New development team in place at Suffolk Center

Published 9:29 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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A new development team, led by Tom Yannuzzi, Ph.D., is in place to support programs at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

Yannuzzi, the new development director, brings an impressive resume of international experience in higher education, non-profit, and for-profit leadership to Suffolk. 

His career has been filled with opportunities to grow communities by creating synergistic, collaborative relationships among community members, institutions, organizations and government agencies, according to a Suffolk Center news release. Yannuzzi most recently served as the vice president of advancement and community engagement at Reinhardt University, located in Waleska, Georgia.

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“My wife, daughter, and I moved to Suffolk in February so my wife could join Old Dominion University as the associate vice president for Regional Higher Education Centers. Since she would be located at the Tri-Cities Center on College Drive, we decided on a home in the Bennett’s Creek community in North Suffolk.” Yannuzzi said. “The area is spectacular. The more we experience the different parts of Suffolk and the surrounding areas, the more thrilled we are that we joined the Suffolk Community, and the more honored and fortunate I feel to join such an incredible institution like the Suffolk Center of Cultural Arts.”

Yannuzzi welcomes two new members to the Suffolk Center’s development team, Administrative Coordinator Charlie Arroyo and Special Events and Rental Manager Sheri Beverly. 

He said he’s pleased to have two such talented, energetic, and dedicated team members.

“I follow Henry Ford’s belief that ‘If we all move forward together, success will take care of itself,’ and I look forward to working together to make Suffolk the place to be,” Yannuzzi added.

As Suffolk Center prepares to launch the 18th performance season, Yannuzzi has hit the ground running. He’s working with the center’s staff, board, and meeting with committed community members and loyal volunteers – all of whom are critical to the future growth of the Suffolk Center. 

He encourages anyone who believes in the power of the arts to get involved. The Suffolk Center’s 2023-24 season offers a diverse line-up of concerts, plays, family musicals, school matinees, gallery exhibitions and educational sponsorship opportunities. 

For information on how to support the arts in Suffolk, contact Yannuzzi, at 757-923-0003, Ext. 102, or email him at 

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located in historic downtown Suffolk, 110 W. Finney Ave.