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President: Emma Lewis
Emma Lewis is a lawyer by profession and training, with a bachelors degree from Columbia University and a JD from Yale Law School. She practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP (environmental law and litigation as well as nonprofit and immigration/asylum representations), and is currently attempting a career shift to return professionally to the art world where her true passions lie. Emma is on the board of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where she has had a long-time affiliation, and has interned or worked at that and other art institutions (like the Pompidou).

Secretary: Pim Zeegers
Pim Zeegers, founder of Pim Philip, has been working as a certified guide and organizer of personal and business travel in New York for the past six years. He has worked with an impressive roster of guests and built a strong network of collaborators to assemble successful journeys. Before moving to New York in 2010, Pim lived in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Brussels, where he worked for several international companies. Urban interplay, trends and design have been resounding themes throughout his career.

Treasurer: Charlotte Mendelaar
Charlotte Mendelaar has been working in New York as a consultant and business coach since 2008. Prior to that she has worked as a database application consultant with many not-for-profits nationally, and as an accounting software consultant for small businesses in the metropolitan area. Since 2008 she has been studying Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) to use as a tool in her consulting work and she has completed the Master Practitioner class at the NLP Training Institute in New York. She is interested in how organizations can change realistically and responsibly, how staff can be motivated to change with the organization and how organizations can grow in an organic and sustainable way. She is very excited to work with Open Source and has been working with Monika Wuhrer on organization and growth.

Board Members:

Conrad Lower
Conrad W. Lower is an attorney. A neighbor of Open Source Gallery, he serves on its board of directors and enjoys helping with operational tasks and exhibit installation. Conrad has been with Open Source since 2008.

Amanda Alic
Amanda Alic is and artist/designer/programmer who lives and works in Brooklyn, Ny. Her photography captures the construction of our personal and public character, domesticity, pleasure and discord. Her works range from “straight” photography to video processed images. The series Off Season portrays abandoned play areas—racetracks, mini-golf courses and resorts. All are immediately strange. Referencing the romanticization of ruins, these images convey exquisite yet eerie locations imbued with memories of pleasure and activity. She has created photographs from Hollywood films and home movies, coaxing images out of potential narratives, intertwining dramatic events, nonfictional relationships and familiar narratives from film noir and pulp horror. She sometimes collaborates with husband Ethan Crenson with whom she has a son named Mac. Jointly, they run run a project called Fuse Works together. Fuse Works is a curatorial program which exhibits and promotes artists multiples and editioned work, books, video and digital art.

Sheryll Durrant
Sheryll has been involved with the arts for close to two decades. She was co-owner of Hummingbirds, an art and craft gallery in Soho during the 90s, after which she curated group shows independently in and around Brooklyn. She is an urban farmer, educator and food justice advocate and currently the Director of the Urban Farm and Garden program for Sustainable Flatbush, a grassroots community based non-profit promoting sustainable living. She is also a founding parent and former board member for Brooklyn Free School. Sheryll brings her considerable marketing experience to Open Source Gallery, as well as her interest in working on fundraising initiatives. Sheryll joined the Open Source board in 2010.

Stefan Hagen
Stefan Hagen was born in Freiburg, Germany. He studied Photography at Lette-Verein in Berlin, Germany from 1984 to 1986. In 1988, he moved to New York. In 2008, he founded the Montello Foundation, a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature, its fragility, and the need to protect it. Currently the Foundation is building a studio in a remote stretch of Nevada desert for artists to experience and be inspired by the transformative natural setting. As a photographer Hagen has held solo exhibitions in Boston, New York City, and Munich and participated in group exhibitions in Salt Lake City, New York and Colorado.

Michele Jaslow
Michele Jaslow is a principal curator at Radar Curatorial, an arts curatorial team based in Brooklyn, New York, dedicated to working with artists, museums, galleries, arts institutions, corporations, and private clients to help meet their exhibition needs. She has worked in a wide variety of Galleries and Museums across the country including the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Cranbrook Museum in Michigan, Museum of Television & Radio in New York, Waterfront Museum and Gowanus’ BAG Gallery in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery. In addition she has held the position of Gallery Director at BAG Gallery, at Brooklyn Artists Gym, an arts organization she helped found and operate located in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. Michele also sits on the Board of Brooklyn based arts organizations Open Source Gallery and InspireCorps and is past president and founder of the Park Slope Afterschool Center. Michele holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from SUNY Purchase. She studied Interactive Multimedia Technologies at New York University, Drawing at the Arts Students League and Applied Physics at the University of California San Francisco. Michele has been with Open Source since 2008.

Gesa Kudlack
Gesa Kudlack received her business degree and Masters in Arts Administration in Germany. She has gained an extensive production background in the interdisciplinary arts while working in Europe and collaborating with organizations such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, EFG London Jazz Festival, and ZDF- German public television. Since moving to New York in 2000 she has continued to work in her field, and is currently the Radio Production Assistant for the Metropolitan Opera and North America Representative for Holz-Hoerz, GmbH. Gesa is a strong believer in Open Source and its philosophy and excited to contribute with her own production background. Gesa has been with Open Source since 2008.

Lily White
Lily White is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator. She has also been a huge fan of Open Source since it’s inception. She is currently working towards a Masters in Non-Fiction writing and uses her writing skills to help out with the website, press releases and grant writing. She is married to Conrad Lower, the chair of the Open Source Board and they live in Brooklyn with their daughter Jolene.

Adrienne Urbanski
Adrienne Urbanski is the director of the Plymouth Church School. She previously worked as an instructor in the Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York and as a Pre-K Teacher at Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center. She received her MS in Education at Brooklyn College.