Members P-Z

Lee Paine

Selected Publications/Exhibits/Performances
Columnist, Focus on Photos, Greenwich Time, 20 years
Lecturer, Photography: Whitney Museum, Bruce Museum, Greenwich Library, and others
Judge/Juror: Silvermine Guild of Artists, Greenwich Arts Council, Waveny Art Barn, and others
Alto Soloist, Mozart Requeim, Church of Saint John, Darien, CT, March, 2008
Chorus member, 21 different operas: CT Grand Opera, Yale Opera, Pepsico Summerfest 

Professional Memberships
Silvermine Guild of Artists
Connecticut Grand Opera Chorus

Contact Information
Online photography instruction at

Marialiisa Pettengill

Marialissa PettengillExhibitions
Juried shows:  Greenwich Art Society, 2000; Old Greenwich Art Society, 2001; Old Greenwich Art Society, 2003; Hudson Valley Art Assoc., 2002; Stamford Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, 2003; Old Greenwich Art Society, Founder’s Show, 2004; Greenwich Art Society 89th Annual Juried Exhibit, 2006; Old Greenwich Art Society “Luminocity,” Flynn Gallery, 2007

Honorable Mention, Greenwich Art Society, 2000; Second Prize, Old Greenwich Art Society, 2001; Honorable Mention, Greenwich Art Society, 2003; First Prize, Christ Church, Spirituality in Marialissa PettengillArts, 2004; Third Prize, Old Greenwich Art Society, Founder’s Show, 2004; Honorable Mention, Old Greenwich Art Society Winter Fest, 2005; Honorable Mention, Old Greenwich Art Society “Luminocity,” 2007

Professional Memberships
Greenwich Art Society
Old Greenwich Art Society

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Fereshteh Priou

Selected Publications/Exhibits
5/2013 - Pen Women of Greenwich group show at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus Gallery
1/2013 - Pen Women of Greenwich group show at the Byram Shubert Library
11/2012 - Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT – Group Show
8/2012 - Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY – Group Show
5/2012 - Art Greenwich 2012 Sea Fair on the magayacht, Bondheim Gallery
5/2012 - Spectrum 2012 – Carriage Barn, New Canaan, CT – Group Show
5/2012 - Greenwich Art Council Art to the Avenue 2012
3/2012 - Focus on French Cinema 2012 – Performing Art Council, Purchase, NY, Solo Installation of 8’ x 10’ Banners
3/2011 - Greenwich Art Council Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich, CT – Solo Show (Language of Lines)
9/2009 - Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, Greenwich, CT – Solo Show
4/2008 - Group shows at the Académie de Port Royal - Paris, France

Founder of the Proust Reading Group at the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich & the Byram Shubert Library

Quarterly Proust articles for the Alliance Francaise newsletter

M.B.A. from George Washington University

Professional Memberships
Greenwich Arts Council, CT
Greenwich Art Society
CT Portrait Artists
Adjunct professor University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus



Judy Richter

Horse and Rider (Arco Publishers)
The Longeing Book (Arco Publishers)
Pony Talk  (Howell Books)
Riding for Kids  (Stoney Publication)
Some Favorite Days  (IUniverse)
Columnist for the Chronicle of the Horse (1980’s and 90’s)

Non-fiction: National League of American Pen Women, Richmond, VA, 2006
American Horse Shows Association Horsewoman of the Year, 1974
American Horse Shows Association, Board member, 1970-1990
United States Equestrian Team Owners Committee Chair, 1990-2004
Pegasus Handicapped Riders, Board member
American Horse Shows Association Recognized Judge

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Andrea Rogers

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Alma Rutgers

Greenwich Time (Hearst Connecticut Media Group) columnist since 2010; Blog accessible through Greenwich Time’s website; participate in a memoir workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY; currently completing a memoir about my Jewish spiritual journey.

