Staff & Board
Joanna develops our tours, workshops, and programs for youth, the elderly and special needs groups. As an artist, she has exhibited her shaped paintings and works on paper nationally and internationally in solo and group shows. A member of National Women In the Arts, she is represented by Perimeter Gallery in Chicago. Joanna has a BFA from Cornell University where she studied painting and art history.
View Joanna’s art: http://www.joannapinsky.com.
Ellen develops Art Encounter’s travel programs from her residence in Sedona, Arizona. Her mixed media artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the country and has recently been shown at the Sedona Art Museum, Phoenix Artlink, and the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Ellen has a BA from Roosevelt University and a background in education and art therapy.
Caryn joined Art Encounter’s staff in 2008 and is responsible for the financial management of the organization. She also acts as board liaison, oversees marketing, membership and volunteers, and assists with program development and special events. Caryn has a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Development and Communications
Donna joined Art Encounter in March 2016 as our first Director of Development and Communications. She comes to Art Encounter most recently from the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, where she served as the Vice President of Creative Development since 2009. Prior, she held the position of Director of Development at the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation for six years, and has built her own successful company Bliss Event Concepts which specializes in special events production.
Education and Outreach Director
Lea joined Art Encounter’s staff in August 2015. She has been a teaching artist with the organization since 2002 and has worked in the field of arts education program management in Chicago since 1999. She is also an artist and leads public art projects with her husband Dustin Harris as Mix Masters Murals. Lea oversees Art Encounter’s outreach programs in schools, senior centers, and in the community at large.
Sarah Khalid Dhobhany
Sarah joined Art Encounter’s staff in September 2016 and supports the Managing Director with membership, program, marketing and other administrative functions. She is a Brooklyn native and graduate of SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Art History and Museum Professions. She was drawn to Art Encounter from their mission to make art accessible to all audiences, which aligned with her own practice of making contemporary art accessible in the current & changing digital world.
Board of Directors
Gale Goldstick Cohen
Anna Koh Varilla