|Lauren V. Walling, Executive Director
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
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
|Rachel Myers, Managing Director
Rachel Myers holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo and has cultivated a wealth of nonprofit skills through courses with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, NYCON, and the Columbia Business School. She began at WSW as the Nonprofit Management Intern in 2014 and joined the staff as Operations Manager in 2015. Promoted to Managing Director in 2017, she ensures WSW’s financial health, manages the development team, plans major fundraising events, and oversees daily operations that range from database development to facility management. rachel(at)wsworkshop.org
|Chris Petrone, Studio Manager
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
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
|Cheyenne Mallo, Assistant Ceramics Studio Manager
Cheyenne Mallo holds a B.F.A. in printmaking and ceramics from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. After completing an internship at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in 2010, she made the move to the Hudson Valley to join the WSW team as a Studio Intern. These days, Cheyenne can be found around WSW firing kilns, managing and teaching ceramics classes, and doing construction on the building expansion project. When she is not in the ceramics studio, you might find her out exploring in the Catskill Mountains, which influence much of her own art. cheyenne(at)wsworkshop.org
|Robert “Woody” Woodruff, Electrician and Maintenance
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, Development and Marketing Associate
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 Development and Marketing Associate, she is responsible for supporting WSW’s fundraising operations and managing its marketing team. natalie(at)wsworkshop.org
|Carlie Waganer, Administrative Assistant
Carlie Waganer received her BFA in Fiber from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her studio work employs fabric manipulation and other craft techniques to explore the relationships between physical sciences and the metaphysical aspects of spirituality, and how both provide a lens to deepen our understanding of the world. Her work has been shown at places such as Distillery Gallery, [email protected], and the Nichols House Museum. When not in the studio, she can be found reading, enjoying live music, and scouring vintage shops to add to her collection of old postcards. carlie(at)wsworkshop.org
|Emily Wortmann, Nonprofit Management Intern
Emily Wortmann received her BA in Art and Art History from Colgate University in 2019. While there, she received the Fitchen Award for Excellence in Art and Art History. She has focused her art historical research on women artists of varying backgrounds. Her senior thesis investigated the development of thought surrounding second-wave feminist artwork over the last half-century. In her own studio practice, Emily has explored themes such as memory, humor, and play through mediums like sculpture, printmaking, and collage. Additionally, she has participated in several artist residencies at Colgate University as an artist assistant and performer. info(at)wsworkshop.org
|Sarah-Anne Winchester, Ceramics Intern
Sarah-Anne earned her BFA from Union University, Jackson in 2016. While there she concentrated in Ceramics and Painting. Since graduating, she has worked in Baltimore, Woodstock, and Natchez, Mississippi pursuing different ceramic internships and residences. She currently resides in Milton, Georgia and makes work out of a small basement studio. Currently her work in the process of combining her cartoons of personal experiences and repeating patterns inspirited by the plants she encounter growing up. These images are applied to functional pottery as she wants the user and herself to be connect through its use and experiences that the images depict.
|Aurora Brush, Studio Intern
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.
|Lorraine Cruz, Studio Intern
Lorraine was born in the Dominican Republic and is currently based in Miami. They received a BA in liberal arts where they focused on Afrocentric Psychology at The New College of Florida. Lorraine’s work explores themes around the formation of immigrant identity in a western context and the spiritual consequences of meaning-making within a foreign land. Their work is heavily influenced by their research and seeks to examine dichotomous thinking, racial hegemony & compartmentalization of self within the US. Through their work, they re-imagine and illustrate the process of unlearning and reach towards an integration of self. Ultimately their work seeks to validate those who were born in and have come to exist in the margins, to break boxes, and carve a space for wholeness.
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.
