Thursday, September 18, 2014

EGAD Announces New Executive Director



EAU GALLIE ARTS DISTRICT ANNOUNCES CHANGE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EAU GALLIE ARTS DISTRICT MAIN STREET PROGRAM HIRES

LISA PACKARD AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District has hired Lisa Packard as the new Executive Director to follow Vicky Dorman who is retiring. Lisa brings her strong business and social work background and marketing knowledge to EGAD. Lisa is formerly from Alexandria, Virginia, where she was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Events for the Lindsay Automotive Group, including one of the top Lexus dealerships in the country. She also worked with both the country’s premiere sports management and marketing companies, ProServ and Advantage International, where she worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes. She became active with EGAD Main Street four years ago and served on their inaugural Board of Directors for two years and was an instrumental in the promotional group that launched the inaugural Founders’ Day Fish Fry, which won a Florida Main Street state award.

An honor graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a degree in Social Work and graduate work in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management, she is well suited to serve the Board of Directors in pursuing their vision EGAD. Says Packard, “Growing up on military bases, I have always appreciated the value of a downtown main street. I was excited to participate in the Florida Main Street program which offers technical and planning guidance to guide the preservation and development of historical downtowns. They are a hotbed of entrepreneurs and creative people trailing their own paths. I also live in Eau Gallie and I love being able to ride my bike to work, have dinner, get some flowers, have a craft beer, hit the Green Market on Saturdays, and visit the latest exhibit at the Foosaner or any of the galleries. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Besides, the feral cat community has adopted me.”

Ms. Packard has also volunteered with the Welcome Home Florida Veterans Parade, Space Coast Pride, Space Coast Honor Flight and contributed web or graphic design work for a variety of nonprofits or animal rescue efforts. She was a member of the Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club for three years.

Vicky Dorman came out of retirement over a year ago to serve as Executive Director and helped EGAD Main Street in critical ways over this past year.  Her non-profit arts experience helped EGAD in fundamental ways. Vicky’s achievements include strengthening EGAD’s relationship with the city of Melbourne, resulting in a new sign kiosk installation coming soon. Dorman also worked with the Foosaner Art Museum to bring jazz to the park and support their highly successful April in Paris movie in the park. She also helped expand Founders’ Day Fish Fry. Her successful grant writing skills resulted in very high grant panel scores with the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Her continued participation as a volunteer and advisor will be greatly welcomed and appreciated. “I have enjoyed my time at EGAD and becoming friends with so many dedicated business owners, and I am looking forward to working with closely with Lisa, the Board of Directors, the businesses and artists as a volunteer,” said Dorman.

For further information, please contact Lisa Packard at (321) 574-2737 or info@eaugalliearts.com.

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