Staff & Consultants

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Ruby Lerner, President & Executive Director

Sean Elwood, Director, Programs & Initiatives
Lisa Dent, Director, Resources & Award Programs
Merle Augustin, Manager, Advisory Services

Jenny Gill, Director of Communications
Carolyn Lambert, Web, Design and Media Manager
Alex Teplitzky, Communications Associate
Hannah Fenlon, PDP PR/Marketing Assistant
Schuyler Swenson, Media Associate

Meg Miles, Director of Partnerships and Development
Susan Tranbaugh, Manager of Institutional Giving and Strategy
Sheryl Oppenheim, Institutional Giving Assistant

Leslie Singer, Chief Financial Officer
Debra Henri, Finance Assistant 
Emily Stoddart, Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Alyson Pou, Director, PDP
Krista Fabian DeCastro, PDP Workshop Manager
Mary Kerr, PDP Administrative Manager

Patrick KeefeTechnical Operations Manager

Pradeep Dalal, Director, Grants & Services
Julie Evanoff, Manager, Information & Tech
Steven Zultanski, Program Assistant

Jaime Kight, Program Associate
Valerie Guido, Program Assistant

Moira Brennan, Program Director
Lauren SloneProgram Manager
Kim Savarino, Program Assistant

Beezwax, Website Programmer
Sam Nelson, Clever Name Here, Inc., Web Consultant
Michael Overn, Legal Counsel
Matthew Deleget, Professional Development Online Learning Consultant

Staff Biographies

RubyRuby Lerner Lerner, President & Executive Director
Ruby Lerner is the founding President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. Prior to Creative Capital, Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. Having worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields, she served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970s, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York's foremost nonprofit theaters.

Lerner has written and lectured extensively, including at Harvard Business School (in conjunction with a Harvard Business School case study on Creative Capital) and for the University of North Carolina’s Entrepreneurship Program. She regularly presents on arts issues at conferences and summits, including the Grantmakers for the Arts conference, the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture, IdeaFestival in Louisville and the Independent Sector National Conference. Lerner was a 30th Annniversary ArtTable Honoree (2011) and recipient of the John L. Haber Award from the University of North Carolina (2009), the Catalyst Award from the National Association of Artists Organizations (2007), the BAXten Award from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2007), a Creative Leadership Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities (2005), the Artist Advocate Award from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations (2003) and a Special Citation from Artists Space for her support of individual artists (2003). Ms. Lerner currently serves on the Headlands Center for the Arts Advisory Council; the Shapiro Center Advisory Committee; the Goucher College Committee of Visitors; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Innovation Circle; the National Advisory Board of the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC; and the National Advisory Board of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Merle Augustin, Manager of Advisory Services
Merle Augustin is a film producer, director and writer. She’s worked on documentaries, short films, features and web series. Her work has been shown at numerous festivals including South By Southwest, The Asian-American Film Festival and The Rotterdam International Film Festival. In addition to her work with Creative Capital, Merle teaches filmmaking at CUNY and serves as a Media Coach at the Educational Video Center, a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy and career skills of young people.


Krista Fabian DeCastro Krista Fabian DeCastro, PDP Workshop Manager
Krista Fabian DeCastro is a cultural manager specializing in festival programming, events production, artist development, cultural development and international cultural exchange. She served as program director of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, manager of the international programming department at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and manager of Africa Exchange, a program of 651 ARTS that supported collaborative exchanges between performing artists in the United States and Africa. She holds a BA from The New School and a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She currently lives in Chicago.


Lisa DentLisa Dent, Director, Resources & Award Programs
Before joining Creative Capital as Director of Resources & Award Programs, Lisa Dent served as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Dent previously held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York.  In addition, Dent has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer on numerous projects. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS.  She has taught courses in art history and design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.


