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Tannery Pond hires first executive director

Bernadette Speach, executive director of the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek

Bernadette Speach, executive director of the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “She was the first one who told me about Tannery Pond, and she talked to me about it with great enthusiasm,” Speach said.

Lately, Speach has wanted to spend more time at her Brant Lake home. So when Burns told her about the job opening at the Tannery Pond Community Center, she applied. While the community center serves a variety of functions — home to the local chamber of commerce, a meeting place, and an art gallery — it was the professional auditorium that caught her eye.

“The space itself is incredible,” Speach said. “When I’m comparing it to some of the adventures that I’ve had in presenting, particularly in the New York (City) area, wow, it really has all the qualities that are great for the people that are coming and for the artists who are presenting.”

Speach calls the performing space “beautiful and comfortable.”

“It has everything that you’d want, including a lovely baby grand piano,” she said.

The job

Speach’s job description reveals a variety of duties typical of an executive director. As part of her job, she will:

•engage and energize volunteers, trustees, event committees, partnering organizations and funders.

•develop and maintain a strong relationship with the trustees and serve as an ex-officio on board committees.

•build partnerships and new markets creating additional income.

•create and manage the master calendar of activities for the center.

•use diverse methods of communication to publicize events and raise funds.

•expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities.

•coordinate facility management with the town of Johnsburg staff.

•be active in the community organizations and committees.

“Of all of those, you can see that it’s a lot about communication, it’s all about creating partnerships,” Speach said. “And this is something that I have a great deal of experience in, both as an artist, a presenter, a teacher and particularly as an arts administrator.”

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