The Arts, Education, Agriculture & Ecology Council
The Council at Aunt Karen’s Farm provides advice and guidance, introducing the program to professionals who would benefit from a rural residency where nature nurtures creative arts in an agricultural setting.
Dr. Jason Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Chairman, Agriculture & Food Management Dept., SUNY Cobleskill Dr. Jason Evans has authored two books and several refereed journal publications. He is the advisor to the American Animal Producer’s Club, the Livestock Show Team and Epsilon Pi Tau honor society at SUNY Cobleskill, and also an active member of many on-campus committees. He is also enthusiastically involved in grant writing.
Dr. Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D., Founder and Chief Academic Officer, The Writing Revolution Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. She is the founder and senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute and a former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, a day and residential NYS public school district serving students five to twenty-one years of age with behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities. Dr. Hochman is the author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Hochman is the author of numerous books and articles, and has been featured in The Atlantic and The Hechinger Report.
Michalann Hobson, Arts Management Specialist Michalann (Micki) Hobson is a leading proponent of management initiatives designed to examine and challenge long-standing assumptions about arts administration. In addition to her individual projects, she teaches a series of Audience Building and Planning Workshops for the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Since 1978, she has worked with over 400 performing arts organizations and museums throughout the United States, Toronto, London, and Budapest.
Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) At BAM, Joe Melillo has fostered the work of emerging and established artists and forged dynamic artistic partnerships by developing programs like The Bridge Project—a three-year series of international theater engagements featuring a trans-Atlantic company of actors directed by Sam Mendes and produced by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street—and most recently DanceMotion USAsm, a cultural diplomacy program in partnership with the US Department of State. He is on the US Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. He was a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts Dance Program and the New York State Council on the Arts, and served as Multidisciplinary Panel Chair of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.
Michael Naumann, Managing Director, Theater Development Fund (TDF) Michael Naumann is the Managing Director for Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts in the country. Prior to joining TDF, Michael was the Finance Director for Frankel Green Theatrical Management/Richard Frankel Productions Prior and the Director of Finance & Administration for Manhattan Theatre Club. Additionally, since 1995 he has taught workshops for the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/NY).
Robert B. Schlather, Attorney/CPA, Schlather & Birch Robert B. Schlather began his practice in Cooperstown near Oneonta and Norwich in 1977. As both an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Taxation practice. Bob graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1971. Prior to law school, Bob graduated from St. Vincent College magna cum laude with a B.A. in Accounting. Bob is admitted to practice in New York State and the Northern District of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member and treasurer of the Otsego County Bar Association. He has been advising Aunt Karen as the project has evolved since 1992.
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