Board of Trustees

Executive Committee



David Feinstein, Chairman of the Board

For 25 years, David Feinstein has been a partner at Beveridge Seay, Inc., a venerable Washington, DC-based, internationally recognized, award-winning branding and identity firm. Prior to 1993, he was on the design and editorial staff of the International Sculpture Center’s Sculpture magazine. Mr. Feinstein received a bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and was awarded the Jonathan Leigh Altman Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate artist. He has been the recipient of numerous awards from many national and international competitions for design excellence. He has lectured to a variety of academic and professional organizations, and is active in the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Design Management Institute.


Scott Shanklin-Peterson, Vice Chairman of the Board

Scott Shanklin-Peterson was appointed by President Clinton as the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts for four of her seven years there (1994-2001). Prior to that, Ms. Shanklin-Peterson was director of the South Carolina Arts Commission (1980-1994). She is currently the Sr. Fellow and former Director of the Arts Management Program in the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. A nationally renowned leader in arts in education, she also currently serves as Chair of Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), a national award-winning organization that works with artists and teachers to more deeply engage students in learning through arts integration and through developing their imagination, creativity, and innovation skills. Ms. Shanklin-Peterson is the recipient of a number of awards, including the SC Governor’s Award for the Arts; the “Scottie” Award, established by the SC Arts Alliance and named for her to recognize outstanding leadership in the arts; and the College of Charleston Arts Management Internship Endowment, which was established in her name.


Warren Lee Brown, Secretary of the Board

Warren Brown retired from the US National Park Service as Chief of Planning and Special Studies in 2005. He provided leadership for management planning in national parks throughout the nation and for studies of potential new parks, wild and scenic rivers, trails, and heritage areas. Prior to joining the National Park Service, he served as a project associate for the Environmental Law Institute, and as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and for the DC City Council. Mr. Brown holds a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University and a BA in public affairs from the University of Chicago.


Lisa Wood, Treasurer of the Board

Lisa Wood is Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Edison Electric Institute and Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). Ms. Wood is the editor of three books on Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry. She currently serves on the Board for the National Energy Foundation and is a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She was formerly a nonresident senior fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at The Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Ms. Wood holds a PhD in public policy and management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a printmaker and textile artist and has shown her work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


Trustees at Large

Barbara Karesh Stender, Board Trustee

Barbara Stender started her art consulting firm, Art for Business, in 1980 in Charleston, SC. Previously, she worked for 12 years at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, and at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC. Ms. Stender is an accredited art appraiser and a well-known collector and promoter of Southern artists.


Jane Mason, Board Trustee

Jane Mason was trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is both an artist and computer scientist. Over the years, she has owned and operated her own companies from 1962-2006. She was awarded the 2003 McColl Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, and was selected by the Collectors of Wood Art for its 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Joan Schaffer, Board Trustee

For the past four years, Joan Schaffer has worked with the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, managing its nonprofit grants program. Ms. Schaffer leads a process that this year included the review of nearly 400 grant applications from local nonprofits, resulting in the Council’s approval and award of approximately $11 million annually. Previously, she spent 25 years in technology management, working at Price Waterhouse, Freddie Mac, and Capital One. Ms. Schaffer has also served as a director of Leadership Montgomery, the Lean and Hungry Theater, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and as a member of the Bard College Board of Governors.


Ken Hakuta, Board Trustee

A much-honored inventor, Ken Hakuta appeared on national television for six years as the host of the popular Dr. Fad Show, a program promoting creativity and innovation in children. He was the organizer of multiple inventors’ conventions across the United States, and received the Inventor of the Year Award from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is the manager of the estate of seminal and influential video artist Nam June Paik, his uncle. He currently serves as a board member of the Hirshhorn Museum and as an emeritus board member on the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


David Furchgott, President and Founder of International Arts & Artists

Culminating his nearly 50 years in cultural management, David Furchgott is the founder and president of International Arts & Artists, having started each of the organization’s four initial major programming areas during his 23-year tenure. He located IA&A at its 170-year old Hillyer Court facility, which he purchased, repurposed, and renovated to its current use. For over 16 years, he was the Executive Director of the International Sculpture Center, which he developed to become the world’s largest organization for sculpture, with 15,000+ members in over 70 countries. It was while he was there that he began and published Sculpture magazine, organized five International Sculpture Conferences and numerous international symposia, produced numerous international traveling art exhibitions, and lectured widely around the world. Previously, he was a division director with the SC Arts Commission, visual arts director for Spoleto Festival USA, and a curator and director of the art school at the Gibbes Art Museum in South Carolina.

Emeritus Board Members
Emeritus Board Members:

Dr. Olin M. Hamrick, Jr Board Trustee and Chair Emeritus

Robert N. Rosen, Esq. Board Trustee

Paul Abrams, Treasurer of the Board*

Dr. Alan Jabbour, Chairman of the Board*

* Deceased