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 TREASURER John Koprowski received a BS in Accounting from St. Peter’s College and an MBA in Economics from NYU. After two years working with the CPA firm of Deloitte & Touche he received his CPA license. After working for twelve years with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn as the VP for Accounting and Information Systems, John joined the Ford Foundation, first as Comptroller and later as Treasurer and Director of Financial Services. In 1993 he started his own consulting firm, John J. Koprowski & Associates, working exclusively in the non-profit sector. As a member of the arts community, he has produced and performed four cabaret shows and has appeared at many clubs in the NYC area. As an actor, he is a member of the award winning Blue Coyote Theatre Company and has also appeared in and co-produced a number of shows with Without Papers Productions, a company he co-founded. John has been the Board Treasurer of the Singers Forum for over ten years and joined the APAC Board in 2008.

BOARD MEMBER Kadie Black moved to Long Island City in May of 2014 from Miami. In Miami, Kadie served as the Legislative and Communication Director for the lead foster care organization that oversees foster care and related services in Miami-Dade and The Florida Keys. In this role, Kadie worked with key leadership to ensure good policy decisions on behalf of kids in foster care. Kadie joined the New York Blood Center in August of 2015, where she currently works with large companies to facilitate their lifesaving efforts and partnerships with the New York Blood Center. Kadie enjoys the arts and all that NYC has to offer in the way of cultural experiences. Kadie is proud to serve on the APAC board to support all the programming, especially those efforts to bring art into the classroom through the Playmaking Program.

BOARD MEMBER Mackenzi Farquer is an interior designer and the owner of the Astoria based lifestyle store, Lockwood Shop. She holds a BS in Finance & Banking from the Granger School of Business at University of Wisconsin and an AS from the New York School of Interior Design. In addition to her retail store, Mackenzi is co-founder of the popular blog group, We Heart Productions, which produces We Heart Astoria, We Heart LIC, and We Heart Sunnyside. Together they cover the richly diverse local food & culture scene in Western Queens. She has lived in Astoria for over a decade.

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 began his interest in the theater when he performed as “spoiled child #3” in a production of The Lollipop Dragon as a kindergartner. Since then, Nur forayed into the theater throughout his scholastic and collegiate career, as both a performer and a technician, and is now very pleased to act as an audience member and general patron of the arts.  Currently, Nur serves as Vice President for Kids’ Compliance in the Law Department of Viacom, home to Nickelodeon, the top-rated network for kids. In that capacity, Nur advises on various issues relating to privacy, advertising, and other legal and regulatory matters concerning children. Prior to joining Viacom, Nur was an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and Privacy Counsel for the Americas at NBCUniversal. Nur is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Georgetown University in Washington DC, and Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has been a resident of New York City for the past decade.

BOARD MEMBER Renée Lasher was born and raised in New York City, where she attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts and received her BA in theatre from Stockton University.  She holds an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, and spent 18 years in the not-for-profit theatre industry as a house manager, drama teacher, arts education curriculum developer, business manager, and union contract negotiator.  She is currently Coordinator of Contact Administration for the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents the faculty and administrative staff of the City University of New York.  Renée is also a volunteer member member of the Blue Hill Troupe, a charitable theatre group, and a former member of the Disability in Entertainment and the Arts Link committee of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.

ADVISOR Lynn Lobell has served on the Advisory Board of the Astoria Performing Arts Center since 2010. She currently is Queens Council on the Arts Managing Director. Prior to her current appointment, Lynn served as Director of the Queens Community Arts Fund (QCAF) for over ten years. Lynn has spearheaded several vital projects at QCA. She penned QCA’s Grant Writing Basics booklet, conceptualized and implemented the Individual Artist Initiative pilot which is now the Artists Peer Leadership Circle at QCA. Lynn has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as additional grant maker discussion panels for various organizations throughout New York City. Lynn holds an Arts Management Certificate from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Alabama. She participated in a graduate internship at the International Center for Photography. Lynn has also worked as a freelance photographer as well as an artist’s representative and photo editor for various publications. When she is not at QCA, Lynn enjoys exploring all corners of NYC and exploring the food and cultural scene.



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