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.


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


Dr. Paul Desjardins
Jeremy Dobrish
Carol Gardner
Mark Garner
Diana Hart
Summer Jones
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
Bob Zuckerman, South Orange Village Center Alliance
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 E. Packer, Executive Director


Beth Fylstra, Chief Financial Officer
Kiera Demorin, Bookkeeper & Office Manager
Chris Figueiredo, Director of Operations
Rich Spector, Special Events & Rentals Manager
Kellen Belt, Special Events Associate

Audience Services

Grayce Coviello, Director of Audience Services
Alicia Whavers, Audience Services Manager
Sheila Corbin Daniels, Box Office Manager
Danielle Bouza, Box Office Representative
Angelle Whavers, Box Office Representative
McKenzie Bowles, Box Office Representative & House Manager
Jessica Pendleton, Box Office Representative & House Manager
Michael Guarnaccio, Head House Manager
Tom Cogan, House Manager
Yolanda Hamilton, House Manager
Bill Perlman, House Manager
Larousse Pierre, House Manager
Felicity Selby, House Manager
Maggie Spector, House Manager

Community & Education

Linda Beard, Director of Community Engagement


Freddy Arsenault, Director (973) 382-1033
Ruth Zamoyta, Deputy Director (973) 712-4101
Katelyn Fatzler, Development Associate
Shana Baer, Special Events Coordinator


Dee Billia, Director of External Relations
Kristin Svorinic, Associate Director of Marketing
Celeste Post, Marketing Associate


Jeffrey Rosolen, Director of Production
Rob Cruz, Stage Manager