Teacher Bios

Teacher Bios

Don Bradford Professional Potter. Artist-in-residence in New Jersey schools with "Project Impact." Exhibitions: NJ State Museum, Morris Museum and others; BA in Art Education from Montclair State University. MA in Visual Arts from William Paterson University. Independent Studies include: Tuscarora Pottery School, The Aegean School of Fine Arts and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

Jennifer Cherpock Professional Potter. She studied under widely-recognized potters Susan Beecher and Sara Peterson. She is a current artist member of the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY and a former children's outreach program educator. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the M.T. Burton Gallery, the Bruce Museum, the Montclair Art Museum and numerous other fine art exhibitions throughout the Northeast.

John Creagh has worked as a designer and painter for over 20 years. He has studied at the prestigious Arts Students League in New York City and has a MFA from Lehman College of the City University of NY. John has taught at the Pelham Art Center, the Wallkill School and at the Westchester Art Workshop in Peekskill. A native of the Bronx and long-time resident of the Hudson Valley, John's paintings, including his urban works and his plein air pieces, have been influenced by the work of Edward Hopper. He incorporates his lifelong experiences in the visual arts into his classes and shares his unique vision and expertise with his students.

Sally Lipton Derringer was a book manuscript finalist for Fordham University’s Poets Out Loud Prize and the New Issues Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for the Arts & Letters Prize, the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry, and the Glimmer Train Poetry Open, a runner-up for the William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest and the Grolier Poetry Prize, received honorable mention in Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize and the poetry competition of the National Writers Union, and was a semifinalist for the Paumanok Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Los Angeles Review, Sentence, Bellevue Literary Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Memoir, SLAB, The Quarterly, The New York Quarterly, Tampa Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has taught in the English Department at SUNY Rockland.

Dan Dugan A former assistant to Professor Roger Hendricks at SUNY Purchase, he has been widely exhibited in the NY/NJ area and taught in Montreal, Canada, Cairns, Australia,and Eastchester, New York.

Karen Edelmann, painter, received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, her Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and today is Emerita Professor of Art at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Karen is a landscape artist who brings over two decades of college level art teaching to RoCA, plus insight gained from teaching and planning painting and drawing programs in the US, France and Italy with Artists Abroad and Afield, Inc. Students have regularly named her to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Her work is in corporate and private collections in the US and Europe, and is shown in galleries from New York to the Gulf Coast. She is a member of New York Plein Air Painters, the National Arts Club and other art organizations in the Hudson River Valley. You can see Karen's work at

Cheri Ehrlich is a passionate and experienced educator in field of art and museum education who recently completed her Ed.D. in Art and Art Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Her research on adolescent responses to feminist artworks in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is published in the peer reviewed art education journal, Visual Arts Research, and her chapter on adolescents and feminist art appears in the book new Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today. Cheri has taught in museums & galleries including Museum of Arts and Design, Wallach Gallery at Columbia University, and Brooklyn Museum. Prior to working in museums, Cheri taught studio art in high schools in Brooklyn, NY and Andover, MA. Additionally, Cheri holds a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Women's Studies from UMass Amherst, a M.A.T. in Art Education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, an Ed.M. from Teachers College Columbia University.

Maddie Goldman has been a preschool educator whose teaching experience includes Director/Teacher at the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood and special education teacher in the Bronx. Always passionate about art, she incorporated many opportunities for the children to explore different art mediums. On the other end of the spectrum, she also worked providing therapeutic art services for adults attending the Sarah Neuman Day Care Center in Mamaroneck, NY. and the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights, NY. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has studied art at the 92 nd St. Y in NYC, The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ, Council House, NY and the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, NY. She has exhibited her collages at the Woodstock Artist Association Museum and has participated in juried art shows at the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers and Upstream Gallery in Hastings, NY.

Jane Herold Full-time Potter. Produces wood fired functional stoneware at her Palisades studio. Apprenticed in England with Michael Cardew. Her work is in numerous collections and thousands of homes. Her ceramics have been featured in the New Yorker, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and Ceramics, Art and Perception. BA, Sarah Lawrence College.

Jane Herold Full-time Potter. Produces wood fired functional stoneware at her Palisades studio. Apprenticed in England with Michael Cardew. Her work is in numerous collections and thousands of homes. Her ceramics have been featured in the New Yorker, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and Ceramics, Art and Perception. BA, Sarah Lawrence College.

