About Me

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CORE SKILLS

Operations  Social Impact & Advocacy    Coaching & Training  
 Project Management   Graphic Design   Community Organizing 

 DEI Focus   Branding & Content Strategy   Program Development 

 Strategic Planning    Relationship Building  Tech Tools & Initiatives

EDUCATION

2003 - 2005

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – NEW YORK, NY

M.A. in Art Therapy 

Steinhardt Graduate School Of Education

1998 - 2002

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS – NEW YORK, NY

B.F.A. in Computer Art 

Certificate in Art Therapy

PUBLICATIONS

Thong, S. A. (2007). Redefining The Tools Of Art Therapy. Art Therapy: Journal Of The American Art Therapy Association, 24(2), 52-58.

  • Action Oriented - Keeping pace with fast moving environments

  • Analytical, Critical Thinker

  • Attention to Detail

  • Collaborative Team Player

  • Efficient & Accurate
  • Flexibility​

  • Forward-Thinking

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

  • Highly Creative

  • Lead by Example

  • Master Organizer

  • People & User Focused

  • Proactive

  • Problem Solver

  • Quick & Perpetual Learner

  • Tech Savvy Operator

  • Time Management Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite

    • Photoshop​

    • Illustrator

    • Acrobat

    • Audition

    • Dimension

    • Dreamweaver

    • In Design

    • Premier

  • Airtable

  • Asana, Basecamp, ClickUp

  • Bamboo HR & Jazz HR

  • Google Suite

    • Sheets, Docs & Slides​

    • Analytics & Datastudio

    • Forms & Sites

    • Drawings

  • Microsoft Office

    • Excel​ & Word

    • Powerpoint

  • Quickbooks

  • Shopify

  • Wordpress

  • Zapier

TECHNICAL SKILLS

WORK EXPERIENCE

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2021-Present

Chief Operating Officer

  • Manage day-to-day operations of online marketplace for fine art prints including fulfillment, vendor payments, and customer support.

  • Support content, business development, marketing, and finance teams with CRM, contract evaluation, cost analysis, implementation, and special projects.

  • Develop and manage Google Datastudio dashboards, ensuring that the metrics and insights enable our teams to better reach their goals.

  • Expand and manage the company's HR and people processes, including recruitment, onboarding, evaluation and termination.

  • Implement and maintain company-wide policies and procedures, ensuring that the company's approach to retention, DEI, benefits, and awards reinforce a positive and success-oriented team culture.

  • Oversee administration of federal, state and local regulatory licenses & registrations

2016-2021

Chief Operating Officer

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Ruscio Institute platform, including the website, blog, podcast, book, YouTube, 2 ecommerce stores, and FMF product line.

  • Motivate a multi-disciplinary, international team of over 30 employees and contractors to perform at their best through positive encouragement and consistent communication.

  • Assess, analyze, and report on $3M budget to find ways to minimize expenses and optimize profits while coordinate staffing needs.

  • Oversee operational policies and procedures, strategic plan and overall efficiency to drive sustainable growth and minimize losses.

  • Develop and design marketing materials for web and print media including social posts, eblasts, opt-ins, product labels, and landing pages while maintaining brand integrity.

  • Provide operational support for sister company, The Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine Clinic.

2013-2015

Program Director

  • Managed and supervised day-to-day operations of the Cornerstone at Campos Plaza Community Center and served over 200 school age children, teens, adults, and seniors.

  • Developed and implemented theme-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and ABCD (Arts Based Community Development), identifying learning goals and milestones.

  • Recruited, trained and supervised a diverse team of over 60 group leaders, masters-level art therapy interns, arts specialists, coaches, teachers, tutors, volunteers, and administrative staff.

  • Managed and analyzed a $500K program budget to find ways to stretch every dollar

  • Work closely with and collaborate with school personnel, city organizations, and community leaders to share resources for the well-rounded growth of the program participants and their families.

2009-2013

Creative Arts Director

  • Supervised and mentored over 20 masters level art therapy students from NYU, SVA, Pratt, and C.W. Post who have all gone on to complete their degrees.

  • Researched and developed written content to earn grants, established new relationships with stakeholders, and reached over 100 new families in 1 year while providing art making opportunities to over 300 children, teens, adults and seniors annually.

  • Developed and taught ceramic, craft, painting, drawing, and digital art curriculum for school age children, teens, and senior citizens with a focus on DEI.

  • Launched the first art portfolio-prep course providing specialized individual attention and guidance to middle school and high school students, culminating in “Breaking Ground” the first teen only art exhibition in HH’s 116 year history.

Read What My Colleagues Say About Me

Relationship Builder

I had the pleasure of working with Sairalyn when she became the Program Director at University Settlement's Cornerstone Campos Plaza community center (a Free Arts partner organization). Collaborating with her in this leadership role, I was always struck by the ease with which she built positive relationships with diverse community stakeholders, and her ability to calmly problem-solve any challenges that came her way. These were skillsets I really admired, and I learned a ton from working with her.

Kai F.

Free Arts, NYC

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