January 2019

Mary and Will Bermingham with NRCA President Theresa Kump Leghorn and Lynn Honeysett at the Spotlight Gala. Photo credit: Susan Nagib

New Rochelle Council on the Arts Welcomes New Board Members

Will Bermingham, Selena Evans, Beth Feldman and Lynn Honeysett were elected to the Board of Directors of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, at its annual Members Meeting on December 11th.


In addition, it was announced that Dianne Flagello and Angela Derecas Taylor will move from NRCA’s Board to the Advisory Board.


NRCA’s current Board of Directors includes President Theresa Kump Leghorn, Vice Presidents Lynn Green and Melissa Panszi Riebe, Treasurer Billie Tucker, Recording Secretary Angela Taylor, Corresponding Secretary David Patterson, Nick Carter, Margaret Chadwick, Justin Christopher, Leslie Demus, Laura Falb, Charles Fazzino, Anthony Paolercio, Linda Tarrant-Reid and Ken Valenti.  NRCA’s Board of Advisors includes Terri Prettyman Bowles, Michael Dandry, Linda Kelly Fauci, Carol Ann Samela, Jesse Sanchez, Leah Sills, Judith Weber, Beth Willensky, Eric Woodlin and Bill Zimmerman. Thea Eichler is NRCA’s Founding Member Emeritus.


The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 38 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series as well as signature events like the Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series and ArtsFest. In addition, NRCA has facilitated collaboration among arts organizations, sponsored public art, and helped build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government, and the newly redesigned NRCA website www.newrochellearts.org has become major resource for artists and art lovers – the  “go-to” place for information about the arts. Membership in NRCA is open to artists and non-artists alike, with members receiving a quarterly newsletter, special discounts and invitations to networking events and studio tours. For more information visit NRCA on the web at www.newrochellearts.org.


Will Bermingham is a student at SUNY Purchase, where he is completing his BA in Arts Management. He is also a sales representative for National Realty and Development Corporation at Watermark Pointe. In addition he is currently working as a marketing intern for ArtsWestchester. Previous experience includes working as a Production Assistant for live music events and commercials, including the Grammy Awards.


Selena Evans is a fashion designer/costume designer/actress/writer. Evans holds an AAS degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BA from International Fine Art College.


She has worked in the apparel and fashion industry, traveling throughout Asia, Europe and India for clients and designing fashion lines for manufacturers. Her specialty is women’s wear including sportswear, sweaters, suits, dresses, active, plus size and junior apparel.


She also works with the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (S.A.S.F), an after school program in New York City, as an art and fashion teacher/specialist. In addition Selena has been  the costume designer for an annual off-Broadway Christmas production, Nativity Birth of a King, for over 10 years.


Beth Feldman is a PR professional with more than 20 years in public relations, marketing and branding, social media, talent relations, event planning, crisis communications and public speaking. As the founder of her full-service firm, Beyond PR Group, she has developed a reputation for crafting sophisticated, creative, prescient and effective campaigns that have achieved international, domestic and local placements, including television and radio, newspaper and glossy magazines, digital and emerging media platforms.


Prior to launching her own companies, Feldman was Vice President of the CBS Communications Group, where she spearheaded publicity campaigns connected to programming-related initiatives for the CBS Marketing Group, cbs.com and upn.com and CBS Consumer Products. During her 11-year career at CBS, Feldman has worked on publicity campaigns on behalf of CSI, Cold Case, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judging Amy and the specials CMA Awards and ACM Awards.


Feldman is also a freelance writer who has written human-interest features for several New York based publications and appeared on numerous television shows as a working mother expert.


Beth Feldman is also the co-author of Peeing in Peace:  Tales & Tips for Type A Moms and See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World’s Most Harried Moms (Plain White Press) which is also available for download on Audible.com.


She holds a Masters degree in Journalism (with a specialization in magazine publishing) from New York University; she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts. Beth, her husband Darin, their two children, two cats, two hermit crabs and a lizard named Guapo, live in New Rochelle.


Lynn Honeysett served as Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center from 2011to 2018. In that time she expanded and deepened the Art Center’s free public arts programming, doubling its Folk Arts Series of free workshops, performances and demonstrations, and tripling the amount of people who attend the free cultural offerings.  She also instituted rotating free exhibitions of sculpture and installations for the public to enjoy in Pelham Art Center’s Courtyard.  Exciting high-caliber work from local, national and international artists is exhibited in 6-7 group exhibitions annually.  Lynn expanded the High School Art Salon exhibition from Pelham high school AP art students to talented artists from surrounding high schools as well.  With a strategy of invigorating downtown Pelham as an arts destination, Lynn has been instrumental in collaborative efforts with other arts and nonprofit organizations, schools and local businesses to strengthen the community.


Working with New Rochelle’s Council on the Arts, the town of Pelham, local businesses, organizations and artists, Lynn helped expand New Rochelle’s annual ArtsFest to Pelham, attracting new audiences to both towns.  She collaborated with the Pelham Public Library and The Picture House to expand the town-wide reading program to include storytelling through art and film.  Lynn has also invigorated Pelham Art Center’s children, teen and adult classes and workshops with exciting new additions, particularly in digital media; and grown its need-based scholarship program and artist residencies to underserved communities.


A proud graduate of Leadership Westchester, Lynn credits her successes to a passion for getting arts experiences, access and enjoyment to anyone that wants it.   With a background in painting (University of California Santa Cruz and National Academy, New York), Lynn also brings the Pelham Art Center nonprofit and private sector management, as well as 25 years experience in communications and branding.



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