Jamie J. Brunson

Executive Director, First Person Arts

Jamie J. Brunson is the executive director of First Person Arts and producer, host and co-writer of the monthly radio hour on WHYY, Commonspace.  She is also member of the strategic planning committee for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disABILITY Services’ Engaging Males of Color Initiative.  Over the past 25 years, she has fused a business acumen that combines not-for-profit leadership experience with the insights of a practicing artist within different spheres of the arts and cultural community.  Her administrative resume includes senior management positions at not-for-profits including: New Freedom Theatre, the Providence Black Repertory Company and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  She is also a performing storyteller, memoirist, published poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies; four-time NEA grantee for playwriting and an award-winning playwright who was named a “New Voice in American Theatre” by the Edward Albee Theatre Conference. Her plays have been produced across the country from New York to Alaska.  Her community service includes a Mayoral appointment to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Board of Directors where she was vice-chair; board memberships on the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Groundswell, First Person Arts, Inc, (Board Member Ex Officio), Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts and Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She has also served as a peer panelist for:  Delaware Division of the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Connecticut Council on Arts & Tourism.  Ms. 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. She thanks God for the ability to serve the community.


Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President, Moore College of Art & Design

Cecelia Fitzgibbon is the eighth president of Moore College of Art & Design.  Prior to coming to Moore, she spent 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs.  As a professor in that program, she focused her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem.   Serving as department head for Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, she implemented a cutting-edge curriculum, directed revenue-generating academic enterprises and advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy.

From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fundraising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts.   She also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led a $21.5 million arts stabilization project and the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model.  President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.  She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. In 2011, she was named one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.

Fitzgibbon grew up outside of Philadelphia (both of her parents were from the City) but when she was a sophomore in high school the family moved to southeastern Massachusetts outside of Providence.  She is the first in her family to graduate from college.  Her father was a pressman at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Providence Journal, her mother was a secretary at Texas Instruments and ended her career there as the OSHA coordinator for the Attleboro, Ma, facility.  Cecelia is the oldest of four.

Fitzgibbon has two sons, Stuart, 30, who graduated from Drexel and University of Virginia and is an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates in Boston and Ross, who graduated from Bard College and works in Philadelphia at Helios Media as a brand designer and social media coordinator. She has been married to artist, Scott Cameron for 35 years.  Her hobbies are writing poetry, cooking and entertaining, traveling and reading.


Ken Metzner

Executive Director, The Association for the Colonial Theatre

Ken Metzner, a recovering corporate lawyer, is Executive Director of the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT). Prior to joining the staff of ACT, Ken served as the Executive Director of the internationally-active Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, a touring, contemporary dance that also runs the CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philadelphia. Formerly Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he practiced law for 17 years, Ken is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a life-long student of Spirit.  Ken received his B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University; a General Course Diploma from the London School of Economics; his law degree from the University of Virginia and ordination from the Interfaith Temple of the New Seminary in New York City. A former resident of the great State of Alabama, Ken served as a Trustee for the Alabama Ballet from 1999 to 2005.  In Philadelphia, Ken is Board President of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Ellen Forman Memorial Award.  Ken has been an invited guest speaker for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in NYC , the Guangdong Dance Festival in China, DanceUSA, Temple University, Cabrini College, University of  Pennsylvania and for the Bartol Foundation in Philadelphia as an expert in Intellectual Property matters for teaching artists.

Vice Chair

Angela Val

Chief Administrative Officer, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

As an external community builder and broad strategic planner, Angela Val strives to lead by example with an approachable and earnest executive style. In her current role as chief administration officer (CAO) at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) she is responsible for government and external affairs and managing the day-to-day operations of the PHLCVB.

Prior to joining the PHLCVB Angela served as the deputy executive director of Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). In that role she was tasked with mobilizing internal resources and community partners to successfully prepare for, implement and host the DNC.

