The Dunes Arts Foundation (DAF) is thrilled to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors and new officers. New board members include Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation for Michigan City; award-winning interior designer, Kathleen Dolio-Thorson, founder and President of KDT Designs; Elise Kermani, Artistic Director of MiShinnah Productions, a New York City based non-profit; and Dale Maher, an active community volunteer and area realtor.
Clarence Hulse is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation for Michigan City, Indiana. He brings a long and proven history of success to the DAF. His past experiences include Community and Economic Development Manager for the City of New Bern, North Carolina, Director of Economic Development for the City of Jeffersonville, and Deputy City Manager of Cocoa Florida, to name a few. Clarence is credited in creating over 30,000+ jobs and over a $1 billion+ in capital investment over the past 20 years. He has won both state and national awards for his work in the community and economic development arena. Clarence earned his BS at Harding University, AR in Public Administration, magna cum laude and an MS in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Award-winning designer, Kathleen Dolio-Thorson is founder and President of KDT Designs, a full-service interior design company. Her responsibilities in that capacity include marketing, media, and recruiting in addition to designing and managing projects that range from Fortune 500 corporate facilities to residential clients; from condominium complex public spaces to full renovations and development properties. She is the recipient of numerous design awards including HGTV – Designer Finals; Style Makers & Rule Breakers Award, Interior Design, 2002; and Chicago Property Managers Design Awards, 2001 and 2002. A graduate of Marymount College, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. Kathleen went on to graduate studies at both Harvard and U.C.L.A.
Elise Kermani is Artistic Director of MiShinnah Productions, a New York City based non-profit dedicated to creating cross-genre performance films. She received a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School and teaches media art at State University of New York, Empire State College. Her most recent project “Iphigenia: Book of Change” was produced as a play at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA and has been made into a film that has screened in classics departments in colleges across the US including Columbia University, Hamilton College, Scripps College, Fairfield University and University of California San Diego. Elise recently moved to Michigan City, her home town, after spending many decades in New York and California.
Also joining is Dale Maher an active community volunteer and realtor with Line Mullins Realty.
“We’re thrilled to have these four dynamic individuals join our Board of Directors to help us achieve our goal of becoming a valuable arts partner in the region,” said Amy Black, Board President. “We strive to cultivate a board with diverse talents to help us continue the tremendous growth we’ve achieved over the past two summers.”
The new members join current members Amy Black, DAF President; Esteban Vargas, DAF Vice-President/Treasurer; Jeffrey Baumgartner, Secretary/Producing Artistic Director; and Samantha Purze, DAF Educational Coordinator.
Dunes Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Founded in 1951, it is currently celebrating its 68th season of continuous operations. This “gem in the woods” provides quality professional theatre and programs in an enchanting setting.