WAAM Board Members, Officers and Committee Chairs 2018-19

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.

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Suzanne Parker, Vice Chair

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.

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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

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Erica Price, Treasurer

Erica Price graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1992 with a Bachelors in Business Management and a minor in Finance. She and her husband currently run two businesses. In 1993 they incorporated Uniforms USA which serves the tri-county area. Erica also runs the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, a 14,000 square foot catering facility in Saugerties, NY. She is equally involved with her pottery which she does in her home studio.

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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.

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Maxine Davidowitz

Maxine Davidowitz is a painter and printmaker, whose works have been shown in galleries throughout the Hudson Valley and in collections throughout the US. For over 40 years she served as Creative Director for major consumer magazines such as Redbook, Parents, TV Guide, Health, Prevention, More and Modern Farmer, garnering many awards from the Society of Publication Designers and The American Society of Magazine Editors.  Her consulting practice included work for Country Living, Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, and other newsstand publications.

Her non-profit volunteer efforts include a 5-year stint on the board of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and since 2013 she has served on the exhibition committee for Gallery Lev Shalem at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.

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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.

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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.

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Ric Hirst

For 50 years Ric prepared artwork for slides and filmstrips, executed architectural drawings, designed physical packaging and supervised package printing.

He attended The Art Students league as well as The Woodstock School of Art for sculpture and drawing. He also attended a marble carving school in Pietrasanta, Italy to improve his carving technique.

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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.

Maralyn Master

Maralyn Master graduated from F.I.T with an AAS degree and studied at the Art Students League with Knox Martin and Hugie Lee Smith.  She also studied with Susan Goetz and Lois Woolley. Ivan Karp, director and owner of O.K. Harris Gallery said “Master’s work is fine and Intelligent”. Maralyn has exhibited throughout Westchester County, Connecticut, Rockland County, Ulster County, the Adirondacks and The Albany Historical Museum.

She has published articles in The New York Times, Gannett Papers, Albany Times Union, and The Woodstock Times. She worked  at The Woodstock Library and Alf Evers Archives at Byrdcliffe Guild.

Maralyn has been an active member of The Woodstock Artists Association since 1997, on the Exhibition Committee for ten years and has helped write the current Bylaws. She also is a volunteer for the Exhibition committee and doing intake for shows.

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.

Thomas Sarrantonio

Thomas Sarrantonio studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He also holds degrees in Biology (Fordham University) and English Literature (University of Pennsylvania).  He is Professor Emeritus of Art from SUNY College at New Paltz and has exhibited his paintings widely. He lives and maintains a studio in Rosendale, New York.

Robert Toyokazu Troxell

Robert is an art educator and artist with 35 years working in museum education, higher education, and community arts programs.  He has worked as the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Delaware Art Museum, and has 30 years in higher education as a Professor of Art.  Additionally he has taught ceramics at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China and printmaking at various universities and colleges.  As an arts administrator he has developed resources, prepared grants, and negotiated contracts.

He was trained at the Brooklyn Museum, University of Delaware, MFA, and The Pennsylvania State University,  School of Art and Architecture, Ph. D..  He joined the WAAM in May of 2017 and has been on the board since July 1, 2018 having worked on the exhibition committee since July, 2018.

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.