Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees
Sean O’Neal, Chair
Niles D. Stewart, Vice Chair
Stefan Duffner, Treasurer
Amanda Sue Nichols, Secretary
Prabha Sipi Bhandari
Kristen Morrissey Thiede
Drew Dixon Williams
Malcolm J. Williams
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council
Tom Finkelpearl, Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Martin Maher, Brooklyn Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Robert Rubin, in memoriam
Dr. Nan Sussman
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Senior Management Team
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort
President & CEO
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort is President & CEO of Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first museum built especially for kids and one of the country's largest informal educators. A Brooklyn native, Stephanie has worked in arts and culture for nearly two decades, and joined BCM in February 2015.
Previously, Stephanie was Vice President of Development for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. During her tenure, individual giving at the Tenement Museum nearly doubled; the Museum held its first $1 million Gala; and more than $11 million was raised towards the Museum's capital campaign. Prior to the Tenement Museum, Stephanie was Assistant Vice President and Senior Project Director at Sesame Workshop, where she oversaw programs, business development, fundraising, and marketing activities in the United States, Israel, and Latin America. She has also held senior roles at New York Public Radio/WNYC, New York Public Media/WNET, and Lincoln Center.
Stephanie is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MPA in economic policy from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. With her husband Benjamin, she is the parent of three boys ages 4, 7 and 11.
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Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Atiba Edwards was born in St. Vincent, West Indies and grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He graduated from University of Michigan, where he obtained degrees in Industrial Operations and Engineering and Liberal Arts with a focus in Poetry and Musicology. Prior to Brooklyn Children's Museum, Atiba was the Director of Operations at Brooklyn East Collegiate, a middle school that is part of the Uncommon Schools network. Additionally, he co-founded FOKUS, an arts not for profit organization that uses the arts to connect and create communities. Previously, Atiba also worked as a Fixed Income Research Analyst within JPMorgan’s Investment Bank where he covered the Automotive Sector and he also worked at Nomura Securities in their High Grade and High Yield Fixed Income Research divisions.
Vice President of Exhibits & Education
Hana Elwell is Vice President of Exhibits & Education at Brooklyn Children's Museum, overseeing the Museum's exhibits, interpretation, educational content and partnerships, and collections. Hana joined BCM in 2015 as Director of Exhibits and Interpretation, and was promoted to Vice President in January 2017. She manages a staff of 15 employees.
Prior to joining BCM, Hana was an interpretive planner and project manager for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she worked on exhibition projects for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Hana has also created curriculum, led professional development training, and taught museum-based programs for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Currier Museum in New Hampshire. She began her career as an Educator at Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Hana holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research and a master's degree in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University where she focused on culturally specific museums. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, ages 1 month and 5 years old.
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Director of Government & Community Affairs
Margaret Walton is Brooklyn Children’s Museum liaison to elected officials, government agencies, and community leaders and organizations. She has more than 20 years of experience in government and at non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Margaret served as Assistant Director for Government and Community Relations at the Central Park Conservancy. In that role she was responsible for gaining approval of all Central Park capital projects from Manhattan Community Boards, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11. These projects totaled $4.6 million and were also approved by the New York City Landmarks and Public Design Commissions. Margaret also managed community input for the Frederick Douglass Circle project where local artists and community groups participated in a two-year long project which resulted in a traffic redesign and commemorative sculpture located at the northwest entrance to Central Park. Margaret also served as a Community Liaison for Upper Manhattan in the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit in the David Dinkins administration.
Margaret Walton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.
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Director of Development
As the Director of Development at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Semra Ercin is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s institutional, individual, corporate, and government fundraising initiatives. She leads the Development team and cultivates partnerships that support all museum programs, operations, and activities.
Semra brings over 15 years of experience in non-profit arts and cultural fundraising. Most recently, Semra was the Associate Director of Institutional Giving at World Science Festival and was responsible for securing foundation and corporate partnerships. For four years prior, Semra worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as an Institutional Giving Manager, generating revenue from a diverse base of foundations. Before BAM, Semra worked at Brooklyn Music School (BMS) as the Director of Development and Operations. At BMS, Semra ran an administrative office while securing institutional, individual, and corporate funding for the organization. Additionally, Semra worked in fundraising and special events at organizations such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Princeton Club of New York.
Semra holds a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Semra lives in Brooklyn with her husband and enjoys spending free time with her three children (ages 1, 3, and 10) and plays drums in a band.
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Director of Education
DeeArah is Director of Education at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She guides the strategy for exemplary and innovative programming at BCM, and she collaborates with the BCM team and community to power a vision for inclusive, hands-on learning experiences rooted in play, inquiry, and exploration for children and their families.
DeeArah’s professional journey in the field of education has included teaching, administration, diversity leadership, and curriculum development. She is a former Co-Director and current board member of JACK--an Obie-winning space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with a mission to fuel experiments in art and activism. DeeArah has facilitated education for all ages, artists’ development, and community engagement initiatives as a consultant and social entrepreneur as well as through organizations such as Creative Time, The Laundromat Project, The Field, and Urban Bush Women.
DeeArah holds a B.A. in Literature of the African Diaspora and Anthropology from University of Maryland College Park, and she has completed graduate coursework in Dance & Community Development at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. DeeArah lives in Brooklyn, and her current adventures also include cooperative initiatives, revolutionary educational framework, writing, and motherhood.
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Director of Building Operations
Aldo Tortorelli comes to BCM from his previous role as Manager of Engineering & Operations at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. A former Squad Leader in the US Army, Aldo has over 20 years of managing buildings in the healthcare and education spaces. He has held building services roles at LIM College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Central Park Conservancy, the New York City Aquarium, and Columbia University. Aldo has overseen multiple capital projects, including renovations, expansions, and ensuring contract compliances and safety standards. He holds a BS from Hofstra University and a Total Quality Management Certificate from Columbia University. A native of Peru, Aldo has three children and lives on Long Island.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Administrative Staff
Staff can be reached at (718) 735-4400 and their extension.
Programs & Education
Kwame Brandt-Pierce, After School Program Manager
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Oasa DuVerney-Gaspar, Managing Artist, ColorLab and Teen Programs
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Will Niedmann, Education Coordinator
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Jordana Starkman, Public Programs Manager
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Collections & Exhibits
Kate Calleri, Curator and Manager of Collections Interpretation
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Sophia Figuereo, Exhibit Developer
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Erik Fiks, Exhibits Manager
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Shakira Paula, Live Animal Coordinator
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Myla Seabrook, Events Manager
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Sandy Smith, Manager of Visitor Experience
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Morgan Vidalis, Membership Coordinator
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Winston Williams, Manager of Communications
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