Heather spent 10 years teaching a combination of middle grade Spanish in Westchester schools, ESL to adults in Chile, and creating curriculum for homebound high school students.
She has a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from NYU and has lived abroad in Chile and Spain.
At The Benefit Shop, she loves all things historical and delves into the history of the makers and objects she puts up for auction. Everything has a story - a past to reveal, making the simplest thing much more interesting. She relies on her previous background in framing high end art; everything from design to cutting mats to glass. Heather continues to learn new words to specify the description and function of items thanks to Pam's expertise and has always given time to help others, from volunteering to help build camps for hurricane victims to building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Future endeavours include publishing children's books, under review by agents. Heather is a published poet.
Annika Stridh is a multidisciplinary artist from Westchester, NY. She holds a Master's degree in Fine Art from Umeå University in Sweden and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Art History from Oberlin College in Ohio. She has had a varied career working in both the fine art industry and in hospitality services. She begins her journey into the world of auctions and hidden treasures by working at the Benefit Shop as a cataloguer.
Leo is a Mount Kisco native and recent Graduate of SUNY Purchase. He hold a Bachelors Degree in New Media with a minor in Photography. He is The Benefit Shop Auction Gallery’s Creative Director. He is team liaison with all internet partners, senior photographer, and senior research manager.
Celine is a graduate of SUNY Oswego holding a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design and Minor in Business Administration. During her undergraduate studies, she held numerous graphic design internships with various offices within her university. Currently, Celine works as an Auction Assistant and Social Media Manager. She can be seen at Benefit Shop photographing and cataloging merchandise, and manning the front of the warehouse. Additionally, she is a freelance brand designer and social media specialist.
Anna is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelors in Computer Art. As a student and as a recent graduate she has had a number of internships and jobs including an internship at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Most recently she has been a photo editor and studio assistant in Studio 3×3 in Wappingers Falls, and worked as Visitor Services Staff at Storm King Art Center. Here at the Benefit Shop she is a photographer and cataloguer, and assists with the marketing and social media departments.
Traci Lombardo has a rich background as a collector, dealer and expert in antiques and Americana. She has held positions in prestigious galleries, museums and auction houses in New York City including Christie’s and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Currently, Traci is an adjunct professor of art history and art appreciation at Essex County College in New Jersey. She has a master's degree in art history and museum studies from City College of New York, and a B.A. with a certificate in historic preservation from Rutgers University. She is an independent consultant in marketing and artifacts for The Benefit Shop Foundation.
Ms. Stone is a Wharton MBA, Wall Street refugee, having spent 22 years in the realm of Investment Banking. The latter16 years as Senior Managing Partner at Needham & Company. In 2009 She turned her ten-year-old brainchild into a business that not only does good for the community, but thrives amidst a post-recession rebound. Ms. Stone's nonprofit business, The Benefit Shop Foundation, has become known as the "secret source" for some of the best interior designers in Westchester and Fairfield County. The model is simple: The 501(c)(3) firm receives donations from upscale area estates and presents them in live and internet auctions. The consignor gets a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal, and nonprofits in the community get the proceeds.
Izzy is a nursing student at University of Alabama with a passion for fashion. Thrifting, sifting and treasure hunting around the globe, she has an eye for the prizes. She manages the Luxury Fashion and retail division at The Benefit Shop Auction Gallery. She’s the go to researcher for all items ready-to-wear, to our red carpet couture lines.
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography from SUNY Purchase and proceeded to carve out a career within the Fine Art industry working for both Christies and Phillips Auctioneers in NY. From here she ventured onto the NY stock exchange working for Goldman Sachs as a specialist Front line trading clerk before moving across the pond to the UK to work for British Airways. Here at the benefits shop Megan combines her business experience working for world class brands to support all aspects of a thriving and exciting auction house.
Victor is currently enrolled in CUNY Queens College in their undergraduate Accounting program. He eventually plans on pursuing his masters as well as attempting to attain his CPA. He would like to pursue a career in a large, national accounting firm and advance his career there. He also holds an associate's degree in Criminal Justice.