EXCLUSIVE: Tania Castroverde Moskalenkois Center’s apparent choice for CEO, source says


The Palladium (Photo by Kevin Raber)

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, executive director of the Germantown (Tenn.) Performing Arts Centre, should soon be offered the position of president and CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts, Current in Carmel learned early this evening.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, who spoke to Current on the condition of anonymity, the search committee tasked with finding the successor to Steven B. Libman, who resigned last summer, apparently has decided on the 50-year-old, 13-year professional.

An e-mail seeking comment from Frank Basile, the Center’s interim president and CEO, was not returned by the time this report was posted. John Hughey, the Center’s director of external relations, told Current in an e-mail: “I am not in a position to make an announcement in regards to finalists.” Hughey added he could not comment on the CEO search until the process is complete. A call to the GPAC number listed for Castroverde Moskalenko went unanswered.

City Councilwoman Luci Snyder said Tuesday the committee, of which she is a member, would not provide names or other identifying information about the candidates.

Snyder told Current the committee recently voted to make an offer to its remaining candidate after the other finalist for the position voluntarily withdrew from consideration.

After this second candidate unexpectedly withdrew, citing three reasons Snyder said were “very good,” she said the committee was “overwhelmingly” in favor of making an offer to the remaining candidate instead of reopening the search.

Snyder, at the time, did not say how soon an offer would be made, but she said the committee was hoping to have a new CEO working at the Center by Aug. 1, which would be almost exactly one year after Libman’s resignation.

According to The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Castroverde Moskalenko, a native of Havana, Cuba, has been the executive director of the GPAC since August 2005. According to its Web site, the GPAC “has experienced tremendous growth and success” during her tenure, including tripling programming at the 824-seat venue and increasing its educational programming by 279 percent.

Castroverde Moskalenko holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in theater and dance from the University of Memphis. She is the wife of Alexei Moskalenko, a dancer, teacher and choreographer. They have four daughters, Sasha, Mishi, Amanda and Tatiana and one son, Nikolas, according to The Commercial Appeal.


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