2017 Annual Meeting & Board Elections

NEW beaconarts_logoWed, Jan 25 | 6:30 pm

BMF plainBeacon Music Factory

333 Fishkill Avenue,  Beacon

Review minutes and Monthly Financial Updates here.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

6:30 pm networking; 7:00 the meeting starts!  Parking will be at a premium, so arrive early, or plan to park on Delavan Avenue on the other side of the church. (see map below)

New Board Officers and Members at Large for 2017 will be elected. We will be electing a PresidentVice PresidentTreasurer and Three Members at Large. Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2017 and their profiles:

BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2017

(as of 12/27/16)

Officers continuing through 2017:

  • Vice President: Kelly Ellenwood (1 yr remaining, 2nd term) – Note:  If there is not a candidate for the Presidency, a yay/nay vote will be conducted at the meeting and if approved, Kelly will step up to be President, for 1 year of her remaining eligibility per term limits on the Board of Directors.  In anticipation of approval, we have opened up the position of Vice President to nominations.  View Kelly Ellenwood bio from 2016 Annual Meeting elections here.
  • Secretary: Erica Hauser (1 yr remaining, 2nd term)

Members at Large continuing through 2017:

  • Pamela Dailey (1 yr remaining, 1st term)
  • Christina Jensen (1 yr remaining, 1st term)

Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board Elections 2017

All positions are for two years unless otherwise noted.

Additional candidate nominations for officers and for members at large are being accepted. Please email Kelly Ellenwood with your nomination by December 31, 2016

Officer Candidates (vote for one for each office):

Kelly EllenwoodPresident – Kelly Ellenwood (1 year – fulfilling final year of Board eligibility per BeaconArts By-Laws term limits)

Kelly has served as a BeaconArts Member at large for 3 years, and Vice President for four years (her first year as VP fulfilled the current President’s last year as VP when he was elected President). For BeaconArts, Kelly co-manages the beaconarts.org website, Chairs the membership committee, Chairs the Winter Holiday  Event Committee and sits on the Communications Committee. She is also the BeaconArts Board liaison for the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation.

A performing artist with award-winning professional credits on the Broadway and concert stages, Kelly has always been drawn to production and arts administration, particularly in development and fundraising.  With over 20 years of experience in the field, Kelly has maintained a unique balance between a successful artistic career and an ability to work with integrity and excellence behind the scenes.  A native Nebraskan, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She is a founding member of Beacon based indie-classical chamber ensemble Madera Vox; and a new ensemble, Saint Rita, with colleagues Kathleen Bosman and Stephen Clair. She is also one of the originators of the Wee Play Community Project, and was largely responsible for building and maintaining the toddler park at Beacon’s Memorial Park from 2005 – 2011. She is currently on faculty at SUNY – New Paltz where she teaches applied voice to Graduate-level music therapy students.

Since moving to Beacon in 2002, Kelly has received awards from the Howland Library, the Howland Cultural Center and the Beacon Independent Film Festival for her work in the community.  Kelly and Timothy Parsaca, her husband of 25 years, are the parents of two daughters: BHS Sr., Rhiannon Grace and Rombout Middle School 6th Grader (and Beacon native) Rowan Faith. “Being a part of BeaconArts has really given me the artistic focus I needed for my desire to do something meaningful for my community.  Beacon is a very special, extraordinary place to live. I’m honored to serve and hopefully can help make a difference.”

Theresa Gooby

Vice President – Theresa Goodman: (2 years – 1st term)

Theresa was born and raised in California and Hawaii. She has Fine Art degrees from the University of New Mexico and the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the founder of Beacon Open Studios for which she spent 6 years as the Director. She currently maintains a studio practice showing her artwork locally and nationally. She is employed by Polich Tallix, a fine art foundry in Orange County NY. theresagooby.com

AaronNYL-face-4by5Treasurer – Aaron Verdile: (2 years – 1st term)

Aaron Verdile is a lifelong Beacon resident. He started EXT Productions, a recording studio and event production company in 2001. Since inception, he has helped local artists follow through with their dreams; from recording full length albums, to getting on stage and performing at some of the Hudson Valley’s premier music venues. He holds several degrees, along with valedictorian honors, with an A.S. in Recording Arts & an B.S. in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Winter Park FL. In 2012 Aaron began a new chapter in his life by starting a financial practice with New York Life. In 2016, he moved his practice to Prudential and as a financial advisor, opened a local office in The Telephone Building at 291 Main Street. With creative financial solutions, he has helped many local individuals and artists protect, build and preserve their wealth and plan for the future. As a board member of Beacon Arts, and currently Vice President of The Beacon Sloop Club, Aaron is truly dedicated to helping Beacon reach its full potential as an great arts community, not only for those who live here, but for those who visit as well. Website

Members-at-Large Candidates (vote for 3 total):

(as of 12/27/2016)

Sommer Hixon1. Sommer Hixson (2 years, 2nd term)

A full-time resident of Beacon since 2009, Sommer Hixson is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience. Following a brief post-college tenure in fundraising and development for the arts, Sommer graduated from The New School with a MA degree in Media Studies and immediately landed her first PR gig at Bravo and The Independent Film Channel. She stayed with Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks) and Cablevision for years, in various divisions, including corporate communications. After finally leaving the world of cable TV, Sommer served as Press Director of The Metropolitan Opera for three seasons, through its transition under General Manager, Peter Gelb. Four years ago Philipstown.info/The Paper (now called The Highlands Current) hired Sommer as a beat reporter. Since then she has written numerous features about everything from art events to food and agriculture, which led her to her current full time position as Director of Communications for Glynwood, an agricultural nonprofit and teaching farm in Putnam County.


2. Terry Nelson (2 yrs, 1st term): Terry is the founder and director of the Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF), which in its 5th year. He is a writer/contributor for the music website Albumism and the blog As I Was Saying. He is currently working on his first novel Everything Is Broken. In addition to his duties at BIFF, Terry is currently the host of the podcast Mixtape Beacon, which can be heard on Beacon’s Community radio station, The Ground. Terry attended the University of Southern California and graduated from Hunter College in 1987. Terry, his wife Alison and their daughter Twyla moved to Beacon in 2009.

Rick Rogers - Member at Large3. Rick Rogers (2 yrs, 1st term): Rick moved to Beacon 5 years ago when he retired after 34 years with the Westchester County Parks Department, where he co-founded the Westchester County Arts in the Parks program.  He is a former owner of X on Main Gallery in Beacon, and is currently the curator/installer at the White Plains Library Gallery.  He is a painter and has a studio on East Main Street.  ” When I made my move after retirement two things I went looking for, first was a vibrant and active arts community and second was a town where I could walk to a pub, preferably more than one pub would be better.Beacon fulfilled both of those concerns very nicely, and to be in this beautiful Hudson Valley is the cherry on the top. It’s a town I’ve embraced and to put a little  something back in to the workings is my  pleasure.” Rick Rogers on Instagram

Additional candidate nominations (for officers and for members at large are being accepted. Please email Kelly Ellenwood with your nomination by December 31, 2016

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 five 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 2 consecutive terms per board member. beaconarts.org/about