Student 7

Claude Monet, Red Boats, Argenteuil, 1875, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim

Board & Advisors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STEPHANIE KHURANA

Stephanie Ralston Khurana is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she is responsible for identifying, investing in, and supporting social entrepreneurs. Stephanie is an entrepreneur herself having been part of several founding teams, including Cambridge Technology Partners and Surebridge, Inc where she was also CEO and a director. She currently serves on a number of social enterprise boards specifically supporting entrepreneurs on strategy, leadership and organizational development. Some of these organizations include The Tobin Project, Immigration Justice Corp, Braven, and The Computer Clubhouse. Stephanie received a B.S. in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a “Top 40 under 40” award from the Boston Business Journal and was selected among the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts. She also teaches in the HBS Executive Education General Management Program Strategy Group and is currently a Housemaster at Harvard University and has three children with her husband, Rakesh.

HOPE SUTTIN

Hope Suttin currently teaches at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. Hope has been actively involved with Step Into Art for several years, joining the Advisory Council in 2012 and the Board of Directors in 2015. Hope is also on the board of Moving Traditions, a national non-profit organization which trains mentors to guide teens through the challenges of adolescence through a Jewish lens. In addition, Hope serves as a member of the advisory board at The Trustees of Reservations. Previously, Hope served as an Overseer at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln and as a member of the museum's Education Committee. Hope holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Education from Lesley University. A longtime advocate for arts and literacy programs for Boston youth, Hope lives in Newton with her husband and three children.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

JANET ECHELMAN

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points of urban life on four continents. Recipient of the Guggengheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fullbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” Selected prominent works: “As If It Were Already Here,” a 600-ft sculpture reconnecting downtown Boston to its waterfront over The Rose Kennedy Greenway; “Impatient Optimist,” a new iconic piece for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual form to their mission; “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” a 745-ft sculpture celebrating the TED conference 30th anniversary in Vancouver; “Water-Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport Terminal Two; “Her Secret Is Patience” for downtown Phoenix, Arizona; and “She Changes” on the waterfront of Porto, Portugal.

CAITLIN HOLLISTER

Caitlin Hollister is a National Board Certified Teacher and education consultant focused on issues of school quality and teacher effectiveness. She spent nine years teaching third grade at the Richard J. Murphy K-8 School in Dorchester, where she established a successful partnership with Step into Art. In 2011, Caitlin received the Boston Educator of the Year Award in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the children of Boston Public Schools. A graduate of the Boston Teacher's Residency Program, Caitlin holds a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University and a master's degree in teaching from UMass Boston. She has played a vital role in Step Into Art, helping develop and nurture SIA’s thriving third-grade partnership program, which began at the Murphy thanks to her leadership, and which has expanded to numerous other Boston public schools with her help. Caitlin lives in Waterbury, Vermont with her husband and two young children.

SUSAN FOSTER JONES

Susan Foster Jones has been a valued teacher and advisor for Step Into Art since 2007, when she was one of SIA's first interns. A museum educator with over a decade of experience, Susan joined Step Into Art as Senior Educator in the fall of 2014. From 2009 – 2014, Susan was the Director of Education at the Concord Museum in Concord, MA. She continues her work in Concord as the part-time Manager of School Partnerships, working primarily with students from Lowell. Previously, Susan worked with inner-city students from Boston at the Commonwealth Museum, where she taught engaging hands-on history programs. Susan earned a Master's degree in the Arts in Education program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College. She and her husband Tim live in Concord with their sons, Henry and Charles.

STEPHEN LABUDA

Stephen Labuda is the founder and president of AGENCY 3.0, a Cambridge-based website design and development firm. Stephen is a web veteran who has helped hundreds of businesses and non-profit organizations leverage design and technology to communicate more effectively with their customers and stakeholders. When he isn't building websites, he can often be found attending art events across the country, sweating in a yoga class or wandering with his Portuguese Water Dog, Ella.

MARLA LIBRATY

Marla Libraty’s passion for children’s issues, her professional experience, and her community involvement make her especially well-suited for her role in Step Into Art. A founding member of the SIA Board who served for ten years and now continues on the SIA Advisory Council, Marla helped establish the foundational partnership between Step Into Art and the Newton Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs (2005-2010). She subsequently played a key role in developing the Step Into Art reunion program with the Harvard Business School Alumni Association – HBS Kids (2007-2010). Specialized in marketing products designed for children and families, Marla currently works in marketing at Stride Rite, the children’s shoe brand that is now part of Wolverine World Wide. She has also worked in marketing at Curriculum Associates and Extend Fertility. Her experience with international brands includes marketing Barbie for Mattel Toys and Energizer Batteries for the Eveready Battery Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from UCLA. Marla, her husband and three children live in Newton, MA where they are actively involved in the community.

SARAH PERRY

Sarah is the Executive Director of The Second Step, an organization that helps survivors of domestic violence heal from trauma, forge relationships that create a community of support, secure affordable housing, and move toward financial security. Prior to joining The Second Step, Sarah served as the Executive Director of Harvard Business School’s Community Action Partners, which provides pro bono consulting to hundreds of non-profit organizations in greater Boston. Sarah also served as Managing Director at New Sector Alliance, a social impact and leadership development organization, and at City Year as Director of Social and Civic Enterprise. She helped lead Community Wealth Ventures -- a for-profit subsidiary of Share our Strength -- that helps nonprofits become more financially self-sustaining by generating revenue through business ventures and corporate partnerships. Before joining CWV, Sarah worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she advised senior executives of major corporations on strategic issues. Sarah holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on numerous boards, including New Sector Alliance, Women’s Philanthropy at CJP, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Peirce Elementary School PTO, and as co-chair of the Meadowbrook School of Weston’s Middle School Parent Council. She has led pro bono consulting projects for many local organizations, including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, City Year, Citizen Schools, WBUR, and The Boston Foundation. She lives in Newton with her husband and three children.

