Jessica Lanzillotti, a South Dakota native, holds the position of Treasurer of Single Carrot Theatre’s Board of Directors and works as the General Manager at Everyman Theatre. Jessica graduated valedictorian of the Towson University Business School in 2002, has interned at Arthur Andersen, LLP, and worked up to a senior accountant at Chernoff & Richards, P.A. She left to form her own accounting company in 2005 and immediately took on Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre as one of her clients. After working contractually for a few years, Jessica joined the Everyman team full time, first as Business Manager and then as General Manager beginning in July of 2012. Jessica does not have any artistic experience, generally preferring to work "behind the scenes," but she attends shows regularly and loves the creative environment.
Since July 2015, Debra Rubino has served as the vice president of strategic communications at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). From 2006–2015, she served as the director of strategic communications at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, a field office of the international network of the Open Society Foundations. Prior to that position, she was vice president for communications at Goucher College from 1998 to January 2006. When she first arrived in Baltimore in 1988 and through1996, she first served as director of institutional communications at MICA, and then from 1996 to 1998, as associate vice president. At MICA, she was one of six individuals to launch the Baltimore Collegetown Network, a consortium of 15 institutions from the region, and later served as its governing board’s president for five years. She is a member of the board of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and on The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She was one of the founding members of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, where she served on the Board for eight years. She served as the board president for Art on Purpose until it shut its doors in 2012. She is also an active professional artist—a photographer and printmaker. She holds a BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Doug Bothner is a Senior Associate at Ziger/Snead Architects in Baltimore, Maryland. His work has won numerous design awards from the Baltimore and Maryland chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and has been published in Dwell, Wallpaper* Online, IDFX, Baltimore Style, Home & Design, and VIEW Magazines. Doug is active in the Baltimore community. He has been adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute of College of Art and a visiting critic at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University, and Morgan State University School of Architecture. As an avid cyclist, he served as a Juror for the Station North Arts & Entertainment Bike Rack Competition. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture where he was awarded The Drawing Prize in 1996, and he graduated with Honors in Painting from Wesleyan University.
Tamar Cloyd is a fundraising and communications consultant with The Cloyd Group, LLC. She has over 10 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector, including fundraising, program management, communications (online and print), and direct service delivery. In her spare time, Tamar volunteers as a reader for the Metropolitan Washington Ear in Silver Spring, MD. She has also volunteered as a grant reviewer with the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation and D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education. A native of Chicago, IL, Tamar holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in community social psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She resides in Columbia, MD with her husband and three sons.
Lionel Foster is an East Baltimore native and a Communications Manager at the Urban Institute, a social policy research center in Washington, D.C. A former columnist with "The Baltimore Sun," Lionel has experience relaying a range of policy issues to diverse urban communities. In addition to the “Sun,” his writings on topics including race, education, economic development, and criminal justice have appeared in the "The Chicago Tribune," "The Chronicle of Philanthropy," and "The Los Angeles Times." A graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program, he also holds master's degrees in Social Policy and Planning and Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics as well as an MA in Creative and Life Writing (Goldsmiths College, University of London), earned during his tenure as a British Marshall Scholar. In 2011, he was named a "Maryland Daily Record" VIP.
Sarva Girdhar, M.D. is a board certified surgeon, in practice since 1977, specializing in general surgery, wound care, and veins. His office and practice are located in Westminster, MD. Born and raised in India, Sarva completed his medical studies at the University of Gauhati and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research before immigrating to the United States in 1971. From 1971-1977, Sarva completed medical residences and fellowships in Baltimore, Dallas, St. Louis as well as Altoona, PA. Sarva is very interested in contemporary art, specifically installation and site-specific works. He is an avid contemporary art collector focusing predominately on Indian and South Asian artists. He lives in Pikesville with his wife Veena.
Joanna Golden is the Creative Director of Pie in the Sky, a pie baking company located in Aspen, CO. She splits her time between Aspen and Baltimore, where she was born and raised. She attended the Park School of Baltimore and then went on to receive her BFA in Costume Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Joanna worked in the costume design industry for many years before starting her family of two children. She has been an active member of the The Walters Art Museum Women's Committee since 2000 and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The Maryland Zoo.
