Executive Director - Jamie Marshall
Jamie Marshall joined Friends of the Arts in March of 2016. Jamie is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College, where he received a B.A. in music and management studies. He performs in the Twin Cities as a freelance singer, and previously co-founded local ice cream novelty manufacturer, JonnyPops, where he worked in sales, marketing, and communications.
Our board of directors includes residents of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about the arts. As a non-profit (501) c 3, Friends of the Arts is led by its Board of Directors.
Chair - Jason Marchiafava
Jason Marchiafava holds a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota and Pratt Institute in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and now focuses on privately commissioned pieces. He currently works for Optum, the health services division of UnitedHeath Group. Jason lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and daughter.
Vice Chair - Michael Klement
Michael Klement is the Director of IT for DataTrends and a freelance photographer, specializing in landscape, architecture and floral, for the last 10+ years. He also serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Treasurer - Brian Ortale
Brian Ortale is the Director of Finance and Administration at Tunheim. Brian has been the FOTA treasurer since 2015.
Secretary - Kären Larson
Kären Larson has been a graphic designer in the Twin Cities area for 16 years. She is currently senior graphic designer and partner at Tilka Design in Minneapolis. At Tilka Design, she has worked on developing brands and capital campaigns for many nonprofits including MacPhail, The American Swedish Institute, The Science Museum of Minnesota, and Goodwill-Easter Seals MN. She also has art directed Architecture MN magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, for 8 years. Kären and her family have lived in St. Louis Park since 2002.
City Liaison - George Hagemann
George Hagemann is a sculptor and a retired Sculpture Studio Manager for the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. He also owned an industrial supply company in St. Louis Park for many years. He has been active on several city public arts review panels and currently serves as the chair of the Arts and Culture Grant Program. George also is a commissioner for the St. Louis Park Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission.
Jim Rhodes is a retired Legislative Director with the Department of Administration of the State of Minnesota. He was a State Representative from 1993-2004. Jim has been an alto sax player for 50 years, Chair of St. Louis Park Community Foundation; member of St. Louis Park Rotary Club; President of St. Louis Park Community Band. Jim also serves as a liaison to the St. Louis Park Community Foundation and St. Louis Park Rotary Club.
Jim McDonough has been a resident of St. Louis Park since 1975. He is a Fund Development Consultant for McDonough Associates. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the St. Louis Park Human Rights commission and volunteers for Community Theater. Jim serves as a liaison with the Park Theater Company for which he is Director.
Diane Pecoraro is the Community Poet of St. Louis Park and acts as a poetry advocate in the city. She has had a lifelong interest in the arts, particularly in literature, film and visual arts. Pecoraro has been a member of both the film and art committees at the SABES JCC. She works as an instructor at Hamline University and is a volunteer in the adult ESL program in St. Louis Park.
Robert Barghini is a licensed financial consultant at Ausdal Financial/American Senior Benefits, speicalizing in 401(K), retirement, investment planning, and long-term care insurance. He has been a St. Louis Park resident and involved in Community Theater for nearly 40 years.
Frank Abramson is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator. He was previously a board member, officer and two term chair of the board of The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.
Kathleen Nevells has lived in St. Louis Park since 1997 with her husband and two children. Kathleen hols a BFA from University of Hartford in Connecticut and works for UnitedHealthcare.
Abby Letscher is a student at Benilde-St. Margaret's high school and is our student liaison. She is very active in her high school theater department. She spends her free time exploring the world of film and photography through connections with student filmmakers in the community.