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Class of 2015


The Arts + Business Council graduated its second Designing Leadership class on April 15, 2015



Marco Angelucci
Design Director
Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design

Marco Angelucci joined Marguerite Rodgers in 1997. As a child, he was rearranging furniture and building Lego houses therefore his career path came as no surprise. Marco earned his Bachelor’s of Art from Spring Garden College beginning his career with Strawbridge and Clothier Visual Merchandising where his displays were frequently published. Following experience with interior design firms, he landed at Marguerite Rodgers ultimately earning the Design Director title. His work there includes Lacroix and Bar 210 at the Rittenhouse, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Hyatt at the Bellevue, XIX and many national and international high-end residential projects. He has developed a knack to envision the “big picture” of a project, pulling together all components to create a cohesive design.





Matthew Bartner
Kitchen & Associates

Matthew Bartner is a Registered Architect with extensive experience in the planning, programming, and design of elementary, secondary, and collegiate school projects. Over two decades of professional practice, he has been the architect for public, charter, and private school clients on projects ranging from 1,000 to 100,000 square feet and totaling over $50 million. He has successfully helped a number of institutions articulate and implement a sustainable vision for their built environment. Matt’s residential work has been featured in regional and national publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer and American Bungalow. He was one of the first students to participate in the Raymond A. Bowers Program for Excellence in Design and Construction of the Built Environment at Penn State.




Aimee-Kate Braconnier
Vice President & Executive Director
Catholic Community Choir

Matching her passions with her experience, Aimee-Kate brings to Catholic Community Choir creativity, leadership, dedication and enthusiasm. Aimee-Kate has been with Catholic Community Choir since the very beginning in 2007. She has had the opportunity to design and build each and every program from the ground up using innovative and imaginative thinking. This experience has allowed Aimee-Kate and her team to become the premier fine and performing arts program for the youth of Delaware County and the surrounding areas. Aimee-Kate has built the sponsorship programs generating funding support for the ten programs she has created with CCC’s founder, Jeff Braconnier. Aimee-Kate earned a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State University and is currently in LaSalle University’s Non Profit Leadership Master’s Program. In addition, Aimee-Kate has a passion for volunteering with both the National Multiple Sclerosis Society & Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.





Crystal Brewe
VP, Sales + Marketing
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Crystal Brewe is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and recent transplant to Philadelphia from Miami, Florida. With an M.A. in Communication and over fifteen years’ experience in marketing for national clients in the arts and entertainment industries, her work with cultural institutions has led to innovative projects, box office records and benchmarks in new audience development. She carries with her an extensive background in strategic marketing and cultural tourism. She has served an adjunct and guest instructor at various universities including University of Miami and Hawaii Pacific Univer- sity and is a contributing columnist to several publications. Crystal has published extensively in the areas of image restoration strategy and audience engagement.





Tina Brock
Producing Artistic Director
The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium

Since 1991, she has directed over 30 stage productions in Philadelphia, and has appeared as a performer on stage and in regional and national commercials, television and film in the Philadelphia and New York markets. Tina studied Journalism and Dance at the University of Maryland and Speech Communication at West Chester University. She served as Public Information Officer, Development Associate and Special Projects Manager at PBS affiliate WHYY-TV12 in Philadelphia/Wilmington; over the past fifteen years, she has freelanced as a producer and writer, including a turn as associate producer on the NPR-91FM series A Chef’s Table with Jim Coleman. Television performance credits include the pilot season of the cable television se- ries Ghost Stories; many years as an on-air spokesperson for PBS WHYY-TV12. She currently also works as a Case Developer for the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia.




Monica Buffington
Executive Director
The Kennett Symphony of Chester County

Monica Buffington has cultivated a multifaceted career in music including work as an arts administrator, performer, educator, and governance partner. Monica serves as Executive Director of the Kennett Sympho- ny of Chester County, and is an active member of the Longwood Rotary, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, and the Kennett Area Merchants Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Executives, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Pennsylvania Resources Council. She serves as principal flute of the Kennett Symphony and is a member of the Baltimore Chamber Or- chestra and Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. She maintains two teaching studios and performs chamber music in the tri-state area for her event and wedding music company.





Maya Choldin
Managing Director
Pig Iron Theatre Company

Maya joined Pig Iron Theatre Company as the Managing Director in July of 2014. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Maya received her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She came to Philadelphia to become an Arden Professional Apprentice in 1997, and she has since made Philadel- phia her artistic home. Maya previously worked as a stage manager for Opera Philadelphia, as operations manager for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and as production manager for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010 Maya transitioned to become the Director of Operations for George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center in Northern Virginia where she oversaw the opening of a multi venue performing arts center created by a tri-partite agreement of the university, Prince William County and the city of Manassas.





Suzanne Cloud
Executive Director
Jazz Bridge

Suzanne Cloud is an editor, writer, historian, and jazz singer-songwriter who lives in Collingswood, NJ. Since receiving her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Cloud has authored four young-adult American history books, contributed to the African-American National Biography Project for the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, and taught at area colleges. Cloud is a long-time contributing writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and executive director and co-founder of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that aids Philadelphia-area jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Her original play Last Call at the Downbeat was chosen for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and her music can be found on the Dreambox label.





Yael Eytan
Director of Marketing and Communications
National Museum of American Jewish History

Yael Eytan is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia (NMAJH), where she oversees all marketing and communications efforts in support of the core exhibition, temporary exhibitions, public programs, and the education department. Prior to work- ing at NMAJH, Yael worked on marketing at both the corporate and non-profit organizations, including DDB Worldwide, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Outside of work, Yael has served on volunteer committees for several cultural organizations, including the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s artsmart program. She has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University and Columbia College in Chicago and has presented at the Amer- ican Association of Museums, Tessitura, and National Arts Marketing conferences.





Diane Felcyn
Associate Director
Perkins Center for the Arts

Diane A. Felcyn’s 15 year career focus has been on using the arts to make meaningful experiences. After five years in Savannah, GA, Diane returned to her home state to become the Assistant Director at Perkins Center for the Arts. Diane holds a BA in art history from Chestnut Hill College and a MA in museum education from University of the Arts. Diane has worked in museums since 1998 and before Perkins Center she served as Curator of Education at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA and assisted with the Museum’s expan- sion into the Jepson Center for the Arts. From 2001-2005, Diane was a member of the development/design team for ArtZeum, the interactive gallery located in Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, the first interactive gallery using actual art works in a hands-on space focusing on informal education in art and architecture.




Allison Freyermuth
Head of Rare Book Department
Free Library of Philadelphia

Allison Freyermuth is Head of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department, promoted in De- cember of 2014. Allison received her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 1995. She has been working for the Free Library of Philadelphia since 1997, for most of this time as a Branch Head specializing in children’s services. Allison has been a librarian in a wide variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Fishtown, University City, South Philadelphia, and Wynnefield.





Dawn Frisby Byers
Director of Marketing and Communications
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Dawn Frisby Byers is an arts marketing executive with extensive experience in brand management, strategic planning, licensing, advertising, and public relations. For the past year, she has been the Director of Market- ing and Communications at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Dawn’s career in entertainment marketing spans 20+ years. Previously she was the Marketing Director for the 2011 Philadelphia Festival of the Arts (PIFA) and the Executive Director for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the organization behind the Grammy ® Awards.





Valerie Gay
Executive Director
Art Sanctuary

Valerie V. Gay is executive director of Art Sanctuary, an arts and letters organization. From 2004 - 2012, she was Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement for the College of Education at Temple University. Prior to Temple, Val was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at PNC Financial Services. An accomplished singer, Ms. Gay’s performing and recording repertoire include opera, gospel, jazz and original work across the Phila- delphia region as well as nationally and internationally. In 2006, she founded Fortress Arts Academy, which provides experiential access to music, for children and adults, especially those in lower economic areas. Val holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of the Arts.





Susan Glassman
Executive Director
Wagner Free Institute of Science

Susan Glassman is the Executive Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, a Nation- al Historic Landmark natural history museum and educational institution in North Philadelphia. She first served as a consultant to the Wagner when she wrote its National Landmark nomination in 1990, while a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, and she joined the staff in 1992. She has served as a consultant for other historic sites in the region, including the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mutter Museum. She is on the board of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science (PACHS) and is a past board member of the Preservation Alliance of Great- er Philadelphia. She is also serves on the Advisory Board of the Penn Museum and the Advocacy Committee of the Preservation Alliance.





