BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDER BOARD PRESIDENT
Scott Rosenberg is an artist living in New York City. In 1991 he founded Art Start to help homeless and at-risk children transform their lives through the creative process. In 1997 Scott was presented with the President’s Service Award, the nation’s highest honor for community service. In 2000 his work with the kids of Art Start was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah described him as “giving children a voice and helping kids discover their dreams.” Scott was also the subject of a short documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple as well as a Bravo documentary hosted by Quincy Jones, called Fire, Risk and Rhythm. In 1997 Scott produced The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, nationally released feature film about the kids of Art Start.
Elizabeth Gardner is the director of corporate partnerships at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s preeminent not-for-profit film organization, and founder/president of Garnish Media, a curated collective of diverse, supremely talented filmmakers, producers, creatives and communication strategists who create and share stories across all media. For 12 years prior, Elizabeth served as the Co-Owner/Co-Executive Director of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF). Presented by HBO®, the NYILFF was the leading U.S. Latino film festival. During that time, Elizabeth also produced the award-winning independent feature film, Elliot Loves, a dramedy about a gay Dominican-American looking for love. Produced for under $100,000, the film played 70 festivals worldwide, ran on HBO®, HBO Go® and HBO Latino® for 18 months, on Hulu for 1 year, and is now available on DVD; the trailer has generated over 2 million views on YouTube. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Marketing and Creative Strategy for the independent film studio, Shooting Gallery (Sling Blade, You Can Count On Me).
Catherine Sun is a freelance copywriter who began her relationship with Art Start as a volunteer teaching artist in 2012. Since then, Art Start has been the perfect outlet for her desire to do good and make art. When she's not behind a desk at an ad agency or having a blast with Art Start youth, Catherine is making spirit animal pillows, designing patterns, experimenting with healthy baking, and exploring the city for endless inspiration. Catherine considers the arts as a vital form of expression that must be honed in today's youth, and believes that small steps make the biggest differences. If in 10 years, one youth can look back to Art Start days and remember Catherine as a positive influence, she'll consider that a job well done.
Audra Coulombe grew up in Southbury, CT. As a young girl she dreamed of being a marine biologist, then a weather girl, then a world traveler, so she eventually pursued a degree in TV, Radio, and Film so that she could capture and produce content about the world, live vicariously through the people she meets, and satisfy her many curiosities. She received her BS in TV, Radio, and Film with a minor in Geography and a specialty in Modern Foreign Languages from Syracuse University, and has lived in NYC since 2010. She is currently Marketing Manager for The Molecule, a Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, and Virtual Reality studio in Lower Manhattan.
ZACHARY MAXWELL STERTZ
For Zachary, photography is more than a job-- it’s a passion, and you can see that passion the minute you meet him. Born and raised in New York, Zachary loves the fast-paced world of photography and the opportunities it offers for creativity. Whether capturing images in motion, where every split second counts, or creating a composition with just the right lighting and detail, Zachary believes collaboration is the key to delivering impactful images. When not behind the camera, you will find Zachary spending time with his family, surfing, skiing, or fishing.