RiverArts Board Members

All photos by Doug Schneider

dorotheeDorothee Ahrens | Board Member

Dorothee currently serves as Director of Donor Relations at Sarah Lawrence College. Raised by parents who worked in the performing arts, Dorothee moved as a young adult from her native Germany to New York City…

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anjaliAnjali Chen |
Vice President

Anjali is Director of Trust Services for Groundwork USA, where she is responsible for developing and managing relationships between the National Park Service, Groundwork USA, non-profit partners…

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kitKit Demirdelen |
Board member

Kit Demirdelen is an artist, art therapist, and educator, and also serves as a Commissioner of the Hastings Village Arts Commission. In her studio, she works in fabric and jewelry and shows in exhibitions and online…

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dennisDennis Di Vincenzo |
Board Member

Dennis’s background in communications design makes him an invaluable member of the MarComm committee. As a professional in graphic design, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profits …

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jillJill Garland |
Development Committee Chair

Jill Garland is a consultant promoting excellence in nonprofit management. She has worked in senior fundraising positions leading multimillion dollar campaigns for some of New York City’s most revered cultural institutions…

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ariellaAriella Gastel | 
Board Member

Ariella Gastel is the Vice President for Marketing and Business Development at Greyston Bakery. A visionary strategist, she has consistently led transformational programs that surpass strategic and financial goals…

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christinaChristina Ha |
Board Member

Christina Ha can be seen weekly on the Emmy-nominated PBS show “NYC Arts,” a guide to the New York arts and culture scene. An experienced television journalist in entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and the arts…

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patrickPatrick Harmon |
Board Member

Patrick Harmon is a 15-year web industry veteran, with experience in global marketing agencies as well as boutique design shops. His passionate belief that the whole of a collaborative vision is greater than the sum of its parts…

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bruceBruce Jonas | Vice President • Marcom Committee Chair

As vice president of RiverArts, Bruce brings the long view to strategy with a detailed focus on communications and marketing. As founder and executive creative director of Rooftop Partners, Bruce works 360 degrees across platforms…

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karaKara Lenkeit |
 Board Member

The exhibitions curated by Kara, a trained art historian, suggest that you can’t be quite sure what to expect – and that you will be glad you came. NYTimes reporter Susan Hodara described Kara as “A curator who goes with her gut,”…

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Gabrielle Mason | Board Member

Gabrielle manages tri-state marketing for a humanitarian services nonprofit in New York City. She has held related communications positions with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Boston University School for the Arts, and The New York Philharmonic, among others…

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tanyaTanya McKinnon | 
Board Member

Tanya is a literary agent who represents award-winning public intellectuals, children’s books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. She is the co-author of Zora and Me (written under the name T. R. Simon) with Victoria Bond…

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marieMarie-Louise Miller | Program Committee Chair

Marie-Louise Miller’s vision as a theater director and dramaturg conceives of stories as the fabric of community. “One of the most basic arts is that of sharing stories, creating a fabric between people. Communities, diverse or homogeneous, need a way to access one another  …

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bill_mWilliam Moon |
 Treasurer • Finance Committee Chair

Bill Moon is the controller of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a private foundation that funds national organizations working to transform the lives of economically disadvantaged youth ages 9 – 24. Before joining EMCF, he worked with…

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catCathleen Mooney | 
President

Since becoming president of RiverArts in July 2013, Cathleen Mooney leads a strong board that has produced a new strategic plan and reached new benchmarks for fundraising and programs. She brings over three decades of music education…

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ellenEllen Prior | 
Board Member

Ellen Prior is the Associate Director of Jazz Forum Arts, one of the country’s premier not-for-profit presenters of this distinctly American art form. For over 30 years, JFA has brought jazz greats as well as emerging artists…

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doug_sDoug Schneider | 
Board Member

Doug is a professional photographer with an eclectic list of clients that includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Bronx Brewery, Purchase College and Westchester Magazine, among many others….

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andrewAndrew Schriever | 
Counsel

Andrew Schriever is an attorney with Cuddy & Feder LLP and serves as counsel on the RiverArts Board. He is partner in the Litigation and Telecommunication department in Cuddy & Feder’s Westchester office. He also is a court-appointed mediator …

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ellen_shapiroEllen Shapiro | 
Board Member

Graphic designer and writer Ellen Shapiro is principal of Visual Language LLC, a firm that specializes in brand identity and marketing communications for corporations and nonprofits including the American Technion Society…

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jen_smithJennifer Moore Smith | 
People Committee Chair

Jen has worked in freelance design, decorative painting, and as a creator of workshops for kids and adults since her study at Rhode Island School of Design. Her shows in RiverArts Studio Tour 2011 – 2016, at the Donald Gallery and Clovis Point…

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Patricia Van Essche | Board Memberpatricia

Patricia’s work as an illustrator and designer depicts colorful, chic environments enlivened by fashion, active lifestyles, and whimsical pets. Recognized on social media as PVE, she markets through Etsy online, in person to clients…

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