Dave Gloss
Here’s My Chance

As CEO of HMC, Dave is in charge of building partnerships, strategic direction, and new business devel- opment. The son of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, Dave is currently ranked 16th on Atlantic Magazine’s Top 100 Civic Innovators for the development of the annual DoGooder Awards Video Hackathon, a program designed to connect filmmakers and nonprofits. He received his MBA from the Temple University Fox School of Business. An active supporter of youth and arts programs, Dave serves as a member of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement Board of Directors, the Advisory Board with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Information & Interpretive Technologies Committee, and Director Emeritus of the Spruce Foundation.





Fern Gookin

Fern Gookin, LEED AP, is the co-founder of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency), a non-profit with a mission to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. Fern is also the Director of Sustainabil- ity for Revolution Recovery, a company that provides a complete range of recycling services for the construc- tion, manufacturing, commercial and residential markets throughout the Delaware Valley. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University’s Masters of Science in Sustainable Design program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.





Liz Grimaldi
Executive Director
Fleisher Art Memorial

Liz Grimaldi is the Executive Director of Fleisher, the country’s oldest community art center with the mission of providing access to art for all. With an eclectic background working in contemporary art, out-of-school youth programming, alternative adult education, and community development, Liz is thrilled to be part of Fleisher, where all four realms intersect through the language of art. A native of Hong Kong where vacant land is an elusive concept and an art studio is a luxury, Liz fell in love with Philadelphia where the possibili- ties for making and exhibiting art, starting a business, or working with neighbors to make a difference in the community are an everyday reality. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Liz and her family live, work, and create in Queen Village.





Katie Guzinski
Executive Director/Marketing Director
Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design

After receiving her Bachelors in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida, Katie spent 2 years in New York City working in advertising and 2 years with a small Interior Design firm in Philadelphia before moving to Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design in 2001. Over the years at Marguerite Rodgers, Katie’s position has evolved from that of Executive Assistant to the current dual role of Executive Director managing day-to-day operations, finance, risk management, human resources and technology support and develop- ment and Marketing Director, managing business development, maintaining client relationships and devel- oping branding and marketing strategies to promote the firm and our work. Katie is committed to results and her drive and dedication allow her to handle a variety of projects and deadlines simultaneously.





Erica Hawthorne-Manon
Managing Director
Small But Mighty Arts

Erica’s professional career has included balancing business and creative endeavors that led to her interest in positively impacting the city’s creative economy from individual artists, to business and cultural organiza- tions. Erica’s resume includes work with college-prep programs, nonprofits, universities and small business- es where she has been responsible for developing new programs, enhancing marketing efforts, producing events, and managing community outreach efforts. Erica is currently the founder and managing director for Small But Mighty Arts, connecting Philadelphia artists to micro-grants and resources to advance their creative careers. In 2005 she co-founded Spoken Soul 215, a performance collective that currently curates The Harvest, Philadelphia’s largest monthly open mic event highlighting the talents of up-and-coming artists.





Rhonda Henderson
Alkemy X

Rhonda is a Controller who has close to 20 years of accounting, financial and human resources experience and has worked in both the public and private sectors within multiple industries. Also has a proven track record in leading and implementing financial management and reporting improvements. As well as an effective leadership and management track record. She is a graduate of La Salle University with a B.S. in Accounting and is currently studying to complete the Certified Management Accountant exam. When she is not studying, she loves spending time with her family and friends and helping others. Her hobbies are reading, mentoring, volunteering, traveling and shopping.





James Huie
Executive Producer
Alkemy X

Jim Huie is the Executive Producer at Alkemy X as well as an active member of the Philadelphia film and commercial community. He began his career in New York City cutting his teeth at production companies such as H.S.I., Crossroads Films and The End for 10 years before returning to his home state of Pennsylva- nia. In that time, Jim had the opportunity to coordinate shoots for some of the biggest names in music and film including Madonna, Puff Daddy and director Zack Snyder (Superman, 300). In Philadelphia, Jim served as Executive Producer for SBK Films and Accordion Films before joining the team at Alkemy X in 2012. He has produced video content at a wide range of professional sporting events including NBA, MLB, NHL, and university games. He has traveled to shoots all around the United States as well as Canada and the Ukraine.





John Jarboe
Producing Artistic Director
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

John Jarboe, a University of Michigan alum, works as a theater artist in Philadelphia. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Bearded Ladies, Philadelphia’s queer experimental cabaret company. He has directed, written, and performed with The Bearded Ladies in over nine original productions. As an actor he has worked at the Walnut, The Wilma, People’s Light, and has created work with Applied Mechanics as a founding member of that company. His next Bearded project is a cabaret-opera hybrid entitled “Andy: A Popera” about the contemporary phenomenon of Warhol, which is being done in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia. He has also begun a long term research project into the past and present manifestations of the cabaret form thanks to a recent Independence Fellowship.





