NYMACC Board of Trustees, Officers & Staff
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, President
Patti Lockwood-Blais is the Executive Director of the Earlville Opera House, a multi-arts center housed in a historic 12000 square foot facility that includes a 19th-century theater. She graduated from Cornell University. She learned and promoted cooperative business practices as a managing partner in one of Ithaca’s cooperatives. In addition to serving on NYMACC’s board, she has served on the boards of the Alternatives Federal Credit Union and Alternatives Fund (philanthropic arm of AFCU) in Ithaca and on the board of the Young Writers’ Workshop held at Colgate University. She has experience serving NYSCA peer review panels for SLP, POP and VAP.The Earlville Opera House presents live performances in both its theater and Arts Cafe, including professional work for children. The presenting series is eclectic with world, folk, blues, Americana roots, Celtic, Cajun & Zydeco as well as occasional classical, opera or theater performances. EOH has three art galleries: with 18 exhibits per year that serve to build community with education and artistic exchange. In addition, the Opera House offers visual and performing arts workshops for children and adults.
CANDICE FRYE, Board Treasurer
JENNY ROSENZWEIG, Board Secretary
KHELI WILLETTS, Board Trustee
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.
KATHIE KUDELA, Board Trustee
Kathie has been executive director at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC) for eight years. She is a founder of the organization and was involved in saving the building from demolition in 2001. The NACC is largest multi arts center in the state and has over 70 artists and art groups, two performance theaters, two art galleries, and a sound stage. Kathie has a degree in art education and a background in community advocacy, brokerage and real estate. Kathie lives in Lewiston New York with her husband Walt, a retired English teacher and Lola, a very large Neapolitan Mastiff.
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.
KELLY LANG BUCKLEY,
NYMACC Service Coordinator
Kelly became the NYMACC Services Coordinator in May 2014.
She is also the Development Director for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, as well as being a resident NACC artist.
Kelly has over 20 years experience working in art & cultural education. She is a graduate of Hilbert and former instructor of American Cultural Studies at Bowling Green State University. She is a founding member of the Cultural Studies Scholar's Association, the WNY Taste of Diversity Festival, and the Niagara Plein Air Painters Group. Her radio show "Live at the NACC" is broadcast on WJJL. She and her partner Jason are stone carvers and Irish folk artists.