Meet the Commissioners

Pandora Scooter – Chair

Pandora Scooter is a national touring spoken word artist.  In addition to performing, Pandora also teaches theatre-related courses at the Terry Knickerbocker Professional Acting Studio in Brooklyn.  She is an LGBTQ Activist and an active member of the Pride Center of New Jersey.   She has been a resident of Highland Park for 25 years.

John Marron – Vice Chair

John Marron is a zen multimedia artist, an author of 2 books of poetry (“Oiyeau” and “Blips”), an OlliRU teacher of Haiku/Sumi-e, a founding member of the Highland Park Artist Collective, a Board member of Main Street Highland Park, an LGBTQA activist with GLSEN, a 26-years retired School Base Counselor at UMDNJ, the curator of the 2016 Highland Park Window Art Crawl, and an artist and educator in K-12 schools most of his life.

Perri Neri

Perri Neri is known for her abstract figurative paintings and drawings, birthing shape, texture, and color while addressing questions of sexuality, identity, and memory. Since earning an MFA from Pratt Institute, Neri has had two solo exhibitions in New York City. She continues to participate in and curate national and international group exhibitions. Her artworks are in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Amée Pollack

A book artist and collagist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in  Philadelphia and a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz & Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University.

Currently, she advises Visual Art students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.   For over ten years, she was an Art Teacher in New York City.  She also taught Book Arts and Print at Creative Arts Laboratory, Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the College of New Rochelle, New York.


Nicole Wines

A Highland Park resident since 2011, Nicole is a musician and dancer with the Raíces Cultural Center Ensemble. She co-founded the local non-profit Raíces Cultural Center in 2008 and continues to work on the organization’s mission of preserving cultural roots through the arts, history and ecology. She also serves as a committee member of Sustainable Highland Park, hoping to strengthen the connections between arts, ecology and sustainability.

Stephany Kim – Borough Council Liaison

In March 2017, Stephany was appointed to the Borough Council, replacing Jim Walsh, who resigned due to a move.  She is proud to serve on Council, and brings with her a wealth of experience in public service.  Stephany serves as the Council Chair for Recreation, the Arts Commission, and the Council on Aging.