Meet the Staff

Megan Whitman, Director, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

During her tenure at the JCC, Megan has developed the JCC’s marquee program area, Conversations, which has welcomed thousands of audience members and notable guests such as Chelsea Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Paul Krugman and Nora Ephron. She also oversaw the monumental installation of the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #599 in the JCC's lightwell. Prior to the JCC, Megan occupied various positions in the Arts, from managing the Global Creative Leadership Summit to coordinating The Chicago Community Trust Arts Education Initiative. Megan received her BA with Honors from The University of Chicago and has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Amanda J. Crater, Production Manager, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

Joining Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in 2008, Amanda has worked in many areas before happily landing in Arts + Ideas. Prior to the JCC, she worked for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, NYU Shakespeare Youth Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Wooster Group. She has a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MA from NYU Steinhardt School of Education. Her theater credits include co-producing Eureka Suitcase's production of The Tempest at The Tank NYC and Pacific Beat Collective's TALA as part of HERE's Summer Sublet Series. As a member of Imperfect People Theatre Company she assistant directed The Books by Michael Edison Hayden at Fringe NYC.

Alaina Nuehring, Arts Administrator, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

Alaina is an artist that hails from Minnesota. She relocated to the East Coast to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning her BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and has exhibited her work throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Prior to working at the JCC, Alaina has worked in many areas within the arts while in New York. Her experience includes working as a studio assistant for a sculptor and printmaker, gallery assistant, and program assistant for an artist-in-residence program in Woodstock, NY, which ignited her interest in arts administration. She joined the JCC in the summer of 2015 as Arts Administrator for the Studio Arts and Culinary Arts programs, where she is excited to utilize her arts expertise to help the Arts + Ideas department thrive.

Jen Cinclair, Director of Culinary + Studio Arts, Lambert Center for Arts +Ideas

Graduating from the International Culinary Center in Classic Pastry Arts was a late-coming dream after years of working in the non-profit world. Also a graduate of Hood College with a degree in Sociology I was the proud recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. As the former pastry chef at Spoon Catering and TBSP in Chelsea/Flatiron I enjoyed making a variety of treats for six years and more recently worked at Hudson County Community College as the recreational culinary coordinator and at Dine Market as an account manager helping restaurants and vendors connect meaningfully through an online ordering platform.

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