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Officers

Howard Levy (President)

has published two books of poetry with CavanKerry Press, A Day This Lit and, most recently, Spooky Action at a Distance. He has been a faculty member for many years of the Frost Place and served on the Board of Trustees as treasurer of that organization for a number of years. He also served on the Board of NADAP, the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, an organization whose mission was to foster employment of rehabbing ex-drug abusers. Howard taught in museums for many years, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art and founded and led an organization called Artists Teaching, an interdisciplinary group of artists who taught in museums across NY State. He left teaching in 1980, after winning a New York State Creative Artists Program grant, and entered the business world. He is an executive with Aon Risk Solutions, a Fortune 250 company. He lives in Amaghansett and New York City.

Owen Lewis (Vice President)

is the recipient of the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, is the author of Best Man (winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize, New England Poetry Club,) Sometimes Full of Daylight, and March in San Miguel. Among other prizes, he has received awards from The Mississippi Review, Connecticut River Review, Kent and Sussex Poetry Society (UK), London School of Jewish Studies (UK), Ver Poets (UK), and The Amherst Writers and Artists Press. He is a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia University where he teaches with the narrative medicine group. His second full-length book Marriage Map is forthcoming from Dos Madres Press in 2017.

Jeffery Morehouse (Treasurer)

serves as director of administration at Financial Asset Management Corporation in New York City. His clients have included Honda, Seiko, Nikko Securities, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

Marjorie Tesser (Secretary)

is a poet. She edits poetry books for Bowery Books, including, the anthologies: co-edited with Bob Holman Bowery Women: Poems and Estamos Aquí, poems by Migrant Farmworkers. She also co-edits The Mom Egg, an annual journal of poetry, prose and drawings. Her video poems have appeared in the Shoot the Poem! Poetry Video Festival and the Howl! festival of East Village Art. She curates a reading series of women’s poetry, and produced Bowery Women: Shoot the Poem! Poetry Video Festival funded by the Center for Experimental Television, at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Board

Carla Carlson

recently earned her MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College after twenty-five years of stay-at-home mothering.  During those years she also contributed to and supported her town community–Pelham, as a board member of the Pelham Children’s Center, the Junior League of Pelham, and numerous temporal positions related to the children’s schools, etc.  Currently she divides her time attending poetry readings and art shows in New York City, and enjoys a diligent daily practice of reading, writing, and spending evenings in their newly empty nest in Bronxville, NY, with her husband Steve.

Freda S. Johnson

A native New Yorker, Freda began her career in public finance at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B) and its subsidiary, Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) after graduating from Queens College with a B. A. degree in Political Science. From 1979 through 1990, Freda was Executive Vice President and head of the Public Finance Division of Moody’s Investors Service, the first woman at any rating agency to hold such a senior position. As head of the Division, she was chair of the Public Finance Division’s Rating Committee and a member of the D&B Senior Management Group, which was comprised of the senior managers from each of the Corporation’s subsidiaries – for many years, she was both the youngest and only woman member. Under her leadership, the Public Finance Division grew to have some 35,000 outstanding municipal bond ratings and a staff of 230. During her time as head of the Public Finance Division, she also took time to attend the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration’s Advanced Management Program. In 1990, she joined Government Finance Associates, Inc. (GFA), an independent public finance advisory firm specializing in consulting in the debt and financial management and strategic planning areas for large and complex state and local governments, and served as its President until her retirement in 2011. She has been honored by The Bond Buyer, the daily publication of the public finance industry, which annually presents an award in her name to trailblazing women in public finance – most recently, one from the public sector and one from the private sector. Some of the past winners of the Freda Johnson Award have been Gina Raimundo, Governor-elect of Rhode Island; Lois Scott, CFO of the City of Chicago; and Kym Arnone, Chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

She is also a founding member (2008) and a member of the Board of Northeast Women in Public Finance, a professional organization of women in the public finance industry, both public and private sectors; she currently serves as Chair of both the Mentoring Committee and the Nominating Committee. Since 2012, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Queens College Foundation. She was an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and is a past member of the National Board of Directors of The Transition Network, a not-for-profit organization which works to promote women over 50 years old. She is a past President and past member of the Board of Governors of The Municipal Forum of New York.

David Lee

is an anti-corruption lawyer who assists clients in dealings with government officials. His previous practice included a range of contract, litigation, and media law matters for various clients. He was an entertainment critic for the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle and a reporter for Bloomberg News. David received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2003, and his BA from Yale University in 1999.

Martha Rhodes

is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books. She holds degrees from New School University (BA) and from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA). She is the author of five collections of poetry: The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh, 2017), The Beds (Autumn House, 2012), Mother Quiet (University of Nebraska Press / Zoo, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (2000 Green Rose Prize, New Issues Press), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). She has taught at Emerson College, New School University, and University of California, Irvine. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She also has taught at The Frost Place, Third Coast Writer’s Conference, Bucknell University’s June Seminar for Younger Writers, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a frequent panelist at universities and conferences around the country. She is the current director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry. She lives in NYC.

Boris Thomas

is a psychotherapist and an executive coach in New York City. His career encompasses experience spanning the fields of public policy/research, government and higher education, and includes nearly 10 years as a corporate side attorney specializing in labor and employment law. He earned his BA in art history from Wesleyan University (CT), his JD and MSW from NYU, and his PhD from Chicago’s Institute for Clinical Social Work. Additionally, he has been trained in the Executive Coaching Certification program at Columbia University.

Calvin Wei

is an otolaryngologist who practices at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospitals. He studied English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University and received an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He subsequently attended Baylor College of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at New York University Langone Medical Center, and fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City.