Founder & Staff
Katherine Vockins , Executive Director, founded RTA in 1996 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and remains its leader. She is also the Executive Director of Prison Communities International, RTA’s parent organization.
Prior to founding RTA, Katherine ran an international marketing organization, working with corporate and non-profits clients including Save the Children, UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity. She has produced several major conferences on prison issues and is a frequent speaker at conferences on arts-in-correction.
Ricki Gold, Deputy Director, (left) has worked with RTA since 2007 as writer, researcher, grant and project manager. Ricki served as senior author of a feasibility study related to work in the transportation industry for the formerly incarcerated . She has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.
Craig Cullinane, Program Director, is a social justice and diversity educator with a strong background in the arts. He comes to RTA from the multicultural center at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where he was a director. Craig has worked in prison theatre and has facilitated peace-building work with teenagers from conflict-torn areas around the world.
Ann Mitchell, Director of Development, has more than 20 years experience as fundraiser for some of NY’s most venerable institutions, including Columbia University Health Sciences, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Lenox Hill Hospital, prior to which she owned a talent management business. Ann is leading a major effort to reach out to foundations and individual donors.
Cornell Alston is an RTA alumnus involved in RTA’s Youth Empowerment Through The Arts initiative which launched in Long Island City, Queens in January 2014. While in prison, Nate was director of the Youth Assistance Program and an alcohol and substance abuse peer counselor. He is a charismatic speaker, representing RTA in conferences and events throughout the region.