Our Board

Our Board
NEAR, Inc. Board of Directors & Staff

John Bell, President

Rashaan L. Baskerville, Treasurer

Sheila McKinley Bell, Secretary

John Basinger, President Emeritus, Retired Professor, Actor, Board Member, The National Theatre of the Deaf

Institutions I have been/am associated with over the years:  Bluffton University, University of Chicago, United States Army, Kakamega Secondary School, Kakamega Kenya, Wesleyan University, Yale University, The National Theater of the Deaf. National Storytelling Association, The Omega Institute, Paramount Pictures, Long Wharf Theater, The Hartford Stage Company, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Three Rivers Community College, NEAR, Inc.,
Degrees, BSc, MAT, MA (Theater).
Awards:  Distinguished Alumnus Award,  Distinguished Faculty Award.  Middletown Arts Council Award;  Connecticut Humanities Council Award
Activities:  Write Plays, Write Poetry, Memorized and Perform John Milton’s Paradise Lost.  Conceived of and Perform THE KING, a one-character adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Barry Chernoff


Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen, Executive Director