In the years that I had the pleasure of working with Gaitley, I came to appreciate his masterful and thoughtful craftsmanship, not only as an artist but also as a skilled administrator. I give him my very highest recommendation.
Front Office Manager
Formerly Senior Theme Programs Manger
Mohonk Mountain House
“I’ve worked with Gaitley in coordinating meals for North Shore Sheltering and on several other community events in Glen Cove. Not only is he one of the most thoughtful people that I have met, he is a strong leader and communicator, unusually talented in motivating people to get things done and is one of the most organized people I have ever met. I highly recommend him!"
Cantor Gustavo Gitlin
North Shore Sheltering
Congregation Tifereth Israel
"As Research Associate at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews demonstrated not only his strong creative and administrative talents but also his ability to work together for a common goal."
Vice President & Director of Development
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews is an asset to our community. He is talented, energetic, thoughtful and highly professional on all levels. I have worked with him in my capacity as Executive Director of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series and the Glen Cove Downtown District Management Association. Gaitley also leads an amazing weekly class I attend. He is not only always organized and prepared, he is also especially strong at engaging others in working together. Whether it’s as part of a board, leading a study group or as an administrator, Gaitley would perform these tasks superbly and with the utmost professionalism.
Francine Ferrante Koehler
Glen Cove Downtown
Business Improvement District
"Early on I was honored to work with Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews on North Carolina’s Flora Macdonald Legacy Foundation — a nonprofit foundation that he founded to pull together several different alumni and historical organizations with a common goal to preserve a historic campus and educational institution in Robeson County, North Carolina.
Not only did he see a need, he was proactive in addressing the need with concrete solutions and practical systems to serve the goal of preserving something dear to so many. That was eight years ago. I am now president of that organization and I can say the foundation Gaitley put in place continues to serve the campus, the education institution and the community in a profound way. Gaitley is a visionary with uncanny interpersonal skills and an ability to apply governing systems in a way that actually facilitates positive change. I wholeheartedly endorse Gaitley's participation in any organizational role. He would be a positive addition to any administrative team, whether related to the arts, a nonprofit organization or a governmental board."
Flora Macdonald Legacy Foundation
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Flora Macdonald Legacy Foundation and Ball
"While a board member for Deep Ellum Opera Theatre (DEOT), I had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews. As Producing Artistic Director, his skills in both the production and business areas brought DEOT from a dream to a nationally recognized company reviewed
by such prestigious publications as Opera News and the New York Opera Newsletter. His strong leadership skills built a cohesive, smoothly functioning, hands-on organization. His practical grasp of budgets and cost estimates was instrumental in attracting financial support from public and private benefactors."
Former Board Members
Deep Ellum Opera Theatre
Throughout his career, Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews has maintained the highest performance standards with a diverse range of skills. Whether as an arts administrator, producer, research associate, or community leader, Gaitley brings to the table strong communication and collaboration skills along with a common sense approach to getting the job done. Former Deep Ellum Opera Theatre (DEOT) board member, Patricia Baldwin, describes Gaitley as “not only a man with vision but someone with the business knowhow to make vision, reality.”
In addition to having served as head of Dallas’s Deep Ellum Opera Theatre, founder and president of North Carolina’s Flora Macdonald Legacy Foundation, and producer of numerous productions in the United States and Canada, Gaitley has been honored to be involved in the communities where he has lived. “Regardless of whether it’s business, the arts, or commerce, we must know and understand the people we are serving. Sometimes this means following standard procedures and protocols — and other times it means thinking outside the box. The all-important thing is to truly know the community so that you can choose the best strategy in each given situation. I have strived to do this in all of my work,” states Gaitley.