Marlene Krumm-Sanders BFA, Parsons, The New School for Design, NYC. Also studied: American College, Paris, France. Worked for 10 years as an illustrator before turning to clay. Ceramics Studies: Rockland Center for the Arts, NY, Foundation for Arts and Science, NJ and self-development in her own studio. Currently works at Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY, co-managing gallery, artist in residence. Has exhibited in many local venues, Hudson Valley, Westchester County, NJ. Online:

C.A. MacFinn Animator and Interaction Designer, received his BFA Summa Cum Laude from FIT's Computer Animation and Interactive Media program, and studied Life Sculpture and Figure Drawing under Barney Hodes and Peter Clapper at the Arts Students League. C.A. MacFinn introduced, developed and teaches 3D Computer Animation at SUNY RCC. Credits include character animation for three animated shorts, animation and programming on related mobile/tablet apps and an upcoming science app for CGMuse ( He has also done character animation and motion graphics for Means of Productions, NYC, Primaxus Executive Coaching and web design for many businesses. Other teaching assignments have been animation and computer programming education classes for Rye Arts Center, Pelham Arts Center, Cortland Croton Center for the Arts and libraries in Rockland and Westchester counties. He holds a BS with coursework concentrated in film/digital media and a Screenwriting Certificate from The New School University. His work can be seen at

Paula Madawick CPSA Artist. Apprentice to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, studied at the School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union and SUNY where she received her BA. She has exhibited her colored pencil drawings at Castelli Gallery, Matthew Marks, The National Arts Club, Silvermine, Blue Hill Corp., and the Hopper House; is in the collection of Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, Rutgers University and the Bergen Museum. Madawick has received numerous awards and was an invitational instructor for the Color Pencil Society of America's National Convention. She was also the former Executive Director, Edward Hopper Art Center, Nyack, NY and former Gallery Director of Center Gallery, Demarest, NJ.

Stephanie Maddalena has a BA in Fine Arts, St. Thomas Aquinas College; also studied at Peter's Valley Craft Center, Brookfield Craft Center, Old Church Cultural Center, taught for Syracuse University and the Craft Students League; exhibits throughout the region; owns and operates Foxcroft Beads in Haverstraw, NY.

Colleen McGowan is a certified New York State Art Teacher (K-12) and has her bachelors degree in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz. Based out of Haverstraw, NY, she recently had a solo exhibition at the Arts Alliance of Haverstraw entitled "Animalia". Her specialty is drawing and painting. Her work centers around human and animal relationships in a quirky whimsical style. She is currently attending Lehman College in pursuit of her MFA. You can see her work at or her facebook page

Eleanor Miller Painter. She received the Best in Show Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA. and the Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal from the National Arts Club in New York City. She has had numerous exhibits ranging from the Broome Street Gallery to the Fells Point Gallery in MD. She is currently represented by: Fieldstone Fine Art in Ramsey, NJ, Fredericks Galleries in Allenhurst, NJ, and Renaissance Gallery in Orangeburg, NY. Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. Her current faculty positions are: RoCA, Pelham Art Center and Saint Thomas Aquinas College (adjunct), NY.

Patti Mollica has been a professional illustrator and fine artist for over 30 years. She has been commissioned by, and is included in the private collections of American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS and RCA Records, Penguin Press, Mellon Bank and many others. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. She is represented by several galleries in the U.S. Patti teaches "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold", as well as a variety of workshops on how to use Golden Paints, Gels and Mediums. For more information visit:

Cayla Morganstern is artist who works primarily as a painter and photographer.  In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  In 2013 she got her Masters degree and certification in art education from the City College of New York.  She completed her student teaching with grades K-12 in Orange County NY where she taught photography, drawing and painting, art seminar, and elementary art.  She continues to freelance as a photographer shooting weddings, headshots, and other events while also teaching classes at Rockland Center for the Arts.  She loves working with her students to create unique, creative, and exploratory works of art.  Her own work has been displayed in a variety of exhibitions in the New York area.

Cornelia Muller is an award-winning baker, baking cakes for parties of 50 - 200 people. She has made cakes for birthdays and showers, in the shape of dolls, Jack-in-the-boxes and other surprising commissions.

Howard Nathenson has exhibited his work nationally and in exhibitions and art spaces/galleries in California, New York and New Jersey. His paintings were shown in The Whitney Annual, and the "Extraordinary Images" exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Among many one person shows and group shows, Mr. Nathenson exhibited drawings and paintings in the New Talent exhibition at the Holly Soloman Gallery and exhibited his landscape drawing vignettes as part of the "New Art" exhibition at Artist Space in New York City. In 1992 Mr. Nathenson had a one-person exhibition of still life photographs at The Morris Museum, Morristown NJ. He was awarded a New Jersey State Fellowship for the arts in photography in 1993. Mr. Nathenson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an MFA in painting. Howard's teaching experience includes UC Berkeley, California State College at Los Angeles and the Visual Arts Cnter of New Jersey. He has also taught drawing, 2-D design, composition and photography at William Paterson University New Jersey, and art history at Kean College of New Jersey.

