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The Fund’s People: Officers, Advisors, Staff and Consultants

Officers, members of the Governing Board and the Board of Advisors, and Consultants for The Fund contribute their services without compensation.

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Paul H. Elicker, was Chairman of The Fund from 1997 to 2011, and is now Chairman Emeritus. His background is in private industry and more recently in government-oriented service. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCM Corporation, a $3.4 billion Fortune 500 conglomerate company. He was Executive Director of The Center for Privatization, the first and largest consulting firm devoted exclusively to privatization work in about eighty countries, and has personally participated in assignments in about thirty countries. By Presidential appointment, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltic American Enterprise Fund, which is responsible for U.S. foreign aid to small and medium-sized private enterprises in the Baltic countries.
 
Jillian Poole Jillian H. Poole is CEO of The Fund, which she founded in 1991. She has a broad background in institutional development and management, having served a range of non-profit organizations. Her experience also includes journalism, corporate government liaison and public relations. During the twenty years before her present engagement she was responsible for planning and executing the development programs of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, America’s National Cultural Center, a responsibility that ultimately included its partner The National Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, she held a similar position at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She was Adjunct Professor of Arts Management in the graduate school of the American University for sixteen years. She has consulted for a variety of non-profit organizations including those in media and public service. Her trusteeships included The North Carolina School for the Arts, The George Mason University Foundation, The National Building Museum, and theater, music and dance companies.
 
Sally Yerkovich Sally Yerkovich is President of The Fund. She has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in major American institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New Jersey Historical Society, South Street Seaport Museum, and Museum for African Art. She has been a volunteer with The Fund for over fifteen years.

David F. Graling, CPA, has been Treasurer of The Fund since its inception. He is the Managing Partner of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman.
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Marc Breslaw is Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development at Council for a Strong America, and formerly Executive Director of the U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Chief Operating Officer of the New Israel Fund, and Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
 
Stephen Brown has an extensive 39-year career in international theatre, opera, and ballet management, which has included the Opera Company of Boston, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. After 18 years as Stage Manager for the Metropolitan Opera, he was appointed Company Manager in 1997.
 
Karen Franklin is a guest curator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, serves on the AAM/ICOM board, and is Co-Chair of the Board of Governors of Jewishgen. She is a past Chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums.
 
Lyndel KingLyndel King is Director and chief curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. in art history and more than 25 years museum experience. She is adjunct professor of art history at the University of Minnesota and a professor of museum studies.
 
Patrick Sears has been in the museum profession since 1973. He is currently Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Rubin Art Museum in New York City. Previously he was on the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, ending his 20-year career there as Associate Director.
 
Rena Zurofsky, a consultant specializing in museum management and planning, as well as non-profit business development. Her clients have included art, history, and natural history museums, and historical sites throughout the eastern seaboard.
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Robin Berrington, former Deputy Director of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and American Cultural Attaché to the Court of St. James in London, retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1999. During his 32-year career, much of it spent in Japan, he was awarded the U.S. government’s Meritorious Honor Award and the Superior Honor Award. For several years he ran the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, and is currently on the boards of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and the Post-Classical Ensemble.

Harold Burson is Founding Chairman of Burson-Marsteller, the world’s largest communications counseling firm. He has been an Advisor to The Fund since 1991, and wrote it’s first Annual Report.
 
Martis Davis has an extensive background in public affairs, public policy, marketing communications, crisis management, branding, and advertising. His experience includes senior positions in public relations at the Washington Post, AT&T, Burson-Marsteller, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, the AARP, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HHS during the Clinton administration.

Robert W. Duemling served as President and Director of the National Building Museum in Washington, D. C. He is a member of the Trustees' Council of the National Gallery of Art and of the Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and chairs the Advisory Council of the Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

Jay A. Levenson has been the Director of the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1996. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director for Program Administration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, also in New York.

Senator Richard G. Lugar is Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and generously took an interest in our activities.

