Arts Foundation Adds Leadership, Expertise to Board 


June 25, 2019 (Hyannis, MA) – The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) has added to its board, welcoming four new members to its roster. They are Matthew Clark of Orleans, Jackie deRuyter of Brewster, Bethany Muhlebach of Sandwich, and Brian L. Weiner of Harwich. 

“Each brings a level of enthusiasm for our work and a passion for the arts that will serve to energize our mission,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. “They understand that the arts are necessary to a healthy, vibrant Cape Cod. I’m excited to tap into their experience, talents, and knowledge to build a community where everyone has access to arts and culture.” 

The founder and creative director of the independent design studio Narrow Land, Clark has spent the past five years supporting clients with a range of creative projects, including graphic design, content creation, social media management, and videography. A 2008 graduate of Clemson University, he previously spent six years at the Provincetown Public Library, the last three as its director. 

“I’m excited to be working with such an innovative, dynamic organization with a history like the AFCC’s,” said Clark. 

A sculptural artist, deRuyter works primarily in fiber, incorporating mixed media into her art. Prior to pursuing a career as an artist, deRuyter earned her doctorate in cell biology from the University of Massachusetts and taught at both the University of Connecticut and Cape Cod Community College. 

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cape Symphony and Cape Conservatory and sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) of Cape Cod. 

“The AFCC is immensely supportive of artists in all stages of their careers and has been a valuable resource to me during my evolution as an artist,” deRuyter said. “I believe in its mission to support arts and culture on Cape Cod, and I’m excited to join them as they provide enriching opportunities to artists and arts organizations.” 

A clinical consultant for pharmaceutical companies and the medical device industry, Muhlebach’s career spans nearly two decades with a focus on medical and regulatory writing, clinical research, project management, and study design. In 2014, she launched her own consulting firm, Quality Clinical Consulting, Inc. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science from Brown University and a master’s certificate in clinical investigation from Boston University. 

“As a member of the AFCC Board, I hope to assist with its mission of bringing the arts to a larger audience, especially those who may be facing financial barriers to accessing arts and culture,” Muhlebach said. 

Weiner is the president and founder of Parallel Philanthropic LLC, a professional consulting firm for corporations and nonprofits. He previously served as the chief development officer for The MAVEN Project as well as the president, founder, and chief creative officer of The One to One Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rutgers University. 

“I’m looking forward to using my many years in the entertainment industry as well as in professional fundraising, to help the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod expand its support for programs that enhance the creative pursuits and passions for all Cape residents and visitors,” Weiner said. 

About the AFCC

The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership.