About: Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board, Daniel S. Sternberg is a Senior Counsel at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he was a partner from 1988 through 2011. Over his 30-year career as a corporate lawyer, Mr. Sternberg counseled a broad range of U.S. and international clients across the spectrum of corporate issues and transactions. Mr. Sternberg is also a director of the Ali Forney Center, a trustee of The Storefront Academy South Bronx and a member of the Advisory Board of the North East Community Center. Mr. Sternberg received a J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1979, where he was a Stone scholar, a Kent scholar and editor of the Law Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Secretary, Jillian Dunham is a writer, an editor at The New York Times Magazine and the founding editor of Curie Review. She was previously an officer on the advisory board of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a public middle and high school in the south Bronx, and a philanthropic advisor to Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit that reunites families displaced by conflict. She holds a BA in art history and English literature from Mount Holyoke College.

Treasurer, Genevieve Christy is Chief Financial Officer at the Center for Family Representation, a legal and social work services organization that represents indigent parent in family court and also works on family court reform. She is responsible for CFR’s strategic financial planning. She previously worked as a Management Consultant in finance and systems applications at Deutsch, Inc. and Zenith Media Services Inc. Prior to that, she worked in finance at Time Warner, Inc., and ultimately was Finance Manager of the Editorial Division of Time Magazine. Ms. Christy has a B.A. from Duke University and pursued postgraduate studies at University College in London.

Janet Offensend began her career in corporate lending at Chemical Bank after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Public and International Affairs. From 1999-2000 she worked at the Starr Foundation, but she has largely spent the past 25 years working as a volunteer and board member of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Packer Collegiate Institute and Congregational Church of Salisbury, CT. Her particular interests are strategic planning, organizational capacity building and fund raising.

Scott Anderson is founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Control Group, a NYC-based innovation strategy, technology & design company. Scott serves on the Board of Open House New York, a non-profit organization that promotes New York City architecture and design by encouraging public access to famous buildings and spaces in the New York City area. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Scott is also Music Director of the Wassaic Project.

Lucy Commoner has been the Senior Textile Conservator at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1977, and Head of Conservation since 2004. From 2002-2006, she was the project coordinator of the museum’s Collections Gallery, responsible for both design and programmatic development. She has taught textile conservation classes for the Fashion Institute of Technology Textile Conservation Program and is an adjunct professor for the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center.

Jennifer Dowley is the principal of Dowley Associates, a consulting practice that is focused on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that make life in our communities healthy, productive and fair for all. She was previously the President of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for just shy of 17 years where she grew the assets from $10 million to $125 million and established equitable transparent grant review processes for the distribution of over $8 million in grants each year. Before moving to the Berkshires, Jennifer was Director of Museums and Visual Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. She oversaw grantmaking of $8 million annually to museums, visual arts organizations and visual artists and shaped national cultural policy in the visual arts field. Prior to that she was the founding director of Headlands Center for the Arts an innovative artists community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jennifer continues to advise a number of foundations around the United States on their programs.

Kara Gerson  is Vice President of Accompany, an ethical fashion e-retailer that sources and sells artisan made, fair trade, and philanthropic pieces from around the world. Previously, she was the first Executive Director at Voss Foundation, a non-profit organization providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. She sits on the Board of Directors of The Babies Heart Fund, as well as on committees for the Central Park Conservancy, Nest, and Malaika. Kara has served on Wassaic Project Benefit Committees since 2008.

Jeila Gueramian is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has a background in costume, prop, and art design and had her first solo exhibition in 2012 at Allegra Laviola Gallery in NYC. She has a BFA from Otis Parsons School of Design. Jeila has exhibited with the Wassaic Project since 2010, with an installation on the top floor in 2011, served on benefit committees since 2009, taught in our education program, and is a former artist in residence at The Wassaic Artist Residency.

Munawar Ahmed is a design and technology consultant. Her work over the last 17 years has spanned brand development, digital strategy, user experience design, workflow streamlining, data modeling, and large-scale back-end system implementations. She runs a tight ship and has zero tolerance for poor design, sloppy documentation, convoluted architecture, or dead weight. On any given project, she is deeply involved from inception to release, and has been described as the unrelenting force that holds the entire project and its people together. Munawar graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology, from USC with an M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Design, and from Columbia University with professional certification in Systems Analysis and Software Engineering. Her book, The Art of User Experience, will be published in Fall 2017.

Suzanne Hader is Chief Marketing Officer of Halston, splitting her time between New York, Wassaic and Los Angeles. Her career in brand strategy and digital marketing spans 15+ years, working with brands like Vogue, Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder, Gant, Fekkai, St. John and Bottega Veneta. Volunteering with the Wassaic Project since 2009, she holds a BA from Brown University in Visual Art & English Literature.

David Rosenberg received a BA from Queens College and an MA from Penn State and began his professional Career as an Instructor in the Department of Communication Arts at Hunter College while pursuing doctoral work in Anthropology at Columbia. From there he journeyed to building scenery for stage and TV then to Stage and Production Management traveling over the next 13 years throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1985 he purchased iWeiss, Inc now specializing in the manufacturing and installation of manual, motorized and computer controlled stage rigging equipment and large scale auditorium and stage drapery. The company also became a leader in theatre restoration recently completing a $2 million contract for the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, the 1928 crown jewel of the Loew’s chain. This past June he retired and made Wassaic his full time residence. David also serves on the Board of Friends of Karen, The Sharon Playhouse, the Marvelwood School Arts Advisory Board and the Amenia Town Planning Board.

Karen Zukowski is an independent historian of late 19th century American visual culture. She has been particularly involved with artists’ houses, an outgrowth of her PhD dissertation on late 19th-century American artists’ studios. Her publications include a website for the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and documents for historic houses, including one for the Donald Judd house in New York City. For ten years she was the Curator of Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of Frederic Edwin Church, a Hudson River School painter. She is currently on the boards of The Olana Partnership, the Victorian Society in America and the Wassaic Project. She lives with her husband, David Diamond, and their dog Killer in New York City and Pawling, NY.


Callie Siegel is the Director of Development at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and prior to this position she held the same title at the Go Project, an education non-profit that serves low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. She has a BA in Child Development from Tufts University and is a committee member of the Lincoln Center Young Patron Program. Callie has served on Wassaic Project Benefit Committees since 2008.

Carl D’Alvia is a Sculptor living and working in West Cornwall, CT. He is a 2012-2013 recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, has had numerous solo exhibitions. Carl showed with the Wassaic Project in 2010, served on the Summer Benefit Committee in 2012 and has been a Visiting Artist and Guest Speaker in the Wassaic Artist Residency program.

George McNeely is Vice President for Strategic & International Affairs at World Monuments Fund (WMF), the premier international organization working to protect against the loss of the world’s architectural heritage, comprising the built environment, the artworks that embellish it, and the cultural traditions that it sustains.



Crowd at the Summer Festival. Photo by Rachel Barett.

Crowd at the Summer Festival. Photo by Rachel Barett.

Dana Bunker's studio. Photo by Rachel Barett.

Dana Bunker's studio. Photo by Rachel Barett.

Photo by Rachel Barett

Photo by Rachel Barett

Photo by Rachel Barett

Photo by Rachel Barett