Board of Directors

Johanna Hartsel - President, Board Chair

Johanna is a member of the Pusteblume board of director, as well as its President.


Thomas McGuire - Treasurer

Thomas is an attorney and specializes in tax and financial matters. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.



Carola is an entrepreneur and long-time volunteer on the German language school building project. Born and raised in Germany, Carola came to New York in her early 20′s as an au pair. She built up and managed her own successful international jewelry company for the past twenty years and gained extensive knowledge in business and human resource management.


chiara gorodesky - board member

Chiara is a member of the Pusteblume board of directors


Patrick McGuire - Secretary

Patrick was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he trained and worked as a book dealer. He moved to NYC in the early 1980's and has since spent many years working in the non-profit sector where he specializes in administration and operations management. He holds a BA in Philosophy from CUNY's Hunter College and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.