Local Businessman Joins Board of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) has named Norbert Donelly, a prominent local businessman, to its Board of Directors. Donelly has strong roots in the local business economy as Chair of Tervis®, a family owned local manufacturing company that he joined in 1988. Equally important for Sarasota, Donelly has for many years devoted himself to the Sarasota community– both in the arts and other not for profit organizations. He particularly enjoys being involved in the early stages of a nonprofit.
“We are grateful for Norbert’s interest in our dance company,” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director, “and so very fortunate that he has chosen to join our board. We know that we will be able to rely on his expertise and experience in supporting our thriving dance company.”
Among the many organizations he has supported, Donelly was a former board member of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, where he chaired several committees. He has been a board member and/ or supporter of many other nonprofits including: the Sarasota Ballet, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, VMA Academy, Embracing Our Differences, Unidos Now, as well as the Booker High School Film Academy and Stem program. He has also established several scholarships. Recently he has been involved in the Miss Susie’s restaurant project, Urbanite, and the SCF engineering school. He is also a board member of the Nantucket Atheneum, where he was instrumental in funding the ESL program.
Prior to joining Tervis®, Donelly worked for several firms in banking finance and real estate based in NYC. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics. He enjoys hiking and adventure travel. Donelly and his wife Ann have been married for over 40 years and they have two children and three grandchildren.
Current Board members are: President, Shane A. Chalke, FSA, MAAA, BE Jazz, retired CEO Finetre Corporation; Vice President, Sam Alfstad, founder Alfstad& Productions; Treasurer, Muriel Gordon Mayers, retired dance educator, retired fiduciary accountant; Secretary, Shirley Hill Foss, retired educator, Jack M. Shapiro, Ph.D., retired engineer, Jamie Coffey, Special Assistant to the President of Ringling College of Art and Design, formerly Manager of Corporate & Foundation Grants at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mike Marraccini, “culture junkie,” community advocate, and market influencer, with 16 years of experience in market strategy, Rob McLain, Jr.- partner at the law firm of Metcalfe & McLain, and Micheal Bush, Owner of Home Resource.
About Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Sarasota Contemporary Dance was formed in 2006 as Fuzión Dance Artists, Sarasota’s first contemporary dance company, by Co-Founders Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Rachael Inman. The company was renamed in 2015 to Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Now in its 12th season, SCD continues to bring dance to the community through eclectic performances and educational programming, while collaborating with artists and community groups to enrich the human experience.