ARENA DANCES Board of Directors

In addition to our current members (below), ARENA DANCES is seeking new board members, with an emphasis on event planning and marketing.

Tom Hines, Board Chair | W+Noordijk, Inc.
Tom brings his wealth of experiences from his time at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Having worked on the Grand Opening of The Cowles Center in 2011, Tom lead the growth of staff, the development of the Distance Learning Program, and supported the Center’s vision for being the premier stage for Minnesota dance. Tom currently works with W+Noordijk, Inc. in coordinating special events for marketing, leasing arts focused real estate projects, and adjudicating the Artist Selection Process.

Kimberly Peterson, Board Secretary/Vice-Chair | Her Voice Productions
Kimberly connects organizations, their missions, and the public by creating engaging and impactful experiences through art in the public sphere, elevating the dialogue around aesthetics, and encouraging collaborative exploration between organizations. Her work has included organizations such as Northern Lights MN, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Soap Factory, Dancing Classrooms Minnesota, Eureka Recycling, TEDxEdina, and the American Cancer Society. Kimberly holds her Masters of Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University’s prestigious dance program.

Anshul Bhardwaj, Board Treasurer | World Fuel Services

Carter Averbeck, Board Member | Omforme Design
Involvement with the arts is essential for Carter Averbeck. Hailing from Seattle WA this happy transplant holds a degree in fine art, which he has turned into a successful business with Omforme Design. His past endeavors in the arts have included a position with Dancing The Edge Dance Co and creative backdrops and props for several theaters in both Seattle and the Twin Cities.

Emmy Carter, Board Member | Cedar Cultural Center
Emmy Carter has over a decade of experience in fundraising and communications with leading arts institutions including The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Cunningham Dance Foundation where she supported the groundbreaking Legacy Plan to celebrate and preserve the creative legacy of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. She continues this work as Director of Development and Communications at The Cedar Cultural Center, a global music venue and cultural hub of Minneapolis, and an Adjunct Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Jessi Fett, Board Member | The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Jessi Fett is a graduate from Hamline University with a degree in Theatre Arts and a K-12 Dance/Theatre teaching license. For the past 8 years she has successfully and sustainably grown The Cowles Center’s school residency program, building partnerships with schools across the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota and extending dance education nationally through distance learning technology. As Education Director, she oversees all aspects of the education department including Dance without Barriers and First Moves residency programs, which provide dance experiences for more than 6,000 MN students annually.

Marlys Gould, Board Member | US Bank
Marlys Gould is an Up North girl educated at William Mitchell College of Law. Her career experiences as a Corporate and Contract Lawyer for corporate clients such as Best Buy and T-mobile, to her current role as Vice President and Contracts Administration for US Bank bring a wealth of guidance and legal expertise to the board.

Gustave Mutombo, Board Member| Robins Kaplan
Gustave Mutombo is a graduate of St. Thomas University with an MBA from Hamline. His career in corporate banking and finance has lead him to his current role as a Legal Financial Analyst with Robins Kaplan. His commitment to service instilled by his education and through his work with Project for Pride in Living, coupled with his desire to expand his horizons, has lead him to Board service with ARENA.