Board of Trustees
Jennifer Cotignola, Treasurer
Rachel Heberling, Executive Director
David Keefe, President
Staff & Board Bios
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 Board President, Co-founder of Frontline Arts, and the Co-founder of Frontline Paper, formerly known as Combat Paper NJ.
Dave has been on staff for Frontline Arts and PCNJ since 2011, directing mobile programming, Frontline Paper and Paper Connects. These projects travel across the state, larger region, and further into the Eastern United States. With this experience, Dave is central to our development, 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.
Michael Callahan is an original co-founder of Frontline Arts from 2015, and has been a facilitator of various papermaking workshops in Washington D.C. and Monmouth University since 2013. He is also the Director of Veteran Services and Student Support at Monmouth University with additional appointments as part-time faculty at Monmouth University’s School it Social Work and as Program Coordinator of the Coming Home Project at Monmouth's School of Social Work. He has a long history with Frontline Arts, serving as Combat Paper's Program Evaluator and Outreach Coordinator from 2013 to 2015 and former President of the Board of Trustees (2017). Currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s School if Policy and Practice (SP2), his research and practice interests include the socioeconomic and familial determinants of Post 9/11-era veteran community reintegration, post-traumatic growth and systems-level healing through creative practices, and the use of technology to overcome barriers to social service accessibility. Michael served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2005 and the Army from 2006-2010, deploying twice to Iraq.
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.
Lindsey, our Exhibitions and Administrative Assistant works on the logistics of all Frontline Arts exhibitions from work intake and curating to social media and PR. She also works closely with our Executive Director on many aspects of managing membership and communications.
Lindsey holds an Associate of Fine Arts from Raritan Valley Community College and is a senior at Kean University, majoring in Studio Arts with a specialization in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Book Arts and minoring in Art History.
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.
Ron Erickson is the Program Manager for the Frontline Paper Program, coordinating scheduling and logistics for all mobile workshops, talks, festivals, exhibitions and outreach activities.
A carpenter and a fine art painter who has volunteered and worked for Frontline Paper since 2016, Ron has spent his working career in the Display Industry. He first painted the faces of mannequins then as a carpenter and shop foreman, began building scenery, exhibits and props for showrooms, museums, fashion shows, events and photo shoots.
He’s been an assistant instructor in workshops and installer on Frontline Arts Gallery exhibits for several years.
Ron is a veteran of the Marine Corps.
Walt is a Lead Instructor and the Studio Manager for our Frontline Paper program. He manages the in-house production of all handmade paper from military uniforms and handles Frontline Paper supplies, equipment, and archives. As a Lead Instructor, he assists running the mobile workshops, talks, press requests, festivals, and outreach activities.
He is an artist and curator.
Nathan is a Lead Instructor for Frontline Paper mobile workshops.