Brenda Terris has joined the Sarasota Ballet's administrative staff as development director as the 22-year-old company enjoys unprecedented growth and success.
Terris has 30 years of experience in senior marketing positions and nonprofit management. On the local level, she previously served as executive director for both the Season of Sculpture and the Animal Rescue Coalition. Terris also spent 10 years in senior marketing positions with the global accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers and as marketing director for The Wall Street Journal Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium.
Terris' first week will be spent accompanying The Sarasota Ballet to Washington, D.C., where the company will perform in Ballet Across America at The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, June 4-9.
Stacy Ridenour has been named the new director of development for the Sarasota Opera. Ridenour will supervise a department working toward an annual fundraising goal of $2.75 million and creating a funding strategy to support the company's future plans. A trained concert pianist, Ridenour serves as the vice president of development with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, an organization with an $8 million operating budget. Under her leadership, the organization completed a $1 million special gift/chair campaign and expanded the organization's planned giving program.
Nick Mayer has been hired as a client relations manager and Sara Englund was named the office administrator for Grapevine Communications, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency.
Mayer attended the University of Florida and has experience in management, customer service and organization gained from nearly nine years at a veterinary specialty practice. As a client relations manager with Grapevine, he handles a range of clients from a variety of industries and professions.
Englund graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. Her diverse background includes positions as a newspaper editorial assistant, a cabinet designer, an insurance salesperson and a medical practice financial officer.