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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. She 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 such as the Pompidou.

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.

Secretary: Pim Zeegers
Pim Zeegers is the founder of Pim Philip and 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.

Lily White:
Saxophonist Lily White is one of the most engaging musicians on the New York jazz scene. Whether in small clubs or large concert halls, on alto, tenor, or soprano sax, Lily never fails to inject her sunny personality and sharp wit into her playing. In the past, Lily has caught the attention of the music’s most renowned veterans. She has worked with Mario Bauza, the father of latin jazz, and his Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra, touring with him in the final years before his death. She has done short stints with blues pianist Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, and Celia Cruz to name a few. Since the release of her first CD under her own name,“Somewhere Between Truth and Fiction”on Knitting Factory works, her band has played festivals and clubs in Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, and Spain. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation among others. She is currently a member of Cynthia Hilts “Lyric Fury Orchestra,”a nine piece band that performs regularly in New York.

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.

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.

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.

Sherryl Durrant:
Sheryll Durrant is an urban farmer, educator and food justice advocate. Sheryll is the resident manager of Kelly Street Garden, part of an affordable housing development in South Bronx’s Longwood neighborhood. Formerly, she was the director of the urban farm and garden program for Sustainable Flatbush, developing community based urban agricultural projects in Brooklyn. Sheryll is a certified master composter through the NYC Compost Project, a 2013 WAAB Fellow, and in 2012 she received a Certificate of Achievement in Community Organizing from Citizens Committee For NYC Neighborhood Leadership Institute. She is a parent founder and board VP of Brooklyn Free School, and currently district committee co-chair and budget delegate for Participatory Budgeting in the 45th Council District. Sheryll has a strong background in marketing, which she brings to all her projects, and holds a BBA in International Marketing from Baruch College/CUNY. She is a passionate activist and organizer. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she currently resides in the Bronx with her husband and son.

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. 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.

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. The Foundation is located 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.

Alex Knowlton:
Alex Knowlton is the Associate Director of Joe’s Pub at The Public, which is hailed as one of New York City’s most prestigious and genre-defying venues for emerging and established artists. Previously, he handled programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Appel Room in addition to managing the tours of Wynton Marsalis’s esteemed JALC Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Knowlton worked extensively in the realm of communications – managing marketing and public relations at for both Joe’s Pub and globalFEST in New York, and, more recently, for Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, Ca. It was during his time at Yoshi’s that his focus went to programming – there, he developed and executed a free weekly music series, launched the first annual Yoshi’s JazzFest, and booked nightly performances. Knowlton received a B.S. in Music Industry from Northeastern University and currently resides in Brooklyn.