SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors


originally published: 07/25/2022

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) — On July 1, 2022, the South Orange Performing Arts CenterThe Board of Governors has appointed Douglas Newman as Chairman of the Board and Marc Chalom as Vice Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Katherine Tooley, James Davis, III, Esq. and Dean Kameros recently joined SOPAC Board of Directors.

“I’m humbled and humbled that the SOPAC Board of Directors elected me president,” says Newman. “Having served on our Board of Directors for 11 years, I have a strong understanding and appreciation of SOPAC’s strengths and needs to lead it into the future and for it to continue to serve as the cultural heart of South Orange. and surrounding communities.”

Newman added, “SOPAC has just completed its strategic planning process, in which it updated its mission and vision statements, core values ​​and strategic pillars. I am especially pleased to lead SOPAC as we achieve the goals of our new strategic plan.

SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors

A longtime resident of South Orange and former President (Mayor) of South Orange Village from 2007 to 2011, Newman is well equipped to guide the city’s flagship arts institution in its 2022-2023 season and beyond. An enterprising senior executive, Newman has over 40 years of diverse management experience in advisory, information, insurance, private banking and investments, e-delivery, retail banking , payment cards, marketing and non-profit organizations. He has worked at Global Credit Services, Innovis Data Solutions, Americana Financial Services (now Amwins Group, Inc.), Citigroup’s Private Bank, Citicorp, Bank of America and MasterCard Worldwide.

The Council’s second-in-command is Marc Chalom, a veteran cable, broadcast and Internet media executive. A SOPAC board member for 2½ years, he is a founding executive of various networks, including A&E Networks, The Lifetime Cable Network, Food Court Entertainment Network and iNEXTV. He was the creator of A&E’s acclaimed “Biography” series and at the Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) he was instrumental in the Emmy-winning series “3-2-1-Contact” and the famous “Sesame Street”.

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“It is an honor to be asked to serve as vice-chair of the SOPAC Board of Directors,” says Chalom. “Along with the staff, the new president and all the other members of the board, I am excited to work to help bring innovative and thought-provoking works to our stages. Future SOPAC seasons will continue to deliver transformative experiences for all of our audiences. With Cinema Lab’s The Village at SOPAC Cinemas and our diverse offerings, SOPAC will be a place to return to regularly as a hub of performing arts activity.

SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors

The New Faces of SOPAC’s Board of Directors

Katherine Tooley, James Davis, III, Esq. and Dean Kameros recently joined SOPAC Board of Directors.

Katherine (“Kat”) Tooley, current Vice President of Marketing at HubSpot overseeing the Global Experiential & Events department, previously held leadership positions at Vice Media Group and Superfly, the company known for creating some of the most iconic festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, Outer Lands and Clusterfest.

“I am thrilled to work with the SOPAC Board of Directors to help this incredible community hub continue to grow and thrive,” said Tooley. “There are so many amazing opportunities for exploration, education and entertainment at SOPAC and I look forward to using my expertise around events and community programming to help continue to nurture and grow the SOPAC’s relationship with our community.

SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors

James Davis, III, Esq. is a former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Counsel with a background in regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance combined with deep expertise in the banking industry. He currently works for Redesign Health. His former employers include TIAA-CREF, Providian Financial Corporation, Wells Fargo, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

“As a member of the SOPAC Board of Directors, I will be able to combine my legal background with my love for music, all for the benefit of my community,” says Davis.

SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors

Since 2008, Dean Kameros has worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and currently serves as Executive Director of Field Operations – US Oncology with the company. Kameros has extensive experience in market research, business development and business strategy.

“As a 15-year resident of South Orange and a patron and donor to SOPAC, I am honored and excited by the opportunity to join its Board of Directors,” says Kameros. “SOPAC serves to make our community vibrant, diverse and joyful. I’m looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to deliver more of what makes SOPAC great to members of South Orange, Maplewood and other communities.” . »

SOPAC Announces New Board of Directors and Governors

Excited about the three new members of SOPAC’s Board of Directors, Board Chairman Newman said, “The breadth and depth of experience and commitment of SOPAC’s volunteer Board members SOPAC are essential to the success of its governance and its long-term viability. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are delighted and grateful that Kat, James and Dean are contributing their time and talent. »

Since 2006, SOPAC served as the first performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences to a variety of audiences in an intimate and inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and educational programs for all ages. SOPAC hosts Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theater productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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