David Wes Sadowsky
Board of Directors
Rima Vargas-Vetter, chair
Donald T. Fallati
Richard D. Kirschner
Tiffany Rea Fisher, ex officio
David Wes Sadowsky, ex officio
Nicholas Fox Weber
Nancy D. Perlman
Marissa Fayer, chair
Caroline Yost, chair
Gabriella Da Silva
Rima Vargas-Vetter, Chair trained in classical dance around the world with Paul Goube, Louis Falco, David Howard, Joyce Tristler, and at the Alvin Ailey School. She danced, acted, and choreographed for a number of American, French, and German productions, most notably Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club." She became a sculptor after graduating from Parsons School of Design and currently resides in New York City with her husband, board member Paul Ukena.
Carolynn V. Koster - Dilworth: Born in Toronto, Canada, educated in New York and Hamburg, BS, Finance from CW Post Long Island University (1985), course work toward MBA in Finance, Stern School of Business, New York University (1988). Certificate in French cuisine, Culinary Institute of America (New York, 1999). Twenty years of experience in international commercial and investment banking. Spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank in various positions, including marketing, product structuring and credit analysis to major national and international Fortune 100 clientele. From 1999-2002 operated own financial consulting business, Everest Alliance Capital LLC, that structured loans and mergers and acquisition transactions for established franchise restaurant businesses. Also, transacted venture capital and M&A deals for start up franchise systems. During this time was also a partner in a large event management and catering business in Hamburg, Germany. Clients included high-end private clientele and large corporate clients. From 2003-mid 2007 retired from corporate world and focused on non-profit organizations in and around New York City, including various Treasury and Board positions for children’s and youth sports leagues, modern dance companies, Humanitad out of London England and Lutheran Church board. Since 2007, co into Frommagination, Inc. dba Auray Cheese Shop (now Auray Gourmet), a high-end specialty food establishment and French Bistro offering cheeses and other specialty food products to customers in the Westchester County, NY / Western Fairfield County, CT area. Canadian, German and US citizen; bilingual English and German.
Robert Dilworth is the Senior VP & Associate General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he is the Co-Head Legal of US Equity Derivatives as well as active in various professional committees and projects in the US and abroad. After receiving his JD from University of Georgia and his LLM from Columbia University School of Law, Robert worked as Director and Counsel at Deutsche Bank.
Amina Elderfield is the Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, driving common practices and toolsets across the global technology organization. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University's The McDonough School of Business, and has worked as VP of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Senior VP at Citigroup, and Senior VP at Cit Smith Barney.
Donald T. Fallati is President of Altheus Advisors, which provides consulting in the areas of strategic growth advisory, marketing, product planning, corporate development, and acquisition-related work for healthcare information and other software and services companies. Previously Don held a variety of senior management roles in technology firms, including Executive Vice President with Dictaphone Corporation and Senior Vice President of Marketing for M*Modal. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Health Information Management Association Foundation, is a member of the Contemporary Drawing and Print Associates at the Museum of Modern Art and serves on volunteer committees at Union Settlement Association in East Harlem. Don has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA from University of Iowa, and an MBA from New York University.
Richard D. Kirschner is the currently the President of RDK Search Solutions LLC, a search firm specializing in the placement of attorneys in legal, regulatory, and compliance positions. He has 25 years of experience in legal recruiting and was formerly Senior Vice President at Kendall-Parker Associates LLC and Marley Group Ltd., in New York City. Prior to his career in legal recruiting, he practiced law for 16 years with a focus in family law. For thirty-five years, Mr. Krischner has been on the Executive Board of Elisa Monte Dance and secured their status as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. He is also the Vice President of the Sourland Hills Actors Guild, a community theater group in New Jersey.
Elisa Monte (Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Elisa Monte Dance) made her professional debut dancing with Agnes DeMille. She then went on to continue her dance career as principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, and Pilobolus among others. Monte’s first choreographic work, Treading (1979), defined her as an important innovator and contributor to contemporary dance.
Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Associate Artistic Director & Director of Operations) received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY. While at Purchase she co-founded ForArts, the school's first interdisciplinary presenting organization, which provided opportunities for students from different conservatories to create collaborative works. In 2004 Tiffany created, directed, and curated Dance at the Tank at the interdisciplinary arts organization the Tank and is the Artistic Director of Inception to Exhibition a fiscally sponsored art service organization she co-founded with her husband in 2009. While with Elisa Monte Dance she has held the positions of principal dancer, Director of Education, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Operations. Tiffany is entering her 11th year with the company.
