LBI Foundation Hires New Executive Director

May 23, 2018

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences has filled the position of executive director with Daniella Kerner, an active member of the LBIF for the past 25 years. Her resume is “tailor made,” as she has recently retired from teaching at Tyler School of Art and has given years of volunteering and passion to the Loveladies institution.

As LBIF Board President DeBorah Brill and President-elect Todd Strine wrote in a letter to Foundation members, Kerner has twice served on the LBIF board and wrote and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has chaired and co-chaired the Arts and Exhibitions committee for the past 10 years, bringing exhibitions, lectures and programming to the LBIF year after year.

“She is an active and committed volunteer who has donated considerable time and energy wherever the LBIF has needed it: in marketing, website, grant writing, education, gala and special events, and more areas too numerous to list.”

Kerner, in a letter to the membership that outlines the art programs for the summer, said she feels “right at home taking on this new role.”

She continued, “The LBIF has an important and remarkable history. This is and always has been a team effort on the part of the Board and Staff to serve our membership and the community and to preserve the legacy that founder Boris Blai had the foresight to create for us to benefit from and enjoy. What a gift! I hope that together as a community, we can grow and realize the LBIF’s potential as a premier cultural institution and a leader in the arts and sciences.”

Kerner was an associate professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University for more than 40 years. As a studio art faculty member, she mentored large groups of students, while managing a complex technical studio, program and budget. She was the founder and director of Tyler’s Continuing Education Program for high school students and adults for more than 20 years. Her responsibilities there included creating varied programs and developing curriculum for many age groups, recruiting students, creating outreach to under-served populations, managing budgets and hiring teachers and staff for all the many diverse studio areas ranging from the crafts, fine arts to digital technologies at Tyler each semester.

“As some of you may know, Boris Blai, the founder of the LBIF was also the founder of the Tyler School of Art,” wrote Brill and Strine. “Daniella holds a deep commitment and understanding of our founder, his vision of excellence, and his mission in establishing the LBIF as a vital culture center in the region. Her qualifications and experience with both institutions brings to the LBIF unique talents, skills and abilities for growth.”

This is particularly exciting this year at the Foundation, as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. “Daniella Kerner’s keen understanding of the culture of excellence at Tyler – which along with the LBIF were the two organizations that were most dear to Boris Blai – makes her uniquely qualified to take the helm at this exciting time in the LBIF’s history. Her leadership will help take the Foundation to the next level, as we focus on attracting new members to ensure we remain strong for the next 70 years,” concluded Brill and Strine.  —P.J.









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