Board of Directors
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc
Board of Directors
Clifford L. Walters, III, Chair, is a Principal at the law firm of Blalock, Walters, Held & Johnson in Bradenton, Florida. Cliff concentrates on Business counseling and planning, complex real estate transactions, commercial law, and strategic estate planning. He graduated from Washington and Lee University B.A. and J.D., cum laude. He is Past President of the Manatee County Bar Association and member of the Florida Bar. He has also Past President of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce; member of Manatee United Way; Economic Development Council of Manatee; Board of Trustees, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Campus. He received the Leadership Manatee “Distinguished Leadership Award 2000” and the Ed H. Price Humanitarian Award.
Michael E. Urette, Vice Chair, is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa. The thirty-two year old family-run company is a diversified real estate construction, development, and management company. He has been active in the Tampa community for over 30 years holding a variety of civic positions focused on the arts and support for the military. As Chairman of the Building Committee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, he was responsible for over-seeing the construction of the 45,000 sf Patel Conservatory. Michael and his wife, Karen, are also donors to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Theatre. He has been president of the local Military Affairs Committee, the West Point Society and Leadership Tampa Alumni. Michael is currently an active member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations, the Society of International Business Fellows, and Tampa Yacht and Country Club. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and holds advanced degrees in Operations Research and Economics from Indiana University. He and Karen have two children, Garrison and Tara Urette Hood, who have been active participants in the family business. He is a tennis player and a piano student, with no fame in either pursuit.
Michael R. Pender Jr, Treasurer, joined the firm Cavanaugh & Co LLP, Certified Public Accountants in 1976 and was made a partner in 1980. He holds the CPA designation in the states of Florida and North Carolina. In addition to the CPA, he holds an ACFE designation of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and AICPA specialty designations as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and is a member of the AICPA Tax Section. His professional volunteer service includes the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Council, representing Florida from 2004 thru 2011, and President of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2010-11. He has been on numerous committees and task force of the FICPA for the last 30 years. In addition, he has served as Treasurer of National, State and Local charitable organizations for many years. He received the FICPA outstanding public award in 2003. He has published articles in the Florida CPA Today on accounting issues. He has been a featured speaker at the FICPA Not-For-Profit Conference on the topics of “Private Foundations” and “Non Profit Governance”.
Jane Skogstad, Secretary, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, received a B. A. degree from FSU with a major in English. After her marriage to Sam Skogstad (also an FSU grad), college professor and foreign service officer, they lived abroad before returning to Atlanta where Jane pursued her interest in art and design. There she graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Georgia State University. Pursuing a career in commercial interior design, Jane worked principally for Rich's, a division of Federated Stores. Jane became active in the American Society of Interior Designers, serving as committee chairman and officer at the local and national levels and president of the Georgia Chapter, ASID for two terms. Returning overseas with Sam in the 1980s, Jane became involved with art at the local level, serving as a part-time volunteer in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Jamaica. She also served as an active member of the American Women's Association there and in subsequent posts, and as President of the 300 member multi-national American Women's Association in Cairo. Jane and Sam (a former member of the FSU Foundation Board) live part time in Dallas, Texas near daughter, Dana (FSU) and at least half the year in Sarasota near son, Sam III of Miami. They have two granddaughters, Ashley (FSU #2011) and Holly, nine years old, a confirmed Texan.
Martin A. Arch created MARCO Convention Supplies, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business specializing in the sale of identification items and promotional products to the Meeting Industry. He sold the business after 40 years and retired to Sarasota in 1994. Marty is a graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA and the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania majoring in journalism and marketing. He has served on many Boards including the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg. He has served as a volunteer locally at The Pelican Man, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, GWIZ, and the Asolo Theatre. Marty and his wife Barbara volunteer considerable time weekly at the Ringling Museum. Marty is a long time member and supporter of the Ringling Museum and the Volunteer Services Advisory Council.
Madeleine H. Berman, a pianist and former music writer for the West Bloomfield Eccentric, has long been active with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Humane Society of Michigan, the Detroit Zoo and Americans for the Arts. Ms. Berman serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts and the Boards of Directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater and the Detroit Zoological Institute. She previously served as Vice Chairperson of the Michigan Council of the Arts in 1984 and on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 1994. She and her husband Mandell “Bill” Berman provided the majority of the costs for the new Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Center in Detroit. The Bermans have a residence on Longboat Key.
