2022/23 Board of Directors

The Washington Ballet is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors which contributes significantly to the success of TWB through its oversight, fundraising, outreach, and expertise in many important areas of the organization’s operations.

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2022/23 Board of Directors

Luanne Adams

Luanne Adams

Vice-Chair

Luanne Adams came to Washington DC as an undergraduate theater major at The Catholic University. Her enthusiasm for the performing arts had been intensified by a Junior Year Abroad in …

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Britt Biles

Britt Biles

Britt Whitesell Biles, recently served as General Counsel of the US Small Business Administration. Prior to joining the SBA, she was Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House …

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Jamie Boucher

Jamie Boucher

Jamie L. Boucher is head of Skadden’s Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement Group and the global anti-money laundering and sanctions practice. Her clients include U.S. and international banks, thrifts, mortgage …

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Jane R. Cafritz

Jane R. Cafritz

Jane Rosenthal Cafritz, a Washington area native, is an interior designer, color consultant and the head of Jane R. Cafritz Antiques & Interiors. Jane graduated from Holton-Arms School and Skidmore …

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Evonne Connolly

Evonne Connolly

Evonne Connolly’s first career was in advertising, where her roles included Account Director and Senior VP/Management Committee member, from 1989-2001. Her national clients included USAir, Weight Watchers, Arby’s, Verizon and Mastercard. Next, …

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Charles De Santis

Charles De Santis

Charles DeSantis jumps into action each day for three reasons: 1) family and friends, 2) the community in which he lives and works, and 3) those in the greatest need. …

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David De Santis

David De Santis

David DeSantis has been a Partner and Managing Broker at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty since 2007.  Before joining TTR, David served in several senior roles in residential development, sales and …

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Erin Drouin

Erin Drouin

Erin Drouin worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Washington, DC office for the Global Health Policy & Advocacy team as a consultant and continued in that …

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Jean-Marie Fernandez

Jean-Marie Fernandez

Chair

Jean-Marie Fernandez, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet, serves as the President of the Fernandez Foundation, a private foundation focused on the health and education of …

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Emilia Ferrara

Emilia Ferrara

Emilia Newell Ferrara is a born and raised Washingtonian, an author, editor and teacher, and is an alumna of The Washington School of Ballet. Her tutelage began under Mary Day …

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Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Cultural and commercial diplomacy are the hallmarks of Lauri’s career working at the Voice of America, the U.S. Information Agency, and serving as a Foreign Service Officer. A former Assistant …

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James Gale

James Gale

James Gale is a seasoned professional at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), currently serving as Director of Project Finance and underwriting the financing of business investments worldwide. His primary …

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Michael B. Goldstein

Michael B. Goldstein

Vice Chair

Mike Goldstein has been a member of The Washington Ballet Board since the 1980s, and also serves, pro bono, as TWB’s General Counsel. Mike came to Washington in 1978 to …

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Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes is passionate about the arts and has been intimately involved in numerous arenas of the performing arts world. His wide breadth of professional experience in the corporate, non-profit, …

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Maureen Hinman

Maureen Hinman

Maureen Hinman is the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Silverado Policy Accelerator. Ms. Hinman, a leading policy expert on environmental industry, most recently served as Director for Environment and Natural …

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Ashley Holbrook

Ashley Holbrook

Ashley Holbrook is Director of National Strategy & Engagement at Boeing where she represents the company through external engagement efforts and leads external veterans and environmental strategies. As Chief of …

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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes moved to Washington, DC, in 2007 to join the law school faculty at American University, where she teaches and publishes on legal aspects of property and commercial finance. …

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Elizabeth Keeley

Elizabeth Keeley

Elizabeth Keeley is a Principal at Taconic Capital Advisors, an alternative investment firm based in New York. Betsy joined Taconic in August 2005 as Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General …

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Dianne Keppler

Dianne Keppler

Dianne Keppler is an attorney with more than twenty years of experience in federal litigation, working both in government and private practice. She became a ballet enthusiast after her daughter …

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Janice Kim

Janice Kim

Ms. Kim has a long history of supporting non-profit endeavors, and in particular, non-profits focused on broadening the reach of the Arts. She is currently a member of the Board …

