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June 13th, 2012

Five board members elected to the Orange County Arts Council

Tiombe Tallie Carter
Sugar Loaf - The Orange County Arts Council, a county-wide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts service organization, recently announced that five new members have been elected to its Board of Directors: Tiombe Tallie Carter, Michael Grant, Thomas Kennedy, Juan Oelofse, and Robert Schmick.

Tiombe Tallie Carter is the founder of Tallie Carter Law and president of NIME 360 LLC, an entertainment consulting, event management and planning company. Carter’s legal practice consists of entertainment, business, trusts & estates, and real estate law. She represents a diverse group of clients, including early stage companies, artists, producers and nonprofit organizations and has significant experience in economic development, business organizations and entertainment entities.

Carter’s public service includes positions as the Legislative & Public Policy Chair of the Black Leadership Commission on Aids, program coordinator of the Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley and president of the Alumni Association of the NEDA Sunday School Convention. She has served on the boards of the Greater Newburgh Family Health Center and Leadership Orange and as membership chair of the NAACP - Newburgh/Highland Falls Branch. She is recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award and 2004 Prestige Award.

Michael Grant is employed by Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Since 1982, he has worked in positions of increasing responsibility and currently is Senior Manager - Public Affairs for the company’s Central Division encompassing 21 communities in southern Orange County, New York and northern Passaic County, New Jersey. During his career at O&R, Grant served on the Company’s Community Investment Committee and Multi-Cultural Advisory Board.

He has also played an active role in his community for nearly 20 years. In addition to his participation in local government, Grant is First Vice-Chair of the United Way of Rockland County and an active member of the North Rockland Rotary. He is a graduate of both Leadership Rockland and the Rockland County Citizens Police Academy.

Thomas P. Kennedy is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York. Kennedy is a Partner in the accounting firm of O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins, LLP where he has worked for the past twenty years, most recently serving as the Partner in Charge of the Firm’s New Windsor office. He specializes in providing audit, accounting, tax and consulting services to closely held commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and the surrounding Tri-State Area.

Kennedy earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on its HealthCare Committee and the Board of Directors of the Mid-Hudson Chapter. Kennedy serves on the Board of Trustees of the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and is a musician and avid music lover.

Juan Oelofse serves as Vice President - Commercial Lending for TD Bank, NA. in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. Located in New Windsor, NY, he joined TD Bank in 2006 prior to which he served as Senior Business Development Officer at Valley National Bank in Paramus, NJ, and a Commercial Relationship Manager at Citibank in NY and NJ. Oelofse is a 1994 graduate of the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Robert Schmick is currently the Executive Director of Historic Warwick and previously held the position of Director of Museum Operations at Museum Village in Monroe. Schmick has been a teacher of writing, literature, and art for almost twenty years with experiences at the elementary, high school, and college level. Schmick interned with the Addison Gallery of American Art, which gave him the opportunity to apply his knowledge of art, literature, and history to the creation of resources that connect a fine art collection with school curriculums for use by teachers and their students. This resulted in a working model for both future print and online based teacher resources.

At Museum Village, Schmick focused on educational programming, outreach, online resources, events, fundraising, future development projects, and the creation of an endowment fund. He wrote and received three grants during his time at Museum Village, which have allowed the Museum to realize greater educational programming, create an oral history archives and realize a new blacksmithing shop that will provide hands-on instruction using 19th and early 20th century blacksmithing tools from the collection.

Board President Lisa Gubernick of M&T Bank says “I am so happy to see the board of the arts council growing. We have so many strong players already and to see the team augmented even further gives us an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience. We are a vibrant and diverse organization and we take our mission very seriously. Our passion for the arts, and its ability to heal, inspire and connect, keeps us working tirelessly to celebrate it at every level. We look forward to touching many more lives in the future and we are thrilled to have these five people working with us to accomplish this mission.”

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