William O'Connor is the author/illustrator of the best selling Dracopedia book series, as well as illustrator of over 3000 illustrations for the gaming and publishing business. William O'Connor's 25 year career has allowed him to work with such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Impact Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Sterling Publishing, Lucas Films, Activision and many more.  Winner of over 30 industry awards for artistic excellence including 10 contributions to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and 8 Chesley Nominations.  Upcoming projects include illustrated editions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Frankenstein for Barnes and Noble Books.

Janet Pirozzi-Riolo graduated The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with a degree in Fashion Illustration. She has worked in the garment district designing screen prints and fashion illustrations for companies such as Healthtex and Danskin. Even though her early experience has been in commercial art in recent years she has focused most of her time in developing her fine art skills in the medium of water color pencils. Her work has appeared in collaborated shows in Nyack, Valley Cottage Library and The Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Recently she received The Best in Show, Judge's Choice and First Place Award for The St. Catherine of Bologna Patron of the Arts Association in Ringwood, New Jersey.

Kanitra Perrault studied at Cooper Union and Pratt Institute, majoring in film/animation. For the past ten years she has taught multi-cultural arts at Martin Luther King Center in Spring Valley, NY. In 2005, her passion for film/animation led her to develop a media arts program which currently includes video/animation and claymation production for students of all ages.

Barbara Pollitt Designer. Has won a Drama Desk Nomination for her design of Caucasian Chalk Circle and an Obie Award for her performance in Epidog. Her masks have been seen on Broadway in The Tempest and Jelly's Last Jam. She recently exhibited her masks at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT. Her work was exhibited at Lincoln Center as well as other venues in New York City. She was an artist-in-residence for the past two years at Nyack High School and has also taught at Manhattanville College.

John Rosis Painter, has MFA from Hunter College New York, BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York. Teaching experience includes Westchester Community College, Art Students League and Rockland Center for the Arts. Exhibitions include Hopper House Art Center, Vermont Center for the Arts, Berkshire Art Museum, Holter Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Paul Sharpe Gallery and Rockland Center for the Arts. Grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residence Program. Work in public, private and corporate collections. John is represented by the Gerald Bland Gallery in New York City. Website:

Jill Santiago is an artist with a passion for teaching art to children of all ages. She works in a variety of media including ceramics, watercolor, and acrylic. She has been teaching art in Rockland for over seven years. She attained a BS in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and is currently studying graphic design. She has taught in East Ramapo Schools, Deerkill Day Camp and currently teaches at The Arts Alliance of Haverstraw.

Jim Shaughnessy is a self taught potter making ceramic vessels and sculpture for more than a decade. He has studied with local, as well as nationally known clay artists. His work can be found in a number of galleries in the surrounding area. In 1999 and in 2001 his work was selected to serve as the Rockland County Executive Awards given to artists and supporters of the arts. In 2002, one of his pieces was used as an award given to Nobel laureate author Toni Morrison. In 2003, his work was featured in silent auctions to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Nuyoricans Poets Café. In 2004, the Human Rights Commission selected to use one of Jim's sculptures in their annual fundraiser event held at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. Also in 2004, Jim's work was selected to serve as awards for Rockland County Congresswoman Sue Kelly and Nita Lowey, as well as for New York State Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Cynthia Shaw is an artist and a psychotherapist. In her art work, she focuses on collage, assemblage and mixed-media jewelry. In her psychotherapy practice, her speciality is helping women to lead their best lives through the discovery of their own creative process and authentic voices. Cynthia does individual and group work and facilitates workshops. Cynthia has been a trained SoulCollage facilitator for seven years. SoulCollage is the perfect integration of the creative process, self development and exploration!

Marriott Sheldon, painter and conceptual artist, began her art career when she lived for 10 years in China beginning in '85. She studied oil painting at the Central Academy in Beijing, HK Arts Center, and East China Normal University in Shanghai. After moving back to the US she studied under NJ figurative abstract artist, Miriam Beerman, and received a MFA from William Paterson University. A native of NC, she received a BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her large scale abstract paintings have been exhibited in NY, NJ and NC and are in collections including University Galleries, William Paterson University. Marriott is an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College where she teaches 2-D Design, Drawing and Introduction to Art and Visual Culture, inspiring students to experience life as art and express their unique creative potential. She works with an artist/filmmaker in NY on public art projects related to cultural activism and environment and as an advocate for youth empowerment teaches socially engaged art to high school and college students.

