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Leadership & Team


Anne H. Pollack

Founder & Executive Director

Anne H. Pollack is a musician, visual artist, writer, student of dance and an activist. Her sensibilities - and her awareness of the world around her - birthed Crossing Point Arts, by engaging the profound healing and humanity of the arts and offering them to a population that is hidden in plain view: survivors of human trafficking.In the midst of NYC’s brilliance in every arena of the arts, Pollack saw an untapped connection between those who hunger for the nourishment of the creative experience and those who hunger to share it.

Having researched for decades USAs history of enslaving Africans (& their descendants) Pollack recognized that culture and creative outpouring are strikingly strong medicine for the wounds of slavery. Despite this fact, NYC area artists had formed no direct connection to survivors of trafficking. Determined to call upon this innately human instinct, that is perhaps as old as slavery itself, Anne found the means to mend a broken link by 'Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking.'

As a musician, Pollack has received numerous grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in the areas of composition, recording, study and performance. Trained as a flutist and cellist, Pollack has released two CD's - Worlds Collide (1999)  and Diaspora Pulse (2005) - as multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and composer. She has been at the head of her own ensembles, performing internationally since 1980.  Her musical arenas reach all the way from Roots Music of the African Diaspora, to Jazz, to Near Eastern Music, to Afro-Brazilian Shamanic Music, to Classical Music.

Her lengthy experience as a small business owner has given Anne the skills to manage her resources creatively and with great success. As a Restorer, Dealer and Technician of Fine and Vintage Flutes, she has spent more than 40 years refining her talents. A tireless advocate for those whose voices are silenced, or remain unheard, Anne is ever working to devise strategies to use available resources to bring about positive change. Her vast background in volunteer and humanitarian work have called upon her strong back, her skills as a writer, her powers of communication and her work as a Teaching Artist, in both music and visual arts.           


Renk Kocturk

                                                          Movement/Yoga Therapist

Communications Lead

Renk Kocturk is a Movement/Yoga therapist, Herbalist and Trauma-Informed Educator. Joining the Crossing Point Arts Team in 2020 Renk supports as a Teaching Artist, as well as our Communications Lead. Renk has spent most of her life between NYC & Istanbul. After graduating with her degree in Psychology and Dance, she continued her studies with Dance Therapy pioneer Elissa White, focusing on bringing movement & yoga to vulnerable communities. She currently trains Teaching Artists, Nonprofit staff members, and teachers in the New York Public School system to bring trauma informed awareness into every classroom/workshop space. While simultaneously working at multiple Rehabilitation Centers, Women’s Shelters, Human Trafficking Agencies, and LGBTQ shelters. She has worked for the past 6 years with different nonprofits around the world, bringing movement medicine to refugees, domestic & sexual violence survivors, and human trafficking survivors. In 2017 she facilitated multiple training’s around trauma informed mindfulness, yoga, and movement to Syrian educators at the Syrian Border. Renk approaches each healing modality through a trauma-informed lens. 


As Communications Lead with Crossing Point Arts she serves as the backbone of all things related to outreach. Producing high-quality content that engages our Crossing Point Arts audience and builds awareness on Human Trafficking. Wearing many hats, Renk's work includes Mailchimp campaigns, Grant Research, Fundraiser support, New Partner Outreach emails, and Training Teaching Artists in Trauma Informed Facilitation. 


María “Mara” Rivera

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

LCAT Supervisor

María “Mara” Rivera, BC-DMT, LCAT, was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is a dance/movement psychotherapist, somatic healer, educator, Ra-Sekhi practitioner (Kemetic Reiki-Level II), Spiritual Life Coach, and mover currently residing in the Bronx, New York. Mara has acquired vast experience servicing adults of diverse backgrounds in the New York area and the Caribbean. Mara has traveled to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Haiti to research African based traditional dances and spiritual practices,  which have highly contributed to the integration of an Afro-Centric values, Afro-Caribbean dance aesthetics,  and foundational spiritual/healing principles into her psychotherapeutic, coaching, and somatic wellness practices. She was awarded “Excellence in Education Award 2021” from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and she currently is a core member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce of the ADTA.


Maria ‘Mara’ Rivera, MA, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT; Somatic Wellness Practitioner;Dance/Movement Psychotherapist; Ra Sekhi/Kemetic Energy Medicine Practitioner; Spiritual Life Coach 
Founder & Director: Maraka Healing

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Katie Ng Ross

Website Designer

Katie Ng Ross (she/her) is a website designer who initially joined Crossing Point Arts as an intern in the summer of 2019. While Katie is a native New Yorker, she currently resides in Washington DC. She is a recent graduate of American University with a BA in Political Science and History. Katie has a life-long interest in advocacy and hopes to dedicate her career to serving underrepresented communities. 


As a website designer, Katie manages all things related to Katie loves to take ideas and turn them into beautiful pages that can inform and serve others. She is proud to have been able to grow alongside the website over these past few years and looks forward to collaborating in the evolution of the site in the future!

Teaching Artists

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Morley Shanti Kamen

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Jinae Suire
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Stephanie Rooker
Renk Kocturk
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Juanita Kirton
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Nessa Norich
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Daphne Sasson
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Anne Pollack
April Hayden

Sara Abraham

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Arin Maya Lawrence
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Reem Abdou
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Rachel Eliana
DeShaun Gordon-King
Ashley Sostre


Board of Directors

Board Officers



Anne H. Pollack

Founder, Executive Director

Board Chair

Richard Greenberg, Esq.

Attorney, Musician


Gabriela Cristina Celeiro


Trauma Therapist 

Expert Trainer 


Board Members



Dorothy Gloster


John R. Minahan

Ph.D., CFA

Investment Advisor, Organizational Consultant

Piya Malik

Strategic Partnerships Business Development Executive

Founder/Musician: SaySheShe


Board of Advisors


Kimberlé Crenshaw, JD, LLM

Prof of Law- UCLA, Columbia

Co-Founder & Executive Director: African American Policy Forum

Founder of the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School



Laura Barberan Reinares


Author, Researcher, Professor (CUNY)


Katia Araujo


Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Programme Advisor

Libby Bassett

Consultant, Writer-Editor, Designer

Emily Pasnak-Lapchick

Consultant, Human Rights and Anti-Trafficking Initiatives

Shay Valentine


Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert & Researcher, Social Worker, Advocate, Writer

Marissa Silverman


Author, Researcher, Assoc. Professor (Montclair State Univ.)


Artist Advisory Board


Sir James Galway


Lady Jeanne Galway


Head of Artist Advisory Board

Roma Maffia



Francine E. Ott



Artistic Director/Choreographer: The Walk



Carl Capotorto


Writer, ActorTeacher



Maria Rivera-Perez


Dance/Movement Therapist, Dancer, Choreographer,




Marco Granados

Flutist, Educator, Teaching Artist



Marina Piccinini


Flutist, Prof. of Flute Performance (Peabody Institute, Hannover, Germany)

International Liaison



Healing Arts Advisory Board


Catherine Jane Parker

MS, L.Ac.,  BFA



Leigh Bowen Muro

OT/R, RRT, CST, Ortho-Bionomy Practioner

Cristina Villalon-Kartheiser



Zoya McCants


Emeritus Board Member & Interim Board Chair


Nitin Anand

 Emeritus Board Member


Nicholas Loh

Emeritus Board Secretary

Winston Benons, Jr.

Emeritus Board President

Germán Esquilin

Emeritus Treasurer

Cheryl L. Rogers

Emeritus Board Member





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