The following is from a press release.
Five area residents have joined the board of directors of local non-profit Arts Unbound. The organization provides visual arts education and professional development to help artists with disabilities and senior artists compete on the retail art market. Arts Unbound offers services at their studio, in students’ homes, and at various locations around New Jersey. The Arts Unbound retail gallery and studio are located in the Valley Arts District section of Orange.
The new members are Susan Young, Patricia A. Bell, Joanne Douds, and Leonard Bornstein of South Orange, and Mari D’Alessandro of Maplewood.
Young, a former board member and advisor, has re-joined the board as its new chair. Her experience includes international accounting, auditing, insurance, and business consulting in addition to her philanthropic efforts in the field of visual arts. She is the former chief financial officer of Skandia America Reinsurance Corporation and managing member of Young & Co., LLC, a firm she started with her husband, which specialized in equity investments and business consulting.
Bell is a nationally-recognized financial advisor and key member of the New Jersey contemporary art scene with advisory, trustee, and board positions at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark NJ, Visual Arts Center of NJ, the Garden State Arts Counsel, The Montclair Art Museum, and the Newark Museum. She is a Managing Director-Wealth Management, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Short Hills, NJ.
Douds is Vice President of Development and Global Markets for Prominent Properties Sothebys International Realty. She has a background in business development with experience in global networks and marketing strategy, and is a recognized and requested speaker in real estate, marketing and the nonprofit sectors. She is a board member of the South Orange Historic and Preservation Society, and a member of the GreenFaith Council for Environmental Advocacy.
Bornstein served twenty-seven and a half years as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in Livingston, N.J. He has served as a leader of non-profit organizations related to special education, including Jespy House in South Orange (where he is also a board member) and Spur Services.
Bornstein has also been a keynote and guest speaker for numerous organizations and school systems across the country. He is the author of several articles and published a children’s book called “No-Hop: The Kangaroo Who Thought He Couldn’t”. He also served as interim executive director for Arts Unbound in 2013.
D’Alessandro brings to Arts Unbound more than 25 years’ experience in creative marketing, program development, earned income strategies, board management, interim management, and public relations. She is principal in M. D’Alessandro & Associates L.L.C, a group specializing in museum and creative institution management. She is the former director of programs and communications for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and currently works with the Montclair Art Museum in retail and rental
The new members will join the current board of directors of Arts Unbound, which includes founder Catherine Lazen of South Orange, Dr. Sam Carruth of Maplewood, Robert O’Brien of Nutley, Alan Hirsh of Clifton, and Toni Thomas of Newark.