SUMMIT, NJ - Three new members have joined the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees, a group that is composed of individuals who represent the community, business and education in the area the theatre serves. The company is entering its 26th year, and presents a full-year season of productions, performances, educational programs and outreach services.
The trio -- who join the existing Board members President Diane Gallo, Vice-President Frank Hawrusik and Treasurer Roger Vellekamp, Jill Bernstein, Lisa Brown, Heather Pistell (emeritus) and Terri Tauber -- consists of:
Dr. Paola A. Acosta-Díaz
Born in Mexico City, Acosta-Díaz was awarded the International Max Planck Research School scholarship to study her Ph.D. in Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. After her time in Germany, she lived in Japan for three years and, since 2011, has called Summit home. Among her other community involvements are serving as the current president of Speak Up Summit, a nonprofit organization that advocates for quality public education; volunteering and supporting bilingual reading programs for children in the Summit Public Library, and being named the Volunteer Group of the Year in 2019 by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC); and serving, since 2018, as a member of the Anti-Racism Committee of the Summit Interfaith Council and was awarded the 2019 MLK Jr. Keeper of the Dream Award by Shaping Summit Together for her advocacy work. Last year, Acosta-Díaz co-founded 'Empowering Kids Organization', a local non-profit with the mission of creating strategies and programs to empower underprivileged kids to access equal opportunities in education. She lives in Summit with her husband and son.
Barnes is currently the Retail Private Banker, Vice President at a prominent bank in Summit. She possesses more than 35 years of professional banking experience developing innovative strategies for consumer and business relationships. She is a key contributor in organizing financial workshops and implementing coaching strategies to improve confidence, sales and service for teams, small businesses and community organizations. For the last six years, Barnes has held various roles on the board for Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), of Plainfield, where her responsibilities include revitalizing a community with the potential for economic growth, social growth and beautification. She served as the Business Advocate for the Sustainable Committee for the City of Summit in 2008-2010, which was the voice for the business community with ways to be green. Barnes pursued her education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, studying Accounting. Later, she transferred to Kean University where she continued her study in Management Science. She currently resides in Summit with her teenage daughter.
Teresa Guerino has worked at a New Jersey hedge fund for 10 years. She currently holds a Real Estate license, is a past theatre mom, and volunteer at the Summit High School Theatre Department. She is a member of the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC) and is a former forensics judge and Girl Scouts troop leader. Guerino is a member of Christ Church in Summit, and holds a B.A. in Communications / Theatre. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She lives in Summit with her family. On the Dreamcatcher Trustee Board, Guerino will assume the role of Secretary.
For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre program, visit dreamcatcherrep.org or call 908-514-9654.