|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. She recently exhibited a new body of work at Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri. You can view an archive of Erin’s work and collaborative projects on her website erinzona.com. As Artistic Director, Erin oversees the artistic quality of all WSW programs and coordinates exhibitions on and offsite. She organizes the juries for all of our competitive programs and is responsible for marketing WSW’s artist books and portfolios. She will coordinate WSW’s SAI program beginning in 2018. erin(at)wsworkshop.org
|Chris Petrone, Studio Manager
Chris Petrone has a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase in painting, drawing and printmaking. She supervises the day to day operation of the papermaking studio. As Studio Manager, Chris ensures the smooth operation of all of the printmaking studios. chris(at)wsworkshop.org
|Rachel Myers, Managing Director
Rachel Myers holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo. She came to WSW in 2014 as the Nonprofit Management Intern. In 2015, she started as WSW’s Operations Manager, leading the marketing team, coordinating fundraising events like the Chili Bowl and Gala, and training new interns. With the founders’ retirement in 2017, Rachel became Managing Director. She now, additionally, ensures WSW’s financial health, works with the development team, and oversees daily operations. Rachel is honored to have started her career with the incredible women at WSW and is deeply grateful to contribute to such a vibrant and important community. rachel(at)wsworkshop.org
| Ruth McKinney Burket, Ceramics Studio Manager
Ruth McKinney Burket received her M.F.A. in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz where she teaches as an adjunct professor. 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 is kept busy maintaining the studio and supervising clay classes and events such as WSW’s annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser. 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, Maintenance Mogul
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.
|Kathryn Scudier, Digital Content Manager
Originally from the Rust Belt, Kathryn Scudier moved from Central Ohio to join WSW. She studied at one of the Ohio’s many small liberal arts colleges, Wittenberg University, where she focused on hand-built ceramics. Kathryn then spent a year in the community art museum world before bringing her career farther east. Now spending her days writing, walking around with a camera, and learning everything she can about artists’ books and printmaking (a previously foreign field to her), she’s constantly trying to bridge the studio and art history parts of her brain. kathryn(at)wsworkshop.org
| Susan Chute, Archivist
|Ann Kalmbach, Co-founder of WSW
Ann Kalmbach has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA 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 MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA 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 BFA 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.
|El Horsfall, Nonprofit Management Intern
El Horsfall grew up near Seattle and graduated from Whitman College in 2017. As an undergrad, she studied Studio Art and Politics, edited Whitman’s arts and literature magazine, and curated a list of subversive horror films for recommendation (available upon request). She began pursuing non-profit work after interning with Tieton Arts & Humanities in 2016 and working to support sustainable art programs and businesses. Her artwork aims to elevate a diverse range of voices through the production of community-sourced zines and documentaries. info(at)wsworkshop.org
|Morgan Allen, Studio Intern
Morgan Allen was born and raised in the Quad Cities where she attended St. Ambrose University. She earned her degree in Book Arts and Art History, spending the majority of the last four years in the studios. While in school, she was a shop assistant, allowing her to be involved in the many events held in the art department. In her spare time, she likes to read, cuddle her two poodles, and play softball.
|Serena Hocharoen, Studio Intern
Serena Hocharoen graduated from Grinnell College in 2017, where she double majored in Studio Art and Chemistry. At Grinnell, she made lots of zines, collaborated with fellow artists, and organized pop-up art exhibitions (shoutout to Art SEPC!). She has worked as an intern for Cave Paper in Minneapolis, where she fell in love with indigo dye and the color blue. She enjoys drawing spaghetti, hands, and empty rooms.
|Sara Quinn, Summer Intern
Sara Quinn is an educator and book artist. She primarily works in artists’ books and illustration. She is interested in longing—the longing that pulled fish out of the water to walk on land and then brought the predecessors of whales back in, to lose their limbs and move again in the deepest places. Sara is trying to figure out how to make children’s books that they actually want to read, that they want to carry around in their backpacks and keep under their pillows, that shift the world that they are growing into.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Naylor, WSW President, New Paltz
A technology strategist with a broad background in B2B collaboration technologies, product innovation and refinement and growth strategy, Jennifer Naylor 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.
Nan Bress Ferri, Ethnographic Researcher, Docnography, High Falls, NY
Nan Bress owns a corporate ethnographic research and documentary production company. She conducts design research on consumers’ unmet needs for automotive, high tech, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods clients. Her research videos help engineers design new products/experiences and inform brand strategies for companies like GM, Merck, Microsoft, Ikea, and Hershey. She has a background in television production working for Fox News Channel, A & E, Lifetime, and on documentaries for PBS. She has both book arts and museum experience, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Center for the Book in Minneapolis and the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She co-owns “The Den of Marbletown,” a Teddy Bear Museum and Steiff Giftshop, featuring her mother’s large collection of toys and dolls. Nan holds degrees from Stanford, University of Chicago, and Swarthmore College.
Heige Kim, Artist and Gallerist, Accord NY
Heige came to the Hudson Valley as part of the new wave of Brooklyn transplants. Her past experience working in galleries in NYC led her to open Roos Arts in Rosendale, the regions most prestigious gallery, featuring wide ranging contemporary work. She closed the gallery in 2015 and became the Program Manager for WSW’s au•gust art festival. Heige is now working as a full time artist.
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.
Kerry McCarthy, Program Director, Thriving Communities at The New York Community Trust, NY, NY and Rosendale, NY
Kerry’s grantmaking focuses on arts and historic preservation. Before joining The Trust in 2009, Kerry ran a consulting company serving nonprofit arts groups—including Women’s Studio Workshop. Her experience in museum and performing arts administration includes organizations as varied as the Queens Museum of Art 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 New York 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 New York City Department of Education’s arts education committee.
Lisa Robb, 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.
Susan Siegrist, Graphic Designer, High Falls, NY
Susan has recently retired from her job as Director of Creative Services at The New York Botanical Garden, and prior to that she worked as Senior Graphic Designer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Currently she spends her time designing newsletters and invitations for the Workshop as well as learning to throw pots in the ceramic studio.
Lizz Thabet, Ebook Production Coordinator, W.W. Norton & Company, 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.
Kathleen Laucius, Creative Director, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
In her current role at Omega the organization has experienced the best financial years in its history. Kathleen currently leads a design team that produces the organization’s communications including its gorgeous catalogues, donor proposal packages, and campus call-outs. She has overseen production for major campus events including a conference featuring President Bill Clinton as keynote and a launch event for the Omega Women’s Leadership Center where 700 guests enjoyed a spectacular evening and event space.
Prior to her position at Omega, Kathleen owned a fine art gallery in Beacon, NY and has consulted to a diverse clientele included YMCA, HypoVereinsbank (Munich & NY), Equis Corporation, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Daimler Chrysler.
Alison Yager, Director of Policy Initiatives for Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Alison Yager holds a JD from UCLA School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and a BA from Swarthmore College, where she majored in Art History. Her work includes collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to identify new policy initiatives, conducting analyses to support the generation of policy initiatives, developing policy briefs, and advocating for enactment of policies at the City, State, and Federal levels. For over 20 years she has worked in policy advocacy and legal services on behalf of women, children and marginalized individuals. She has served on the board of The Flying Carpet Theater Company since 2004.
Barbara Leoff Burge, WSW Founder, Artist, New Paltz, NY
Barbara 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.
Kenneth Burge, Artist, Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz (retired)
Kenneth Burge was Professor of Art at SUNY New Paltz until his retirement in 2003. He has 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 has 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 is an involved political activist, whose perspective also informs his interest in the activities of WSW.