WOOLLY MAMMOTH STAFF AND BOARD
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Board Of Directors
DONNA ARI presently works as a consultant for non-profits, especially in financial development, strategic planning and management — most recently with the Washington National Opera and the Textile Museum. This transition from full time to consulting allows flexibility to travel internationally, to summer in Maine, and to engage fully with Woolly. A native of Massachusetts, Donna and her husband, Ewing Miller live a block from their favorite theater, Woolly Mammoth.
J. CHRIS BABB was born and raised in Washington, DC, Chris is a graduate of Bethesda - Chevy Chase High School and James Madison University. He has served on the Board of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for seven years and is currently serving as Vice President and co-chair of Major Gifts on the "Free the Beast" Campaign. Since 1993 he has worked at The Group Tour Company, a family travel business founded by his father in 1974. He resides downtown in the Shaw neighborhood with his partner Jim Martin and is a board member of Leadership Greater Washington. Any free time left from work and volunteering is spent traveling and socializing with friends.
JEFF BANKS as Managing Director of Business Development at Bank of Georgetown’s headquarters office, Jeff Banks helps businesses and nonprofits develop financial solutions that help build and grow their organizations. Mr. Banks has held this position with Bank of Georgetown since early 2007, bringing more than 30 years of banking experience to his diverse portfolio of clients in commercial real estate, retail, technology, churches, and charitable organizations. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Banks has dedicated his career to supporting the diverse communities within the Washington Metropolitan area. He works to build connections with local businesses and organizations, to identify the financial needs of customers, and provide personalized, smart solutions. He is also an active supporter of The Collective Banking Group (CBG) of Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. In February 2008, the CBG invited Bank of Georgetown to be a financial partner to provide financial solutions, loans, and advice for more than 150 member churches and parishioners throughout its family. Before joining Bank of Georgetown, Mr. Banks was vice president and business development manager for Industrial Bank, NA (IBNA) of Washington, DC. Prior to that, he worked for a variety of financial institutions in Cincinnati, Ohio, including AVCO Financial, Hamilton County State Bank, and Central Trust Bank. Mr. Banks earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
WILLIAM CALDWELL has been a Woolly subscriber since 2006. He recently joined the Board in January, 2010 and sits on the finance committee. He is a CPA and owns his own company, Caldwell & Company, CPA’s. He received his BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota.
LORRAINE CHICKERING has been a member of Woolly’s Board since 2007 and has been attending shows at the theatre since the 80s. She describes herself as a photographer, investor, and dedicated volunteer. Lorraine spent eight years in non-profit management, mostly in university administration and development. She then spent eighteen years in telecommunications at COMSAT and Bell Atlantic, she created two new unregulated businesses and spent her final seven years as President of two vertical lines of business. She also lived in England and Brazil in the 1970’s. She graduated from Harvard University, was ABD from Cornell University in Educational Administration and Organizational Behavior, and obtained her MBA from Harvard Business School.
ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN spent her professional career directing seminars and conferences for lawyers and the business community, most notably for the District of Columbia Bar and, for over 20 years, The Institute for Professional and Executive Development. During that time and since, she has brought her organizational skills to a variety of arts institutions, social service organizations and community groups, serving on the boards of the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Anti-Defamation League, the Abramson Memorial Foundation and WETA's Community Service Board. Liz joined the Woolly Mammoth board in 2007 and has served as chair of Dinner on Stage since its inception. Originally from New York, Liz holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
MELISSA GALETTO is Assistant to the General Council Ernst & Young LLP in Washington, DC. A native of New York, Melissa worked as an actuarial analyst and a weather derivatives broker prior to relocating to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown Law, where she acted in several productions of the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society. She is an occasional runner and has completed three marathons. In her spare time, Melissa herds/teaches Sunday school to an energetic class of 4-year olds. Prior to joining Woolly, Melissa served for several years on the board of directors of the Washington Improv Theater.
WENDY HAGEN is a communications strategist who lives and works in Dupont Circle. After a 25-year career in advertising, public relations and corporate communications, Wendy now works with nonprofits, trade associations and corporate clients on brand development, research, communications strategy and integration. A graduate of Georgetown University, Wendy was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2001-2011 and she is currently on the board of the Advertising Club of Washington She joined the Woolly Mammoth Board in 2009 and serves on the Executive Committee and Marketing Task Force.
NANCY HARTSOCK is a Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist with The Hasenberg Hartsock Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Washington, DC. She specializes in Wealth Management, Financial Planning, and multi-generational family work. Prior to her career as a Financial Advisor, she worked for 25 years in the health care industry with the last 10 years in senior management as a business owner. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and English from Southern Illinois University and her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois.
LINETTE S. HWU is the Vice President, Business Affairs at Travel Channel, where she leads a team responsible for negotiating and managing all of the network's agreements with its talent, as well as with its production company, home video and international syndication partners. She joined the Board at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 2005 and is currently serving as a Vice President, chair of the Governance Committee and chair of the Company Task Force; she was also a co-chair of the annual benefit bash from 2006 to 2008. She received her BA in History and German Studies from Yale University and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
VICTORIA ISLEY is the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Destination Marketing Association International, an association representing 600 tourism offices worldwide that command $1.5 billion in annual budgets. She brings nearly 18 years of destination marketing experience to the association. For nearly 10 years, she served as Destination DC’s Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, creating the new brand strategy for the nation's capital, building research and strategy for organizational advocacy, and spearheading crisis communications following 9/11/01. Isley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has earned her Professional in Destination Management certificate. She is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Society of American Travel Writers.
