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EXECUTIVE BOARD

MIRIAM BEKKOUCHE, Art Start Board member since 2013
Miriam joined Art Start as a volunteer in January 2013. She works at the Canadian Consulate General and is the founder of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in New York which connects digital media start-ups with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York through mentoring programs and other resources. Miriam is a graduate of McGill University and the College of Europe where she studied political science and international relations. Miriam loves to paint and is training for the NYC Marathon in November.

NATALIE BRASINGTON, Art Start board member since 2012
Natalie Brasington is a commercial photographer that has been volunteering with Art Start since 2007. Natalie is the Head Producer for Art Start’s Family Portrait Project, bringing industry photographers, commercial services and make-up and hair stylists together to celebrate the Art Start families through portraiture.

GREGG FISHER, Art Start board member since 2005
GREGG is President and Chief Investment Officer of Gerstein Fisher, an independent full-service financial advisory firm that he founded in 1993. Mr. Fisher was a pioneer in introducing fee-based planning and asset class investing to individuals, believing that they deserved the same caliber of investment advice, products, and services historically afforded only to ultra-high net worth investors and large institutions. In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Fisher routinely offers expert commentary on financial planning and investing to the media, professional organizations, and community groups. He is widely quoted in the financial press, including Investor’s Business Daily, Wealth Manager, Business Week, and the Journal of Financial Planning.  He has also appeared as an industry expert on various television networks, including CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN-fn. Mr. Fisher is a Certified Financial Planner® and a CFA charterholder.

REBECCA HARVEY, board member since 2005
REBECCA has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years having held a variety of management positions in investment banking.  Ms. Harvey is presently the owner of The Wall Group, LLC, a business management firm in Branford, CT.

MARK NADLER, Art Start board member since 2010
MARK has been with Art Start since January of 2009. He volunteers weekly teaching piano at one of Art Start’shelter music nights, and served on the Junior Board for a year before becoming a Trustee. Mark is a multi-award winning entertainer, arranger and director. Specializing in the popular music of the first half of the 20th Century, this pianist/singer/tap dancer has appeared regularly at New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel and as a soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with many prominent Symphony Orchestras around the world. Mark has played principal roles on Broadway and has made numerous guest television appearances.

SCOTT ROSENBERG, Founder & Art Start board member since 1999
SCOTT is an artist living in New York City. In 1991 he founded Art Start to help homeless and at-risk children transform their lives through the creative process. In 1997 Scott was presented with the President’s Service Award, the nation’s highest honor for community service. In 2000 his work with the kids of Art Start was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah described him as “giving children a voice and helping kids discover their dreams.” Scott was also the subject of a short documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple as well as a Bravo documentary hosted by Quincy Jones, called Fire, Risk and Rhythm. In 1997 Scott produced The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, nationally released feature film about the kids of Art Start.

JEFF SCHLEIDER, Board Member since 2014   

JEFF is the Founder and Managing Director of Miron Properties (www.MironProperties.com), a progressive real estate brokerage and property management firm with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Northern New Jersey. He is also a regularly featured commentator on the New York real estate market for New York Magazine, The Real Deal, and The Mann Report. After gaining industry experience, awards, and a loyal following, Jeff, a Columbia University Alum, launched Miron Properties and the firm grew rapidly from inception. Today, the company boasts three brokerage offices, a property management division, and over a hundred agents. Jeff is a strong believer in the mission and passion of the Art Start staff and youth and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support this fantastic organization.

DAVID SOLOMONS, President of the Board, Art Start board member since 2012

DAVID is the ultimate insurance professional, taking the concept of customer service to new heights. The major part of his 20-year career to date was spent with Wells Fargo Insurance Services and its predecessor companies, where his most recent role was Senior Vice President. In late 2009, he founded MAX Total Benefit Solutions, Inc., a boutique employee benefits brokerage firm, working with client companies from 10 to 8,000 employees, viewed by most as a virtual member of their human resources team. David is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and is the father of two daughters.

CATHERINE SUN is a freelance copywriter who began her relationship with Art Start as a volunteer teaching artist in 2012. Since then, Art Start has been the perfect outlet for her desire to do good and make art. When she’s not behind a desk at an ad agency or having a blast with Art Start youth, Catherine is making spirit animal pillows, designing patterns, experimenting with healthy baking, and exploring the city for endless inspiration.  Catherine considers the arts as a vital form of expression that must be honed in today’s youth, and believes that small steps make the biggest differences. If in 10 years, one youth can look back to Art Start days and remember Catherine as a positive influence, she’ll consider that a job well done.
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