Staff
About We are a team of people with special skills and individual talents who work together to support the needs of working artists.
Zaire Anderson
Junior Fabricator
Zaire Anderson acts as the first Junior Fabricator for Powerhouse Arts, cross-training in each of our workshops. Zaire is an artist and printmaker working in paper and textiles in which she contextualizes Black American culture. Zaire holds a BFA from Purchase College with a minor in Global Black Studies.
John Bartolo
Master Printer
John is a master printer at the Powerhouse Arts Print Program. He has been a printmaker for over 18 years and has been working in the art world for over two decades. His career began at a paper restoration studio in Manhattan and this work evolved into his love for printmaking. He studied graphic design at the New School. John’s personal work combines photography and printmaking on different mediums including wood panels, as well as works on paper adding texture to suggest the same life as the wood panels.
Steven Battaglia
Senior Director of Operations
Steve brings over a decade of experience in arts institutions to Powerhouse Arts, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Museum Operations at the Rubin Museum of Art. He previously worked as the Operations Manager at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), where he was responsible for managing the completion of a new theater construction project and restructuring operations, and at Dixon Place in a variety of different roles. He is a regular contributor to Live Design, a magazine exploring the convergence of entertainment design and technology.
Ben Cohen
Wood and Metal Director
As an industrial designer, Ben brings to the role accumulated years of experience working with designers and artists, institutions and fabricators on ambitious technical projects. In addition to his experience sourcing, building, maintaining and running workshops with an array of processes, centered around wood and metal, he has also incorporated printmaking, CNC machining, 3D printing and robotics into his projects with the goal of creating artworks, products, and experiences that move beyond the conventional. He is a Co-founder & Director of the non-profit The Gowanus Studio Space, a thriving artist-run studio and workshop that has provided affordable studios and workspace in the neighborhood for the past 11 years.
Luther Davis
Print Shop Director
Luther is the Master Printer and Director of the Powerhouse Arts Print Program. Luther teaches printmaking at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. He was the co-founder of Fourth Estate, a fine art publisher focused on producing limited editions with emerging artists, and from 1999-2016 he was the Master Printer and Director of Axelle Editions, a fine art print atelier specializing in screen printing that produced over 300 editions a year with more than 100 artists.
Nellie Davis
Master Printer + Senior Textile Fabricator
Nellie is a master printer and textile fabricator, splitting her time at Powerhouse between the Print and Textile Programs. She earned her B.A. in Russian from Grinnell College and interned at the Obraztsov puppetry theater in Moscow, Russia. She began her career as a costumer, building hats for Sesame St. Live and full body puppets for Jim Henson Productions. In 2002 Nellie began working as a silkscreen printer and continued to work as a stitcher making custom clothing, wedding dresses, and collaborative artworks that involve large scale draping, appliqué, and embroidery. She also enjoys paper-crafting, and painting miniatures and botanical landscapes.
Atiya Dennis
Office Manager
As Powerhouse Arts’ Office Manager, Atiya manages the Powerhouse office and the administrative needs of the organization. Prior to joining Powerhouse, she worked at Medgar Evers College in the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library archiving the Special Collections. She also worked as the administrative assistant to the Managing Director at St. Vincent Services, and the Executive Receptionist at Rockefeller Group Business Centers. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Medgar Evers College.
Andrea DiStefano
Equipment Procurement Manager
As Equipment Procurement Manager, Andrea performs research and planning for equipment that will be commissioned in Powerhouse's metal, wood, fine metal, print, textile, ceramic, and digital fabrication shops. She previously managed the Metal and Wood Facilities at The New School's Making Center, where she developed making capabilities available to students. Before this, she maintained equipment and led workshops, with hands-on knowledge of machines and their uses. She has vast experience fabricating and working in educational shops. Andrea has a BFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College.
Katie Dixon
CEO
With over two decades of experience working at the intersection of the arts, architecture, and urban planning, Katie has developed cultural programs and cross-sector partnerships with a variety of arts, culture and civic organizations. Appointed the founding Executive Director of Powerhouse Arts in 2014, Katie is spearheading the development of the organization. Katie previously served as the Director of Special Projects at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 2011 to 2014. She was the Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Director of Planning and Development at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, where she oversaw the planning and development of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Katie holds B.A. in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Art Domantay
Director of Fabrication + Production
Art Domantay joined Powerhouse in June 2019 to serve as Director of Fabrication & Production, after assisting The Shed, as Sr Exhibitions Producer, with the opening of their inaugural shows: Reich Richter Pärt, and Trisha Donnelly’s untitled work. For the past 18 years, Art directed his own fabrication and installation consultancy for New York artists and institutions, implementing numerous large-scale installations for Creative Time, Public Art Fund, and MoMA PS1. Project artists include: Taryn Simon, Mike Nelson, Kara Walker, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Reid Farrington, and Anne Hamilton. In Los Angeles, Art worked closely with the J. Paul Getty Museum, MoCA, Hammer Museum, Lannan Foundation, and the Norton Museum. Art’s favorite foods are chocolate ice-cream, and rice.
