Board of Directors
Linda Dubin Garfield, President
David Acosta, Vice President
Stephanie Phillips, Treasurer
Ona Kalstein, Secretary
Rose Adeline Irvin
Linda Dubin Garfield, President
Linda Dubin Garfield, award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs exploring the mystery of memory and the magic of place, using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage and digital imaging. Her abstract and dynamic works use multiple layers of ink that waver between background and foreground creating a fusion of surface design and abstract expressionism. She also creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture. In 2005 she founded ARTsisters, a group of professional artists who empower each other and their community through art. In 2007 she started smART business consulting, helping emerging artists reach their goals and their audience by providing consulting and coaching on the business side of art through individual sessions, small groups, and workshop experiences as well as providing opportunities to exhibit work. Today she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.
David Acosta, Vice President + Membership and Outreach Chair
David is a poet, writer, and curator. His writings have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Among the most notable are Mayrea, The Evergreen Chronicles, The Americas Review, American Poetry Confronts the 1990s (Black Tie Press 1990), The Limits of Silence (Asterion Press 1991), Poesida (Ollantay Press, 1995), and Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of Latin American Poetry in The United States (University of Washington Press, 1998). He is also included as a contributor to Queer Brown Voices, the first anthology of Latino LGBT history in the United States and Puerto Rico published by University of Texas Press, in 2015. He has served on the literary panel of the PA Council on the Arts, the board of the Asian Arts Initiative, Taller Puertorriqueño, Spiral Q, Cosa Cosa Art at Large, and was co-founder of the Working Fund. He is currently on the advisory committee for the Will Cox Jr. Archives at the William Way Community Center one of the largest LGBT Archives in the United States. David has curated several shows including Rooted in Ancestors at Semilla Arts; Witness, 30 Artists Respond to 30 years of the AIDS Pandemic at the Asian Arts Initiative; M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction, at the Crane Arts Gallery; and Critical Paths Towards Liberation, a historical exhibition on the life of the Philadelphia activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya at the William Way Community Center.
A nationally recognized AIDS, health care and LGBT rights activist, he is the recipient of numerous awards for his long time work on LGBT civil rights, HIV/AIDS and health care advocacy. He was the founder and Executive Director of the GALAEI Project from 1987-1997. From 1997 to 2105 he was the Coordinator of HIV Prevention Programs for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, stepping down in 2015 to focus on community arts and his own writing. He is currently Artistic Director for Casa de Duende.
Stephanie Phillips, Treasurer
Stephanie Phillips is the Assistant Director at Bartram's Garden, where her work includes creating and implementing a fund development plan, board relations, strategic planning, and financial and operations management. She has worked in development for such organizations as Drexel University, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and The Rock School for Dance Education. In 2013, she participated in the Attingham Summer School, an architectural and decorative arts study course on the English country estate. She earned a MA in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in Art History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and spent her freshman year learning foundation studio arts at Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Ona Kalstein, Secretary
Ona Kalstein is the illustrator of the First Edition of Stories We Brought With Us, Beginning Reader for ESL (Prentice-Hall, 1986), for which she did the cover and sixty- one drawings. She studied children’s book illustration under Carolyn Croll at the Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Temple University in 1966 and M.S. in L.S. from Drexel University in 1967. She is the former Assistant Head of the Art Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Library, retired in 2004. She has been a member of Philadelphia’s Da Vinci Art Alliance since 2007, board member since 2008, and became secretary in 2014.One of her drawings was in Art in City Hall’s “Likeable Art” show in 2008, and she has been a member of its Exhibitions Advisory Committee since then. She has also served as a juror for various AICH exhibitions. She continues to exhibit her drawings in Da Vinci Art Alliance members’ and other shows. Her work, including her popular caricature portraits, is also in private collections.
In her drawings, she attempts to capture a subject’s essence in terms of line, color, composition and humor, often employing her own calligraphy as an integral part of the overall design. She works in ink and colored pencils on vellum.
Michael possesses over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world with a particular focus on grants, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship programs, marketing strategies and targeted special events. Currently, Michael serves as Development Officer for Better Tomorrows, a nonprofit organization which provides social services and case management to over 121 affordable housing sites across the United States. Prior experience includes serving as Manager of Foundation and Government Relations at Please Touch Museum, Interim Development of Director at Bartram’s Garden, Development and Marketing Manager at The Center for Art in Wood and Director of Grants and Development Operations at Independence Seaport Museum. Michael has also taught grant writing and capacity building classes at Rowan University, Richard Stockton College, Burlington County College and Cumberland County College.
Originally from Montana, Michael holds a B.A. in Art History from Indiana State University and an M.A. in Art History from Temple/Tyler School of Art. In his off hours, Michael enjoys traveling, reading (particularly history and bios), trying to teach himself to cook, biking, playing a ruthless game of croquet and sleeping.
Laura Storck is an award-winning fine art and event photographer who is devoted to documenting timely discoveries of spot news, street art, mannequins, or the simply bizarre. Laura has served as a photography apprentice for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and she is currently a communications leader and assistant event planner for the Philadelphia Photo League, as well as a contributor for DoNArTNeWs, the Philadelphia Art News Blog by DoN Brewer. Laura was curator for "Mannequin - A Group Photography Show" at DaVinci Art Alliance. She will complete her Certificate in Digital Photography from the University of the Arts in Spring 2016. By day, Laura is a scientist for GlaxoSmithKline.
