ARENA DANCES Board of Directors

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
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.

Derek Vescio, Board Treasurer | Emerson
A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus, Derek brings his financial acumen from his years with companies such as TCF Bank, Target, Lifetouch, and his current role as Finance Manager with Emerson to his role as Board Treasurer.

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.

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