AIP Board of Directors



Johanna Mathieson-Ellmer, M.S. Ed., SAS, SDA

Johanna is the Executive Director of Youth and Family Services/Magnolia Senior Center, and liaison to LBNY Arts Council for the City of Long Beach. She is also a founding member, and currently the Executive Director of Artists in Partnership, Inc. a 501 C-3 which has been supporting cultural, visual, and performing arts, and artists since 2000.  As an educator for over 30 years Johanna has always been passionate about the creative development of children and adolescents. Through multi-media events she continues to provide opportunities for young and old to find and use their “voices” in ways that make the world a culturally richer and kinder place. Johanna is the producer of a number of long running music, arts and dance festivals, (Folk 2 Funk, Kickin’ Country, Barrier Beach Blues and Beyond the Dunes), and has collaborated on projects including Arts in the Plaza, the International Film Festival and West End Beautification to name a few. She has been recognized for her professional and community involvement by a number of organizations and publications including: The Long Beach Herald Woman of the Year and “Celebrating Local Heroes” supplement; Community Endeavor Awards from the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce; Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club; Long Island Woman of Distinction; Long Beach High School Wall of Fame inductee and recipient of the 2013 Long Beach Latino Civic Association ART and Culture award.





Susan James 


SUSAN LANG JAMES is the owner of the Shaklee Wellness Center for over 30 years creating healthier lives through products in harmony with nature. She is also a producer/director/actress/singer having created shows for the American Theatre Wing and the USO as well as performing in regional theatre, off and on-Broadway. She is the Founding Director of AIP and currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.



Judith Alberts


JUDITH ALBERTS is owner of Alpha-Oh eMarketing helping businesses get a grip on where they are now, figuring out what to do first, and then adding the pieces to build a bigger and better web “footprint” step by step. As an authorized Constant Contact Solution Provider, and trained Constant Contact presenter, Judith weaves the elements of web presence, social media and email into a customized blue-print that gets bottom-line results. From A to Z, Alpha-Oh eMarketing helps business grow bit by



Michael Janin 

MICHAEL JANIN has spent his career in sales, management and as a  pre-licensing instructor in the insurance industry.  He is a resident of Long Beach as well as a member of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (M.A.C). He describes himself as a long time supporter of the arts as well as a "professional audience member". He has traveled to all 50 states and Europe to enjoy various cultural and musical events. He recently returned from a week in Cuba, where he attended the Havana International Jazz Festival. He is especially proud of his role as Musical Director of Meredith's Puppet Theater, a production of his then seven-year-old daughter that ran in his living room but closed after one performance despite the family's rave reviews.


Maddy Levi



MADDY LEVI is a licensed, freelance tour guide who specializes in walking tours of historic New York City districts and neighborhoods. She is the former Director of Cultural & Fine Arts for the Friedberg JCC, and prior to the birth of her son, spent many years in the entertainment industry as the Manager of Radio City Music Hall's venue tours.  Maddy currently resides in Long Beach and is passionate about the arts.




   LAURA O’SHAUGHNESSY-SWAN Certified Art Educator for the Long Beach School District and newest member of the AIP Board.




Tedd Firth, Jazz Pianist and Musical Director

Denise Ford, Nassau County Legislator

Rob Lester, Cabaret Critic

Dr. Joseph Smith, Executive Director of Long Beach Reach

Harvey Weisenberg, former NY State Assemblyman

George Trepp, Former Director of Long Beach Library  




Howie Haber 



HOWIE HABER is a singer, songwriter,and guitarist. A founding member of the band Breakaway, he is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame.