NYMACC Board of Trustees
The NYMACC Board of Trustees are a dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom are also active directors of multi-arts centers. In addition, some are working artists, musicians, or performers. They give their time to help govern the policies and financial management of NYMACC, and help steer the course for our future.
PATTI LOCKWOOD-BLAIS, Co-Chair
Patti has been the Executive Director of the Earlville Opera House Arts Center since 2002, working in the multi-arts field since 1996. She programs and manages the 1892 historic facility with its theater, two galleries, arts café, gift shop and rental units. She graduated from Cornell. She learned and promoted cooperative business practices for sixteen years as the managing partner in a cooperative business in Ithaca, NY.
She served on the boards of the Alternatives Federal Credit Union and Alternatives Fund. In addition, she is a fourth generation quilter and folk artist, and playfully pioneers her techniques in the fiber medium.
HILARY OAK, Co-Chair
Hilary is the Executive Director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Her training in the arts began as a theatre student at the High School for Performing Arts in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from SUNY Purchase. She worked for fifteen years as a theatre technician and costume designer for a variety of theatre companies and universities, including the Santa Fe Opera, the New York Renaissance Festival, the Crane School of Music, and St. Lawrence University. Ms. Oak served as board president of the SLC Arts Council for five years, stepping down in 2005 to be hired as the organization's first full-time staff person and executive director. Over the last ten years, she has been an active arts advocate and administrator, working with cultural organizations and artists in all disciplines across the North Country region of NY. She has coordinated more than fifty exhibits and art shows featuring work by regional artists, and has facilitated arts education programs and professional development training for artists. Her first contribution to NYMACC was to help facilitate the development of our new website!
JOEL REED, Board Treasurer
Joel brought administrative and grant-writing experience from his work in higher education and volunteer community development to Saratoga Arts when he joined the staff in June 2003 as Associate Director. He was appointed Executive Director in January 2007, and in his first year he oversaw Horses, Saratoga Style 2007, a project which placed 34 artist-created horse sculptures around Saratoga Springs, and received a competitive grant from the New York State Music Fund to present a series of concerts of new and experimental music of all genres. In 2010 he led Saratoga Arts as it adopted First Night Saratoga, an annual New Year's Eve family-friendly arts festival that attracted support from GE and 43 other business sponsors, and drew 15,000 - 20,000 celebrants to downtown Saratoga Springs; this year he has been focusing on Tempered By Memory, a monumental sculpture made from World Trade Center tower steel that Saratoga Arts has commissioned, and expanding Saratoga Arts' NYSCA-funded Decentralization grants into Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Joel holds a PhD in English Literature, and serves on the Board of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association.
KATHIE KUDELA, Board Secretary
Kathie is a Founder of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC) and was on the original Board of Directors. In 2003 she became Executive Director of the NACC, the largest multi-arts center in New York State. She has a BA in Arts and Education from Carleton College. A licensed Customs Broker, she is a member of the Binational Tourism Alliance and Women in Tourism. Located on an international border, she has a special interest in international cultural tourism. Having worked in the Real Estate industry, she is also involved in revitalizing the adjacent Memorial Park Neighborhood into a live/work Arts District for artists.
LADAN ALOMAR, Board Trustee
Ladan Alomar is the Executive Director of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Inc., a nonprofit, community-based organization located in Amsterdam, New York. Under her direction, the agency provides comprehensive services to the children and families of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The organization has been recognized as a model service- provider utilizing innovative education and intervention methodologies which highlight the possibilities of transformation within the Hispanic and low-income communities.
The agency budget has grown to $3 million per year. In addition, she was successful in raising the capital needed to purchase and renovate property to house the agency’s operations. Today Centro Civico owns a city block and the new home is called, La Segunda Casa Community Center. Agency’s slogan is “Building Community One Block at a Time.”
Mrs. Alomar has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. She has served on many boards over the years including: Fulmont Action Agency, NY State Human Rights Council, WMHT, TV Stations 17 and 45, The Women’s Building, Capital District HOSPICE and Center for Women in Government.
JENNIFER POTTER HAYES
Jennifer Potter Hayes was appointed Executive Director of the Arts Center/Old Forge (now called View) in February 2010, following a long career in higher education administration. She was employed by Hamilton College and Syracuse University covering a period of 28 years, in various administrative positions in academic and student affiars, as well as alumni relations. She is a graduate of Kirkland College (now merged with Hamilton) where she received a BA in Studio Arts and Art History. She also holds an MPA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration at Syracuse University. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright to study higher education and international student exchange in South Korea. Jenniifer has a long history of community service both in the Adrondack Park and in the Mohawk Valley.
Kheli R. Willetts is Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center and Assistant Professor African American Art History and Film in the Department of African American Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University in 2002, Dr. Willetts worked with a number of arts organizations including the Real Art Ways, Studio Museum of Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Connecticut Historical Society and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
As Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center Professor Willetts is responsible for developing diverse and dynamic programming including exhibitions, workshops in visual and expressive arts, lectures and film screenings.