Jennifer Stein She has been working in clay since 1994, studying under various renowned potters and clay sculptors. She's been the president of the Potters' Guild of NJ since 2009 and has taught private lessons and classes at Wortendyke Studio in Midland Park, NJ, at the JCC in Washington Township, and Barnert Temple Preschool. She also led numerous workshops for the Potters' Guild of NJ.  Her work is represented in several galleries from Ithaca to Providence, from Guilford CT to Virginia. She is an artist member of Gallery 23 in Blairstown, NJ. Her current body of work is primarily wheel-thrown porcelain mid-fired in oxidation, with delicately sculpted bass-relief rims. Her pots have been exhibited at the Clifton Art Center, The Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peter's Valley and The Clay Place at Standard, among others. She has a BA – Vassar College, MA Yale University. Her work can be seen at

Georgia Tenore as a professional potter has been working in clay and teaching for thirty eight years. She studied with several nationally known potters and apprenticed at Scargo Pottery on Cape Cod. She has taught at the Katonah Art Center, the Pelham Art Center, Katonah Museum and Chappaqua's Kipp Street School as well as in her own studio. She has been an associate artist and teacher at The Clay Art Center for the past fifteen years with students of all ages at all levels. Her work, mostly thrown, focuses on making pleasing, functional objects for everyday use and has been shown at numerous galleries and venues in the tri-state area.

Margery Theroux BA, New York University. Also studied: Montserrat College of Art, MA; NY Studio School; private study with Sam Feinstein, NYC. Former gallery committee member & curator at Hopper House, NY & Center Gallery at TASOC. Exhibited at various locations in the tri-state area & New England; included in private collections nationwide. Workshop presenter & art teacher for 20 years.

Jonathan Trotta learned to draw and illustrate books starting at age 4 from the guidance of his father and successful illustrator, John Trotta.  In his teen years, he fell in love with the classical guitar and went to SUNY Purchase and received a BFA in guitar and composition.  After college, he revisited his love of art and studied drawing and painting intensively with Harvey Dinnerstein, Ronald Sherr, and Steven Assael at the Art Students League of New York and researched and practiced the working techniques of the old masters, which included daily visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In this period, he won a merit scholarship and the school's top award, the Phyllis Mason Grant.  Since then, he has won many awards including Honorable Mention in The Artist's Magazine Art Competition and the Revington Arthur Award in the Art of the Northeast USA Exhibit.  His exhibitions include Audubon Artists Inc, the 62nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, 54th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibit at Silvermine Guild Galleries in New Canaan, CT, and the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York City.  His work has been published in 100 Ways to Paint People (International Artist Magazine), The Artist's Magazine, and LINEA: Journal of the Art Students League.  He now enjoys his life as a professional Renaissance man which includes teaching art and music, performing classical and flamenco guitar concerts, and doing drawing and painting portrait commissions, as well as still-life and landscape paintings.

Colleen Vanderhoef started her career with an Associate's Degree in Graphic Arts from Rockland Community College. She then received her Bachelor's in Art Education, K-12 & Elementary Education, N-6 from Saint Thomas Aquinas College. In 1988, Colleen received her Master's in Art Administration with a concentration in museums, galleries & education from New York University (Paris & Venice). She currently has tenure teaching art full time at the East Ramapo School District in Spring Valley, NY. She was the co-chair to the Cultural Arts Committee & Environmental Club 2000-2011. She is also a Cultural Arts Teacher for a multi-age classroom at the Art Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw, NY. Colleen has a variety of experience ranging from being Vice President of the Hopper House Art Center to many years teaching art to children as well as the Rockland Conservatory of Music's mural painting on the outside of their building. She has been a curator as well as owner/director of Colleen Greco Gallery, Inc. She won Artist of the Year in 2011 for her outstanding work in the community.

Laura Vogel has worked as a freelance botanical artist and has been teaching for 20 years. She has done illustrations for magazines, products, books and scientific publications, including the Illustrated Companion of Gleason and Cronquist's Manual of Vascular Plants for the New York Botanical Garden Press, which was awarded top bio/science book of 1998 by the Association of American Publishers, and Intermountain Flora. Exhibits: The New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The New York State Museum at Albany, Northwest Botanical Illustration Exhibit in Washington State, The American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Horticultural Society in NYC.

Ryan Williams grew up on digital media, and has made this growing industry his focal point into his artistic teachings. With over 10 years of personal experience and Education at RCC, Institute of Audio Research, and Pace University, Ryan acquired an array of talents in both traditional and digital art creation (Photoshop), music production (Protools/Reason), and computer science (Building/Code). Utilizing the traditional arts with visual programing and software capabilities he teaches new young artists how to capitalize on their passions in a modern era.

Pamela Wood Ceramist. Received an MFA from CUNY and BFA University of Denver. She has exhibited her work at Jarice, America House, Incorporated, the Streichler Gallery and Greenwich House Pottery. Her teaching credits include Hot Pots in Colorado, Greenwich House Pottery and Earthworks in NYC and the Pottery Studio in New Jersey.