Board of Directors
Wendy Black-Nasta, founder and executive director of Artists for World Peace, has been a jewelry designer for museums, galleries, and art collectors worldwide since 1977. Her work has been featured in Sak’s Fifth Ave., Macy’s, Jacobson’s Department Stores, and I. Magnin’s. For many years, her work has also included sacred objects for churches, Buddhist monasteries, and temples in America, Hong Kong, and Europe. Wendy has also designed one-of-a-kind pieces for hundreds of clients through the Diamond District in Manhattan since the late 70′s.
Like jewelry designing, dedication to peace and human equality has been central to Black-Nasta’s life work for more than three decades. She founded Artists for World Peace in 2003 as a way to further international peace and unity through the arts. Black-Nasta designed the International Peace Belt, Artists for World Peace’s first major project, as a living link joining all peoples and cultures in a common bond of peace. Nearly a decade later, the foundation’s work has expanded to twenty two countries on five continents, where Artists for World Peace has helped build schools, created safe houses for battered women and children, and sponsored the living and educational expenses of dozens of children.
For Wendy, her work fits into her life, and she views her roles as wife, mother, artist, and peace activist as a unified experience in life’s journey.
Cynthia E. Rockwell, Executive Secretary
Mason Smith, Treasurer
Diane is a retired attorney who provided legal and compliance counsel for over thirty years at several insurance companies, including the Hartford Insurance Group, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. She has served on the Board of non-profit organizations, including the Prudence Crandall Center for Women, My Sisters’ Place, Inc., A Hand Up, Inc., and Ironwood Community Partners, Inc. She has also been active in helping to preserve agricultural and open space in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where she was a member of the Town’s Conservation, Energy and Environment Committee.
Diane and her wife currently reside in East Haddam with their dog Dixie.
Vivian Schaufler is a Vice President in Private Banking at Wells Fargo, and has previously worked at other financial institutions such as UBS, Greenwich Global, BHF Bank and Banca Commerciale Italiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University at Albany and has studied Art History at the University of Urbino in Italy. Previously, she has served on the board of Northeast Community Cycles whose mission is to provide bicycles for underprivileged children and adults.
Vivian has a track record of building successful teams around individual client needs and is dedicated to providing clients with expertise in wealth management. Passionate about humanitarian causes, Vivian has been an admirer of the work of Wendy Black-Nasta for many years, and is thrilled to able to bring her skills to the board of Artists for World Peace.