An author, professor, and business owner is a founding member of the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition. As President, she is a critical administrator for the organization, ensuring that operations run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Ms. Marano is responsible for scheduling art shows, community events, and educational activities in the Studio. Also, with the assistance of the Curator, she organizes all events at the Studio to ensure that events complement each other and the space is used to its fullest potential. Ms. Marano's other responsibilities include meeting studio users to review policies, housekeeping and supply ordering, and working with press/advertising persons to promote and grow awareness of the Studio and the activities at 67 Main Street. Ms. Marano is a Senior Adjunct Professor of Modern Languages at Westchester Community College, where she has been teaching for over 20 years. She is also co-owner of Educational Awareness; is a company that provides SAT, ACT, and college essay writing to College-bound teens. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from Marist College and a Master of Arts in 1996 from Pace University. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate from Drexel University for teaching English as a Second Language.
Olenna, a resident of the Town of Southeast since 1996, helped found the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition in 2010 to create a viable arts performance space for the local communities. Over the years, she has assumed many roles for CAC — secretary, grant writer, insurance/attorney liaison, fundraiser, event manager, graphic designer, contract developer, website updater, bookkeeper, archivist — which, with fellow board members efforts, has created a vibrant cultural arts hub at the Studio Around the Corner in the Southeast Old Town Hall, truly celebrating the community with transformative and inspiring arts experiences! She steered design and construction efforts for restoring the historic Southeast Old Town Hall and bring its theater back to life, an estimated at $4M+ project, by engaging the many stakeholders and managing the architectural/engineering/contractor teams on behalf of the Coalition and the Town. A registered professional engineer with a graduate degree in chemical engineering, she started her career in environmental consulting at Versar Inc. and later worked at US Department of Energy and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. She also has professional experience as a dancer/choreographer/teacher, working freelance and with Dancers at Union Hall, Lee Harper & Dancers, Fairfax Ballet, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg among others. In NY State, she has served on the boards of Putnam Arts Council and Prelude Ballet Ensemble and regularly volunteered with Putnam 4H Club and the Tri-County Science Fair.
Musical Artistic Director
Violinist, Robert Zubrycki, is on the Board of Directors for the Cultural Arts Coalition in Brewster, NY, where he is Director of Concerts Around the Corner series. Robert is Concertmaster for the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Lumos (formerly the Stamford Symphony), and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. He has served as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, he performs for the American Ballet Theater and is Assistant Concertmaster for Orchestra Moderne. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Robert's recent performances include: Kiss Me, Kate, Carousel, and She Loves Me. He can be heard on many cast recordings, including,
Brigadoon, An American in Paris, Paint Your Wagon (violin and mandolin), and solo violin for The Mad Ones. He frequently appears on the 92 nd St.'s Lyrics and Lyricists series. Robert won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary, The Curse of the
Bambino, and he can be heard in the documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. His numerous television appearances include an appearance with Céline Dion on the Tonight Show, and he has recorded with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet. As a chamber musician, Robert was the first
violinist for the Queen's Chamber Band and the Queen's Chamber Trio. The Trio's critically acclaimed recordings of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven are available on the Lyrichord label. He toured The United States with the Abaca String Band, including performances at the
Chautauqua Institute and the White House. He also performs with the Bard Festival Chamber Players. Beyond musical ventures, he is currently the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation Chair, a US Masters Swimming Coach and Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor, and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Jake Mcguire entered the world of theater in 1993. He has primarily worked in the film and television industry for the better part of the last decade. He has performed in over 100 plays and musicals in his career. Jake has also worked as a director, producer, and designer at off-
broadway and regional theaters across the country. He was the Technical Director at the Irish Repertory theater(off-broadway) from 2008-2010. He opened his theater in his own hometown in California at the beginning of 2011, which was operated until mid-2014. He has stayed
connected to his passion, the theater, by sitting on the board of directors for TOSCAC. He is looking forward to making his return to the director's chair this holiday season with a production of A Christmas Carol, a production that he hopes can become an annual tradition for our theater in the village of Brewster.
Kathleen Abels is the President of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC). Her primary responsibilities include supporting local businesses and attracting new businesses to Putnam County. The PCEDC acts as a facilitator, bringing together companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders. Marketing, public relations, and developing strategic alliances are among Abels' top skill sets. Abels was appointed to her current position on July 1, 2019, after serving on the Board of Directors of the PCEDC for several years. She brought her extensive experience in community outreach, customer service, construction, and project management, as well as strong core values. Abels previously completed a lengthy career at NYSEG, culminating as their Manager of Community Outreach and Development. A resident of Putnam County since childhood, Abels presently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Ladson Park in Katonah, NY. She was the former Chair of the Town of Southeast Historic Sites Commission for many years. Abels received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Pace University.
Frank Funigiello has been a resident of the Town of Southeast in Brewster, NY, since 1991. Always a self-starter, Frank currently owns and operates Confident Home, Inc., a general contracting company also in Brewster. Having raised two children who have gone through the
Brewster Central School system, Frank has always been an active member of the community. Frank started his own business in Brewster in 1999 and has thrived here ever since. He is also active year-round as a volunteer for various theater groups, such as the Brewster Theater
Company, Brewster Performing Arts Boosters (BHS productions), and the Ridgefield Theater Barn production. He has taken on the role of the set master (construction, design, and development) for various shows with these theater groups. Being in the construction field, Frank was instrumental in renovating “The Studio Around the Corner” for the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition. Frank brings his knowledge of construction and his spirit of volunteerism to the coalition. Frank is hopeful that one day he will see the “Old Town Hall Theater” restored to its glory as the main stage theater in Brewster and will be proud to say that he was a part of the process. Frank attended Westchester Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Technology and, Mercy College for Computer Science. Frank also holds many construction certificates.
Anita Conway lives her life in service to the local arts and garden communities. She supports the Cultural Arts Coalition as a Volunteer Coordinator for arts programs and manages the Garden Around the Corner. As a master gardener in Putnam County for the last 12 years, she organizes garden-based programs with an emphasis on food-security education and environmental stewardship. The Garden Around the Corner is a partnership with the Cultural Arts Coalition, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Putnam County, and the Putnam Community Action Partnership. It is an organic vegetable and pollinator garden with all produce donated to the food pantry at the Putnam Community Action Partnership. The garden is a place for people to connect with the community, nature, and the art of gardening.
Anita has a BS in Design from UC Davis and completed the Master of Arts program at Pratt Institute where she taught graduate classes in Typography and Techniques and Procedures. She was an award-winning designer in her professional career in corporate package design
management for medical and consumer products companies for over 20 years. She was also the owner and principal designer at Anita Patterson Design in New York City and San Francisco providing design programs for non-profits, the arts, hospitality, interior design, sports, and public affairs.
Jennifer Funigiello, Emily Spahrmann
Jacque Roche, Katy Faivre
Past Critical Volunteers:
Jason and Jeffrey Marano, Margaret Carey, Matt and Jessica Vanacoro