Board and Staff
Moshe Cohen, Founder
Moshe, aka. Mr. YooWho, is the founder of Clowns Without Borders-USA as well as the ambassador for CWB-International. Since 1987, he has performed in Burma/Myanmar, Kosovo, South Africa, Nepal, Guatemala, Haiti, Croatia, Chiapas (Mexico), Sudan and Baton Rouge, LA. Moshe performs and teaches internationally. Over the past 25 years, he has given over 2000 performances in thirty plus countries. He teaches workshops exploring the expression of personal humor through physical theater and contemporary clown.
David Lichtenstein, President
David Lichtenstein has been a professional performer specializing in street, clown and physical theater for over 20 years. He has performed various versions of his one-person Leapin’ Louie Comedy Shows at festivals, theaters, and other events in 21 different countries and 30 something states of the United States. 12 countries in 2008 alone! David has been was a company member of Do Jump Movement Theater for 3 years, and has collaborated with many performers over the years. He has written and performed two reading encouragement themed shows for young people that he has performed at over 100 different schools and libraries. He has a Masters Degree in Education from Portland State University and taught 4th and 5th grade for two years before being drawn back into performing. He has studied physical theater in workshops with Phillipe Gaulier in Paris, Sigfrido Aguilar in Mexico, Sue Morrison, Dell'Arte and others. David produced the first Portland area Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show starting in 1999 and is co-producing the 11th annual Benefit this year. He has performed on five Clowns Without Borders expeditions, all in the Mayan lands of Chiapas and Guatemala, organizing the last three trips himself. David is based in Portland, Oregon and lives with his wife Lisa, a journalist, and their two teenage kids.
Tim Cunningham, Director
Tim was roped into the work of Clowns Without Borders in 2003 when we was literally lassoed by an audience member during a performance with the clowns in Chiapas. Since, this graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (’01) has volunteered with CWB throughout South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. He has helped develop CWB’s work in Haiti and has performed there multiple times. Within the borders of the US, Cunningham has performed, lectured and facilitated workshops about CWB’s mission and work and universities and high schools. His work with CWB has inspired him to study nursing, global, and public health. He looks forward to new ways to integrate laughter and global health in the years to come.
Dianna Hahn, Vice President
As an international educator and advocate for the arts, Dianna enjoys spending time to support CWB! Dianna has worked with a range of organizations developing international programs and training volunteers, students and educators for these experiences. She is currently the Director of Global Routes, an organization that offers authetic cross-cultural service learning programs for high school and Gap Year students. She has taught second grade, au paired in Paris, led students to explore the Caribbean, studied traditional tattooing in Samoa and most recently began dabbling in floral design. She has a masters in International Education from the School For International Training. While not a clown, she loves to be silly and laugh, which is a nice perk of working with so many who clown around!
Sarah Liane Foster, Secretary
Sarah graduated from Brown University with honors in creative writing in 2001, and she studied physical theatre and clown at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, at the Celebration Barn Theatre, and with Giovanni Fusetti. Since then she has been creating, performing, and teaching clown, theatre and circus skills in Portland, around the United States, and internationally. She has created five original shows with the Nomadic Theatre Co in Portland. In 2005 Sarah went on her first Clowns Without Borders expedition to Haiti. She has been an active CWB volunteer ever since, and joined the Board of Directors in 2007. She enjoys jumping stilts, eating ice cream, and wrestling.
Michael Klinglesmith, Treasurer
Michael Klinglesmith has been a Clowns Without Borders supporter for the past 12 years, and is looking forward to bringing his experience and talents to the board of directors. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He continued with graduate work in electrical and computer engineering earning both a M.S. and Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego. Finally he rounded out his education with a MBA from Babson College. Michael has several entrepreneurial experiences under his belt and is currently employed as an engineer in Hillsboro Oregon. When Michael is not working he can be found juggling at Reed College.
