Arnold Galin was born in the Bronx and educated in Queens, New York. He received a BA in Speech, an MFA in Theater and an MS in Library Science from SUNY Albany. Upon graduation, he was employed as a Media Specialist first at BOCES and then at Rome Free Academy, a position he held for thirty years. While at Rome Free Academy he served as Drama Club Advisor, directing and producing numerous student productions. Simultaneously he conducted his own wedding photography business.

G. Robert Reynolds was born in Newton, MA. He attended Colgate University as a Physics Major and following that was commissioned in the US Navy until 1946 when he was Honorably Discharged. He received a BFA and MFA at Syracuse University.

He moved to Rome in 1951 to become the Director of Art Education for the Rome City School District, a position he held for the next four years. Although he changed his career path to eventually become Vice President,

Jerome Durr was born in Rome and graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1965. He earned an AAA degree in Math and Sciences from Onondaga Community College, after which he volunteered for the Army. Upon his return home he started working with glass and participating in local craft shows. He attended evening art classes at University College at Syracuse University which helped him to develop the abilities to render designs for stained glass in watercolor.

Kristen Kimball was born in 1971 in Rome, New York and graduated from Rome Free Academy. In 1994 upon her graduation from Harvard she moved to New York City where she worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing and freelanced form magazines and travel guides.

Margaret Jevens was born in Nyack, New York. She credits her High School Music Instructor, Dr Edward “Doc” Carney with being very influential in her discovery of music which is her life’s passion. Throughout high school she played French Horn, Violin and Alto Sax. Margaret is a 1967 graduate of Ithaca College where she majored in music with a concentration in Strings and Vocal Music and also did additional graduate study at NYU, The Manhattan School of Music, CW Post and Elmira extension.