Alma Rutgers

Have served in Greenwich, CT town government for over 30 years, including on the Greenwich Board of Health; Greenwich Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; and for 12 years as an elected member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET)

Coordinated the diversity writing contest for the Greenwich First Selectman’s Community Diversity Advisory Committee for 9 years

Chaired the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee 1986-1990

Have served on boards of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations over the years, including Neighbor-To-Neighbor, Call A Ride, Greenwich Kiwanis Club, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, UJA Federation Women’s Division, Greenwich Hadassah, Connecticut Housing Coalition, Greenwich League of Women Voters, League of Women Voters of Connecticut (as housing specialist lobbied the state legislature for 10 years on affordable housing issues), Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund

Currently Chair the Board of Community Centers, Inc. (CCI)

Volunteered in a hospice program for over 20 years; volunteer in New Covenant Center soup kitchen once a month

Awards and Recognition
Community Awards:
Greenwich Hadassah Honoree 2000
YWCA Spirit of Greenwich Award 2001
Hand of Healing Award, Westchester Region of Hadassah 2002
Chabad of Greenwich Honoree (with husband Don Snyder) 2007
Greenwich League of Women Voters Mary Award 2012

Manhattanville College, M.A.W. (writing) 2009
Columbia University, M. Phil. (sociology) 1979
Barnard College, B.A. 1968
Greenwich Academy 1960

Greenwich resident since 1947
Married to Don Snyder, retired NBC News Producer (TODAY Show)
Mother of one son from a former marriage
Grandmother of two adult grandchildren

Links to recent columns:

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Heather Mason Sandifer

Selected Exhibits/Publications
Heather SandiferA I Friedman, Westchester, NY
UConn Gallery Art, Stamford, CT
Silvermine Gallery of Art, New Canaan, CT
Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT
iLevel Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Potter Gallery, Watertown, CT 

Selected Recognition/Awards
Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration, The New York Botanical Garden, 2002
Best in Show for Mixed Media, Garden Education Center, Greenwich, CT, 1998

Professional MembershipsHeather Sandifer
The Native Plant Center

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Dr. Roberta Seret

EducationDr. Roberta Seret
Doctorate in Comparative Literature and Master’s in French from New York University

Professional Affiliations and Teaching Experience
President and Founder of the NGO at the United Nations, 2003—
International Cinema
Director of Advanced English and Film at the United Nations, instructing in English language, world affairs and film to diplomats, 2001—
The  International Film Festival for High School Students, United Nations, 2001—
“Filmmaking for Young Peacemakers,” with New York University’s Tisch Film School and the United Nations, 2006-2007
“Global Voices Through Film,” for high school students, with the U.N., 2008
Filmedsⓒ, a digital online video series for students, New York City, 2008, she introduced a program in New York City’s high schools, 2008

“Film Review: Hannah Arendt and Crimes Against Humanity,” Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford U. Press), March 2014, Film Review: Hannah Arendt and Crimes Against Humanity”
Oxford University Press, Contributing film reviewer, June 2014-15:Dr. Roberta Seret;;;
World Affairs in Foreign Films (McFarland Publishers, 2011)
 World Affairs in Foreign Films for Middle School, 2016
 World Affairs in Foreign Films, 2nd edition for High School and College, 2016
 Welcome to New York, 5th ed. (1st ed. Harper & Row)
 Voyage into Creativity: The Modern Künstlerroman, Doctoral Dissertation
           in Comparative Literature, New York University, Peter Lang Publisher
The Gift of Diamonds, historical fiction

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Margaret Esme Simon

Selected Exhibits

Greenwich Arts Council: Art to the Avenue: 2008 – 2010, 2014, 2016-2018
Art Society of Old Greenwich: judged and juried shows in various galleries: 2008 – 2017
Greenwich Art Society: judged and juried shows in several galleries: 2010 – 2017Margaret Esme Simon
Rowayton Arts Center: judged and juried shows: 2013 – 2018
New Canaan Society for the Arts: Spectrum 2012, 2013,2016, 2018 Smallworks 2012
Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery: Small Works Show 2014
Salmagundi Club: Non-member's Show 2014
Beaux Arts Exhibition, Rye: 2013
Ridgefield Guild of Artists: judged and juried shows: 2011, 2014
Bruce Museum: Greenwich Art Society PowerPoint show 2012, “Your Face Squared” self portrait show 2013
Greenwich Pen Women shows at the Byram Schubert Library: November and December, 2012
Greenwich Pen Women show Reaching New Heights, at U Conn, Stamford: 2013
Greenwich Historical Society’s Storehouse Gallery Museum Shop: 2013