Chessia Kelley
Digital Marketing Manager
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Chessia Kelley is the Digital Marketing Manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is a specialist in content marketing including: social media, email, website user experience, CRM and partnership marketing. Chessia hales from a retail marketing background, and brings experience from Anthropologie, Red Tettemer+Partners, and 1stdibs. She strives to apply the competitive lessons of ecommerce in a strategic way within the nonprofit ecosystem to increase visitor attendance, retention, and engagement.





Julia Kluger
Operations Director
Play, On, Philly!

Julia Kluger is the Operations Director for Play On, Philly!, a non-profit dedicated to fostering life skills among students in Philadelphia by providing high-quality music education to those who would otherwise not receive it. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Play On, Philly!, she served as Operations Director for Senator Bob Casey’s 2012 reelection campaign.





Bob Lowery
VP, Business Development
Alkemy X

Lowery has more than 15 years experience in the Film and Television industry focusing on Post Production and Visual Effects for Feature Film, Television and Commercials. As Vice President business development he creates new relationships with Movie Studios, Telvision Networks, Producers and Directors as well as maintains the existing client’s of ALKEMY X. Lowery has also been an active member of the Producers Guild since 2013. Recent Visual Effects Project credits include Silver Linings Playbook, After Earth, Chernobyl Diaries, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Last Airbender and The Leftovers for HBO. Lowery was also founder, Principal and Head of Business Development at BIGSMACKtv and prior to that the Vice President Business Development at Concrete Pictures.





Jennifer Maguire-Wright
Chief, Materials Management
Free Library of Philadelphia

Jen Maguire-Wright is the Chief of Materials Management at the Free Library of Philadelphia. A Library Journal Mover and Shaker as well as the organizer of TEDxFreeLibraryofPhiladelphia, Jen has held many positions at the Library, including stints as a Teen Librarian in West Philly and as a Web Developer for the Library’s website. Her professional interests include a passion for data and intellectual freedom. In her free time, she likes to read fantasy novels and epidemiology ebooks.





Michael McCracken
Director of Theater Operations
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Michael McCracken is the Director of Theater Operations at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, PA, one of the most successful art house theaters in the region. He has 7 years’ experience in the art house theater industry working for the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; two forerun- ners of the art house exhibition industry. At the BMFI, he has developed many of the organization’s exhibition standards. McCracken has curated film programing for museums and libraries in the region while helping to foster strong relationships with organizations around the greater Philadelphia area.





Maureen McGuigan
Deputy Director of Arts and Culture
Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture

Maureen McGuigan is the Deputy Director for the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department in north- eastern, Pennsylvania where she oversees a $1.2 million local tax generated fund for arts and culture programming and the operations of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum . She has worked in many facets of the non-profit arts and sector throughout her career, including as a rostered poet and playwright with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her areas of expertise include community building, grant making and program design. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.F.A. in creative writing from St. Mary’s College, California.





Jeanne Mell
VP, Marketing and Communications
University City Science Center

Jeanne is responsible for corporate marketing for Science Center programs, program development, com- munications, public and media relations and community engagement. She also oversees Quorum, the en- trepreneurs’ clubhouse, and the Science Center’s participation in the Blackstone LaunchPad Philadelphia program. Before joining the Science Center in 2009, Jeanne was Senior Vice President, Communications for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Jeanne began her career as a journalist at Inc. Magazine – back when it was a startup. Most recently she served as Director of Photography and Design at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. She also worked at the Associated Press in New York and Philadelphia, ABC News, Good Morning America and Popular Photography Magazine.





Laura Miller
Public Relations Director
Cashman & Associates

Laura develops and executes fully integrated communications strategies for real estate and retail clients, while overseeing various agency-wide account activities. Throughout her tenure at Cashman & Associ- ates, Laura has led accounts across numerous industries including fashion, hospitality, arts & culture, and non-profit, and has a proven track record of achieving high-impact deliverables via media relations, brand strategy and special events. With a natural thirst for uncovering unique story angles, Laura has secured fea- ture placements in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, The New York Post and Financial Times. She has brought brand activations to Sundance Film Festival and South Beach Wine & Food Festival and has planned numerous press conferences and media showcases.





