2019 Annual Meeting & Board Elections


Wednesday, February 6
6:30 Doors; 7pm Meeting

2 Way Brewing Company
18 West Main Street (map!)

Review past meetings and financial documents here.

6 board members for 2019 will be elected; of the 6, there are 2 seeking re-election.

Additional candidate nominations are being accepted up via email through January 28, 2019. Please email karlyn@matteawan.com with your nomination. There will also be nominations accepted from the floor at the meeting.

You must be a member to vote!  Click on this link to renew your membership now, or to become a new member.  Questions about your membership, email us at membership@beaconarts.org

Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2019 and their profiles:

BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2019

  • Karlyn Benson (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Angelique Devlin (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Meghan Goria – currently Vice President (1st term, 2nd year)
  • Christina Jensen (1st term, 2nd year)

Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board of Directors

  • All terms are for two years.
  • Board members are limited to two consecutive two-year terms.
  • There are a total of 6 positions open; 2 of the candidates are up for re-election and a second 2-year term.
  • Slate as of 01/21/2019

1. Michelle Alumkal (1st term, 1st year)

Michelle Alumkal is an arts educator, editor and writer who has lived in Beacon since 2004. As a member of the education department at Dia:Beacon for ten years, she has enjoyed making the museum’s collection accessible to a broad audience. Her experiences leading tours for groups as diverse as second graders in the Beacon public schools or art collectors visiting from abroad, have led to a strong belief in the vital role of the arts in fostering a vibrant community. In addition, Michelle works as an editor and writer not only with international visual artists and galleries but also with fiction and academic writers. She holds BAs in Art History, English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University, as well as an MA in Art History from Columbia University.

2. Johnathan S. Berck (1st term, 1st year)

Jonathan S. Berck has been a practicing attorney since 1986 and is an avid guitar and bass enthusiast, collector, and amateur musician. He is an active participant at the Beacon Music Factory.

After a career with leading Wall Street law firms, a stint with the International Finance Corporation (the private finance arm of the World Bank Group) and a period teaching international law at the University of Alabama School of Law, Jon opened his own law office in Manhattan in the fall of 2003 and his Beacon office at the end of 2018.

Prior to opening his own practice, Jon served as an attorney with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., with Shearman & Sterling in Washington, D.C., and Frankfurt, and with Latham & Watkins in London. He was also a staff attorney for the International Finance Corporation, the private finance arm of the World Bank Group.

Jon studied at Swarthmore College, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany, received his Master’s in European History from Columbia, and his law degree from Harvard. Jon is also fluent in German.

3. Donna Mikkelsen (1st term, 1st year)

Donna is an ambidextrous artist & educator living in Beacon since 2012. She has created her own unique style of symmetry drawing and has turned her passion into a daily practice. She shares her work through AMBIARTS workshops using symmetry drawing as a tool to develop self awareness, build teamwork and create community. Her mural work can be seen along route 9D where the West End Lofts are going up. Donna organized the mural project with Beacon Arts and includes 7 other local artists. She has been involved with Beacon Arts as an organizer for projects like the Bicycle Menora and the Lip Sync Battle fundraiser. She has participated as an artist in Keys to City, Windows on Main, Beacon Independent Film Festival. Donna was responsible for bringing exciting arts education programs to the local School District such as The I’m Tired Project (still on view at the Howland Library) and a Hip Hop flashmob. Her passion is providing arts opportunities for youth and bringing community together through the power of art. www.ambiarts.net

4. Terry Nelson (2nd term, 1st year)

Terry Nelson has been a resident of Beacon, NY with his wife Alison and daughter Twyla since the spring of 2009. After working in many different capacities in Film & Television since 1989, he is now a freelance writer and frequent contributor to the music website Albumism. He is currently working on his first fiction novel. Terry has always had a strong desire to make a positive contribution to his community. In 2016, He was elected Councilperson for Ward 1 in the City of Beacon. He also founded the Beacon Independent Film Festival, an annual event held at the University Settlement Camp, which showcases the talents of filmmakers from all over the world as well as the Hudson Valley. The festival conducted filmmaking classes for elementary school children, joining up with such partners as the Howland Public Library and the Beacon After School Program. “Arts and education are cornerstones of a robust and productive community.”

5. Chris Neyen (1st term, 1st year)

Chris Neyen is an artist and designer residing in Beacon, NY, whose works include painting, mixed media and photography that are conceptually based in specific dialogues of exploration. His work has been recognized by Europe Now Journal, F-Stop magazine and Feature Shoot. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts, studying illustration. Subsequently he went on to practice Graphic Design in multiple disciplines in NYC and nationally, serving as art director and design director for numerous award winning publications and advertising campaigns. He was a co-founder of Perfect Pitch an advertising and marketing agency. Additionally, he holds an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University and has exhibited throughout the Northeast, Charlotte, NC, and in San Francisco. Chris is currently the Art and Design professor at Mount Saint Mary College along with being the director and curator of the newly formed CMA Gallery. He maintains a studio with an active exhibition schedule which in recent months included a group exhibition at the Jadite Gallery in NY and a solo show called ‘ARBOREAL’ at the Scenic Hudson River Center in Beacon NY.

6. Aaron Verdile (2nd term, 1st year)

Aaron Verdile is a lifelong Beacon resident, who has been involved in the arts and entertainment industry since starting EXT Productions, a music recording studio in 2001. 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.

Aaron recently joined Professional Financial Consultants with experience as a Certified Financial Planner for Prudential and a financial representative for New York Life. Being an advisor for such large firms, he has decided to advance with a local advisory firm, where he can focus more on current client satisfaction than on the goals of a national organization. With creative financial solutions, he has helped many local individuals, business owners and artists, protect, build and preserve their wealth and plan for the future.

Aaron has received multiple professional designations, such as Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Aaron is also continuing his education at The American College of Financial Services where he is working toward his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS).

Aaron has served as a board member and current treasurer of Beacon Arts, and of The Beacon Sloop Club. Aaron is dedicated to helping Beacon reach its full potential as a vibrant arts community, not only for those who live here, but for those who visit as well.

Please Note: Additional candidate nominations are being accepted up via email through January 28, 2019. Please email karlyn@matteawan.com with your nomination.  There will also be nominations accepted from the floor at the meeting.  You must be a current member of BeaconArts to vote.

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. The General Membership votes in a slate; Officer designations are voted on by the Board. beaconarts.org/about