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NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center has a new executive director and new board president.

Bob Drozdowski, who had been the center’s director of operations and marketing, will take over the executive director post from Kathie Kudela, who stepped down but will remain involved in the organization.

Edith Sanfilippo, who had been a vice president on the board, takes over the presidency from Katherine Johnson.

Both positions were approved by a vote of the organization’s board Wednesday night.

The center, located at 1201 Pine Ave., houses more than 70 artists and arts groups.

Drozdowski will remain the organization’s only full-time employee and will have the operations and marketing duties rolled into his executive director’s post, he said.

Kelly Lang Buckley is the organization’s director of development, and they will share some of the marketing duties, according to Drozdowski.

Kudela, who was part of the original group of volunteers who helped save the building – the former Niagara Falls High School – from being demolished, has been with the organization since its inception and became executive director in 2006.

Kudela’s future work with the organization will be part time and will focus on capital projects and grants.

Sanfilippo, listed on the organization’s website as a musician and author, became a NACC board member in November, 2012 and was elected vice president in January, 2013.

Johnson, a sociology professor at Niagara County Community College, had been president of the board since 2007.

Drozdowski said he’s looking ahead to moving the organization forward, as it prepares for its largest annual fundraiser, the Art of Beer, happening Feb. 27.

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