Janey Dean, President and Creative Coordinator
As founder of Future Artists Now, Janey brings her experience as a teacher of art and multimedia artist (painting, writing, videography, graphic design, illustration, and music production and performance with bands) in order to carry out Future Artists Now mission to engage youth in their development as artists, becoming active participants within the greater creative community as they gain life skills and employment experience. She continues to teach art in New Jersey Public Schools, in Gloucester City and Camden.
Janey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ, in Art, plus New Jersey Standard Teaching certification.
Victoria C. Ernst, Vice President
Victoria attended Glassboro State College from 1988-1992 were she received a Bachelors` Degree in History, with a minor in Religion and Secondary Education. She holds two New Jersey Certificates, Elementary Education and Teacher of Social Studies. In 2008, Victoria completed with honors her Master’s Degree from the University of Scranton in Educational Administration.
Victoria is the principal of the Highland Park School, in Gloucester City, New Jersey. The Highland Park School houses two educational programs, the Highland Park Program for Success and the Gloucester City Adult High School. Before that she served as Director of Admissions for the Highland Park Program for Success, and was the Social Studies teacher for 11 years. Prior to her years in Gloucester City, NJ she worked as a teacher at Overbrook Jr. Sr. High School in Pine Hill, NJ.
Lisa Wagman, CP, Secretary
Lisa has been a practicing paralegal in New Jersey since 1980 and has extensive litigation expertise in the areas of product liability, medical negligence, personal injury, class actions, mass torts and wrongful death, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants over the past 35 years. Ms. Wagman is very passionate about the paralegal profession, has been actively involved in the education and advancement of paralegals in New Jersey.
In addition to her extensive paralegal background, Ms.Wagman is a fully trained and experienced Social Security Disability Representative-Advocate. While Ms. Wagman specializes in disability claims for orthopedic, psychological, cardiovascular, neurologic, oncologic and respiratory conditions, she offers efficient and thorough claims processing for all impairments. She understands the overwhelming nature of the Social Security claims process and provides support and guidance to claimants to help them achieve the quickest award possible with the least amount of stress along the way.
Ms. Wagman has authored many articles, sat on several college advisory boards for paralegal/nurse paralegal programs and has created and co-chaired several seminars and conventions. She brings this expertise to support Future Artists Now operations.
Debra Sachs, Board Member
Debra Sachs has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in the US and abroad. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including two New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowships and an NEA regional fellowship through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2010 she received a George & Helen Segal Foundation Grant for NJ sculptors. Her work is included in many private, museum and corporate collections as well as the US embassy in Thailand. She received her BFA in painting from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and her MA in art from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Debra also works in partnership with Marilyn Keating on public art and studio projects at The South Jersey Museum of Curiosities. Debra has served as a Board Member for the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Camden County, N.J and Treasurer for Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, Pa. She will oversee and advise FAN’s art projects.
Debra is a long-time, 25 year resident of Gloucester City, NJ, the community in which FAN will first serve as it grows to reach out into neighboring areas.
Mickie Glassman, Board Member
Mickie Glassman holds the distinction of being the first female police officer in Camden from 1983-1990. She then worked in the fugitive unit for Camden County Sheriff Department. She has also worked as a private investigator. Mickie is a longtime, 23 year resident, of Gloucester City, NJ, the community in which FAN began serving as it grows to reach out into neighboring areas. This is where she and her husband have raised their children. Her passions include collecting, restoring, repurposing, antiquing, and organic gardening. She is the co-founder of the Gloucester City Garden and Beautification Association.
Karen Alexander, Board Member
Karen is the Accounting Systems Manager for Subaru of America Inc. and has been with Subaru of America for 25 years. In her current position, she maintains the General Ledger, develops corporate financial statements, and manages the personal and real property fixed asset records for the corporate headquarters and subsidiary locations. She also conducts departmental training for the General Ledger system, and works in conjunction with the Information Technology department to test new accounting system releases. Karen has also worked as a computer programmer. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Outside interests include quilting, reading, and tole painting. She is also an avid dog lover.
Perri Cesarelli, Board Member
Perri is the Office Manager and Benefits Coordinator for Brahman Capital Corp, a hedge fund in New York City, where she has worked for 13 years. She has extensive experience in various aspects of office administration and daily operations, including Billing and Account management.
Perri recently acquired her PHR certification from SHRM, the Society for Human Resources Management, and holds an Associates degree in Human Resource Management from AIU Online. She also worked as a veterinary technician.
Perri has always been an avid admirer and follower of the Arts in many forms, and looks forward to her continuing association with FAN.