Point of View

May 10, 2011, 6:56 pm
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As a nonprofit, mission-based organization, community involvement is at the heart of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s institutional character. You don’t have to look far to find Center staff members who are engaged with other organizations throughout South Florida.

Just recently, Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard has been elected to the board of directors for one of South Florida’s largest healthcare organizations: Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS). Founded as a nursing home in 1940, MJHS today stands as one of one of the most innovative, full-service healthcare providers in the southeast U.S., with a team of nearly 1,000 employees serving 3,700 people daily on the organization’s Miami campus and at facilities across South Florida.

“This is a move that aligns South Florida’s chief cultural arts institution with one of the region’s longest-standing healthcare providers,” said Mr. Richard. “I look forward to applying lessons I’ve learned at the Adrienne Arsht Center to my work with Miami Jewish Health Systems, and vice versa. Community participation has always been important to me, and I am hopeful that my involvement with MJHS will inspire other members of our team to get engaged in a cause that matters to them.”

Other examples of involvement among the Center’s senior leadership include Executive Vice President Scott Shiller’s role in South Florida’s arts community. Scott serves as Vice Chairman of both the Carbonell Awards and the Rosie Herrera Committee, and as a member of the Broadway League.

VP of Human Relations Trish Brennan is on the board of directors for ArtSouth, a nonprofit arts organization in Homestead, Florida. VP of Advancement Suzanna Valdez is involved with Miami Science Museum and the Community Partnership for the Homeless. VP of Marketing Andrew Goldberg serves on the Foundation Board for the New World School of the Arts and as a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Creative Industries Committee. Associate VP of Public Relations Suzette Espinosa Fuentes is involved with Arts for Learning and Public Relations Society of America.


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