At its Annual Meeting held on June 9, 2015, The Rye Arts Center welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors: John Arenas, Paul Conn, Amy Lawrence, Anne Pollard.
John Arenas, his wife and two children have lived in Rye for 5 years and in Mamaroneck for 9 years. He has served on the boards of the Jay Heritage Center and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and coached youth soccer. John is CEO of Serendipity Labs Coworking, headquartered in Rye, now a national network of membership-based workplaces. Through Serendipity Labs, he has regularly supported and promoted local and regional artists through art shows and events at each location. John has earned a Civil Engineering degree and an MBA. He started his career in commercial real estate construction, management and finance. In addition to his professional experience, he has restored a 1750 antebellum plantation house.
Paul Conn, has spent his 30+ year career working in financial markets, including many years at the London Stock Exchange and the Australian Stock Exchange. He currently works as President of Global Capital Markets for Computershare, and is based in New York. British by birth, Paul has been living in the US since 2001 (when he relocated from Sydney) and in Rye since 2004. He is married to Kate, who is active in the Rye community. Together they have two boys Alex and Harry. Outside of family and work, Paul's interests include film, music, cycling and new technologies. Paul's non-profit experience includes acting as an early stage advisor to the National Kidney Registry and co-founding of The Wig Exchange. He is also a supporter of Computershare's Change A Life program.
Amy Lawrence has lived in Rye with her husband and five children since 1999. She has over 25 years of design experience working with architects and builders as well as owning her own Interior Design firm in both Oregon and New York. She has volunteered at The Rye Arts Center in many facets including as a docent in the Famous Artists Program, as a committee member for Ladies Comedy Night in 2013 and 2014, and most recently as a co-chair of the 2015 Spring Gala. Elsewhere in the community, she has been a member of the Soul Ryeders since 2012, and is a long-time House and Grounds Committee Member for the Coveleigh Club. Along with her passion for art, she enjoys entertaining, traveling, skiing, and spending time with her family.
Anne Pollard lives in Rye with her husband Don and their three children. Anne has been a supporter of The Rye Arts Center for years, enjoying the art classes and the many events and exhibitions The RAC has to offer. She recently co-chaired the RAC’s Spring Gala and looks forward to continuing and growing her involvement at The RAC. She has been actively involved in the local community through volunteer work, serving as Secretary for the SPI Board of Trustees, Executive Board Member of the Milton PTO, Chairperson or Member of various committees within the Rye City Schools, and a dedicated volunteer for her children’s sports teams. Anne holds a finance degree from University of Illinois and a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.