Awards and Recognition

A Residency at The Vermont Studio Center, 2015Margaret Esme Simon
First prize in pastel at the ASOG Flinn Gallery show 2014
Second prize in graphics at the ASOG Bendheim Gallery show, 2008
Second prize in pastel at the ASOG Bendheim Gallery show, 2009
Third prize in oil at the ASOG Bendheim Gallery show, 2010
Second prize in pastel at the ASOG Flinn Gallery show, 2010
Second prize in pastel/graphics at the ASOG Flinn Gallery show, 2011  
First prize in pastel at the ASOG Bendheim show 2013
Third prize in pastel at the Rowayton Arts Center, fall open juried show, 2013
Third prize in oil at the Beaux Arts Exhibition, Rye, NY 2013
Her drawing, illustrating the poem "Wedding Day Waltz" by Marybeth Little Weston, is included in the poetry collection "Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women", The Argian Press.
Two of her illustrations accompany Chapter 1 in the short story, "A Curious Day in the Life of Joe Bascomb", serialized in The Greenwich Time. The chapter was authored by M. J. Rose and published in the newspaper on January 12, 2014

Professional Memberships

The Art Society of Old Greenwich, the Greenwich Art Society, the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Rowayton Center for the Arts, (an exhibiting member), the Greenwich Arts Council (a vice president).

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Catherine Stahl

Catherine StahlSelected Exhibits
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library Juried Show, 2004, 2006
Gertrude White Gallery, YWCA "Artists Circle" Show, 2007, 2008
Gertrude White Gallery, YWCA Art Society of Old Greenwich Juried Show, 2008
Old Greenwich Art Society Sidewalk Show, 2005, 2006, 2007

Selected Recognitions/Awards
White Gallery, YWCA Juried Shows
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library Juried Shows
Old Greenwich Art Society Sidewalk Shows

Catherine StahlProfessional Memberships
Old Greenwich Art Society
Greenwich Art Society

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Connie Newton Stancell

Selected Exhibitions

Constance Stancell122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th, and 126th Annual Members' Exhibitions, National Association of Women Artists, Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY
The Nor'Easter
, 44th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (2013)
Reaching New Heights
, University of CT, Stamford Art Gallery, Stamford, CT (2013)
The Bold and Beautiful, Confident Expressions, General Electric's 6th Annual Women's
Month Art Exhibition, GE Cultural Fine Art Gallery, GE Headquarters, Fairfield, CT (2012)
Homage to Nature, Les Beaux Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2011)*
Inspired by Nature, Esther Raushenbush Library at Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, NY (2010*)
Annual Open Exhibition Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc., The National Arts Club, NY, NY (2009)
2008 Open Exhibition in Painting and Sculpture, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (2008)
56th Annual Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT (2005)
Metro Montage III and IV, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA (2004, 2003)
Community Unity, Millenium Masters, Rocks, Paper, Sissors: Artwork 2000, Ruth Hall Hodges Art Gallery at Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA (2003, 2001, 1999)
*solo exhibit

Recognition/Selected Awards

Artwork chosen for the Winter 2015/2016 edition of Studio Visit Magazine,Volume Thirty-one, published by Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
126th Annual Members' Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY.
Artwork chosen for the S. Magnet Knapp Memorial Award for Painting by Jury of Awards, 2015
Artwork chosen for 2012 edition of Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Seventeen, published by Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Finding Rhythms in the Color of Life, article written by Janis Gibson for Greenwich Post, The Darien Times, New Canaan Advertiser, The Ridgefield Press, The Wilton Bulletin, The Redding Pilot, The Weston Forum, The Lewisboro Ledger, February 3, 2011
13th Annual Founder’s Show, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Juror: Robert Everding, practicing artist, Second Place Acrylics (2005)
Art and Nature Exhibition, Garden Education Center Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Juror: Ernest Garthwaite, Professor Emeritus, York College, CUNY, Juror’s Choice Award (2004)
Spiritual Renewal, Grandview Gallery of the Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA, Juror: Jim Yarbrough, practicing artist, First Place Award (2001)
The Spring Show, Westfield Court, Stamford, CT, Juror: Peter Rathbone, Director of American Painting at Sotheby’s, New York, NY, Nelda Howell Award (2001)

Constance StancellProfessional Memberships

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Greenwich Arts Council
National Association of Women Artists

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Valerie Stauffer
Valerie StaufferSelected Publications
Published in Inkwell, The Alembic, Rhode Island Monthly, Greenwich Magazine
2009 - short story published in the magazine The MacGuffin
First Place in both the fiction and non-fiction divisions of the 2008 Critique Circle Contest of the Richmond, VA branch of Pen Women
Choctaw Branch of National League of American Pen Women Second Place in nonfiction contest
Tassy Walden Award from the Connecticut Shoreline Arts Alliance, 2007, fiction
Professional Memberships: 

Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators
Sisters in Crime
Romance Writers of America and
Mystery Writers of America
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Rev. Joanne Swenson

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AnnetteAnnette Voreyer  

Annette was raised in Cooperstown, NY, received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and lived for many years in France, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

She has studied with several prominent artists including Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal, Christopher Gallego, Kirill Doron and Dean Fisher. She holds memberships in the Salmagundi Club, The National League of American Pen Women, the American Artists Professional League, the Art Students League of New York and the Greenwich Art Society.