Alden grew up on a farm in Dayton, Maine in a family of religious rightists. Senior year in high school he took a sharp turn to the left by attending Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where he earned a BFA in Apparel Design. In 1968, after a couple years working for Uncle Sam stateside, he moved to New York City - the city of his teenage dreams - where he planned to become rich and famous. After eleven years transitioning from fashion designer to fashion illustrator to book-cover illustrator to graphic designer, and becoming neither rich nor famous, he tested the adage "You Can't Go Home Again" by returning to his roots in Maine. The phrase proved true; so after two years living in the country, he moved to Portsmouth NH, which became the next 'city of his dreams' for four fascinating years. Philadelphia beckoned in 1986, reintroducing him to the delights of being a little fish once again, swimming in a big pond. He’s been here ever since, keeping a roof over his head by working in advertising, and in his spare time transforming the row-house at 717 Federal Street in South Philadelphia that he bought in 1991, into a work of art - a museum dedicated to Truth, Love and Beauty. By appointment: 215 334 3021
Sandi Neiman Lovitz graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Art Education and taught art in the Pittsburgh public school system for two years. She attended summer art classes at Carnegie Tech and was a juried member in the Pittsburgh watercolor society before moving to Philadelphia. She was President of the Tri-State Pennsylvania Artists Equity for two years and continued to serve on the executive board. She is also involved in ARTsisters, a group of women who are professional visual artists that not only support each other, but also reach out to women and children in the community. Sandi was juried in to the Centennial exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum by John B. Ravenal, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She was also juried into the Berks Art Alliance at the Reading Art Museum and was awarded an honorable mention by Lisa Tremper Hanover, curator of the Michener Museum. She participated in the Square Foot Art Basel Miami and was awarded the Nolan Painting Award at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pa. by Moe Brooker, and was awarded feature artist on Artsy Shark, founded by Carolyn Edlund, Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute (Artsy Shark). Sandi is on the faculty at the MAIN LINE ART CENTER in Haverford, Pennsylvania and paints full time in her studio.
Rose Adeline Irvin
Rose Adeline Irvin originally from Wilmington, Delaware, fell in love with Philadelphia ten years ago and has been here ever since. She grew up in a creative household, forming the foundation for her support of arts and culture. Rose has a B.F.A. in Design from Moore College and a M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University. he enjoys using her multidisiplinary background to approach creative problem solving and strategic design thinking. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager at WRT, an award winning design and planning firm.
James Gaddy, PAFA’s Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration, is responsible developing and directing PAFA’s human resource policies and activities, such as employment, compensation, employee relations, benefits administration, training, and development. He is also responsible for PAFA’s customer services goals through the management of the Visitor Services, Groups Tours, and Security departments. Gaddy has also been instrumental in diversifying PAFA’s revenue streams through the museum store, the café, and venue rentals. In addition, he manages PAFA’s relationship with our exclusive caterers, Technology partners and other key partnerships such as Blick Art Supply and Mural Arts’ Tour Office.
Gaddy serves as PAFA’s Title IX Coordinator overseeing PAFA’s compliance with ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and related state- and federal-law.
Gaddy joined PAFA in 2008. Prior to PAFA, he was with The Vanguard Group for nearly ten years, serving in multiple roles that focused on policies and procedures, staff communications, and hiring practices for Vanguard’s Individual Production Services Departments. He also held several other positions during his tenure at Vanguard, including a six-month assignment as a front-line fundraiser at the United Way .
Gaddy received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance Management from Immaculata University and a Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University. He currently serves as a board members for the Independence Business Alliance and at Da Vinci Art Alliance.
Jenn is an award winning graphic designer and fine artist. In 2009, she launched Hallgren Creative — with a focus on helping locally-owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations create a vision and voice that connects with their audience. Select clients include Friends of the Free Library, A Second Chance, ProMedia Group, Temple University, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia.
An award winning oil painter, Jenn earned full scholarships to study art at the Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, New York) and to study art & art history at Webster University (Vienna, Austria). Recent shows include the Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Art Exhibition: Historic Buildings, and The Art of the Flower at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Jenn has a BFA (Painting, Minor in Art History) from Wright State University (2000), an MBA (Marketing Strategy) from Temple University (2011), and a Certificate (Principles of Fundraising) from Villanova University/Association of Fundraising Professionals (2012).
Jonathan Cohn is a Philadelphia-based glass artist whose work includes aquarium sculptures and functional decor inspired by nature. Through years of independent study and apprenticeship under several notable glass masters, Jonathan cultivated his affinity for glass working. In 2006, he began studying glass blowing at Hot Soup, a glass blowing studio in Old City, Philadelphia. What initially began as a hobby quickly developed into a passion, and over time, became a successful business venture.
In early 2010, Cohn created an Etsy shop to sell and showcase his early decorative and functional glass pieces. With custom orders from Juicy Couture and Instyle Magazine came the confidence and success needed to take his designs in a more personal and fulfilling direction. He began to integrate his enduring childhood love for marine life into his glass designs. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan created the series, “Glass Reefs,” in collaboration with an aquarium supply and maintenance company based in Wilmington, DE.
Jonathan Cohn’s glass marine life sculptures are the result of seeing the underwater world through the lens of vibrant color and whimsical design. Each-one-of-a-kind, hand-blown piece is a fusion of stylization and natural subject matter. Ultimately through these pieces, Cohn wishes to depict the wonders and majesty of marine life, to garner attention and support for the strained marine ecosystem around world, and to join the spheres of art and nature.
Friends of DVAA - Advisory Board
- Jim Cipar - Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Independence Blue Cross
- John Hayden - President, Antonelli Institute
- Moe Brooker - Artist and Faculty, Moore College of Art and Design
- Mary Stegura - Finance Associate, FringeArts
- Rachel Zimmerman - Executive Director, InLiquid
- Todd Hestand - Founder, SideArts
- Jamie Brunson - Executive Director, First Person Arts
- Hani White - Commissioner-Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs