Joan Cusack Handler
Publisher & Senior Editor
As the founder of CavanKerry Press, Joan is a poet and memoirist, a psychologist in clinical practice, and a blogger for PsychologyToday.com (“Of Art and Science”). Her poems have been widely published and have received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. A Bronx native, she has four published books and currently resides in Brooklyn and the East Hamptons. Joan is married to a great man and fellow psychologist, has a loving son and daughter-in-law, and two amazing granddaughters.
Dr. Jonathan H. Spinner
Fundraising Director & Board Liaison
Jonathan Spinner has been involved in the not-for-profit world for more than 40 years in executive and fundraising positions with small agencies and national and international organizations. A native of Brooklyn, a graduate of City College of New York, and holder of a PhD from Michigan State University in English Literature, Jonathan is delighted to bring all the skills he has learned to benefit CavanKerry Press.
Gabriel Cleveland is a poet and fiction writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College. An avid video gamer and music lover, Gabriel is also a mental health advocate, often working online to raise awareness, visibility, and money for psychological and psychosocial issues. He has spent several years in the field of caregiving for people with increased physical and/or mental needs and wants you to know that you’re not alone.
Marketing & Communications Director
Dimitri Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and content creator originally from Newark, New Jersey. He has organized and/ or performed with organizations such as Split this Rock, the Dodge Poetry Festival, The American Poetry Museum, Busboys & Poets, Rutgers University, and #PoetsforPuertoRico. He received his MFA from Rutgers University- Newark and his poetry is published or forthcoming in Barely South, Vinyl, Entropy, Obsidian, Acentos, Kweli, and others.
Carol Snyder, President Emeritus
Retired Human Resources Director for major chemical company
Joan Cusack Handler, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Poet, Publisher
Alan Handler, Ph.D.
Retired psychologist and learning center owner/director
Violinist & composer; co-founder/co-director of (le) poisson rouge arts venue
Published author with extensive experience researching and writing on mental health issues for the military and government agencies. Mr. Lichtenfeld has had his work on activity duty and veteran suicide presented at the Pentagon and the highest levels of the Federal government.
Senior Vice President of Capitol Hill Consulting Group, she represents clients on legislative, regulatory, and international matters before the US Congress and the White House and has been at the center of women’s initiatives as a member of the Feminist Majority Future PAC Board, which supports state and local women candidates
Manager of merchandising and sourcing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with 13 years of global merchandising experience from her time at Brooks Brothers