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Jamie joined Friends of the Arts in 2016 and moved into his role as Executive Director the following year. Previously, he co-founded JonnyPops, a local ice cream startup, and led marketing and sales through the product's launch into regional grocery chains. Jamie is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where he earned a degree in music. He regularly performs in the Twin Cities with choirs and as a soloist and performing artist.
Board of Directors
Kathleen Nevells, Chair, has lived in St. Louis Park since 1997 with her husband and two children. Kathleen hols a BFA from University of Hartford in Connecticut and works for UnitedHealthcare.
Jason Marchiafava, Vice-Chair, holds a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota and Pratt Institute in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and now focuses on privately commissioned pieces. He currently works for Optum, the health services division of UnitedHeath Group.
Ryan Carriere, Treasurer, is a senior accountant at Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP located in St. Louis Park. Ryan is a graduate from University of St. Thomas, where he received degrees in accounting and finance. Although Ryan is more of a numbers person, his wife continues to help him appreciate the value the arts provide to a prospering community and family.
Frank Abramson is a semi-retired attorney who continues to help people resolve their legal issues as a neutral arbitrator and mediator. He is also on the Advisory Board of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP). He is a former chair of the St. Louis Park Cable Television Advisory Commission and served two terms as Board Chair of the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. He and his wife, Barb, resided in the Park for 42 years.
Robert Barghini is a licensed financial consultant at Ausdal Financial/American Senior Benefits, speicalizing in 401(K), retirement, investment planning, and long-term care insurance. He has been a St. Louis Park resident and involved in Community Theater for nearly 40 years.
Jenna Covey is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner at Minnesota IT Services. She has worked as a branding and digital strategy consultant for business and political candidates, and spent several years working in the nonprofit sector on financial development and digital strategy. Jenna has a bachelor's degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social psychology, and lives in Saint Louis Park with her husband, Brian, and the best dog and a very good cat.
Wendy Freshman recently retired after working 19 years as a family programs coordinator with the Minnesota History Center. Wendy is also a craft-book author and actor frequently performing in theater productions around the Twin Cities.
George Hagemann is a sculptor and a retired Sculpture Studio Manager for the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. He also owned an industrial supply company in St. Louis Park for many years. He has been active on several city public arts review panels and currently serves as the chair of the Arts and Culture Grant Program. George also is a commissioner for the St. Louis Park Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission.
Kären Larson is a graphic designer with over 17 years of experience and co-founder of LN Design Co. Her working past includes a public relations firm, a promotional advertising agency and two design firms before opening LN Design Co in 2017. Kären has experience managing clients and developing brands for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and many organizations in-between. Since 2008, she has art directed Architecture MN magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Architects. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Kären lives in St. Louis Park with her husband and their Spanish-speaking 9-year-old.
Jim McDonough Jr. has been a resident of St. Louis Park since 1975 and is a Fund Development Consultant for McDonough Associates. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the St. Louis Park Human Rights commission. Jim is the board chair of the Park Theater Company: St. Louis Park’s Community Theater.
Diane Pecoraro is the Community Poet of St. Louis Park. She has had a lifelong interest in the arts, particularly in literature, film and visual arts. Diane has been a member of both the film and art committees at the SABES JCC, and currently works as an instructor at Hamline University and as a volunteer in the adult ESL program in St. Louis Park.
Janice Reuland is a visual artist, education consultant, curriculum designer, and small business owner. She previously lived in Western Mexico and Mexico City where she co-owned and served as production assistant to a circus theater company and exhibited her artwork in a local gallery. In 2018, she turned her St. Louis Park lot into an urban flower farm, and she sells bouquets at weekly farmers markets in the summer.
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 more than 50 years, and currently plays in and serves on the board of the St. Louis Park Community Band. He is also a board member of the St. Louis Park Community and Youth Development Fund, and a member of St. Louis Park Rotary Club.
Eli Rosenberg is the director of PR & media partnerships at The Catch Co., and previously worked in Chicago with various startup companies, including co-founding Food Genius. Eli now lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two kids.
Estelle Tronson is a senior at St. Louis Park High School. She plays in the high school chamber orchestra and plays both tennis and lacrosse. She also participates in theater, Quiz Bowl and is an active SLP Nest committee member. She has lived in St. Louis Park her whole life.
Interested in joining the board?
Board members must live or work in St. Louis Park, attend board meetings on the final Thursday of each month, and have a desire to grow and support the local arts community.