BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the dedicated Board Members who share their wisdom, time and resources to lead Island City Stage!
Ed Hashek has worked in the IT Industry with a focus on financial technology services for the past 40+ years, including financial technology service companies associated with Marine Bank and M&I Bank in Milwaukee, WI. He has managed various areas including network management, product management and Risk and Fraud vendor management. Industry acquisitions resulted in working with FIS, a Jacksonville, FL based company and the world’s leader in technology products and services for the financial industry.
Ed has a BA degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a MBA in Business IT from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Ed has a passion for community service and has been an active member of the Boards of the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater Company, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Currently, he is a Board member of the Community Foundation of Broward County as well as the Island City Stage.
Ed lives with his spouse John in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
David has a 35-year career in trust wealth management services with Suntrust Bank, Merrill Lynch Trust Company and U.S. Trust (Bank of America Private Bank), focusing on estate and philanthropic planning for private wealth clients. He retired from financial services in 2017 and currently works at the Community Foundation of Broward as the Philanthropic Services Executive responsible for fostering relationships with attorneys, accountants, financial managers and planners. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and Chartered Philanthropic Advisor in Philanthropy professional designations.
Timothy S. Hart
Mr. Hart is a CPA with over thirty years of vast accounting and finance experience including 10 years with KPMG, one the world’s largest international public accounting firms. Mr. Hart now runs a successful private practice that deals with all types of SEC matters; mergers and acquisitions; back and front office systems implementations; and various other accounting, finance and tax services.
Mr. Hart is an active participant in the community in which he lives. He is a Director and former chair of Oakland Park / Wilton Manors / Uptown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (formerly the OPWM Chamber of Commerce); director and former treasurer of the Dolphin Democrats; a board member of the Florida LGBT State Democratic Caucus; treasurer of the Island City Stage since inception, treasurer of the World Aids Museum; treasurer of Kids Playing for Kids; and
CPA for (and participant in) the SMART Ride, the second largest AIDS bike ride in the nation;
Mr. Hart holds bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984. Mr. Hart is married (36 years) and has two adult children. His oldest child is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and is currently a surgeon at the University of Chicago. His youngest child is completing his education at Florida State University.
Greg Lindeblom is a recently retired Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Broward College, where he taught for the past sixteen years. Prior to that, he was engaged in a 24-year career in banking and finance that took him from Toronto to Portland, Oregon to San Francisco to New York City and finally back to Toronto. He worked for 11 years on Wall Street in the foreign exchange and money markets.
Greg has a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science and Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He subsequently earned a M.A. in Economics from New School University in New York.
Greg has been a patron of Island City Stage since its inception and remembers the productions at Empire Stage. In addition to Island City Stage, he and his husband, Michael, subscribe to New World Symphony, Seraphic Fire, Duncan Dance, and Florida Grand Opera. A former long-time member of the board of the Broward Art Guild, where he served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, he is delighted to join the Island City Stage board.
Thel was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. After attending North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he moved to Rochester, New York for a residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Rochester. After completing the residency, he spent time on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and in private practice in Rochester. He was Chief of Anesthesiology at Highland Hospital of Rochester for 18 years. He was active in the New York State Society of Anesthesiology during this time and was President of the society in 2003.
Community involvement in Rochester included serving on the board of Community Health Network, a free-standing HIV treatment center and serving on the board of Sojourner House, a shelter for homeless women and their children.
Thel and David, his partner of 40 years and husband of seven years, divide their time between Fort Lauderdale and Canandaigua, in Western New York.
In Fort Lauderdale Thel has served on the board of the Stonewall National Library and Museum.
Thel has always enjoyed live theater, but since retirement has had much more time to pursue this interest. Island City Stage allows him to give back in a small way to this community that has brought him so much joy.
A native New Yorker, Andy has been a South Florida resident since 2004. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration from the George Washington University. After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Andy realized that it was time for a change and decided to take a leap of faith from the safety of a corporate career and follow his creative passions into the field of design. Andy obtained his degree in Kitchen & Bath Design (Century College), and is now an NKBA accredited Kitchen & Bath Designer and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He has enjoyed a successful career at Allied Kitchen & Bath for the past 12 years.
