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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; member of Creative Summit; pastel artist; former Editor of The Collection magazine


Joyce Hodgson Post, Vice-President

Retired in 2019 after serving as Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; career also included ED of Little Theatre of Manchester (both in Connecticut); served as Chair of Manchester’s Arts Commission and Imagine Main Street


Frank Hawrusik, Treasurer

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


Dr. Paola A. Acosta-Díaz, Secretary

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. 


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 

Fidel Garcia

Director of Development and Communications at Sage Eldercare in Summit; formerly held several positions with Janssen Pharmaceuticals/J&J; volunteered with State Theater of NJ, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, The Theater Project, Miss America Organization

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

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