RTP taps photo industry veteran as new president to spearhead the revitalization of the 70 year old organization that is changing the lives of people with special needs through the power of photography.
New York, NY, December 20, 2011 – RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography announces the election of Jackie Augustine to the position of President of the Board of Directors. Jackie is a 30 year veteran of the photographic industry. She served as Group Publisher of VNU/Nielsen’s Performance Group of Magazines and prior to that she was VP, Group Publisher of the High Technology Group of magazines at Primedia which included Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic and Shutterbug magazines. Currently she is the President of Jackie Augustine Consulting, a company focused on integrated media and marketing solutions. She is also a Member of the PMDA Board of Directors and Editor of the PMDA website. Jackie has been a strong supporter of RTP for over 25 years and a member of the RTP Advisory Committee She is passionate about art and photography and the role that Rehabilitation Through Photography plays in “helping transform lives through the power of photography.”
Ron Sharpe, Immediate Past President of the RTP Board of Directors stated that “Jackie Augustine has played an instrumental role in the ongoing revitalization of RTP. As a board director, fund raiser, publicist and executive director, Jackie’s enthusiasm, networking skills and can-do spirit have contributed in essential ways to RTP’s personnel development, programs, strategic direction and other key areas. As the new President, she will no doubt further expand our organization’s ability to illuminate the lives of special needs individuals through photography we are very excited about the great progress that RTP is making in so many areas. This will help us continue to expand RTP’s charitable mission of inspiring individuals and illuminating their voices and vision through the power of photography and photographic instruction.”
Richard Rabinowitz, Member of the RTP Board of Directors commented “I have known Jackie Augustine as a driving force in the photo industry for 20+ years. Her vision and focus has resulted in important developments within the photo world overall and specifically with a number of important organizations including PMDA, IPC and others. I am certain that Jackie’s position as President of RTP will result in crucial advancement for all the recipients of the RTP services.”
Kelly Strantz, Executive Director, RTP said “Simply put, working with Jackie has been one of the most fruitful working relationships I’ve ever had with a board member. RTP is very fortunate to have her in a leadership position.”
ABOUT REHABILITATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Rehabilitation Through Photography provides photography instruction and programs to veterans, the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the homeless and, the visually impaired. This photography instruction engages individuals with the wider world beyond their limitations and empowers them to see and act in creative and life-affirming ways. The acts of capturing the beauty and vitality of the world with a camera and of then enhancing the resulting images, rekindle individuals’ interest in and excitement about life.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography partners with public and private organizations across the New York metropolitan area to create programs and procure equipment and supplies and train instructors. Some of the organizations supported by RTP include: ABBR, Arts & Media Preparatory Academy, Block Institute, Children’s Village, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Encore 49 Residence, Jewish Home & Hospital, Land Gallery, Millenium High School, Pathways To Housing, Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children, STARR,Inc. From the analog cameras and darkrooms of the past to the digital cameras and software of today, RTP’s programs have taught many thousands of students in need, created many inspiring works of beauty, and nurtured countless New Yorkers.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 5013C charitable organization.