Photo Credit: Maria Moller. Pictured left to right: Karen Shakoske, Kristina M. Parker, Kenneth Roberts, Jamie J. Brunson, Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic for the New York Times, Mia Aronson, Peter Bloomfield, Susan G. Lowe. Not pictured: Priscilla Rosenwald, Tom Garrity, Linda Dubin Garfield, Yvette Hyater-Adams, Don Kligerman, Michael Kutner, Eileen Anita Mijlin, Sumit Sethi, Lee Ann Shiveley, Stephen C. Red.
Kristina M. Parker, Board Chair
Kristina is an audit partner at KPMG LLP with over 16 years of public accounting experience and currently serves clients in the Investment Management Practice of KPMG’s Philadelphia office. She is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in Accountancy and is a certified public accountant.
Priscilla Rosenwald, Past Board Chair
Priscilla Rosenwald established Leadership Recruiters as part of a personal mission to match her values with the value-add she could bring to organizations. With over 25 years of experience in organizational consulting, executive hiring and management within the non-profit and corporate sectors, she offers unique perspective to her clients and partners with them to improve organizational effectiveness through talent selection and guiding leadership change.
She co-founded the Women’s Health and Environment Network (WHEN, which addresses the interface between environmental toxins and public health. She also serves on professional and cultural boards, and has been a United Way Loaned Executive. Her board affiliations include Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society, Pennsylvania Nonprofit Report, Miro Dance Theatre, Dance USA, and Chair, First Person Arts. Priscilla holds a Masters degree from Hunter College in Group and Organizational Development.
Karen Shakoske, Vice Chair
Karen has 15 years of professional services marketing and communication experience spanning the legal and financial services industries. This experience includes brand development, creative strategy, marketing strategy, corporate and employee communications, corporate philanthropy, and public relations. She holds a degree in English literature from Allegheny College. She also serves on the Board of Directors for LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. A native of Pittsburgh, she has adopted Philadelphia as her new home and lives in Center City.
Susan G. Lowe, Treasurer
Susan is a senior audit manager in the financial services practice of KPMG LLP with over 15 years of public accounting experience. She is a member of KPMG’s network of women and involved in recruiting and mentoring students and staff. Sue is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA and the PICPA. She is a graduate of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s Business on Board Program. Sue is a choir member and member of Emilie United Methodist Church and former treasurer.
Tom Garrity, Secretary
Tom is a Vice President at Harmelin Media with nearly 30 years of advertising and marketing experience in New York (Grey Advertising) and Philadelphia (Elkman Advertising and Harmelin Media) specializing in media research, planning and buying. He has vast experience on accounts across many industries including healthcare/pharmaceutical, restaurants, packaged goods and travel/tourism. Tom is a Pennsylvania State University graduate and lives in Havertown PA.
Mia Aronson has over ten years of experience in operations and finance at Razorfish. In addition, she was a pastry cook at Le Bec Fin for more than two years, and also worked as a researcher at RAND. She is a graduate of Haverford College with a BA in East Asian Studies.
Peter Bloomfield is a Philadelphia based architect and established Bloomfield & Associates Architects 1983 with a belief that the end-user can be an integral part of the design team and that thoughtful design with regards to energy consumption is not only good for the planet, it is good for the bottom line.
An initial focus on small scale community-based efforts has given way to consistent growth with the advent of larger projects in the institutional, public and private sectors. Although now largely a national practice, basic values have largely remained the same: Good places sit comfortably in their context, are a joy to the occupants, are made to last with thoughtful use of materials and operate in a manner that is low in cost.
Peter’s projects are published widely, been the recipient of numerous awards and are embraced by the community’s they serve.
Jamie J. Brunson
Executive Director of First Person Arts, Jamie J. Brunson has brought storytelling to the stage within different spheres of the arts and cultural community for over 16 years. She served as managing director of New Freedom Theatre and the Providence Black Repertory Company and as Director of Institutional Gifts and Sponsorship for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. An accomplished playwright, Brunson is a four-time Delaware Division of the Arts/NEA grantee for playwriting and an award-winning playwrite who was named a “New Voice in American Theatre by the Edward Albee Theatre Conference. Her plays have been produced across the country. Her playwriting awards an honors include a Panelist Choice Award at the Edward Albee Conference and selection as a Chesterfield Film Company Fellowship Semi-Finalist. Brunson holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University.
