I have over 40 years of Executive Level experience with nonprofit performing arts organizations, along with project management practice in the healthcare, legal, banking, and insurance industries.
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Specialties: Nonprofit management, Expert certification on Microsoft Office software applications. Experienced public speaker, learning coach, and project manager, with a background in nonprofit professional theater, adult learning, education and performance improvement. Knowledgeable in training delivery for diverse learning populations, and...
I grew up as the oldest of 7 children in Pittsburgh, PA, where I jumped into performing at an early age by immersing myself in the church choir, as well as theatre and glee club in high school.
At Duquesne University, organic chemistry and calculus essentially dashed my pursuit of an early medical career. But, as Peter Ustinov said, “The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.”
So, I continued to dabble in theatre, and graduated from Duquesne with a BA in Speech & Communications. I went on to earn my MFA in Acting from the School of Theatre at Boston University, and to do post-graduate work in Arts Administration at Columbia University.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy an 15-year theatrical career, with most of that time spent in executive level positions with performing arts organizations and nonprofit theaters, including the role of Managing Director with three distinct members of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).
During those years, I managed 1 of 3 projects for the National Computer Project for the Performing Arts, which introduced computerized ticketing and fundraising operations to the arts, with support from the Ford Foundation.
My initial exposure to historic preservation came while coordinating the renovation of 2 landmark theaters on the National Register of Historic Places, which resulted in enlarged seating capacity, greater audience comfort and an increase in earned revenues at both...
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