Art Therapy - Martha.jpg

Martha Dorn
Executive Director

Martha Dorn, a seasoned professional with more than 30 years experience in the nonprofit field, brings to The Art Therapy Project proven administrative, senior management and development skills. A graduate of Tufts University, Martha’s portfolio of nonprofit expertise spans local and national organizations including Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Interfaith Neighbors and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Throughout her career, Martha remains committed to delivering the highest quality support to underserved, at risk and marginalized populations in the New York area and beyond. In addition to her development activities and fiscal management responsibilities, Martha manages day-to-day operations and oversees The Art Therapy Project’s marketing and communications strategies.


Lindsay Lederman, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS
Clinical Director

Lindsay Lederman has dedicated her career to bringing art therapy to children, adolescents and adults who are most in need. Her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her Masters from the School of Visual Arts Art Therapy Program, have provided her with a strong foundation, both in and out of the classroom. Lindsay began her career at St. Luke's - Roosevelt as the first art therapist in their child and family outpatient clinic. She went on to join CARES, their adolescent day program, and most recently started the first art therapy program for Nemours Hospital for Children. Lindsay is a dedicated supervisor, therapist, presenter and leader. She has a passion for sharing her belief in the power of art therapy to help those who have endured trauma.

Art Therapy - Rob.jpg

Rob Belgrod, MPS, ART-BC, LCAT
Art Therapist

Rob Belgrod specializes in working with people who are experiencing challenges with identity, chemical addiction, stress, and the LGBTQA+ community. He utilizes modern and integrative art and psychotherapeutic methods in his compassion-based approach.

Art Therapy - joanie.jpg

Joanie Choremi
Development Manager

Joanie Choremi graduated from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development with a Masters in Visual Arts Administration in May 2018. Prior to joining the team at The Art Therapy Project, she worked at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO and focused on development and marketing initiatives. Joanie was also a partner in a custom hand-built ski company, Grizzly Boards, where she was responsible for painting graphics and designing skis. She received a BA in Studio Art from Colorado College in 2011 and continues to paint in her free time. Joanie is passionate about spreading awareness on art therapy and believes the creative process is an essential part of mental wellness.


Art Therapists

Natacha Alvarez, ATR-BC, LCAT

Jess Benston, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Gemma Burgio, ATR-BC, LCAT

Jennifer Byxbee, ATR-BC, LCAT

Melissa Kay Cohen, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Jill Geller, ATR-BC, LCAT, RYT

Karen Gibbons, MPS, MFA, ATR-BC, LCAT, RYT

Mickie Hoffman, ATR-BC, LCAT

Valeria Koutmina, ATR-BC, LCAT

Randi Leone, ATR-BC, LCAT

Ahn Hee Strain, ATR-BC, LCAT


Board of Directors


David Wasserman
Founder and Chairman
The Art Therapy Project

David Wasserman spent 35 years in the financial services sector in financial, investment, operational and executive roles. He also served as an adjunct professor of finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business. David retired in 2010 to focus on philanthropic efforts. In addition to launching The Art Therapy Project, he administers The Jade Foundation, a family nonprofit, and serves on the boards of Knighthead Life & Annuity Insurance Company, The New School for Social Engagement, and Common Good Partners Ltd.  David is a graduate of Brown University. While lacking any artistic talent himself, he enjoys and appreciates art produced by the many talented and creative local artists who display their works at art shows and fairs in our local community.

Jennifer A. Cuminale
Associate Vice President

Manager of Public Relations Christie’s

Jennifer Cuminale is the Associate Vice President, Manager of Public Relations at Christie’s, where she oversees and executes press strategies for a range of specialist departments. Jennifer is the lead PR contact for Christie’s Americas overseeing Luxury (Jewels, Watches, Wine, and Handbags) and Asian Art (Chinese Paintings, Chinese Works of Art, Japanese and Korean Art, South Asian Modern + Contemporary, and Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art). Prior to Christie’s, Jennifer worked in communications and development for a multitude of fine art and luxury corporations and institutions, including Assouline Publishing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Ralph Lauren. Jennifer earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business specializing in Global Business and Social Impact and graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a BA in Art History and American Studies.

