ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center is proud to announce its newly appointed and re-appointed Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities Board members. The role of the council is to advise the Arvada City Council and provide guidance and support to the Arvada Center staff. The board acts as an advocate for public support and funding for the Arvada Center.
Each board member provides advice to the Arvada City Council about the Arvada Center on a periodic basis. Members provide volunteer assistance at Arvada Center events, help raise financial resources to support Arvada Center programs, serve on at least one Arvada Center committee and participate in committee projects.
The Arvada Center is confident that the three newly appointed members will be a positive addition to the Arts Council. Patricia Neely and Steve Swensen are the newest appointees to the board. Also recently appointed in February 2002 was Kenneth Eggeman, Ph. D. In addition to other continuing members, the council has also re-appointed member Mary Jo Giddings until April 2004.
Neely is a graduate of Colorado Women’s College. She began a successful entrepreneurial venture in the Washington, D.C. area and has imported and marketed Chinese paintings. She has been an active supporter of music, dance, performing arts and other cultural activities for most of her life and has been a member of the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony and the Colorado Women’s College Alumnae Association. She has also served on the board of directors for the Boulder Philharmonic.
New appointee Swensen is currently the president of FirstBank of Arvada and has been employed with FirstBank since his graduation from Concordia College in 1982. Swensen is involved in the community as a volunteer with the Adams County Community Mental Health Center Foundation, the Adams County Economic Development Association, and the Arvada Enterprise Center.
Dr. Eggeman is the president and CEO of LMC Community Foundation in
Denver. Eggeman has 25 years experience in higher education in institutions in and out of Colorado as both a faculty member and administrator. He has received many special recognitions and citations, has authored twelve professional publications and has been a member of several professional organizations.
Giddings has served on the board since 1994, and was chair of the board in 1999. This seasoned pro has volunteered in numerous places in the Arvada area throughout the last two decades. Giddings volunteered as an usher at the Arvada Center during its opening year in 1976 and continues to do so. Giddings received her M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Michigan.
Other current Arts Council members are Michael Paradis, chair, human resources professional; Constance Roger, vice chair, associate attorney for Holme, Roberts and Owen, L.L.P.; Judy Davisson, retired teacher and paralegal; Chris McGarraugh, previously employed in accounting and marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations; Ereka O’Hara, realtor for Re/Max West; Jim Polsfut, vice president of acquisitions for GE Capital Residential Connections at General Electric Co.; Walter S. Rosenberry, investor; Mala Setaram-Wolfe, art education/area articulation representative for O’Connell Middle School; and Stephanie Tuthill, estate-planning lawyer at Holme, Roberts & Owen, L.L.P. Arvada City Council representatives to the board are Craig Smith and Aaron Azari.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 303-431-3939 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 303-431-3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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