Katzie Guy-Hamilton Ms. Katzie Guy-Hamilton has been Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at Max Brenner International Inc. since May 20113. Ms. Guy-Hamilton oversees menu development for all Max Brenner locations as well as the ideation and rollout of sweets, pastries, desserts and beverages for new and existing Chocolate Bars. Ms. Guy-Hamilton has shaped the pastry menus of some of New York City's most celebrated hotels, including the historic Grand Hyatt New York, where she served as an Executive Pastry Chef and the trendsetting Ace Hotel, where she developed the pastry program. Ms. Guy-Hamilton launched her career at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, where she trained for four years under esteemed pastry chef, Sherry Yard. She serves as Co-Chairman of Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brother's annual October Ball. She is the recipient of Outstanding Alumni of the Year in 2011. Ms. Guy-Hamilton's talents earned her a spot on Season 2 of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" in 2011. She is an instructor for a culinary enrichment program at Goal4Kids in Harlem. Ms. Guy-Hamilton is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute.
Nancy Bacich After graduating from Parsons School of Design on the Anne Klein Scholarship she dreamt up designs for Maidenform and Natori and the licensed collections of Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and European designers Zandra Rhodes and Karl Lagerfeld. In 1992 Nancy started her own luxury handbag business with a signature “bracelet bag” that was an instant success at Henri Bendel. In 1998 she was named Fashion Group International’s Rising Star in accessories. In 2002 she went back to the drawing board and studied “sequential art” at The School of Visual Arts. Here the fashion mannequin that she drew since her student days at Parsons came to life at Nancy’s first art exhibit at Michael Gallagher’s Art & Fashion Gallery. This event was sponsored by MAC cosmetics and the first of several events sponsored by MAC that introduced Eve Kitten products in 2006. The limited edition of dolls, chocolate bars and t shirts were introduced at Patricia Field’s new Bowery boutique to a sellout here and in Japan where Patricia is a fashion consultant for Takashimaya. In 2008 Steven Heller included Eve Kitten in his book, The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell. The feature is about creating a character into products that create a brand.
Mark Musters Mark Musters is an award-winning designer based in New York. He has been published in numerous magazines and has been featured on Television. Combining his passion for the creative process and sustainable design, he lectures at NYU’s Strategic Event Design, BCIT and mentors at The Bronx Guild High School. Understanding the importance of developing the creative process at an early age, his program Harlem Design Lab teaches kids to have fun learning about creativity while bringing awareness to environmental issues and how their designs impact the environment/community. Mark Musters lives in East Harlem and is currently working on controlling his compulsive hoarding of street artifacts.
Maria Chelko MRB Chelko is the recipient of a 2013 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Manhattations. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including: AGNI Online; Forklift, Ohio; Indiana Review; PANK; and Poetry International. Her chapbooks are The World after Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and What to Tell the Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). Chelko holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of New Hampshire. She lives in Central Harlem.
Ariana Cameron Ariana Cameron is a multi-media artist, poet, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of the Glasshouse ArtLifeLab Fellowship and has shown her work on stages and in living rooms across the Northeast. Cameron is a recent graduate of Eugene College at The New School and is pursuing a career in interdisciplinary arts education.
Liz Barresi Liz Barresi is originally from Buffalo, New York where her family has owned and operated a gymnastic school for over 40 years. For the last ten years, Liz has been living in the New York City region and teaching gymnastics to students of varying social and cultural backgrounds. She received her B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and is currently in the final year of her graduate studies in counselor education at CUNY Lehman. Liz is happy to be participating in GOAL for a fourth year. She loves the confidence students gain from learning skills and participating in team activities at GOAL.