ACAC Board of Directors

 

Gerra Anya, Treasurer A graduate of Rockhurst University with a M.Ed, her specialization is in integrating art, literature and history into the education curriculum. Prior, she earned a business degree and worked in a contract position with Wells Fargo in grant making and wealth management services. She has served on two boards, the Boys and Girls Club and the Traditional Music Society, which specialized in drumming and dancing from the West African countries and the Caribbean.                  

Gerra Anya, Treasurer A graduate of Rockhurst University with a M.Ed, her specialization is in integrating art, literature and history into the education curriculum. Prior, she earned a business degree and worked in a contract position with Wells Fargo in grant making and wealth management services. She has served on two boards, the Boys and Girls Club and the Traditional Music Society, which specialized in drumming and dancing from the West African countries and the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Boffey, Secretary, Daniel 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 join 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, Secretary, Daniel 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 join 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.

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.

Darlene Knight, Board Member A leading citizen of Acworth, she founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theater on Main from 2007 to 2014.  Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.  

Darlene Knight, Board Member A leading citizen of Acworth, she founded the Serendipity House and generously provided the space for the Main Street Gallery. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Acworth and was actively engaged in the Theater on Main from 2007 to 2014.  Ms. Knight is also the owner and proprietor of the Dogwood Terrace, a fine restaurant on Main Street.

 

Amy BeVille,  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.

Richard Searle studied Art as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Printmaking.  He was a member of the Visions Artist Guild while at KSU and co-founder of KSU Print Club. Richard went on to complete his studies as a Arts Educator with a Masters degree (M.A.T) in Art Education. Certified K-12 in State of Georgia, Richard teaches Art at Mt. Paran High School. 

Richard Searle studied Art as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Printmaking.  He was a member of the Visions Artist Guild while at KSU and co-founder of KSU Print Club. Richard went on to complete his studies as a Arts Educator with a Masters degree (M.A.T) in Art Education. Certified K-12 in State of Georgia, Richard teaches Art at Mt. Paran High School. 

 Carol Allegood, Board Member  Working for many years as an elementary teacher, and now a Realtor in Acworth, Carol focuses much of her time on her passion as a full-time painter. A resident of Acworth for years, she is the wife of the mayor of Acworth, Tommy Allegood and together they have been involved in many public service projects that have helped transform Acworth into a popular destination.   

 Carol Allegood, Board Member  Working for many years as an elementary teacher, and now a Realtor in Acworth, Carol focuses much of her time on her passion as a full-time painter. A resident of Acworth for years, she is the wife of the mayor of Acworth, Tommy Allegood and together they have been involved in many public service projects that have helped transform Acworth into a popular destination.   

Clemens Bak, the founder of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, President of the Board of Directors  grew up as the son of two career artists. He was essentially "home-schooled in the arts." His “hands-on apprenticeship,” working in his parents’ studio, included working with mosaics, sculpture and printmaking and stained glass before moving on to a life in manufacturing. Moving to Georgia in 1986, Clemens Bak worked as an engineer at Fabrico — EIS, a division of Genuine Parts Corporation (GPC). until his retirement in 2016.  On the side he began writing, lecturing and producing exhibitions to preserve his parent’s legacy. In 2007, Bak founded Gallery 4463 in Acworth. 

Clemens Bak, the founder of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, President of the Board of Directors  grew up as the son of two career artists. He was essentially "home-schooled in the arts." His “hands-on apprenticeship,” working in his parents’ studio, included working with mosaics, sculpture and printmaking and stained glass before moving on to a life in manufacturing. Moving to Georgia in 1986, Clemens Bak worked as an engineer at Fabrico — EIS, a division of Genuine Parts Corporation (GPC). until his retirement in 2016.  On the side he began writing, lecturing and producing exhibitions to preserve his parent’s legacy. In 2007, Bak founded Gallery 4463 in Acworth. 

Christopher Martin, Board Member.  Christopheris author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, which won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press in early 2017. He is also author of the poetry collections Marcescence, Everything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His poems are included in Stone, River, Sky and The Southern Poetry Anthology. Chris is the editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He is an instructor of English at Kennesaw State University. He holds an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. He lives with his wife and their two young children in Acworth.

Christopher Martin, Board Member.  Christopheris author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, which won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press in early 2017. He is also author of the poetry collections Marcescence, Everything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His poems are included in Stone, River, Sky and The Southern Poetry Anthology. Chris is the editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He is an instructor of English at Kennesaw State University. He holds an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. He lives with his wife and their two young children in Acworth.