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(CHICAGO, Jan. 12, 2018) – The Beverly Arts Center (BAC) has named four new members to its Board of Directors: Mary Larkin, Andrea L. Nance-Moody, Stacey Recht and Willie Winters. As the BAC embarks on its 50th anniversary year of providing fine arts programs and education to the Southwest Chicago community, the new Board members provide a variety of arts-related skills in fundraising and finance, marketing, and special events programming to governing and advancing the institution.

“The Beverly Arts Center will greatly benefit from the talent and commitment to the arts that our new board members are bringing to the table,” said BAC Board President Barb O’Malley. “We are looking forward to adding their energy and ideas to our 50th anniversary celebrations and our long-term goals for advancing the success and growth of the Center.”


Mary Larkin is Marketing Manager for the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. She began her career in arts administration as an arts outreach intern at the Beverly Arts Center in 2011. Larkin has worked in marketing and development capacities with Chicago International Film Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and GIA Publications. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from UIC.


Andrea L. Nance-Moody is a Senior Vice President at the Northern Trust Company, managing the Not-for-Profit Division of the Corporate and Institutional Services business unit. Nance-Moody is a former member of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) Executive Committee, a Girl Scout parent volunteer, and active volunteer for a variety of legacy community events. She is a graduate of both Howard University (Washington DC) and University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).


Senior Director for CCS Fundraising, Stacey Recht directs capital campaigns, feasibility studies, development assessments, training and research projects. Before joining CCS, she led marketing for not-for-profit arts institutions including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. She is a member of Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative. Recht earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her MBA with a concentration in arts administration from University of Cincinnati.


Former executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association and special events planner for the City of Chicago, Willie Winters has an extensive background in entertainment programming, special events, and non-profit management. He is current a director with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office RENEW program, helping inmates transition back to their communities by providing job skills and training.

“Our new board members bring exceptional experience, love of the community and enthusiasm to their commitment to help guide the BAC through our strategic objectives,” said BAC Board Vice President Ed Laginess.

Larkin, Nance-Moody, Recht and Winters join board members Barb O’Malley, Ed Laginess, Ed McGunn (treasurer), Katie Coderre (secretary), Andrea Zopp, David Fletcher, Jim Noonan and Jim Davoren in advancing the Beverly Arts Center and its very important role among Chicago’s venerable arts institutions.

The BAC board, staff and community will come together Sat., Apr. 7, for the Golden Masquerade Gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beverly Arts Center.  Other 50th anniversary events include the art exhibit “Home Grown in Beverly: Winifred Godfrey Flowers 50 Years Later” open through Feb. 25.

The not-for-profit Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, was founded in 1968 to bring high quality fine arts programming and education to Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood and surrounding southwest side communities. Originally located on the campus of Morgan Park Academy, the BAC was built with tremendous support from the community, and has benefited from generous donors and volunteers throughout its history.

The new Beverly Arts Center was opened at the corner of 111th and Western in 2002. The 40,000-square-feet building features the 420-seat Baffes Theater, the Jack Simmerling Gallery, a dance studio, black box studio theater, and music and art instruction rooms. Programs and classes are offered for all ages at a variety of skill levels. 

For more information about the Beverly Arts Center, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org or call 773-445-3838.

The Beverly Arts Center is a regional, not-for-profit fine arts center providing fine arts education and programming in visual and performance arts.

January 2018

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