Staff & Board


Executive Director & Chief Curator: Miceala Martegani
Director of Operations & Strategy: Shona Masarin
Associate Curator: Dylan Gauthier
Community Engagement Coordinator: Madison Markham
Engaging Artists Fellowship Facilitator: Mahayla Laurence
Development & Events Coordinator: Yasmine Raouf

Board of Directors

Mona Ghasemi, President
Chistopher Goble
Jeffrey Jones
Johanna Ottolinger
Chiseche Salome Mibenge, Phd
Kate Shaw, Secretary
James Walker
Lynne Whitman, Treasurer

Advisory Council

Suhaly Bautista
Margaux Caniato
Ofri Cnaani
Sean Desiree
Anne Edgar
Deborah Fisher
Jim Furlong
Anna Gaskell
Micaela Giovannotti
Floor Grootenhuis
Tom Huhn

Mary Jane Jacob
Janine James
Jonathan González
Michael Joo
Martina Kenworthy
David Ling
Maria Niro
Paul Pfeiffer
Ernesto Pujol
Melissa Rachleff Burtt
Silvia Rocciolo

Tim Rollins (In Remembrance)
Susan Sandler
Dread Scott
Lori Sherman
Gregory Sholette
Barbara Suhr
Nico Wheadon
Betty Yu

The More Art team

  • Staff
  • Board of Directors
Micaela Martegani

Executive Director & Chief Curator

Micaela Martegani (she/her) has been involved with art since an early age, and has worked as an art historian, curator, and advisor. In 2004 she founded More Art as a way to help make contemporary art more accessible to the general public. She believes that art has great connective potential because it offers ways of communicating that are direct yet non-threatening. Art can change people’s outlook on life, and, in particular, it can have a fundamental impact on the most vulnerable or neglected members of our society.

Shona Masarin-Hurst

Director of Operations and Strategy

Shona Masarin-Hurst (she/her) is the Director of Operations and Strategy for More Art, where she oversees the nuts and bolts as well as the visioning of the organization. From 2019-2022 she was More Art's Curatorial Director. As a cultural producer, her objective is to develop programs that create space for artists and arts administrators to build supportive and equitable communities. Most recently, she worked with the CUE Art Foundation as Programs Director, and has held positions with Flux Factory and Millennium Film Workshop. Born and raised in Australia, Shona maintains an active artistic practice as an experimental filmmaker. She has received funding for her work from the Jerome Foundation, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Her work has been presented at Danspace Project, Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Crossroads Film Festival at SFMoMA, and the Knockdown Center, amongst others. She holds a BFA in film and video from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Mahayla Laurence

Engaging Artists Fellowship Facilitator

Mahayla Laurence (they/she) is queer, multidisciplinary artist engaging in work that generates personal inquiry around mental and spiritual health, joy, humor, and stewardship of community and self. Mahayla co-founded and currently facilitates CAMP at Ars Nova, which is a nine-month residency for emerging comedians and storytellers pursuing long-form comedic theater. Mahayla directs and produces Lack History, a comedy-forward educational entertainment project where TED talk meets game show meets charity benefit, and they write and perform for Story Pirates. Mahayla graduated from NYU where they received their BFA in Drama and was awarded the Beth Turner Award for Scholarship in the African Diaspora. Outside of the arts industry, Mahayla is also a certified breathwork practitioner and a Level 2 Apprentice with Master Herbalist Empress Karen Rose at the Sacred Vibes Apothecary.

Dylan Gauthier

Associate Curator

Dylan Gauthier (he/him) is a New York-based curator, artist, and arts administrator. Gauthier joins More Art as Associate Curator having over two decades of experience working for non-profit and for-profit art ventures in New York City. From 2018-2022, he was Program Director and Curator of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space. While at EFA Dylan also ran SHIFT: A Residency for Arts Workers. Gauthier is also a practicing artist who works through a research-based and collaborative practice at the intersections of ecology, architecture, landscape, and social change. Gauthier is a founder of the boat-building and publishing collective Mare Liberum and of the Sunview Luncheonette, a co-op for art, politics, and communalism in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Gauthier received his MFA from Hunter College, CUNY (‘12), and has taught courses on emerging media and expanded cinema in the Film and Media Studies department at Hunter College, and courses on systems, sustainability, and water-based art practices at Parsons. He lives in Jackson Heights with his wife and frequent collaborator, the poet and artist, Kendra Sullivan, and their son Demitri.

Madison Markham

Community Engagement Coordinator

Madison Markham (she/her) works in independent artist management, web + graphic design, and art book + exhibition production. Her first love is art history, particularly that of contemporary + modern art, and she is currently pursuing her MA in Art History at Hunter College. Madison works with emerging, self-taught, and underrepresented artists in an effort to challenge the decided norms of the contemporary art world and market and act as a support for those artists and communities widely overlooked. She is elated to be a part of the More Art team and continue to support + share opportunities with underrepresented artists and communities.

