Meet the CSMA Board Members

HELEN BAKER – President

Helen has served as CSMA’s Board President since January 2020. A mother and grandmother, she is currently retired from careers as an entrepreneur, realtor, and administrative staff at Cornell. She identifies with her Huron-Wendat and Polish heritage.


Though her day job is in healthcare finance and information systems, Tricia Borg has been involved in visual and performing arts education for decades, initially as a parent and homeschool group organizer. In recent years she has launched her own arts adventure, as a hand bookbinder and mixed media artist.


Dave has served as CSMA’s Treasurer since January 2018. An Ithaca native and graduate of Cornell, he is a semi-retired partner at the Ithaca accounting firm Sciarabba Walker & Co., LLP. He is married with two adult sons who are CSMA alumni.

MAR PEREZ – Secretary



Born in California of French parents, I was raised in Zurich, New York City and Paris. My vacations were spent in Morocco, Switzerland and Cape Cod, Mass each year. Ballet, modern dance, photography were my creative anchors throughout a life in frequent motion. After a strict education in French schools, I could not wait to return to the United States for college at Sarah Lawrence College, where the basis of education was centered around creative critical thinking rather than rote memorization. Dance and Theater Arts, Arts History and Russian were my main concentrations. Steeped in the arts throughout my life, I integrated my layered cultural background and travel into my work as a Fashion Editor at Mademeoiselle magazine and other publications as a freelance editor. After a glamorous life in cities, I am happily settled in Ithaca, NY since 2004 pursuing my passion for photography and supporting the arts as they supported me throughout my life.

JESSICA BARON WARNER – Faculty Representative

Jessica Baron Warner received a BFA from SUNY Purchase with a concentration in painting and drawing. Before graduating, she spent a summer studying in Italy, which continues to have an impact on her painting. After spending some time living and working in Brooklyn and Westchester County, Jessica has been living and painting in Ithaca since 2008. At the State of the Art Gallery’s Regional Juried Show in 2011, her painting was awarded a top prize. That year, she was also selected to participate in the NYFA MARK ’11 competitive professional development program. In 2013, Jessica’s work was included in a 3 person show, “First Person, Twice Removed” at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College. Several paintings were also included in Here + Now at Exhibit A in Corning, NY that same year. Other projects included collaborating with artist Werner Sun to create “Sculpted Lines”, an installation at Station 923 in Ithaca and two solo shows at the CAP Artspace (2011 and 2015), one of which was partially funded through a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) SOS grant. Her show “By the Waters” took place at The Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, NY in 2014. In 2015, Jessica’s work was included in the Rochester-Fingerlakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Many of these shows were reviewed in the Ithaca Times and the Tompkins Weekly.