Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Thanks to departing Board members, and welcome to new:

Every June, some members rotate off the Board of Directors, and others join for a three-year term. It’s a system that ensures stability, while also bringing in new energy and new ideas. Board service is a great way to give back to this dance community, and board members do so by attending monthly meetings, taking on special projects, being alert to ways to enhance the experience of dancers, raising funds, overseeing operations, and more.

If you see Roger Forsberg, Hassan Saffouri, Ron Williams and Roger Schaffhausen, give them your thanks for their contributions. And, please welcome Jeanne Novak, Todd Petersen and Ed Stern as newcomers to the Board. Feel free to give them, and any Board member, or me, your comments and ideas about Tapestry. (The photo panel outside the office will help you match faces and names.)

Mary Cummings
Executive Director

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Marc Scovill, President
Claudia Graebel Beermann, Vice President
Jeanne Novak, Treasurer
Todd Petersen, Secretary

Madhu Bangalore
David Dixen
Barbara Beltrand
Barbara Hassing
David Kirchner
Ed Stern
Carole Wilson

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Mary Cummings, Executive Director

Mary Cummings is a professional arts administrator, with leadership experience in visual, literary and performing arts organizations, including The Loft Literary Center, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Minnesota Museum of Art, Missoula Museum of the Arts, and others. She joined Tapestry as Executive Director in September of 2011. She writes: “I love Tapestry’s mission statement, especially the phrase ‘creates opportunities for participation in the joys of dance and music.’ I find great joy in connecting people with an art form that brings out their creativity, energy and sense of the beautiful. There’s a hunger for expression through dance, and Tapestry is an amazing place to meet that need.”

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Dana Hoeschen, Financial Assistant

Dana Hoeschen joined us as Financial Assistant, bringing extensive experience in project and office management and accounting functions.

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Leslie MacKenzie, Marketing Assistant & Rental Manager

Leslie is responsible for marketing the Center and its activities, for managing studio rentals and assisting with facilities. She began dancing at Tapestry in 1994, doing Contra dance and swing. When she met her husband-to-be, she brought him to Tapestry to see how well they fit together on the dance floor. A natural community organizer with tremendous enthusiasm, she enjoys connecting people to organizations and activities they’ll love. “What I have always appreciated about Tapestry is that it is a safe space. In a world filled with work and responsibility, dance provides an opportunity for sheer joy, and it’s accessible to everyone – no experience needed. “

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