Board Members and Staff
David Lyons, Founder and Board President
David Lyons founded Bethany Arts Community in May 2015. As President of the Board, Mr. Lyons brings a range of practical experience which he will apply in support of BAC’s purposes. For 10 years, he worked in the construction and plumbing industries. For the past 17 years, he has been actively working in a running a family real estate management company. Mr. Lyons’ appreciation for the arts began with influence from his grandfather who himself was a patron and supporter of the many disciplines of artist creation. While this brought him into direct contact with varying art forms, Mr. Lyons has only begun to explore his artistic potential. Being an active supporter and consumer of art as a result, Mr. Lyons’ commitment to BAC is inspired by several personal observances, lack of local art programs in the local community, unavailable quality of programming for children and firsthand knowledge of the detrimental effects of not being able to explore one’s own potential in the arts. Mr. Lyons’ philanthropic activities include support of Yonkers Partners in Education, Spring Community Partners and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Mr. Lyons will serve as the organizations volunteer Executive Director and will spend approximately 120 hours monthly on BAC related activities.
Kimball Lyons Gell, Board Member and Secretary
Kimball Lyons Gell has lived her entire life in New York State. She graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1976, and SUNY Albany in 1980, with a BS in economics. Kimball subsequently moved to Manhattan, where she lived for the next eighteen years. She has had three careers that embody the interests and fed the energy of their epoch. Her first career was in finance, working for several Wall Street firms before joining Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in 1986, as assistant vice president in equity capital markets. Following the birth of her second son in 1995 and led by a passion for books, a love of libraries, and a fascination with the nascent web technologies, she entered a master’s program in library science at Rutgers University, graduating with an MLS in 1997. For two years she managed the library at the Swedish Institute College in Manhattan. She moved with her family to Garrison, NY in 1997. After the birth of her third son in 2000, Kimball spent several years with her young children, and engaging with her new community. The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley is fuel for Kimball’s personal interest in running and hiking, and many hours are spent in those pursuits. In January 2004, Shelley Boris and Kimball partnered to start Fresh Company. Based out of the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY, Fresh Company provides food service for this respected organization. From that kitchen, Fresh Company offers off-premise catering for a wide range of events. In 2010 Fresh Company opened a café at the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. The newest project for Fresh Company is a restaurant opening in the spring of 2018 in Garrison. Kimball’s role at Fresh Company is in administration, event planning, and project development. Kimball currently lives in Beacon, NY with her youngest son and dog.
Laurie Birrittella, Board Member and Treasurer
Laurie Birrittella is the Chief Administrative Officer of Tiedemann Investment Group and affiliated entities (TIG Advisors LLC) since July 1991 and became a General Partner in 1996. TIG Advisors LLC is a registered investment advisor with the SEC and operates a group of hedge funds across diverse strategies and is based in New York, NY. During Laurie’s 29 year tenure with Tiedemann she has been part of the senior management team which oversees the management of all aspects of the firm’s front and back office operations which support the portfolio management teams on Tiedemann’s platform. Laurie attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and has undertaken further studies at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Laurie also currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Ferncliff Manor Inc, a not-for-profit organization supporting the mission of a unique residential school located in Yonkers, New York, founded in 1935 for children with developmental disabilities. Laurie formerly served as Chairperson and Treasurer of New Beginnings Nursery School in Tarrytown for ten years, a not-for-profit preschool.
Jessica Irons, Board Member and Vice President
Jessica Irons, is an Ossining resident and sits on the boards of Ossining MATTERS (Ossining’s Educational Foundation) and the Ossining Arts Project (The Village Art Committee). For 10 years she was the Artistic Director of the award winning, NYC based Andhow! Theater Company where she fostered new plays from a seed of an idea through to full productions. She directed Off & Off Off Broadway at the Flea, The Ohio, HERE Arts Center, 78th Street Theater Lab, Dixon Place, The Blue Heron Arts Center, The Ontological at St. Marks, New Georges and adobe theatre company. She was the Associate Artistic Director of Adobe Theatre Company and the Artistic Associate at Adirondack Theater Festival. As an educator she has directed/taught in Newark NJ, Redhook, Brooklyn, for the 52nd Street Project in Manhattan, Allan Stevenson, Fordham University, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and elsewhere throughout the tri-state area. She was the original therapeutic arts director at Children of Promise, NYC in Bedford Stuyvesant, where she developed and implemented therapeutic art & theater curricula for children of incarcerated parents. Jessica studied theater at Skidmore College (BA) and Creative Arts Therapy at the New School.
Brenda Montanile, Board Member
Brenda Montanile is the Founder and President of Palmas Mosaic Arts, a nonprofit organization which has been developing and creating community-based mosaic projects and educational workshops since 2011. Her passion for the art of mosaics has led her on a quest for classical training. Most recently, she has studied in Chicago, as a Certification student at The Chicago Mosaic School, and in Italy, using traditional tools, techniques and materials. Her work is greatly influenced by the Italian masters she has studied with, including Verdiano Marzi, Matteo Randi and Adriana Gallo. Memberships: The Chicago Mosaic School, Contemporary Mosaic Artists, International Polymer Clay Association, Licensed Puerto Rican Artesano, Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA)
Paul Wallace, Board Member
Paul Wallace is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. For over 30 years, Mr. Wallace has been making painting and sculpture. Paul’s range of work incorporates traditional painting techniques as well as contemporary tools such digital development and output.
Dana Teague, Board Member
Dana Teague is a Project Manager for a Public Utility in Boston. During her tenure with the Utility, Dana has worked in Information Technology, Human Resources and Electric Operations. Her role in Electric Operations runs the gamut from managing Technology projects, to managing corporate initiatives throughout the tristate territory. Prior to working at the Utility, Dana was a Senior Analyst in Information Systems with Bank of Boston for seven years. Dana is currently on the Human Resources Board for the Town of Brookline, MA. Dana’s past volunteer work includes: President of Fund Raising for the YMCA Chimney Corners Camp, President of the Library Committee at Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. Most importantly, Dana is an appreciative and grateful lover of the Arts.
Lindsey Francis, Board Member
Lindsey Francis graduated from Penn State University with a BFA and post bac in ceramics and a minor in psychology. From 2014 to 2015 she was the Valentine & Clark Westchester Community Foundation Emerging Artist at the Clay Art Center. Currently, Lindsey has her studio at her home in Ossining, NY where she is a member of the arts council and frequently shows her work at the local shops and restaurants. In addition to her ongoing studio work she is the Program Manager for the national Creative Aging organization Lifetime Arts, a community art show curator, mural artist, and an established Teaching Artist conducting more than 350 classes in the past five years.
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