Edward J. Lewis, III
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Ed Lewis joined Caramoor as President and CEO in May 2021. He has over two decades of nonprofit management and fund-raising experience in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond. Prior to Caramoor, Ed served as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he implemented and led the university’s historic multi-award-winning fundraising initiative, Powering Creativity: The Campaign for UNCSA. The campaign supported innovative new programs, student scholarships, faculty endowments, facilities improvements, and community engagement initiatives. Under Ed’s leadership, the UNCSA Foundation endowment grew through fundraising efforts from $35 million in 2015 to over $70 million in February 2021.
Ed was also the Senior Director of Development at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he provided strategic direction for a comprehensive fundraising program for one of the nation’s leading university presenting programs. There, he helped design and lead the campaign for all the performing arts on the campus raising over $42 million as part of University of Maryland’s first $1 billion comprehensive campaign Great Expectations: The Campaign for Maryland.
Ed has an extensive background as a violist. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and he completed his Doctoral Program post-graduate studies at the University of Maryland School of Music, where he studied chamber music with the Guarneri String Quartet. As a professional musician, Ed has performed as a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Toledo Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony, among other ensembles.
Ed and his partner Scott Palmer enjoy international travel and when their busy schedules permit, they, along with their cat Sandy, enjoy spending time at their home on the Maine coast.
Vice President & Artistic Director
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Since joining Caramoor in November 2016 in a newly-created role, Kathy Schuman has expanded the overall creative vision of the year-round concert season, overseeing the artistic program and production of all public concerts and related activities. Previously she was Artistic Administrator of Carnegie Hall, where she helped program its three venues in a wide variety of musical genres. During her 15-year tenure at Carnegie, she was deeply involved in the opening of Zankel Hall in 2003, which led to an expansion of the hall’s presentations to include significantly more new music, early music, jazz, world, and folk. As the primary coordinator of Carnegie’s robust commissioning program, she oversaw approximately 200 commissions, including new works by David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, and many others. Directly prior to joining Caramoor, she was Vice President and Artistic Director of G. Schirmer/AMP, managing a roster of Pulitzer, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning composers.
Kathy began her career in arts management at Frank Salomon Associates, where she worked both as an artist manager and as Coordinator of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She moved to Europe in 1994, where she was the Managing Director of the European Chamber Music Association (Bremen), Administrator of the Contemporary Music Network at the Arts Council of England, and then Associate Director of Intermusica Artist Management (London), where she managed artists and programmed the International Chamber Music Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in addition to other concert presentations throughout London.
A native New Yorker, Kathy has been a lifelong choral singer, with a love of music instilled at an early age from her father, a professional oboist, and her mother, a book designer and opera-lover. She’s also a gourmet home cook, avid world traveler, weekend cyclist, cinephile, and theater enthusiast.
Vice President & Chief Development Officer
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Nina Curley was announced as Interim Chief Executive Officer in August of 2020. Nina first joined Caramoor in July of 2012, assuming the role of Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Her previous position was as Director of Development at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. In addition to her fundraising experience, Nina has worked in the financial industry and has also been a teacher and small business owner. Her volunteer work includes serving as a trustee for other not-for-profits and serving as a mentor for other non-profit fundraising professionals.
Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Nina received her B.A. from Davidson College and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire. She lives in South Salem, NY with her husband and three sons.
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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Tammy Belanger is currently the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a premiere cultural institution that enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality, mentors young professional musicians, and engages young children through interactive, educational experiences that deepen their relationship to and understanding of music. Ms. Belanger began working at Caramoor as an intern to the Managing Director in 1995, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Management from Manhattanville College. Over the next nine years she learned the operation from the ground up while obtaining a Masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Phoenix. Shortly after completing her studies, she was promoted to the head of the finance department.