Virgil Nitulescu is Director of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, after having served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs in Bucharest, Romania. He also served as Secretary of State at the Ministry, and as a senior counselor with the Committee on Culture, Arts, and Mass Media of the House of Deputies.
 
Marc Pachter is former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and currently Interim Director of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Previously, he was Senior Cultural Advisor to the U.S.I.A.

Scott Pickens is Co-Founder of JSP Solutions Group, Inc. and a Partner with Clinton Rubin LLC, where he leads the global healthcare practice.

Blair A. Ruble is Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. where he also serves as Program Director for Comparative Urban Studies.
 
Jane Fearer Safer has consulted museums and performing arts organizations, including the Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow, the National Museum of Hungary, and the Kunstkammer in St. Petersburg. She was Executive Director of Anthology Film Archives and of Survival International (USA) and held senior positions at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and at the New York Hall of Science.

John C. Whitehead is past Chairman of AEA Investors Inc., and a former Deputy Secretary of State. He is Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America GNY, and former Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Harvard Board of Overseers, the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations Association, Haverford College, The Asia Society, and the Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund. In late 2001, he was appointed Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He is also the Founding Chairman of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
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Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State, now Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.
 
Nick Appelbaum, Partner, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City
 
Ralph Appelbaum, President, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City

James C. Armstrong, former Principal, Armstrong/Stelzer, New York City

Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State, now Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.

Nick Appelbaum, Partner, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City

Ralph Appelbaum, President, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City

James C. Armstrong, former Principal, Armstrong/Stelzer, New York City

Hubert Bari, Independent Museum Consultant, Glasgow, Scotland

Paxton Barnes, Exhibit Designer, New York City
 
Guillermo Barrios, former National Director of Museums, National Council of Culture in Venezuela

Raymond J. Batla, Jr., Of Counsel, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
 
Graham W. J. Beal, Director, President and CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts

Ann N. Beckman, consultant, international trade policy and government relations

Grant Beglarian*, former Director, Contemporary Music Project, Ford Foundation

Charles C. Bergman, Chairman and CEO, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

Livingston Biddle*, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
James M. Bradburne, Director General, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
 
Michael Brewer, former Chairman of the Board, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.

Alexander Brody, Consultant, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide International Operations

Teresia Bush, former Senior Educator, Department of Public Programs, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

John L. Callahan*, former General Secretary, University of Chicago, Amherst College, Massachusetts
 
Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia Jean-Claude Carriere, screenwriter, playwright, author

Milton Cerny, Counsel, McGuire Woods Consulting, Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Charla, Consultant for various Russian cultural institutions, Detroit, Michigan

Schuyler G. Chapin*, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
 
Barbara Fahs Charles, Managing Partner, Staples & Charles, Ltd., Alexandria, Virginia

Patricia Ciraulo, former Deputy Director, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow, Russia

Andrzej Choldzynski, award-winning architect and teacher, Warsaw, Poland

Ruth Ann Coggeshall, former Chief Development Officer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 
Charles Croce, Executive Director & CEO, Philadelphia History Museum, Pennsylvania

Dorsey Davidge, former Executive Assistant of The Fund, McLean, Virginia

Martis Davis. See biography in “Senior Advisors” section

C. Mathews Dick, Jr., former Chairman, Intelligent Office Company, Washington, D.C.

David A. Donath, President, The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., Woodstock, Vermont
 
Louise Douglas, General Manager, Audience and Programs, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
 
Jacqueline Duke, former Deputy Director, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
Deborah Edward, Independent Museum Consultant, and Founder, Austin Children's Museum, Austin, Texas
 
Paul Elicker. See biography in “Officers” section
 
Patricia Ewer, Principal, Textile Objects Conservation, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
 
Stephen Feber, Social Enterprise Developer, United Kingdom
 
Miguel Fernández Félix, Director, National Museum of Art, Mexico City, Mexico

H.E. James Finke*, former President, Commodore International, Ltd., New York

Milos Forman, Czech-American award winning film director, New York City
 
Barbara Franco, Independent Museum Consultant, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Karen Franklin. See biography in “Governing Board” section
 
