myhelan@att.net

MYHELAN, P.O. Box 677
Long Valley, New Jersey 07853
Phone: 908-876-5959
Fax: 908-876-1112

Meet the Executive Director
Leah Zahavi joined Myhelan in the spring of 2004. Prior to her current position as Myhelan’s Executive Director, Leah served as Curator at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island, NY. Earlier in her career, Leah worked at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ, where she curated numerous educational exhibits and wrote guides that interpreted the museum’s major exhibitions.

As an artist, with expertise in textiles and fiber arts, Leah was an adjunct professor at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, where she taught, for several years, graduate and undergraduate classes and was responsible for the Fiber Arts Program.

An art educator with a M.Ed. from Rutgers University, Leah believes in art as a way of life. Throughout her career, Leah has created opportunities for the public to engage in creative endeavors. While on staff at the Hunterdon Museum, she created the “Knitted Knest”, an installation of large-scale knitting. In this project, as in everything Leah does, the ideas of community and art process were intermingled.

A native of Israel, Leah lives with her husband and three children in Highland Park, NJ.


Meet the Program Associate
Kathleen Hofmann Fugger comes to Myhelan with solid management experience and exemplary writing and editing skills, having worked as a project manager, technical writer, and editor at AT&T, and later as a copy editor at Simon & Schuster, Silver Burdett Ginn. Kathleen studied English at the University of Rhode Island and the College of Saint Elizabeth. Before joining Myhelan, Kathleen worked part-time as a freelance writer and editor and stayed at home with her now-five-year-old son, Jacob. A resident of Long Valley for almost nine years, Kathleen now lives in Morris Township with her husband, son, and their pets.
Meet the Board of Directors
Tammy Bormann, Director Emeritus, leads her own consulting practice in the fields of social justice, racial equality, anti-racism and anti-oppression education, and racial reconciliation. She began what has become her life’s work with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) where she has been affiliated for more than 15 years. As a researcher and facilitator, she has worked nationally with people of all ages. Tammy earned her BA in the fields of French and Communication Studies from Muhlenberg College, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. She earned an M.Ed. with a specialization in counseling psychology from Harvard University. Tammy lives with her husband and son in Long Valley.
Amy Gath earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works as a Marketing Manager at Masterfoods USA. Amy brings to Myhelan a passion for the arts and education, and experience working on the boards of directors for the Macon Arts Alliance, the United Way of Central Georgia and the Mentor's Project of Bibb County. She and her husband Brian are outdoor enthusiasts and proud "parents" of a chocolate lab named Buckeye.
Bruce Hayes is currently the Department Representative from the NJ Department of Human Services for Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and has had a 30 year career in Human Services. Bruce has spent much of his adult life volunteering in the not-for profit community. He has previously served on the boards of the Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (DARC) of Warren County, Norwescap, and the American Cancer Society; as President of the Board of BB/BS of Warren County and President of the Warren County Human Relations Commission; and on numerous other community, political, religious, and planning organizations. Bruce comes to our board with a continuing commitment to community service, diversity and human relations, and a strong desire to promote and support Myhelan's Mission.
Julie Lange, Director Emeritus, divides her life among several consuming passions, from her career as an author and professional writer to a variety of volunteer activities. Such involvements include directing a local teen center, running a teen poetry club, and participating in Just Cause, a multi-cultural drum circle. She was recently named Morris County Volunteer of the Year by the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for her outstanding service to the young people of Long Valley and surrounding towns, through the Washington Township Municipal Alliance. Julie, who lives in Mansfield, NJ, also enjoys being an indulgent grandmother.
Wayne Lisowski holds an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He was employed for 33 years in various management and supervisory positions at Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, retiring from Lucent in 1999 as Manager, Quality and Customer Satisfaction. Aside from his involvement with Myhelan, he also volunteers at the Holly Manor Nursing Home in Mendham and the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut. Wayne and his wife, Lucia, live in Long Valley along with their two cats, Ulysses and Atticus.
Barrett Jody Price, Board Treasurer, is a Technical Project Manager with Dendrite International, Inc. in Morristown. Although a computer geek now, he holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology from Boston University. Originally from New Mexico, Jody, his wife Amy, and their 4 cats now call Long Valley home. His interests include song writing, mythology, archaeology, baseball, and anything to do with New Mexico.
John Ripton, Director Emeritus, is a teacher, writer, and poet. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and is History Department Chairperson at Gill St. Bernard’s School. John is an adjunct professor at Centenary College and Rutgers University and has published articles and poetry in professional and university journals. John and his wife Barbara reside in Lebanon Township with their three daughters.
Kate Sobolewski’s interests are many: From peace and environmental justice issues, musical performance and song-writing, to promoting benefit concerts and intergenerational open mic nights, and serving on various church an community boards. Kate was vice president of a medical transcription company before settling into part-time transcription at home for NJPR of Parsippany, NJ. She attended Elmira College (international studies/language) and Dover Business College (medical). The experience of living and traveling overseas in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa as a youth helped spark an early passion for the sharing of diverse cultures and promoting understanding between peoples. Kate, her husband Paul, and daughter Andrea, reside in Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, along with their two cats and a Sheltie pup. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown and are shareholders at Genesis Farms in Blairstown.
Jim Toia, of Long Valley, is a sculptor whose nature-based work has been the subject of over a dozen solo exhibitions and over 100 group shows in museums and galleries throughout the world. His work is in numerous corporate, museum, and private collections; he is currently represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York City and smART Gallery in Munich, Germany. Jim is the recipient of many grants and awards, including a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant and a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Hunterdon Museum of Art and is Director of the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery and the Community Based Teaching Program for middle school and high school students at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.