Zainab Saleh, Executive Director

Zainab Saleh is the Executive Director of Squeaky Wheel. She has worked as a writer, curator, and community organizer in and around Buffalo, N.Y. for the past decade. She​ received her BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. As a curator and programmer, she has organized visual arts and time-based media exhibitions at the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester, Buffalo Arts Studio, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. During her graduate studies, she co-founded “On Film,” a film series exhibiting rarely-seen work in their original formats. In Buffalo, Saleh has extensive nonprofit experience in both arts and social justice organizations. Through her work at Partnership for the Public Good and Frontline Arts Buffalo, she has been actively involved in the fight for equal opportunity and representational justice for artists of color and those from frontline communities.


Mark Longolucco, Technical Director

Mark has been the Technical Director at Squeaky Wheel for 8 years, overseeing the equipment rental program, membership relations, the maintenance of lab facilities, and installation. He instructs various Squeaky Wheel workshops and tutorials, including topics in video production, video editing, and sound recording. He received his BFA from Alfred University in video and sound. Mark continues to make media-based works centered around folk artist storytelling and the elusive nature of the contemporary fact.


Ekrem Serdar, Curator

Ekrem Serdar is the curator at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, where he is responsible for the organization’s exhibitions, public programming, and residency program. Previously, he was a programmer with Experimental Response Cinema (Austin, TX) which he co-founded. He is the recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2017). He is an advisory member of the FOL Cinema Society (Istanbul). His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Millennium Film Journal, 5harfliler, Altyazı, among other publications. He is from Ankara, Turkey.


A black and white photograph of Caroline Doherty.

Caroline Doherty, Education Director

Caroline Doherty is an artist and educator from South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA from the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Based in Buffalo, NY since 2014, she works across multiple mediums, including sculpture, performance, video, and public projects. Caroline has been an educator for over 20 years, facilitating artmaking for youth, university students, and adults in formal and informal settings in the US, México, and Canada, and brings this experience to her role as Education Director at Squeaky Wheel. Caroline can be reached at


Brenda Smith, Accountant/Bookkeeper


Staff emails

Executive Director, Zainab Saleh:
Technical Director, Mark Longolucco:
Curator, Ekrem Serdar:
Education Director, Caroline Doherty:
Accountant, Brenda Smith:

Board of Directors

President, Meg Knowles
Vice President, Harper Bishop
Secretary, Dorothea Braemer
Treasurer, Elizabeth Eisenhauer
Andrew Cianflone
Ivan Gonzalez
Kelly Khatib
Fred Meyer
Michael Quinniey
Leonardo Sette-Camara
Laura Shedd

Advisory Board

Almudena Escobar López, Kathy High, Chris Lee, Louis Massiah, Igor Vamos

Past Interns (since 2017)

Morgan Arnett, Lewuga Benson, Timothy Butler, Xiaochen Chang, Caitlin Coder, Joshua Colon, Kayla Jane Cunningham, Diego Diaz, Tiffany Gaines, Leanne Goldblatt, Jamie Hager, Lucy Handman, Connor Hockey, Alex Jaczak, Kaylee Janowski, Joshua Jensen, Martina LaVallo, Wenchao Lou, Kaitlyn Lowe, Catalina Matos, Jah’Nease McCullough, Elise Miller, Savion Mingo, Hatim Mohamed, Austin Nagelhout, Hoang Nguyen, Jacob Panzer, Kaden Radez, Yiheng Song, Colleen Stapleton, Jess Trainor, Audrey Warner, Alex Whetham, Rachel Witkowski, Donald Wullner, Sophia Yung, Jean Zhu, Tabia Lewis.