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Board of Directors
Genevieve Daniels (President) is the managing partner of GMD & Partners, Ltd., a law firm that provides legal support to small to mid-sized businesses in labor and employment matters, corporate transactional work and commercial litigation, as well as represents individuals, developers and investors in residential and commercial transactions. Genevieve is a fan of the Chicago arts scene and also serves as legal counsel to the Joffrey Ballet. Her first Remy Bumppo experience was seeing Waiting for Godot, the company's third production. She enjoys participating in the arts, and wants to take an active role in the creation of a space where good theatre can occur.
Brenda Schnede Grusecki (Vice President) is an English teacher who retired from Oak Park and River Forest High School where she chaired the English Division for seventeen years. Subsequently, she has worked as instructor and supervisor of student teachers at Northwestern University and Dominican University. She spent many years teaching in the gifted program (Center for Talent Development) for middle and high school students at Northwestern. As a Board Director of the Family Service and Mental Health Center of Oak Park and River Forest (re-named Thrive Counseling Center), Brenda served in several capacities including officer positions, gala co-chair, and co-chair of a successful endowment campaign. In 2009, she received the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award from the organization. With her husband, Brenda administers a family foundation that funds education, the arts, and housing and social service initiatives and programs. The Gruseckis enjoy and support the many cultural opportunities that Chicago offers.
Michael H. Nadler (Treasurer) is a C.P.A who has spent his career working for a number of real estate development and owner/management companies as a CFO/Controller. He currently is a CFO on the Go, working with businesses and non-profits applying his extensive problem solving skill sets to contribute positive growth and create value added enhancements. Mike is a long time supporter of live theater and dance as well as a life member of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a long time patron of Remy Bumppo, he is looking forward to spreading the word about this wonderful theater company.
Nancy McDaniel (Founding President, current Secretary) had a 28-year career in the Research Department at Leo Burnett. She is co-owner of Dumela Contemporary African Art, contributing editor of GoInside Internet magazine, and a frequent volunteer for Chicago Greeters, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Earthwatch. She is a former Board member of the Goodman Theatre's Discovery Board and Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association.
Karen Randolph (Immediate Past President) is a marketing consultant. She currently serves on the Board of the American Refugee Committee, a not-for-profit organization that works for the survival, health and well being of refugees, displaced persons and those at risk. Karen was a member of the Goodman Theatre's Discovery Board and has contributed many hours as a volunteer marketing and audience development consultant for the Goodman and the Ravinia Festival.
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Brent Beardsley is a Partner and Managing Director with the Boston Consulting Group, Inc, working with financial services companies in the Asset Management and Wealth Management areas. His work has focused primarily on growth strategies, operational effectiveness, and organizational design. He has covered many innovation topics in his casework, including deep customer discovery, idea generation, prioritization, and product management. Brent holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, a master's of science in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Diane Falk is a senior loan officer with Fifth Third Bank in Wilmette and brings extensive experience in financial services and sales to Remy Bumppo. She is a long time supporter af the arts, having previously been involved with Music on Stage in Palatine, and the "Patrons of the Arts" organization at St. Viator high school. She is also a current volunteer at WFMT.
James Lupo is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law. At Northwestern, Jim teaches Contract Law and a seminar on Law and Rhetoric, which includes the study of "legal theater" and how it can inform an advocate’s rhetorical practice. Prior to joining academia in 2003, Jim's law practice concentrated in commercial litigation, including not-for-profit, education, and directors' and officers' liability issues. He is thrilled to be a part of the Remy Bumppo community.
Ann Mommsen formerly worked as the Director of Special Events for Notre Dame High School and volunteers for B-HIV in Evanston, Dream Halloween and CAFFA (dealing with children affected by AIDS).
Mary Pavia has been involved with theater her entire life. Over the years she has appeared onstage in over one hundred productions, has worked backstage, directed, and even helped to start a theater group. She is an active member of the Theater of Western Springs. Outside of the theater, Mary is an avid runner, and volunteer for PADS of DuPage County. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Oxford. After seeing Remy Bumppo's first production (and all of the subsequent ones!) she knew she wanted to be a part of this amazing company.
Richard Skolly is technology engineer for ArcelorMittal Inc. His professional interests focus on developing high strength materials and new equipment acquisition and commissioning. After work interests encompass the wide variety offered Chicago’s artistic scene. His past not-for profit board tenures include technical and artistic organizations. Richard is married to Kate A Feinstein and lives in Chicago.
Oscar Tatosian is the President of Oscar Isberian Rugs, Inc., an importer of fine hand-woven rugs since 1920. Oscar was born and raised in Chicago and Oscar Isberian Rugs Inc. is now a third generation family business, with stores in Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park as well as national distribution. Oscar’s charitable and community activities include the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America where he currently serves as Chairman, the Guild Board-Lyric Opera of Chicago where he is Secretary, and Design 4 Dignity. Oscar’s service to the community and appreciation for the arts- fine, decorative and performance are priorities. Oscar enjoys art, music and antiques.
Dave Weidenfeld currently serves as the Vice President of Business Management for Affiliated Computer Services LLC, a Xerox company. In that role he is responsible for Software Contract Management, Pricing and Decision Support, Asset Management and Customer Account Procurement Management. Prior to that he served in various positions and worked on technology transactions for McDonald’s Corporation from January of 1984 until his retirement in November of 2007. Dave has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School, where he taught "Harvesting Value From I/T," a course designed to train executives who were new to IT. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina's Principals' Executive Program and at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management on technology acquisitions and negotiations and has taught several Internet classes on various aspects of software licensing. Prior to his longer than expected sojourn in the world of technology Dave served as a stage manager for numerous productions for the Green Room Theater at Franklin and Marshall College and ran both the sports and classical music departments at WFNM-FM, the college's radio station.
Be in good company – by volunteering!
We’re looking for individuals who first and foremost love Remy Bumppo and theatre. Additionally, we are seeking individuals who have experience in the fields of finance/ accounting, information technology, fundraising, program planning/ development & evaluation, and/or strategic planning. Ideal candidates have diverse networks and/or ties to art-supporting companies in the Chicago area. Is this you?
Volunteers contribute, on average, about 6-10 hours a month attending board and committee meetings as well as board-related events. In exchange for your service, you have the opportunity to interact with a dynamic group of people and play a vital role in Chicago’s cultural community. From the members on our Board to our patrons, Remy Bumppo attracts a remarkable group of creative and diverse personalities.
To learn more about becoming a Remy Bumppo Board or Committee volunteer contact Karen Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.