Board of Directors
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

BOARD PRESIDENT Shelly Felder As Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Shelly Felder is responsible for promoting the culture of excellence in medicine and patient care at Mount Sinai Queens. Since joining Mount Sinai Queens, Felder has increased public response to the hospital’s educational offerings by nearly 93 percent. Responsible for community outreach and volunteer services, as well as Workplace Wellness, Felder has a strong commitment to the western Queens community. Felder has more than 25 years experience in public and private sector marketing communications. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing & Customer Relations at the 92nd Street Y, one of New York City’s preeminent cultural and community organizations. During her 10-year tenure, she was responsible for creating, implementing and managing the marketing and promotion of the Y’s hundreds of health, fitness, family, social, political, educational and performing and literary arts programs. She also worked at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City as Director of Group Sales and Marketing. Felder served on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the National Academy. Felder holds a BA in sociology and psychology from City University of New York, Hunter College.

BOARD MEMBER Mackenzi Farquer is the owner of Lockwood Shop, an on-trend, affordable micro-chain of stores in New York City. Lockwood currently has five locations in Astoria, Jackson Heights, and Greenpoint. In addition to her shop duties, Mackenzi is the owner and editor of We Heart Astoria, a popular neighborhood blog and online resource that features news, events, community happenings, in and around Western Queens. She’s an active member of Community Board 1 Queens. She lives in Astoria with her wife and daughter.

BOARD MEMBER George D. Mihaltses currently serves as Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at The New York Public Library.  He acts as the library’s liaison with elected officials and their staffs at the Federal, State and City levels. His responsibilities include, planning, developing, implementing and maintaining strategies for sustaining and increasing government support of the library and its programs. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr., Chairman of the New York City Council’s Public Safety Committee.  George holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Fordham University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University Law School in 2007 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008.  George was born and raised in Queens, New York and presently resides in Bayside.

BOARD MEMBER Nur-ul-Haq is Vice President, Counsel, Kids’ Compliance at ViacomCBS, where he advises on legal and regulatory compliance with the various laws and regulations relating to children, including the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Children’s Television Act, the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988, among others. Prior to joining ViacomCBS, Nur was Privacy Counsel, Americas for NBCUniversal, focusing on privacy and information security matters in the US, Canada, and Latin America relating to all divisions of the business, including film, news, entertainment, cable, digital, theme parks, movie ticketing, and internal business operations. Previously, Nur served as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Northeast Regional Office, where he led and participated in investigations and litigations relating to deceptive marketing and advertising practices, anticompetitive practices, and violations of various FTC rules. In that role, Nur also performed extensive consumer and business outreach on privacy, information security, identity theft, consumer credit, and other topics. Nur is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston University School of Law, cum laude, and is a member of the American Bar Association sections of Antitrust Law and Science and Technology Law, the New York State Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

BOARD MEMBER Rich Mintz – bio to come.

BOARD MEMBER Jonna Stark is a theatre and art enthusiast, and she can think of no better place to live than NYC where art and theatre abound!  She lives in Long Island City, Queens, where she is one of the top real estate agents at Halstead with over a decade of experience.  She appreciates the deep relationships she forms with her clients as she runs around the city she loves and gets deals done for them.  When Jonna moved to NYC in 2002, she served as a youth development counselor at a non-profit organization for at-risk youth.  She then worked as a full-time investigative writer, and then as a financial journalist for a daily national newspaper.  Jonna graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theatre.  She has experienced the joy of acting and directing herself for many years, and the world of theatre will always be one of her biggest passions.  She is also passionate about bringing art to NYC public schools, and you can find her doing art projects in classrooms a few times each school year.  She is thrilled to sit on the Board of Directors of such a dynamic theatre company right here in her very own borough of Queens.  She loves APAC’s mission to bring high-quality theatrical productions to Queens, as well as its community involvement with bringing free performance and play-writing programs to the youth and seniors of this borough.  Jonna also was elected and serves as a co-chair to the Real Estate Board of NY’s Queens Committee.

 In Memoriam: John Koprowski

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