Staff and Board


Point of Contact is managed by the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community
College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University

Tere Paniagua, Executive Director

Sara Felice, Managing Associate Director                                                                                                                                                                             

Rainer WehnerPreparator

Hailey Seiferheld, Graphic Designer

Natalie McGrath, Collections Assistant

Weisi Liu, Financial and Administrative Specialist


Board of Directors:

Maritza Alvarado MD, Chair
A specialist in Pediatrics and Neonatology.

Richard Breyer
Filmmaker, scholar; Documentary, Film and History Professor at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

Yvonne Buchanan
Visual artist, Associate Professor of Studio Arts at Syracuse University, co-founder of Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development.

Jorge Davidenko MD
A specialist in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, with established practice in Cortland, NY.

Jules Gibbs, Secretary
Poet and Adjunct Faculty in Literature and Poetry at Syracuse University.

Mary Lee Hodgens, Vice Chair
Associate Director of Light Work

Jeffrey Hoone
Executive Director of Light Work/Community Darkrooms, and Director of the Coalition of Museum & Art Centers at Syracuse University (CMAC).

Penny Santy
Visual artist and Graphic Designer at Lemoyne College

Alicia Suskin, Treasurer
Project Manager at ProLiteracy Worldwide


Advisory Board:

Helene Anderson
Author, scholar; Professor of Spanish, New York University
Specializes in contemporary women writers, politics and literature in Latin America

Christine Fawcett-Shapiro
Executive Director of The Syracuse International Film Festival.

Tere Paniagua
Executive Director of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

Liliana Porter
Visual Artist

Andre-Jacques Neusy MD
Associate Professor of medicine, NYU Medical School; Founder and Director, NYU Center for Global Health

Owen Shapiro
Professor of Film, Department of Transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University
Artistic Director of the Syracuse International Film Festival

Douglas Unger
Author; Director of the MFA International Program in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.