- Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 February 2024 15:33
Mon Valley Academy for the Arts (MVAA) is pleased to announce the results of the elections for new officers and board members, which took place during the board meeting on January 17, 2024.
|Pictured from L to R: Carla Anderton, SueAnne Antonucci, Annette Buffer, Gerald Onesi, Mark Smith, Joy Tillman-DeFerrari, and Becki Simms. Not pictured: Darren Hale, Heidi Kavanaugh & Adam Sedlock. (Photo courtesy of Light & Love Photography by JOY.)
Current president Annette Buffer has been re-elected for a second term, showcasing the confidence and support of the MVAA community in her leadership. Buffer expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm, stating, "I am honored to continue serving as president of MVAA. Together, with the dedicated board and community, we will further enrich the arts experience in our region."
Carla Anderton, who has served as board secretary since February of 2020, was elected Vice President. In her statement, Anderton acknowledged the responsibility of stepping into this new role, saying, "I am humbled by the trust placed in me and committed to contributing my best to its continued success. I also want to express my deep appreciation for Gerald Onesi's past and ongoing contributions to MVAA. I have very big shoes to fill."
Joy Tillman-DeFerrari, a professional photographer who has been with MVAA since its inception in 2016, was elected as Secretary, bringing her artistic passion and commitment to the board. Current Treasurer Becki Simms was re-elected, ensuring financial continuity for the organization.
SueAnne Antonucci, a current board member, was elected as Recording Secretary, and Darren Hale, a current board member, will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer. Current Chief Executive Officer Mark Smith will continue in his position, providing stability and strategic guidance.
Gerald Onesi, who faithfully served as vice president in 2023, will transition into a new and dynamic role as a community liaison, fostering connections between MVAA and the broader community.
The board of directors welcomes new members Heidi Kavanaugh and Adam Sedlock, who were elected to contribute their expertise and passion to further MVAA's mission.
Mark Smith, CEO of MVAA, commended the dedication of the board members, stating, "MVAA is fortunate to have such a committed and talented group of individuals leading our organization. Their voluntary contributions of time and talents are invaluable in advancing our mission."
The entire board looks forward to a productive and collaborative term, working together to enhance the impact of the arts in the Mon Valley community.
About Mon Valley Academy for the Arts:
Mon Valley Academy for the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality instruction on musical instruments for all ages. The organization hosts various performance groups and the EQT/MVAA Free Summer Concert Series, bringing vibrant musical performances to the community.