ACAC Board of Directors

 

Mary Zurn is a retired educator who served in the field of early childhood education as an influential instructor, administrator, and designer of innovative interactive multimedia applications and teaching materials. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emory University and a Master’s Degree in special education and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood education from Georgia State University. She worked for 10 years with IBM’s K-12 Education Division where she designed and managed the development of multiple technology-based programs. Most recently, as president of Education and Professional Development for Primrose Schools, she oversaw the development of curriculum and training for all its schools nationwide. In her role, Dr. Zurn also served as a company spokesperson on education and child development related topics. She and her husband Warren moved to Acworth in 2008 to be closer to the Primrose corporate office and decided to stay when she retired. She has found it to be an ideal place to live and pursue her interests in gardening, reading, and community connections while still being close to her two sons and their families who live in Atlanta.

Mary Zurn is a retired educator who served in the field of early childhood education as an influential instructor, administrator, and designer of innovative interactive multimedia applications and teaching materials. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emory University and a Master’s Degree in special education and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood education from Georgia State University.

She worked for 10 years with IBM’s K-12 Education Division where she designed and managed the development of multiple technology-based programs. Most recently, as president of Education and Professional Development for Primrose Schools, she oversaw the development of curriculum and training for all its schools nationwide. In her role, Dr. Zurn also served as a company spokesperson on education and child development related topics. She and her husband Warren moved to Acworth in 2008 to be closer to the Primrose corporate office and decided to stay when she retired. She has found it to be an ideal place to live and pursue her interests in gardening, reading, and community connections while still being close to her two sons and their families who live in Atlanta.

Daniel Boffey, President, retired to Acworth in 2011 after a 27 year career with New York University where he was Director of Administration and Programs for a division of the School of Continuing Education. He was responsible for proposing, developing and producing courses, national conferences and degree programs. He holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in communications. He has had extensive involvement with the nonprofit world after serving on numerous church and association boards. His love of the arts go back to his childhood when he taught himself to play guitar and joined a band in his teens and acted in many theatrical productions in his early years. Currently, he expresses that love of the performing arts by entertaining monthly at a variety of local senior facilities. He lives with his wife Michelle. His son Mercer is a storyboard artist living in Hollywood.

Daniel Boffey, President, retired to Acworth in 2011 after a 27 year career with New York University where he was Director of Administration and Programs for a division of the School of Continuing Education. He was responsible for proposing, developing and producing courses, national conferences and degree programs. He holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in communications. He has had extensive involvement with the nonprofit world after serving on numerous church and association boards. His love of the arts go back to his childhood when he taught himself to play guitar and joined a band in his teens and acted in many theatrical productions in his early years. Currently, he expresses that love of the performing arts by entertaining monthly at a variety of local senior facilities. He lives with his wife Michelle. His son Mercer is a storyboard artist living in Hollywood.

Amy BeVille, Secretary, is an executive who is qualified for reengineering under-performing organizations into operationally efficient entities. She is passionate about community development and tenacious in attaining goals; she is equally adept at strategic planning and tactical execution. Her history of community networking and quantifiable success in volunteer recruitment, creative partnering and fundraising speaks for itself. She has a successful record of designing and producing events, including community information gatherings, that improve awareness of social concerns and provide corresponding resources to make a real difference in the lives of others. She is equally adept at working one-on-one to assist persons in personal growth and development, dealing with specific issues, crises and/or diagnosis.

Her work experience includes 20-plus years in the nonprofit area. She has been Pastor of church congregations, Executive Director of Disaster Case Management Agency, Voluntary Agency Specialist for FEMA, Owner/Producer of an Organic Farm, and a Singer/Songwriter at Singing Crow Music.

Darlene Knight, Treasurer,  is a leading citizen of Acworth. She founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the former Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theatre on Main. Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.  

Darlene Knight, Treasurer,  is a leading citizen of Acworth. She founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the former Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theatre on Main. Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.

 

Brenda Smith, Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Brenda Smith began her artistic career as the creative director for an advertising agency. After 25 years in the advertising world, she easily transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design, immediately finding favor and recognition from jewelry industry peers, organizations and high-end jewelers and clients.  Brenda’s popularity gained mainstream recognition when celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor featured her Celebration earrings at the Academy Awards, the Emmys and on Los Angeles television. Likewise, her work has been in the Forbes Gallery in NYC, in Promenade, New York Luxury Magazine and has several pieces in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Brenda has her F&PA in design from Kent State University and her EMBA from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of AGTA, CPAA, SNAG, WJA, MJSA, GIA, FSG, Georgia Goldsmith Group, the Gem and Mineral Society and sits on the board for Healing for the Nations, Marietta, GA.

Brenda Smith, Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Brenda Smith began her artistic career as the creative director for an advertising agency. After 25 years in the advertising world, she easily transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design, immediately finding favor and recognition from jewelry industry peers, organizations and high-end jewelers and clients. 

Brenda’s popularity gained mainstream recognition when celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor featured her Celebration earrings at the Academy Awards, the Emmys and on Los Angeles television. Likewise, her work has been in the Forbes Gallery in NYC, in Promenade, New York Luxury Magazine and has several pieces in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.

Brenda has her F&PA in design from Kent State University and her EMBA from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of AGTA, CPAA, SNAG, WJA, MJSA, GIA, FSG, Georgia Goldsmith Group, the Gem and Mineral Society and sits on the board for Healing for the Nations, Marietta, GA.