Chairman of the Board 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.
Secretary 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.
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.
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.
Kara Gerson is the Executive Director at The Voss Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in SubSaharan Africa and raising awareness of ongoing need in the region. She has a MA in American studies from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. She sits on the Board and is the Junior Committee Chair of The Babies Heart Fund, and is a Junior Committee Member of the Wildlife Conservation Society. 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.
Suzanne Hader has a background in product strategy and market development. She has a BA from Brown University in Visual Art & English Lit. She is currently the Chief Product Officer at Greenroom, and has been the VP of Market Development at Code and Theory and has worked with clients such as Estee Lauder, Vogue.com, Calvin Klein CK One global digital campaign, Gant US ecommerce site, and TMZ. She has been volunteering with the Wassaic Project since 2009 doing PR and sponsorship consulting.
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. Prior to joining WMF, George was with Christie’s for 15 years, mostly as a senior vice president in Business Development and the Chairman’s office. Previously he worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and in management consulting. George has a BA in art history from Princeton University and an MBA in real estate finance from the Columbia Business School.
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.