MISSION

The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is a 501c3 that ignites the passion of students with special needs and Veterans for creative expression that transforms their lives.

It is in this spirit that we established a unique collaboration of artists, educators, parents, students and civic minded individuals to fill a need in our community. We are a stress free, therapeutic environment that fosters creativity and self-esteem among a segment of our population which is often overlooked and underserved.

The Spirit of Huntington was founded by local artist Erich Preis in January 2011. Erich is an accomplished artist who has worked with students of varying backgrounds and abilities. He has been honored with many proclamations and awards from Local, State and Federal officials.

Erich is uniquely qualified to work with children with special needs, as he himself is on the autism spectrum, and he rallied a passionate group of like-minded, dedicated individuals to join in his cause to work with students to better express their emotions and feelings through art.

Erich J. Preis, Founder

Erich is an accomplished artist who has worked with students of varying backgrounds and abilities. He has been honored with many proclamations and awards from Local, State and Federal officials.

Erich is uniquely qualified to work with children with special needs, as he himself is on the autism spectrum, and he rallied a passionate group of like-minded, dedicated individuals to join his cause to work with students to better express their emotions and feelings through art.

Larry Burlingame

Treasury / Accounting

Eileen Sebold

Business Strategy / HR

Christy Gudaitis

Community Outreach

Frank Gallucci

Finance / Insurance

Mark Wittenberg

Board Chairman

Dan Weisberg

Legal / Governance

Jen Weisberg

Community Outreach / Education

Michael Halperin

Fundraising / Networking

Susan Fasciano

Vice Chair / Fundraising

Michael Kitakis

Executive Director

Diane Young

Associate Director

Creative Expression Classes and Camps

Diane Young

Program Director

Colleen Claus

Program Coordinator

Art Sales, Shows, and Events

Andrea Sperduti

Operations Director / Events / Bookkeeper

Joanne Kois

Show Support

Self Direction Programs

Elizabeth Madden

Agency Coordinator

Dani Koulermos

Art Therapy Assistant

ArtWORKS

James Young

Creative Director

Patrick Aievoli

Academic Consultant

Michael Kitakis

Account Director

Derek Guiliano

Art Director

Noreen Brittenham

Account Coordinator

Irene Lang

Curriculum Assistant