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Sara Lange

Sara Lange

Sara Lange is a mother of three living in Washington, DC and she has been involved with the Ballet for the better part of her life. She is a member …

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Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Eric Jon Larsen serves as President of The Advisory Board Company, a best practices firm dedicated to improving the performance of health care organizations around the world. Eric has oversight …

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Hanane Lemlih

Hanane Lemlih

Hanane Lemlih’s consulting practice is committed to providing investment advice that helps enable investors to make timely, well-informed, and educated decisions. Our practice focuses on high net worth individuals, families, …

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Eve Auchincloss Lilley

Eve Auchincloss Lilley

Eve Auchincloss Lilley is an educational diagnostician, administering psychological and educational evaluations to children and adults at Educational Assessment Associates. Eve began her career earning a Master’s degree working with …

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Timothy Lowery

Timothy Lowery

Timothy R. Lowery is a Director with the global commercial real estate investment firm Hines and serves as the General Manager of the CityCenterDC project in Downtown Washington, D.C. Mr. …

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Joan McCarthy

Joan McCarthy

Secretary

Joan began taking ballet as a child, and pursued it throughout her college life. She graduated from UCLA Law School and worked as a litigator at two large law firms …

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Dorothy Pierce McSweeny

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny is the Chair Emeritus of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, serving from 1996 to present and past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In …

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Michelle Montes

Michelle Montes

Michelle Montes is an Assurance partner at EY with 23 years of experience in public accounting serving a variety of industries, currently focusing on real estate, hospitality and private equity. …

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Dr. Michael Olding

Dr. Michael Olding

Dr. Michael Olding is Chief of Plastic Surgery at George Washington University and Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center at the GWU Medical Faculty Associates. He is a board certified …

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Carmen Perkins

Carmen Perkins

A financial strategist who helps investors achieve maximum double bottom line impact for their commercial real estate portfolios. With clients ranging from multinational corporations to family offices to faith-based institutions, …

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Barbara S. Rothkopf

Barbara S. Rothkopf

Barbara Rothkopf returned to the board after 12 years of living in Easton, PA, where she served on the boards of various non-profits, including the Allentown Art Museum, Easton Hospital, …

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Martha Schwieters

Martha Schwieters

Martha Schwieters, a native Washingtonian, holds a degree in English literature from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) and an M.A in Performing Arts: Dance from American University. She taught …

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Yolanda Scott

Yolanda Scott

Yolanda is an experienced and results-driven leader with over 20 years of consulting experience in the financial regulatory and banking, health, energy, and non-profit sectors. She is currently a Client …

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Mary Slimp

Mary Slimp

After a lifelong love of performing arts, Mary joined the CIA as a political analyst. While posted in France and Belgium, she studied ballet at the Salle Pleyel in Paris …

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Jennifer Skalka Tulumello

Jennifer Skalka Tulumello

Jennifer Skalka Tulumello is a freelance journalist who has held staff writer positions with the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, National Journal Group and Concord (NH) Monitor. Her work has also …

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David Vosvick

David Vosvick

David L. Vosvick II is the Vice President of Human Resources for Pepco Holdings and Exelon Utilities. Pepco Holdings, the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., …

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Dena Wiggins

Dena Wiggins

Dena Wiggins is President and CEO of Natural Gas Supply Association. She joined the Natural Gas Supply Association in 2014, returning to her professional roots to represent natural gas producers …

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Patricia Wu

Patricia Wu

Patricia Wu is managing director of C&M International, the international policy and regulatory affairs consulting affiliate of Crowell & Moring LLP. Prior to joining C&M International, Patricia was with The …

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Lowell Yoder

Lowell Yoder

Treasurer

Lowell Yoder is currently a Sr. Group Manager for Greater Washington Commercial Banking Group at M&T Bank. Lowell is responsible for the overall management of the group including sales management, …

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Lois H. England*

Distinguished Board Member Emerita

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Ex Officio

Ex Officio

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 83-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Patrick Mühlen-Schulte

Patrick Mühlen-Schulte

Managing Director

Patrick Mühlen-Schulte leads The Washington Ballet’s administration team, with responsibility to successfully manage a budget of more than $15 million annually. Patrick has worked as a senior arts administrator in …

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