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. In her role as director, she and the team have raised the largest gifts in the organization’s history from grants and donors in the categories of general operating, capital, and artistic programming. 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 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 & Volunteer Coordinator | 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
     
     
  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
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
     
     
     
     
     
  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.

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.

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.

 

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.