Board of Directors

Jennifer Monson, Artistic Director

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Elliott Maltby, President

Elliott Maltby, a landscape and urban designer, is a founding partner of thread collective, a multi-disciplinary collaborative design studio that explores the seams between building, art, and landscape. Elliott believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of the urban environment; she is particularly interested in how an ecological systems perspective can support both architectural and landscape interventions. Her current work includes defining the idea of the urban backstage, both conceptually and through design proposals. The backstage is the shadow or counterpoint of branded public space, a space to be found and explored, to wonder about, to wander around, a place to speculate. A survey of New York City backstage spaces demonstrates a common pairing of productive spontaneous ecologies and aging infrastructure; these are novel landscapes. Rather than seeing them as derelict or underutilized, she is interested in documenting and supporting the stealth success of these spaces.  She is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at the Pratt Institute.

Carolyn Hall, Vice President

Carolyn Hall is an iLAND board member, contemporary freelance dancer, and a marine ecologist. As a dancer she has worked/continues to work with numerous choreographers and companies both nationally and internationally and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for performance in 2002. She earned her M.S. in Marine Science from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, NY where her combined interests in environmental conservation, sustainability, history, and policy led her to historical marine ecology. Currently she is an independent researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape Program, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, and author Paul Greenberg on local and sustainable fisheries and seafood. Her involvement with iLAND provides a rare place where she can explore combining her two halves into new creative processes with fascinating people outside of her professions.

Barbara Bryan, Secretary

Barbara Bryan is the Executive Director of Movement Research and is an independent performing arts producer, manager and curator currently working with Sarah Michelson Inc. and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Residency Program. From 2000-12, she was the Managing Director of John Jasperse /Thin Man Dance, Inc., Producing Director with Wally Cardona, and Project Director with Jennifer Monson/iLand, Inc. She was guest curator of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Series (Becket, MA) from 2002-12. She was the Associate Director of Danspace Project from January 1997 to December 1999. Ms. Bryan has served as a faculty member, mentor, guest speaker and panelist at various events including Dance/USA’s Winter Council, PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon, On the Boards in Seattle, the National Performance Network’s annual conference, the Pacific Northwest Dance Lab conceived by the National Dance Project, Dance Theater Workshop’s Laboratory for Dance Management, Pentacle’s Help Desk, Hunter College and the ADF Intensive in New York. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA. Ms. Bryan received her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance and a BA in Classics from the University of Utah.

John Monson, Treasurer

John is deeply engaged in providing management and systems for early childhood education. He is the primary contributor to and webmaster for a nonprofit website that provides core content for child-care center leaders and administrators. He is also heavily involved in his young son’s public school where he has led the PTA and taught after-school math. Prior to his focus on early education, John had a long career in Silicon Valley. He founded the online travel startup NileGuide, he helped start and was COO of PayCycle, the leading online payroll service for small business. John also spent many years at Intuit where as head of marketing he built Quicken into the leading personal finance software and was the General Manager of QuickBooks, making it the must-have accounting software for small businesses. He is also a sporadic artist and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, often bird watching, trying to keep up with the enthusiasms of his son. John, his wife Susie, and his son Eddie live in San Francisco.

Julia Handschuh

Julia Handschuh writes, moves, and makes objects; often in relation to issues of improvisation, ecology and the politics of space.  She holds a BFA in performance and installation from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University and a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU.  Her thesis, On Finding Ways of Being Kinesthetic Empathy in Dance and Ecology was published in a collection titled Performance on Behalf of the Environment.   She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Community College and Continuing Graduate Scholar awards and has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, Key West, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Kate Cahill

Kate arrived in the world of architecture through a will to combine her love of chemistry and of art. She is fascinated by the intersections of social, political and infrastructural systems in cities, and believes that urban public space is enriched by architecture that brings clarity to these complex interactions. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship, through which she embarked on an ongoing investigation into the inscription of memory on the contested landscapes of Berlin, Belfast and Sarajevo.  Recent projects include a recipe for a low-cost, off-grid artist residence based on locally available scavenged materials; portable multi-use structures for an experimental urban school; and an investigation into the nature of collaboration engaged through the multi-dimensional topic of mushrooms supported by the 2009 iLAB Residency Program.  Kate holds a B. Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently enjoys collaborating on interdisciplinary design teams and practicing architecture in New York City.

Or Zubalsky

Or Zubalsky is an artist, musician, and programmer. He is interested in collective acts of listening, resonant spaces, amplification, and thinking about possible futures. Most of his work is collaborative and touches on connecting lived experience and personal narratives with social change. Or is one of the organizers of Trade School, a network of barter based learning spaces, and Fantastic Futures, a collective that was an iLab resident. His projects and collaborations have been supported by The New Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, Queens Museum of Art, Rhizome, Eyebeam, Culture Push, Vox Populi, and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

Meredith Talusan

Meredith Talusan is a dancer, visual artist, writer, and literature scholar. Her interdisciplinary work includes dance projects for Athena Kokoronis on the interaction between dance and food, work on the relationship between improvisation and natural disaster, writing and documentation of liminal space, and studying the relationship between poetry and landscape.

Jason Munshi-South

Jason Munshi-South is an evolutionary biologist that examines the impact of large-scale landscape changes on the evolution of wildlife in and around New York City. A major theme of his work is how animals maintain connectivity between populations by moving through urban infrastructure and remnant green spaces. He is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Fordham University, and splits his time between the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx and his lab at the Louis Calder Center, Fordham’s biological field station in Armonk, NY. Jason was an iLAND resident in 2012.