The People of Opus 40
Opus 40 Museum and Gallery Coordinator China Jorrin brainstorms with Opus 40 Events Committee Chair Simi Stone | Faheem Haider of the Education Committee leads a workshop.
Opus 40 Staff
Caroline Crumpacker has worked in arts administration for 20+ years. Prior to coming to Opus 40, she worked in leadership positions at The Millay Colony for the Arts, Thirteen/WNET, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and The Poetry Society of America. She also served on the Board of Directors of The High Meadow School in Stone Ridge. Caroline has been a mentor for nonprofits through LitTap, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the Alliance of Artists Communities. She served as a consultant for the New York State Council on the Art and a juror for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and Yaddo. On the editorial board of Matters of Feminist Practice and a member of the Belladonna*Collaborative, Caroline was a founding Poetry Editor of Fence magazine, and an editor of the French/American online magazine DoubleChange. She has published one full-length book of poems (Astrobolism, 2016) and three chapbooks. She lives in Red Hook.
Eileen Mcclatchy has been a happy inhabitant of the Hudson valley for 25 years, most of that time spent working in the field of horticulture, building houses and raising her family. She is lucky to live close to Opus 40 on a small farmette where she grows herbs and edible flowers and tends to a fortunate flock of chickens.
China Jorrin was born and raised into a photographic family in New York City. She got her first camera at six, which she used to photograph the kids on the block where she grew up on in Chelsea. She began to pursue photography by working as a photo assistant to fashion photographers in Paris then working as a photographer in Prague for The Prague Post. When she returned to the New York China started to freelance for The Associated Press. Since 2001, China has been living in the Hudson Valley.
Gia Gonzales comes to Opus 40 with past experience in publishing and arts nonprofit work. She attended Bard College, where she graduated with a degree in Written Arts. She is also a poet, and currently lives in New York City, where she was born and raised.
Opus 40 Board of Directors
Jonathan Becker is Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director, Center for Civic Engagement, and Associate Professor of Political Studies at Bard College, and Vice Chancellor of the Open Society University Network. At Bard since 1997, Becker has also taught at Central European University, University of Kiev Mohyla Academy, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. He is the author of Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States (1999; new edition, 2002) as well as many scholarly articles.
Brigid Walsh is an expert brand strategist who has devoted her career to guiding organizations in building more lucrative and efficient business models. Her company 100MILESNORTH has worked on award-winning ad campaigns, events, and digital strategies. Brigid spent nearly 10 years with Condé Nast as Vogue Magazine’s Executive Director of Partnerships, Communications, & Experiences. Alongside her corporate and agency career, Brigid sits on the Saugerties Ethics Committee, the Ulster County Tourism Committee, and served as President of the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce, where she spearheaded initiatives promoting female-owned businesses.
John Cederquist is a graphic artist who grew up in Manhattan, Byrdcliffe and High Woods near Opus 40, and currently lives in Woodstock. A longstanding supporter and Board member for Opus 40, his artwork has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris and Sao Paulo.
Susan B. Cummings-Findel was born in a South Korean village nestled under the shadows of Jirisan mountain, the country’s tallest mountain on the mainland. At the age of 3 she was taken to a Christian orphanage in Seoul, South Korea. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 when she was adopted by the family from Lansing, Michigan who had sponsored her for 4 years. She quickly adapted to life in America where she knew the potential for attaining her dreams was endless. During junior high and high school she participated in art, dance, sports and music activities. In 1976 Susan moved to Tennessee to pursue a degree in theology but after 2 years she realized her true passion was art. She returned to Michigan where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree with an interior design certificate from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.
After a short period of time in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for a renowned design firm, she moved to New York. Susan worked for a couple of architectural design firms in New York City before joining the Alan Wanzenberg Architect, P.C. and Jed Johnson Associate firm in 1987, an experience she considers the most rewarding of her professional career. Susan left the firm in 2000 when she moved to Germany to be with her future husband, Stefan Findel. Susan and her husband are both passionate about art, environmental conservation and helping the most disadvantaged people in the world, especially children. Together they launched the Child and Tree Fund in 2002. After moving back to the United States in 2006, and making Rhinebeck, New York their main residence, Susan founded the Sunshine Comes First charity. The missions of The Child and Tree Fund and Sunshines Comes First are to support organizations that improve the lives of children and people around the world through education programs and entrepreneurship projects. They also support organizations who work to protect life on our planet through efforts in conservation.