Peter Criswell, Board Member
Peter Criswell, an executive manager with over 20 years of experience in non-profit organizations, arts management, education, travel, tourism and events, currently Peter serves as the Executive Director of Big Apple Performing Arts. He is responsible for all management aspects of the organization including strategic planning, budgeting, fund raising, public relations, marketing, programs, personnel and board relations. Peter has worked with several nonprofit organizations in transition, shepherding them through shifts in programs and leadership using interactive techniques to help teams focus and energize while identifying: vision/mission, strategic plans, goals and action items. Peter has held executive leadership positions with the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, Hudson River Heritage, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Historic Philadelphia Incorporated, and Bard College Department of Theatre. He has managed and produced large scale educational travel programs in the U.S. and abroad with such organizations as Royal Caribbean International and Windsor Mountain International and has worked in 31 countries on six continents. He has conducted leadership training workshops at Bard College and New York University’s Steinhardt School. He holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College and a BFA (Bachelor of Fun Arts) from the renowned Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for Bard College.
Selena Clare McMahan, Board Member
Selena Mc Mahan spent her childhood divided between New York and France. In 2005 she received a yearlong travel fellowship from the Watson Foundation for her project « Contemporary Clown Circuit, performance across borders ». She moved to Paris in 2007 to train at the Jacques Lecoq theater school (2007-2009 professional course and LEM scenography course). She has also trained with John Turner of Mump and Smoot, Lory Leshin at the Samovar, and with the Brazilian company LUME. She is an actor-clown with the Parisian hospital clown company Le Rire Médecin, performing improvised and individualized interventions in clown duos. Selena speaks english, french, spanish, and portuguese. She acts, sings, dances, is a puppeteer, makes costumes, and directs. She creates and performs in very different shows : “800 Words” directed by Sonja Moser, “À la Recherche de l’Age d’Or” directed by Susana Lastreto of G.R.R.R, the opera “L’Enfant et la Nuit” at l’Académie de Villecroze, “Pop’pea” directed by Giorgio Barbario Corsetti at Théâtre du Châtelet, Ubla Dubla Trubla with Crache Larmes. Selena has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders USA since 2005 and been a board member since 2010. She currently serves as president on the board of the International Federation of Clowns Without Borders.
Anne Olivia Eldred, Board Member
Anne Olivia has spent the last 19 years dedicated to social justice and solidarity movements in the U.S. and internationally. She has studied and worked in Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Japan, and the United States on trade, economic development, electoral and social justice issues serving as an elections monitor, translating, organizing delegations to and from the U.S., recruiting and training staff and volunteers, and fundraising. She has coordinated solidarity efforts with Turkey, England, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Anne Olivia received her degree from Portland State University, was a Carnegie Melon Fellow (Public Policy and International Affairs), and Studied in Barcelona at the Academy of Liberal Arts. She has worked in and with numerous non profits over the years, consulting, creating fundraising programs, and developing corporate and community partnerships. She is a proud aunt and dedicated to improving the world her nieces, nephews, and all children will grow up in.
Chad Everette Thorne, Staff
Chad joined the CWB team in 2012 as our Financial Analyst. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Speech Communication and a concentration in conflict and mediation studies. After several years living the high life in NYC as a junior talent agent, Chad settled down in Charlottesville, VA with his husband and two children. Chad currently serves as the Chief Deputy Treasurer for Charlottesville; he has worked for the city as a Program Coordinator for the last 10 years. He also has been engaged in many community activities including: the MACAA Head Start Parent Advisory Board and Johnson Elementary School PTO Treasurer and President. In his free time, Chad enjoys running (slowly), volleyball, tennis and watching his kids play soccer.
Kolleen Kintz, Staff
Kolleen graduated from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater in 2011 and caught the clown bug, big time. She began her adventures with Clowns Without Borders in July 2011. Kolleen has been working with the team over the past year, helping bring clown to the DC area in the form of workshops, fundraisers, and performances. In April of 2012, Kolleen traveled to Indonesia on her first CWB expedition. She is honored to be a clown and thrilled to be working with CWB...looking forward to a lifetime of Love! Laughter! And Play!