Thomas J. Charters - Tom has a Sarasota history stretching back to the 1960s when his father and mother retired here. Tom and his wife Ann bought their first home in Sarasota in 1983 while they were living in Korea and Tom was with Citibank and Ann with the Financial Times. They visited often during dual 25 year careers abroad which, in addition to Korea, included multiple stints in Brazil and Venezuela. Returning to the United States in 1995 Tom was for 15 years the President of PCFG Advisory, Inc. a New York- based family office for Latin American investors. They have been Sarasota residents since 2003, and both their daughters were married on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. Tom is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has a BA from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Rebecca Donelson, Art Dealer; After working at the Corcoran Museum, Washington DC, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and at The Art Institute of Chicago, she opened her own gallery, The Dart Gallery, in Chicago specializing in Contemporary Art representing some of the great artists of the last forty years: Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, David Smith, Jim Dine, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Sam Gilliam and Frank Stella. She serves on the International Council of Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, is a Fellow at The Aspen Institute and works with the Aspen Film Festival and Youth Entity in Carbondale, CO. Rebecca shares her time between Sarasota and Aspen.
Daniel J. Denton founded what is now Gulfshore Media in 1979, sold the company to national publisher CurtCo Media in 2004, and repurchased it—along with its 22 publications across Florida. Sarasota Magazine and its sister publication, Biz941, took seven awards at the Florida Magazine Association annual conference, and President and Group Publisher Dan Denton was honored with induction into the Florida Magazine Association Hall of Fame. Gulfshore Media publishes Sarasota Magazine, Biz941, Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business, the Homebuyer family of magazines across Florida, and a variety of contract and special publications. The company has offices in Sarasota and Naples.
George R. Ellis, of St. Petersburg, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago, and was advanced to candidacy for the PhD at UCLA. He first served as an arts educator, and later the Assistant Director of the Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama and later held positions at the UCLA Museum of Cultural History (now The Fowler Museum). He served as the consulting editor to African Arts magazine and as a board member for the Los Angeles Ethnic Arts Council and the UCLA Associates for Ethnic Art. He was a Kress Foundation Fellow. After joining the Honolulu Academy of Arts as its Director and President in 1982, he oversaw a 21-year period of development and expansion of its facilities and programs including the addition of the award-winning Luce Pavilion. He was the recipient of numerous awards including a Maile Award from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Alfred Preis Award from the Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education, recognizing his lifetime commitment to the arts and arts education of Hawaii’s children and their families. George retired from the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2008 and continues to serve as an arts consultant and curator.
Kenneth J. Feld is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest live entertainment company. Founded in 1967, family owned and operated Feld Entertainment produces some of the best known family entertainment brands, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney On Ice, Disney Live, Super Cross and Monster Jam, and entertains over 30 million fans a year worldwide. Kenneth’s philanthropic interests include the establishment in 1995 of the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, a facility dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Asian elephant, and the Feld Family Foundation which focuses on the support of the arts, children’s health and education organizations. He is a trustee of Boston University and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Boston University School of Management. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. A resident of Tampa, Florida, Kenneth and his wife Bonnie are the proud parents of three daughters, Nicole, Alana and Juliette, who are carrying on the family tradition as senior executives at Feld Entertainment
Dr. Frances Daly Fergusson, Ph.D. – Fran is President Emeritus of Vassar College. She served on the Mayo Clinic Board for 14 years, the last four years as its Chairman, and as President of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, She has been a Director of HSBC Bank USA, Director at Wyeth, LLC and Pfizer Inc. She served on the Board of the Society of Architectural Historians of the United States and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She is a Graduate of Wellesley College with special honors in Art History. She holds a Master's and Doctorial Degrees in art history at Harvard University. Her teaching career began as an Assistant Professor of Art at Newton College. She served as a tenured professor of Art at Vassar, as Associate Professor of art at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and as an Assistant Chancellor of the University. She is the recipient of many honors and awards and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association in 1999.
Casey Gonzmart is the great-grandson of the founder of the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City. He is a member of the Industry Liaison Council for the International Hospitality & Tourism Management program at Saint Leo University. He is the past chairman of the Ybor City Development Corporation and past chairman of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, Florida. Casey resided in Sarasota, Florida for over 20 years. He served as president of the St. Armands Circle Association, and as president of the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children. He served on the board of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mote Marine Laboratory. He was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and he received the Vicente Martinez Ybor Legacy Award, given by the Ybor City Museum Society. Casey was also honored by the City Commission of Sarasota as an Outstanding Citizen of Sarasota, and was named Business Person of the Year. Casey and his wife, Heidi, live in Tampa. Casey has six children who represent the 5th generation,
Priscilla M. Greenfield is a native of Dade County. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences. She later served as regional director for Lord & Taylor and worked for the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami. Mrs. Greenfield has dedicated much of her time to serving her community by being active in various organizations and associations. She is a former member of Art in the Public Places, the Historical Society of Southern Florida and a former board member of the Bass Museum. Currently, she is a member of Beaux Arts of the Lowe Museum and Dade Heritage Trust and was appointed to the City of Miami Health Facilities Board.
Patrick J. Hennigan, PhD, retired in 2006 as Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley's investment banking group in New York specializing in tax-exempt and taxable financing for colleges, universities, museums, think tanks, and foundations. His team served as bankers to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, the Rand Corporation, and the Mellon Foundation. In 1989 and 1990, investors voted him among the top municipal analysts in the U.S. His interest and research in public finance developed when he was a professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York where he taught government finance. Prior to his education and finance careers, he worked in local government and for the Governor's Office in Pennsylvania. He completed his MPA and Ph.D. at Syracuse University, MA in Education at George Washington University, and AB at Catholic University of America. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, on the audit committee of the New York Athletic Club, and more recently on the Board of the New College Foundation.
Paul G. Hudson joined US Trust in June 2012 as the Managing Director/Private Client Advisor in the Sarasota office. Prior to joining US Trust, Paul spent the previous 16 years with Northern Trust. Paul works with affluent families, corporations, endowments and nonprofit corporations on developing comprehensive, customized and innovative financial solutions to meet each client's unique goals and objectives in the areas of growth, preservation and the transfer of wealth. Paul attended Florida State University graduating in 1992, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Paul currently holds the Series 7 in the area of general securities and is a Candidate for CFP®. Originally from Boca Grande, Paul now lives with his wife, Jenni, and their two sons in Osprey, Florida. Paul is very active in the Community and currently serves as a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council; Historic Spanish Point; Education Foundation Advisory Board; and Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council Board.
Dorothy C. Jenkins is a member of the Board of Governors at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida and a past Chair of its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Advisory Board at Tri-County Peace River Center, a Board Member at Westlake Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, a Trustee at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a member of Neurological Institute National Council at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has also served as a Trustee at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and as a Board Member at Bok Tower and Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. She has previoiusly served as a gubernatorial appointed Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the Ringling Museum and past Chair of its Board of Directors. She is a longtime friend and supporter of the Ringling Museum. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in Mathematics. Her husband, Charles Jenkins, Jr., is Chairman of the Board at Publix Supermarkets, Inc. They have two children, a daughter Jennifer and a son Anthony.
Thomas W. Jennings, Vice President for Advancement, Florida State University, Tom Jennings previously served as the assistant vice president for School Programs and Institutional Priorities at the University of Virginia. In this role he was a member of the university's Development and Public Affairs division's senior management team. He led the fund-raising efforts on pan-University initiatives in the Arts, Science & Technology, Historic Preservation, AccessUVA Scholarship Program, and he supported the development teams in the Schools of Engineering, Education and Architecture. He also provided primary support to the University-wide arts volunteer group, the President's Council for the Arts. Previously, he was the chief development officer for the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and led the early phases of the College's $500 million campaign within the context of the university's $3 billion campaign.
Patricia R. Lombard is a native of Manhattan and moved to Sarasota in 1996. She earned a BA from Hunter College, an MA from NYU, and an MBA from Pace University. While earning her graduate degrees, she worked for Wells, Rich Greene advertising agency. Later, she managed the David Findlay Art Gallery on Madison Avenue. Mrs. Lombard has dedicated much of her time to serving her community by being active in several associations and organizations.
Thomas B. Luzier is a native Sarasotan where he has practiced law since 1991. He received his BA from Emory University and his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law. Tom was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, and is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Tom’s civic affiliations include causes that promote the diversification of Sarasota’s economy, and the preservation of Sarasota’s cultural heritage. Tom is an executive member of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where he most recently chaired its CEO Search Committee. He is also an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Tampa-based WUSF Partners Board. Tom previously served as an executive member of the Historic Sarasota High School-New Life Committee, the Chair of the City of Sarasota Historic Preservation Board, and as a member of the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida. Tom and his wife Allison divide their time between their homes in Sarasota and Tampa. Tom’s comments on Sarasota’s history, economy, and real estate market have appeared in such diverse publications as the Gulf Coast Business Review, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, SRQ, and Metropolis Magazine.
Nancy J. Parrish is a private investor and collector. She recently returned to Florida from the San Francisco Bay area. Nancy was founding co-chair of Human Rights Watch, northern California Chapter. She served two terms as Development Trustee of Friends of UCSF’s Dept. of Psychiatry’s Hospital Board, focusing on the creation of a children’s center. Nancy served as a board member and Chief Negotiator with the federal government for Plum Orchard Foundation, whose mission was to preserve the historic Carnegie estate within the Cumberland Island National Seashore. She currently serves as Vice President and Development Chair of The Children’s Guardian Fund of Sarasota. Prior to 1996, Nancy was founder and managing partner of Parrish, Smith Associates, a southern-based consulting firm. Nancy is a native Floridian. She is married to Chuck Parrish, co-founder of Phone.com (PHCM) now Openwave Systems, Inc. (OPWV) and Chairman of the Board of Family Independence Initiative. The Parrishes have two grown children and reside in Sarasota, Fl. and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.<
Roger C. Pettingell is one of Florida’s top-selling real estate veterans, specializing in luxury waterfront properties on Longboat Key. He is also among the top one-half percent of Caldwell Banker’s biggest sellers worldwide and possesses a five-star rating for client satisfaction. He plays a prominent role in the community. For example, when the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe’s production of “Dreamgirls” bowed in March 2007, Roger rented out the entire Historic Asolo Theater so his customers could take in a private performance of the musical. He also supports the Southwest Florida Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, Coldwell Banker Cares, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and the Sarasota Adopt-A-Family holiday program with his time and philanthropic contributions. He has also been an active volunteer puppy raiser for the Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that provides seeing eye dogs to the visually impaired. Roger graduated with honors from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He and his wife Alisa live on Longboat Key with their two sons Max and Jake.
Michéle D. Redwine, Secretary, is an educator with 35 years of executive – leadership experience in not-for-profit organizations, public sectors, educational institutions and local government entities. Michele holds degrees in fine arts and (EEO) equal employment opportunity studies and has developed a variety of new programs to create a winning tradition of educational excellence. She is recognized as a visual arts instructor, an accomplished executive with expert knowledge in diversity education linking education and business in the execution of programs that support institutional diversity vision, recruitment, awareness programs, and cultural learning. Michele has been appointed by Governors and Mayors to serve on a number of museum and community Board of Trustees from Connecticut to Atlanta, Georgia. She collaborates with others in forging developmental ground work engaging local/regional support to advance policy and program issues. Finally, Michele is a community advocate and spokesperson for the importance of re-shaping today’s schools for tomorrow’s world.
