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.
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.
Donna Bassin, Ph.D., is an original co-founder of Frontline Arts, past Board president, and a veterans' advocate for the last 15 years. She a fine art photographer, clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, published author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Donna specializes in loss, grief, and mourning. She teaches "Mourning as transformation: the creative edge of traumatic and ordinary loss" at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has published books and professional journal articles in the areas of gender, motherhood, community activism, mourning, and the use of the arts as a witness to trauma. Donna was a consultant for the New York City's Department of Mental Health following September 11. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan.
Her two award-winning documentaries, Leave No Soldier and The Mourning After, tell the stories of U.S veterans exploring the impact of P.T.S.D on their lives, and the use of community in their "coming home." She has held multiple solo photographic exhibitions in the Montclair, NJ area since 2003, beginning with The Afterlife of Dolls at the Montclair Art Museum.
Subsequently, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions from New York City to Los Angeles. Her photographic work is in private collections and adorns several book covers.
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.
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Reserve Duty), Deputy Operations Officer Joint Task Force Civil Support, Liaison for FEMA and DoD; Helicopter Pilot, Associated Aircraft Group; Member of the Rotary Club of Branchburg
Donna Moran is currently a professor at Pratt Institute. Recently she served as Dean at PrattMWP in Utica, N.Y, and before that as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, overseeing both the BFA and MFA programs. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad, including New York, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Italy, and Spain.
Moran has been a Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome, and an artist in residence at The Vermont Studio Center, The Centre for Fine Print Research (UWE) in Bristol, England, and U Gratzie Ceramica in Deruta, Italy.
In 2015 she had a solo exhibition at Caldwell College, Configuration, Transformation and Assembly andConversations With E. Vila-Matas. Her new work is reflective of the physical damages created from storms, over-development of the coastal regions of the northeast and of her native mid-west. The work is a blend of landscape and architecture, digital and hand painted media.
Donna has a long history with Frontline Arts, stemming from the time she was a member of the Board of the Printmaking Center of NJ which housed Combat Paper NJ.
Tara Krause serves on Frontline Arts board, and has been active in the Frontline Paper veteran artist program since 2017. She is a disabled woman veteran of the nuclear Cold War and Gulf War. Her current art focus is working engraving techniques in linocuts at increasing larger scales on our Frontline Paper, and experimenting with the story telling potential of pop-up mechanisms and printmaking on large social pop-ups on issues of endless war, women, nuclear war, and human rights. She finds the veteran artists team to be a deeply meaningful community and revels in the world class master printmaker skills of the Frontline Arts staff.
She graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1982, with a BS in engineering and concentration in Arabic, Russian and mideastern studies. She was in the first cohort of women pioneers at the academy and co-captained the Army women's lacrosse team. After becoming airborne, Jungle school, missile officer and German linguist qualified, she led nuclear weapons artillery units and sites with the British and Belgian Army Corps in Northern Germany. She left the active duty as a captain. At the end of 1990 she was recalled to active duty as an Arabic linguist and served in special targeting projects for the strategic bombing of Baghdad.
After the Gulf War, she earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in the Executive Management Program at NYU. She was the Executive Director of the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation and went on to work with the human rights movement at the global and local levels. She was a member of the founding team that launched Urban Technology in 1996 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. To support her art practice, she was a contract project manager, as well as a grant and business plan writer. In 2002 her AT&T Labs team won the corporate wide Software Excellence Award for the first ever industry natural voice application. In the human rights field, she led the NGO human rights caucus at the UN Habituate and WTO conferences, winning the first-ever recognition of the human right to adequate housing and freedom from forced eviction. Her international video series, Women Hold Up the Sky premiered at the UN.
Human Resources Director, Ketchum, Inc.
Nathan is a Lead Instructor for Frontline Paper mobile workshops.
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 was a lead facilitator with Frontline Paper for 4 years and now 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.
Jan Barry, Dave DiMarchi, Ron Erickson, Jim Fallon, Joe Merritt, Ashy Paliparambil, Leslie Renn, Seema Reza, Valerie Stemac, and James Yee