Puffin Advisory Board
Moshe Banai, Phd
Moshe is an expert in the field of Global Management. He has taught at universities in a dozen different countries and consulted for major organizations throughout the world. He has also conducted extensive research, the results of which have been published in around 100 academic book chapters and journals.. Moshe is the creator of the Puffin Educational Forum, and a member of the Puffin Advisory Board and Teaneck Creek Conservancy Board.
Esther is a writer, teacher and cultural activist. She has produced hundreds of posters, exhibits, and cultural programs about working people and unions. Former Executive Director of Bread and Roses 1199/SEIU, she’s currently Executive Director of the National Writers Union non-profit, and a cultural consultant for the Workforce Development Institute. She posts a poem a day at www.esthercohen.com.
Chris Rhomberg, PhD
Chris is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. From 2009 to 2015 he served on the Advisory Committee of the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York, and in 2018-2019 he was an advisor for the Puffin-sponsored MCNY exhibit on “City of Workers, City of Struggle.” He is the author of The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor and No There There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland.
Zandra Strother, MT [ASCP], MS
Zandra Strother is a retired clinical laboratory scientist who worked in many areas of her field including education, administration, and market research. Her love of exploration and creative expression manifest in her relationship with the Puffin Foundation, where she is a member of the Photography Club as well as a frequent attendee at the Puffin Educational Forum. Zandra has given talks at Puffin about her experiences coordinating travel to sites along the Underground Railroad. She is an avid reader and writer and has been with the Teaneck Bookmates for more than 20 years.
Monika Wuhrer, MFA
Monika Wuhrer, who hails from Austria, is an artist, gallery director, and educator. Her work has been awarded numerous awards and grants and has been exhibited in 9 countries. Monika founded the Open Source Gallery in NYC in 2007 and serves as its Executive Director. She is also the counder of KoKo NYC, an arts based educational program for NYC schools. In 2016 she was the first curator for the Norwegian project Kultorøya.
EY Zipris, EdM, MA
Formerly the Director of Education at the Museum of the City of New York, EY Zipris is now on faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. EY's primary focus is on creating sustainable pathways for those interested in transforming museum culture from the inside out, fostering inspiring and educational opportunities for students and teachers in museums, and considering exhibitions and ephemera as conduits for transformational and engaged learning. One of her proudest achievements is founding the Museum’s Teaching Social Activism Conference inspired by the Activist New York exhibition.
Peter Carroll, PhD
Peter is an author, historian, and poet. Since 1994, he has collaborated on various Puffin-funded projects, including the Puffin-Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship and the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. He is Chair Emeritus of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), an educational non-profit, and teaches history and film at Stanford University as well as professional development courses related to social studies, human rights, and social justice. Peter is the facilitator of the Puffin Advisory Board, and serves as a Special Consultant to the Puffin Foundation and the Advisory Committee of the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. He lives in northern California with the writer/photographer Jeannette Ferrary.