With over a decade developing and implementing marketing and communications plans in the nonprofit and arts sector, Nancy is passionate about amplifying the impact of organizations. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and previously worked at Clay Art Center as communications manager, Mottahedeh (a manufacturer of antique reproduction dinnerware in partnership with leading museums) as product development manager, and at Christie’s auction house as a fine art cataloguer. She has also worked as a curator of contemporary art and emerging artists and as an independent art appraiser and advisor. She lives in Rye, NY with her husband, daughter and their two dogs.
Abby Digital has been involved with computers since they were programmed with punch cards and paper tape. He learned Computer Science at Yale University under the tutelage of several graduate students, while he was still in high school. Over the years, he has been a pioneer in HVAC, Desktop Publishing, Video Special Effects, and Television Post-production Scheduling systems. A long time consultant for Professor Schwartz, Abby was involved with the realization of the concept of the Ceramic World Destinations map, and the architecture of its application.
Carla Aviles-Davidson holds an MBA in Marketing from the Zicklin School of Business and BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her lifelong passion for learning and storytelling fuels creative digital marketing initiatives that emphasize human connection. She has previously worked for the McCann agency pitching campaign recommendations for the Verizon and HomeGoods brands. When not diligently researching consumer trends and working on digital marketing projects, Carla is either reading an ever-growing pile of books or cooking some new, delicious recipe. She currently lives with her husband in Austin, Texas.
Jacqueline Tse is an artist and designer. She was awarded the Multicultural Fellowship in 2020 from the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts. Her work was selected for the 61st Faenza Biennale at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy, and has been featured in various publications about contemporary ceramic art. She is also a seasoned designer with over 15 years of experie nce in design consulting, development, and project management in branded consumer products. As a global citizen and tech-savvy individual, she is excited to work with MoCA/NY to enhance and enrich the digital experience of Ceramic World Destinations to all the ceramic art lovers out there.
Ilsy Jeon is a multidisciplinary artist and writer born and based in New York. She studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute for two years and received her B.F.A Hons in Sculpture and Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art where she completed a dissertation about the epistemology of museums through a postcolonial lens. She has participated in residencies in Iceland, Hungary, and the United States and has exhibited in New York, Glasgow, Seydisfjordur, and Budapest.
Leigh Taylor Mickelson is an artist and independent arts management consultant with 24 years of experience in nonprofit arts management, exhibition curation, and program development. From 2013-18 she served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) board as their Exhibitions Director and is currently a board member for Studio Potter. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Will Resen is responsible for the development and digital infrastrucure of MOCA-NY and the Ceramic World Destinations web application. He currently works as a Senior Developer at Vitech Systems Group and a Senior Engineer at Iternal Technologies, and volunteers as a board member and director at the Museum of Ceramic Art - New York.
Carol Green is a textile designer who operated a manufacturing business that designed and produced placemats, canvas bags, and accessories. She has also worked in fashion and interior design and served on the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts board. Green is an avid collector and appreciator of all art mediums, traveling and collecting with the Art Jewelry Forum, James Renwick Alliance for Craft, Corning Museum Of Glass, Glass Art Society, MFA Boston Fashion and Textile Arts Council, and NCECA.
Caroline Cheng is an artist and curator, whose promotion of Chinese ceramic arts over decades has earned renown in China and throughout the world. As an artist, Caroline has held solo exhibitions in Sotheby’s Hong Kong (2013) and New York (2015). Her work has been collected by the British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Cheng has received prizes for her work in the Keramiak Museum in Westerwald, Germany (2010), Clay and Glass Film Festival in Montpellier France (2010), Mino International Ceramic Award 2017, and also received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the American National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2014 and the Japan Good Design Award for Community Development in 2020. Caroline Cheng is the owner of the Pottery Workshop in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jingdezhen, and Dali.
Richard Rogers holds an MBA from Ohio State University (1979) and a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Hiram College (1977). Rick began his career in 1980 as founder and president of Tribute, a software company based in Akron, Ohio. He assumed leadership of B. W. Rogers Company, a manufacturing and distribution company in 1994. Rick’s philanthropy includes supporting the Akron Children’s Hospital; the Akron Art Museum; the Intermuseum Conservancy Association; and the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve. In 2017, Rick created the art nonprofit Curated Storefront which has secured and managed funds to launch installations in downtown Akron. Rick is deeply engaged in the arts and is a leading collector of contemporary ceramics from Asia and the US and twentieth-century American and European design.