Paul Ukena received a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from Sarah Lawrence College. He spent almost 20 years in the professional theatre in New York City, acting on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatres, and then moved to New Mexico, where he taught theatre classes at the University of New Mexico, College of Santa Fe (where he directed Fiddler on the Roof with his wife and colleague, Rima Vargas-Vetter), and Albuquerque T-VI. In 1996, having spent 12 years teaching himself to fix computers, he joined with a partner and created MacMechanix, Inc., as a consultant for clients who use Macintosh computers for personal use and business; he was responsible for helping them set up computer systems, networks, and for troubleshooting and repairing hardware and software problems. Currently retired, he has been a member of the Executive Board of Elisa Monte Dance since 2014.
Nicholas Fox Weber is the Executive Director at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the President at American Friends of Le Korsa, and the author of fourteen books including The Bauhaus Group, Le Corbusier, The Clarks of Cooperstown, Balthus A Biography, Patron Saints, The Art of Babar, and The Drawings of Josef Albers. He is currently working on a biography of Piet Mondrion to be published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Vanessa Wilcox is the owner at Wilcox Educational Consulting, a firm which assists students and families with educational decision-making in New York City. She founded the firm in 1997, after receiving her Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education.
Marissa Fayer, Chair is an Operations Management Executive in the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry. She has an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. Marissa works to transform organizations into high-performing centers of excellence and has recently started her own consulting business.
Vanessa Fusco is the Vice President and Associate Director of Museum Services at Christie's in New York City. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian from Vassar College and a Master of Arts in Art History and Archaeology from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. In addition to her work at Christie's, she has also worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Frick Collection.
Kristine Kaplun, Board Director & YPP Liaison is a certified Professional in Human Resources and works as the Human Resources Director at Empire Office. She worked as the Associate Director of HR for Frank Crystal & Company after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, where she was a member of Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society).
Jeffrey Lee, Marketing/PR Chair graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and began working working as Assistant Director at Mary Ryan's art gallery. He is currently the director and co-partner at the newly-christened Ryan Lee Gallery, the home to a dynamic roster of international contemporary artists working in a diverse array of media.
Larkin Clark has worked as a photographer, writer, and editor for numerous publications since her graduation from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema-Television Production. She is currently an event photographer and contributing write to Well+Good NYC and the Content Director of Promotions at DailyCandy/NBCUniversal, where she works with companies including Levi's®, Guess®, Tiffany & Co., and David Yurman.
Josh Feit is currently a JD Candidate at Brooklyn Law School, where he enrolled after earning his Bachelor of Arts in History at Williams College. He was Associate Analyst at Citi before working as a legal intern for Corporate Counsel as ASPCA, a Judicial Extern for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, an Associate for Linklaters, and as a legal intern for Forensic & Disupte Services at Kinetic Partners, where he currently works.
Matthew Fisher recently graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA in Finance and in January 2015 joined Merrill Lynch as an associate of Matthew Kraft's Private Banking and Investment Group (PBIG) team. After receiving a BA in Economics from Carleton College in 2003, Matthew was a professional modern dancer with the Elisa Monte Dance company. He then worked as COO of DiJiFi, a tech start-up specializing in converting analog media into digital, for 6 years. During this time, he has also co-founded and directed a non-profit organization, Inception to Exhibition, which seeks to raise private and public funds to support New York City based artists from a variety of disciplines.
Blaise Hilton graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an M.S and B.S. in Material Science Engineering. He started his career in real estate development in Chicago and has since worked as a private equity real estate consultant in Atlanta and Los Angeles with a focus in multifamily housing. He is currently a partner in a general contracting firm based in Memphis and is an Advisory Committee member for the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Jack Howard-Potter is a New York City based artists who creates large-scale figurative sculptures with steel. Inspired by his study of human anatomy and movement, he studied an Union College and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Sculpture. Assistant to and mentored by Anthony Palumbo, Jack has been fortunate to display his works in parks, municipalities, and galleries across the country.
Bryan McGee graduated from the University of Alabama Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an Electrical & Computer Engineer at General Electric and Adtran before attending Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology. After earning his JD, Bryan became as Associate at the prestigious Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he currently works.
Lindsay McNeil is a founding member of the Junior Board for Elisa Monte Dance. Currently the Account Manager at The iFork, she has shown her dedication to volunteerism by founding the boards for the S.I.P.S. for Sickle Cell charity organization as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Young leaders, a group dedicated to empowering young human rights defenders.
Elia Monte-Brown, Chair Emeritus is currently in her third and final year of the Masters of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama. While studying theater, she founded the Yale School of Drama Women's Coalition. Before entering Yale, Elia earned her Masters in Childhood education from Pace University and taught in public schools across New York City. As the daughter of founder Elisa Monte, Elia grew up surrounded by the world of modern dance, art, and performance.