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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Fred Bronstein, President (Dean, Peabody Institute)
Bryn Parchman, Vice President (President and CEO, Port Discovery Children’s Museum)
Heidi Daniel, Treasurer (Chief Executive Officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library)
Kevin Apperson (CIO, Maxim Health Care)
Jeffrey Buchheit (Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area)
Carla Du Pree (Executive Director, CityLit Project)

Board of Directors

Chris Bedford (Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, Baltimore Museum of Art)
Randi Benesch (Director of Advancement, Baltimore Center Stage)
Scott Casper (Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Jacqueline Copeland (Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture)
Navasha Daya (Musical artist)
Patricia Egan (Principal, Cool Spring Analytics)
Stacie Sanders Evans (President & CEO, Young Audiences of Maryland)
Chris Ford (Director, Baltimore School for the Arts)
John Hendricks (Dean of Arts, St. Paul's Schools)
Samuel Hoi (President, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Garey Hyatt (Assistant Professor, Coppin State University)
Lee Kappelman (Principal, m/Oppenheim Associates)
Peter Kjome (President and CEO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
Monica Lopez-Gonzalez (Co-Founder & Executive Scientific & Artistic Director, La Petite Noiseuse Productions)
Todd Marcus (Musician/Composer and Executive Director, Intersection of Change)
Wendel Patrick (Out of the Blocks Co-Producer, WYPR)
CJay Philip (Founder, Dance&Bmore)
Sarah Schaffer (Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Baltimore)
Phoebe Stein (Executive Director, Maryland Humanities)
Stacie Tobin (Partner, Venable LLC) Donna Drew Sawyer, (Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts)

New Board of Directors Bios

Donna Drew Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA): Donna Drew Sawyer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a non-profit 501(c)3 that serves as Baltimore City’s Arts Council, Film Office and Events Producer. Sawyer joined the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in March of 2017 as the Chief of External Affairs. In July 2018, after a nationwide search, she was named CEO. She previously held senior positions in the arts and non-profits including the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and Sesame Workshop. Sawyer served on the Norfolk, Virginia Arts Commission and helped launch the Virginia Waterfront Arts Festival as the founding director of the Wilder Performing Arts Center. She was also an assistant professor of Communications and Journalism at Norfolk State University. Sawyer has served on art panels and grant committees for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Art Society, Success by Six—an initiative of the United Way— and the YWCA. Additionally, she is an award-winning author, her novel, Provenance, won the 2017 Maryland Writers’ Association Award for Historical Fiction and was a finalist for the same award at the New York’s Harlem Book Festival. Prior to her work in the arts and non-profit sector, Sawyer held senior marketing and promotion positions with Young & Rubicam Advertising and AT&T International. Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Texas Southern University. She and her husband, Bowie State University professor and author, Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Jr., live in Baltimore City. They have two grown daughters.

Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC): Dr. Scott Casper is Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, he is the author of Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine (2008) and Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (1999), and the co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven other books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013). He has held research fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, and Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, among other institutions. Before joining UMBC in 2013, Dr. Casper was a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He edited the annual “Textbooks and Teaching” section of the Journal of American History from 2008 to 2018 and was acting editor of The William and Mary Quarterly in 2008-09. He has worked extensively with K-12 history and social studies educators through George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Center for Civic Education, and the Northern Nevada Teaching American History Project, and has consulted on museum installations for George Washington’s Mount Vernon and for The Walters Art Museum. Dr. Casper earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

Wendel Patrick, Out of the Blocks Co-Producer, WYPR: Wendel Patrick majored in both music and political science at Emory University and earned his M.M. in Piano Performance as a scholarship student at the Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston Illinois. Mr. Patrick is a winner of the 2015 Baker Artist Awards’ Mary Sawyers Baker grand prize, and was a full time faculty member at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland from 2001 to 2013 teaching piano, introduction to music theory, music history and electronic music production. He has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently teaches “Hip Hop Music Production: History and Practice” at The Peabody Music Conservatory, the first course of its kind to be taught at a major traditional music conservatory anywhere in the United States. Wendel Patrick's music has also been heard across the country on NPR stations, most notably on Out of the Blocks, an award winning radio documentary program he co-produces with radio producer Aaron Henkin for NPR affiliate WYPR that has been featured by the Third Coast International Audio Festival and Hearing Voices as well as on the BBC.

Stacie Tobin, Partner, Venable LLP: Stacie Tobin is a partner in Venable’s Commercial Litigation Group and a member of Venable’s E-Discovery group. Stacie brings extensive litigation experience spanning a diverse range of commercial and product liability matters, and has tried dozens of cases to verdict. Her broad range of business litigation experience includes matters involving breach of contract claims involving commercial real estate developments and tenancies, consumer credit services, hotel companies, law firm partnerships and retailer contracts; securities enforcement and shareholder actions; books and records inspection actions; enforcement of trademarks and other intellectual property; design defect, manufacturing defect, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer protection claims; trade secret restrictions and restrictive covenants in employment agreements; and actions arising under limited liability company agreements.

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