Board Members

 

The 2020/2021 Board of Directors of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park are as follows:

Gary Newhouse – President, Webmaster, Selection Committee

newhouse A 40+ year resident of Skokie, I spent my professional life first at the Skokie Public Library and then for 26 years at Oakton Community College.  There, I had the honor of being Dean of the libraries, Online Learning and the wonderful Koehnline Museum of Art and Sculpture Park. Being retired gives me time to work for the Sculpture Park and a huge Hacker/Maker space in Chicago.
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Ron Buchanan – Vice President

Retired after 24 years in banking, I do volunteering to help people in need of help.  I  support art museums and am a school crossing guard.  In my spare time, I enjoy my hobbys: curling, bocce ball, sailing, and wood working.

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   Gerry Holmes – President Emeritus

Gerry Holmes, outgoing President of the Board of Directors, is a retired executive concluding 39 years of employment as director of media relations for General Motors Corporate Communications in Detroit in 2003. He moved to Skokie in 2004 and soon after was elected a member of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park Board. He provided photography and communication services and supplied images of sculptures and events for the revised Park website, www.sculpturepark.org. He was eventually elected vice president of the Board, then president in 2018. Gerry also is a volunteer with the American Red Cross being a frequent blood donor and disaster volunteer for 11 years.

Barbara Goldsmith – Secretary, Selection Committee
Barbara is a visual artist with a focus on figurative sculpture. She has created large-scale commission work and exhibited in galleries throughout the Midwest.  She also has artwork in private, corporate, and museum collections. (Evanston Arts Center profile)
John Bartos – Treasurer, Financial Advisor
CPA and MBA. Innovative and skilled at unraveling complex financial issues. Enthusiastic about getting hands on with data analysis. Extensive skills in Financial Planning and Analysis, Netsuite, SAP, Financial Reports, Financial Modeling, Variance Analysis, Cash Forecasts, KPI’s.  (LinkdIn profile)
Sharon Steckel – Education Outreach
Although we’ve only lived in Skokie for a few years, my time living in Evanston, Chicago and Libertyville has always had ties to the Sculpture Park or other facets of the greater Chicago arts community.  Currently, as an elementary art and orchestra teacher in Highland Park, I enjoy writing education materials for the Sculpture Park and orchestrating the annual “Art in the Park” event every August.  In my free time I work in my school’s greenhouse, ride my bike, garden and enjoy camping with my husband and friends.
Gina Lorenz – Sculpture in the Classroom and Docent Coordinator

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Debra Hatchet – Board Member
Debra moved to Skokie in 2001 and has served on the Skokie Fine Arts Commission for the past 7 years. She has an extensive background in managing non-profit organizations and is the founder of Anatomically Correct, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to showcasing artists in a combined effort to diversify, educate and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts. Since its inception in 1991, Debra has curated over 300 exhibitions and worked with thousands of visual and performing artists.

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Donna Zaidenberg – Board Member

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Sonya Baysinger – Executive Director

Sonya Baysinger has served in the capacity of Executive Director of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park for the past 5 years. She earned her Master of Arts Degree from Washington State University and her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

She is a working artist as well as Instructor of Art at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL and Columbia School of Art, Chicago, IL. She teaches courses in Sculpture, Jewelry/Metals and 3-D Design. Her sculptures, jewelry, drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Along with various grants which helped to fund project and professional development, she has received the Arts Midwest Award and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award.

© 2018 Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Photography by Gerry Holmes. Site by dkddi.