Board of Directors

Dennis MacDonald – Chairman/Treasurer 

Dennis is currently serving his second 6-year term on the Board of Finance for the town of Bridgewater, Connecticut and has held the position of Chairman.  He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Bridgewater Congregational Church. Prior to retirement, Dennis was employed for over 20 years as a Senior Vice President at Reed Exhibitions. Reed Exhibitions produces over 500 tradeshows and conventions world-wide.  Dennis specialized in developing partnerships with non-profit industry associations for events produced by Reed. Prior to joining Reed, Dennis was the U.S. Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Management for an international corporation in the life safety industry, where he was employed for over 15 years. During this time Dennis was a member and elected Executive Vice President of the Security Industry Association. Dennis is a graduate of Newtown High School and attended Sacred Heart University earning a degree in Sociology.  For many years he was an “on the air” personally at WSHU- 91.1 FM. Dennis lives in Bridgewater with his wife Kristin who recently retired from Pilobolus, the world renown dance company.  He also volunteers at Lime Rock Park raceway and can be found at local pubs & establishments playing guitar and bass in several Rock & Roll bands.

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Brett DeWeese – Vice Chair

An event management and trade show professional for more than 20 years. Brett DeWeese has worked 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 twelve years. Brett grew up in Danbury and lives in Brookfield with his wife Joanne and daughter Emma.

gina marcus zoomGina Marcus – Secretary

A strong believer that Art and Music feeds the Soul, I have spent my career working in the Not-for-Profit sector. I continue my quest to bring the message of the Ives Concert Park to the masses, while helping to raise my daughter with the help of many, including my wonderful family based in New Haven County and Fairfield County in Connecticut.

This is a magical place and hope you join me in enjoying all that it has to offer.

Follow my Instagram at Gimarcus and of course my daughter as she pursues a lifetime obsession with Art and Style at Funnybun_1325.

Missy Alexander – Board Member

Missy Alexander is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University, where she oversees all academic programs from Early College to Graduate.  Prior to being appointed to the position of Provost, she served as Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at WCSU, championing interdisciplinary programs and general education reform. Dr. Alexander taught communication at Marist College for nine years, and then took on leadership roles there as both Assistant Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts, and Director of the branch campus in Italy. She earned her doctorate in Media Ecology from New York University, and her MA and BA from Hunter College.  When not working in higher education, she and her husband perform locally as the duo MissyandBill, featuring jazz, country, blues, and original music.

Paul Barkan – Board Member

Paul Barkan is Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Newtown Savings Bank and joined the Bank in 2016. He is responsible for leading the Risk Management, Compliance and Anti-Fraud units and has held various financial-related positions in Compliance and Risk Management during the course of his career.  Mr. Barkan earned a B.A. from Binghamton University in 1990 and a J.D. from American University in 1993.  He is currently a member of the ACAMS and has extensive experience in project management, data privacy and security, regulatory compliance, risk & crisis management, AML-KYC due diligence, risk assessments, monitoring and testing, and employee training.


Hayden Bates – Board Member

Hayden has curated/promoted the “Live at the Edmond Town Hall” music series in Newtown, Connecticut, since 2011. He has hosted a wide array of internationally-touring acts, and donated all profits back to restoration and technological upgrade efforts at the Depression-era theater. Hayden has also contributed to restoring and renovating the 150-year old theater in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, one of the 10 oldest surviving Opera Houses in America. He has worked in the financial advisory field for 12 years, and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.A. from Marist College. Hayden lives with his girlfriend, Briana, and his dog, Karenin, in Newtown.