Board of Trustees
President Donna Bassin, PhD
Treasurer Jennifer Cotignola
Secretary David Luke Keefe
Rachel is the Executive Director of Frontline Arts. She directs the operations, strategic direction, exhibitions, events, and membership for Frontline Arts. She is furthering our mission of becoming a less-toxic print and papermaking studio, using the latest research on innovative materials.
Rachel is an avid printmaker who holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kutztown University. She was previously the Studio Director, and has a decade of experience working in print studios around the country and abroad.
Dave is the Program Director and Co-founder of Frontline Arts, and the Co-founder of Frontline Paper, formerly known as Combat Paper NJ.
Dave directs mobile programming, which includes Frontline Paper and Paper Connects. These projects travel across the state, larger region, and further into the Eastern United States. Dave is also central to our outreach, partnerships, and strategic planning of the organization.
From 2001-2009, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and from 2006-2007 he completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq as a riverine infantry scout.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware.
He is an artist, educator, and activist. Dave is also the Senior Assistant Dean of Students for Veteran Initiatives at Columbia University.
Manda is the Development Director of Frontline Arts. She directs all development, grant writing and fundraising strategies for Frontline Arts.
She holds a Master of Science in Non-profit Arts Administration from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University.
She is a painter, sculptor, papermaker, and activist--particularly engaged in environmental causes.
Mike is our Studio Manager who runs the daily operations of our facilities, adult education programs, contract printing and technical assistance. He is focused on researching less-toxic materials, testing new products and the upkeep of all of our specialized presses and equipment.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and owns and operates Pink Line Press in Kenilworth, NJ.
Jennifer is the Director of Finance and Administration of Frontline Arts. She oversees the internal finances and human resource tasks of the organization.
Jennifer holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School and a Bachelor's in Music from The Boston Conservatory. She comes to Frontline Arts with 10 years of experience in non-profit finance and arts management, having previously worked at Paper Mill Playhouse, Symphony Space, and New York Youth Symphony.
Jennifer also works as a freelance musician and currently performs with The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.
Walt is a Lead Instructor and the Studio Manager for our Frontline Paper program. He manages the in-house production of all combat paper and handles Frontline Paper supplies, equipment, and archives. As a Lead Instructor, he manages the mobile workshops, talks, press requests, festivals, and outreach activities.
He is an artist and curator.
Eli is Co-founder and Lead Instructor of Frontline Paper.
He was an instructor for the original Combat Paper for over nine years and has since led Frontline Paper (formerly known as Combat Paper NJ) workshops for veterans and service members all over the country. He directs the marketing and coordination of Frontline Paper workshops.
Eli served as an Army Combat Medic in Iraq.
He is an artist and activist.
Kevin is a Lead Instructor for Frontline Paper and also the Founder and Editor of the blog, Praxis in Color. He works with guest writers, guides the writing components of social arts workshops, and is a Lead Instructor for Frontline Paper mobile workshops.
Kevin holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Temple University.
He is a writer, activist, and musician. He is also a workshop facilitator and steering committee member for Warrior Writers, a collaborating veteran-focused arts organization.
He served in the army from 2003-2008, twice deploying to Iraq.
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