Sean Sean ElwoodElwood, Director of Programs & Initiatives
Since joining Creative Capital in 2000, Sean has served as Grants Officer; Acting Director of the MAP Fund; Director of Grants & Services and since 2010, Director of Programs & Initiatives and head of the Artist Services program. Prior to joining Creative Capital, he was Curator & Art Collection Manager for the City of Seattle; Director of Special Projects at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manager of the Artist Residency Program at Centrum Foundation. He founded Sean Elwood Fine Arts, SEEDITIONS Art Publishing Company and was co-founder of Fuller/Elwood Gallery in Seattle. He currently serves on the board of Triple Canopy, and on advisory boards for the New Foundation Seattle, Lower East Side Printshop and Dieu Donné Papermill. He regularly curates, publishes, writes about, speaks publicly about, collects and makes artworks. He holds a BA and MA in Visual Arts.

Hannah FenlonHannah Fenlon, PDP PR/Marketing Assistant
Hannah Fenlon graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in Drama, and is currently receiving a Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She has worked as a freelance producer and casting director in Chicago (where she co-founded Two Birds Casting, a casting facilitation service for theatre) and spent two years as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago. Hannah has worked with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, A Red Orchid Theatre and, most recently, Theatre Communications Group, with whom she planned the 2014 National Theatre Conference in San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico.


Jenny Gill

Jenny Gill, Director of Communications
Jenny Gill has a background in arts administration, curatorial work and studio art. Prior to joining Creative Capital in 2010, she produced educational programs and digital content for the American Craft Council. She has worked at numerous commercial and nonprofit galleries, including as Gallery Director at the University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Gallery Manager at Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. (New York) and Assistant Curator at Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, TN). She also worked as a letterpress designer/printer at the historic Hatch Show Print, studied at the International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan, and was an artist assistant for Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire. Jenny holds a BA in art and art history from Vanderbilt University, where she was awarded the Hamblet Award for studio art, and an MA from Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design and Culture.


Debra HenriDebra Henri, Finance Assistant
Debra Henri is a theatre director and actor, having received her theatre degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She lived in London and Los Angeles prior to moving to New York. In addition to working in Creative Capital's finance department, she also keeps the books for Pyburn Films and John Szoke Editions. She holds a Notary Public license from the State of New York.



Patrick Whalen

Patrick Keefe, Technical Operations Manager
In addition to the technical role that he fills at Creative Capital, Patrick Keefe is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in engineering and physical science. He holds a BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a veteran of the U.S. Nuclear Navy. He has guest lectured at Stony Brook University on the history of anatomy and has taught and worked in glass, sculpture and ceramic arts. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he regularly attends figurative drawing sessions.

Mary KerrMary Kerr, PDP Administrative Manager
Mary Kerr began her career working in various capacities for the Sundance Institute, eventually becoming a film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. She subsequently went on to program for the Los Angeles, Gen Art and Maryland Film Festivals and in 2003, became Director of Programming for the SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Executive Director of The Flaherty, producer of the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. In addition to her work for Creative Capital, she also produces documentary films, most recently, One Cut, One Life, by Lucia Small and Ed Pincus. She has served on funding panels for the NEA, NYSCA, ITVS, POV, Tribeca Gucci Fund, and festivals juries for the New Orleans, Ashland, Full Frame, Sarasota, Nordisk Panorama and HBO Comedy Arts Film Festivals, among others. She was also curator of the 2009 and 2010 Council on Foundations Film and Video Festivals. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Carolyn Carolyn LambertLambert, Web, Design and Media Manager
Carolyn Lambert is an interdisciplinary artist who explores relationships to territory and concepts of nature. Her videos, objects, installations, and excursions have been exhibited and produced throughout the U.S. and Canada at venues including SculptureCenter, Exit Art, Proteus Gowanus, Flux Factory and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also a Fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. In support of her work, Lambert has received funding from the Steinbrenner Institute, The Sprout Fund and NYFA.  Before coming to Creative Capital, she was the founder of Plumb and Level Design and taught digital media and web design at Marymount Manhattan and Adelphi University.


Meg MilesMeg Miles, Director of Partnerships and Development
Before joining Creative Capital in 2009, Meg Miles was the Program Coordinator at openhousenewyork, where she organized public programs about New York City's architecture and design and helped launch several fundraising campaigns and activities around the annual OHNY Weekend. Previously, she was the Gallery Manager at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York and worked as an educator at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Meg holds a BA in art history from Oberlin College, where she also spent three years working in various education and research positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.