KENNETH P. PUCKER

Ken currently serves as an investor and board member in a number of consumer brands, as a Lecturer at Boston University School of Management, and as an Advisory Director at Berkshire Partners. Ken’s holdings include investments in Timbuk2 Designs, a manufacturer and retailer of gear designed to inspire urban mobility; and QUINN popcorn, a natural foods company. As a faculty member at Boston University’s School of Management, Ken teaches courses focused on sustainability. His teaching couples a practitioner’s perspective with systems thinking to define leadership paths for a landscape characterized by constrained natural capital, increasing transparency and greater consumer power. Prior to investing and teaching, Ken served as Interim CEO of Masai Barefoot Technology, an investment within Berkshire Partner’s portfolio. Ken now works with Berkshire Partners as an Advisory Director. Ken spent the majority of his professional career working at Timberland, where he served as COO from 2000 to 2007. After joining the company in 1992, Ken served in multiple roles over a fifteen-year period, including Plant Manager of a 1,000 person factory in Isabela, Puerto Rico and EVP of Global Product, Sales, and Marketing. During his tenure, Timberland grew by ten fold to over $1.6b in sales and was recognized for nine straight years as one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies; as a Forbes magazine's Platinum Investment; and as a top ten ethical company according to Business Ethics magazine. Ken graduated cum laude from Middlebury College and received a Masters of Science in Business Administration from M.I.T's Sloan School of Management. He currently serves on the board of the Rashi School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Ken lives in Newton with his wife Leslie and their two daughters.

JULIE SHERMAN

Julie Sherman is the owner of J Sherman Studio LLC, a boutique graphic design firm in Newton, Massachusetts, which she founded in 2007. Julie’s work and study experience include a strong emphasis on studio arts (photography and painting), art history, museum experience, architectural graphics and textile design. Julie passionately believes in art education, and she and her team create all the graphic design and visual communication materials for Step Into Art. Julie holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Science in communications management from Simmons College. She lives in Newton with her husband and young daughter.

AMY SILBERSTEIN

Amy Silberstein serves as Director of Development and Donor Services for the Brookline Community Foundation, a foundation devoted to building a more vibrant, engaged, and equitable Brookline. Prior to her current position, Amy worked for 17 years in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Brandeis University. As Associate Director of Leadership Gifts, she focused on major gift fundraising in the arts and co-founded the Brandeis Arts Council for outreach and alumni engagement, formed to raise funds for, and bring greater attention to, the university’s fine arts, theater, and music departments. Amy comes from a family with a unique art legacy. Her maternal grandmother, Hilde Gerst, ran New York’s Hilde Gerst Gallery on Madison Avenue for over 50 years. Amy and her mother continue this tradition by showcasing the work of French Post-Impressionist artists and some of the major American artists of our time at the Ruth Silberstein Gallery, which they own and operate. In addition to serving on the Step Into Art Advisory Council, Amy has been an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations in the Boston area, including Cradles to Crayons, Birthday Wishes, and Community Servings. In 2011, Amy co-founded Food To Your Table, a non-profit that provides fresh vegetables to low-income residents of Newton. The goal is to bring food "from those who grow it to those who need it." Amy holds a BA in American Studies from Brown University. She lives in Newton with her husband and has three children.

VINEETA VIJAYARAGHAVAN

Vineeta Vijayaraghavan, a novelist, leads the writing component of Step Into Art’s sixth-grade programs. Joining English teachers at Epiphany School and Mother Caroline Academy, she invites the students to write a creative composition inspired by the paintings they have studied. Vijayaraghavan’s novel Motherland was published by Soho Press in 2001. The Boston Herald called it "a tour de force, taking the reader into those rituals of grief and release where one marvels at the particular and recognizes the universal." Motherland won a 2002 Alex award from the American Library Association, honoring the best books published for adults with special crossover appeal for teens. The novel was also selected by the New York Times as a “New and Noteworthy” paperback. Motherland has been taught at both universities and high schools, and Vijayaraghavan has been invited to present to school assemblies, book groups, and ethnic associations. In 2010, Motherland was chosen by Skokie, Illinois as their citywide reading selection for the year. Vijayaraghavan was born in India and raised in the United States. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.

ELLEN WINNER

Ellen Winner is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Boston College, and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children. She is the author of over 100 articles and four books: Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the Arts (Harvard University Press, 1982); The Point of Words: Children's Understanding of Metaphor and Irony (Harvard University Press, 1988); Gifted Children: Myths and Realities (BasicBooks, 1997, translated into six languages and winner of the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award in Science); and co-author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education and Studio Thinking2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education (Teachers College Press, 2007 & 2013). She served as President of APA's Division 10, Psychology and the Arts, in 1995-1996, and in 2000 received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Research by a Senior Scholar in Psychology and the Arts from Division 10. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 10) and of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics.