Meet the Board
Chairman of the board
David Lloyd was appointed the inaugural Chairman of Artolution from its establishment as an organization in 2016. Although he lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, he is a frequent visitor to New York and a passionate supporter of Artolution and its mission.
David holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania. Following a postgraduate fellowship in Japan in the mid 1980s focussing on Japanese philosophy, he began his formal career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1990 he has been principally involved in higher education and academic research management, at the University of Tasmania and then at the University of Melbourne. He has been Deputy Director of the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, one of Australia’s largest medical research institutes, since 2005, and is also a member of the Council of Foundation49 Men’s Health, an Australian charity.
Aside from his involvement in Artolution and his work with the Baker Institute, David is an endurance sport tragic, and a regular if uncompetitive participant at marathon and Ironman triathlon events.
Sharon In is a nonprofit management professional with 15+ years experience in private and social sector. As a Management Consultant, Sharon has advised and worked with a variety of nonprofits in California and helped organizations develop strategies that enable them to operate more effectively with greater impact on the communities they serve.
She received her BA in Business Management from University of Houston and began her career working for renowned international corporations. After completing her Masters in International Studies and Intercultural Communication at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Sharon has dedicated herself to work that empower underserved and underrepresented communities.
She cares deeply about education equity and providing quality public education for all children. Sharon has worked with educators and legislators in California to construct policies that elevate education system. Being passionate about human rights, Sharon currently collaborates with advocacy groups to promote policies that protect migrant rights.
Sharon is an avid traveler and enjoys learning new languages. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the world with her family and gaining better understanding of different cultures and new perspectives.
Constance Klein is the Founder of Believing Mirror– an initiative focused on forging partnerships between high-impact nonprofits and global brands, to drive results and make a difference. Believing Mirror originated after Constance had the opportunity to meet one of her role models, Dr. Tererai Trent, a humanitarian and internationally-acclaimed advocate for children’s education and women’s empowerment and rights. Dr. Trent’s recent book ‘The Awakened Woman’, which encourages women to speak out and amplify their impact in the world, inspired Constance to leverage her professional skills in new ways.
Since the launch of Believing Mirror in the Fall of 2017, Constance ideated and helped secure ARTOLUTION’s first high-profile strategic patronage (soon to be announced). This exciting partnership will provide the funding and strategic support needed to strengthen ARTOLUTION’S visibility, credibility and impact, internationally. Additionally, Constance is working with South-Africa based Lanto Montessori International Schools Trust and ‘Literacy Army,’ an Early Reading Mastery program designed to advance literacy in underprivileged black communities. She is leading the development of Lanto’s presence in the US, starting with the 501(c)(3) qualification process.
Constance has a highly successful track record of facilitating win-win partnerships. Prior to launching Believing Mirror, she founded and ran Scout Talent LLC – an international executive search firm specializing in fashion, luxury and lifestyle. She has worked extensively in the US and abroad to place senior management talent at iconic client brands, like Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Coach, Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton, Barneys, Under Armour, Gap and Cole Haan. Her vast international network of cross-industry professionals and brand decision makers developed over years in Executive Search fuel her work at Believing Mirror.
Known for her authenticity and business acumen, Constance has keen instincts and is quick to connect the dots between people, concepts, and brands. She is a consummate relationship builder who operates with integrity in all she does. Her interest in unleashing human potential is unbounded; kindness, service and accountability are her personal drivers.
Laura E. Berk
Board Educational Director
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology emerita at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and lifespan development for over three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia. Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the developmental significance of children’s private speech, and the role of make-believe play in the development of children’s self-regulation. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers’ Digest, and has contributed to Psychology Today and Scientific American.
Berk’s research has appeared in many prominent scientific journals. Her best-selling college- and university-level textbooks include Child Development; Infants, Children, and Adolescents; and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Pearson Education. Her book for parents and teachers of young children is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference, published by Oxford University Press. Berk is active in work for children’s causes. She recently completed nine years of service on the national board of Jumpstart for Young Children and currently serves on the governing board of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.