Andy’s design work has been published in Florida Décor, Boca Raton Design, City & Shore Magazine and the Gulfstream Lifestyle publications. His work can also be seen on houzz.com, alliedkitchenandbath.com and andyfischman.com.
Andy’s passion for live theater goes back to childhood, having had the opportunity to attend many Broadway productions at an early age. An avid theater goer and a patron of the arts in South Florida, Andy is honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of Island City Stage in 2017, and looks forward to contributing to the growth of the company.
Rick is a playwright (Witches Among Us, Moving Day, Boy Meats Whirl, Spin Cycle and Seuss on the Loose), novelist (Show Biz Kids, Tales of the Second City, Death on the Rocks) and free-lance journalist (South Florida Gay News, Palette, Chicago Free Press, Gay Chicago Magazine, and OutTraveler.com). As a performer and emcee for charity events he is renowned for his quick wit and snappy repartee in his alter-ego, Charity Case.
In his previous (pre-FL) life he was a teacher for 30+ years. He has both a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Gifted Education from Northeastern Illinois University, as well as an unfinished PHD, with his thesis topic focusing on LGBT youth. He was named one of Illinois Most Talented Teachers and ran the drama club at his school and wrote an original musical for his students to perform each year. He is currently spearheading the new Island City Stage Youth Drama Program.
Rick enjoys cooking and put himself through college by working as sous chef. He usually caters our opening night and donor appreciation parties where he enjoys matching the food to the theme of the play. He has a 42 year-old son (please tell him he looks too young to have a son that age) and lives in Fort Lauderdale with his husband of 25+ years, the noted poet and author, Gregg Shapiro.
Niki Lopez is a Queer, Latinegras – interdisciplinary artist, curator and activist and graphic designer whose award-winning work has traveled as far as New York, California and New Orleans; and who has worked with such luminaries as CCH Pounder. “My representational work allows me to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought as to the probability of life in other dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies, how they are all inter-connected with us here on planet earth”.
She is a core team member, pre-visualization artist and executive producer of the 1310 Bandits, an award-winning women-lead team of visionary filmmakers creating stories that advocate consciousness, diversity and social responsibility.
Lorenzo Robertson currently is the Emerging Interventions Manager with The Pride Center at Equality Park. He has worked in the HIV prevention and education field for the past 15 years in various capacities.
Lorenzo previously worked for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County as the Minority AIDS Coordinator and the Statewide MSM Coordinator and as the Executive Director with People of Color AIDS Coalition. He has worked in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health creating various initiatives for HIV prevention for MSM and as the Public Relations Director for Francis House. Lorenzo has worked with Black AIDS Institute as a consultant around issues for Black people and HIV.
Lorenzo is also a published author and poet of Detached and Eclectic Essence respectively. Lorenzo currently lives in Coral Springs with his husband, Derald.
Harvey Shapiro is a former State of Ohio Election Official, Law Professor, Magistrate, Law Director, and Prosecuting Attorney. He graduated from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, with a B.A. degree, and American University Law School, Washington D.C.
Since retiring to Florida, with his husband Michael Dager, Harvey has been active in the Arts and LGBTQ communities, serving presently as Grants Chairman for FAB! FUNDING ARTS BROWARD, as well as on the Board of Directors of the GAY MENS CHORUS OF SOUTH FLORIDA, and the BEARS OF SOUTH FLORIDA.
Harvey believes that our intention to do good, must be matched with using our time and treasures to robustly support local Arts and Cultural organizations and LGBTQ organizations advocating Equal Rights and Opportunities for all in a diverse society.
Sue is a retired financial services industry executive. Armed with a BA from City University of New York (CUNY), Sue enjoyed a career that focused on managed products, marketing, sales, and product development. Based on Wall Street in her native New York City, she travelled for her work throughout the United States.
Sue has been residing in South Florida for the past 15 years. Her frequent visits to NYC feed her enjoyment of theater, particularly off and off-off Broadway. In addition to theater, her favorite activities include movies, museums, book reviewing and rock and roll. Sue volunteers and serves on the Fort Lauderdale based board of Our Fund Foundation.