Syracuse, NY (January 11, 2021) The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce three new appointments to its Board of Trustees. Bishop Dr. H. Bernard Alex, Daniela (Savinelli) Multa and Damian Vallelonga began their ministry on 1 January. They have completed a group of 25 trustees who will continue to guide Everson through the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and support upcoming endeavors that include launching a new café and planning a new sculpture garden at Everson Community Plaza, both aimed at driving tourism in central New York.
Along with the new appointees, current board member Louise Rosenfeld will move from honorary member to voting member of the board. Her gift of more than 3,000 functional ceramics will be used in the new, aptly named Everson Café. Louise.
Among the trustees who have completed their tenure in 2021 is Jessica Arp Daniel. The first female board chairwoman to hold the position of board chair since the early 1970s, Danielle was also the youngest in this position. She has been a trustee since 2016 and has helped lead Everson through many challenges and successes during her tenure.
The chair is served by Craig M. Boise, dean of Syracuse Law School. Dean Boyce has served on the Everson board of directors since 2017.
“Everson is a cornerstone of the arts and culture community in Syracuse, and I am pleased to continue my involvement with the Board of Trustees as chair,” said Boys. “I look forward to building on our growing reputation – locally and nationally, leveraging art to celebrate human diversity, and building community in Syracuse and across the region.”
“Jessica has truly pushed Everson to live up to her potential. We are grateful for her commitment and dedication to this position and know she will continue to be an active voice in Iverson’s future,” said Elizabeth Dunbar, Iverson’s principal.
Everson Museum of Art welcomes
Bishop Dr. Bernard AlexHe is a pastor and teacher at the Victory Temple Fellowship Church. Born in Syracuse, Dr. Alex has a background in English language education, curriculum development, and program design. He is currently on the Department’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship group, a creative alliance between Syracuse University, Le Moines College, and Harvard.
Dr. Alex currently serves as a board member of the Salvation Army, the Onondaga County Human Rights Commission, and is the DeWitt Township Police Commissioner. He is also president of the Syracuse chapter of the National Action Network (NAN). His late father, Joss, was Iverson’s longtime supervisor, at the James Street and Harrison Street locations.
Daniela (Savinelli) a lot Assistant Professor of Digital Advertising at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Most recently, she worked in the marketing departments of Facebook, GoPro, and Netflix, where she was responsible for advertising strategy. Prior to her work in Silicon Valley, Multa worked in digital media planning and procurement at OMD and MEC (now Wavemaker). Multa’s research interests include digital media ethics, specifically digital literacy, data ethics, and equity in media planning.
Multa also serves as Founder and Principal Consultant at CaliYork Consulting, a digital marketing consulting firm based in Syracuse, Director of Marketing at Domaine Lachaal, a Tunisian olive oil company based in Buffalo, and CEO of Black Media Mogul Maker, a diversified and comprehensive leadership training program company Business in digital media for the black community in Syracuse.
I grew up on the east side of Syracuse, Damian Vallelonga He is the owner of Echo, a multidisciplinary design studio that helps small businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities with graphic design, website design, and general arts. Vallelonga currently splits his time between working as a marketing consultant (Switchstance Marketing) and as a first-time real estate developer with Westcott Remix. He is active with the below 40 Public Arts Task Force and as a board member (now president) of the Westcott Neighborhood Association.
Everson is the Museum of Early adopters. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to a collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to establish a lecturer program and to hire internationally known architect I.M. Pei to design the building, a sculptural artwork in its own right. Located in Syracuse, New York, Everson is home to more than 10,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, and graphics and one of the largest international ceramics holdings in the country. Visit everson.org to learn more.