The Board of Directors of Young Audiences New York (YANY) enthusiastically announces new leadership to steer the organization through its next chapter. At YANY’s annual Board meeting on June 28, 2021, the Board elected new Officers and a new Board member, reelected Officers and Directors, and welcomed the incoming Executive Director.
YANY is thrilled to introduce Cathy Hung as Executive Director, effective July 12, 2021. Ms. Hung brings deep experience in the New York City and international arts education arenas, notably as former Executive Director at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning as well as the New York Chinese Cultural Center. A pianist and native of Taiwan, she has called both Queens and Westchester home. Ms. Hung serves on the Board of the New Yorkers for Culture and the Arts and is a mayoral appointee of the New York City’s Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Tourism Advisory Council for recovery efforts.
Ms. Hung will overlap with Diana Breen , the outgoing Interim President & CEO and seasoned leadership transition expert who stabilized YANY throughout the pandemic. Together, they will implement a seamless leadership transition.
YANY’s new Board officers contribute a wealth of experience. George Young assumes the role of Board President, effective June 29, 2021. Mr. Young has served on YANY’s Board for 10 years and volunteers on YANY’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee as well as the Finance Committee. A long-time champion of youth and arts education, Mr. Young began his career as a music educator. He recently retired from the NYC school system after a 21-year tenure as principal at P.S. 46 in Harlem. Under Mr. Young’s leadership, P.S. 46 boasted an exceptional arts education program which included YANY residencies for many years. Scott Collins , elected as Vice-President, co-chairs YANY’s DEI Committee (with Board member Chris Brown ). The EVP of Client Partnerships and Sales Strategy at Blockgraph, Mr. Collins brings deep agency and client relationships in the media industry. And, Kathleen McAchran (Assistant General Counsel/Vice President and Head of Human Resource Compliance and Employee Relation at Blue Apron) was elected to the Assistant Secretary role. Ms. McAchran will also chair YANY’s Governance Committee.
The following Board Officers and Directors were reelected, and a new Board member joined YANY. Stephen Gray and George Schleier will continue their tenures as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. The Board reelected the following Directors to three-year terms: Dale Frehse , Walt Horstman , Kiono Thomas , and Beverly Weinstein . The team also welcomed Marion J. Caffey to the Board of Directors; Mr. Caffey has the rare distinction of having written, directed, performed and choreographed on/for the Broadway stage and produces the iconic show Amateur Night at the Apollo.
The YANY team expresses heartfelt gratitude to outgoing Board Chair Kim Greenberg and outgoing Board President Robert Riesenberg who led YANY for many years and – notably – through the pandemic and its most challenging year. (Ms. Greenberg will stay on as Board Chair through December 31, 2021 to assist with the leadership transition.) Both Ms. Greenberg and Mr. Riesenberg have been YANY Board members for approximately two decades. They will both remain on the Board to help YANY fulfill its mission to use art, in all of its forms, as a catalyst for exploring creativity and advancing equity among youth, families, and communities in New York City.