Cool Culture

Board of Trustees Updates


We would like to thank Samantha Gilbert for her outstanding service and leadership as Chair of the Cool Culture Board over these past two years. We are thrilled to announce current Vice Chair Rob Krulak was elected to serve as Chair starting July 2022. He will be joined by Ahmed Yearwood as Vice Chair. 

We are also excited to welcome Dixie Ching and Lynne Toye to the board!

Dixie Ching, PhD is a UX researcher at Google, where she leads an initiative to enhance the Chromebook and Chrome browser experience for families and students. Prior to her current role, she supported educational products and services through strategic research and partnerships. Dixie is trained as a cell biologist and holds a master’s degree in Science Journalism and a PhD in ed tech. Throughout her career, Dixie has been passionate about making art and science more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Lynne Toye is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund, which supports arts, culture and historical organizations through equity-focused grantmaking. She is an experienced arts leader whose interests and passion are well-aligned with Cool Culture’s mission. She brings extensive experience in marketing, arts administration, entrepreneurship and strategy to all her roles and thrives at the intersection between creativity, innovation and business. Lynne also assumes the role of Board Treasurer starting July 2022.