Chair - Michael Klement
Michael Klement is a network administrator and also a freelance photographer, specializing in architecture and landscapes for over the last 10 years. He has served on the board of directors for SLP FOTA for over the last 4 years and also served on the Hopkins Center for the Arts board of directors.
Vice Chair - Jason Marchiafava
Jason Marchiafava holds a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the U of M and Pratt Institute in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally as well as producing privately commissioned work. He currently works for Optum, a UnitedHeath Group Company. Jason lives in SLP with his wife and daughter.
Treasurer - Sandy Hicks
Sandy Hicks is the Controller at Slocum, an investment consulting firm in Minneapolis. Sandy is both a patron of and supporter of the arts. She studied jazz dance for 15 years at Zenon Dance Company, co-founded an online bookstore for local independent authors and publishers which served as a model for other local book fulfillment houses, and mentored the publication of Lit Kids: Mama Bird and the Electric Rabbit, a collection of work written by students in the 2007 Literary Arts program at Perpich Center for Arts Education.
Secretary - Pam Luer
Pam Luer is a visual artist with a BFA in fina arts from the U of M. She is a long time resident of SLP and currently organizes the Artful Book club which meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
George Hagemann is a sculptor, studio volunteer and former sculpture studio manager at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, as well as owner of Victory Resource Group, an industrial supply business in St. Louis Park. He has been active on several St. Louis Park pubic art review panels, the Arts and Culture Grant program, and other community projects. He is also a commissioner for the Park & Rec Advisory Commission in St. Louis Park. Geroge serves as the FOTA liaison with the City and the SLP Parks and Rec program.
Jim Rhodes is a retired Legislative Director with the Department of Administration of the State of Minnesota. He was a State Representative from 1993-2004. Jim has been an alto sax player for 50 years, Chair of the St. Louis Park Community foundation; member of the St. Louis Park Rotary Club and former member of their Foundation Board; President of the St. Louis Park Community Band, board member Clearway MN, board member Minnesota Board of School Administrators. Jim also serves as a liaison to the SLP Community Foundation and SLP Rotary Club.
Emily Carney works for The Dillon Group as their eCommerce Manager. Emily is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Communication Studies and Theatre Arts. When she is not working, Emily enjoys spending time being active around the Minneapolis area lakes and parks.
Rick Person is a lifelong resident of St. Louis Park. He is a retired employee of the St. Paul Department of Public Works, where he has been active in coordinating Public Art St. Paul. Rick has served on the City’s neighborhood grant program advisory committee and the St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant Review Committee. Rick serves as a laiaason with the Comm Ed Advisory Council, League of Women Voters and Parktacular.
Brec Huseby works as a healthcare executive for Design-LLC. He is currently involved in the Make a Wish Foundation. Brec lives in St. Louis Park with his family.
Jim McDonough has been a resident of St. Louis Park since 1975. He is a Fund Development Consultant for McDonough Associates. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the SLP Human Rights commission and volunteers for Community Theater. Jim serves as a laiason with the Park Theater Company.
Diane Pecoraro, a writer of verse, has been the community poet of St. Louis Park for the past two years. She is also a consultant in instruction and program management in the field of English as a Second Language for adult refugees and immigrants and enjoys working with newcomers who are language learners.
Mark Hauck is a theater director and designer, and owner of Bluestem Construction. He was the director of the award-winning Hopkins High School theater program for 5 ½ years and founder of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN. He has directed or designed over 60 plays.
Michele Willinganz joins the board in 2014.
Robert Barghini joins the board in 2014.
Frank Abramson joins the board in 2014.
Executive Director - Jaime Meyer
Jaime Meyer to St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts. Jaime comes to FOTA with a wealth of nonprofit management, raising money for esteemed organizations such as the Ordway, the MN Opera, United Theological Seminary and One Yoga. It's Jaime's love and passion for the arts that makes him such a terrific fit to lead this community organization into the future. He's been a teaching artist with robust involvement in arts programs throughout Minnesota and around the country as a writer, performer, producer, artistic director and art critic.