Priscilla M. Luce

Interim President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Since 2003 Priscilla Luce has advised arts, cultural and other non-profit organizations facing times of challenge and transition in developing high-leverage strategic plans designed for growth. This work has included mission evaluation and goals identification, operational planning, capacity building, fund-raising analysis and planning, constituency development, organizational positioning, communications strategy and interim in-place operations management.

Her broad background covers virtually all aspects of arts and non-profit management, philanthropy and volunteerism. In January 2017 she ended a nearly four-year assignment as full-time executive managing director of Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) where she managed administrative functions and staff reporting directly to the board of directors.  PTC produces and presents an annual season of plays, musicals and other performances in its own 365-seat venue, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, as well as a broad range of youth education and patron programming.

She served as vice president of a national non-profit fund-raising consulting firm guiding the boards of directors and staff of more than 50 cultural and other organizations in raising annual, capital, endowment and deferred gifts for their institutions. Previously she held public relations positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mount Holyoke College.

Priscilla’s long career in corporate communications with TRW Inc., a Fortune 100 global aerospace, automotive and information systems company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, involved working with more than 200 locations around the world. As vice president corporate communications, she directed the company’s corporate media relations, employee communications, crisis management, marketing communications and issue communications activities.

She left TRW in 2003 following the company’s acquisition by Northrop Grumman Corporation and returned to Philadelphia in 2006 where she continued her consulting work. Priscilla joined the board of directors of Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2007, subsequently spearheading the creation of a new strategic plan for the company.  She served as president of the theatre company from 2010 to 2013.  In 2013 the board asked her to assume a full-time staff role as executive managing director to help the company navigate an increasingly challenging financial environment.

Priscilla has been volunteer president and executive director of The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation in Philadelphia since 2000. Under her leadership this family foundation has developed a leading-edge grant-making style that emphasizes collaboration with arts and other non-profit partners to implement innovative programs that address Philadelphia’s evolving cultural and community needs.

While in Cleveland, Priscilla served in numerous board leadership roles (including president) for organizations such as the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, New Organization for the Visual Arts, WCPN/90.3 FM (later merged with WVIZ/PBS to form Ideastream) and Business Volunteers Unlimited which she helped found. She also served as chair of the Cleveland State University Foundation, a 501(c)3 volunteer-led organization that raises private funds and manages the University’s endowment which during her tenure doubled to $40 million.

Priscilla is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English and attended executive marketing programs at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; the London Business School and the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She is an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement honoree in Who’s Who in America.

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Ex Officio

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.

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Secretary

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.

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Treasurer

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.

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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.

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Vice Chair

Patricia Wellenbach

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum

With over 20 years of experience in the executive and C-Suites, Trish has demonstrated experience in restructuring and building businesses to position them for future growth and opportunity. Appointed in 2016 as the President and CEO of Please Touch Museum, she retired $60MM of debt and since then she has led this top 10 nationally recognized Museum on a trajectory of improved operating efficiency and growth.

A seasoned board member, her director roles include a nationally ranked academic health system, a NYSE direct to consumer business and a community development financial institution. She has experience as a chair and member of audit, compensation, nom-gov and executive committees. She served as a conflicts committee director in a C-Corp conversion, was the lead director in a hospital merger negotiation and lead director on the acquisition strategy for a hospital and payer company.

Prior to Please Touch Museum, she led Green Tree School and Services, restructuring the business, retiring $16MM of debt and overseeing the sale of the business to a multi-state behavioral health company. From 2007-2013 she was President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, providing management consulting services in strategic planning, organizational realignment, succession planning, and governance. From 2005–2007, Wellenbach was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates. Previously, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia and Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for The Wellness Community National.

Board work and Professional Associations:

  • StoneMor Partners LP: (appointed 2018); NYSE(STON), current member trust and compliance committee and special committee, prior member conflicts committee ‘18-19, audit committee ‘18-‘19.
  • Thomas Jefferson University: (appointed 2015); Chair-Elect 2020, Chair: Jefferson Health Board (2018 to current), member: executive and compensation committees (’15 to current).
  • Abington Health: Lead Director in the merger with Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Reinvestment Fund: Director: (2010-2017), Chair of the audit committee (’15 - ’17), Lead Director Internal Audit 2017, member executive and governance committees (’14-’17).
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Philadelphia Chapter, board member and member of nom/gov committee, (appointed 2019).
  • Member of National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.
     

Recognition and Awards:

  • 2018: City and State PA Above and Beyond Award, and the Maynooth University Leadership Award, Dublin Ireland.
  • 2016: Women of Tomorrow Distinguished Leader Award, the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, and a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction.
  • 2003: St. Francis Medallion for excellence in service to the community.
  • 2000: 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.
     

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.

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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.

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Chair