Staff

The ABC staff’s experience traverses the spectrum of fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Kat Bloomfield, MS

Founder and CEO

Kat (they/them/she/her) is a nonprofit executive and fundraising professional who has inspired nearly $12 million in charitable giving over 10 years. As an avid arts and STEM advocate, she feels a strong connection to the principles of social entrepreneurship, particularly centered around arts-integrated racial and economic justice. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a dual Bachelors in Media Arts and Sciences and Printmaking and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. Kat has worked with Tribeca Film Institute, New York Hall of Science, the JCC in Manhattan, New York Council on Nonprofits, Red Hook Initiative, the Ron Brown Scholar (RBS) Fund, and Contemporary & TRANSART. She also serves on the Company Stefanie Batten Bland and RBS Program Advisory Boards, and has served as a Director and Secretary of the Board at the Bloomingdale School of Music from 2016-2019.

Josh Beauchemin

Chief Financial Officer

(He/him/his) has been working in the non-profit sector in different capacities for the past 15 years. This includes as a board member for different non-profits and currently as a CFO for a NYS charter school. Josh holds a strong belief that non-profits provide the greatest diversity to the business world as well as the most interesting projects. As such, his life mission is to help non-profit entrepreneurs reach success by sharing his years of HR, finance, and start-up knowledge in the non-profit world as a mentor and coach to small business entrepreneurs.

Carolyn Renée Pautz, PhD

Director of Research and Strategy

Carolyn (she/her/hers) is a nationally respected scholar and ethnographer. Carolyn holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Dance Studies from Temple University and a Master of Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a frequent guest lecturer and dance teaching artist at Webster University. She is a member of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies working group and the recipient of the Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award. Carolyn’s past research includes issues of capital flow into and out of subaltern communities; African-derived religions and arts technologies in American civil discourse and public health policy, Caribbeanist modern and postmodern discourse, and much more. Organizations that have benefited from her research include: The Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, KYL-D, and Little Haiti BK. Her Scholarship has been published in the International Journal for Cultural Property, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and the Society for Dance History Scholars.

Véronëque Ignace, MPH

Associate Director of Research and Strategy

Véronëque (she/her/hers) is a cultural activist, public health researcher, community-based organizer, and performing artist. She uses ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understandings of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, and an orientation toward socio-political community development. Véronëque is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing.With her movement, Véronëque hopes to complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She says, “My movement codifies a history and language which I have inherited. In Haiti, dance and music become the guardians of tradition.”In 2016, Véronëque founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, a collective of artist-leaders, to incite the unapologetic voices of Black arts through collaborative community organizing work and performance-based intervention.

Erika Pettersen, MA

Research & Development Strategist

Through research, development, and creative collaborations, Erika (she/her/hers) supports the visibility and survivability of BIPOC artists, cultural workers, and social entrepreneurs. She has over ten years of experience as a nonprofit professional working on community-centered, resident-led programs and initiatives at organizations such as ARTs East New York, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, Haiti Cultural Exchange, and the Youth Design Center. Her diverse educational pursuits--including a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College, a certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, and post baccalaureate coursework in Studio Art & Art History at Brooklyn College--underpin this work. Most recently, she completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Her fieldwork and thesis research centered on the politics of representation, identity, and belonging in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring tensions between cultural preservation and innovation through the lenses of critical race theory, post-structuralism, and Latina feminist frameworks. Alongside her academic work at Tulane, Erika served as President of the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) and spearheaded the first LAGO Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship.


Dianne Walsh, MS

Program Operations Coordinator of Research and Strategy

Dianne Walsh (she/her/hers) is excited to be joining ABC as the new Program Operations Coordinator. Dianne previously lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and an MS in History of Art.  Her academic studies involved conducting ethnographic research in Hong Kong and critical analysis of embodiment within dance-theater performance. She also worked with various dance/arts organizations across Edinburgh and in home-based direct service to convert theory and holistic thinking into practical and sustainable support. She believes in the arts and cultural practices as an active means of interrogation and assertion – and is committed to continuing this work to center the artistic lives, histories and survival of historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities.


Myxolydia Tyler, MFA

Programs Manager of the Grassroots Action Project

Myxolydia Tyler (she/her/hers) is an actor and artist educator who is passionate about arts entrepreneurship. Her innovative curriculum development skills lead to her full-time work as a Lead Teaching Artist and Program development manager for Lincoln Center Education’s MentorLinc program where she designed the “Think Like An Art-trepreneur” curriculum. Her superpower is building a strong community for a sustainable creative career.  Her work as an actor has taken her to Off Broadway stages such as Manhattan Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre and PS122.  Regionally she’s worked at The Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, and Hartford Stage. Television: NBC Season 21  Law and Order, Season 3  of New Amsterdam and  Manifest ; Season 6 Homeland Showtime, and Season 3 of I am Homicide Discovery ID. As an arts educator she has taught at NYU Tisch, Dartmouth College,Pomona University, Harlem School of the Arts, The Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts of Film and Television, and The Acting Studio. She is a Hermitage Artists and Michael Bradford Fellow. In 2020 she wrote and toured  her first commissioned production of Freebird: The Early Life of Sarah Vaughan for NJPAC Education Assemblies Program. Myxolydia holds a BA in biology from The University of Virginia and an MFA in Acting from Brown University.

Krys Tobin

Administrative Assistant

Inspired by the resilience of nature, Krys (They/Them) works to cultivate strength through support. They are honored to engage in meaningful work that uplifts communities and amplifies joy. Rooted in advocacy for change, they have contributed to organizations such as MH First, which decriminalizes  emotional and psychological crises and decreases the stigma around mental health, substance use, and domestic violence while also addressing their root causes: white supremacy, capitalism, and colonialism. A lover of humanity, Krys has collaborated with The Creation District: an incubator and a safe haven for creation, discovery, activism, and dream-making. They are an urban landscape photographer who is determined to shine a spotlight on the hidden spiritual depth of overlooked places. They are a maker of protective amulets, a humble traveler, and a collector of experiences. A life-long apprentice determined to learn from their surroundings.

Lydia Blankenship, MS

Executive Assistant & Operations & Collaboration Manager

Lydia (she/her/hers) is a multicultural, world traveling artist (singer and painter) and scientist, passionate about holistic health in her community, and bringing about social change.

She is a proud graduate of Berea College, the first coeducational and racially integrated college in the South. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, she went on to earn her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Western Kentucky University. In higher education Lydia has worked in student affairs, administration, event coordination, and strategic planning. She has also worked as a fitness trainer and coach.

Lydia is dedicated to the promotion and education of the full spectrum of individual health: mind, body, and spirit, believing that each should be recognized and cared for. She is a passionate advocate for the wellness of young people, especially those in displaced and overlooked communities.