MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
MARK ALTSCHUL is an attorney with offices in New York. He has served as a Corporate Counsel, Board Member and Corporate Secretary for several years. He is NAWA’s legal advisor.
JILL CLIFFER BARATTA works as an art instructor for children and adults. She has worked as a graphic artist and designer and has extensive fine art training as a watercolorist and printmaker. In addition, she has masters’ level training in creative art therapy including experience working with autistic children and in-patient pediatrics. She is currently Chairing NAWA’s Exhibition Committee.
DOROTHY COCHRAN has been a professional arts administrator and curator for over 23 years in New York City. As an artist/printmaker she currently directs and teaches printmaking at The Montclair Art Museum as well as other Art Centers throughout the US. A longtime, active member of NAWA, she currently serves as the Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee.
PENNY DELL, served as President, 2005-07 and chaired the Nominating Governance Committee 2008-12. For NAWA and other non-profits, she has led the planning and implementation of themed exhibits, traveling exhibitions, panels and special events.
ERIC GONON, Senior Vice President of Digital Media for Auctionata, an online auction house and eCommerce company specializing in fine art, antiques and collectibles. He previously headed Digital Media for Louise Blouin Media, which includes BlouinARTINFO.com, Art+Auction and Modern Painters magazines and for decades was an Executive Producer for CNBC and CNN.
JOAN LEWIS is a retired attorney and is now a practicing and exhibiting collage and mixed media artist. She joined the Board in 2015 and serves as an Advisor and assistant with the membership and Nominating/Governance committee.
MARY ALICE ORITO serves as the NAWA President and Chair of the Awards Committee. She has also served as the Vice-President. Her artwork includes sculpture, painting and collage. She was a clothing designer for the garment and entertainment industry, a manager for a Beth Israel Medical Center out patient program and is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with a private psychotherapy practice.
CORINNE COLLYMORE PETERS has an MFA and MBA. She has worked with Chase Bank, Meryl Lynch, Paine Weber and other financial institutions and now lends her expertise to several NAWA committees. She paints in oils, watercolors and mixed media.
ROMA TORRE is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of professional experience reporting and anchoring news stories from politics to the arts. She is the daytime anchor at NY1 News and the station’s chief drama critic. She serves on the Board as a Promotional and Advertising Advisor.
CORNEIA SECKEL is Publisher of Art Times, the notable periodical est.in 1984 that has been distributed widely in the Northeast and as of August 2016 will be exclusively online with the latest happenings in the art world including essays, videos, blogs, calendars and more. She serves as an advisor to the Public Relations and Advertising Committee.
SONIA STARK is a painter, sculptor, designer, who owned her own design firm – a full creative service organization. She is a past President of NAWA as well as the past Chair of Membership. She led the redesign of membership materials and our annual NAWA Catalog.
JEFFREY WECHSLER, crucial in establishing the NAWA Collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, organized “A Parallel Presence”, an exhibition at the UBS Gallery in Manhattan and Rutgers, which celebrated NAWA’s 120th Anniversary. He also curated the historic 125th Anniversary Exhibition at the Morris Museum in New Jersey, and is working toward a potential 130th Anniversary Exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.
KAREN WAGNER is an executive leader for transformation, operations and capability. She owned one of the first multimedia training companies, before moving to PepsiCo owning the global agenda for transformation and capability. She now is leading large-scale transformation at National Grid for the US Finance.
NAWA past presidents: Sonia Stark, Doreen Valenza, Liana Moonie, and Penny Dell
FOCUS ON NAWA’S PAST PRESIDENTS
MARIE HINES COWAN, President of NAWA from 2014-2015
JANET INDICK, President of NAWA from 1997-1999
NESSA GRAINER, President of NAWA from 1989-1991
LIANA MOONIE, President of NAWA from 1987 – 1989
ANN PELLATON, President of NAWA from 1985-1987
CATCHI CHILDS, President of NAWA from 1981-1985