Dewey Nichols

Dewey Nichols

President

Dewey Nichols is an accomplished architect with over 30 years of experience working on Commercial, Residential and Retail Architecture and Interior Design Projects. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and a licensed architect since 1990, Dewey began his private architectural practice in 2002, opening Nichols Design Group in Boston. Dewey’s passion for exploring his client’s needs, aspirations and values, creates unique architectural brands for each corporation or individual. Expertise in understanding the impact of architectural psychology, zoning and code, site design, form, function and materials, all contribute to proven success in his projects. Dewey’s responsive and sensible approach to the design and construction process, develops creative solutions that assure excellent design results, fitting his client’s values and needs as well as critical budgets and schedules.

Joelle Tomb

Vice President

Joelle Tomb was born in Lebanon in a family of artists. She grew up in her father’s art school, welcoming students, setting up and washing brushes. She did not have a formal arts education but art runs in her blood. When she moved to Boston, she quickly discovered the vibrant art community. She became involved with various arts organizations; as an honorary board member at ARCK and as a docent at the Institute of Contemporary Art. She has organized a number of public art projects; including “I am, We Are”; “Walls that speak” and the “Webster Court ‘Project’”. She helped in launching the Artist in Residence Program at Central Café. More recently, she joined the community of artists at the New Art Center. Joelle has been an advocate for the arts all her life.

Jeff Greenstein

Jeff Greenstein

Treasurer

Jeff joined the New Art Center board in January 2019. Jeff has served as president of Delta Cycle Corp since March 2006. Delta designs, imports and sells a variety of products to sporting goods and housewares industries. Prior to working at Delta Jeff was a Senior Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he managed audits of publicly traded and venture backed technology companies. Jeff is a CPA and holds an MBA from Babson College and a BBA from the University of Michigan. He lives in Needham with his wife and two sons.

Bernard Schweizer

Secretary

Dr. Bernard Schweizer, a Professor Emeritus of English at Long Island University, has a deep-rooted love for art, literature, and creative thinking. Growing up in Switzerland, he started his professional life as a drugstore clerk before abandoning that career, going back to school to study for the Swiss Federal Baccalaureate, and then enrolling at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, as an undergraduate. In 1990 he transferred to the University of Minnesota where he earned a B.A. in English. A Ph.D. from Duke University followed in 1997, and then he was a research fellow for the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2002 Long Island University hired him as an Assistant Professor in English, and five years later, he was tenured. Dr. Schweizer has published numerous edited collections, scholarly articles, and four monographs on topics in literature, religion, and humor. His most recent book (2019) is titled Christianity and the Triumph of Humor: From Dante to David Javerbaum. Since retiring from his faculty position at Long Island University, Schweizer has dedicated himself to the support and promotion of artists and thinkers and in that function serves as the Executive Director of the Schweizer Foundation for Art and Innovation.

Bryan Barash

Bryan and his wife, Claudia, live in Newtonville with their two dogs, Shotzy and Seven. They moved to Newton while Bryan was attending nearby Boston College Law School and Claudia was running her small business. They fell in love with the community and hope to raise a family here.

Bryan started his political career with Barack Obama’s campaign for President, when he moved to Chicago to help him develop his groundbreaking social media strategy. Following that he continued his political career as the Internet Communications Director for New Mexico Senator Tom Udall.

That work led Bryan to found his own small web consulting business, providing web development and strategic services to progressive non-profit organizations such as Conservation International, US-AID, and the International Rescue Committee.

After several years in business and a lot of soul searching, Bryan decided to pursue a career in public policy by attending Boston College Law School. After graduation, he served as the Policy Director for Warren Tolman’s Campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General before beginning his current job in the state legislature as General Counsel for Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler. Bryan is the chief adviser to the State Senate President Emerita on all legal and policy matters. He has helped develop major legislation to fight climate change, protect reproductive rights, ensure contraceptive coverage is available to all without a copay, reform our criminal justice system, provide services to unaccompanied homeless youth, many of whom are LGBTQ+, secure a $15 minimum wage and paid family medical leave, and stop Massachusetts from using scarce state resources on Donald Trump’s draconian immigration agenda.

Bryan has chosen to dedicate his life to public service, currently serving on the Newton Human Rights Commission, on the Ward 2 Democratic Committee, as chapter lead for Progressive Newton, as a board member of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, as a board member of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats – an LGBT advocacy organization, as a member of Green Newton, and as a member of the League of Women Voters of Newton, and formerly serving as a member of Newton’s Charter Commission.

Noah Berger

Noah Berger

Noah S. Berger is the Deputy Administrator for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and has held leadership positions with CTTransit, the Greater Hartford Transit District, the Federal Transit Administration, the Boston Foundation, the MBTA Advisory Board, Cambridge Systematics, and Vermont’s Enterprise Community Transportation Project. He is focused on filling gaps in the regional transit network by bridging low-income neighborhoods and employment centers. In addition to the New Art Center’s Board of Governors, he is also on the Board of Dorchester’s ARTmorpheus/Fairmount Innovation Lab. He has Master’s Degrees in City Planning from M.I.T., and Philosophy from the State University of New York. He is an exhibited oil painter and illustrator, published author, and social justice advocate. He is originally from New York City, and currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Norman Finn

Norman Finn

Norman Finn has spent the major part of his working life designing fashion product throughout the world. He has had the unique experience of not only being a designer and creative director but developed AmAsia International, a major player in the branded footwear and apparel industry with manufacturing facilities on three continents. His experiences include living in Florence, Italy and spending significant time pioneering better product in Asia and South America. Traveling the world has made him multilingual and open to understanding the many cultures around the globe. He has been a board member on 3 multi-million dollar international companies as well as running his own real estate corporation. He has now entered semi- retirement and has centered his interests in the Arts, publishing 2 books with a third on its way. He hopes his expertise will be a contribution to the New Art Center.