Meg E. Dodge
Indigo 8 Advisors

Meg E. Dodge is a principal of Indigo 8 Advisors which works with clients to develop and manage a customized Opportunity Zone investment strategy aligned to their financial and values-based objectives. Prior to co-founding Indigo, Meg held a leadership role at Morgan Stanley with the Private Bank’s Strategic Lending Group and was a Senior Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. where she was a corporate fiduciary and helped form and lead The Goldman Sachs Trust Company’s Estate Services Group. She is a graduate of Colby College after which she attended Syracuse University College of Law and New York University School of Law for her J.D. and LLM. Meg is a member of the American and New York Bar Associations, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Sponsor for the Arts with Students Sponsor Partners. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Kent School.


Diane L. Duckler
Former SVP Account Service
MSW.ARS Research

Diane Duckler spent most of her career in marketing, specifically branding and advertising research, working with a broad range of domestic and global clients. One of her primary responsibilities was to deliver presentations to upper management to provide actionable recommendations and next steps in the marketing process. She has served on the Advisory Council since 2014 providing assistance with our marketing and fundraising efforts and is Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee and annual fundraising event. Diane also coaches abused women through a variety of volunteer programs. She enjoys painting, biking, music and traveling. Diane and her husband live in Westchester.

Deborah Farber, ATR-BC, LCAT
Chair MPS Art Therapy Department School of Visual Arts

Deborah Farber, is the Chair and Founder of the MPS Art Therapy program at SVA. A licensed, board-certified art therapist, Deborah has an MPS degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development and a BA in Psychology. In addition to her responsibilities as chair and instructor in the MPS Art Therapy program, Deborah has presented at conferences on art therapy and family literacy, conducted numerous workshops on the use of art therapy with varied populations and served on both the Honors Committee and Scholarship Committee of the American Art Therapy Association. Deborah has recently developed an exchange program between Cork Institute University in Ireland and SVA’s graduate art therapy program.

Sheryl Punia
Retired Educator

Guidance Counselor
East Windsor School District

Sheryl Punia began her career teaching History and English in middle school. She earned a Masters degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Rider University and returned to the East Windsor School District as a Guidance Counselor. In addition, Sheryl developed prevention programs for both public and private schools in Princeton. She has served as President of the Women’s Division of Jewish Federation of Mercer-Bucks County; Chair of the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance; President of Greenwood House Home for the Jewish Aged and Trustee for The Hun School. Sheryl is currently an active board member of Greenwood House and Greenwood House Foundation. She and her husband reside in Princeton, NJ.


David Rhodes

School of Visual Arts

David Rhodes, who received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service to Art Education from the University Council for Art Education, has been president of the School of Visual Arts since 1978. He is an active advocate for all aspects of art education as a Board Member or Board Trustee for several national associations; he has testified before Congress numerous times about public policy and higher education, cultural institutions and partnerships. The focus of The Art Therapy Project on art as therapy for veterans of the Gulf war’s female and male has particular significance to SVA; David’s father, Silas H. Rhodes, co-founded SVA in 1947 as the Cartoonists’ and Illustrators’ School, many students of which were World War II vets.

SVA’s strong support of The Art Therapy Project’s mission includes providing administrative assistance, donating space for The Art Therapy Project offices and an art studio, as well as making other SVA resources available for The Art Therapy Project purposes. An avid reader, kayaker and photographer, his favorite artists include Jackson Pollack and Claude Monet. David serves as the Treasurer of The Art Therapy Project's Board of Directors.

