Ms. Bonnie Weissblatt Weill
Chairman Bonnie Weissblatt Weill collaborates with Executive Director Harriet Taub and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl to advance the mission of Materials for the Arts. Elected Chairman in 2008, she joined the Board of Directors in 2005.
Ms. Weill serves on the board directors of the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for college tuition to Chappaqua Central School District graduates in need. She has served on the Sustainability Advisory Board of New Castle, the Lenox Hill Hospital Advisory Board, and the Westchester Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. From 1990 to 1996 she was Assistant to the Director of the Museum of Modern Art. Previously, she worked for Connie Rogers, Inc., an art consulting firm. Ms. Weill received her BA in Art History from Cornell University.
Ms. Anelle Miller
Anelle Miller is the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators in New York. Founded in 1901, the Society has a long and distinguished history and is recognized around the world as the preeminent organization for illustrators. Since joining the Society, Ms. Miller has brought her dynamic leadership style to the organization revamping the website and overseeing a facelift to the building’s interior. Ms. Miller is also a partner in a unique business, Original Women, which brings the handwork of women artisans from all over the globe to women in the New York metropolitan area.
Prior to joining the Society, Ms. Miller had a long history with the Estee Lauder Companies, beginning in 1978 as the Assistant Art Director for Aramis. In 1989, She led the creative team in launching the brand division Origins. For the next 16 years she was instrumental in making Origins the fifth largest division within the corporation.
Ms. Miller also serves as a board member for the Friends of Art and Design-a neighborhood association that supports the students and faculty of Art and Design High School in a variety of ways. She has worked with groups such as New Alternatives for Children, First Step, a division of The Coalition for the Homeless, PENCIL, The Foundling, The Euphrasian Residence, B Peace, Columbia University Pediatric Oncology Center, and AMAC which supports autistic children and their families.
A graduate from the High School of Art and Design with a major in Fashion Illustration and Advertising, she received a scholarship to Parsons School of Design where she graduated with a degree in Illustration and Design.
Mr. Andrew Brett Seiken
Andrew Brett Seiken is an Associate in Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group and is based in the Stamford office.
Andrew joined Cummings & Lockwood in 2015 and his practice focuses on complex estate planning for high net worth individuals and families with respect to estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax and philanthropic planning.
He also has experience in domestic and international trust and estate administration. Prior to joining Cummings & Lockwood, Andrew was an Associate at a boutique law firm in Stamford, Connecticut where he handled estate planning and administration.
Ms. Barbara Iams Korein
Ms. Barbara Iams Korein is a teaching artist for Behind the Book, a nonprofit literacy program which brings authors into under-served schools in New York City. She also serves on the board of 59E59 Theaters, which presents off-Broadway productions by nonprofit companies from across the United States and around the world. Additionally, she maintains the photo archive of all sets for the theater’s website. Before moving to New York City, she was a high school art teacher in Westchester County. Ms. Korein graduated with a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Manhattanville College, and has a New York State Permanent Certification in Art Education K-12. Barb is an active volunteer at the Materials for the Arts warehouse during shopping hours and assisted in the Education Center for three years.
Ms. Barbara Braun has a BFA from Boston University and an AAS in design, from the Parson’s School of Design in NYC. Her creative life has included an active career in interior design, which included owning and operating a successful, full service design firm, Braun Design Inc. She also taught at Parsons and the New School and was a participant in the prestigious Designers’ Showcases®. Her creative abilities also include creating a unique line of hand made precious gem jewelry.
Ms. Braun has always expressed her creative vision and focus through her oil painting. Her works are shown in galleries throughout the Hamptons, and Florida and her private collection.
Ms. Lynn Huber is an Associate Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. She is a former kindergarten teacher, preschool director and teacher, and Head Start Consultant. She is currently on the Education Advisory Committee for Behind the Book, a nonprofit literacy program that celebrates reading and writing by bringing authors and their books to students in under-served schools in New York City.
Dr. Huber earned her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Learning from Fordham University. She also received a M.Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College, a M.S. from Lehman College and a B.A. from Montclair State College.
Mr. Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! Andrew has helped over 100,000 people and businesses worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.
He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared everywhere from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Fast Company to Oprah Magazine, HGTV and NPR. He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere.
In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world’s first virtual university dedicated to organization and decluttering, offering classes, workshops and other online resources for businesses and individuals.
Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He frequently speaks on the intersection of spirituality and organization at Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others. Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC) and Shuttle Theater Company (New York).
Mr. Scott Resnick is the Director of Loyalty Marketing at JetBlue Airways. In his role, he is responsible for the airline’s frequent flier and customer loyalty program, TrueBlue, as well as the airline’s co-brand credit cards and marketing partnerships. Prior to this role, he served as the head of JetBlue’s revenue management group, where he was responsible for ticket pricing, and also as the director of airline partnerships.
