Member Spotlight:


Sierra Van Ryck DeGroot Education Programs Manager Poster House

Sierra's exposure to the arts began in the womb with the carefully selected playlists of her parents hoping to awaken the creative nature of their child. Since then, she has aspired to be a vet, biomedical illustrator, astronaut, and graphic designer before finding her "just right" match in museum education. 

A proud alumna of Seton Hall University (B.A in Graphic Design, Fine Art and Art History) and Bank Street College of Education (M.S.Ed in Museum Education with a specialization in Childhood Education), Sierra explores the intersections of art, design, history, and play in her work as the Education Programs Manager at Poster House. You can often find her covered in glue and some form of marker, paint or glitter, surrounded by children or in a gallery, in the midst of a tableau. 

She is the current Secretary and Peer Group Liaison for the NYCMER Board.

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

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 Programs Manager

Poster House

Stephanie Zank


Job Seeker


Taylor Koczot

Bank Street College of Education