Board of Trustees

Dr. Sharon Dunn, President

Sharon Dunn is the president of the School Art League and also serves as Vice President for Education Emerita at the New-York Historical Society. In 2008 Dr. Dunn retired from the New York City Department of Education after 34 years during which she served as an art teacher, a district arts supervisor, and head of the central arts education office through several iterations and seven Chancellors.

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Elma Reingold, Vice President

Dr. Nina C. Lasky, Treasurer

Nina Lasky is an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the School Art League and serves as a Borough Arts Director with the New York City Department of Education. She has been a public school educator for over twenty years and served as Assistant Principal at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the nation’s premier arts high school. Nina earned an Ed.D. in Art and Art Education from Columbia University. She is an artist and community muralist whose work has been published in On the Walls: Four Decades of Murals in New York City and Beyond the Walls, a documentary by Gayle Embrey. Her current research is centered around achieving equity in public education.

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Kate Boulamaali, Secretary

Kate Boulamaali has been an art educator in NYC for 20 years. Before that, she was a born artist. Her earliest memories are of waking up every Saturday morning not to watch cartoons but to draw. She is one of those amazing artists skilled in multiple mediums:  painting, pottery, weaving, drawing… You name it, she can do it! Her passion is in igniting the thrill of art in kids no matter their means, medium, or skill level.

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Madeleine Appell, Trustee

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Barbara Benton, Trustee

Barbara Benton began her career as art educator in Ohio schools. She was later employed by Crayola, LLC for 32 years, retiring as their National Business Development Manager for Education. In 2006, Barbara Benton became a Trustee of the School Art League serving as Board Secretary from 2010 - 2019.

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Diana Cagle, Trustee

Diana Cagle has had a lifelong career in arts education. She has served in many capacities: high school art teacher, Assistant Principal, Guidance, Assistant to Head of High School Admissions and Supervisor of Guidance; Manhattan High Schools; Principal of Far Rockaway H.S., and Art and Design H.S.; Senior Assistant to Deputy Chancellor of Instruction at the New York City Board of Education; Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn College Graduate Guidance Program. After retirement Diana worked in the Principal's Institute at Bank Street in a variety of roles.  Most recently she co-created The Museum Experience Program for SAL.

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Katherine Collins, Trustee

Katherine Collins has been an art educator at the High School of Fashion Industries for nearly ten years, the coordinator of the Graphics and illustration department for four years, and a trustee of the School Art League for three years. Prior to being an art educator she worked as a menswear designer for companies such as Target, Timberland Boys, and Triple Five Soul.  Katherine earned her Masters in Art Education at the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and although she initially thought she would teach preschool, after her student teaching experience at HSFI she knew she found home and has been there ever since. She spends her weekends gardening or spending time in with her family.

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Myrna Davis, Trustee

Laurel Danowitz-Gerges, Trustee

Laurel Danowitz-Gerges began her career as an art teacher at Sheepshead Bay High School before becoming the Assistant Principal of Fine Arts at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Laurel created the Art Institute, a screened art program providing students from across Brooklyn with a five year visual arts sequence of classes which could be completed during their four years of high school. Many students went on to prestigious art schools and to satisfying careers in the arts. Upon retirement in 2003, Laurel served as a consultant for the Department of Education, Studio in a School, and Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She continues to pursue her passion for travel and photography and still misses the classroom and the wonderful students she taught.

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Daniel De Santis, Trustee

Daniel De Santis is the Magnet Resource Specialist at JHS 123 - The Bronx Urban Community Magnet School, the only Magnet middle school in the Bronx. As an instruction coach and curriculum designer, he provides valuable expertise on project-based curriculum design that uses S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning to inspire students to solve real world problems. Daniel was a formerly a visual art teacher a sister New York City magnet school, MS 421 - West Prep Academy located on the Upper West Side. For the past six years he was the Manager of Visual Arts Programming at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, where he designed student and teacher educational programs that creatively integrated hands-on art-making and visual-inquiry with topics in American History. Highlights include the successful Art of History residency program for K-8 students, visual art integration for Women and the American Story digital curriculum for women's history, and various professional credit courses for teachers. Daniel received his B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Terryl Donovan, Trustee

Terryl Donovan is a retired arts education administrator who believes that everyone is born with the soul of an artist. She has seen arts education transform students’ understanding of their world and believes that arts education develops the habits of mind that students need to succeed in all of life’s wonder: innovation, collaboration, problem solving, self discipline, curiosity, empathy and compassion.

