HERMITAGE TRUSTEES AND STAFF
ADD NEW FACES AND EXPERTISE
The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce exciting changes and additions to its roster of employees, as well as its Board of Directors. On the Board side, Manasota Key resident David Green joins returning Trustee Andy Maass to begin new three-year terms. Staff changes include Craig Badinger as Development Director, Holly Pisaturo as Office Manager and Jacobina Trump as Facilities Manager.
“At the Hermitage, we view changes as exciting new beginnings,” remarked Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers. “Of course we hate to see anyone move on, but understand that life changes and new challenges arise. As the busy holiday season gets into full swing, we have changed staff positions seamlessly and added qualified and enthusiastic Trustees to our board, ensuring a great kickoff to the 2017 season.”
Trustee Andrew “Andy” Maass has returned to the Hermitage Board after a year’s leave. His career included 30 years as an art museum director in places that include Tampa Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art and Fresno Arts Center. He retired in 2001 from full-time directing to consulting as an “interim” museum director. In addition to the Hermitage, Maass serves on several not-for-profit arts and human rights boards.
New board member David Green has a 45-year career of marketing and branding leadership with emphasis on strategic planning, consumer communication and team building. As a marketing and branding consultant, he has worked with corporations including Boston Market, Redbox Video, Snap-On Tools and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Green was Senior Global Marketing Officer at McDonald’s Corporation, where he brought the Ronald McDonald House concept from a local market activity to an international charity, introduced the “Happy Meal” on both a national and international level and developed long-term partnerships with the Olympics and World Cup Soccer. Currently, he also serves on the Board of the Sarasota Orchestra, Manasota Key Homeowners Association, and is a marketing consultant for the Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Sun Coast, as well as President and Founder of Eclipse Jet Owners and Pilot Association.
Before moving to Sarasota County, Development Director Craig Badinger worked in development with several of the great names in the world of American dance. While at Miami City Ballet he teamed with founder Edward Villella during his final years with the company, and with Lourdes Lopez during her transition into artistic leadership. At Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City, he brought together modern dance stars with historic figures and contemporary collaborators to celebrate that company’s 90th Anniversary.
Holly Pisaturo is very excited to have joined the Hermitage Artist Retreat team. She graduated Suma Cum Laude while earning her Bachelor’s degree through a curriculum which combined business and marketing, along with the arts. Her 20 years prior experience as an interior designer, retail manager and bookkeeper will serve her well as Hermitage Office Manager. As an artist (jewelry designer) married to a painter, Pisaturo considers the Hermitage a perfect fit.
Dutch-American artist Jacobina Trump was first introduced to Florida’s Gulf Coast as an Artist in Residence at the Manasota Beach Club in Englewood. Over the past few years, she became involved with the Hermitage Artists Retreat, first as a volunteer, later serving the famous artist dinners on the beach, cleaning cottages, painting signs and all sorts of hands-on jobs. She knows the workings of the campus, is familiar with the organization’s structure and loves to be involved with fellow artists. All this combined experience makes her feel right at home in this newly created position.
“We are indeed fortunate to have added two exceptional Trustees and three new staff members whose combined expertise will help our organization continue to grow and prosper,” continued Rodgers. “We look forward to 2017 and all the promise it holds for the Hermitage.”
For more information on the Hermitage, visit the website at www.hermitageartistretreat.org.