Sheryl Oppenheim, Institutional Giving Assistant
Sheryl Oppenheim is a Brooklyn-based painter. Her work has recently been exhibited in New York at Small Editions, BAM, Bannerette, and Sadie Hallie, and in California at Hammock Gallery and City Limits Gallery. In addition to paintings, her artist books can be viewed at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI; and Florence Loewy, Paris. Her work has recently been reviewed on Painting is Dead, KQED, and Metropolis M. She recently curated the exhibition Endless Care at Small Editions. She grew up in Central Florida, and her favorite flavor Ritter bar is marzipan. 



AlysonAlyson Pou Pou, PDP Director
Alyson Pou has been with Creative Capital since 1999 and has played a key role in the development of the Artist Services and Professional Development Programs. Previously, she was Director of Programming and Public Relations at Creative Time Inc. Pou's installation/performance work has been presented in New York by Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Performance Space 122, Franklin Furnace, The New Museum, Artists Space, Creative Time, HERE and the Bronx Museum, among others. She is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award in the Choreographer/Creator category. Fellowships and residencies include The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The American Antiquarian Society, and Voice and Vision’s Envision Retreat. She has taught performance art history and production at NYU, Cooper Union, The New School, Williams College and Smith College.

Leslie Singer, Chief Financial Officer
Leslie Singer is a Gemini. She spent the 1980s in San Francisco doing small business accounting and experimental film and video. Her films and video works have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the U.S. Since her move to New York in 1994, Singer has worked extensively in nonprofit administration and finance. She has also continued her love of video art as editor of Laura Cottingham’s Not For Sale (1998), among others. She loves Iggy Pop, Marcel Proust, organic food, denim and cats.


Emily StoddartEmily Stoddart, Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Emily Stoddart is a painter, writer and arts administrator. Recent exhibitions include IN/LIT at Brian Morris Gallery, New York; at RH Gallery, New York; and Squeeze Machine at Field Projects, New York. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, Glasschord Magazine, and published in Contrivances, (Joyland Press), a compilations of stories by the art critic David Balzer. Emily is a writer for publications such as Magenta Magazine and Scapegoat Journal, and is the founder and director of CART, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing support and patronage for Canadian artists working in New York City and internationally.  Before joining Creative Capital, Emily worked as the studio manager for Barnaby Furnas and was an administrator at the Art Dealers Association of Canada. She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. 


Schuyler Swenson, Media Associate
S​chuyler Swenson is a​ multimedia produce​r with a background in public radio. ​Originally from Denver, she attended​ Wesleyan University​ before studying ​radio production at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA.​ She has produced stories for WNYC, Colorado Public Radio and was a reporter for a commercial station in South Korea. ​In addition to her work at Creative Capital, ​she​ ​is the Editorial Director ​for multimedia storytelling ​website, Cowbird​.com​​ and works as an Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. ​She love​s​ bell hooks, ​Studs Terkel, ​​Tsai Ming-Liang films, and ​kimchi​.​​


Alex TeplitzkyAlex Teplitzky, Communications Associate
Alex Teplitzky studies and implements tools for arts organizations and artists to express themselves on the web and through social media.  He has worked for a wide variety of galleries and museums including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Claire Oliver Gallery, the Jen Bekman Gallery, the Richard Feigen Gallery and Ray Johnson Estate. In 2010, Alex moved to New York to study at the John W. Draper Graduate Program at NYU where he wrote his thesis on artists' visual deconstruction of the media's representation of terrorism and violence.  He has written arts articles for Art F City, Hyperallergic, Eros Mortis and he manages an art blog called Tout Petit la Planète. He also DJs at various venues in New York City under the alias Nabocough.


Susan TranbaughSusan TranbaughManager of Institutional Giving and Strategy
Susan began her career in the financial services sector in New York City where she worked as an investor relations associate at an asset management firm. Subsequently, she chose to leave the industry to pursue classroom teaching and taught 3rd grade for two years at an independent school where she developed an interest in multidisciplinary art education. Susan has developed and implemented educational programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at MoMA. Most recently, she worked in the development offices of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado and Art in General in New York City. Susan holds a BA from Colgate University and a MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. 


