One of the greatest assets at the South Orange Performing Arts Center is the Board of Governors who serve as ambassadors for SOPAC in the community, and lend their expertise and guidance to many aspects of the organization. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to guiding and leading SOPAC. They foster a culture of serving SOPAC’s patrons and the community with arts experiences of the highest quality while adhering to SOPAC’s mission.

Officers

Paul Bartick, Chair
Larry Brodey, Vice-Chair
Randall E. Haase, Treasurer 
Maureen Gammon, Secretary

Members

Dr. Paul Desjardins
Jeremy Dobrish
Carol Gardner
Mark Garner
Diana Hart
Douglas Newman
Robert Sandow
Leo Sender
Peter W. Shoemaker, PhD
Arthur Taylor
Grizel Ubarry
Karlyn Volk
Carl Wolf
Johanna L. Wright
Deirdre Yates
John Zoubek
Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President
Stephen Schnall, South Orange Village Trustee Liaison

Mark Packer joined SOPAC as Executive Director in March 2013. He came to SOPAC from Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, where he served as Executive Director from 1988 to 2013 and Summer Arts Camp Director from 1985 through 1987.

A native of Montreal, Canada, he is a graduate cum laude of Kenyon College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and attended courses towards his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

For over 30 years he has played a major role in regional and statewide arts organizations including the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, which he founded in 1992, and ArtPride New Jersey, where he has been a Trustee since 1988 and served as President from 2006 to 2012. He co-founded the Arts & Business Partnership of Southern New Jersey and was honored in 2002 as the recipient of Arts & Business Partnership’s annual Art Partner of the Year.

In 2009, Mark received the Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award from the South Jersey Cultural Alliance for his outstanding service to the nonprofit arts community of the region and the State of New Jersey.

Mark has served as a consultant, mentor, and panelist for numerous organizations and individuals, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the G.G. Green Redevelopment Project in Woodbury, and the Jefferson Choral Society in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Mark Packer

Mark Packer

Executive Director

Beth Fylstra

Beth Fylstra

Chief Financial Officer

Kiera Demorin

Kiera Demorin

Bookkeeper & Office Manager

Chris Figueiredo

Chris Figueiredo

Director of Operations

Rich Spector

Rich Spector

Special Events & Rentals Manager

Kellen Belt

Kellen Belt

Special Events Associate

Grayce Coviello

Grayce Coviello

Director of Audience Services

Alicia Whavers

Alicia Whavers

Audience Services Manager

Sheila Corbin Daniels

Sheila Corbin Daniels

Box Office Manager

Danielle Bouza

Danielle Bouza

Box Office Representative

Angelle Whavers

Angelle Whavers

Box Office Representative

McKenzie Bowles

McKenzie Bowles

Box Office Representative & House Manager

Jessica Pendleton

Jessica Pendleton

Box Office Representative & House Manager

Michael Guarnaccio

Michael Guarnaccio

Head House Manager

Tom Cogan

Tom Cogan

House Manager

Yolanda Hamilton

Yolanda Hamilton

House Manager

Bill Perlman

Bill Perlman

House Manager

Larousse Pierre

Larousse Pierre

House Manager

Felicity Selby

Felicity Selby

House Manager

Maggie Spector

Maggie Spector

House Manager

Linda Beard

Linda Beard

Director of Community Engagement

Ruth Zamoyta

Ruth Zamoyta

Director of Development

Shana Baer

Shana Baer

Special Events Coordinator

Katelyn Fatzler

Katelyn Fatzler

Development Associate

Dee Billia

Dee Billia

Director of External Relations

Kristin Svorinic

Kristin Svorinic

Associate Director of Marketing

Celeste Post

Celeste Post

Marketing Associate

Jeff Rosolen

Jeff Rosolen

Director of Production

Rob Cruz

Rob Cruz

Stage Manager