Michael Freedman, Chairman of the Board
Michael A. Freedman, CPA is a founding partner of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs. He is the former director of the firm’s audit department. Mr. Freedman has more than 40 years of experience in public accounting, which includes more than 12 years with KPMG. Throughout his career, he has specialized in auditing and accounting for nonprofit organizations. Because of his reputation and knowledge of best practices in nonprofit management, Mr. Freedman serves as a judge for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement/Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
Scott Shanklin Peterson, Vice Chairman of the Board
Ms. Shanklin-Peterson is the Director of the Arts Management Program in the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Ms. Shanklin-Peterson served as the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from (1994-2001). Previously, she was the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Warren Lee Brown, Secretary of the Board
Mr. Brown served as Chief of Park Planning and Special Studies for the National Park Service from 1992-2005. 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. He served in various other park planning positions in the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior with responsibilities for land acquisition planning, resource conservation, and management of visitor use.
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 the DC City Council. Mr. Brown holds a masters degree in City Planning from Harvard University and a BA in Public Affairs from the University of Chicago. He has been a board member of the Glen Echo Park Foundation and the Greater Sandy Spring Land Trust. Since retirement in 2005 he has been a consultant to the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy, and the National Parks Conservation Association.
Joan Schaffer, Treasurer of the Board
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. Previously, she spent twenty-five 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
Board Members at Large
Richard Hunt, Board Trustee
Mr. Hunt is an internationally known sculptor working in Chicago, IL. In 1968, he was one of the visual artists chosen by President Lyndon Johnson to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. Hunt is among America’s most frequently commissioned sculptors. He has served on the boards of numerous museums and national cultural organizations.
Barbara Karesh Stender, Board Trustee
Mrs. Stender started her art consulting firm, Art for Business, in 1980 in Charleston, SC. Previously, she worked for twelve years at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC.
Jane Mason, Board Trustee
She is both an artist and computer scientist who has owned and operated her own companies from 1962-2006. She was awarded the 2003 McColl Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and was selected by the Collectors of Wood Art for the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
David Feinstein, Board Trustee
David Feinstein has been a partner at Beveridge Seay, Inc., a Washington, DC-based, internationally recognized, award-winning branding and identity firm since 1993. Dave 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.
Lisa Wood, Board Trustee
Lisa Wood is Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Edison Electric Institute and Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). Wood was formerly a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at The Brookings Institution, an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, on the Board of Directors of Energate, Inc., and an Advisor to GE Current. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wood is also a printmaker and textile artist specializing in Japanese shibori techniques.
Ken Hakuta, Board Trustee
Ken Hakuta is an inventor and 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 influential video artist Nam June Paik, his uncle. He currently serves as a board member of the Hirshhorn Museum and an emeritus board member on the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
David Furchgott, President and Founder of International Arts & Artists
Mr. Furchgott is founder and president of IA&A. For over 16 years, he was the Executive Director of the International Sculpture Center, which he developed to become the largest organization for sculpture with 15,000 members in over 70 countries. It was there that he began Sculpture magazine. Previously, he was with the State Arts Commission, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina.
Hugh Webster, Exofficio/General Counsel
Mr. Webster is a nationally recognized lawyer who has served as an advisor to associations and other non-profit organizations, association management companies, as well as individual executives, for almost 20 years. With special expertise in governance, strategic, and operational issues, Mr. Webster works regularly in such diverse areas as employment (including executive employment), taxation, antitrust, contracts, standards and certification, code of ethics, publishing, and fiduciary obligations of directors and officers. He earned his law degree from Duke Law School.
He is a frequent speaker for organizations such as the American Society of Association Executives, the International Association of Association Management Companies, and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
He is the author of the semi-annual updates to The Law of Associations, the only treatise in the association law field, and has written numerous articles and other publications on issues relevant to nonprofit organizations. Mr. Webster has authored: Fiduciary Obligations of Nonprofit Directors and Officers and Trade Associations. He has Co-Authored: Lobbying and Political Expenditures; Association Lobbying and Regulation; Law of Associations and is a Contributing Editor: Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Letter.