About the Board…
Kim Tamalonis, Big Picture Foundation President and Founder:
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Hamilton College (1995) and a master’s degree in art education from Manhattanville College (1998). Kim also lived and studied art in France and in Egypt. She is a member of the United Nations Associations Worldview Institute.
Early in her career, Kim interned at the cultural service division of the French Embassy in Cairo, at the Metropolitan Museum, and at Creative Connections, an organization that facilitated art exchanges between national and international schools. Kim then taught at Greenwich Academy for ten years, where she developed Saturdays in the City, an art tour program that offered students regular New York gallery and museum opportunities. She started a Spring Breaks in Europe program, for which she led Greenwich Academy students on art tours to London, Paris, and Florence. She also ran a ten-day art program at Akanksha Schools in India, for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Kim has taught in the Rye City School District for the last twelve years, where her focus has been on integrating multicultural art education into her curriculum. In the fall of 2015, her students sold their art and raised $3000 for kids in war zones. Her students collected 100 pounds of art supplies, which were sent to the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Last August, Kim organized a trip for 24 recently resettled refugee children and their mothers to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s now considering new and exciting ways to merge teaching, outreach, and global collaboration. Please see Round Hill Color Mill for more on Kim.
Brit Foster Rothstein, President of the Board of Directors:
Cheryl Strayed writes, “You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” Since she was a little girl, Brit has done just that. Brit sat at the base of her high school art history teacher’s lectern because even the front row wasn’t close enough to the images. After traveling to Italy and Greece after graduation with this teacher, Brit’s love of art grew as she took in museums and that-perfect-afternoon-light as often as possible.
Ultimately choosing written beauty as a focus, Brit graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English literature. From there she moved to Telluride, CO where she lived surrounded by more natural wonder than she thought possible. She learned two critical things there: she was not going to be a lawyer and she was not going to be a professional snowboarder.
Instead, she headed back to her hometown of Nashville, TN to solve her quarter-life crisis by following her dad’s advice: do something you love and then you never “work” a day in your life. So, she decided to become a teacher, something she’d done since her little sister was born (shout out to Kristen for being and unbelievably patient “student”). Brit headed to NYC in 2003 to pursue an M.A. in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. After graduating in 2004, Brit took at job at Rye High School in Rye, NY teaching 10th and 12th grade and serving as a Writing Mentor. Many of her favorite lessons included artistic components and one of the highlights of her career was a collaboration her Creative Writing students did with a Photography class.
Though she left Rye High School in 2016 after her second maternity leave, Brit owes a debt of gratitude to the school for introducing her to so many wonderful people, most notably her husband, Judd. She and Judd have two kids, Rhys and Tess and they live in Larchmont, NY. Art continues to be a part of Brit’s life whether she’s touring her son’s art show, or reading her daughter a book about Matisse.
Brit is grateful to be a part of this group and feels that art, like beauty, is in all of us. She wants to share both broadly.
Ariel Eckstein, Secretary: Ariel is the Vice President of Global Clients, for LinkedIn. He’s a graduate of Tufts University and of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia
Evan Wies, Committee Chair: Evan Wies is an experienced engineer and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Neomantra, a financial technology company focusing on data visualization and analytics. Previously, he was CTO of an algorithmic trading firm, as well as CTO of a Brooklyn-based game development studio. He has three degrees from MIT and five patents in the field of haptics. When not at Burning Man, Evan can be found doing yoga and dancing to dubstep with his wife and four children in Old Greenwich, CT.
Edward Kirk: Ned, a partner at Clyde and Co., LLP, received his JD from Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He earned his BA from Columbia University.
Daniel Kenefick, Board of Directors: Dann is the Rye City School District School Media Specialist. He attended Columbia University, where he earned an MLS in Library Science