Gail Schonfeld is a founder and director of the RisaFund , a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of underserved youth in Washington, D.C. The fund provides support through grants that promote the arts, athletic enrichment and improved access to mental health services for young people. The RisaFund started the Risa Wellness Project at THEARC which includes expanded mental health services and art therapy. In addition, the RisaFund has a partnership with Leveling the Playing Field where we collect gently used tennis gear and distribute it to inner city tennis programs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Ms. Schonfeld is a member of Georgetown University Department of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry Advisory Board, the Community Foundation of the National Capitol Area Sharing Committee, Many Hands Giving Circle, and a reviewer for the Catalog for Philanthropy. Ms. Schonfeld previously served as director of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Disability Management at the Washington Business Group on Health. She holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services from Boston University and a M.P.H. from Yale University.
Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Max Frieder is the Co-founder and Co-executive director of the international community-based public arts organization Artolution. He is an artist and educator from Denver, Colorado who is based out of New York City. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in Painting with a focus in “Community Based Public Arts” and received his Education Masters in “Community Arts” in Art and Art Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked with communities in different contexts across the globe. His work ranges from community building in refugee crisis, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction counseling through art, trauma relief, reconciliation and conflict resolution. He leads collaborative mural programs as well as creating the "Foundstrument Soundstrument Project", building interactive percussive sculptures out of trash and recycled materials. His projects have taken him from Israel and Palestine to the Jordanian-Syrian border, Turkey, India, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. His work focuses on cultivating public engagement through creative facilitation and inspired participation.
Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) is an artist, educator and organizer of community-based public art initiatives with youth and communities around the world. He works in acrylic and aerosol, creating elaborate murals that explore social topics and reflect a wide array of artistic influences. Beyond his art, Joel has a background as a youth counselor and received his BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has organized and facilitated community projects in over 20 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America, along the way developing his unique combination of community work and mural art in partnership with dozens of institutions, community groups and local artists. His projects have addressed issues including the Syrian refugee crisis, mass incarceration in the US, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of street youth, gaining attention from international media outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters. Joel has a passion for connecting and sharing with people through collaborative art-making. joelartista.com
The Artolution Advisory Council
Shiphrah A. Mutungi
Shiphrah Mutungi is a development professional with over 20 years of experience and technical skills in conflict transformation, peace building, trauma and resilience building, organization development processes including programs and systems development. She has developed, implemented and managed a wide range of projects including start up, piloting, monitoring and evaluation, sustainability, developing effective teams and curriculum development.
Shiphrah has held program management and leadership positions with various organizations in East Africa. She is currently supporting the implementation and development of a sustainability strategy for Morning Star, a trauma awareness program implemented by EACOM International South Sudan. She is a PhD candidate in Organization development (OD), a graduate in conflict transformation from Center for Justice and Peace Building from Eastern Mennonite University, VA USA, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, both from Makerere University. She was also trained in Global Mental Health - Trauma and Recovery at Harvard Medical School, MA USA.
With over 15 years of global industry experience, where he lived in 6 different countries, Rodrigo Moran is an SVP Global Group Creative Director at Edelman, NY and He is also the leader of the Pirate Team - a collective of creatives from all over the world who identify social injustices/problems, ideate creative solutions, and work to make relationships with government officials, business partners, and vendors to make ideas realities.
His curiosity and determination to seek inspiration outside his comfort zone have allowed him to work for prestigious agencies and companies in the United Kingdom, China, Brazil and the United States. Some of these companies include Ogilvy/NY, Vidal Partnership/NY, Saatchi & Saatchi London, Duda Mendonça. Globalworks/NY and G2 Creative Studio, in Beijing.
A globally recognized talent, Rodrigo's work has been awarded at the most prestigious festivals in the industry. Rodrigo has more than 75 major awards including Grand Prix and Titanium in Cannes, Best of Show and Best of Category at the One Show, Yellow Pencil at the D&AD, Grand Prizes and First Prizes at the New York Festivals and Clios. His most recent accomplishment is having his work acquired to the permanent collection of the MOMA and, currently, featured in the main lobby of the museum. His work is also at several other museums around the world, including the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Museum in London. Before discovering his passion for advertising, he worked in marketing, sales and even as a bank manager.
From a recent MBA at the Berlin Creative School of Leadership to Hyper Island/Stockholm to Miami Ad School, Rodrigo will never stop learning new ways of doing great things.
Luther is passionate about building community through technology and art. He has over 25 years of board, executive and management experience in Canada and Australia specialising in finance and investment, strategy, business start-up, and venture capital. His own industry experience includes investment banking, new media, government and not-for-profit institutions.
