Board of Directors
Damian Kington, Chair
Global Head of Marketing, Liquidnet
A. LaMar Torrence, Vice Chair
USV Business Manager, Princeton University
Michael Marchesani, Treasurer
Zurich Insurance Group (retired); Culinary student
Nick Deyo, Secretary
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing, The Points Guy
VP, Global Ground Transportation, Citi
Sales and Service Manager, Broadway.com
Lisa Fidler Hilaire
Director of Jurisdictional HIV Testing Initiatives, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Managing Director, Riveron
Director of Sales, Out Leadership LLC
Global Corporate Banking Fulfillment and Service Executive - North America, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Theatrical General Manager, Foresight Theatrical
Executive Director, Carl Schurz Park Conservancy
Manager, North America Education & Change Management, Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
Certified Financial Planner, Synthesis Wealth Planning, LLC
Lisa Reilly’s extensive work in the non-profit arts community includes positions as the Executive Director of the Emelin Theatre, the Managing and Artistic Director of the College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, and the Executive Director of the Earlville Opera House. In addition, she served as the Executive Director of Westbeth, an artists’ housing project in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Lisa has taught at Syracuse University and served as a consultant for dance and theatre organizations in the specialty areas of marketing, fundraising, board development, grantswriting, executive searches, and curriculum. Reilly has served on and chaired panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour program, the Performing Arts Exchange Conference, ArtsWestchester, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and many others. Lisa is a board member for Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Blessed Unrest theater company, and Racoco Productions, a modern dance company. Recently, Lisa has been delighted to be part of projects with The Bang Group, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Compagnia de’ Colombari.
A pianist graduate of Columbia University and Mannes College of Music, our pianist Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has played concerts around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway Hall, and Symphony Space, and in cities such as Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Aaron has studied with Rachael Perez-Hayes, Denise Kahn, and Hugo Goldenzweig. Other studies include Russian piano performance with Inessa Zaretsky (Mannes), and accompaniment and collaborative piano with Marshall Williamson (Juilliard).
Stephen Kurowski has worked in theater for more than 28 years both as a Stage Manager and Production Manager. He joined the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus in 2002 as a singing member and became Production Manager in 2008. He has helped produce over 36 shows and special events for the chorus, including Big Gay Sing for Gala 2012 in Denver and Big Gay Sing for Marriage Equality in Dublin in 2014.
John J Atorino
John Atorino is a music education graduate from the University of Michigan and New York University. At Michigan, he studied conducting with Jerry Blackstone and voice with Carmen Pelton before going on to conduct with the Chicago Children’s Choir. After moving to New York, he became the conductor of the NYU Men’s Glee Club while completing his Master’s Degree. In addition to conducting, he has taught vocal and instrumental music in public schools for the past ten years and writes and arranges choral music.