2016 Annual Meeting & Board Elections

NEW beaconarts_logoWed, Jan 27 | 6:30 pm

291 Main St, Beacon

Review minutes and Monthly Financial Updates here.

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New Board Officers and Members at Large for 2016  will be elected. We will be electing a Vice President, Secretary and Two Members at Large. Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2016 and their profiles:

BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2016

(as of 11/20/15)

Officers continuing through 2016:

  • President: Dan Rigney (1 yr remaining, 2nd term)
  • Treasurer: Nelson Conde (1 yr remaining, 2nd term)

Members at Large continuing through 2016:

  • Sommer Hixson (1 yr remaining, 1st term)
  • Scott Tillitt (1 yr remaining, 2nd term)
  • Aaron Verdile (1 yr remaining, 1st term)

Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board 2016

All positions are for two years unless otherwise noted.

Additional candidate nominations (for officers and for members at large are being accepted. Please email dan.rigney@gmail.com with your nomination by December 9, 2015

Officer Candidates (vote for one for each office):

Vice President

Kelly Headshot with glasses unretouched1. Kelly Ellenwood (2nd (full) term, 2 yrs – Vice President)

Kelly has served as a BeaconArts Member at large for 3 years, and Vice President for three years (her first year as VP fulfilled the current President’s last year as VP when he was elected President). This will be her 2nd (and last) full term as Vice 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 Beacon’s Bricktown Theatre Company. 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 24 years, are the parents of two daughters: BHS Jr., Rhiannon Grace and South Avenue Elementary 5th 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.”


EricaHauser-41. Erica Hauser (2nd term, 2 yrs – Secretary)

Erica Hauser is a painter and has been an artist member of BeaconArts since moving to Beacon exactly 7 years ago this week. She grew up in Brewster, NY and graduated with a BFA in 2002 from School of Visual Arts in NYC, after studying at Cornell University in Ithaca and the Art Students League of NY.

She has exhibited her paintings in numerous galleries around the Hudson Valley and is active and well-known in the local art community, creating work for Windows on Main St, Beacon Riverfest Art Guitars, Beekman St Banner Project, Art Totems, Newburgh Illuminated, Hudson Valley Seed Library, Art Along The Hudson, covers for Chronogram and Valley Table magazines, and more.

Erica owns Catalyst Gallery on Main St with Jon Reichert, now in its second year, which they run as an exhibition space and rental gallery. She spoke at Beacon’s inaugural TedX:LongDock event last year about the gallery and on being a working artist in this ever-expanding creative community. Her diverse connections with people from gallerists to business owners to fellow creatives constantly generate new projects on which to work and collaborate, and her occasional artist residencies and extended network provide inspiration for new ideas and projects here.


Members-at-Large Candidates (vote for 2 total):

(as of 11/20/15)

1. Pamela Dailey  (2 yrs, 1st term)


Pamela Dailey, whose eponymous design firm specializes in architecture-driven interiors, integrates the bigger picture with attention to the details in a way that reinforces each project’s – and each client’s – particular point of view.  With a degree in Architecture from Yale University and over a decade of working experience, Pamela can weigh technical considerations alongside aesthetic choices and bring into focus the inextricable relationship between a space’s architecture, its furnishings, and its ornamental details.

Rich work experience has built a portfolio of projects big and small, in urban or rural settings – in New York City, Texas, Spain, Singapore, Milan, and Zurich.  A humble background with a disciplined approach to life allows Pamela recognizes that at any budget, and in any context, craft lends design its value.

Pamela would love to support BeaconArts by serving as an At-Large Board member.  In that role, she would work to continue building on the way in which the artistic community shapes Beacon’s character through its various efforts.  From enlivening the urban character of the city through events like Second Saturdays; to shaping its physical landscape with installations of public art; and encouraging the discourse of how this town will continue to evolve, BeaconArts is an organization whose mission Pam would be honored to support.

2. Christina Jensen (2 yrs, 1st term)

Christina_CroppedPS_5303Christina Jensen has worked in the classical music industry for fifteen years, gaining experience in a variety of areas of the field before founding her management and PR firm Jensen Artists in 2007. Previously, Christina worked in corporate sponsorship at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she was part of a three-person team charged with raising $3 million annually; as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where she managed marketing, educational outreach, and publicity for the orchestra; 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 pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became a surprise bestseller. Highlights since then have included publicizing André Previn’s 80th birthday season, the massive 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon in New York which annually draws thousands of new music fans, a Grammy-nominated album from composer Jefferson Friedman and the Chiara String Quartet, a Grammy-winning album by classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, 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 the 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. She lives in beautiful Beacon, NY with her husband Matthew Agoglia, an audio engineer whose studio is The Ranch Mastering.

Additional candidate nominations (for officers and for members at large are being accepted. Please email dan.rigney@gmail.com with your nomination by December 9, 2015

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