On July 1, 2022, the Board of Directors of South Orange Performing Arts Middle appointed Douglas Newman as Chairman of the Board and Marc Chalom as Vice Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Katherine Tooley, James Davis, III, Esq. and Dean Kameros recently joined SOPAC’s Board of Directors.
“I am humbled and humbled that SOPAC’s Board of Directors has chosen me as Chair,” says Newman. “Having served on our Board of Directors for 11 years, I strongly perceive and admire the strengths of SOPAC and what it takes to lead it effectively over the longer term and continue to keep the cultural heartbeat of communities working in and around South Orange.”
“SOPAC has just completed its strategic planning process, in which it updates its imaginative and prescient mission and statements, core values and strategic pillars. I am especially excited to guide SOPAC as it achieves the goals of our new strategic plan,” Newman said.
A longtime resident of South Orange and former President (Mayor) of South Orange Village from 2007-2011, Newman is well-equipped to guide the city’s anchor arts establishment into the 2022-23 season and beyond. An enterprising top executive, Newman has more than 40 years of administration expertise in consulting, data, insurance coverage, personal banking and investments, digital distribution, retail banking, paid playing cards, advertising and non-profit organizations. He has worked at International Credit Score Companies, Innovis Knowledge Options, Americana Financial Companies (now Amwins Group, Inc.), Citigroup Private Bank, Citicorp, American Bank and MasterCard Worldwide.
The council’s second-in-command is Marc Chalom, senior supervisor of cable, broadcast and web media. He has been a SOPAC board member for 2½ years and is arguably one of the founding directors of networks like A&E Networks, The Lifetime Cable Community, Meals Courtroom Leisure Community and iNEXTV. He was the creator of A&E’s acclaimed ‘Biography’ sequence and was instrumental in Youngsters’s TV Workshop’s (now Sesame Workshop) Emmy-winning ‘3-2-1-Contact’ and the acclaimed ‘ Sesame Road”.
“It is an honor to serve as Vice-President of the Government at SOPAC,” said Chalom. “Along with the employees, the newly appointed President and all other members of the Board of Directors, I am excited to serve to convey progressive and challenging work at our levels. The approaching SOPAC seasons will continue to provide transformative experiences for all of our audiences. Cinema Lab’s Village at SOPAC Cinemas and with our various choices, SOPAC could be a place to return to often as a center for performing arts events.”
Katherine (“Kat”) Tooley, the current vice president of advertising and marketing, who oversees the Global Experiences and Events division at HubSpot, previously held leadership positions at Vice Media Group and at Superfly, known for having created some of the most iconic in the world. festivals, with Bonnaroo. The Outer Lands and Clusterfest.
“I am very pleased to work with the SOPAC Board of Directors to help this great neighborhood hub continue to grow and evolve,” says Tooley. “There are so many unimaginable avenues for discovery, education and recreation at SOPAC, and I sit down to put my experience into opportunities and neighborhood programs to continue nurturing and growing the relationship of SOPAC with our neighborhood.”