Angela was also a member of the award-winning Visit Philadelphia team for 16 years. During her time there she worked her way up from executive assistant for the president and CEO, to vice president and chief external affairs officer (CEAO). As a member of the executive staff, Angela helped to establish the organization as a powerhouse that builds the region’s economy and image through destination marketing and branding. In her role as CEAO she served as liaison to the Visit Philadelphia Board, advocacy agencies, elected officials and other stakeholders. Angela also directed, supported and executed some of Visit Philadelphia’s most successful campaigns and initiatives, including With Art Philadelphia, Philly 360, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the Philly Overnight Hotel Package and the implementation of a hotel booking engine.

She is committed to building Philadelphia’s business and cultural communities and currently serves on the board of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering youth through advocacy. She is a past board member of the 3rd Century Initiative (3CI); PHL Diversity; Rittenhouse Row Association; the Philadelphia Music Alliance; the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the Professional Women’s Roundtable.

A native of Maryland, Angela received a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University. She began her career with Hospitality Partners as a Catering and Sales Manager.

Vice Chair

Patricia Wellenbach

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum

Patricia D. Wellenbach was named Strategy Advisory to the CEO of Please Touch Museum in November of 2015 as part of a planned leadership succession, and in March 2016, she assumed the helm of the Museum as its President and CEO. Founded in 1976, Please Touch Museum is an internationally recognized leader in integrating play and early childhood learning. She was selected as the incoming CEO based on her demonstrated experience in managing complex organizations undergoing transformational change and creating a business model that assures long-term sustainability for the business.

In 2013, Wellenbach was appointed CEO of Green Tree School & Services (GTSS), an Approved Private School and Behavioral Health Agency serving over 350 children age 5–21, diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance or on the autism spectrum. In 2015, after restructuring the business, she completed a merger with a multi- state, mission-aligned organization with an annual budget of $85MM.

Prior to joining GTSS, Wellenbach served as President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, LLC, which she founded in 2007. The company provided management consulting services to clients primarily in the nonprofit sector. The company’s areas of expertise included strategic planning and strategy implementation, organizational realignment, capacity building, succession planning, and governance.

From 2005–2007, Wellenbach was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates, an international master planning, architectural design, and project management company, focusing on health care facilities and higher education. A member of senior management reporting directly to the CEO, her responsibilities included corporate strategy, business development and marketing, recruitment and retention, evaluation of emerging markets, and developing national and international expansion opportunities. Prior to joining Granary Associates, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (TWCP), and held a concurrent position as the Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for The Wellness Community National (now the Cancer Support Community).

Wellenbach serves on numerous boards, including Thomas Jefferson University where she is an officer of the board and member of the executive and compensation committees, and chairs the clinical affairs committee. She was the lead director representing Abington Health in the 2015 merger with Thomas Jefferson University, which resulted in the creation of a health system with $2.5B in annual revenue. She is a board member of the Reinvestment Fund, where she chairs the audit committee and is a member of the executive and governance committees. In September 2016, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney appointed Wellenbach to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board.

Wellenbach has been honored with multiple awards, in 2016 she received the Women of Tomorrow Distinguished Leader award and the Girl Scouts Take the Lead award, and was named a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. She was the 2003 recipient of the St. Francis Medallion for excellence in service to the community. In 2000, she received the Benjamin Rush Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society, which recognizes laypersons from the Philadelphia region who have made outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of citizens of the United States. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.

A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Wellenbach also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program. She is frequently invited to speak on topics including leadership, organizational change, and governance.

Vice Chair

Catherine M. Cahill

President & CEO, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Catherine Cahill is President & CEO of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park, where she is responsible for overall vision, leadership and management of an 18-acre campus and a $10 million operating budget. Under Cathy’s leadership, the Mann has expanded artistic programs to include new works and commissioning projects; created non-traditional artist pairings; extended the Mann’s longstanding and eclectic presenting history; refocused education programs; and reignited community engagement activities to include family-oriented events. Prior to the Mann, she was the CEO of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, where she was responsible for long-range planning and oversight of day-to-day affairs, including artistic, fundraising, marketing, finance, education and community engagement activities. Prior to that she served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the General Manager of the New York Philharmonic, the Director of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago and the Associate Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She has a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Temple University and an MS in arts administration from Drexel University.