I met Janera Solomon, executive director of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, six years ago. I have helped her diversify and strengthen her board, and I have observed her strong leadership and management skills. I also have helped her with fundraising. We started the Full Bloom event six years ago with 20 attendees and the event grew this year to 200 attendees. The success of these fundraiser events was due to Janera Solomon’s leadership and the board’s hard work.
In reading your article “Ex-Worker’s Lawsuit Cites East Liberty Theater Group” (June 28), I noticed that you cited allegations in the lawsuit as if they were true. Your article’s reference to Phil Solomon’s bankruptcy is not relevant to the story and, I believe, is only included to cast aspersions on Ms. Solomon, the theater and its board.
I have served as a board member of six theaters and many other nonprofits. Employee turnover in nonprofits is not unusual. However, I never experienced any board members whom I served with who did not obey the confidentiality agreements that we all sign.
The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater is a gem in East Liberty and will remain a strong provider of quality artistic productions for a long time.
FRANCINE D. ABRAHAM