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Nicole Goldberg

Executive Director

Nicole Goldberg has been a non-profit professional for the visual arts for over twenty years, having served as Director of Development at Art Omi in Columbia County and Director of Development at The Drawing Center in SoHo. She also worked for several years as a grant writer at The Jewish Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Nicole has taught the course Development for the Visual Arts at the NYU M.A.Visual Arts Administration program and holds a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Modern Art and Critical Theory from Columbia University. She splits her time between her brownstone in Brooklyn and modern farmhouse in Saugerties with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She is a passionate vegan and avid knitter!



Yvonne Rojas-Cowan

Exhibitions Director

Yvonne Rojas-Cowan is a creative force who thrives at the intersection of art and leadership. As a sculptor, painter, and designer, she brings a unique perspective to her artistic pursuits. Yvonne’s professional background is as rich and varied as her artwork. She leveraged her strategic acumen as an operations and strategic initiatives executive for Fortune 500 companies. She also co-founded and successfully managed a recruiting firm, demonstrating her entrepreneurial spirit. Most recently, Yvonne served as Chair of the Saugerties Arts Commission from 2020-2023. In this role, she championed the arts within the community by spearheading vibrant exhibitions, special events, and artist talks.


Tara Foley

Director of Education & Public Programs

Tara Foley was previously the Education Director at the Wassaic Project and has most recently led art education programs at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, Aldrich Museum, the D.R.A.W, and Children’s Museum of the Arts, Manhattan. Alongside Tara’s new role at WAAM, she is also currently working at Geary, an art gallery in Millerton, NY. She is a practicing artist and has an ongoing music project with her partner. Tara received her MFA from CalArts in 2013.

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Emily Jones

Archivist & Collections Manager

Emily Jones is the WAAM Archivist, a position she has held since 2005. She received a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives from Simmons College in Boston. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Prior to her tenure as an archivist, in addition to assorted administrative jobs she served two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for a non-profit AIDS service organization.

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Emily Gaynor Porto

Marketing Director

Emily Gaynor Porto has worked in the arts for over fifteen years, with organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. She began her career on the agency side, specializing in visual arts. She later served as Press and Marketing Director at The Drawing Center in New York City before working with Portland Art Museum in Oregon and several west coast galleries and arts nonprofits. Emily holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from the University of London.


Suzy Jeffers

Gallery Manager

Suzy Jeffers has been living in the Hudson Valley as an arts professional for over 30 years. She has spent the bulk of her career teaching at SUNY New Paltz and SUNYUlster, where she also served as the coordinator of the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery. She is pleased to join the WAAM community as Gallery Manager.