Jeremy Gender
Project Manager
Coming from a background in multimedia art installation, theater production, volunteer coordinating, and market research consulting for numerous industries, Jeremy found his way to Powerhouse working on the visual-arts crews at The Park Avenue Armory, The Shed, and MoMA PS1. Jeremy grew up in Florida building houses with his dad and stilt-walking for Disney, before migrating to the Northeast in 2002 to join the non-profit arts world.
Dennis Hrehowsik
Master Printer
Dennis has worked as a Fine Art Screen Printer for 17 years and is currently master printer at Powerhouse Arts Print Program. His work can be found in Museums and galleries worldwide and has received the SGIA Golden Image Award. He has studied at The Parsons School of Design, The University of Pennsylvania and is the current President of the Brooklyn Bird Club where he leads weekly migration walks for the public.
Shayna Jeffers
Financial Manager
Brooklyn-born art enthusiast and creator, Shayna has been working in not-for-profit finance and accounting since 2008. As the Financial Manager for Powerhouse, she is able to bridge her experiences in different non-profit environments with her passion for facilitating opportunities and resources for artists and creatives. Shayna co-founded and works with the Prep in Arts Initiative: an alumni group formed to extend knowledge and provide experiences to the larger Prep for Prep community. She also ran a grassroots organization serving emerging artists and anticipating their needs.
Chris Kinsler
Master Printer
Chris is a master printer at the Print Program. He has been working as a printer in New York for over 15 years, and collaborates with artists in all types of media to execute their visions. He studied print making at Columbia College in Chicago. In addition to print making, Chris’ own art practice includes collage and stipple.
Kelsey Knight Mohr
Lead Textile Fabricator
Kelsey has been working collaboratively for over 14 years with both emerging and established artists to realize multimedia artworks for small galleries and major institutions. She has been involved in diverse projects including costumes for trapeze, life-sized replicas of movie sets realized in soft materials, inflatable robots, and finely pleated hand-dyed linen. A Barnard alumnae, she maintains her own sculptural studio practice and sells a small line of handmade furniture with her husband.
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall
Director of Shops
An artist, educator, and administrator, Phoenix brings a distinct mastery of material studies and fabrication to her role as Director of Shops at Powerhouse. She previously directed the Parsons Donghia Materials Library at the Parsons School of Design, and facilitated the building implementation of the Parsons Making Center as the Coordinator of Academic Resources, implementing dynamic programming and resources with a focus on fabrication for the New School. Phoenix holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and an M.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design.
Jessica Lysons
Senior Director of Finance + Administration
As Senior Director of Finance and Administration for Powerhouse Arts, Jessica manages and oversees the fiscal stewardship of the organization. Prior to joining Powerhouse, she developed facilities for schools serving low-income communities at Civic Builders, a non-profit real estate developer. She was also a co-founder and Vice President of Asante Partners, a small investment-banking firm, and sole proprietor of a business making silent super 8 films. She holds a B.A. in architecture from Yale University.
Angélica Maria Millán Lozano
Senior Communications Associate
Angélica is responsible for supporting marketing and communications initiatives at Powerhouse. She previously worked as the Alumni Relations Coordinator at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and was the Curatorial Fellow for Public Engagement at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded cvllejerx, a fashion, poetry, and performance art collective and holds an M.F.A. in Visual Studies from PNCA. In her artistic practice, she experiments with fabrics and garments to address social injustices that affect Latinas in the home.
Oniyeché Nelson
Project Assistant
Oniyeché moved from North Carolina to New York on a whim and has been swept away by the city's notorious colossal culture. She began working with the Capital Project team and is now Project Assistant at Powerhouse. Oniyeché is an avid anime watcher/cosplayer and is a visual and performing artist across multiple mediums such as drawing and theatre. She loves to incorporate yoga into her practice and hopes to attain her RYT certification soon.
Ben Nortey
Application Support Specialist
Ben is the Application Support Specialist at Powerhouse. He plays a crucial role in assisting the Director of Operations with technical and application support of the organization. Prior to joining Powerhouse, Ben received his B.A. in Anthropology at Reed College. He has had rich professional experiences across the Tech, Digital Media and the Arts fields. In his free time, Ben loves to paint murals, document New York's vibrant street culture, and doesn’t mind getting dirty while exploring the often-overlooked nooks, crannies, and crevices of this vast concrete jungle. 
