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THE ART OF BOARD DEVELOPMENT

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NJCU School of Business

Harborside 2 - 200 Hudson Street

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Jersey City, NJ 07311

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A supportive board of directors is behind almost every successful non-profit. Building a board and keeping them engaged and on track is work – but well worth the effort! This panel, with Sheila Lewandowski (The Chocolate Factory), Samuel Pott (Nimbus Dance Works), Jeff Rosenstock (Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College), and moderated by Maureen Goletz, will provide you with insights from non-profit arts administrators of failures and successes towards “getting the board onboard.”

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Sheila Lewandowski is co-founder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, Queens. Through her leadership, the theater has supported over 800 artists and as many as 35,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2004. In addition, Ms. Lewandowski instituted the annual Taste of Long Island City as an economic and community development project, the proceeds of which further the work of The Chocolate Factory.

From 2004 to 2006 Ms. Lewandowski served as the first managing director of Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). During this time, she was instrumental in helping to secure new funding for QCA, increasing the budget by over 20%. Prior to joining QCA, Ms. Lewandowski was the associate director of the Girls’ Vacation Fund (since renamed Girls’ Quest), a youth services agency focused on empowering under-served girls from New York City. She credits the agency as one of the major infl uences in her passion and commitment to serve her community. Ms. Lewandowski is proud to be in contact with these young women today, as fellow community leaders, devoted parents and friends.

For all of her efforts she has been recognized by New York City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, New York State Assemblywoman Catherine T. Nolan, the Long Island City Business Improvement District, and the Queens County Democratic Club, among others.

Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in Jersey City in 2005, drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing people and communities together. Under his direction the company has grown each year, adding new repertory, programs, community initiatives, and performances at venues including NJPAC, Jacob’s Pillow and BAM.

Mr. Pott founded the School of Nimbus Dance Works in 2012, making high quality dance training available to Jersey City youth regardless of financial background. Mr. Pott founded and directs NimbusPRESENTS, a Jersey City performance series featuring local and national performers. Mr. Pott received Choreography Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2008 and 2016 and received a Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence in 2012. Mr. Pott was one of 25 arts leaders nationally selected for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ (APAP) inaugural Leadership Fellows Program. He co-founded the Jersey City Arts Council and serves on its Advisory Board and on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for ArtPride New Jersey.

Jeff Rosenstock serves as AVP of External and Governmental Relations at Queens College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). As part of his portfolio, Jeff is the Executive Director of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, which includes the college museums and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts -- the largest cultural campus in the Borough of Queens. Artists who have recently appeared at Queens College under his leadership include Jerry Seinfeld, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gladys Knight, Jason Mraz, Vienna Boys Choir, Azis Ansari, Boston Pops, and Johnny Mathis. Jeff has also co-produced Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz in Queens.

Prior to coming to Queens College, Jeff served for 22 years as the Founding Director of Queens Theatre in the Park. Jeff began his tenure by taking over an abandoned World’s Fair building, transforming it into a vibrant performing arts center/theatre that presented over 300 events each season and built its reputation on celebrating the diverse cultures of Queens. Jeff led efforts to raise $18 million to renovate the facilities in 2010, and also to bring $2 million in private funding to support an artistic growth fund ($500,000), working cash reserve ($500,000), and to initiate a $1 million endowment. The organizational budget grew from $80,000 in 1990 to $3.7 million in 2010.

Artists Jeff brought to develop new plays at Queens Theatre in the Park include Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie, Tony Award Nominee Andre De Shields, Tony Award winning playwright, Mark Medoff, and Tony Award Winner Tovah Feldshuh. Jeff also presented major artists including Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Jackie Mason, Linda Lavin, Ann Hampton Callaway, Barbara Cook, and many other internationally recognized dance, theatre, and concert performers.

Jeff has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and as a Board Member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres (Art/NY), the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Houses on the Moon Theatre Company. Jeff is currently a board member of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (which manages the estate of Louis Armstrong) and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. He works as a consultant for organizations, providing strategic guidance and planning, searches for artistic and executive directors and management of specific projects.

Maureen Goletz (moderator) is Business Manager at Forefront Design in Westfield, NJ. She is also a Local Coordinator for InterExchange Au Pair USA, responsible for the Hudson County region. Maureen was previously Vice President, Treasury Services Client Services Implementations where she was responsible for liaising with the bank's wholesale clients to implement the latest product offerings. Maureen is currently the Executive Director of The Jersey City International Television and Film Festival, a non-profit film festival formed to help bring awareness to cultural arts in Jersey City and to provide independent filmmakers with the means to show their films.

Maureen moved to Jersey City in 2009 after living in Central NJ for 35 years. Her goal when moving to Jersey City was to find different outlets within the community to express her creative side. She became a member of the Advisory Board for Dress for Success of Hudson County, was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Jersey City Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center. In 2013 she was one of the 4 co-founders of The Jersey City International Television & Film Festival. Her husband Craig is currently the President of the Film Festival.

ADDITIONAL NJCU ARTS WORKSHOPS IN SPRING 2018

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March 14 at 7pm
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These workshops are part of NJCU’s commitment to building the capacity of local arts organizations and supporting dialogues to shape the cultural landscape in Jersey City.

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