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. From 2001-2003 Dr. Dunn worked for the City University of New York as Director of Arts and Cultural Partnerships until she was recruited back to the public schools to lead the Office of Arts and Special Projects.
Elma Reingold, Vice President
Dr. Nina C. Lasky, Treasurer
School Art League Executive Board Member and Treasurer, is 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. Dr. Lasky 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.
Kate Boulamaali, Secretary
Madeleine Appell, Trustee
Barbara Benton, Trustee
Began career as art educator in Ohio schools; Employed by Crayola, LLC for 32 years retiring as their National Business Development Manager for Education. 2006 became trustee of the School Art League serving as secretary 2010 - 2019.
Diana Cagle, Trustee
High School Art Teacher, Assistant Principal Guidance, Assistant to Head of Admissions to High Schools, Supervisor of Guidance- Manhattan High Schools, Principal Far Rockaway H.S. then Art and Design H.S., served as Senior Assistant to Deputy Chancellor of Instruction. Worked as an adjunct professor in the Brooklyn College Graduate Guidance Program and for many years at Bank Street College within the Principal's Institute, served as Mentor Principal and in retirement as Coordinator of the Principal's Institute.
Katherine Collins, Trustee
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 in 1987. It was there that she created the Art Institute, a screened program in art that provided hand selected students from the borough of Brooklyn with a five year sequence of art classes during their four years of high school. Many of these students went on to prestigious art schools and to satisfying careers in the arts. After retiring in 2003, she did consultant work for the Department of Education, worked for Studio in the School and the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and pursued her passion for travel and photography. After all these years, she still misses the classroom and the wonderful students she taught.
Daniel De Santis, Trustee
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 experienced how arts education transforms students’ understanding of their world and develops the habits of mind and production they need to succeed in all of life’s wonder: innovation, collaboration, problem solving, self discipline, curiosity, empathy and compassion.
Stephen Drakes, Trustee
I began my career journey as a middle school art and ceramics teacher, eventually becoming a high school administrator supervising fine arts, music, technology and business; and finally ended my career with Department of Education as the founding principal of the High School for Arts and Business. I 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.
Eileen Goldblatt, Trustee
I served as 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 across the country. I also served as the executive director of Young Audiences/New York, one of the nation’s oldest and foremost arts-in-education organizations. I received my graduate degree in museum education and had the incredible opportunity of creating the first education program at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Design Museum.
During my service at the NYC Department of Education, I created the Arts and Cultural Education Network, which revolutionized arts and cultural education access and delivery in the New York City public school system.
Today, I am a senior advisor to various philanthropic projects, and I serve as a member of several boards and advisory councils of arts organizations and educational institutions. Currently, I am proudly serving as a Trustee of my alma mater, Russell Sage College - The Sage Colleges, and The School Art League.
Barbara Gurr, Trustee
Naomi Lonergan, Trustee
As an art teacher and Assistant Principal of Art at New Dorp High School for over 35 years I have worked with my students to participate in the activities and awards offered by The School Art League. As a trustee since 1996, and past president from 2010 thru 2017, I have continued to advance SAL programs for the benefit of the students and school community.
Vanessa Ng, Trustee
Vanessa 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 Met Museum. 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 is a holistic component of culture, community, history, and knowing of the self.
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. This includes managing citywide professional development for art teachers K - 12, overseeing the creation and administration of the Commencement Exam in Visual Arts for graduating seniors, and supervising the annual P.S. Art exhibition of student artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karen develops curriculum resources for NYC visual arts educators. She led the team that created the third edition of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. She served on the writing team of the revised New York State Standards for the Arts, and supervised its NYC rollout.
Karen has a Master's degree in Art History from Hunter College, and has taken art history courses at the Graduate Center. Karen has worked as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, and is a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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 new high school.
Carol Sterling, Trustee
Carol Sterling is a 60 years plus advocate for arts education on local, state, national and international levels. She is the founding director of the Arts Partners program, a collaboration of the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Youth Services and the Office of the Mayor. She us a recipient of the Alliance for Arts Education Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for outstanding contributions to arts education.
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.