Currently, Luther is CFO and Head of Venture Capital at BlueChilli Technology, a Sydney-based Australian-American startup accelerator/incubator for tech companies. He is also a co-founder and strategic adviser to DICE Kids, an Australian education NFP that focusses on growing a digital, innovative, creative and entrepreneurial generations, and a strategic Board advisor to TokenOne, a global cybersecurity firm. Additionally, he is a mentor to a number of founder CEOs, an active investor in startups as well as into mature private companies such as Koda Capital.
Luther completed a BA (Philosophy) from Canada‘s Western University, and an MBA (with Distinction) at University of Sydney (AGSM) in addition to various qualifications in financial markets. Luther is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a decorated retired Naval Officer in Canada and Australia. A citizen of both Australia and Canada, Luther lives in Sydney with his wife Catherine Greer, a published author, and their two young sons.
Cassia Cogger—artist, teacher and author of Creating Personal Mandalas—is inspired to create artworks, creative courses and experiences that allow individuals to enter into greater relationships with their surroundings, becoming present to that which is essential. As much as she is excited by color, shape, pattern and beauty, she is more excited by what the creative process reveals.
Her work has been featured at the National Academy Museum of Design in NYC, in Watercolor Artist magazine as a rising star as well as in a host of other galleries and private collections.
Mr. Ty Flewelling, PA-C is a Senior Medical Attaché for the U.S. Department of State. He is a Physician Assistant, Board Certified in primary care and surgery. As a career U.S. Foreign Service Diplomat, he has spent the past eighteen years providing high quality healthcare in remote and austere locations across the globe to members of the U.S. Federal Government from the U.S. Presidents down to entry-level officers and their family members.
As a senior member of the U.S. Embassy Mission, Mr. Flewelling assists in developing health policy briefings for the U.S. Ambassador and visiting Congressional Delegations, monitors for the emergence of infectious diseases and provides real-time data on the ground when outbreaks occur. Mr. Flewelling is also responsible for disaster preparedness plans for the U.S. Diplomatic Missions he covers. These plans include shelter-in-place planning, mass casualty response, and Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical preparedness planning and response.
Mr. Flewelling has served at U.S. Embassies in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Dominican Republic, and Mozambique. Prior to his assignment as Clinical Director of the Medical Evacuation Center in Pretoria, he was the Medical Attache for the U.S. Mission in Israel and the Deputy Director of the Office of Medical Clearances in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Flewelling was the Deputy Director of the Navajo Nation Health Foundation Emergency Medicine Department where he provided emergency services to 25,000 Navajo.
Prior to PA school, Mr. Flewelling was a Paramedic for 13 years. He was in the first paramedic class in Sioux City Iowa in 1982, and worked as a paramedic in Las Vegas Nevada, The Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Caspar Wyoming Life Flight, Albuquerque New Mexico Life Guard Air Emergency Services, and Orland Florida. Mr. Flewelling was the School Board Chairman for the Tashkent International School from 1999 to 2001, as well as the Chairman of the Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel with campuses in Evan Yehuda and Jerusalem, Israel from 2013 to 2015.
He is married to Svetlana Flewelling and has three children, the oldest (Diana Flewelling) is also a Foreign Service Officer.
Myra Gordon has been a community activist and non-profit leader since she moved to Central Illinois in 1972. She was on the leadership team of Operation Recycle and became the Director of the organization when it became a full time community recycling center. She is a past two term president of the McLean County League of Women Voters and past Treasurer of the Illinois Recycling Association. She served as Vice President of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Board, before becoming its permanent Executive Director, a position she held for six years. Awards include YWCA Woman of Distinction and Town of Normal Citizen of the Year. She and her husband George have been named to the Illinois State University Arts and Science Hall of Fame. Myra is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Masters in English from Illinois State University. She currently serves on the boards of the Multicultural Leadership Institute and the Ecology Action Center.
Brendan Rowswell is a Director at a leading public affairs firm in Melbourne, Australia whose clients are major local and international companies within the technology, cyber security, infrastructure and transport sectors. He regularly represents not-for-profit clients in their dealings with federal and state governments.
Brendan was an adviser to a Member of the Federal Parliament during the third and fourth terms of the Howard Government. He worked previously as Manager, Public Affairs at one of Australia’s largest industry associations, the Victorian Farmers Federation.
Brendan is an experienced adviser to boards in areas including strategy and communications and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He has delivered sessions about ways in which not-for-profit board members can support government and stakeholder advocacy.
Brendan is a Non-Executive Director at FMC Mediation and Counselling, a significant provider of family and community programs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.