Annette has won numerous awards including Best in Show-Paint/Acrylic at the 2015 Greenwich Art Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Her work has appeared in numerous gallery exhibitions throughout Fairfield County and New York City. In addition, her work can be found in private collections in Greenwich, New York City, San Diego, London and Canada.

Annette currently paints in her home and Bridgeport studios and also continues her independent studies with Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal and Christopher Gallego. She has also participated in workshops with Frank Bruckmann in Maine; Florence, Italy with Ephraim Rubenstien, with Julian Merrow-Smith in Provence and with Ben Fenske and Marc Dalessio in

Annette has resided in Greenwich since 2002 with her husband and two sons.

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Carla WallachCarla Wallach 

Selected Publications:

Author of five books:The Reluctant Weekend Gardener and Gardening in the City, both published by Macmillan, Interior Decorating with Plants and Gardening in a Teacup both published by Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, and In the Company of Originals, published by Avantine Press.

Journalist and freelance writer on general topics: New York Times, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Working Woman, Horticulture magazine, Garden Journal (magazine of the N.Y. Botanical Garden,) St. Louis-Post Dispatch, The Daily News Sunday Magazine, and Greenwich Magazine.

Started her own advertising agency with a friend in New York, the first of its kind, specializing in fashion and related products purchased by women.

Currently an op-ed columnist for the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate on current events and general topics.

Greenwich Pen Women Owl Award
since 1981, listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in the World

Professional Memberships

Authors Guild
Garden Writers Association of America
Former president of Greenwich branch of National Pen Women and recipient of its Owl Award.

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Lucinda B. Watson

The Stickman Review
Healing MuseLucinda Watson
Lindenwood Review
Pennsylvania English
The Round (Brown University)
Adirondack Review
Penman Review
Jelly Bucket
Umbrella Factory
Evening Street Review
Third Wednesday
How They Achieved; Stories of Success and Personal Achievement
(John Wiley, 2001)
Poems published in the following journals – The Louisville ReviewPhantasmagoriaThe Macguffin,MagazineInkwell and Griffin

Awards and Organizations
Listing in Poets &Writers
Nominated for Pushcart Prize 2017 by Umbrella Factory Magazine

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Deborah WeirDeborah Weir, CFA

TIMING THE MARKET (John S. Wiley & Sons)

Post University Certificate of Appreciation
CFA Institute Certificate of Achievement, 2005, 2006
Stamford CFA Society Certificate of Gratitude, 2005, 2006

Deborah WeirProfessional Memberships
The 100 Women in Hedge Funds
CFA Institute
Stamford CFA Society, Liaison to CFA Institute
Women's Bond Club of New York

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Eleanor (Ban) White

Ban WhiteSelected Exhibits
Solo show: Convent of the Sacred Heart Gallery

Professional Memberships
Greenwich Art Society
Old Greenwich Art Society

Marion Moffat White, M.F.A.

"Robert McGinnis: Illustrators Hall of Fame," Greenwich Magazine, October, 1993
Feature articles, music & theater reviews, Greenwich Time, Greenwich, CT, 1985-1995
"Only a Rose,"The Journal of Irish Literature, (Proscenium Press, 1984)
Lectures: "Seamus O'Grianna & the Tradition of the Irish Storyteller," Public Library of New London,
New London, CT, April 2, 2008; "Yeats, Joyce, & Heaney," Institute for Retired Professionals, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, June, 2006; "The Tradition of the Irish Storyteller," Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT, Spring, 2002

Appreciation Award,The National League of American Pen Women, Greenwich Branch:
Golden Jubilee Year, June, 2005
Fairfield University, Undergraduate Adjunct Teacher of the Year: 2016

Professional Memberships
Fairfield University Irish Studies Committee, 1997- present and
Lecturer of English, Fairfield University, Farirfield, CT (1991 - present)
Fairfield University, Co-Director Irish Studies Program, 2016 -present
Fairfield University, Interim Director Irish Studies Program, Spring 2015

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