Jemima Fraser, former Project Director, Royal Museum Project, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Andre H. Friedman, Regional General Counsel, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Hungary
 
Patrick Gallagher, President and Founder, Gallagher & Associates, Bethesda, Maryland
 
Anton Ginzburg, Partner in the design firm Studio RADIA, New York City
 
Brent Glass, Director, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Jessica Glass, video producer/technician, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Leo-Ferdinand Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, Senior Executive, Lufthansa Airlines
 
Elaine Heumann Gurian, Independent Museum Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Wayne Harvey, Comptroller, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Washington, D.C.

Kenneth Haas* former Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, Massachusetts
 
Honee Hess, Director of Education, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
 
Jonathan Hess, Executive Vice President, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, Indianapolis, Indiana

Michalann Hobson, Independent Arts Management Consultant for theatre programs in Hungary

Virginia Hubbell, President, Virginia Hubbell Associates, Sonoma, California
 
Melanie Yae Ide, Associate, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City

Heyward Isham*, former Vice President, East-West Institute, New York City
 
Aldona Jonaitis, former Director, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska

Frank S. Johnson, Jr.*, former Managing Partner, The Johnson Group
 
Robert C. Jones, former President and Executive Director, Opera Pacific, Santa Ana, California
 
Jerold Kappel, former Director, External Affairs, Opera Pacific, Santa Ana, California

Bradford Kelleher*, consultant to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Roger Kennedy*, former Director, Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Lyndel King. See biography in “Governing Board” section

Nancy M. Kiser, Assistant to The Fund’s Officers and country directors

Martin Klingenberg, international corporate attorney, Washington, D.C.
 
Alan Knezevich, Principal and Creative Director, Alan Knezevich Design Associates, Alexandria, VA

Charlotta Kotik, Independent Fine Art Professional, New York City

Brian Lacey, former Director, The Museums of Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Robert Lantz*, Talent and Literary Agent, New York

Gilbert Levine, former Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Krakow Philharmonic, Poland

Sharon Litwin, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans, Louisiana

Elaine M. Lomenzo, Managing Director, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Laura Longley, independent consultant, former Director of Communications, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Sandra Lorimer, independent museum consultant, Ontario, Canada

Wendy W. Luers, President, Foundation for a Civil Society, New York City

Peter Lyman*, Professor of Information Science, University of California, Berkeley, California

Lorin Maazel, international conductor, and founder, Castleton Festival, Castleton, Virginia

Jack McAuliffe, President, Engaged Audiences LLC, New York City
 
Christine M. Miles, Director, Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, New York
 
Ann Mintz, Director of Development, University City District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ward Mintz, Executive Director, The Coby Foundation, New York City

Garrett Mitchell
 
Amy Módly, former International Liaison/Special Projects Director, Cultural Office, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary

Valerie Morris, Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston, South Carolina
 
Klaus Müller, Project Director for Western Europe, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
 
Pamela Myers, Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum. Asheville, North Carolina
 
Susan Nichols, Lunder Education Chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Barbara Niemczyk, former Director, St. Petersburg 2003, CEC International, Russia

Jane D. Norman, former Exhibits Conservator, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Garrick Ohlsson, pianist, first American winner of the Chopin Competition, San Francisco, California

Mark O’Neill, Head of Arts and Museums, Cultural and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council, Scotland

Gary Osland, Chairman and CEO, Osland Design Associates, Inc., New York City

Jack Pascarosa, formerly with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York City
 
M. Drake Patten, Executive Director, The Steel Yard, Providence, Rhode Island

Senator Claiborne Pell*, former Chairman, Subcommittee on Education, Arts & Humanities, Washington, D.C.

Elisa Phelps, former Director of Collections and Curator of Anthropology, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

Jill Emery Phillips, former Director of International Visitor Programs, U.S.I.A.

