Jennifer-Navva Milliken , Artistic Director (Pronouns: she/her)
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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 — which was on view at the Center for Art in Wood in 2020.
Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Managing Director (Pronouns: he/him/his )
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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. He also served an online Adjunct Instructor for Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Museum Leadership graduate programs.
Karen Schoenewaldt, Registrar (Pronouns: she/her )
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Karen brings more than twenty-eight 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, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Engagement
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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.
Sam Davis, Visitor Services Associate and Social Media Specialist (Pronouns: he/him/his)
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Sam joined the Center in 2019 as a Visitor Services Associate, and has since taken on an additional role as social media specialist. When he’s not guiding exhibition tours, ringing up customers at the front desk, or posting orangutan videos on the Center’s Instagram, Sam is probably doing homework for his classes at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, where he’s one semester away from earning a BA in Art History.
Board of Directors and Emeritus
Bruce Katsiff, President
Bruce Katsiff, President, [Ret.] Executive Director emeritus, The James A. Michener Art Museum
Born in Philadelphia, Bruce Katsiff studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute earning BFA and MFA degrees after graduating from Central High School. He completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. For 25 years he taught photography and was a college arts administrator. From 1989-2012, he served as Director/CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County. Currently, he serves as a peer accreditation and MAP reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and teaches in the graduate Museum Leadership program at Drexel University. He has served on many boards of cultural institutions. Bruce and his wife Jo live in center city Philadelphia.
Thora Jacobson, Vice President
Thora Jacobson, Trustee, Lead Panelist, Design Review, Mural Arts Program; Director Emeritus, Philadelphia Art Alliance
Thora Jacobson is currently Lead Panelist for Design Review, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Former Executive Director, Philadelphia Art Alliance. An arts professional with almost five decades of experience, Jacobson’s longest tenure was as Executive Director of the Fleisher Art Memorial where she launched its Challenge Exhibitions and expanded its community arts programming. She also chaired the Philadelphia Art Commission during the Rendell administration and taught Visual Arts Management for Drexel University’s on-line graduate program.
Patricia Fowler, Esq., Treasurer
Patricia Fowler, Esq., Trustee, [Ret.] Estate Lawyer
Patricia has held volunteer leadership positions at several non-profit educational organizations, including the Women’s Leadership Council at Brown University, where she received a BA in Political Science; the Benchmark Elementary School in Media, Pa.; the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pa; the University of the Arts; and CraftNOW Philadelphia. She also served as co-chair for the University of the Arts’ 2016 Art Unleashed Exhibition & Sale. Fowler, who earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, previously practiced estate and trusts, land use, and residential real estate law at Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Conn., as well as at her own firm. She is a founding member of the Furniture Society with a collection of mid-century modern and American studio furniture.
Carolyn Picciotti, Secretary
Carolyn Picciotti, Vice President, Principal, Picciotti Consulting LLC
Carolyn joined the board in 2016, having been a supporter and in-kind contributor since 2009. She has worked with small and large for-profit and not-for-profit businesses over the past forty years to achieve their strategic and operating goals. In her consulting practice, she helps small to mid-sized organizations overcome their operational crises and guide changes so that they do not recur. She also helps prickly executives work better with others. Carolyn is currently serving her second term as Vice President.
Molli Conti, Global Medical Education Manager, Merck
Molli has been involved in strategic marketing and community relations for the over twenty-five years, specializing in work with non-profit organizations, foundations and pharma companies. She has a strong emphasis on education with a focus on innovation and digital delivery. Her volunteer work has been concentrated in the arts and she has served as the Bucks County representative on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the James A. Michener Art Museum as a trustee and as board president, and most recently as a docent for family programs at the Barnes Foundation.
Dr. Arnon I. Dreyfuss
Arnon I. Dreyfuss, MD, [Ret.] Founder, Dreyfuss Hunt, Inc., and Co-founder, epodia.com
Dr. Arnon I. Dreyfuss has decades of experience in healthcare and entrepreneurship. As an oncologist, he spent his career at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute caring for patients while conducting and leading clinical trials. His scientific work appeared in major medical journals as well as in books and medical conferences. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Dreyfuss also served as the founder, publisher, editor and CEO of Dreyfuss Hunt, Inc. (formerly The Health Source Corporation), a health and financial information provider, publisher, and an “Inc. 500” company. He also co-founded epodia.com, a teaching material network, which is now owned and operated by the University of Pennsylvania. During the past decade, Dr. Dreyfuss has been consulting, advising, and investing in start-up companies, particularly in the healthcare space.
John Conver Lutz
John Conver Lutz, General Manager, George Nakashima Woodworkers, SA
John has been in his current role of General Manager for the George Nakashima Woodworkers for almost two decades and is an established maker. He has taught woodworking as an adjunct at Maine College of Art and Rochester Institute of Technology. John recently completed the certificate program for LaSalle University’s nonprofit management program and has a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rick Snyderman, Principal, Snyderman-Works Art Consultants
Rick Snyderman has been active in the American Studio Craft movement since 1972, joining his wife Ruth in the operation of The Works Gallery, which she founded in 1965. The Snyderman Gallery, moved to Old City in 1992 and combined its operations with The Works Gallery in 1997 to become Snyderman-Works Galleries. The Snyderman-Works Galleries closed in 2017 and he and Ruth established their consultancy firm. A presence and influencer in the arts community and in Old City itself, Rick is not only known for his long career in the arts but as a civic leader and dedicated board member of several arts organizations.
Executive Director Emeritus and Co-Founder, The Center for Art in Wood