Tom Rothman
Motion Picture Group/Sony Pictures Entertainment

Thomas E. Rothman is Chairman of Sony Picture Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. In that role, Tom oversees all of the motion picture activities worldwide for Columbia Pictures, Tri star, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics. Previously, Rothman founded Fox Searchlight Pictures and then served as Chairman of 2othCentury Fox for over a decade. His track record of 30+ years in the film business includes the two highest grossing films in cinematic history, Titanic and Avatar; over $50 billion in worldwide box office, more than 150 Academy Award® nominations and five Best Picture Oscars. He serves on the boards of The Priceline Group, the Sundance Institute, Cal Arts, The American Film Institute and Brown University (emeritus). Tom was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to the National Council of the Arts. He is Brown ‘76, Phi Beta Kappa, Magnum Cum Laude, with honors in English and American literature. Tom was an all New England selection in lacrosse and is proud of Brown's appearance in the NCAA Final 4.

Cristina Salmastrelli
Regional Managing Director

Ramsay Fairs, US

Cristina joined Ramsay Fairs (parent company of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs and Affordable Art Fairs) in 2011 as PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs’ Fair Manager. In 2012, she became the Director of the Affordable Art Fair NYC bringing an innovative and dynamic perspective to one of the city’s most anticipated events. In 2016, she took on the role of Regional Managing Director of Ramsay Fairs in the United States, overseeing all company relations in the country. She has an extensive background working at some of the most highly regarded and iconic art fairs including the IFPDA Print Fair, ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, ADAA THE ART SHOW, and the Outsider Art Fair and has just celebrated a decade of working in the field. Outside of work, travel is her biggest passion. Cristina is an avid sports fan and a self-proclaimed foodie, always looking for her next favorite meal whether it’s around the corner or across the globe.


Val Sereno, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Coordinator of Special Projects

MPS Art Therapy Department

School of Visual Arts

Val Sereno is on the faculty as well as Coordinator of Special Programs and Projects for the MPS Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts. She facilitated The Art Therapy Project’s first women veterans art therapy group addressing PTSD and military sexual abuse issues.  Val’s extensive post graduate work includes the EDCAS program (Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions) at the White Institute for Psychoanalysis and The Creativity Seminar at Harvard. She developed an international professional art therapy program in Avignon, France and has presented her research internationally and nationally.

Nancy Winkelstein-Plaut, LMSW

Nancy Winkelstein-Plaut earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and as a licensed social worker her work focused on adolescents in school and foster care environments. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Nancy worked as a Senior Social Worker at, among other organizations, The Jewish Child Care Association and Grand Street Settlement. Currently Nancy is a crisis counselor at the Crisis Textline. She has been active in the non-profit world for the past 25 years, having served as the President of the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund; founding board member of RADAR, a community drug and alcohol coalition; PTA president; and more. Nancy enjoys hiking, tennis, theater, hockey, music and exploring art galleries on Cape Cod during the summer. She has two children and lives with her husband in Westchester.

The Young Professionals Leadership Group


Sara Cao

Maria Edwards

Claire Finney

Jessica Fryer

Emma Katovitz

Marlee Katz

Christine Kiernan

Grace Lang

Lauren Latella, co-chair

Justin Lintz, co-chair

Sarah Salice

Erin Schuppert, co-chair

Emma Sims

Izzy Spada

Sarah Staller, co-chair

Alexssa Todd

Laura Van Ingen

Lisa Wang

Ali Wasserman


Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of individuals selected by the Board of Directors for their knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields. Advisory Council Members are proficient in their fields and care about the mission of The Art Therapy Project. Members of the Council will be called upon by either Board Members or staff for consultation or advice as needed.


Lisa Cooper


Elisa Contemporary Art

Analisa Dillingham


Clifford Chance US LLP

Francis DiTommaso

Director, Student Galleries

School of Visual Arts

Leslie Morrison Faerstein, EdD, LCSW

Executive Director

Jane Havemeyer


HMS Inc., nonprofit consultancy

Charlotte A. Lee

Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant

Lee Hecht Harrison Management

Myrna Manners


The Manners Dotson Group

Debbie Mittleman

Retired Elementary School Art Teacher

Raquel Stephenson, PHD, ATR-BC, LCAT

Art Therapy Program Coordinator

Lesley University

Iven R. Taub Esq.

Attorney at Law

Charles H. Traub

Department Chair

MFA Photography, Video & Related Media

School of Visual Arts

Capt. Devlin Winkelstein

United States Army