PELHAM, NY — PELHAM ART CENTER is pleased to announce that two new members joined the Pelham Art Center Board of Directors in January 2018. The two members were elected mid-semester. The PAC Board welcomed Sona Davidian, Dana Diersen Buehrer, Katy Garry, Helena Grubesic and Chris Tahbaz as notable new members in September 2017, as well as Barbara Bratone, who returned to the Board after a year of travels.
JENNIFER HAWKS BLAND served as the 2017 Studio Café Event Chair. She is a member of the State Government Affairs and Policy group at Merck and is a primary representative of the company where legislative issues are concerned. Ms. Bland has held government affairs positions at notable pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). Before entering the field of law, she worked for six years for U.S Senator Thad Cochran in both of his Washington, D.C and Oxford, Mississippi offices. Ms. Bland has extensive volunteering which includes the Junior League of Washington, D.C and as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Northside Methodist Pre-School Gift Show, the annual fundraiser for the school, and parent volunteer positions at Pace Academy. Having moved from Atlanta, Ms Bland now resides in Pelham with her husband and two sons.
PATRICIA SPRAGUE GOETTEL is renowned in Pittsburgh, PA for pioneering the city’s fashion community. Over a span of twenty years (1996-2016) Ms. Goettel introduced and specialized in wearable art by a host of local, national and international designers. She is the owner of Patricia Boutique in Pittsburgh and was inducted into Pittsburgh’s Fashion Icon Hall of Fame in 2014 for her inspiring contributions to the fashion industry. Embracing her as a fashion and professional icon of the City of Pittsburgh, May 13th 2014 was declared Patricial Goettel Day. Besides her dedicated efforts to the promotion of the fashion industry in Pittsburgh, she was also a board member of Open Stage Theatre, Carebreak, and Fashion Group International. Ms Goettel recently relocated to Mount Vernon, NY.
“Pelham Art Center is honored to welcome such highly accomplished leaders of diverse backgrounds and skill sets,” said Jill Orlando, Chair. “We are confident that they all will contribute to the Art Center’s exciting future.”