Executive Office

Jewel Malone
Executive Director
Staff since 2016

Rebekah Lanae Lengel (2000 Writing)
Deputy Director
Staff since 2016

Donna Lane Downey
Executive Assistant
Staff since 2012

Artistic Programs

Roberta Behrendt Fliss
Director of Productions
Staff since 2007

Joey Butler
Programs Manager
Staff since 2015

Zayra Campos
Programs Coordinator
Staff since 2021

Kelley Kessell (2012 Theater, Voice & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)
Artist Community and Data Manager
Staff since 2015

Lisa Leone
Creative Producer
Staff since 2012

Luisa Múnera
Associate Curator
Staff since 2014

Alexandra Rachelle Siclait
Programs Director
Staff since 2021

Lauren Snelling
Artistic Director
Staff since 2018

Ty Taylor
Manager of Operations and Archival Media
Staff since 1994

Britney Tokumoto
Artistic Programs Coordinator
Staff since 2021

Jennifer Toth
Manager of Winner Programs
Staff since 2018

Claire Traeger
Associate Director of Artistic Programs
Staff since 2014

Neidra Ward
Associate Director of Winner Programs
Staff since 2012


Tanesha Ferguson
Advancement Coordinator
Staff since 2018

Angela Goding
Senior Director of Advancement
Staff since 2020

Sarah Gray
Director of Institutional Giving
Staff since 2020

Alyssa Krop-Brandfon
Director of Advancement Operations
Staff since 2013

Lauren Nesslein
Advancement Operations Manager
Staff since 2017

Jeri Rayon
Director of Advancement
Staff since 2020

Nada Ridard
Advancement Manager
Staff since 2019

Dee Dee Sides
Vice President of Advancement
Staff since 2020

Strategic Communications

Dave Adams
Director of Communications
Staff since 2021

Jazmyn Beauchan
Digital Communications Manager
Staff since 2018

Dejha Carrington
Vice President of Strategic Communications
Staff since 2015

Lee Cohen Hare
Creative Director
Staff since 2012

Heike Dempster
Associate Director of Public Relations and Outreach
Staff since 2016

Hamza Lamrani
Education Outreach and Recruitment Manager
Staff since 2021

Leslie Reed
Project Coordinator
Staff since 2019

Katharine Suárez
Social Media and Video Strategist
Staff since 2021


Gary Blake
Event Engineer
Staff since 2014

Candia Joseph
Staff since 2017

Jennifer McShane
Interim Facilities Director
Staff since 2017

Ozzie Ortega
Chief Engineer
Staff since 2012


Natalie Padró-Smith
Events and Operations Associate
Staff since 2016

Michael Rahaman
IT Manager
Staff since 2015

Tanya Reid
Vice President of Finance
Staff since 2021

Antonio Rivera
Staff since 2012


Claudio Sampaio
IT Manager
Staff since 2008

Chris Williams
Director of Finance
Staff since 2016


Sarah Arison | Board Chair
Arison Arts Foundation

Richard Kohan | President of The Board

Natalie Diggins | Secretary
Technology Entrepreneur & Investor

Richard S. Wagman* | Treasurer
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Derrick Adams

Doug Blush
1984 Film, MadPix Films

Linda Coll
Carnival Foundation, Carnival Cruise Lines

Brian Cullinan
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Retired

Kristy Edmunds
MASS MoCA, Center for the Art of Performance At UCLA

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Jay Franke
1993 Dance, Philanthropist

Danielle Garno, Esq.
Reed Smith LLP

Rosie Gordon-Wallace
Curator & Founder, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator

Michi Matter Jigarjian
7G Group & Baxter St at CCNY

Jason Kraus
Artist & Philanthropist

Steven Marks, Esq.
Podhurst Orseck

Michael McElroy
1985 Theater, Director & Educator

John J. O’Neil, Esq.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Glenda Pedroso
Northern Trust Bank

Victoria Rogers
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Marcus Sheridan
JP Morgan

Jean Shin
1990 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Artist & Professor at Pratt Institute

Zuzanna Szadkowski
1997 Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Actor

Sandra Tamer

Joseph M. Thompson
SunTrust Bank, Private Wealth Investment Management

Maurice M. Zarmati
Costa Cruises North America, Retired

*Denotes Trustee Emeritus

Trustees Emeritus

Armando M. Codina
Codina Partners, LLC

Meryl Comer
Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health & UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Justin DiCioccio
Jazz Performer, Educator, Conductor & Producer

Agnes Gund
Founder & Chair, Studio In A School

John J. Kauffman
BDT & Company, LLC

Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy
Thornton School Of Music, University Of Southern California

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón
Miami Dade College

Desmond Richardson
1986 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Artist Advisory Council

On a rotating basis, YoungArts will engage up to nine award winners representing a diverse group of ages, ethnicities and artistic disciplines to join the Artist Advisory Council.

The council provides critical feedback about artists’ needs, evaluates impact of artist programming initiatives, participates on selection panels for open call opportunities and identifies new avenues for fundraising potential.  

To inquire about serving on the Artist Advisory Council, contact us at [email protected]

Jake Goldbas
2007 Jazz

Lori Hepner
1999 Photography

Matthew Kacergis
2006 Theater

Ava Tiye Kinsey
2004 Writing & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Timothy Lee
2008 Visual Arts

Lance Oppenheim
2014 Film & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Gabrielle Stravelli
1997 Voice

Michael Trusnovec
1992 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Nadia Wolff
2016 Design Arts, Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts


Priscilla Aleman
2009 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

2011 Visual Arts

Eddie Brown
1998 Theater

Daveed Buzgalo
2012 Voice

Eli Dreyfuss
2016 Photography

Megan Gillespie
2004 Voice

Kierra Gray
2018 Voice

Thurmon Green
2008 Film

Mara Jill Herman
2003 Theater

Deborah Magdalena

Aaron Miller
1998 Classical Music

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel
2003 Dance

Ayane Nakajima
2019 Classical Music

Michelle F. Patrick
1993 Theater

David Potters
2010 Voice

Vic Shuttee
2011 Writing

Caleb Teicher
2011 Dance

Cristina Trabada
2016 Film

Roxanne Young
2006 Dance

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