THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART FOUNDATION, INC.
ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD CHAIR, ADDITION OF SIX BOARD MEMBERS
Sarasota, Fla. – June 22, 2012 – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc., announced the election of Cliff Walters as Board Chair, Mike Urette as Vice Chair, and Mike Pender as Treasurer, as well as the re-appointment of Michele Redwine, Secretary. It also announced the appointment of six members to its Board of Directors. The new members, include Martin A. Arch; Rebecca Donelson; Kenneth J. Feld; Patricia R. Lombard; Senator John M. McKay; and Jane Skogstad. With the exception of Senator John M. McKay (one-year term), their service to the board will run four years.
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. Arch is a graduate of Mercersburg Academy 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 also volunteered at The Pelican Man, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, GWIZ, and the Asolo Theatre.
Rebecca Donelson is an Art Dealer. She shares her time between Sarasota and Aspen. After working at the Corcoran Museum, Washington, D.C., The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and at The Art Institute of Chicago, she opened her own gallery, The Dart Gallery, in Chicago. It specializes 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. Donelson 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.
Kenneth J. Feld is a resident of Tampa, Fla., and 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 more than 30 million fans a year worldwide. Feld’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 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, D.C.
Patricia R. Lombard is a native of Manhattan and moved to Sarasota in 1996. She earned a BA from Hunter College, an MA from New York University, and a 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. Lombard has dedicated much of her time to serving her community by being active in several associations and organizations.
Senator John M. McKay, of Bradenton, is a sixth generation Floridian. He was elected to the State Senate in 1990, served as chairman of five committees, and was Senate President from 2000 to 2002. A real estate developer and President of John M. McKay, Inc. and of The Riverside Real Estate Company, he received a BA in Social Work from The Florida State University. He is Chairman of the Board of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and serves on the Boards of The Manatee Community Coalition on Homelessness, The Manatee Rural Health Foundation, Goodwill Industries Manasota and The LeRoy Collins Institute.
Jane Skogstad is a native of Atlanta, Ga., received a B.A. degree from The Florida State University with a major in English. She also earned a degree in Interior Design from Georgia State University. Pursuing a career in commercial interior design, Skogstad worked principally for Rich’s, a division of Federated Stores. She served as Committee Chairman and officer at the local and national levels with the American Society of Interior Designers, as well as president of the Georgia Chapter. While living abroad, she volunteered in the Education Department of National Gallery of Jamaica and served as an active member of the American Women’s Association there. She was also President of the 300 member multi-national American Women’s Association in Cairo. Jane and her husband Sam (a former member of the FSU Foundation Board) live part time in Dallas, Tex. and at least half the year in Sarasota.
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