The Board of Directors of Midtown Arts Common is composed of representatives of major partner organizations and like-minded volunteers. Each brings expertise and commitment to the realization of our mission.
Edward Wagner, Chair - Mr. Wagner lives in upper Manhattan and retired from a professional career managing New York City’s water pollution control facilities and subsequently consulting with the management of water utilities in the United States and Canada. In addition to his voluntary commitments to Midtown Arts Commons’ visual and performing arts programs, he serves on the Boards, Finance Committees or Property Committees of four non-profit organizations in New York
Maria del Toro, Vice Chair - Ms. del Toro has served the community as Past VP of the Metropolitan New York Synod (ELCA) and former commissioner of New York City Planning Commission appointed by Mayor Bloomberg. She retired as the Senior Vice President of the YMCA of Greater New York, where she was in charge of Fund Development and Public Policy. Maria is chair of Saint Peter’s Chapel Committee for the restoration of the Nevelson Chapel.
Jared Stahler, Secretary - Pastor Stahler has served as senior pastor at Saint Peter’s Church since 2020 and started his service there in 2005. Pastor Stahler is an alumnus of Yale University and Oberlin College. At Yale he studied jointly at the Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, receiving, in addition to a Master of Divinity degree, a Diploma in Lutheran Studies and a Certificate in Liturgical Studies. Pastor Stahler holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College where he studied with James David Christie and Haskell Thomson. Pastor Stahler is a leader in numerous church-related organizations, and has served on the boards of and has been a consultant for a number of secular not-for-profit organizations.
Kevin Kunkle, Treasurer - Mr. Kunkle retired from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection in 2016. Prior to that he worked as a free-lance musician in Philadelphia and New York City. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 422 in midtown Manhattan for 19 years. He is currently the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Seafarers International House and is a member of Saint Peter’s Church. He lives in Manhattan’s East Village.
Pat Almonrode - Mr. Almonrode is a former fine-art printmaker and papermaker. He has been a member of Saint Peter’s Church for over twenty years, and served as the chair of the church’s Art & Architecture Review Committee for several of those years. He also serves on the Environmental Stewardship Committee of the Metropolitan NY Synod of the Lutheran Church, and is currently Secretary of the Board of Lutherans Restoring Creation, an environmental non-profit. Pat is a lawyer by profession. He lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Susan Bell - Ms. Bell lives in Riverdale, NY. She has a background in marketing as an executive for a major apparel manufacturer and in real estate brokerage for a New York based real estate agency. Ms. Bell has served on the board of the Midtown Arts Common (MAC) for 15 years, and her duties include chair of the audit committee. In addition to the Midtown Arts Common, Sue has served as President of the board for Seafarers International House, and continues to serve on various committees for that organization.
Watson Bosler - In addition to his service as a MAC Director, Mr. Bosler provides key leadership via its executive committee. A member since 1973, Watson has been President and Treasurer of Saint Peter’s Church and is a longtime performer in the choir. His creative pursuits include the writing of program notes for the Greg Smith Singers and other important productions. He is retired from the New York Mercantile Library (“The Merc”) and often attends the Metropolitan Opera and enjoys frequent visits to our city’s extraordinary museums. He earned his masters degree in Russian Literature & Language from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to the Greenwich Village neighborhood of NYC.
Erik Hanson - Mr. Hanson resides in Pelham, NY. He is a partner of the accounting firm of James D. Miller & Co., LLP. He is a retired Naval Reserve Commander. He has been actively involved for many years with a number of charitable organizations and private foundations.
Richard Monopoli - Mr. Monopoli is Senior Vice President at Boston Properties. He holds degrees in civil/structural engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and UC Irvine and a masters in business from Northwestern. Rich also serves on the board of the Williston Northampton School and the National Advocate Advisory Council of the Lung Cancer Alliance.
Andrew Wuertele - Mr. Wuertele makes his home in midtown Manhattan and works for East River Medical Imaging, PC, as Chief Executive Officer. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and serves as President-Elect of the Healthcare Leaders of New York. In addition to his voluntary service with MAC, Andy is a former Board Chair and current Director of The Icla da Silva Foundation which supports patients in need of bone marrow transplants, and past Director of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association.