Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2020 and their profiles:
BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2020
- Michelle Alumkal (1st term, 2nd year)
- Jonathan S. Berck (1st term, 2nd year)
- Donna Mikkelsen (1st term, 2nd year)
- Terry Nelson (2nd term, 2nd year)
- Chris Neyen (1st term, 2nd year)
- Aaron Verdile (Currently Treasurer – 2nd term, 2nd year)
Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board of Directors
- All terms are for two years.
- Board members are limited to three consecutive two-year terms.
- There are a minimum of 5 positions open; 3 of the candidates are up for re-election and a second 2-year term.
- Slate as of 01/15/2019
1. Matthew Agoglia (1st term, 1st year)
Matthew Agoglia has over 20 years of experience working in the music industry. After receiving degrees in music and ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Matthew moved to Boston, MA. There he worked first for the MIT music department, and later as technical shop manager for Professional Audio Design, installing studio systems for clients such as NYU, Jay-Z, Neil Finn, The Hit Factory, and Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. Matthew always maintained a passion for recording music and in 2006 he moved to New York City, where he worked at famed Avatar Studios and Masterdisk, working with artists such as Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, The Gorillaz, and Spoon. Shortly after moving to Beacon in 2011, Matthew opened his own studio, The Ranch Mastering Studio, which provides world-class mastering services to independent and label artists alike.
2. Karlyn Benson (Currently Co-President – 2nd term, 1st year)
Karlyn Benson has over twenty years’ experience in arts administration. She was the owner/director of Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY from 2013 to 2018. In 2019 she started Karlyn Benson Creative Consulting to help artists with writing and marketing. Previously Karlyn was Executive Assistant at AEA Consulting in Beacon and she worked in the Registrar Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for six years. She received an MA in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Art History from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY. She has lived in Beacon since 2003.
3. Meghan Goria (Currently Co-President – 2nd term, 1st year)
Meghan Goria has spent her career raising awareness for performing arts organizations and non-profits, first at the New-York Historical Society and Manhattan Theatre Club, then over the course of nearly 10 years at the Metropolitan Opera. She is currently the Director of Digital Strategy and Fundraising at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills where she oversees the online marketing and fundraising efforts of the organization. She holds a BA in History from Brown University. Meghan is a Beacon homeowner and proud member of the community. Her spare time is usually spent cooking, reading or hiking around the Hudson Valley with her husband and dog. She has been Co-President of BeaconArts since 2019.
4. Christina Jensen (Currently Secretary – 2nd term, 1st year)
Christina Jensen has worked in the classical music industry for over fifteen years, gaining experience in a variety of areas of the field before founding her management and PR firm Jesen Artists in 2007. Previously, Christina worked in corporate sponsorship at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as orchestra manager and public relations assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Upon moving to New York after finishing graduate school at Boston University, Christina began helping classical musicians who were friends and family with their PR needs. What began as “moonlighting” to make rent in the Big Apple turned into a full time job in 2007 when Christina found herself with too many clients, and not nearly enough sleep. Her earliest major success came later that year, when Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became a surprise bestseller. Highlights since then have included co-producing a new collaboration among cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs; publicizing André Previn’s 80th birthday season; several Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning album campaigns; as well as countless world premieres and performances of compelling classical music, new and old, throughout the country.
Christina has been part of panel discussions hosted by organizations including American Composers Orchestra, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio, Astral Artists, Chamber Music America, and the New York New Music Roundtable. A native of Independence, Missouri, she holds undergraduate degrees in violin performance and communication with a minor in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received her master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University.
Christina moved to Beacon in 2011, and is honored to have been the BeaconArts board secretary for the past two years. She hopes to continue serving on the board in this role.
5. Christine Olivier (1st term, 1st year)
Christine has 10+ years of non-profit multidisciplinary arts management experience. Prior to her current role as the Programs and Events Manager for Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Christine served as the Executive Director of the GARNER Arts Center and before that as the Director of the Institute for Arts & Culture at Mercyhurst University. While at Mercyhurst, Christine founded the Arts Education Programming Initiative for the NWPA Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, served as a founding board member of the Music for Veterans Community Wellness Program, and created an after school program where 4th grade students could turn their own poetry into full length musical albums. While at GARNER Arts Center, Christine brought an organization that had been dark for five years back into the public eye through programming and increased grant funding. Grants included a state tourism grant for $136,000, one capital funding grant from $130,000 and over $100,000 in program grants. In her free time, she can be found cross stitching, going to absurd musical performances, and bagging Catskill high peaks with her cross-eyed black lab Etta.
6. Scott Ramsey (1st term, 1st year)
Scott is the Owner, Executive Producer of the newly launched Fort Beacon Studios and is motivated by his passion for effective, efficient and creative video storytelling. He is driven by meeting new people worldwide, developing trusted relationships at all levels and discovering new stories to tell while finding innovative ways to tell them. With over 30 years of professional creative communications experience including work with Fortune 500 premium brands such as MetLife, MasterCard, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Phillips Van Heusen, Samsung and S&P Global, he is “constantly curious” about how to bring out and foster an individual’s best and most confident self by producing meaningful and inventive content. In addition to corporate communications, Scott’s musical theatre background includes work as an actor, director and producer both regionally, Off-off Broadway and Off-Broadway. Scott’s interests in positive collaboration across cultures as well as authentic and unending self-discovery keep him continually engaged in how to elevate meaningful content. He has won numerous Telly, AVA Digital and Hermes awards as well as Best Director in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival. He has also been nominated as “Producer of the Year” and “Rising Star” by Special Events Magazine.
The BeaconArts Board of Directors is charged with the general management of the affairs of BeaconArts. The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and additional members at large. The Board of Directors controls the property and affairs of BeaconArts and fixes the organization’s policy. The BeaconArts Board of Directors currently meets once a month in addition to BeaconArts general meetings. Terms are for 2 years, maximum 3 consecutive terms per board member. The General Membership votes in a slate; Officer designations are voted on by the Board. beaconarts.org/about