Count Basie Center elects 3 community leaders to its board

The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank announced Monday that it has elected three new members to its board of trustees: Delisha Grant of Little Ferry, Steven Kaiman of Fair Haven and Perry Scaranni of Holmdel.

“Dr. Scaranni, Ms. Grant and Mr. Kaiman are true patrons of the arts,” Count Basie CEO Adam Philipson said. “Each of these individuals believe in the importance of the arts and arts education, and they are excellent additions to our board’s active body of leaders.”

Grant, who grew up in Red Bank and Tinton Falls, currently serves as general counsel at Addepar Inc., a New York-based financial technology company.

She has served as a volunteer attorney for New York City Business Solutions and the New York City Bar Association’s Foreclosure Defense Project, as well as a lawyer mentor for 3 Day StartUp, a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurship and servicing student-run companies. In 2018, she co-founded the House On Steven Avenue Fund Inc., a nonprofit advancement of communities through financial and programmatic initiatives geared toward youth enrichment, young adult job readiness and economic support of families in need.

“I am deeply honored to join the board of trustees of the Count Basie Center for the Arts,” she said. “Having been raised in this very community, this appointment holds special significance for me. I am keenly aware of the transformative power of creativity and exposure to the arts. Serving on the board represents a meaningful opportunity to contribute my passion and knowledge to further enrich the cultural tapestry that the Basie weaves. Together, I hope that we can continue to inspire, innovate and ensure that the arts remain a vibrant and essential force in shaping the soul of the region.”

Kaiman called the opportunity to join the board a dream come true. Kaiman, executive director and financial adviser at UBS Financial Services in Red Bank, is a lifelong musician and singer-songwriter, as well as founder of the charity rock band Aged Inventory, which has raised over $2 million for various causes in its more than 20-year history.

“I am honored to be associated with and able to serve a foundation that plays such an integral role in bringing the benefits of the arts to so many in our community,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Count Basie Center for the Arts to ensure its growth and impact continue to inspire, educate, and entertain for generations.”

Scaranni has centered his career on education and entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur, Scaranni also is a professional motivational speaker and a Certificate Program Instructor with Brookdale Community College’s Center for Career Development. His new role as a Count Basie Center trustee will compliment board roles he holds with Monmouth University’s School of Education and the Brookdale Community College Foundation.

“As a passionate advocate for the arts, I aspire to make a meaningful impact as a new board trustee,” he said. “With a strong appreciation for creativity and a profound comprehension of the industry’s challenges, I envision contributing towards innovative initiatives.”