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Miguel Acevedo

Board Chair

Miguel Acevedo is the Robert Fulton Houses Tenant Association President (since 2010) and the Sargent of Arms for the 10th Precinct. A life-long Chelsea resident, Acevedo was born and raised in Robert Fulton Houses and has built a life entrenched in the community. Acevedo continues to work tirelessly to keep the Chelsea neighborhood affordable and safe through his advocacy work. He has lobbied for community improvements including rent regulation, neighborhood safety interventions, DUI legislation, scholarships, and food donations.

In 2005, Acevedo started Fulton Youth of the Future, an organization that promotes the betterment of the Chelsea community. The main areas of focus are affordable housing, scholarships for higher education, internships, job placement and healthier eating initiatives. FYOF has provided $240,000 in scholarships for culinary education, for its members and Robert Fulton houses residents. Acevedo is the co-founder of Afford Chelsea (2006), the advocacy group fighting to create affordable housing in the Chelsea community during the gentrification that came with the West Chelsea rezoning. Acevedo also formerly served as a Community Board 4 member for 10 years and PTA president of the Museum School.

Jamie johnson

Founder + Secretary

Jamie Johnson is the founder of Art Connects New York and continues supporting activities of the organization as an officer and board member. In addition, Jamie founded and is developing the William S. Dutterer Trust to honor artist William S. Dutterer’s work and achievements by magnifying his legacy. Jamie is an artist herself, designing and creating unique works of art to be worn on the human body.

Previously, Jamie was a vice president of R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company where she led the Financial Printing unit’s Innovation and Product Development group. She oversaw new product and service development, designed processes to speed offerings to market, and was a member of the unit’s strategic planning team. She also was a key member of the unit’s business redesign and implementation team. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University and has extensive training in strategic planning and organization effectiveness.

Michael mccullough

Michael McCullough is a partner at Pearlstein, McCullough & Lederman LLP.

McCullough’s art law practice covers a broad area of the art market. He advises galleries, auctioneers and collectors on a variety of matters regarding consignment agreements, collaborative legal arrangements, authenticity issues, ownership issues, and many others. Mr. McCullough has extensive experience in the unique issues that affect online auctioneers and art sellers; he worked on many of the early efforts to sell art and antiques online, and works with the top online auctioneers in today’s market.

During his ten years as compliance counsel at Sotheby’s, he gained extensive experience in the full range of commercial and regulatory concerns involved in art market transactions.

Colette Veasey-Cullors

Colette Veasey-Cullors is the Associate Dean for Design and Media at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). From 2016-2018, she was Chair of the Undergraduate Photography Department. Her work has been widely exhibited, including The California African American Museum, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Glassell School of Art in Houston, and The Chattanooga African American Museum. Her work is included in the 2017 publication "MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora," an anthology featuring the work of more than 100 female photographers of African descent from around the world, as well as “BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture” and she produced the cover design for the textbook African-American Sociopolitical Philosophy: Imagining Black Communities.

Colette’s collaborative interest resides in the process of social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, with a particular interest in underserved and underrepresented communities. She has worked with a number of community-based organizations, including Communities in Schools, Project Row Houses, Art on Purpose, 901 Arts and Art Source South Africa. Colette received her MFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her BFA in Photography from the University of Houston in 1992.

alfred zollinger


Alfred Zollinger is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Parsons where he currently directs the MFA Interior Design program. Previously he led the Design Workshop, a design-build program working with students and communities to improve public pool facilities for the New York City Parks & Recreation Department. He is also a co-principal of Matter Practice, an architecture and exhibition-design firm in Brooklyn involved in public projects foregrounding social justice issues. His early training as a precision machinist is foundational to his commitment to making in art and design as a mode of critical inquiry.

As an educator and practitioner, he advocates for a human-centered approach and design as a social practice. Relational aesthetics inspires him to work towards new human relationships through collective experiences. Zollinger studied fine art and architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and completed his post-professional studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich, RISD, and since 2006 at Parsons.

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