Pradeep Dalal, Director of Grants & Services, Arts Writers Grant Program
Pradeep Dalal is an artist and writer. His work was recently included in exhibits at the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst and at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark. He has exhibited at the New York Public Library, Orchard, ps122 Gallery, TART (San Francisco) and the Miami-Dade Public Library. Dalal's reviews and interviews have been published in ARTWURL,, Village Voice and EGO Magazine. He is the recipient of Tierney Fellowship and has an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a M.Arch. from MIT. He is also on the faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York.


Julie Julie EvanoffEvanoff, Information & Technical Services Manager, Arts Writers Grant Program
Julie Evanoff is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in drawing, painting, printmaking and video animation. Her recent exhibitions include in between at The Gallery at The Art Institute of Tucson, If you see nothing say something at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn and Stories real and vividly imagined at Gallery Niklas Belenius in Stockholm, Sweden, and Hallways in Brooklyn. Her animations have screened in video festivals including the 2k5 Video Festival and City Without Walls Juried Video Festival. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Julie’s awards include the Geraldine Dodge Grant from The Women’s Studio Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center and the Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award from Rutgers University.


Steven ZultanskiSteven Zultanski, Program Assistant, Arts Writers Grant Program
Steven Zultanski is a poet and critic who lives and works in Brooklyn. He is the author of four books of poetry: Pad (Make Now Press, 2010), Cop Kisser (BookThug, 2010), Agony (BookThug, 2012) and Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming 2014). Critical work has appeared in P-Queue, Jacket 2, Rain Taxi and elsewhere. He gives readings widely, and co-curated the Segue Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club. Steven received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Poetics at SUNY Buffalo.



Jaime KightJaime Kight, Program Associate, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program
Jaime is a dancer, writer and performing arts professional. She has held various positions at arts organizations including Danspace Project, Dancewave, New York Live Arts and the Feldenkrais Foundation, and has assisted dance scholar Dr. Sally Sommer (Director of the FSU in NYC Program). Jaime has been published in the Dance on Camera Journal, manages her own blog ("With Muchness") and is working on her first novel. She also had the privilege of assisting dance critic, Wendy Perron, with the publication of her book Through the Eyes of a Dancer. Jaime earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University where she studied with Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Dr. Sally Sommer, Dan Wagoner and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (among others).


Valerie GuidoValerie Guido, Program Assistant, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program
Originally from West Virginia, Valerie Guido is a dancer, exercise physiologist and arts enthusiast. She moved to New York City upon graduating summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in dance. Prior to joining the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, Valerie worked as an Operations Coordinator at The Guild Agency. She has also studied and performed around the US and abroad with notable teachers, including Betty Jones, Allegra Kent and Patrick Corbin, and is thrilled to continue her performance career in NYC while assisting other artists in the field through her work at DDPAA.


Moira BrennanMoira Brennan, Program Director, The MAP Fund
Moira Brennan studied theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her writing about the arts and feminism has been published in the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, American Theatre,, among other publications.



Lauren StoneLauren Slone, Program Manager, The MAP Fund
Currently, Lauren manages the administration of the grant program, facilitates the evaluation and grant selection process, and is responsible for MAP’s communications and social media strategies. Prior to MAP, she was an Arts Administration Fellow for two years at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography under the leadership of Jennifer Calienes. In 2012 she earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State Universitywhere she was a Ballet Teaching Fellow, and pursued choreographic research in Israel, Spain, and France. Lauren is an artist whose work has been most recently presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church and Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.


Kim Savarino,Program Assistant, The MAP Fund
Kim is responsible for managing MAP’s communications and networking platforms with a primary focus on promoting MAP grantees throughout the development, premiere, and touring of their projects. She is a research associate with the arts consulting firm ARTS Action Research and champions for dance as a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. In addition to her work in arts administration, Kim performs in Third Rail Projects’ Bessie-Award winning immersive theater experience Then She Fell. She has worked with The Foundry, Lauren Ree Slone, and Harper Addison and has performed works by Jawole Zollar, Sharon Eyal, Shen Wei and Alex Ketley. Kim trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Summer Lee Rhatigan and graduated with a BFA in dance summa cum laude with honors from Florida State University.


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