Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director
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Jennifer-Navva Milliken is the artistic leader of the Center and is responsible for creating and executing the exhibition schedule, facilitating the annual Windgate ITE International Residency program, maintaining the integrity of the museum collection and research library, and overseeing the Center’s publishing and documentation activities.
Before coming to the Center in May 2018, she worked as an independent curator and consultant, following her tenure as the Curator of Craft and Design and the interim curatorial director at the Bellevue Arts Museum [BAM]. Before joining BAM, she established INTER ALIA projects, a curatorial enterprise based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and New York, NY. INTER ALIA fostered dialogues surrounding contemporary art, studio craft, design, and new media through site-specific pop-up exhibitions, gallery programming, writing, and advocacy for artists practicing in these fields. Milliken has lived in several locales including Jerusalem, New York, Seoul, and Tel Aviv. In addition to her time at BAM, she has been an embedded staff member at a number of cultural institutions and museums, among them the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD), New York, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
She serves on the board of the Furniture Society and is a member of the International Council of Museums. Milliken remains in demand as a lecturer and writer due to her expertise in contemporary craft and design. She authored the exhibition catalogue WHY WOOD? Contemporary Practice in a Timeless Material, a 2016 Collectors of Wood Art publication, as well as Humaira Abid: Taboo, which was released in 2018 in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Humaira Abid: Searching for Home.
Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Managing Director
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Fred supervises the Center’s administrative, development and communications staff, is the human resources manager, drafts and manages the budget, and oversees day-to-day administrative tasks. He has worked for a number of non-profit arts organizations as senior management in varying disciplines–music, theater, and arts education to name a few. He has spent over two decades engaged in capacity building, strategic and financial planning, and stewardship of institutional funding and private sources of support.
Karen Schoenewaldt, Registrar
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Karen brings more than twenty-five years of collection management experience to the Center. She has worked for several notable arts and cultural organizations including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Rosenbach and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Karen works closely with the Artistic Director, catalogs collection objects, oversees conservation, collection storage, and research requests, manages touring exhibitions, maintains the library and archival records, and is the exhibition coordinator for exhibiting artists and for the Windgate ITE Fellows.
Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager
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Katie brings creativity and a proven track record from her experience as a Center volunteer and staff and from her previous work as Program Director at The Eisner American Museum of Advertising & Design. In her current role, she is responsible for community outreach, membership and donor relations, public programs, special events, and public relations.
Lori Reece, Director of Administration and Museum Sales
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Lori has over two decades in nonprofit arts management starting her career at Bristol Riverside Theatre (BRT), located in Bucks County, PA. In 2010, Lori joined the Center’s staff; she monitors day-to-day business operations of the Center, manages the Museum Store, supervises the Sales Associates and assists the Managing Director.
Rebecca Jacoby, Sales and Administrative Associate
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Rebecca has over twenty-five years of experience in sales and administration in the non-profit, commercial and retail sectors, working with designers, artists and collectors in New York and Philadelphia. Rebecca is an accomplished artist whose work is shown nationally and is in public and private collections. Rebecca’s work can be seen here: http://rajacoby.com/
Sarah Kaizar, Sales and Communications Associate
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Sarah is a versatile illustrator, graphic designer and mixed media artist. She has worked for a number of arts non profits as a web designer and currently manages the Center’s social media outreach, is the graphic designer of the majority of printed materials, and assists the Community Engagement Manager. Sarah’s work can be seen here: http://sarahkaizar.com/index.html
Board of Trustees and Emeritus
Meredith E. Carpenter
Leonard J. Kreppel
Executive Director Emeritus and Co-Founder, The Center for Art in Wood
John J. Dziedzina
Richard R. Goldberg