On July 1, 2022, the Board of Governors of the South Orange Performing Arts Center installed Douglas Newman as Chairman of the Board and Marc Chalom as Vice Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Katherine Tooley, James Davis, III, Esq. and Dean Kameros recently joined SOPAC’s Board of Directors.
“I am honored and moved that the SOPAC Board of Directors elected me president,” Newman said. “Having served on our Board of Directors for 11 years, I have a strong understanding and appreciation of SOPAC’s strengths and needs to lead it into the future and for it to continue to serve as the cultural heart of South Orange. and surrounding communities.”
Newman added, “SOPAC has just completed its strategic planning process, in which it updated its mission and vision statements, core values and strategic pillars. I am especially pleased to lead SOPAC as we achieve the goals of our new strategic plan.
A longtime resident of South Orange and former President (Mayor) of South Orange Village from 2007-2011, Newman is well equipped to guide the city’s flagship arts institution into its 2022-23 season and beyond. An enterprising senior executive, Newman has over 40 years of diverse management experience in advisory, information, insurance, private banking and investments, e-delivery, retail banking , payment cards, marketing and non-profit organizations. He has worked at Global Credit Services, Innovis Data Solutions, Americana Financial Services (now Amwins Group, Inc.), Citigroup’s Private Bank, Citicorp, Bank of America and MasterCard Worldwide.
The Council’s second-in-command is Marc Chalom, a seasoned cable, broadcast and Internet media executive. A SOPAC board member for 2½ years, he is a founding executive of various networks, including A&E Networks, The Lifetime Cable Network, Food Court Entertainment Network and iNEXTV. He was the creator of A&E’s acclaimed “Biography” series and at Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) he was instrumental in the Emmy-winning series “3-2-1-Contact” and the famous “Sesame Street”.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve as Vice Chairman of SOPAC’s Board of Directors,” said Chalom. “Along with the staff, the new President and all other members of the Board, I am excited to work to help bring innovative and thought-provoking works to our stages. The coming seasons of SOPAC will continue to thrive. “providing transformative experiences for all of our audiences. With Cinema Lab’s The Village at SOPAC Cinemas and our diverse offerings, SOPAC will be a place to return to regularly as a hub of performing arts activity.”
Katherine (“Kat”) Tooley, current Vice President of Marketing at HubSpot overseeing the Global Experiential & Events department, previously held senior roles at Vice Media Group and Superfly, the company known for creating some of the most iconic festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, Outer Lands and Clusterfest.
“I am thrilled to work with the SOPAC Board of Directors to help this incredible community hub continue to grow and thrive,” said Tooley. “There are so many incredible opportunities for exploration, education and entertainment at SOPAC and I look forward to using my expertise around events and community programming to help continue to nurture and grow the SOPAC’s relationship with our community.”
James Davis, III, Esq. is a former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Counsel with a background in regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance combined with deep expertise in the banking industry. He currently works for Redesign Health. His former employers include TIAA-CREF, Providian Financial Corporation, Wells Fargo, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
“As a SOPAC Board Member, I will be able to combine my legal background with my love for music, all for the benefit of my community,” Davis said.
Since 2008, Dean Kameros has worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and currently serves as Executive Director of Field Operations – US Oncology with the company. Kameros has extensive experience in market research, business development and business strategy.
“As a 15-year resident of South Orange and a patron and donor to SOPAC, I am honored and thrilled at the opportunity to join its Board of Directors,” says Kameros. “SOPAC serves to make our community vibrant, diverse and joyful. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to provide more of what makes SOPAC great to members of South Orange, Maplewood and other communities.”
Excited about the three new additions to SOPAC’s Board of Directors, Board Chair Newman said, “The breadth and depth of experience and commitment of the volunteer Board members of The administration of SOPAC is essential to the success of its governance and its long-term viability. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are excited and grateful that Kat, James and Dean are volunteering their time and talent.”