CNY Arts, Inc.


Welcoming Our Newest Board Members

Welcome to our Newest Board Members

Tiffany is the Director of Women’s Health and Empowerment at the Allyn Family Foundation, leading the development of new approaches to reducing health disparity, and acting as a liaison to area residents and service providers to improve health care access and outcomes across our communities, with a special interest in supporting and empowering Black and Latina women.

She co-created Layla, a chatbot designed for women of color to share culturally tailored and relevant sexual health information on digital platforms. Tiffany was formerly a Program Director with Dunbar Center and a Campaign Manager with The Public Good Projects. A graduate of Columbia College, she earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Keuka College.

Tiffany also serves on the board of Planned Parenthood, and as an Advisor for Undetected, a digital health innovation focused on creating virtual sexual health clinics. She is a member of the City of Syracuse Risk Analysis Committee and Syracuse Cooperative Credit Union’s Credit Committee.

Tiffany shared this comment about her joining the CNY Arts board:  “though my connection to the arts across my lifetime has been limited, I have always had a passion for music and performance art. My goal as a CNY Arts board member is to serve as a bridge between the arts and everyday people like myself.”


Matthew Powers is an Instructor of English at Herkimer County Community College, and a co-founder of LiFT Theater in the Mohawk Valley. Matt is a poet, playwright, and actor, the poetry editor for Herkimer County Community College’s Phaethon arts magazine, and former theater advisor for General’s Theater Group. He has directed numerous productions for LiFT Theater and Herkimer College, written and produced short plays, as well as conducted  presentations and workshops on poetry and culture in Maine, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and England.

As a lifelong board game enthusiast, he founded Meeples Mug House, a board game cafe in Little Falls, NY and has written and consulted for Wizard Burial Ground, a Dungeons and Dragons Zine.

A former Board Member for Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Matt served on the DEC Oversight Committee and Community Arts Grants panel for CNY Arts, and is the past President and former Trustee for Little Falls Public Library.



Magdalena Rivera is the Student Involvement Coordinator for SUNY Oswego. She specializes in working with students within a wide range of areas that has included and/ or includes students at risk and with special needs.  Also, her work includes the Student Affairs higher education programs that support students in their college development and growth during their college years.

Magdalena has been a member of the ARTSwego Arts Programming Board since 2010 and the Coordinator of the Annual ALANA Student Leadership (cultural) Conference since 2008.  Within her role as Student Involvement Coordinator and other projects on campus at SUNY Oswego, she has collaborated with various departments and coordinated several cultural, musical, arts, and dance performing events.  She has been a Dance instructor for several dance programs on campus and the Oswego Local YMCA. 

Magdalena also is proficient in Spanish and Italian and has been an adjunct instructor for SUNY Oswego in the Department of Modern Languages and Italian Language. She worked in the on campus Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center that houses International Students and Domestic Students for 6 years. She was a volunteer tutor for students and a translator for the SUNY-Oswego Summer Intensive English Program, and accompanied students on a variety of cultural travel experiences. Special projects have included travelling within the US and abroad with the SUNY Oswego Study Abroad Office and the Community Service Office for cultural learning quarter courses and community service projects.