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is an artist who works primarily in video installation, drawing, and photography. She hails from Dallas, TX and has a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Joyce has participated in various supported artist residencies, and has exhibited on the east coast and various international locations including Italy, Germany, and Taiwan. She is the recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant; a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award; and a 2010 So Hamiltonian Fellowship. The Washington Post included her Passages exhibition in their “Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows” in Washington D.C. in 2012. Joyce currently teaches part-time at MICA and The Corcoran College of Art + Design, and can be found cruising around Charm City on her trusty bicycle.
Jason Lowy is Vice President – Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services and partner of The Murray Group. He holds the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Accredited Investment Fiduciary designee, Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist and Wealth Advisor. Jason started his career in 2004 when he joined the Murray Group at Legg Mason in downtown Baltimore. His main focus is helping business owners and retirees manage their retirement income needs and achieve their financial dreams. He graduated from Western Maryland/McDaniel college, where he holds a dual major in Philosophy and Human Behavior in Organizations. Jason is an actively involved in Best Buddies, National Collegiate Cancer Foundation and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.
Bodil Ottesen is an art historian and educator. She is a lecturer and adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, Goucher College, Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Stevenson University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bodil has taught a range of art discourses including Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary Art. Her writing and research has been including in numerous arts publications. Bodil received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1987 and wrote her dissertation on The Development of Dedication Imagery in Romanesque Manuscripts. She also earned an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Goucher College. Bodil holds membership in the College of Art Association America and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Karen Stults is the Director of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art and brings over twenty years of nonprofit management and program development experience to her commitment to the arts. Ms. Stults holds a M.Ed. in Policy Development and Program Evaluation from Vanderbilt University, a BA in Business and Communications from Mercer University, a certificate in Ceramics and Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and a certificate in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from Georgetown University. Previous employers include the Center for Community Change, YouthAction, Inc., and McAuley Institute in Washington, DC. She is an alumna of the Windcall Residency Program for social change activists and serves on the board of Fluid Movement. Her work at MICA and in Baltimore is rooted in the belief that individual artists and arts organizations play a vital role in energizing and transforming communities.
Since February 2015, Rita has served as Vice President for Advancement at MICA. Over her career, Walters has helped to secure millions of dollars for education and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining MICA, Walters served as chief development officer for Washington National Cathedral, where she has worked to increase the endowment, more consistently and closely engaged donors, and developed new fundraising initiatives. Prior to the Cathedral she was a senior associate director of development for Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, director of development for the Baltimore Presbytery, and annual fund officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland. She also spent 14 years in finance working both in New York City for AMEX as a senior accountant; and in NJ for Willingboro Board of Education, a $50 million dollar school district where she served as an accountant. Walters has been deeply engaged in the community, and in addition to the Contemporary, also serves on the Leadership Council for Convergence Center for Policy Resolution in Washington, DC. She earned a master’s degree in liberal arts and a graduate certificate in nonprofit studies at the Institute for Policy Studies Center for Civil Society Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Baltimore City with her husband. They have two college-aged sons and one unruly dog-named Barry Allen.
Portia Wood is a practicing trial attorney in Baltimore City. She received her Juris Doctor from the recently renamed University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2011. Portia is a California native with deep Baltimore roots. She studied public relations as an undergraduate, and uses those skills to bring people together with an impetus for social change. Over the past few years, in addition to her legal work, she participates in the Young Professionals Group of Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Portia also volunteered with Hockey in the Hood, a non-profit bringing sports and mentorship to Baltimore’s Patterson Park neighborhood, as well as, United Sisters Mentoring program. While not an artist herself, she has spent many years collecting and promoting the works of underground artists around the country, including but not limited to collaborating with Steady Baltimore Artist Collective on exhibitions of Graffiti Art in Baltimore Galleries. Portia resides in the Homeland neighborhood.
Robin Zimelman has been an active collector of contemporary art for more than ten years, focusing on emerging U.S and British artists, and including painting, sculpture, photography and video. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland School for the Blind, where she previously has served as President of the Parent Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and of Boston University School of Law, Robin was a tax attorney at Venable LLP for fifteen years. In addition, she is a CPA. Robin has lived in Baltimore for over twenty-five years with her husband, Larry Eisenstein, and has three children.