Robin E. Rosenberg serves as President and Director of the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, succeeding her father, Robert, and her grandfather, Louis, a director and original investor in the company. Prior to becoming President in 1998, Ms. Rosenberg served the company as a director for eight years. During this time, Ms. Rosenberg had the idea of dividing underutilized second floor manufacturing spaces into artist studio spaces. The success of this venture led to the birth of a thriving and creative industrial and arts community and the preservation of its 19th century industrial-age architecture. Prior to joining the company full-time in 2001, Ms. Rosenberg, an attorney, practiced environmental, land use and general commercial litigation with the Manhattan law firm of Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., where she was a partner. Ms Rosenberg also served as a commercial mediator for the United States District Courts. Ms. Rosenberg received her B.A. with honors from Brandeis University and her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where she served as an Editor of the Law Review. Ms. Rosenberg developed and serves as President of GARNER Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization which promotes the visual, performing and educational arts at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center. Ms. Rosenberg has organized eleven highly successful annual arts festivals at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists. Ms. Rosenberg presently serves as Vice Chair of the United Way of Rockland County, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Rockland, and a Director and Past President of the Greater Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce where she is credited with growing the Chamber from a handful of members to an organization of 175 members. Ms. Rosenberg is also a member of the Arts Advisory Board of Rockland County Community College, and is a former member of the Advisory Board of SCORE. Ms. Rosenberg has served as guest speaker on multiple occasions, including for Leadership Rockland, at Orange & Rockland Utilities’ Small Business Conference and at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Ms. Rosenberg is the recipient of numerous arts, civic and business awards, including Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s “Economic Development Award”; the Rockland County Legislature’s “Pride of Rockland Award”; Orange & Rockland Utilities’ “Partner in Growth” Award; the Historic Society of Rockland County’s “Historic Preservation Merit Award”; the Greater Haverstraw Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the County Executive’s “Supporter of the Arts” Award; Keep Rockland Beautiful’s “Public Art Award”; and the Arts Alliance of Haverstraw’s “Supporter of the Arts” Award. The Town of Haverstraw has recognized Ms. Rosenberg for outstanding work in promoting the Villages of Haverstraw and West Haverstraw and the Town of Haverstraw, and she was named one of the outstanding women of Rockland County by El Clarin newspaper.
Donald Brenner, P.E., LL.B., is both a licensed professional engineer, having received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from New York University, and an attorney, having attained his Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He has served as a Director for the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center since 1990. Until 1989, Mr. Brenner worked for the Town of Orangetown for almost 30 years, during the majority of which he was Executive Director of the Department of Public Works, which included Highways, Sewers, Parks, Recreation and Building Maintenance. Since then, Mr. Brenner has practiced law and engineering in Tappan, NY and has held membership in multiple associations, including the American Law Association, New York State Bar Association, Rockland County Bar Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Soil Conservation of America and Water Pollution Control Association. With a strong focus on community, Mr. Brenner has graciously given his time and expertise to the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps., Pearl River Fire Department, Venture, Loeb House, Rotary Club of Pearl River as President, Rotary Scholarship Foundation as Trustee and upcoming President, and numerous churches and temples. Furthermore, Mr. Brenner created and funded individual education scholarships to Pearl River High School, Tappan Zee High School and the Rotary Club of Pearl River. In addition to being the recipient of such awards as the “Paul Harris Award,” “Meals of Wheels Award,” and the “Lawyers Trust Fund Award,” Mr. Brenner has been honored by Israeli Bonds as “Lawyer of the Year” and “Man of the Year.”
Mort Korn has worked in the film and television business for over thirty years. He does lighting and camera work on movies, television shows, commercials and music videos. He works regularly on Saturday Night Live as the key grip for the film unit. Other recent work includes music videos for Beyonce and Justin Timberlake and commercials for Bank of America, Lancôme and L’Oreal. He has also directed, edited and photographed industrial and fund raising films for clients such as the American Cancer Society, Siemens, TIAA-CREEF, WISE Services and the Hudson River Parks Trust. His years in the film business have made him use to working collaboratively to solve problems and meet tight schedules.
In addition, Mort is a photographer. He has exhibited at the Finklestein Library, The Hudson House and The New City Library, where he is part of a permanent collection of local artists. He won honorable mention at a juried exhibit at the Hopper House.
Mort Korn’s family has a long connection to the Garnerville Holding Company and the Haverstraw community. The Korn family arrived in Haverstraw in the late 1890’s, part of its community of Jewish merchants and business people. His father worked in the complex in his youth and for many years served on the Garnerville Holding Company board. Mort has been a member of the board since 2007.
