(In Alphabetical Order)
Marcia Bujold, Graphic Designer
Marcia Bujold is a filmmaker, illustrator, artist and graphic designer working in broadcast, web and print media. Marcia has designed and directed a wide variety of animation, promotion and graphic projects for major broadcast companies, documentary films and cultural organizations. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking, and is currently working on her own documentary about traditional kitemakers in China.
Chris Fleming, Program Associate
Chris Fleming served for a decade on the Chelsea Day School Board of Directors, including eight years as president. As co-chair of the Parent Association Literary Committee at Little Red School House Elisabeth Irwin High School, she helped organize book weeks and author visits to every classroom. She has also worked in production for Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Fleming began working with Behind the Book in winter 2005.
Micaela Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer
Micaela Gutierrez joined Behind the Book in July of 2009. Before joining the staff of Behind the Book, Ms. Gutierrez directed the social service programs at Community League of the Heights. Ms. Gutierrez has a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and a Certificate in Middle Management from Columbia Business School. She completed the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU in 2009 and is also a StartingBloc Fellow. Ms. Gutierrez was born in Argentina and speaks Spanish and French.
Barbara Korein, Teaching Artist
Barbara Korein began working with Behind the Book at the beginning of 2009. Ms. Korein has an MA in Arts Education and a teaching certification from NY State in Art Education for K–12. She worked for more than a decade as a photographer, writer and editor of a local Westchester newspaper before beginning her career as an art teacher. She has taught photography and studio art in three different school districts as well as at the Westchester Center for the Arts. Ms. Korein works with Behind the Book to develop art curricula, teach art components of programs and photograph visits and events.
Sara Reynolds, Teaching Artist/Consultant, Student Books
Sara Reynolds served as art director of Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, for 19 years. In addition to working as an art director and book designer, Sara also taught studio art and art history in grades 2 – 12 earlier in her career. She is currently a guide for school group tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sara holds a BFA in Art Education and an MA in Art History, and works with Behind the Book as a classroom teaching artist, book designer, and consultant for the student books publishing program.
Bess Rosenfeld, Volunteer Coordinator
Bess Rosenfeld joined the staff of Behind the Book in September, 2013. Prior to joining Behind the Book she was a senior executive in Retail and Wholesale companies, and was responsible for launching, developing and building Furla USA. For the past year she has been working with non-profits, in an advisory capacity as a business manager, or as now with Behind the Book, overseeing the recruitment of volunteers for the various school programs.
Jo Umans, Executive Director/Founder
Jo Umans started a career in television production where she worked for more than 25 years. She was an Associate Director and Script Supervisor on shows including Good Morning America, Kate and Allie, The Chris Rock Show, and Liberty! The American Revolution. For the last five years of her tv career, she also worked part-time as a school librarian, and for two years ran the visiting-author program, where she observed that a series of classroom-based author visits linking the reading of a book to meeting the author excited students interest in reading. Determined to bring that transformative experience to public school children in New York City, she left her career in television to found Behind the Book.
Ms. Umans has participated in numerous workshops at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management in New York City in the areas of financial management, partnership building, fundraising, and board leadership. In July 2005, she studied at the Content Area Literacies Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, to maintain her currency in literacy trends. In July 2006, she completed a professional course at New York University on small business growth management. In winter 2007, she received a scholarship for twelve sessions of executive coaching. In 2008, she was accepted to the United Way Executive Fellows program. She has been a judge for the Random House Senior Writing Competition for the last two years and served on an awards panel for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Ms. Umans graduated with a B.S. degree from Boston University a very long time ago.