Organization Attracts Talent; Works on Growth
Newark, NJ, March 21, 2016: This year marks GlassRoots 15th year serving the greater Newark community and the organization is making an unprecedented push to plan its future and meet community needs by honing and expanding its offerings. On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, GlassRoots Board unanimously voted to add five new members to its Board of Directors to help guide the Glass Arts Non-Profit’s mission to "transform the lives of underserved youth by fostering life-long learning and creative self-expression through the wonder of glass-making."
The new board members are Stephanie Baker, Assistant Dean of Academic Advisement at Berkeley College; Vicki Fernandez, Program Director at the institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School; Michael Petrucci, Vice President Area Manager for Provident Bank: Phil Smith, Vice President Business Development at Moody's Investor's Services, and Taseen Peterson, Newark resident and Founder of TapFactory LLC and Notefuly, Inc. Mobile Application Development Agencies.
"Each year I’m astounded at the level of experience we’re attracting to our Board,” said Barbara Heisler, Executive Director of GlassRoots. “GlassRoots is in a very exciting growth phase right now, adding and enhancing our programs and strengthening our organization. We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we are excited to welcome our new Board members. Each of these individuals’ deep professional backgrounds and passionate commitment to youth development and Newark will bring insightful perspectives to our Board.”
Taseen Peterson added, "Growing up in Newark and building businesses in this city I've learned the importance of community, support, partnership and having access to creative outlets to help round out my experiences and express myself. I'm truly honored to have the opportunity to help and to give back in my new role."
GlassRoots is a Newark-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for achievement to youth and young adults by engaging them in the creation of glass art and the development of entrepreneurial and life skills. GlassRoots programs are STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and are offered as in-school residencies, after-school and summer arts programs, and as workshops for teens and adults, using competency in handling molten glass as a pathway to personal development. Additionally, GlassRoots offers two workforce development programs to move young adults to the world of work. For more information, please call 973.353.9555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The mission of GlassRoots is to ignite and build the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark, with a focus on under-served youth and young adults, through the transformative power of the glass art experience.