Linda Dubin Garfield
Linda Dubin Garfield is an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist who creates original one-of-a-kind art inspired by nature. She sometimes creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture. She is the founder of ARTsisters, a group of professional women artists dedicated to empowering each other and the community through art. She is also the founder and president of smart business consulting, a consulting firm which helps artists reach their goals and their audience. She currently serves on the National Executive Board of AMIT as well as on the local boards of Main Line Art Center and the Delaware Valley Art League. In her former life, she earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Group and Social Processing from Temple University and worked for many years as a guidance counselor and educational consultant.
Yvette is President and CEO of Prime Directive Consulting Group, delivering products and services that prepare leaders to drive organizational change initiatives, including: diversity and inclusion strategies, strategic planning, board development, team building, and internal capacity building to sustain a new business culture. Along with running her consulting firm, Yvette is an adjunct college professor, leads creative writing workshops, and writes about personal growth and social change. As a pioneer in the emerging field of transformative language arts, she contributes to the research and discourse on transforming narratives for change. Yvette is a graduate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Adult Education and Goddard College with a M.A. in Transformative Language Arts. She is affiliated with the National Association of Poetry Therapy (NAPT) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Don Kligerman is founder (1992) and President of Fairmount Ventures, Inc., a mid-sized Philadelphia-based consulting firm that supports nonprofit and philanthropic organizations through resource development, strategic planning, and fostering organizational advancement. Prior to founding Fairmount, Mr. Kligerman held positions to include Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections and Deputy Managing Director of the city of Philadelphia. In addition to serving on the First Person Arts Board of Directors, he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, the city’s leading parks advocacy organization, and has served on numerous other Board of Directors. Mr. Kligerman earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He makes a mean omlette.
Michael is a management consultant and Principal with The North Highland Company, a management and technology consulting company whose mission is to change the way people think about consulting. Michael’s unique combination of expertise in Organizational Change Management and Operational Excellence methodologies like Lean and Six Sigma was developed over 20 years working at Cigna, GE and Johnson & Johnson, before joining the consulting world in 2007. Michael has helped hundreds of leaders and teams master the art of improving operating results while leading during periods of change. Michael has a BS in Finance from Penn State and an MBA in Marketing from La Salle. He loves to ski, kayak, and listen to anyone who can tell a good joke.
Rosalyn is President and Founder of The ROZ Group, Inc. Her company provides project management, strategic marketing, publishing, and product development to corporations and cultural arts institutions, especially in the areas of science and history. Prior to launching her firm, Roz had a distinguished career in educational product development and subsequently museum administration. She served as Senior Vice President for the Science Center at the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA) and as Senior Vice President and Publisher for Time Life Education (Alexandria, VA). As Senior Vice President of Time Life Education, she chaired Time Warner’s Education Task Force. Time, Inc., McGraw Hill, Inc., Scholastic Inc., and CBS, Inc. are among the other major New York-based companies where she worked as both an editor and a marketer.
Eileen Anita Mijlin
Eileen is a veteran marketing professional, having worked for 30 years in the financial services industry. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Temple University where she teaches Spanish in the undergraduate program.
Sumit Sethi, MHA is a Manager of Preventive Health and Wellness, charged with leading Wellness Program Design and Customer Implementation at Independence Blue Cross. Sumit is an experienced dynamic speaker on health and wellness topics focusing on driving a culture change through targeted marketing and communication programs. Sumit holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University. Sumit is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda: Omega Chapter (Academic Excellence and Leadership Honor Society). He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and daughter.
Lee Ann Shiveley
LeeAnn Shiveley has worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals for over ten years and is currently working in Competitive Intelligence, supporting strategic planning for product brands and business development. Ms. Shiveley graduated from Minnesota State University with a BS degree in dietetics and chemistry and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatics. Ms. Shiveley is a supporter of the arts and recently completed the Greater Philadelphia Arts and Business Alliances Business on Board Program so she can better serve as a board member for non-profit organizations affiliated with the arts. Ms. Shiveley is also an avid rower and is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association.
Stephen C. Red
Steve has spent the last 20 years in the ad business, 12 of those as proud owner of ad agency Red Tettemer. He’s an art director who writes and a creative director who has finally learned to creatively direct, instead of just doing it himself. Over the years, Steve has had a blast building and nurturing a bunch of brands from CNN to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey. He believes people are smart and the only real martini is made with gin. And some day, he’ll settle down and start painting again, which is what his Dad says he should have done all along.
Captain Kenneth Roberts is a graduate of the US Army Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Ft. Lee, VA; the US Army Transportation Mobility Warrant Officer Basic Course at Ft. Eustis, VA; the US Army Transportation Captains Career Course at Ft. Lee VA; and the Inspector General Course, Department of the Army Inspector General School at Ft. Belvoir, VA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomsburg University in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his MBA in Human Resources Administration from the University of Phoenix. His many military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.