Robin E. Rosenberg – President
Robin E. Rosenberg has served as President of Garnerville Arts Project, Inc. (GAP), also known as GARNER Arts Center, since its founding in 2003.
While serving as director in the mid-1990s of the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, the former mill complex where GARNER Arts Center is located, Ms. Rosenberg had the idea of dividing underutilized second floor manufacturing spaces into artist studio spaces. The success of this venture led to the creation of additional studio spaces and the birth of a thriving and creative industrial and arts community. Ms. Rosenberg’s artistic vision and efforts have helped to preserve the 19th century industrial-age facility and create an artistic oasis for artists, artisans and the community.
As President, Ms. Rosenberg has organized and promoted GARNER’s annual arts festivals, exhibitions and student programs, attracting thousands of visitors, tourists and students each year. It is Ms. Rosenberg’s goal and passion to see the adaptive re-use of the complex into a thriving center for art, commerce and tourism in the 21st century.
Ms. Rosenberg, an attorney, formerly practiced with the Manhattan law firm of Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., where she was a partner. Ms. Rosenberg also serves as a Director of the North Rockland Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Rockland Rivertowns Coalition and the Rockland Cultural Collaborative. She is a former Vice-Chair of United Way of Rockland County, a former Director of the Arts Council of Rockland and former President of the Greater Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Rosenberg is the recipient of numerous business and arts awards and recognitions.
Ms. Rosenberg is the third generation of her family to lead the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center. She follows her father, Robert, President from 1990 to 1998, and her grandfather, Louis, who was one of its founders in 1934. After the textile mills fled the northeast in the 1970s-80s, the mill complex fell into substantial disrepair until Ms. Rosenberg’s vision to transform the complex into a center for working artists and public visual and performance art took hold.
Christine Olivier – Executive Director
Christine Olivier assumed the position as Executive Director in January, 2018 after serving as the organization's Program Director since 2015.*
Prior to joining GARNER, Olivier served as the Director of Programming for the Institute for Arts & Culture at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the programming and operations of 60-80 events per year across three venues while overseeing extensive re-branding and strategic planning initiatives. While at Mercyhurst University, Olivier presented at Arts Reach Conference in Toronto & New York City on the subject of millenials and their interaction with the arts, served on multiple granting panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, curated a panel discussion for the “Girls World” expo on the subject of women in the creative workforce and contributed as a member of the Erie Community Foundation’s Arts & Culture Vital Signs Committee formed to oversee data collection and reporting goals for artistic and cultural vitality within the Erie region. Olivier was named one of the “Top 40 under 40 Leaders Changing the Face of Erie”. Olivier graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Theatre Arts Management and prior to joining GARNER Arts Center has worked for Steppenwolf Theatre, American Theatre Company & Spoleto Festival USA.
*Olivier was hired as Program Director thanks to a Workforce Development Grant made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Melissa Mower-Yannuzzi – Programs & Operations Associate
Melissa Mower-Yannuzzi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from SUNY New Paltz in 2003. She worked as Gallery Assistant at GARNER Arts Center since 2008 before moving into her current position as Programs & Operations Associate in 2017. Melissa also works at Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, in Pearl River, installing exhibitions.
Jonathan Shorr – Curator-at-Large
Jonathan Shorr is recognized internationally as a leading curator, gallerist and cultural anthropologist. Jonathan Shorr Art Consultants advises cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, companies and individuals on Contemporary, Modern, and Performance Art.
James Tyler - Director
A professional artist for over 30 years, Tyler is perhaps best recognized for his monumental Brickhead Series of sculptures. His artwork can be found in both public venues and private collections across the country. Public artworks include: The Davis Square Subway Station [Boston’s MBTA], Midtown Tower in Miami’s Design District, downtown Indianapolis Arts and Design District, Linden House Sculpture Park, State Land Commission Building, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mozaic Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the new Union Plaza in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.
My ceramic sculptures are inspired by an enduring fascination with the artistic constructs of humankind. The colossal stone heads of the Olmecs, wood carvings of West Africa, the Temple of Angkor Wat, Michelangelo’s David, the spires of Manhattan…what it is that drives us to create these beautifully improbable objects?
Tyler serves as a leading curator of GARNER Arts Center visual arts programming and served as the Executive Director of the Garner Arts Center from 2008 - 2017
Wayne Cobham – Director
After more than 35 years as an entertainer, Wayne Cobham still derives the utmost of pleasure from performing. Wayne has been playing trumpet since his early childhood. His career began in the drum and bugle corps of New York. He was hooked on the trumpet for life.
In his teenage years, it seemed a natural progression for Wayne to move on to his own bands. He gathered around himself some of the finest young musicians available. All the while, Wayne was building a strong following and solid reputation as a highly respected trumpet player throughout the flourishing New York music scene.
