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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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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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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Alex Navarrete, CFA | Treasurer

Alex Navarrete is an emerging markets trade finance banker serving as an advisor with ARODB Capital Advisors LLC, is a Managing Partner of his own specialty finance advisory, Navamill LLC, and serves on several non-profit boards as chair of the respective finance committees…

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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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