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Suzy Delvalle, President & Executive Director

Sean Elwood, Director, Programs & Initiatives
Lisa Dent, Director, Resources & Award Programs / Interim Director, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards
Brittni Collins, Artist Services Manager

Jenny Gill, Director of Communications
Devon Scalisi, Web Manager
Alex Teplitzky, Communications Associate
Hillary Bonhomme, Communications Assistant

Kerri Schlottman-Bright, Director of Development
Susan Tranbaugh, Director of Partnerships
Mona Shah, Development Manager
Sheryl Oppenheim, Institutional Giving Associate

Leslie Singer, Chief Financial Officer
Janelle Poe, Finance Assistant 

Alyson Pou, Director, PDP
Krista Fabian DeCastro, PDP Workshop Manager
Alexandra Siclait, PDP Administrative Manager

Patrick Keefe, Director of Technology

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

Lisa Dent, Interim Director
Jaime Kight, Assistant Director
Valerie Guido, Program Associate

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

Staff Biographies

Suzy Delvalle

Suzy Delvalle, President & Executive Director
Susan (Suzy) Delvalle is the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. She joined the organization in June 2016.

Delvalle is the former Executive Director of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling. As leader of the Museum's development process, Delvalle oversaw all aspects, including physical, administrative, and programmatic; established partnerships with a wide range of NYC organizations for initial Museum programming; raised both capital and operating support; and built a robust Board of Trustees and Advisory Board.

Previously, Delvalle served as Director of External Affairs at El Museo del Barrio in New York, where she secured the museum's first major city, state and federal funding including over $35 million in capital support and a three-year, $2 million capacity-building grant. Before joining El Museo, Suzy worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. She also served as Adjunct Faculty at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and as a Guest Lecturer in the Arts Management program at The New School.

Delvalle holds an undergraduate degree from Bentley University and a master's degree from New School University's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy. She was born and raised in Curaçao and speaks Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento.

Hillary Bonhomme, Communications Assistant
Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Hillary Bonhomme moved to New York City for an internship with Americans for the Arts and New York Public Radio in fulfillment of her studies as a music business major at the University of Louisiana. After graduating in the Spring of 2016, she stayed in New York City to pursue interests in arts administration and creative content creation. In addition to Hillary's administrative experience, she has experience as a performer. She was recently in the world premiere of David Lang's "The Public Domain" as part of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. She currently splits her time between Creative Capital and WNYC/WQXR as an assistant producer. 

Brittni Collins

Brittni Collins, Artist Services Manager
After a short stint in marketing, Brittni began her career in the arts at whitespace gallery in Atlanta, where she researched and connected artists to professional development opportunities, and continued with Living Walls, where she was instrumental in the promotion and expansion of street art and tactical urbanism throughout the metro Atlanta area. Prior to joining Creative Capital, she supported the Principals of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and closely studied the practice and design of modernist architectural forms. Brittni received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and completed post-baccalaureate studies at Columbia University in art history and the intersectionalities of human rights and visual culture.

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 Dent

Lisa 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 Elwood

Sean Elwood, 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 for the Foundation. Prior to joining Creative Capital, he was Curator and Art Collections Manager for the City of Seattle; Director of Special Projects at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts; and 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 the advisory boards for the New Foundation Seattle, the Lower East Side Printshop, and he recently established the ArtistEstates Foundation. In his spare time, he continues to curate, publish, write about, talk about, collect and make artworks. He holds a BA and MA in Visual Arts.

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.

Patrick Whalen

Patrick Keefe, Director of Technology
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.

Sheryl Oppenheim, Institutional Giving Associate
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. 


Janelle Poe, Finance Assistant
Accounting some days, DJ some nights, Janelle Poe is a multifaceted artist adept at processing information and connecting the dots.   Currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at City College in Harlem, she is finally convinced her variety of professional experiences in the non-profit, fashion retail, food & beverage, and medical industries all make perfect sense.  A founder of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. while completing her BA in International Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, she is an advocate for equality and the self/societal awareness required to create change.  Her perfect day would involve yoga, reading, singing while baking, digging for records, writing, and dancing until she discovers something new.

Alyson Pou

Alyson 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.

