurative and landscape imagery with botanical motifs, text, and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, she makes work about relating and remembering. Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship grant (2021), Artists In Communities grant (2017, 2019) from the California Arts Council and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015). She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners. She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. She has engineering degrees from both India and US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art. http://bhavnamehta.com/

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.

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.

Kristin Wenger, Retired Arts Education Director, Co-Founder and Partner, KCK Bearsville Co.
Kristin received the Outstanding Lifetime recognition at the 2018 NJ Governor’s Awards, recognizing her 30-year contribution to arts education. Kristin retired as Co-Director of Arts Ed NJ in 2017. Previously, Kristin was the Director of Young Audiences NJ. She served as board president of Susan G. Komen North Jersey. Kristin has a BA from Skidmore College and a MS from Boston University. In 2018, Kristin and her husband moved to Woodstock, NY and established KCK Bearsville Holding Co., a construction and architecture firm specializing in thoughtfully designed, unique, artistic homes. Kristin serves on the Board of the Ulster Literacy Association.

 

 

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. Her work can be viewed at https://anitawetzel.com/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.