Fall Cohort 2018
Aaron Covarrubias is an adult education and management professional with experience in program management, immigrant integration, training and development, e-learning, teaching, advising, curriculum & instructional design, workforce development, and leading operations for non-profit and higher education institutions. He joined the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York in May 2018 as Education and Training Manager bringing a wealth of experience in adult education and nonprofit management to this position. Before joining NPCC, Aaron worked at Upwardly Global, a nonprofit organization that helps skilled immigrants and refugees secure professional employment. He served in different positions while spearheading educational initiatives, such as revamping their client’s training experience and implementing a national ESL program. Prior to that, Aaron worked in a top private university in Mexico leading faculty and all student affairs. He holds a B.S. in Administration, an M.S. in Education, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Education. He plays guitar in an underrated, independent, reggae-rock band and lives in Brooklyn.
Alyson Casey has served as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorships at the The New York Hall of Science since 2017. She received her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and her M.B.A. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Alyson has worked across the private sector in various industries for the past 15 years and is excited to bring her experience to the non-profit space.
Ben Levinsohn is the Manager of Volunteers at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Prior to working at Intrepid, he managed the group sales department and docent program at the New-York Historical Society. A love of history led Ben to a career in museum work where he currently leads a group of 150 volunteers whose primary role is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through the Museum’s collections and programming. Ben received his B.S. in Social Studies Education from New York University.
Caitlin Quigley is the Director of Communications at Callen-Lorde, a global leader in LGBTQ healthcare, where she has been since 2011. In this role, Caitlin leads the development of strategic communications and marketing to support agency-wide objectives, coordinates media relations, facilitates crisis management strategies, and oversees digital and print communications for the organization. Passionate about social justice, Caitlin brings her expertise and wealth of knowledge of the LGBTQ and healthcare landscapes to the front of her work. An Anthropology alumnae from Northeastern University, Caitlin previously served in Development and Communications roles at Fenway Health, an LGBTQ research and healthcare organization located in Boston, MA.
Cheryl Morgan has worked in development and resource mobilization for nonprofit cultural organizations in New York City for 15 years. She currently serves as the Director of Development for the New-York Historical Society, where she oversees operations and procedures for the 14-member development office and heads corporate, foundation, and government fundraising. She joined New-York Historical in 2012 as the Director of Institutional Giving, and in collaboration with the organization’s senior leadership has helped to grow institutional funding streams by more than 100% over five years and complete a multi-year capital campaign. She works closely with colleagues in the Museum, Library, and Education departments to develop successful federal grant proposals that have generated an additional $3.5 million to support New-York Historical’s exhibitions, education programs, scholarly initiatives, and collections projects. Prior to joining New-York Historical, Cheryl spent four years at the American Museum of Natural History securing funds for scientific research and STEM education and developing large-scale sponsorships as a member of the Corporate Relations team. Before that, she worked for four years in grant writing, individual giving, major gifts, and board relations at the New York Theatre Workshop. Cheryl has presented on fundraising and philanthropy for Humanities New York and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and was a board member of Riedel Dance Theater. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University’s School of Communications, and received NU’s 2002 Walton Excellence in Theater award.
Claudia Dishon is an educator, artist and arts administrator with over ten years’ experience in art education. She is the Manager of School Programs at the Queens Museum, overseeing QM’s school tour program and in-school Queens-based public-school partnerships. As Manager of School Programs, she has cultivated the museum’s long-term relationships with Queens public schools through artist residency programs, after school classes, youth art initiatives and museum tours. Her mission is to move youth art programs beyond a practical necessity for families and make them a resource for ingenuity, pride and social action. She supports a team of Museum Educator-Teaching Artists who design culturally responsive arts curriculum for the young people of Queens.
Dishon’s studio work features an ongoing interest in myths, covert identities and non-ordinary realities as expressed through print and drawing. Dishon holds a BFA in Printmaking from Murray State University and a MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University. She maintains a print and drawing studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.
As Manager of Communications at God’s Love We Deliver Emmett manages the God’s Love We Deliver web presence, storytelling, marketing production, and most recently helped guide the organization through a re-brand and web re-design. Emmett loves producing unique marketing materials and telling stories about God’s Love clients, volunteers, and donors. In his free time, Emmett spends time with his partner, does yoga, and sings in the Jalopy Chorus.
Gabe Gordon is an arts education administrator and creative community member in Brooklyn NY. Gabe is a Program Network Manager with LEAP, which provides educational arts programs to promote equity and access for NYC students. Gabe manages school partnerships in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford Stuyvesant, ensuring that school communities cultivate skills in creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through arts experiences. During his BA studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Gabe merged his passions for music and education, playing piano/keyboards in a number of ensembles and coordinating programs at Green Street Arts Center. He moved to New York in the summer of 2012 and joined Manhattan School of Music as Distance Learning Program Coordinator. Gabe also has experience in private piano instruction and event planning. He believes in the power of the arts to uplift and to drive positive change.
Geordana Weber is the Senior Vice President for Community Services at Service Program for Older People (SPOP). SPOP provides comprehensive mental health treatment for people ages 55+ in their community and their homes. Geordana oversees fourteen satellite clinics throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, a clinical caregiver program, the ThriveNYC initiative, and all community partnerships. Geordana is also responsible for providing education and training to agency partners on the mental health needs of older adults, and has published on social work practice with LGBT clients. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College/Silberman School of Social Work and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.