Member Spotlight:


Kira Lacks Assistant Director of College Events Teachers College, Columbia University

Kira Lacks is the Assistant Director of College Events at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, she was the Public Programs Manager at the American Museum of Natural History. Kira has over ten years of program experience producing educational activities for the visiting public in order to highlight temporary exhibitions, enhance community access and increase visitorship. Her focus is on content development of public events with particular expertise in logistical and operational planning. 

Kira holds a B.A. in Art History and Education Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.P.S. in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. She has served as the NYCMER Vice President, and is the current Treasurer.

NYCMER is a volunteer, non-profit organization, led by a board of trustees nominated by members to represent our diverse field.


Elections take place each spring and the results are announced at our annual conference in May. If you are interested in learning more about the board, please contact Below is a list of the current Board members: 



President: Charlotte Martin


Vice President: Brian Levine


Secretary and Peer Group Liaison: Sierra Van Ryck deGroot


Treasurer: Kira Lacks


Appointed Trustees

Archivist: Lacey Flint


Membership Coordinator: Sarah Maldonado


Event and Job Listings Coordinator: Anthea Song


Resources and Social Media Coordinator: Araya Henry


Website Coordinator: Akash Sharma



Erin Salthouse

Hope Morrill

Kassandra Rodriguez

Leah Ruth Koontz

Leigh Wells

Michelle Friedman Manning

Michelle Wohlgemuth Cooper

Rachel Cara

Stephanie Zank

Taylor Koszot


Learn more about the board below:


Akash Sharma

Daily Operations Specialist

New York Hall of Science

Anthea Song

Manager, Programs and Communications

Araya Henry

Museum Educator: Youth Programs

Hudson River Museum

Brian Levine

Manager of Youth Program

American Museum of Natural History (YI)


Catherine Salthouse


Pacific Science Center


Charlotte Martin

Senior Manager of Access Initiatives

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Hope Morrill

Interpretive Programs Manager


Kassandra Rodriguez

Youth Initiatives Coordinator

American Museum of Natural History (YI)


Kira Lacks

Assistant Director of College Events

Teachers College, Columbia University

Lacey Flint

Archivist and Curator of Research Collections

The Explorers Club


Leah Koontz

Bank Street School of Education


Leigh  Wells

Deputy Director for Programs and Operations

Community-Word Project


Michelle Friedman

Head of Education and Academic Initiatives

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum


Michelle  Wohlgemuth Cooper

Education Associate, Learning Through Art

Museum Education Student at Bank Street


Rachel Cara

Sarah Maldonado

Environmental Educator 2

Shirley Chisholm State Park, NYS Parks

Sierra Van Ryck DeGroot

Education Assistant

Poster House


Stephanie Zank


Job Seeker


Taylor Koczot

Bank Street College of Education