WAAM Board Members, Officers and Committee Chairs 2016-17

Daniel Rubenstein, Chairman

Danny is a seasoned financial executive. He is presently CFO of The Syfter Group, a boutique Technology Staffing firm and President of Rubenstein & Associates Consulting, which provides management consulting services to the insurance industry. He previously served as CFO of Marsh & McLennan’s Consumer business, Head of Finance for and Deputy Treasurer for Citigroup.  Danny also serves on the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. Danny has a BS from Cornell University  and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

David Andrews, Vice President

David Andrews is a serial entrepreneur currently leading the strategy consulting practice at Headset Group, LLC. Headset primarily works with larger companies that have a specific challenge or opportunity. Prior to Headset Group, David founded Stratagem Inc., which focused on handling business turnarounds for division level companies and Interlingua, the first company to implement computer aided translation and integrate it into large-scale translation projects. He also took public and ran, VZones, the first virtual world business.

He is an angel investor, and donates a portion of his time to pro bono mentoring of start-up businesses. He also currently serves on the boards of several for-profit boards in the U.S. and the U.K., and was until recently, a board member and Corporate Secretary of Arts Mid-Hudson, a nonprofit arts organization that promotes and coordinates cultural activity.

Joyce Washor Saltzman, Secretary

Joyce Washor Saltzman is an accomplished painter, author and teacher. the She has taught oil and watercolor painting at various art school venues throughout the U.S. Currently she teaches watercolor from her home /studio in Woodstock, NY. She has been featured in many national and international art magazines including Workshop Magazine, International Artist Magazine and American Artists Highlights Magazine. She is author of numerous DVDs, publications and books. Joyce’s latest release, Think Big Paint Small  hit the stands in 2017. Her small oils and watercolors have found homes both in the U.S. and Japan. More information is available on her website at

David Beidler

David Beidler is a retired businessman who spent his entire professional career in the financial services business, first as a lawyer in private practice, and more recently on the business side, spending the last twenty years of his career in senior management in the financial guaranty industry. He is a member of the Town of Woodstock Zoning Board of Appeals. David also pursues an avocation as a photographer.

Judy Chaifetz

Judy graduated from the University of Florida. She has a masters of Education and a Reading Certification from Hunter College. She is a member of United Federation of Teachers and NYSUT. Judy is an art lover, educator and a retired reading specialist.

Suzi K. Edwards

Suzi is a mosaic artists with dozens of public art commissions in parks, libraries, theaters and corporations throughout Florida. She has created educational art projects and community engagement art projects working with foster kids, children’s hospital wards, the homeless, primary school children and high school students. Suzi serves on the board of the Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation and teaches workshops at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.

David Freilich

David Freilich served as the senior VP & General Counsel of Volvo’s global financial services company. He worked in various legal and business positions at Volvo for 29 years, prior to his retirement from the firm in 2014. Before joining Volvo, he was the General Counsel of WearEver-ProctorSilex, a housewares and appliance manufacturer. David received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy from Miami University, Ohio. He also graduated from Capital Law School in 1983 and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. David has been active in supporting the visual arts since he became an attorney, including advising museums and representing dealers and artists on a pro bono basis.  David serves as a Director of the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation which owns and maintains the arts collection of the University of North Carolina Weatherspoon Museum Association.

Leonard Levitan

Leonard Levitan is an Exhibition planner of world expositions, museums and visitor centers for nations, states, and corporations. His clients have included NASA, FedEx, General Motors, Canadian Pacific, US Departments of State and Agriculture and the Water Discovery Center in the Catskill/Delaware Watershed.

Susan Asarian Nickerson

Susan Nickerson is an abstract and mixed media artist.  She is director and UN representative of Ribbon International, a peace arts project and a member of Peace Action.

Suzanne Parker

Suzanne Parker has a background in nonprofit arts management as both an employee and board member. She was the Deputy Executive Director of Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) for 10 years. She was a founder and Vice President of Friends of Station Square (FOSS), an historic preservation nonprofit organization, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. She is also a published author of “Eating Like Queens: A Guide to Ethnic Dining in America’s Melting Pot, Queens, NY,” Jones Press 2006, and a food reporter and restaurant critic for the Times Ledger Newspaper Group (12 Queens weeklies). She currently gives cooking lessons locally under the name Cookskills.

Lucette Runsdorf

Lucette is an accomplished artist specializing in making collages that relate to her history and uses materials that she has discovered that relate to her past. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Northern California, Kingston and Germany. Lucette has an MS in Education and a CSW and has specialized in working with children with learning disabilities and child therapy.

Clara Steinzor

In recent years Clara’s work as an artist  has focused on abstract oil painting and collage. She has a Master’s degree in Social work, and has worked as a clinician in a variety of mental health settings. Clara is also a musician and a member of ACMP, Associated Chamber Music Players.

Barbara Klippert, Pro Bono Counsel (non-Board Member)

Barbara is a Partner in the law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Member, American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations; Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel;  Member, University of Buffalo at SUNY Law School Dean’s Advisory Committee; Member, Board of Directors for The Little Baby Face Foundation.

Board Committees  and Chairs (Co-Chairs)

Building and Maintenance Committee – Leonard Levitan
Ad hoc Centennial/Special Events Committee – David Andrews
Centennial Publications sub-Committee – Leonard Levitan
Education Committee – Suzi Edwards
Exhibitions Committee – Clara Steinzor
Finance Committee – TBD
Governance Committee – Joyce Washor Saltzman
Fund Raising Committee – Suzanne Parker
Hospitality Committee – Judy Chaifetz
Personnel Committee – David Andrews
Permanent Collection & Archives Committee – Leonard Levitan
Public Relations and Communications Committee – David Andrews
Volunteer/Member Liaison Committee – David Andrews

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