Frank Herbert: Interim Chairman of the Board, has been on the Ives Authority board since it was founded prior to the 2007 season. He has been a major force behind the Fine Arts Series as a director, producer and production manager and has 35 years of professional performing arts experience in Connecticut, New York and internationally. Frank was the founding Chairman of the WCSU Theatre Department in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. He serves on the HVCA board, The Child Care Commission and The Friends of The North Castle Library board. Frank looks forward to collaborating with the Ives board, university and community to bring an even broader set of cultural offering at Ives. “Ives is a beautiful setting where great things are going on.”
Sherri Hill: A public relations professional for more than 25 years, Sherri Hill is associate director of Public Relations at Western Connecticut State University. Sherri formerly was director of public relations for two entertainment industry trade associations (NARM and VSDA) and also ran her own PR consulting company. She serves the Ives as Board Secretary. A live music enthusiast, Sherri lives in Bethel and has a daughter who recently graduated from college.
Gina Marcus: A lifelong lover of the arts, Gina grew up with a Mom who brought her to every outlet for the arts possible. Gina has worked during her career as an event planner for places like The Parrish Art Museum, The New York Botanical Garden, The Katonah Museum of Art and Marcus Dairy. Now, she is married to a wonderful guy and has a 5-year-old daughter who is currently being groomed to be the next Prima ballerina for The American Ballet Theater or the newest member of the E Street Band – it could go either way.
Brett DeWeese: An event management and trade show professional for over 19 years, Brett DeWeese is the director of International Sales for Reed Exhibitions, a leading trade show organizer in Norwalk, Conn. He currently works on events for the publishing, golf, casino, eye care, pharmaceutical processing and transportation/logistic industries. An avid music fan and concert goer, Brett has been volunteering at the Ives for more than nine years. Brett grew up in Danbury and lives in Brookfield with his wife Joanne and daughter Emma.
Tanya Wulff Truax: Interim Treasurer, Tanya Wulff Truax is a marketing professional that has worked in the Fairfield County banking industry for many years. She is Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations & Relationship Strategies at Newtown Savings Bank, and holds an MBA from Sacred Heart University. The eldest of three siblings, Tanya was born in Germany and raised in Italy, Spain and England until the family relocated to the U.S. in her teens. She was exposed to a variety of cultures from a young age, and has maintained a passion for travel, eclectic music and ethnic cuisine to this day. Tanya lives in Monroe, Conn., with her husband Steve and their multitude of pets, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
John Voket brings a virtual Swiss Army knife of skill sets to the Ives Board. He has been Associate Editor for The Newtown Bee since 2004, serves as Director of Public Affairs for Connoisseur Media’s Connecticut radio group, and is in his 25th year hosting the award-winning ‘For the People’ public affairs program, which is syndicated on eight radio stations statewide. John has also been an avid concertgoer since the early 1970s, and has produced music and concert reviews, photography and artist interviews professionally since 1979. He volunteers for a number of worthy causes, and is also a professional musician and disc jockey who fell in love with the Ives on his first visit and is thrilled to be supporting this unique and special arts and entertainment venue.
Brian McKenna is founder and CEO of McKenna Group Productions LLC, a management, media, music, production, company whose mission is to support, guide and mange talent with their creation of high quality content. He currently manages seven professional artists, three Grammy Award winning engineers and two Grammy Award winning producers. Prior to forming MGP LLC, Brian was a partner and COO of a global music, entertainment, and media company called SevenSeas Entertainment, Inc. A seasoned music executive with over 20 years of experience, Brian was formerly Vice President, Audio Operations and Marketing of Sony Music Studios in New York City where he was responsible for creating and overseeing a 12MM annual audio operation, in addition to driving business development and marketing initiatives. While at Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. Brian increased the studio division’s sales by 50% through the implementation of a worldwide digital distribution model for Sony Music’s global manufacturing plants. Brian has worked with a wide-range of artists from Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Herbie Hancock. He has won a DOWNBEAT award, been interviewed by many music industry magazines, and holds a Masters of Music from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College.