Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews adds new staff

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews has a new Executive Director and a new Operations Manager. Arnold N. Breman, retired impresario and author, begins as Executive Director with the opening of the Winter session of classes January 15. An interfaith learning program for active persons aged 50 and above, the Center offers a variety of classes academic, interactive, and creative.

“Breman’s fifty-year career in the arts and education makes him a once-in-a-lifetime find for our Center,” said BJ Bickers, President of the Board of Directors. Breman served as Executive Director and Artistic Director for four performing arts centers: Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fl; Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fl; Clemens Center in Elmira, NY; and the Klitgord Center in NYC. Plus, he was the Executive Director of the Joffrey Ballet.

Breman not only brings management and public relations experience to the position, but also years of teaching experience. He served as Professor of Arts Administration at Columbia College in Chicago from 1999 to 2009. Since moving to Columbia two years ago, Breman has become a popular teacher of all things musical and entertaining in several community venues. His classes on the history of Broadway musicals have played to packed houses at all three Shepherd’s Centers and the Lourie Center.

Jumping right in to community involvement, Breman serves on the Board of the South Carolina Philharmonic and chairs the Development Committee. He moved quickly to establish an Advisory Council of local prominent supporters. In recognition of his work, the Philharmonic awarded him the Major General Robert B. Solomon Award for Volunteerism for 2017-18.

Arnold Breman is married to Linda, a professional needlepoint stitcher and vintage textile specialist. They are members of Beth Shalom Synagogue. They have two adult sons, Justin and Zachary, “both of whom have the good sense to stay out of the entertainment world,” according to Breman.

As Executive Director, Breman will work closely with the new Operations Manager: Amy Snipes Crook. “She is another perfect fit for us,” said Bickers. The Operations Manager, a new position for the Center, will oversee all the physical setups for classes and lunches on Tuesdays. Crook’s background as a campaign manager, event planner, and director of communications is “exactly what we needed,” said Bickers. “She will be wonderful with both details and the big picture.”

Crook worked with a number of political campaigns and the United Way in North Carolina. She currently serves as an Independent Consultant with the SC Business Industry Political Education Committee, where she works closely with the committee to plan and execute annual membership meetings.

Crook and her husband Danny own Callaghan Construction Company. She manages the day-to-day correspondence and oversees billing, scheduling and permit applications. At the Shepherd’s Center, Crook will assume responsibility for bookkeeping. Crook and her husband have two children, Callaghan,16, and Piper, 10.

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