West Windsor Arts Council Welcomes New leadership to Board of Trustees

West Windsor Arts Council Welcomes New leadership to Board of Trustees

Princeton Junction, NJ (May 30, 2017) – It takes a great team to make a nonprofit thrive. At the West Windsor Arts Council, the board of trustees plays a crucial role. Having been a registered 501(c)(3) since 2004, and only having occupied the Princeton Junction Firehouse since 2010, the board is a diverse, active, and engaged group of volunteers who, together in partnership with the staff, lead the strategic direction of this growing organization to provide a needed platform for creativity, expression, and community connection. This spring the arts council board had several changes and subsequent openings, inviting opportunity for new members to get involved and join this winning team. “Our board reflects the diversity of our artistic mission and of our community, ” says Kerri Hamm, President. “Working with this group of intelligent, talented individuals has been such a pleasure.” We invite interested members of West Windsor and beyond to contact Aylin Green, Executive Director, to learn more about getting involved at exdir@westwindsorarts.org or visit www.westwindsorarts.org/volunteer.

Kerri Hamm is the re-elected board President and brings her financial and strategic acumen to the leadership of the organization. She has been involved with the West Windsor Arts Council as a volunteer for the past 8 years, including Fundraising Committee Chair. Professionally, Kerri has worked in the (re)insurance industry for 15 years. Currently, she is a Senior Vice President and Client Manager in the Reinsurance Division of Munich Reinsurance in Princeton, managing an $80M portfolio. She holds a BS from Georgia Tech in business management and is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). In her spare time, Kerri enjoys the solving the NYT Saturday crossword, running at Mercer County Park, and oil painting. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Paul of 10 years, and playing catch with their two wonderful sons.

Jasmine Dadlani is the newly elected Vice President. Jasmine has been a volunteer for WWAC for over four years, serving in various capacities for the Annual Gala Fundraiser each year and consulting on marketing needs for the center. She is currently a Senior Vice President and Director of Brand Planning at Cramer-Krasselt in New York, the country’s second largest independent advertising agency. She also serves as the Student Program Chair for Maurice Hawk Elementary School. Jasmine graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication Studies, and has lived in West Windsor for over a decade with her husband and two amazing daughters.

Brenda Mikeo continues as Secretary for the organization and is currently the Business Manager at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Brenda has more than 15 years of experience working in academic and nonprofit environments. Her specializations include nonprofit accounting, financial analysis, and endowment management. She previously served as a business analyst for the Princeton University library system, controller at McCarter Theatre Center, and accountant for Opera New Jersey. She holds a MA degree in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA in art history and theatre from Ohio University.

James Puglia, while not a board member, was elected as Treasurer of the organization. He became the Treasurer of WWAC in order to become more connected with the community, provide himself with a way to give back, and further develop professionally. James, a New Jersey native, graduated from The College of New Jersey with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing. After school, he began his career at Munich Re as a Reinsurance Accounting Analyst and then joined the Client Management community as a Client Analyst in 2014. In his current role, James analyzes client financials and supports Client Management’s strategy/business development and marketing efforts. In his spare time, James plays softball and volleyball for his company team, focuses on health and fitness, plays the piano, frequents the shore during summer, and just recently bought a drone for the purpose of videography.

Other current WWAC board members include:

Lovepreet Buttar is a manager at Mercadien, P.C., CPAs and a member of the firm’s Nonprofit Services Group. A Chartered Global Management Accountant, Lovepreet is a member of the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and licensed to practice in New Jersey. Lovepreet graduated cum laude from Rutgers University with a BS degree in Accounting and Finance, and was vice president of the Beta Alpha Psi Society – Kappa Gamma Chapter. She earned a MBA degree from Rutgers University Business School. She is also a member of the finance committee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Gary Chun has been on the WWAC board for four years and is a member of the WWAC Internal Affairs Committee.  He is an attorney working in-house in the legal department of a publicly traded company, supporting its drug development services division.  In the arts community, he’s previously provided pro-bono legal services to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City.  Gary has a SB degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Krupali Desai is a member of the External Affairs committee and has chaired several past gala events. Krupali currently is a Marketing Strategic Partner at Munich Reinsurance in Princeton. Previously she was the Global Marketing Director at Impact Unlimited and held senior account management positions at several global advertising agencies, such as McCann Worldwide/MRM Princeton and Ferrara & Company. Krupali holds a MA degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and an BA degree in Communication and Public Policy from American University. She has been a resident of West Windsor for the last 10 years and her daughter Aryana has been actively taking classes at WWAC for the last 3 years. 

Doreen Garelick currently serves on the WWAC Governance Committee and previously held the position of Secretary. Doreen was a health care attorney for 27 years and was recently the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is an amateur mixed media artist, studied graphic design through continuing education at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and performed research to support a publication about the potential hazards to artists from working with art and craft materials. Doreen holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Science from Clark University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Peter Ligeti is the chair of the WWAC Internal Affairs Committee. Peter has nearly 40 years of combined commercial banking, private equity and management consulting experience. During his years with MHT, Investech, Beuret, KVMH and Syker corporations, Peter managed all phases of financing from commercial lending to multinational enterprises and sourcing, structuring and negotiating investments in private growth companies to managing exit strategies (including sales and IPOs) through several business cycles. Peter has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Wharton.

Cycling off the board after several terms are Lisa Weil and Karen Schoenitz. WWAC is incredibly thankful for all of the work that Lisa and Karen have done to build the arts center into the thriving organization it is today. Lisa was a member of the External Affairs Committee, founding member, and a past President of the Board. Karen Schoenitz was the chair of the WWAC Governance Committee, a past Vice President, and served on the exhibits committee for five years.  About her experience as a board member she says, “The art center serves as an indispensable home for creativity in our community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help contribute to its success.”

About the West Windsor Arts Council:

The West Windsor Arts Council’s mission is to provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire, and promote the arts and art appreciation in the greater West Windsor community. For information on the West Windsor Arts Council and West Windsor Arts Center, please visit www.westwindsorarts.org. Office and gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 10 am-6 pm; Sat, 10 am-4 pm. Call 609.716.1931. Write info@westwindsorarts.org.