Geneva Arts Development Council

Art, Music, Dance, Theatre & Movies

About Us

Geneva Arts Development Council Board of Directors

Murray P. HeatonGAD PresidentPartner, Heaton and Venuti, LLP. Attorney; 20-year board member of Geneva’s Center of Concern. Past member of Geneva Community Chorus and Geneva Theater Guild. 

Carl W. FribolinGAD Vice PresidentCo-founder, Belhurst/White Springs Farm Winery. Vice President, Smith Opera House and Chair of its Restoration and Endowment Projects. Retired owner of Seedway, Inc. in Hall, New York. 

Phil BeckleyGAD SecretaryPublisher of the Finger Lakes Times serving four-county region. Board member of Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Historical Society and  member of Gateway Center Advisory Committee and Ontario-Yates Hospice Advisory Committee. Past board member of Geneva Concerts and Geneva Little League.


A Cultural/Tourism vision

for downtown Geneva

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Cultural Center

Preliminary Report

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Geneva Arts

Summer Festival

Project overviewBrochure


 Steven DeRaddoGAD TreasurerMember of Board of Directors of Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Industrial Development Agency, Geneva New Horizon Task Force and Salvation Army. Vice president Lyons National Bank 

The Reverend James H. Adams Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Founder of non-denominational St. Peter’s Arts Academy and Neighbors’ Night, providing hundreds of Geneva’s youth weekly instruction in several performing arts.  Chair, Geneva Lakefront Development Committee; Member, Board of Directors of Jobs for Geneva Chris Iversen President of Iversen Construction Corporation and Chrisanntha, Inc. in Gorham, New York. Vice Chair of the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency. Board member, Keuka College. Member Geneva Lakefront Development Committee.  Alaine Espenscheid Attorney; Geneva City Councilor, 5th Ward; Trustee, Geneva Free Library. 

Paul Bringewatt Vice President for Administrative Services at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Former City Manager of Canandaigua, New York; Public Safety Commissioner of Rochester, New York; and Director of Monroe County’s Water Authority. Current board member, Smith Opera House.Richard E. Rising

City Manager of the City of Geneva, New York. Past Director of Planning and Economic Development, the Business Improvement District, and several positions in Monroe County government in Rochester.


George Abraham

Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, Pediatrics and Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Director of the Wilmot Cancer Research Fellowship Program, Director Emeritus of the Wilmot Cancer Center,
Chair of breast and prostate cancer review boards for the U.S. Army and the Dept of Defense, and Chair of the Genetic Sciences review panel for the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, Chair of the Board of trustees of Garth Fagan Dance, and a bad piano player.

Ford Weiskittel

Executive Director, Trireme Trust USA; President, Board of Education, Geneva City School District; Chairman, City of Geneva Historic Districts & Structures Commission; Corporate Secretary, Geneva Historical Society; Vice-President, Lochland School; Current board member and former President, Geneva Concerts Inc; Former Panelist, New York State Council on the Arts; Assistant Rowing Coach, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Margie Whiteleather

Strategic project manager for The Cornell Store at Cornell University, focused on pilot projects, marketing and public relations.  Academic background in art history and media studies.


Geneva Arts Development Council Staff

Mark Wenderlich(Executive Director)Mr. Wenderlich is a professional actor/director educator. He is currently Assistant Professor/Theatre at Keuka College, The Lighting Designer/Technical Director for Dance at Hobart &William Smith Colleges and a member of the AEA, SAG and AFTRA acting unions. He holds an MFA from Syracuse and an MA from the University of Iowa.

Greg Lavin(Executive Assistant)Gregory Lavin is Executive Assistant to Geneva Arts Development Director Mark Wenderlich. Greg was an early supporter of the Smith Opera House, and served for five years as its first building superintendent. A graduate of Colgate University, Greg lives in downtown Geneva. He serves as Vice President of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, President of Theradynamics Corporation and is a past member of the Geneva Business Improvement District Commercial Design Advisory Team.

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