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Board of Trustees



Diane Gallo, President  

Former Vice-President of the area League of Women Voters; former member of the Mayor’s Partnership for Summit Public Art; former Secretary of the Contemporary Art Group; member of Creative Summit; pastel artist; former Editor of The Collection magazine 

Frank Hawrusik, Vice-President 

Engineering consultant, retired; former Vice-President, Summit Playhouse Association, Inc 

Georgette Barnes, Treasurer

Currently the Retail Private Banker, Vice President at a prominent bank in Summit, NJ.  Over 35 years of professional banking experience. Past six years: board member for Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), of Plainfield NJ. Business Advocate for the Sustainable Committee for the City of Summit in 2008-2010. Education: Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. (Accounting). Kean University of Union, NJ (Management Science).




Dr. Paola A. Acosta-Díaz  

Current president of Speak Up Summit, a 25-year-old, non-profit organization that advocates for quality public education in Summit. Volunteer, bilingual reading programs for children, Summit Public Library. Member, Anti-Racism Committee of the Summit Interfaith Council. Awarded 2019 Shaping Summit Together MLK Jr. Keepers of the Dream award for advocacy work. Co-founder, Empowering Kids Organization, a local non-profit with the mission of creating strategies and programs to empower underprivileged kids to access equal opportunities in education. 

Jill Bernstein 

Active in local and school theatrical productions as producer and director; volunteer chair of First Night Summit for two years 

Lisa Brown 

Masters in Creative Art, Exhibiting Artist, Art teacher and workshop facilitator for "Art as Therapy" programs I developed; East Coast Supervisor for Creative Journal Expressive Arts program; Board of Interweave for 20 years 

Joyce Hodgson Post

Former Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager - Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Former Executive Director- Little Theatre of Manchester; Former Executive Director- Malta House of Care Foundation, Hartford; Former Executive Director - Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, New Haven; Community Relations and Development Director - The Salvation Army, CT and RI; Former Vice President of Development - Easter Seal Society of Connecticut, CT; Former Public Relations Director – Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford; Former Chairperson and Program Director, Imagine Main Street, Manchester, CT; Former Chairperson, Manchester Arts Commission

Terri Tauber 

Retired; member, Summit Elks Lodge 1246;  Treasurer, Summit Democratic Committee; Campaign Treasurer for 

local/state Democratic candidates; coordinator, Summit High School Project Graduation 1998-2017;candidate for Summit Common Council, 2006, 2007 and 2008 

Heather Pistell (Emeritus) 

Independent child care consultant; Instructional aide for the Summit Public Schools; former Youth Director for The Connection for Women and Families in Summit; Co-chair of Music and Fine Arts Committee for Christ Church in Summit; past president of SPARC

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