Member Spotlight:


Paul Orselli President and Chief Instigator POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.)

I’m an instigator, in the best sense of that word. I like to mix up interesting people, ideas, and materials to make exhibits. I run my own company called POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) on Long Island.

Check out my website or my ExhibiTricks blog!

NYCMER is a volunteer, non-profit organization, led by a board of trustees nominated by members to represent our diverse field.


Elections take place each spring and the results are announced at our annual conference in May. If you are interested in learning more about the board, please contact Below is a list of the current Board members: 



President: Kinneret Kohn


Vice President: Kira Lacks


Secretary and Peer Group Liaison: Katie Henry


Treasurer: Erin Shaw´╗┐


Appointed Trustees

Archivist: Lacey Flint


Membership Coordinator: Sarah Maldonado


Resources and Social Media Coordinator: Rachel Ropeik


Website Coordinator: Akash Sharma



Charissa Ruth

Charlotte Martin

Claire Buckley

Daniel O'Shoney

Danielle Hillanbrand

Jennifer Patton

Leah Golubchick

Leigh Wells

Melissa Gerstein

Zahra Ahmed



Learn more about the board below:


Akash  Sharma

Daily Operations Specialist

New York Hall of Science

Charissa Ruth

Freelance Educator


Charlotte Martin

Manager of Access Initiatives

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Claire Buckley

Conservation Educator

Prospect Park Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society

(718) 399-7339-324

Daniel  O'Shoney

Coordinator of Professional Development

Wildlife Conservation Society


Danielle Hillanbrand

Student at Brooklyn College


Erin  Shaw

Coordinator of Youth Education Initiatives & BCAP

Brooklyn Public Library


Jennifer Patton


New-York Historical Society


Katie Henry

School & Family Programs Manager

Friends of the High Line

Kinneret Kohn

Manager of Teen Programs

New-York Historical Society

Kira Lacks

Public Programs Manager

American Museum of Natural History

Lacey Flint

Archivist and Curator of Research Collections

The Explorers Club


Leah Golubchick

After School Coordinator

Youth Initiatives at AMNH


Leigh  Wells

Deputy Director for Programs and Operations

Community-Word Project


Melissa Gerstein

Bard Graduate Center


Rachel Ropeik

Manager of Public Engagement

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sarah Maldonado

Program Director

The Child Center of NY

Zahra  Ahmed

Manager of School Programs

(917) 409-1207