Ty Furman

Ty Furman

Ty Furman is the Managing Director of the BU Arts Initiative. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Platt Student Performing Arts House at the University of Pennsylvania and served as Managing Director of the Barrymore Award-winning Vagabond Acting Troupe. He serves on the leadership council of MassCreative and recently served as chair of the national consortium Arts Administrators in Higher Education. Furman holds a BA from Juniata College, an MA in Theatre from Villanova University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Nonantum.

Robin Hicks

Robin Hicks

Dr. Robin Hicks practices medicine at Framingham Pediatrics. As a college student at Duke University she studied biology and art. She attended art school for one year during this time. While mostly working for the past 20+ years, she returned to painting and drawing a few years ago. She has been a dedicated student at the New Art Center for over 3 years, taking a variety of classes. In her spare time Robin paints, draws, and studies Portuguese. She is also an avid reader.

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman is a Senior Project Manager with over thirty years of professional practice in design, project management, owner representation and real estate development. His experience includes housing, institutional and commercial projects in new construction, renovation and re-use. Clients rely on Mr. Kaufman for his team leadership and management skills, cross-disciplinary knowledge and ability to bring out the best in his professional colleagues. As an architect and owner’s representative, his responsibilities have included institutional, commercial, educational, medical, and residential projects.

Prior to joining DHK, Mr. Kaufman founded and ran a project management practice for over twenty years, and worked for several real estate development companies and architecture firms in the Boston area.

Marcia Neiberg

Marcia Neiberg

Marcia Neiberg the Executive Director for Start-up and Planning for Partners Ambulatory Care, a new organization that is starting with Partners Healthcare. Marcia is passionate about art and specifically making sure that Newton continues to have a vibrant community-based program at the New Art Center. Marcia grew up in Newton, attending Mason Rice and Newton North before moving onto undergrad at the GWU and later to graduate school for an MBA at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. Marcia lives in Newton with her husband, who is an artist, and her two boys who enjoy classes at the New Art Center.

Jennifer London

Jennifer London

Jennifer London is the Director of Development and Communications for K-8 independent school and also consults through the firms Fridman Strategies and Social Profit Ventures. A native of Chestnut Hill, MA, she is a graduate of BB&N, Columbia University and the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University. She spent the first part of her career in the performing arts in New York City and Los Angeles, and made a professional transition into development at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She served as Director of Development at The Second Step and as Major Gifts Officer at McLean Hospital. She has been involved with the New Art Center for many years and serves on the Board of Governors and the Development Committee. She is a dancer at heart and is enjoying discovering BollyX. She makes her home in Newton with her husband, Steven Feinstein, and their two children.

Laura Sauter

Laura is a Boston-based designer and branding expert. Her studio, AgencyBEL, helps companies launch and grow by creating their identities, logos, websites, and social media. Laura is an award-winning leader in the field of graphics and marketing. She’s known for coining the concept of “Conscious Brands”, helping her clients succeed through a focus on being responsive and responsible to their customers and communities. She has created notable designs and marketing for both small businesses and large corporations, working with founders and executives to help launch new companies, create new brands, and refresh existing identities.  

She taught design for over 11 years and served on the Boston chapter board of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).  Notably, Laura led AIGA’s partnership with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) museum on a series of lectures and conferences. She is a popular speaker on issues of design, design thinking and how to live a designed life.

Before starting AgencyBEL, Laura worked at Town and Country and House Beautiful magazines in New York. She was the Creative Director of Borders Books and led the environmental Graphic Design efforts at Gensler, a global interiors architecturel firm.

Laura is passionate about yoga, sustainability, photography and kickboxing. She has two daughters and lives in Milton, MA.

Paula Witkin

Paula Witkin is a retired event planner and began taking art classes at the New Art Center in 2012. She soon offered her services to help plan and execute several large fall fundraiser’s for the New Art Center. For the past several years she has taken numerous classes in several different mediums. Supported by a creative group of other artists and teachers, she finds it an ideal way to expand and stretch her exploration of drawing, painting, collage, and artistic experimentation.

Susan Zacharer

Susan Zacharer joined The Village Bank in May of 2019 as Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. In her role at the Bank, she works to build and strengthen relationships with new and existing customers.  Having worked most of her professional career in Lowell, Sue has found Newton to be a refreshing change and is looking forward to work with The New Art Center.  Sue has always been involved with and championed the causes of the local nonprofits.  The Arts are a special passion of hers as she was an Art major at St. Michael’s College.  Today her creative energies are directed to her gardening and baking.  Sue is the mother of four adult children and continues to reside in Lowell.