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Stephen Drakes, Trustee

Stephen Drakes began his career journey as a middle school art and ceramics teacher, eventually becoming a high school administrator. He was responsible for supervising fine arts, music, technology and business and later became the founding principal of the High School for Arts and Business in Queens, New York. Stephen also enjoyed working with graduate students at Bank Street College of Education as an advisor in the Leadership in the Arts and the Principals Institute programs.

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Eileen Goldblatt, Trustee

Eileen Goldblatt was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the National "I Have a Dream" Foundation, a long-term educational support program for children and youth from underserved communities. She served as Executive Director of Young Audiences/New York, one of the nation’s foremost arts-in-education organizations. Eileen received her graduate degree in museum education and had the incredible opportunity to create the first education program at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Design Museum. At the NYC Department of Education Eileen created the Arts and Cultural Education Network, which revolutionized arts and cultural education access and delivery in the New York City public school system. Currently, Eileen is a senior advisor to various philanthropic projects, and serves on several boards and arts and education related advisory councils. She proudly serves as a Trustee of her alma mater, Russell Sage College and The Sage Colleges.

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Barbara Gurr, Trustee

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Naomi Lonergan, Trustee

Naomi Lonergan has served as art teacher and Assistant Principal of Art at New Dorp High School for over 35 years. Throughout these years, Naomi has always worked with her students to assure their participation in the activities and awards offered by The School Art League. A Trustee since 1996, and past President from 2010 through 2017, Naomi has continued to advance SAL programs for the benefit of the students and in the New York City public school community.

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Vanessa Ng Banks, Trustee

Vanessa Ng Banks is Borough Arts Coordinator for the New York City Department of Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase, which led to work at MoMA PS1, Theodore:Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education Policy at New York University. As a stalwart of arts education, Vanessa believes the arts are holistic components of culture, community, history, and self knowledge.

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Karen Rosner, Trustee

Karen Rosner is Director of Visual Arts for the New York City Department of Education, supervising initiatives that support visual arts educators citywide. She creates professional development programs for art teachers, supervises the annual Commencement Exam in Visual Arts for graduating seniors, and manages the annual P.S. Art exhibition of student artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Karen led the team that created the third edition of the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts, and served on the writing team for the revised New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. She has a Master's degree in Art History from Hunter College. Karen has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, and is a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Mara Rubin, Trustee

Mara Rubin has been a Supervisor of the Visual and Performing Arts in New Jersey for the past 7 years. Prior to becoming a Supervisor of the Arts, she was a high school art teacher in New Jersey. Ms. Rubin began her career as an art teacher in New York City, first teaching art at Bronx Science and then teaching at Mott Hall High School in Harlem where she was the founding art teacher at this then new high school.

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Carol Sterling, Trustee

Carol Sterling has been an advocate for arts education on local, state, national, and international levels for more than 60 years. She is the Founding Director of the Arts Partners program, a collaboration among four New York City agencies (Education, Cultural Affairs, Youth Services, and the Mayor’s office) which brought arts institutions together with public schools for the benefit of the students. She is a recipient of the Alliance for Arts Education Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for outstanding contributions to arts education.

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Susan Zatt, Trustee

Susan Zatt has spent her entire career as an arts educator, writer, editor, and painter. Now, as a member of the School Art League Board of Directors, she continues to advocate for the arts by helping emerging high school art students gain scholarships to continue their own art education and to further their careers.

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