Lawrence W. Lipman, Corporate Secretary and Director of the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1969 and his law degree from Syracuse University in 1973. For 40 years he has practiced real estate law in Northern New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley with the firm that bears his name and which currently is located in Fair Lawn, NJ. For over 30 years he has been associated with the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, where his grandfather, uncle and father were formerly and serially President and CEO, and where he spent a good deal of his spare time as a youngster. He also is a Past President and for 20 years has been a Director of Jewish Family Service of Northern New Jersey in Wayne, NJ; the founder and leading benefactor of the two non-profit “Lipman Family Dental Centers” in Newburgh, NY; a leading benefactor of the “Olbalbal Maasai Girls’ School” in Ngorogoro, Tanzania; a former long-time member of the Bergen County (NJ) Democratic Party County Committee, and a current and long-time member of the Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey in Paramus, NJ. He was the long-time Law Chairman of the New Jersey League of Mortgage Lenders and was a long-time principal of Stuart, Allan and Associates, which is a leading private business and mortgage lender in New Jersey. Mr. Lipman has received many awards from non-profit organizations for his philanthropic work in the NY-NJ metropolitan area, including both the “Pillar of the Community Award” and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Greater Hudson Valley Health Centers of Newburgh, Highland Falls and Cornwall, NY. Mr. Lipman has resided for over 35 years in Glen Rock, NJ with his wife of 43 years, Ronnee. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
David Wemmer, CPA was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio originally attending the University of Toledo as a music education major. Leaving college in 1975 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent the following six years as a member of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point as a tubist in the Concert Band and various chamber music groups. Participating in college courses while stationed at West Point through Ladycliff College and St.Thomas Aquinas College, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1982 and began work with Korn, Rosenbaum, Phillips & Jauntig, CPA’s as an accountant/auditor in June, 1982. Becoming a partner with the firm in 1989, he has been the engagement partner on audits of many local governments, not-for-profit entities and businesses in the Hudson Valley as well as being the tax partner responsible for a wide variety of individual and business tax returns. Residing in Cornwall, New York with his wife of 37 years, Patricia, he keeps active with many outside activities foremost of which is long distance bicycling.
Miles Dunsmoor began working for Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center as its Operation Manager in November 2009. Mr. Dunsmoor received his Bachelors of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 where he majored in Business Management and Technology. As Operations Manager, Mr. Dunsmoor is responsible for directing many day-to-day operations of the company, including leasing, hiring and supervising contractors, maintaining tenant and vendor relations, and managing the complex’s maintenance and security crews. Mr. Dunsmoor serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Scholarship Application Committee for the Belle View Educational Awards, Inc which provides financial assistance to students who attend college in New York State. Mr. Dunsmoor is a member of the Pi Chapter of the Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America, and serves on its Property and Alumni Committees.
Jennifer Veras-Lopez began working at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center as a part-time administrative assistant in December 2002 while working her way through college. After receiving her Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockland Community College in 2005, Ms. Lopez chose to return to the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center to become its Office Manager. Ms. Lopez assists with tenant and employee relations, and performs administrative tasks associated with operating the complex. For nine years and counting, Ms. Lopez has helped to organize the seminal GARNER Arts Festival at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center.
Jennifer has also been a resident of the North Rockland community since birth and spent many summers playing in the Minisceongo Creek, which winds its way through the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center and once powered its textile mills. Ms. Lopez is the proud mother of two children.
Michael Lowry has been the Facilities Manager at Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center since 2005, having worked the prior ten years in the maintenance department. Mr. Lowry oversees the buildings and grounds crew, scheduling work and assuring excellent job completion. He holds a New York State Class “C” water operators license. Mr. Lowry graduated in 2001 from Cittone Institute on the Executive Deans List with a major Computer Programming.
Mr. Lowry’s position with the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center has honed his appreciation for and interest in many forms of art, and he has taken to painting with oil and acrylic paints, drawing with pencil and charcoal, and creating both mixed media sculptural works and free style computer art which have been displayed at the GARNER Arts Center’s annual Art Festivals. In addition, Mr. Lowry has been an avid guitar player since the age of 13 and is working on his first solo album. He is currently a volunteer Firefighter with the Haverstraw Fire Department Rescue Hook & Ladder.
Mr. Lowry was born and raised in Garnerville and currently resides in the Village of West Haverstraw with his wife Nathalie and his two daughters Jaclyn and Giana.