Jillian Poole. See biography in “Officers” section
 
Ihor Poshyvailo, Deputy Director, Ivan Honchar Museum, Kiev, Ukraine

Shelly Regan, President, Yamamoto Moss Mackenzie, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Charles R. Ritcheson*, former Vice Provost. Dean of Libraries, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
 
Julius Rudel, Conductor, and former General Director and Principal Conductor, New York City Opera

Jane Safer. See biography in “Senior Advisors” section

Lady Sainsbury, former Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet, London, England

Lord Sainsbury, former Chairman of Sainsbury’s Ltd., former Chairman, Royal Opera and Ballet, London, England

A.N. Scallon, former Director, Corporate Support Program, IBM, Armonk, New York

Peter Schoenburg, former International Marketing Consultant
 
Deborah Schwartz, President, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, New York

Sheldon Schwartz, former Executive Director, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York City
 
Catherine Schwoeffermann, Executive Director, Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Binghamton, New York

Patrick Sears. See biography in “Officers” section

George Stuart Sexton, III, Principal, George Sexton Associates, Washington, D.C.

Peter Shaffer, award winning British playwright

Mark Shoemaker, Principal Architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli, New Haven, Connecticut

Ken Shifrin, former Principal Trombonist, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Radio Stuttgart Orchestra, and Associate Principal with the Israel Philharmonic

The Hon. Leonard L. Silverstein, founding partner, Silverstein & Mullens, Washington, D.C.

Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Kathy Dwyer Southern, President and CEO, National Children's Museum, Washington, D.C

Julian Spalding, former Director, Glasgow Museums and Galleries, Scotland

Christopher Stager, Principal, C.R. Stager, New York City
 
Robert Staples, Design Partner, Staples & Charles, Ltd., Alexandria, Virginia

Mary Delle Stelzer, former Director of Corporate Advertising and Cultural Sponsorships, AT&T, Washington, D.C.

Cathy Card Sterling, independent arts management consultant, Washington, D.C.

Roger L. Stevens*, former Chairman, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
Gary Sturm, Chairman, Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
 
Martin Sullivan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
 
Sonnet Takahisa, Independent Museum Consultant, New York City

Lawrence Tamburri, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wendy Tiffin, former Director of Sponsorship, Southbank Complex, London, England

Alexander C. Tomlinson*, former President, Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund, Greenwich, Connecticut

John J. Tommaney*, formerly Of Counsel, Lane & Mittendorf, Washington, D.C.

Allen Townsend, Chief Librarian, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
 
Linda Vadász, former Executive Director, Arts Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts
 
James Weaver, former Curator, Cultural History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Albert K. Webster, former Managing Director, Executive Vice President , New York Philharmonic, New York City

Peter Wexler, Principal, Peter Wexler Studio, New York City

Robert Workman, Director, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas
 
Carole J. Wysocki, Director, National Symphony Orchestra Education Program, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
David Young, Graduate Research Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
 
Deborah Ziska, Chief of Press and Public Information, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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The Fund

 
Hugh Southern, Program Director.
Hugh Southern, a graduate of King's College, Cambridge (UK) has had a long and varied career in arts management. After working for Robert Whitehead and Elia Kazan in the original Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, and for Kurt Herbert Adler at the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Southern was the founding Executive Director of the Theatre Development Fund in New York City in 1968. For The Fund he established the TKTS half-price tickets booth in Duffy Square in 1974. In 1982 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the position of Deputy Chairman for Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he also served as Acting Chairman, until 1989. Mr. Southern has served on a number of nonprofit boards, and as a consultant to many arts organizations.
 

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Nancy Robinette, Executive Assistant.
Nancy Robinette was Manager of the Corporate Fund of the Kennedy Center. Since 2007 she has been part-time assistant to The Fund. She is a long-time professional actress, having appeared in shows on Washington, D.C. stages for over thirty years.

Monika C. Jansen, Editor.
Monika Jansen, now President of Jansen Communications, since 2003 has edited the semi-annual, and annual reports, prepared and issued the newsletter and helped with website content.
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