Friday, May 27, 2016
Dear Members and Supporters,
It is with both sadness and congratulatory joy that we announce the departure of NEMAA’s
Executive Director, Alejandra Pelinka. Ale’s leadership has guided this organization and its
events for the past six years and her creative and dedicated imprint graces every aspect of
NEMAA’s operations. She will leave us on June 1 to take on her new role as Director of
Creative Placemaking and Engagement for the City of Bloomington. What a lucky suburb!
Our current board President, Brenda Kayzar, will step in as interim Executive Director on a part time
basis to provide operational guidance and to help the board strategize a new hire. We
expect to announce our hiring plan in late June and would appreciate your help in disseminating
news of this opportunity when the time comes.
Of course, we know many of you have enjoyed working with Ale. Her helpful support and
enthusiasm for both the arts and artists will be missed. We’d like for you to save the evening of
June 14 as we plan a little ‘goodbye and good luck’ event for Ale. We’ll share more details soon.
We close by stating simply that it has been an honor and a privilege to have Ale’s leadership in
directing this organization through its considerable growth and professionalization, and we will
The NEMAA Board of Directors