Devon Scalisi

Devon Scalisi, Web Manager
Devon discovered his artistic interests early in life through creative writing and the visual arts. He later expanded his creative pursuits through acting, directing, and producing the theatre arts. He holds a BFA degree in Theatre Performance from Salem State University, and later co-founded the award-nominated troupe, Counter-Productions Theatre Company. Devon is a national directing award-winner from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and an invited guest directing staff member with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation new works development series. He has received several acting and directing awards from the greater New England region over his theatre career. Devon's professional passion is empowering and supporting artists through digital marketing and communications work for amazing organizations like the Boch Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, and here in New York with Creative Capital.

Kerri Schlottman-Bright, Director of Development
Kerri is a native Detroiter who has served local, national, and international arts communities since 2000 in a variety of organizations, including ART21, Guggenheim Museum, Apexart, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and Detroit Artists Market. Kerri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Minor in Journalism from Oakland University and a Master’s degree in Visual Culture from Wayne State University. She has participated in numerous performance projects, has been interviewed extensively about her arts and fundraising experiences, and has been an invited speaker at several major conferences focusing on culture, technology, and education, including SXSWEdu, Games for Change, and the National Arts Education Association. Kerri is also a lover of documentary films, a hobby novelist, and the founder of NYC Bark Club, a volunteer-led organization that renovates dog parks. 

Mona Shah, Development Manager 
Mona Shah is a seasoned development professional with over ten years of experience in the non-profit arts space. Prior to joining Creative Capital, Mona was the Manager of Development Operations at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  She received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Business Administration from Baruch College.  She is a lover of all things food-related, and enjoys exploring Jersey City where she resides with her husband and daughter.

Alexandra Siclait, PDP Administrative Manager
Alexandra Rachelle Siclait is a cultural diplomacy enthusiast from Haiti who loves to explore how the power of art can foster a better understanding of cultures and empower communities. She first began her arts leadership career in public programming at Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, New York. Soon thereafter she was selected to join the New Orleans public relations firm DEVENEY as the 2014 Summer Scholar Fellow. Siclait had the unique opportunity to work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C as the Public Affairs Intern and the NEA regional arts organization South Arts in Atlanta, GA as the Grants Program Intern. Prior to joining Creative Capital, she served as the Program Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, awarding and administering over $1M in contracts for arts services. Siclait received her BA in Political Communication from George Washington University, her MS in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is an inaugural member of the Janklow Arts Leadership Advanced Certificate Program.

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.

Alex Teplitzky

Alex 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 Tranbaugh

Susan TranbaughDirector of Partnerships
Prior to joining Creative Capital in 2013, Susan served as the Manager of Institutional Partnerships at Art in General in New York and as the Development Manager at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to a passion for supporting individual artists, Susan has a special interest in art education and has developed and implemented educational programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Susan is based in San Francisco.

Pradeep Dalal, Program Director, Arts Writers Grant Program
Pradeep Dalal is an artist and educator. His work was recently included in the exhibitions I need my memories. They are my documents. at SepiaEYE, Strange Invitation at Franklin Street Works, Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora in San Francisco, as well as Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic at Murray Guy and Fifty Artists Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43 and Cabinet 52. His project "Notes on Bhopal, MP" was included in the book Chandigarh is in India (Shoestring Publishers, 2016), and an essay "A Bifocal Frame of Reference" was included in the book Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is co-chair of Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Julie Evanoff

Julie Evanoff, 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 Zultanski

Steven Zultanski, Manager of Grants & Services, Arts Writers Grant Program
Steven Zultanski is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Bribery (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2014) and Agony (BookThug, 2012). He received a PhD in Poetics from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts. He teaches at NYU.

Jaime Kight

Jaime Kight, Assistant Director, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program
Jaime is a native Floridian, dancer, writer, and performing arts professional. She has held various positions at arts organizations including Danspace Project, Dancewave and New York Live Arts, 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. At DDPAA, she oversees the day-to-day logistics, coordinates the panels for both Award Programs, manages recipient’s grant funds, and is the primary liaison between the recipients and the Program. 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 Guido

Valerie Guido, Program Associate, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program
Originally from West Virginia, Valerie is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Dance. As DDPAA’s Program Associate, Valerie manages all social media, builds the eligibility list for the Duke Artist Award, plans events, and is a resource for the program’s artists. As a professional dancer, she has studied and performed around the US and abroad with notable teachers, including David Dorfman, Betty Jones, and Allegra Kent. Additionally, she is a founding member of West Virginia’s Friends of Dance Advisory Board. Valerie is thrilled to continue her performance career in NYC while assisting other artists in the field through her work at DDPAA.






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