As CFO for the past nine years, she successfully upgraded Caramoor’s financial systems from a small, rudimentary nonprofit to one that matches the excellence of the internationally acclaimed performances Caramoor presents on stage. Through Belanger’s planning and management, Caramoor has regularly come in under its expense budget, which has raised the confidence of the entire staff and board of trustees. Working in a nonprofit requires a tremendous amount of personnel skills to train others in finances, help them manage extremely limited resources and navigate an exponentially growing number of complex regulations imposed on nonprofit organizations. Belanger has accomplished all of that.
Originally from Maine, Ms. Belanger and her two children, Justin and Jessica, reside in Carmel, NY.
Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
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Tahra Delfin joined Caramoor in December 2013 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to Caramoor, Tahra worked as Director of Marketing for Westport Country Playhouse, a 500+ seat subscription-based house located in Westport, CT. Her previous positions include serving as Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing for the corporate offices of Blue Man Group where she developed Blue Man Group’s digital marketing and communications arm supporting Blue Man’s theatrical productions across the globe. Tahra also served as Director of Development and Marketing at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She oversaw a $3 million fundraising budget and managed strategic communications and marketing efforts. Tahra began her career working for the Broadway industry. At the Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry, she spearheaded the industry’s first economic recovery campaign stemming from the events of September 11, 2001 and established the industry’s first multilingual website. Tahra also worked for an Omnicom-owned entertainment advertising agency, Serino Coyne, where she continued her work in developing industry-wide projects and sales promotions.
Since 2009, Tahra has served as an adjunct professor teaching Arts & Entertainment Marketing at Columbia Business School. She earned her B.F.A. in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and an M.A. from the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Teachers College, she served as the Enid Morse Fellow focusing on education marketing and evaluation at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Tahra is a classically trained actor and Opera singer residing in Carmel, New York.
Edward J. Lewis, III, President & Chief Executive Officer
Liat Greif, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
Kathy Schuman, Vice President & Artistic Director
Ellie Gisler Murphy, Senior Artistic Planning Manager
Tim Coffey, Artistic Planning Manager
Adina Williams, Director, School Programs & Community Engagement
Nina Curley, Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Junetta Maxfield, Director of Development Operations
Jennifer Pace, Director of Individual Gifts
Brittany Frieder, Membership Assistant and Donor Concierge
Gayle Schmidt Greves, Director of Special Events
Christina Horzepa, Grants Manager
Finance and Human Resources
Tammy Belanger, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Tina Salierno, Senior Bookkeeper
Andrea Assenzio, Assistant Bookkeeper
Karla Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator
Technical Direction & Production Management
Peter F. Petrino, Lighting Designer
DJ Grant, Chief Audio Engineer
Marketing & Rosen House
Tahra Delfin, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Brittany Laughlin, Director of Marketing & Communications
Roslyn Wertheimer, Marketing Manager
Sean Jones, Marketing Coordinator
Laura Schiller, Publications Editor
Alex Cutrone, Director of Ticketing & Guest Relations
Aarti Gilmore, Event Operations Manager
Olivia Ottinger, Box Office Coordinator
Christopher Thomas, Archive Coordinator
Marcelle Carpentieri, Rosen House Assistant
Germania Alvarez, Housekeeping Manager & Collections Assistant
Gardens & Grounds
Milton Alvarez, Facilities Superintendent
Rosa Alvarez, Facilities Housekeeping Assistant
Lucio Alvarez, Facilities Crew
Jose Cardenas, Facilities Crew
Saul Jarrin, Housekeeping Assistant & Facilities Crew
21C Media Group, Public Relations
AAN Studio, Graphic Designer
Blenderbox, Website Management
Capacity Interactive, Digital Marketing Agency
Gabe Palacio, Principal Photographer
Barbara Prisament, Media Relations & Outreach Consultant
Progressive Computing, IT Consultant
Spektrix, Ticketing Service & Support
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestra-in-Residence
Stephan Moore, Sonic Innovations
Steven Blier, Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Pamela Frank, Evnin Rising Stars