Gina Pham
Senior Director of Collaborative Production
Gina brings over 15 years of experience in project management and operations to her role as Senior Director of Collaborative Production. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the collaborative production programs across print, textiles, wood, metal, and ceramic. Before joining the team, Gina was Director of Operations for Opening Ceremony and VP of Operations for BDDW, and more recently Deputy Director at Saipua. She also co-founded a gallery, retail and restaurant space called L’Usine with two locations in Vietnam. Gina holds a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Biata Roytburd
Director of Ceramic
Biata is a classically trained sculptor, contributing over ten years of experience in ceramic fabrication and education. She received her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2010. She studied anatomy and sculpture in clay at the Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts. With a focus on porcelain, she has expertise in various ceramic processes including sculpture, slip casting, mold-making, hand-building, throwing, glazing, and firing. Biata has extensive experience with realizing ambitious site-specific artwork commissions and installations. She describes herself as having a meticulous eye when it comes to her craft and will be continuing her development as a ceramic artist in early March as a Greenwich House Pottery Resident.
Yarisbeth Sagardia
Director of Human Resources
Yarisbeth comes to us from Artnet where she served as the Generalist of Human Resources for 6 years. She is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn and received her BM in Corporate Communications from Baruch College and her Certificate of Professional Human Resources from Pace University. She is a lover and admirer of visual arts. She works collaboratively with our team to develop and foster inclusive HR practices that support an environment where employees can thrive.
Anika Selhorst
Senior Director of Education, Employment & Public Engagement
Bringing two decades of experience as an arts educator to her role of Director of Education, Employment and Public Engagement, Anika develops Powerhouse Arts’ programming and innovative partnership, helping to facilitate arts learning experiences for diverse audiences. Before joining the team, Anika worked as the Director of the Art Center at 92Y and as the Director of In-School Programs for City Lore. She studied anthropology and visual arts at Brown, and received her Ed.M from Harvard.
Kiah Vidyarthi
Collaborative Production Manager
As the Collaborative Production Manager at Powerhouse Arts, Kiah brings her fabrication and production management expertise together to support the workflow of the Collaborative Production Department. She has been working in fashion, film and fine art for nearly 10 years. Kiah was a costume designer and special effects artist for film and television with a focus on creature fabrication. She also oversaw production and logistics for a vegan fashion company before joining the Powerhouse Arts team as a Textile Fabricator in the Spring of 2018. She has a degree in Photography from Bard College. She is currently studying Herbal Medicine in her free time.
Kristen Wilke
Senior Director of Strategic Planning
Kristen has worked in arts and urban planning for over a decade. In her role at Powerhouse Arts, she leads a number of strategic initiatives across departments and oversees both the communications and human resources teams. Before joining Powerhouse in 2015, she worked as a project manager at Larisa Ortiz Associates, a Queens-based planning firm, managing economic and community development projects around the country. She is also the co-founder of the pet accessory brand, Shed Brooklyn. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a degree in Urban Studies from the New School.
Jenn Williams
Youth Programs Manager
Bringing over a decade of experience as an artist, educator, and administrator to her role as the Youth Programs Manager, Jenn collaborates to support the growth of Powerhouse Arts' programming that serves local youths ages 14-21. Before joining the team, Jenn managed over 80 arts education partnerships with public schools and Community Based Organizations at Marquis Studios, and served as the Youth Education Program Manager with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). She studied studio art and social practice at Hanover College and received her MA from NYU.
Vicky Zambrano
Executive Assistant to CEO
Born and raised in the South Bronx with Ecuadorian roots, Vicky is a photo-based visual artist committed to the Arts, Cultural Equity and Social Impact. With over 10 years of business administration and community engagement experience, she integrates creativity, cultural competency and her refined project management skills to create a welcoming, ethical and collaborative environment. At Powerhouse Arts, she is providing high-level administrative support to Katie Dixon, CEO. Vicky holds a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts.
Dana Wood Zinsser
Printmaker
Dana is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving her B.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2011 Dana has worked in many high profile artist studios and print shops. Dana brings her expertise in screen printing, intaglio and lithography to the Powerhouse team.
Powerhouse Artists Council
The Artists Council supports and promotes the mission and values of Powerhouse Arts. Meeting four times annually, the Council advises Powerhouse on decisions in support of the organization’s annual and long-term goals and ensures continuous feedback and accountability to artists.
Noel Anderson
Shayna Jeffers
Treasurer
Ruba Katrib
Rit Premnath
Vice Chair
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Chair
Peter J. Russo
Secretary
Allyson Vieira
Powerhouse Arts Board
Powerhouse Arts' current Board
Members are:
Maureen Connelly Board Member
Josh Rechnitz Founder & Board Chair