An announcement from ACOR’s Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR) proudly announces the appointment of Cheryl Baun as its new Executive Director.

Cheryl Baun, Executive Director, ACOR

Ms. Baun comes to us with the kind of experience and skills that will help our organization grow. Her expertise in strategic planning and fundraising for non-profits as well as her passion for the arts is what set her apart from the many applicants who applied for the job. We are thrilled to have her on board!

We also wish to thank our former Director, Kate Mitchell for the dedication that she gave to our organization during her time of service. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Please join us as we welcome Cheryl Baun, M.U.P., a well-rounded non-profit fundraising professional who has worked at and volunteered for nonprofit organizations for 20 years.  Over the course of her career, she has led a variety of organizations, ranging from grassroots groups to well-established institutions and has worked with a myriad of causes, from immigrants’ rights to healthcare. Before coming to  ACOR, she was the Director of Institutional Advancement at the National Hemophilia Foundation, where as part of her responsibilities, she oversaw $6M in annual revenue from corporate partners, led volunteer fundraising committees, and coached corporate executives on how to fundraise effectively and develop active volunteers.

As a passionate believer that everyone can learn to be an effective fundraiser, Cheryl excels in designing holistic development strategies. In her capacity as a consultant,  she has worked on a wide range of projects for organizations such as the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Job Path, The Rockland County Pride Center, Penguin Repertory Theatre, and End of Life Choices New York, to name a few.

Cheryl is a graduate of  Vassar College with a B.A. in Sociology and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She is also a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Training Program through the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC).

She also serves on the board of directors of the Rockland Business Women’s Network and is co-owner of Karenderya, a casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves Filipino- and other Asian-inspired dishes in the village of Nyack.

Having ignited a love and appreciation for the arts in the late 90s, when she was a member of a Filipino indigenous performing arts troupe in New York City, Cheryl is thrilled to join Rockland County’s vibrant arts community as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Rockland.

As the Arts Council of Rockland celebrates its 45th year of supporting and promoting artists and the role of the arts in Rockland County, we look forward to strengthening our position as a catalyst for new ideas and the glue that holds together the County’s diverse group of artists and arts entrepreneurs.

Cheryl is available by appointment and on Thursdays from 12: 00 to 2:00 PM  to assist you with your needs, chat, and answer questions. Our offices are on the 2nd floor of building 24, in room A, at the Garner Arts Center 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923

For more information, please contact Ms. Baun at (845) 947-366 or via email at
On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Rockland, I thank you for your continued support and membership. We look forward to serving you in the many years to come.
Shirley Crabbe
Board Chair, Arts Council of Rockland

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