CMOM Staff

CMOM Staff

Meet the people who make CMOM such a special place to learn and play!

Andy Ackerman, Executive Director

Andy Ackerman has served as Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan since 1990. Throughout this time he has been responsible for our management and artistic direction. Since Andy first joined CMOM, the Museum has doubled its attendance and budget and completed a 10,000 square feet addition

Andy began his museum career in 1975 as an instructor at The Exhibit Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught history and natural science to school groups and conceived and implemented a program for preschoolers. In 1977, he returned to his native New York to become Director of Education of The Jewish Museum. He held that position until 1985, when he became Assistant Director of The Jewish Museum, responsible for long-range program planning, fundraising and the integration of audio-visual technology into exhibition programs.

From 1986 to 1990, Andy served as Director of the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. He set funding guidelines for the program and worked with the New York State Department of Education on long-range planning for arts education and environmental science.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx, where he studied anthropology, Andy went on to participate in the Overseas Program of Tel-Aviv University and earned his M.A. in Near Eastern Studies in 1976 from the University of Michigan. He participated in archaeological digs in Israel as area supervisor and field supervisor of the Emeq Hefer Regional Project (1982-83), an activity that is reflected in his publications, which include "Israel in Antiquity", written with Susan Braunstein (winner of a National Jewish Book Award, 1982).

Andy served as President of the Association of Children’s Museum from 1998-2000 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Arts Coalition.

Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director for Education and Guest Services

Leslie Bushara has been with CMOM since 1993. As Director for Early Childhood Programs at CMOM, she designed curricula and taught early childhood education classes to both children and parents and has developed outreach programs for the Teen Parent Literacy Program, Shelter Program, CUNY NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and the Bronx Early Childhood Initiative. Leslie was the project director for PlayHelps, a national play and learning outreach program for families in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina.

As Deputy Director for Education and Guest Services at CMOM, Leslie oversees all programs, curricula and grants for public school and outreach programs including Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the Access Family Outreach. In addition, Leslie was the early childhood specialist and exhibit developer for CMOM exhibits Seuss!; Winnie the Pooh; Just Off Broadway; WordPlay; Oh, Seuss! Off to Great Places; Dora the Explorer; Little West Side and PlayWorks™.

Leslie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Early Childhood from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her prior experience includes teaching at the Rhythm & Glues Preschool, the Corlears School and the Discovery Program. She has written articles for family journals in New York City and for the Association of Children’s Museums’ journal publication,"Hand to Hand". She has designed curricula and programs for the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Jewish Community Center in New York City, Children’s Museum of Puerto Rico, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Long Island Children’s Museum. Leslie has been interviewed for National Public Radio regarding her work with families living in shelters and presented at the Young Children Without Homes National Conference in Boston. She has been a panelist and presenter at the New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable, The Institute for Museum and Library Services and at conferences sponsored by the Association of Children’s Museums. Leslie is on the advisory boards of CUNY NYC Early Childhood PDI and NYC playgroup. Leslie has been a guest lecturer at Bank Street College and New York University’s Graduate School of Education.

 

Administration

   
Executive Director Andy Ackerman Email Andy
Manager, Office of the Executive Director Melissa DeCesare Email Melissa
Senior Manager, Finance Devan Jairam Email Devan
Director, IT Liz Tsaoussis Email Liz
Manager, Office and Guest Services Liz Tsaoussis Email Liz
Weekend Supervisor and Administrative Assistant Ray Matias Email Ray
Coordinator, Front Office Carmen Cruz Email Carmen
     

Public Relations

   
Director of PR, Communications and Marketing Rory Halperin Email Rory
Rubenstein Communications Adam Miller Email Adam
     

Building Operations

   
Director of Exhibitions and Museum Operations Thomas G. Quaranta Email Thomas
Director of Building Operations Jose Ortiz Email Jose
     

Education

   
Deputy Director, Education and Guest Services Leslie Bushara Email Leslie
Director, Education and Community Programs Maura Thompson Email Maura
Director, Public Programs Position open  
Manager, Community Outreach and Internships Megan Swanby Email Megan
Manager, Public Programs Julie Marie Seibert Email Julie Marie
Manager, Administration and Education Susan Lim Email Susan
     

Exhibitions

   
Director of Exhibitions and Museum Operations Thomas G. Quaranta Email Thomas
Director of Exhibition Development and Museum Planning Lizzy Martin Email Lizzy
Manager, Exhibition Shop Wilson Diodonet Email Wilson
Art Director Kristin Lilley Email Kristin
Graphic Designer Alexandra Tirer Email Alexandra
Manager of Exhibition Services Cat Emil Email Cat
     

External Affairs

   
Director of Development Callie Siegel Email Callie
Senior Manager, Institutional Giving Christine Dillon Email Christine
Manager, Membership and Events Annabel Barnes Email Annabel
Requesting a donated membership or passes for a fundraiser? Email requests@cmom.org  
Development Associate April Clark Email April
     

Store

   
Manager, Retail Operations Devan Jairam Email Devan
     

Parties and Rentals

   
Manager, Birthday Parties Katie Hartman Email Katie
Please Note: All birthday party reservations must be made by phone: 212-721-1223.  
Private Functions and Corporate Events Annabel Barnes Email Annabel
     

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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Calendar

littleBits™ Inventions, 10:00am

6 & older

10am - 4:45pm
Brainstorm an invention and use littleBits™ electronic blocks to make your idea come to life. Experiment with connecting batteries, light and sound sensors to your invention to see what will happen!

Robot Design Lab, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Robots are everywhere in our world and are used for different purposes. Design a robot using recycled materials and a windup mechanism. What will your robot do?

EatPlayGrow™ Tots: Fabulous Fruits, 10:00am

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression.
 

New York Happening: Mixed Media Art Installation, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Red Grooms collaborated with a variety of artists, staging events and art installations called “happenings.”  Add to CMOM’s  ongoing mixed media installation / communal “happening”  by creating your own vision of New York using wood pieces, metal and clay.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall with your friends.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

EatPlayGrow™ Tots: Fabulous Fruits, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Pictures of fruit will be available to help introduce new fruits and build vocabulary.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary; develop color recognition, sensory awareness and creative expression.
 

Fields of Felt, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators create a mural made of felt! Add to the mural by making things like mountains, clouds and trees all out of fuzzy felt!  
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn descriptive vocabulary, sensory awareness, explore texture, early math skills.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall with your friends.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Meet the Maker: Alchemical Tech, 2:30pm

All ages

2:30 - 4:40pm
Technology is not just computers. Making paint from natural materials like stones, bugs and flowers is technology that dates back to ancient times and through today. Join Patricia Miranda, founder and director of miranda arts project space, as she explains the various steps taken for you to create paint from natural materials.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Full Calendar