Annette Monnier
Executive Director
University City Arts League

Annette Monnier, brings over 10 years of administrative cultural experience to her new post as Executive Di- rector of the University City Arts League (UCAL), a community arts and education center in West Philadelphia. In her recent role as The Clay Studio Outreach Program Director, Annette served as a communicator between organizations, school districts, and teaching artists, annually organizing over 75 art residencies while man- aging a staff of 30 independent artists. Annette is a respected art writer and critic, writing independently for ARTnews. She is a founding member and curator for alternative art institutions; Black Floor, Copy, and PRACTICE galleries. Annette has been a peer review panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, served as a guest critic and panelist at the University of the Arts, and has taught Graduate Studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.





John Orr
Executive Director

John Orr was appointed as Executive Director of Art-Reach in February 2015, with a vision that he would lead organizational planning efforts and grow strategic initiatives. A native of Philadelphia, John brings over 15 years experience in the city’s cultural community, including work at museums, community arts organizations, and historic sites. He has had stops at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, Fleisher Art Memorial and most recently the Chemical Heri- tage Foundation. He currently serves as the President of the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia, and helps coordinate the largest conference for small museum professionals in the mid-Atlantic region through his work with the Small Museum Association.





Ellen Owens
Director of Learning Programs
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Ellen Owens is the Penn Museum’s Director of Learning Programs. She is an adjunct professor in the Muse- um Studies graduate program at University of the Arts and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Arts + Business Council of Philadelphia. Owens previously served as the Executive Director of community arts center Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and was Vice President of the Museum Council of Philadelphia. Her past cultural education management positions included Education Manager at the American Philosophical Society Museum, the Palmer Museum of Art, and Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Arts & Crafts. She spent ten years in the for-profit sector as a manager and regional manager.





Elyse Poinsett
Managing Director

Elyse Poinsett oversees traditional and new media marketing strategies at WHYY, the premiere public broad- casting company in Philadelphia. She uses her creativity to create customer-oriented, research-based solu- tions to challenges WHYY faces in an increasingly complex media landscape. Previously, Elyse worked in mar- keting and fundraising at the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. She served as a Lois F. McNeil Fellow while earning a M.A. in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program. She also holds degrees in Public History and Archaeology from James Madison University in Virginia. In her free time, Elyse enjoys reading, archery and traveling.





Julia Rubio
Executive Director
Astral Artists

Julia joined Astral Artists as Executive Director in September 2013. Ms. Rubio has served in senior-level po- sitions for several of Philadelphia’s leading classical music and non-profit organizations, including Executive Director of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, Executive Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Director of Development of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Director of Development of Astral Artists. She has also worked for other esteemed organizations such as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and the SoundFest Chamber Music Institute in Massachusetts. Ms. Rubio has presented at the League of American Orchestra’s national conference on diversity in classical music and is an advocate for innovation in the field.





Ellen Soloff
Director of Tours + Merchandise
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Ellen S. Soloff is currently the Director of Tours & Merchandise for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, since April, 2014. Previously was the Director of New Business at BlueStar Marketing, a brand marketing/ promotional products company in the Philadelphia area. Other prior non-profit marketing and sponsorship development experience includes v Welcome America, the Manayunk Development Corporation and Lights of Liberty. Ms. Soloff lives in Center City, Philadelphia with 13 year old daughter Rachel. Volunteer activities include: Advisory Board member of the Career Wardrobe and URJ Camp Harlam’s Development Committee member.





Max Vasapoli
Assistant to the Director
Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, University of the Arts

Max Vasapoli serves as Assistant to the Director of The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at The University of the Arts. He teaches and performs with Opera Philadelphia. Vasapoli is a communications consultant with clients like Cirque du Soleil, Off Broad Street Theater, and Theatre Philadelphia. Most recently, he directed the research and development of the nation’s first mobile theater app hosting multiple programming from seven of Philadelphia’s finest independent companies – The Off Broad Street Mobile App. Max serves on the board of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and was named one of Philadelphia’s Top 55 Connectors and Keepers by Leadership Philadelphia. Guest speaking credits include University of the Arts, Temple University, Villanova University, ArtsTechNJ, and Theatre Communications Group.





Christine Weiser
Executive Director
Philadelphia Stories

Christine Weiser is the Executive Director of the literary magazine Philadelphia Stories (founded in 2004) and the Executive Editor for Tech & Learning magazine. She is the author of the novels BROAD STREET and the new mystery, THE MOM SQUAD.