In the late 70’s Wayne found a new love that would bring him parallel acclaim to his prowess with his horn. Computer programming was in its infancy and Wayne became one of its pioneers. Wayne was a major part of the MIDI revolution, and fostered a productive business as, consultant, clinician, producer, and educator. Using his new-found computer skills, he provided consultation to many well known musicians who wished to incorporate the cutting edge tools of the trade. His computer skills were utilized over many different genres of music including but not limited to hip hop, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, pop and gospel garnering him 2 Grammys along the way. These acknowledgements led to his membership and voting status with NARAS.
Additionally, he was also in high demand as a performer and has toured the world playing trumpet with such notable entertainers as Ben E. King, Cameo, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Billy Cobham, Taylor Dane, Loredana Berté, Lou Reed, Kool and the Gang, Nancy Wilson, and Denise Williams to name a few. However, it does not stop there! His studio credits include Michael Jackson, Pieces of a Dream, Nancy Wilson, Denise Williams, Patti Austin, and Billy Cobham. His production credits include Gwen McRae, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Dane, Billy Cobham, and Guy with Teddy Reilly among others.
Over the past five years and until the death of Wilson Pickett in 2006, Wayne was on the road touring with and served as the Musical Director for Wilson Pickett and his band, The Midnight Movers. Now he has partnered with brotha.deep to collaborate on some new music.
Wayne’s latest CD is The Best is Yet 2 Come.
Deborah Darbonne – Director
Deborah Darbonne has years of experience providing strategic advice to nonprofit and arts organizations and corporations. She has served as a board member and/or chairperson of several corporations and arts organizations, including locally Friends of the Nyacks and ArtsRock.
Mort Korn – Director
Born in Nyack, NY. Mort was raised in New City and attended Clarkstown Schools, graduating from Clarkstown North High School in 1976. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1980 and then returned to the Hudson Valley where he currently lives in Upper Nyack with his wife, Kim Coons. They have two children, Ben and Hannah. Mort’s children are the fifth generation of his father’s family to live in Rockland County. The Korn family arrived in Haverstraw in the late 1890’s, part of the community of Jewish merchants and business people living there. Mort’s family has a long connection with the Garnerville site. His father worked there in his youth and served on the Board of Directors of The Garnerville Holding Company (GHC). Mort is proud and honored to serve on that board since his father’s passing.
Mort’s interest in the Garnerville Arts Project came not only from involvement with GHC, but also from his life long involvement in the arts. Mort has made a living in film, television and photography. He has exhibited photographs in group and solo shows. His wife, Kim, is a painter.
The GARNER Arts Center, Mort believes, can be a powerful force in the Rockland and Hudson Valley arts community, providing educational resources for local schools as well as gallery and studio space for local artists. Most importantly, GARNER Arts Center can create an arts community where the exchange of ideas and inspiration can enrich us all.
Working in the film and television industry Mort is accustom to working collaboratively with groups of people who bring different skill sets to a project. He is also use to completing projects on tight deadlines and finding the most efficient way to allocate resources to complete tasks.
Brian Muni - Director
On the Garner Board since, December, 2015, Brian Muni is a multi-award winning songwriter, performer, podcast host/writer/producer and lecturer who has collaborated with artists as varied as the poet Allen Ginsberg, novelist E.L. Doctorow, the Woodstock icon, Melanie, and has performed on the radio with artists ranging from famed jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Grammy-winners Tom Chapin, songwriter Julie Gold, trumpeter Wayne Cobham and many others. He has been featured in television broadcasts before millions worldwide and has been the subject of documentaries created by Art Beyond Sight for his innovative use of music and occupational therapy. Brian’s latest CD is called “Ave of the Americas” and has had songs released by Sony/BMG Music, Hal Leonard Publishing, Readers Digest Music, Shawnee Press, as well as, 13 Stories Records, a label he co-founded with musicians Ann Ruckert and James Rohlehr. Brian is a past board member of the Suffern-based REACH Foundation, The Songwriters Guild of America (NYC), NARAS (The Grammy Awards) (NYC), and currently serves on the Music Committee of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom (Mahwah).
Frank Vitale – Director
Frank Vitale earned a B.Sc. in physics from McGill University and a Masters in creative writing from Manhattanville College. He is a director/producer/writer of numerous feature films, television shows and corporate communications
productions. Currently, Mr. Vitale is a film instructor at the School of Visual Arts, New York City and an independent producer in search of meaningful stories to make documentaries of struggle and heart. Mr. Vitale has received over 50 awards for his films. A full list and samples may be viewed at vitaleproductions.com. Mr. Vitale joined the Board of Directors of GARNER Arts Center in 2011.
In Loving Memoriam: Lance Redford – Director
(1958 - 2017)
Lance Redford served as the Director of Development at Columbia University Medical Centers, Center for Radiological Research. Redford held a BA in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from St. John’s University and earned his Master’s Degree (MPS) in Health Services Policy/Management from the New School. For 24 year he worked as a fundraiser and non-profit specialist and while performing his duties at Pratt Institute he became a government fundraising specialist securing over $10 million from local State and Federal government entities for Institute initiatives, for both capital and program operations. A long-time resident of New York City, Lance’s professional focus was always been guided by his personal interest in supporting the Arts, Educational initiatives, and Youth Services.