Board of Directors

 

Lisa Cahn,(Secretary) after earlier careers as a journalist, screenplay analyst and book editor, runs an audiobook/spoken word production company, Prose Garden Productions, from her home-based recording studio.  She received an A.B. in religious studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She lives with her son, Jack, who is an enthusiastic member of The Vanaver Caravan, in New Paltz. When she is not in the studio, Lisa enjoys hiking, photography, and collecting rare books and ephemera.

Lisa Cahn,(Secretary) after earlier careers as a journalist, screenplay analyst and book editor, runs an audiobook/spoken word production company, Prose Garden Productions, from her home-based recording studio.  She received an A.B. in religious studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She lives with her son, Jack, who is an enthusiastic member of The Vanaver Caravan, in New Paltz. When she is not in the studio, Lisa enjoys hiking, photography, and collecting rare books and ephemera.

Lisa Cahn

(Secretary)

Ted McKnight  (Vice President) is a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM.  He lives in Princeton, NJ, where he moved to marry, raise children and train dogs. Ted still has dogs.  He started dancing with The Caravan in 1981. After graduating from Julliard, Ted danced with The Vanaver Caravan from 1981 – 1996.

Ted McKnight

(Vice President)

Dr. Marc Grossman, O.D. L.Ac., Natural Eye Care & Acupuncture, New Paltz, NY,  is a leading holistic eye doctor and acupuncturist in the United States. He has been in practice for over 30 years, and is the author of five books on natural eye care. Dr. Grossman is a consultant to school systems and rehabilitation centers.

Dr. Marc Grossman, O.D. L.Ac

  Dr. Amy  Pender (President) is a financial planner and advisor who specializes in working with clients who seek environmentally and socially responsible investments.  She is also a practicing artist.  She sings with Kairos, a professional a capella vocal ensemble, and she holds a doctorate in voice from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Amy Pender

(President)

Maria Guralnik  (Chair, Events Committee) is a Professor of Arts Management & Development, at SUNY Purchase, NY.  She served as General Manager of the Van Cliburn Foundation and is a past president of the North American Performing Arts Managers Association. Ms. Guralnik was a managerial associate at Columbia Artists Management.  She established her own consulting and management firm, Sky Top Group, in 2009 and is the personal representative for acclaimed concert pianist Frederic Chiu. She also serves on the Board of Mohonk Mountain House.

Maria Guralnik

(Chair, Events Committee)

Dr. Andy Teirstein, Professor of Music, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, NY is a composer, performer and professor who is known for his compositions for film, concert and dance companies including Stephen Petronio, Liz Lerman, Donald Byrd and Carolyn Dorfman. He is an Associate Arts Professor in the Dance Department at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and received a Ph.D from the CUNY Graduate Center in music composition. He has performed with The Vanaver Caravan since the 80s. Andy also performs in the touring show, Woody Sez, and has appeared as an actor in film, TV and on Broadway. He lives in Accord and Manhattan.

Dr. Andy Teirstein


Board of Advisors

David Amram, Phillip Arnoult, Gerry Bamman, Hon. Lane Berk, Patti Cohen, Paul Ellis, Arlene Gould, Andre Gregory, Patricia S. Guralnik, Nora Guthrie, Joan Halifax Roshi, Joseph Jones, Robin Larsen, Ph. D., Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., Richard Mennen, Esq., Ph. D., Sally S. Mennen, Ph.D., Natalie Merchant, Meredith Monk,  Dr. Paul Posnak, Ethel Raim, Stephen Rathe, Sil Reynolds,  Sarah Stackhouse, Mark Stanley, Esq., Aaron Stern