Native New Yorker Isabel Soffer has been at the forefront of cultural arts programming in the USA for over three decades and has been instrumental in shaping, developing and cultivating the American global music and dance scene.
She is co-founder and co-director of the leading cultural non-profit globalFEST, co-founder of The Generators, an arts and entertainment company and founder of Live Sounds – all of whose programs catalyze creative and artistic networks to foster a sustainable ecosystem for the arts by producing and curating concerts, public programs, festivals, educational programs and multimedia projects. Isabel has produced four Grammy nominated recordings, works with cultural institutions worldwide and travels extensively to music markets, expos and festival around the world and participates in cultural forums, panel discussions and workshops. Her work is founded on the belief that art has the power to activate change and that a healthy society includes the free flow of cultural exchange, ideas and information.
Based in Saugerties, Isabel is chair of the Saugerties Arts Commission. Home to a diverse array of artists, arts organizations and supporters of the arts, the SAC promotes opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the rich cultural life of the town through visual, performing, media, decorative, applied, and literary arts.
As a mother of two and Hudson Valley resident for 20 years, Jennie’s passions are nature, family, and community. Opus 40 has captured her heart since her first walk in the labyrinth in 2012. The founder and principal of The Nonprofit Gardener – Jennie works professionally as a fundraising consultant and grant writer focused on growing thriving nonprofit organizations. She is also the founder and President of the Swantz Family Foundation, with a mission to support programs that reconnect children to the natural world. When she’s not working, Jennie can be found hiking in the Catskills or on the Appalachian Trail, traveling in her VW camper van, and knitting by the fire on chilly nights.
Steve Turk and his wife Shelley run the Turk Hospitality Group and is the owner of Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, New York, and SplashDown Beach Water Park in Fishkill, New York. He and his wife are in development for The Wildberry Lodge, a Napa-style destination in New Paltz.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, and a graduate of the University of California, Alan Wanzenberg is founder and lead of Alan Wanzenberg Architect, P.C. and Alan Wanzenberg Design LLC, architectural and interior design firms with projects located all over the United States and abroad.
Mixing time periods and styles, Wanzenberg creates unique spaces with an aura of elegance and serenity. The Alan Wanzenberg Architect, P.C. and Alan Wanzenberg Design LLC have been recognized for design excellence by The New York Times and publications that include Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Vogue and Modernism Magazine. Wanzenberg has been named many times in the annual Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers and Architects among other extremely talented and influential designers.
He lives in Ancram, New York.
Opus 40 Community Committees
Facilitating community engagement by joining the Opus 40 Board and Staff with Ulster County and Hudson Valley locals.
Faheem Haider, Committee Chair; Artist, Curator and Educator, SUNY New Paltz and Newburgh Public Library
Pamela Badila, Executive Director, Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater; Educator, Kite’s Nest
Tisha Dunstan, Educator, Teaching the Hudson Valley
Elka Gotfryd, Urban Planner, Cartographer and Educator
Caitlin Langstaff, Actor, Director and Teacher; Co-Founder, Hudson Valley Story Workshops
Roberto Rossi, Co-Director, Great Small Works Theater; Educator, Kite’s Nest and High Meadow School
Jonathan Becker, Opus 40 Board of Directors
Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director, Opus 40
Simi Stone, Committee Chair; Visual Artist and Composer/Singer
Alanna Medlock, Actor, Producer and Radio DJ
Matt Schrieber, Accordionist, Composer and Ethnomusicologist
Isabel Soffer, Curator & Programmer, founder of globalFest
Assa Zarcone-Sacko, Marketing Director, WDST/Radio Woodstock
Brigid Walsh, Opus 40 Board of Director
Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director, Opus 40
China Jorrin, Gallery & Museum Coordinator, Opus 40
John Cederquist, Committee Co-Chair; Opus 40 Board of Director
Tim Gilmore, Committee Co-Chair; Facilities Manager, Opus 40
Django Houston, Principle, Living Stone
Sean Kelly, Habilis Stonework
John Luther, Arborist
Timothy Smith, Opus 40 Board of Directors
Alan Wanzenberg, Opus 40 Board of Directors
Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director, Opus 40
Eileen Mcclatchy, Managing Director, Opus 40