Ina L. Schnell has a background which reflects a focus on themes that are central to her being: Devotion to the arts through participation in significant cultural organizations, enhancing the role of the library through an innovative Sarasota Reading Festival, the 2002 On the Edge Sarasota Festival of performing and visual arts to develop new audiences, a committed activist in support of child advocacy programs are among those themes. Her participation with outstanding arts and cultural organizations has included such groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Company, Lenox MA, The Music Theatre Performing Group/ Lenox Arts Center, Hancock Shaker Village and Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Composers Orchestra. Her professional career focused on fashion merchandising and design. She is a graduate of Skidmore College, BA History and MA in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research. She is a founding board member of The Library Foundation for Sarasota County and serves on the Council for the Arts (CAMIT) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Linda Streit and her husband live most of the time in Tel Aviv, Israel, but also have a residence in Florida in Lakewood Ranch. She has been a lecturer in the Department of English and American Literature at Tel Aviv University since 1985. She has a wide variety of interests, particularly in the field of Drama Studies. Her courses include: Drama Analysis, Shakespeare, Elizabethan Drama, Jacobean Drama, Jacobean City Comedy and British Modern Drama. Linda received her Diploma in Literature in London in 1977; a B.A. in English Literature in Tel Aviv in 1981; an M.A. in British Dramatic Art in London in 1984; and a M.Phil. in British Dramatic Literature in London in 1998. Mr. Streit is CEP of the PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services. Linda is a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University. She is also an Executive Council Member of the Cameri Theatre and member of “Theatrical Event” working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She has organized numerous lectures, conferences and theater events. She is well published and an avid golfer. The Streits have been members of the Ringling Museum for several years at the Colleague Level.
Howard C. Tibbals, of Knoxville, Tennessee, is known as a philanthropist dedicated to enhancing educational experiences. His love for the circus led him to the monumental project of creating the Howard Brothers Miniature Circus. This 3800 sf miniature circus, along with generous funds, has been donated to the FSU/Ringling Cultural Center for the Arts. His gift in 2000, which was matched by the state, funded the construction of the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center and established an endowment. In 2008, an additional donation from Mr. Tibbals was matched by the state to fund construction of an addition to the Tibbals Learning Center which is expected to be complete in Fall 2011. The first floor will showcase engaging exhibitions celebrating the history of circus performance. The second floor will establish the Tibbals Center for the Study of the American Circus and be well-equipped for research by scholars and curators. Mr. Tibbals is the 2001 recipient of the AFP Outstanding Philanthropist Award.
James B. (Jim) Tollerton is a lifetime Floridian. Educated in Sarasota public Schools and Florida State University ('68), Jim has been in the insurance and benefits business at Professional Benefits, Inc. since 1970, after serving as a Trust Officer. He is a long time Ringling Museum Ambassador. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class IX. Jim has served on the boards of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Community Health Corporation, The Pines, YMCA, Sarasota Chamber, SunTrust Bank, SCOPE, Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) as well as the FSU Alumni Association. Jim is married to Susan, with three children Thomas (FSU-'06) Taylor (FSU-'06) his partner at Professional Benefits, Inc. and Michael (West Point Class of 2011).
Helga M. Wall-Apelt, is a philanthropist and collector with a life-long interest in Asian Art. She retired from Internal Medicine and Radiology, which she practiced for 30 years in Germany. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Munich. After moving to the United States, she founded the Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine as a licensed physician in Oriental Medicine. Her passion for Asian Art grew stronger, which led to the opening of “Museum of Asian Art” in Sarasota. She was encouraged by Florida State University to relocate her extensive Asian Art collection to Ringling Museum. Her multi-tiered gift is the largest yet received by the Ringling Museum and the largest single gift to FSU
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc
Board of Directors – Ex-Officio Members
Joan T. Uranga is Chair of the Docent Advisory Council at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Joan and her husband, Jose, have been docents at The John and Mable Ringling Museum since 2002. They started the Docent class one month after moving to Sarasota from El Dorado Hills, California and now give tours in all of the venues. For the past two years Joan has served on the Docent Advisory Council as Social Committee Co-chair. She also served as Chairman of the Recognition Committee for the Volunteer Services Advisory Council (VSAC). Originally from New Jersey, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dunbarton College of Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. and her Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She retired in 2005 from the United Services Automobile Association.
Wilmer Pearson is the 2012-2014 Chair of the Volunteer Services Advisory Council (VSAC) at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Since 2002, he has been a Docent and has served in several other positions such as Ringling Greeter, Historic Asolo Theater Usher, Membership Sales and Information Desk Volunteer, and Youth and Family Programs Volunteer. For the past four years, he has served as Vice Chair of VSAC. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Crosley Estate Foundation. Mr. Pearson is a retired educator from Wisconsin, where he taught for 37 years and still spends his summers. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.