Mark Weiss
CRW Graphics

Mark Weiss has 28 years’ experience in the printing industry and an MBA from the University of Chicago. For the past eighteen years he has been the president of CRW Graphics, a $21,000,000 commercial printer located near Philadelphia. In 1999, CRW Graphics spun-off ColorQuick to develop automated online prepress production. ColorQuick’s system includes patented technology, invented by Mr. Weiss. The online system features “lights out” production, including estimating, preflight, color correction, trapping, soft-proofing, and digital asset management. Outside of work, Mr. Weiss is a Ward Leader, and serves on the board of the Arts + Business Council of Philadelphia. In addition he is an active Scout leader, and enjoys flying, travel, and hockey.





Cobi Weissbach
Associate Director of Development
National Museum of American Jewish History

In addition to his management and frontline fundraising responsibilities, he is also responsible for devel- oping and overseeing special projects for the Museum, including membership, and the Museum’s donor database. Weissbach help to design and create the Museum’s Founding Membership Campaign, which grew the Museum’s membership base from 250 to over 19,000 in less than 2 years. Prior to joining the museum, he served as the National Director of Recruitment and Alumni Relations for the Alexander Muss High School in Israel as well as the Director of Admissions for Gann Academy- The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. Mr. Weissbach received his B.A. in History and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, and his M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University in 2004.





Rachel Zimmerman
Executive Director

Artist and Independent Curator Rachel Zimmerman founded the nonprofit InLiquid in 1999 as a means for in- creasing community and visibility for independent artists in the Philadelphia region. Through her leadership, InLiquid has an extensive body of artists and collaborators, a web and design staff, and an exhibition history that crosses neighborhood and state lines, making it a one-stop source for artists, curators, collectors, and the public. She has been named one of the region’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” in 2008, as well as a Creative Connector in 2011, in studies conducted by Leadership Philadelphia. Zimmerman also received a citation from the city of Philadelphia in 2012 acknowledging her work with InLiquid. InLiquid has been awarded the Photo Review Prize in 2009 and the Arts and Business Council Small Partnership Award with Crane Arts in 2011. In 2014, InLiquid was awarded the Arts and Business Council’s PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam for the programming that took place during their Juvenile In Justice exhibit held at Crane Arts.



Class of 2014


The Arts + Business Council graduated its first Designing Leadership class on April 16, 2014


Saul Behar
Vice President & General Counsel
University City Science Center


Joseph Benford
Chief, Neighborhood Library Services Division
Free Library of Philadelphia


Kal Bhatti
Mimar Architects & Engineers, Inc.


Heather Blakeslee
Deputy Executive Director
Delaware Valley Green Building Council


Stephanie Borton
Associate Director


Caitlin Butler
Director of Development
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program


Dawn Deitch
Executive Director, Penn OGCA
University of Pennsylvania


Sara Jane "Sally" Elk
President and CEO
Eastern State Penitentiary


Aylin Green
Director of Membership
Grounds for Sculpture


Justin Heimbecker
USBands (YEA!)


Laura Hortz Stanton
Director of Preservation Services
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts


Brian Jacobson
J2 Design Partnership


Kelly Jennings
Senior Experience Designer


Antoinette Marie Johnson
At Media


Sean King
Director of Marketing
Youth Education in the Arts


Andrea Lipenta
Customer Service and Training
ColorQuick/CRW Graphics


Lynn Marsden-Atlass
Director and University Curator
Arthur Ross Gallery/University of Pennsylvania


Kelli Paul
Director of Development
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance


Kate Popelak
Manager of Studio Classes & Summer Camp
Perkins Center for the Arts


Marisa Razi
Architect/Senior Landscape Architect
Voith & Mactavish Architects


Donald Root
Chief, Central Public Services
Free Library of Philadelphia


Jessica Sharpe
Director of Visitor Services
Philadelphia Museum of Art


Anne Marie Starker
Vice President, Business Development


Sarah Stolfa
Executive Director
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center


Daniel Student
Producing Artistic Director
Plays & Players


Julia Terry
Program Director


Anneliese Van Arsdale
Managing Director
InterAct Theatre Company


Jay Wahl
Artistic Director of Programming and Presentations
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Lynn Williamson
Acting Assistant Chief, Materials Marketing Division
Free Library of Philadelphia



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