Before joining JetBlue, Scott was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, and also worked on the network planning team at United Airlines in Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Scott is a native of Connecticut and is an avid runner, having recently completed his fourth NYC Marathon.
Ms. Andrea M. Schaffer is Principal of CityMatters, LLC, where she brings over 30 years of experience managing projects that entail the development and integration of environmental practices and policies into companies’ overall corporate strategy, culture, and operations. She manages projects that require the complex interplay of regulatory agencies and the businesses that do work in NYC. Ms. Schaffer responds to companies’ desires to make their workplaces more sustainable and “greener.” Her work includes managing a “green wall” project in the Bronx, and organizing and implementing a waste reduction and recycling program for a Fortune 500 company and a New York City university.
For projects that involve regulatory agencies, Ms. Schaffer offers strategic guidance to her clients and takes charge of the day-to-day tasks of managing a project. She is the pivotal person who coordinates the work of various technical specialists so that the requirements of government agencies and private business goals are met as a project proceeds through the maze of approvals. Ms. Schaffer is Chair of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Board Member of Voices UnBroken.
Mr. Samit Shah is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company’s New Jersey Office. At McKinsey, Samit advises Fortune 500 firms, investors and public sector entities on growth strategy; M&A; marketing; sales and operational excellence topics. He focuses primarily on the pharmaceutical industry, global public health, and economic development in the US, Europe, and West Africa.
Prior to McKinsey, Samit was an Investment Banking Associate at Deutsche Bank in London and Mumbai. As part of Deutsche’s real estate credit structuring group, Samit analyzed over $7B of transaction value in real estate private equity; debt issuance; debt restructuring; securitization; and distressed debt acquisition across the US, Europe, and South Asia.
Samit’s other experiences also reflect a passion for the intersection between the social and private sectors. He worked as an investment analyst in the New York offices of Tau Investment Management, an activist social impact-focused hedge fund with a mission to drive “double bottom line” (e.g., financial and social) impact in portfolio companies. Samit has also consulted independently for several innovative education and economic empowerment-focused organizations, including the Sujaya Foundation in Mumbai; Citta Himalaya in Kathmandu; and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in New York City.
Ms. Yolanda Shashaty attended Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in painting and art history. After beginning her art career in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York City where she currently lives and works. She paints and shows her work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is on the Board of Directors of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a member of Friends of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Columbia University Middle East Seminar. For the past year, she is proud to be an active member the Board of Materials for the Arts.
Mr. Pamit Surana is a Managing Director in Accenture’s (NYSE: ACN) Strategy practice. He has 20 years of global experience in wireless, communications and operations. He focuses on large-scale, rapid cost reduction programs with Global Fortune 100 firms. At Accenture, he has led several pro-bono consulting projects for non-profits. Outside of the office, Pamit loves photography and never says no to any chocolate or wine tasting. He lives in Battery Park City with his wife and son. Outside of MFTA, he is also involved with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Queen Silvia of Sweden’s Mentor Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness (National Foundation for Fitness Sports and Nutrition).
Mr. Han Yik is the Head of Institutional Investors at the World Economic Forum. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing relationships with key institutional investors as well as thought leadership on topics relevant for leading sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments and family offices to engage them in the activities of the Forum. In addition, Mr. Yik is responsible for leading the team in delivering value in a manner consistent with the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world; identifying complex, multi-stakeholder issues; and actively shaping and providing strategic guidance on projects and initiatives offered to Forum Partner companies.
Prior to joining the Forum, Mr. Yik was a Senior Institutional Portfolio Strategist at U.S. Trust, where he managed multi-asset class portfolio solutions in an outsourced CIO capacity for a variety of institutional clients. He also served as a subject matter expert in risk management and liability-driven investing strategies as well as driving thought leadership efforts in the defined benefit space. He began his career at Towers Perrin where he worked as a consulting actuary. In 2006, he joined Mercer as a senior actuarial consultant where he advised multinational companies on financial strategy relating to employee benefits and retirement plans, as well as providing consulting and analytical support in private equity mergers and acquisitions regarding pre- and post-transaction issues. Mr. Yik earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics, with a concentration in Operations Research, from Yale University, where he won the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Excellence in Mathematics.
The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl
Tom Finkelpearl is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Director of the Queens Museum for 12 years. Mr. Finkelpearl has also served as Deputy Director at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center during its merger with the Museum of Modern Art, as the Director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program, and as the Executive Director of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
Mr. Finkelpearl published two books: “Dialogues in Public Art” (MIT Press, 2001) and “What We Make: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation” (Duke University Press, 2013). He received a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY.