Kristen Holler, Executive Director – Kristen Holler, a native of the Capital Region, has worked with Albany Barn in various capacities since 2006 including as a founding board member and Director of Volunteer Coordination. Ms. Holler received a B.S. in Community and Human Services Administration from Empire State College. Professional experience includes several years in Human Resources and Employment Services with Schenectady ARC and Bethesda House of Schenectady, as well as 12 years in the theatrical costuming industry with The Costumer, Inc. Ms. Holler is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Women in Development of Northeastern New York, and Zonta International. Ms. Holler also serves as a mentor in the Empire State College Student Leadership Institute.
Casey Polomaine, Director of Programming & Residencies –Casey attended Nazareth College of Rochester, where she earned her degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Business Administration. Since returning to the Capital Region she has worked with numerous theater companies (including Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater, and Curtain Call Theater) on dozens of high-quality theatrical productions. Casey is also Co-Producer and a founding member of Creative License, a theater collective aimed at breaking down the barriers between the artistic world and the general public. Her professional experience includes over 10 years in the customer service field in both the retail and banking environments.
Jammella Anderson, Office & Events Manager – Jammella has been living, working and playing in the Albany area for nearly a decade. She has a strong sense of leadership and often serves as an ally bridging the gaps within the community. She is a certified yoga instructor – actively teaching for 3 years – and has an extensive background in customer service. When asked to describe her outlook on life Jammella says, “I believe in a good human experience and I hope to aid everyone I can to help accomplish just that.”
Board of Directors
Jeffrey Mirel, President – Jeffrey Mirel is the founder of Albany Barn. He is also Executive Vice President for The Rosenblum Companies, where he is engaged in a variety of operational areas, building partnerships, and pursuing new real estate ventures. Prior to that, Mr. Mirel spent seven years on the executive team at FirstLight Fiber (formerly Tech Valley Communications) and was Corporate Development Officer for the Albany Institute of History & Art. Mr. Mirel serves on the City of Albany Comprehensive Plan Board, Arbor Hill Implementation Team, and Albany County District Attorney’s Community Accountability Board. He is a 2012 Jefferson Award medalist, an Albany Business Review’s 2010 “40 Under Forty,” one of the Albany Times Union’s 2009 “Dozen Who Make a Difference” and a Metroland Newsweekly’s “Local Hero.” Mr. Mirel is a BSBA graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (cum laude).
Todd Ritschdorff, Esq., Vice President – Mr. Ritschdorff is a Partner with the law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP in the Firm’s litigation practice group. Mr. Ritschdorff concentrates his practice in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, including workouts and reorganizations, as well as commercial and equipment finance litigation. Mr. Ritschdorff is a member of the American, New York State, and Albany County Bar Associations. Mr. Ritschdorff is also a member of the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association and sits on the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Judicial Task Force Committee. Mr. Ritschdorff has served Albany Barn as a Director since 2009.
Louis Apicello, Director – Louis Apicello manages the B3nson Recording Company and is a member of the Albany based musical group, Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. Since moving to Albany in 2009, Mr. Apicello has persisted in growing the Albany-area arts community and attracting national musical acts/audiences through B3nson, including co-directing the annual Restoration Festival. Mr. Apicello has served Albany Barn as a Director since 2010.
Howard Kibrick, Director – Howard joined Halliday Financial in 2007 and currently serves as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Regional Vice President. Additionally, Howard has trained advisors who are new to the industry or to the company and at times served as a Registered Principal. Howard holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Rutgers University. He holds his Series 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses, as well his New York State Life, Accident, and Health Insurance license. Howard holds the CFP® designation, a highly regarded accomplishment within the Financial Services industry. After beginning his now 20 year plus career in financial services as Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed, Howard then spent many years with First Niagara Bank and its predecessor banks. Prior to entering the Financial Services industry, Howard began his work as a Certified Social Worker, providing counseling services to individuals and families. He is an active member with the Financial Planning Association of Northeastern NY, as a participant of both the Advocacy and Pro Bono committees. Howard is also the past President of the Business Referral Network Group, and past President of the Cornell Club of the Greater Capital District, where he is currently serving as the Scholarship Co-Chair.
Tony Iadicicco, Director – Tony Iadicicco is the Creative Director at Albany Center Galleries and an abstract expressionist oil painter. Mr. Iadicicco, a long-time Schenectady resident studied graphic design at Sage College, but he is a self-taught painter. His work organizing local arts showcases and fundraising events garnered him the inaugural “Art Ambassador Volunteer of the Year” award from The Stakeholders Inc. Mr. Iadicicco was also named one of the Albany Institute of History & Art’s “Tomorrow’s Masters Today” and 518Fever.com “2010 Local Artist of The Year.” Mr. Iadicicco joined Albany Barn as a Director in 2011.
Jamel Mosely, Director – Jamel Mosely is the owner of multimedia company, Mel eMedia, LLC, and co-owner/multimedia specialist at The Lab Multimedia Studio in Albany, NY. Mr. Mosely also worked as a user interface designer and communications for General Electric and The Office of the NY State Comptroller before dedicating himself fully to multimedia production in 2014. Mr. Mosely is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he majored in electronic media, arts, and communications (EMAC), and studies recording arts at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Mr. Mosely grew up in the Arbor Hill neighborhood and continues to be an advocate for local youth through participation in programs such as Liberty Partnership and Youth FX. Mr. Mosely joined Albany Barn as a director in 2012.
Annette Nanes, Director – Annette Nanes is co-owner New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY. In 2009 Ms. Nanes and her husband, Scott Meyer developed and transformed a former plumbing store into the restaurant serving creative International and New-American cuisine, a few doors down from the Spectrum 8 theatre, which Ms. Nanes co-owned until 2015 when she sold the theatre to Landmark. Ms. Nanes serves on the board of the Delaware Avenue Merchants Group, helping to revitalize and enhance the Delaware Avenue neighborhood of Albany. In 2010, she and her husband received the “Excellence in Small Business Award” from the NY Business Development Corp and NBT Bank. She attended SUNY Albany and graduated from Empire State College. She has been a long time supporter of the local Arts scene and has curated the Art displayed in both her businesses. Ms Nanes joined Albany Barn as Director in 2013
Associate Board Members
- Hon. Helena Heath
- Jon Huther
- James Thomas