Vanessa Keith, Architect and Principal of StudioTEKA Design, New York, NY
Vanessa founded StudioTEKA Design, an architecture and design studio, in 2003. Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, StudioTEKA approaches design through a multidisciplinary lens that spans the boundaries between architecture, economic development, and urban and environmental issues. The firm’s work ranges from development planning to residential and commercial work, renovations and new construction, lighting and interior design, program research, feasibility studies and investment packages, as well as environmentally based design research. Her work has appeared in notable international design publications such as Frame, Hinge, Surface Asia, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Metropolis, Design Bureau and Mark Magazine. Vanessa gave the keynote at the 2017 Louisville Sustainability Summit in Kentucky, and was also a keynote speaker at the 2018 AIAS Northeast Regional Conference. She is also the author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia – the City After Climate Change, a book on the future of cities in a hotter world published by Terreform as part of Michael Sorkin’s Urban Research Series, and is co-editor of Kingston Harbor: Development Transects, a book of urban design work published by Columbia University in 2010. She has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios in architecture, urban and interior design, and economic development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and School of International and Public Affairs, Pratt Institute, and City College of the City University of New York.
Kathleen Laucius, Vice President of the WSW Board; Creative 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.
Kerry McCarthy, Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives at The New York Community Trust, New York, NY and Rosendale, NY
Kerry McCarthy is vice president for philanthropic initiatives at The New York Community Trust, a community foundation that serves New York City and surrounding counties. Before joining The Trust in 2009, Kerry ran a consulting company serving nonprofit arts organizations. She has more than 25 years experience in museum and performing arts administration with organizations as varied as the Queens Museum and Jim Henson Productions. She has curated exhibitions for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. Kerry holds an M.A. in Folk Art Studies from New York University and B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is a graduate of Coro’s Leadership New York Program, former co-chair of the City’s Dance Funders Group and of New York Grantmakers in the Arts. Currently, she is a board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, and a member of the City Department of Education’s arts education committee to the Panel for Education Policy. Follow on Twitter: @mccrthykrr @NYCommTrust
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.
Karen J. Revis, Artist, New York, NY
Karen is a painter, papermaker and printmaker living in New York City. She completed a fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Workshop through the Elizabeth Foundation. She has also attended residencies at BACAS Italy, Pyramid Atlantic, the Women’s Studio Workshop and Henry Street Settlement. Karen exhibits and is represented by Sears Peyton Gallery in New York, Kaller Fine Art in Washington D.C. and Weber Fine Art in Greenwich, CT. She studied fine art at The Corcoran School of Art and received a BFA from Pratt Institute. Her work is featured in The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanne Mattera and her work is in numerous public and private collections, including Alliance Capital Management (NY), the Venetian Macau Hotel (Macau), The Metropolitan Club (Boston) and Winston & Strawn (SF).
Lisa Robb, Treasurer of the WSW Board; Executive Director, Center for Art Education, New York, NY
Lisa Robb is a seasoned arts administrator and field leader and a great appreciator of visual art, nature, artists and woman. This work experience and these interests are what she cites as the compelling reasons to join the Board in 2016. She has held positions over 35 years at commercial galleries, artists’ studios, Modern Photography Magazine, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Pelham Art Center. Most recently, from 2011 – 2016, she served as Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency managing grant and regrant programs serving 2,000+ non-profit organizations and artists. In 2016 she joined The Center for Arts Education, a non profit which serves students, educators/school staff, parents, the public and decision and policy makers with direct services and advocacy to ensure a quality arts education learning is provided to all NYC’s 1.1 million public school students. In school, she studied photography at NYU and she has also completed many professional trainings around leadership, capital planning and arts and cultural services. Lisa now lives in Pelham, NY. She grew up in Asheville NC, she has also lived in Mass, Conn, Calif.
Lizz Thabet, Secretary of the WSW Board; Software Engineer, Attune, New York, NY
Lizz is a multimedia artist and developer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She came to the Binne as WSW’s second Digital Content & Communications Manager, where she interviewed resident artists for the WSW blog, developed social media strategy, and launched its new website. Lizz holds a BFA in photography and visual culture from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her studio practice brings together drawing, sculpture, zines, and wearables to play with pictures as living things. She’s deeply invested in supporting art spaces for marginalized communities and connecting makers across disciplines.
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.
|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, Co-founder of WSW
Anita Wetzel holds a B.F.A. in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Anita has been 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.
|Barbara Leoff Burge, Co-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.