Yasmine Raouf

Development & Events Coordinator

Yasmine Raouf (she/any) has worked in a variety of resource development and event coordination roles that explore the connections within racial, environmental, economic, and arts justice spaces. She maintains writing and movement practices centered in the ways place, power, and queerness are present as we move, migrate, and create.

Jeff Kasper

Strategic Consultant/Advisor

Jeff Kasper (he/him) consults with More Art on special projects, including More Art’s recently published book, More Art in the Public Eye (2019). From 2015-2019 he was More Art’s Director of Engagement. He is a social practice artist, integrated designer, researcher, and educator. His work has been exhibited and presented as public programs in museums, cultural spaces, and universities in the United States, Canada, Germany, Russia, and the Czech Republic. In the past Jeff has worked with various nonprofits focused on community arts, design education, sustainability, and social justice as well as conducted independent research at various institutions in North America. He holds a degree in urban studies and a MFA from CUNY where he held fellowships in the arts and public service management. He is currently Assistant Professor of Design at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mona Ghasemi


Mona is a creative sales executive with over fourteen years of experience in top performing roles in technology consulting and sales working with Fortune 500 companies. Mona has a deep cultural understanding having grown up in Iran and immigrated to the United States as a teenager; she speaks multiple languages and is an avid traveler. Mona has lived in New York for the past fifteen years and is closely connected to the artist community, given her interests in the arts. She joined the MoreArt Board in 2020 to help advance corporate engagement and strategic partnerships. She has a strong belief in the power of art to change people’s perspectives.

Christopher Goble

Christopher Goble is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Gap Outlet. He oversees all aspects of the Gap Outlet business including merchandising, design, production, inventory management, marketing, visual merchandising, and stores. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Purdue University in 2002 and completed an Executive Leadership Program at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in 2013. Originally from West Lafayette, Indiana, Christopher is a new resident of New York City as of August 2017. He is passionate about the arts and making art accessible to the public.

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey is a native New Yorker, a lawyer, and is the managing agent for Little West 12th Street Realty, L.P., a property owner in the Meatpacking District. Jeffrey believes art can not only enrich lives, but can also be a powerful tool for engagement and social change. In order for art to make the most impact, it must reach a wide audience. Jeffrey joined the executive board in 2014 to help More Art bring more art to more people.

Johanna Ottolinger

Johanna has worked in international business across multiple geographies for 20 years, with most time spent within Fortune 100 companies. Born in New York City, Johanna attended Columbia University and completed her Business Law degree at Sankt Gallen, Switzerland in 2008. She gained her CSR certification in 2013. She most recently lived in Berlin, Germany before returning to the New York area with her family. Johanna directed a foundation in Indonesia during a year-long sabbatical, which focused on children’s welfare and education. She has additionally worked on various workforce development and mentorship initiatives across continents, focusing her efforts on marginalized or under-represented minorities. She joined the More Art Board in 2022 to help drive public-private partnerships and awareness of social issues through art and creative expression.

Chiseche Salome Mibenge, PhD

Chiseche is a human rights lawyer and educator. For over two decades she was affiliated with the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Research, the City University of New York and Stanford University. She is the author of Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War Narrative (Penn Press) and various articles on gender based violence and armed conflict. She is the co-editor of the book series, Human Rights Interventions (Palgrave MacMillan) and serves on the editorial boards of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, the Journal of Human Trafficking and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and The Feminist Press. She serves on various other advisory boards, including, The Rustin Fund and the Global Interfaith Network for People of all Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions. She is a memoirist and her short works have been published by literary journals including The Evergreen Review, The Columbia Journal and Taint Taint Taint. Currently, Chiseche is the Director for Gender Initiatives at Episcopal Relief & Development.

Kate Shaw


Kate is currently a People and Culture Partner at Macquarie Group where she has worked in numerous HR roles both in their Sydney, Australia and New York offices. Kate has lived in New York since 2017 and was delighted to have joined the More Art Board in 2020 as a means to help connect more people to art. She enjoys and wants others to experience the power of art in sharing culture and ideas.

James Walker

James is currently the Senior Commercial Director for Digital Technologies at Mars Inc.. He has previously held a number of business leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe. A British national, James moved with his wife from London to New York City in 2015. He joined More Art in 2020 because he wants to help make art accessible to all – bringing thoughtful provocation, inspiration, and joy.

Lynne Whitman


Lynne Whitman is a seasoned business leader with a passion for helping companies grow. As an analytics consultant for Dun & Bradstreet, she works with businesses to expand their capabilities and improve their performance. Lynne has broad strategic, operations and marketing expertise, having consulted for a diverse set of companies and industries, ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Lynne is a strong believer in the impact of art on society and is thrilled to be involved with More Art.