KAREN LEFKOWITZ is the Director of Customer Relations at Pepco Holdings, Inc., a regional energy holding company providing utility service to Washington, DC, and areas of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. In this role, Ms. Lefkowitz works to enhance customer service and administer energy efficiency programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University. Karen is a lifelong fan of theater and has been on the board of directors of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company since 2004. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Allen and her dogs, Paddy and Rocky, ballroom dancing, reading, and quilting.
ANTHONY LUPO is Partner at Arent Fox LLP and practices in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property law and represents Pixar, Discovery Channel, Google, and Apple. Anthony joined the Board of Woolly Mammoth in 2009. Anthony, for work and in his free time spends a great deal of time traveling the globe. In his free time he is an avid painter and photographer. Anthony is also on the board of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Discovery Channel Global Education Fund. Anthony lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Jean and their children Giovanni and Sophia.
LISA MARTINEZ is Director, Strategy & Planning for AARP Services, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of AARP responsible for managing licensing relationships with leading health, financial, travel and retail companies. She specializes in strategy development, product development, program management and marketing. A dancer since childhood, Lisa began her career in arts administration in a variety of roles including development/fund raising, marketing communications, and box office management. Lisa grew up in New England where she earned her BA from Brown University and MBA from Clark University.
THOMAS H. MCCORMICK, age 61, joined Chevy Chase Trust and its affiliates in February 2005. He serves as Vice Chairman of Chevy Chase Trust. Mr. McCormick is also Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of B. F. Saul Company and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Saul Centers, Inc. Prior to joining Chevy Chase Trust and its affiliates, Mr. McCormick was a senior partner with the law firm Shaw Pittman, LLP, now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He also served as the Chair of Shaw Pittman’s Board of Directors and its Corporate and Securities group. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1977.
PETE MILLER became an enthusiastic playgoer after a high school class brought him to the Folger Library to see a production of Love’s Labours Lost. He volunteered as a stage manager while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. During his seven years in the Air Force, theater availability varied – pretty good in Austin, Texas, not so easy to find English language plays in Kaiserslautern, Germany, great DC theateravailable during his final tour at the Pentagon. Continued to see a lot of DC theater while working for KPMG for four years, during which time he moved into the District. Worked for AOL for eleven years, mostly in network operations, at the same time working his way up within Woolly Mammoth from volunteer usher to board member. With his long time partner Sara, co-chaired the Breaking New Ground capital campaign. Took a brief hiatus from board membership while living in Portland, Oregon then rejoined upon his return to DC. While resident in DC, Pete averages around 100 evenings of theater per year.
MICHAEL E. RAMIREZ has been an enthusiastic Woolly fan since 1990. Recently retired from the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, Michael enjoys all forms of theatre: film and stage. His career in Human Resources spans 25 years, most recently as the Senior Director for Workforce Planning and HR Operations, where he lead Amtrak’s human resources operations in developing and implementing nation-wide recruitment and staffing, strategic workforce planning, and HR business strategies and programs. Defining and emphasizing managerial roles in optimizing human capital, Michael implemented strategies linked to organizational goals and short/long range objectives and established and maintained the organization’s succession planning programs. Prior to his appointment at Amtrak, Michael served as the Associate Director, Personnel Operations Administration, District of Columbia Office of Personnel. He was responsible for the management, direction, coordination, evaluation and administrative control of personnel responsible for providing analytical and technical human resource management functions in agencies and departments under the personnel authority of Mayors Sharon Pratt, Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, respectively. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Social Work/Public Administration from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, also at the University of Texas.
JULIE RIOS has been a Woolly fan since the late 1980s. Now retired, Julie enjoys all forms of
performing arts and attends over 100 performances a year. In her 34 year career with the U.
S. Postal Service, she had responsibility for key marketing, IT, web, operations, strategy and
energy initiatives. A California native, she has lived on Capitol Hill for the last 28 years. She
received her BA in Studio Art from the University of California and attended the Advanced
Management Program at Harvard Business School.
JEREMY RISSI has been a Woolly subscriber for eight years and joined the Board in January, 2010. A native of Deer Isle, Maine, he got his BA in History at Yale University and performs locally as a cellist with Gracenotes Chamber Music and the Kenyon Quartet. He works in sales and strategy at CA Technologies.
SCOTT SCHREIBER sees the playwright and theater as an agent for social change and building community in our pluralistic society. He is particularly keen on the playwright’s ability to communicate with the audience and move the audience by creating empathy. He is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and joined the Board at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in May of 2009. He was born and raised through Junior High School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan before he moved to Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Bates College, received his JD from The Columbia University School of Law and remains an avid theater attendee.
TED WALKER has spent the bulk of his career in management consulting, currently a part of Accenture's Strategy practice. Ted specializes in corporate strategy development, business transformation, and operations improvement initiatives with clients across multiple industries. Ted earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and his Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ted lives with his wife Amanda in Capitol Hill, DC, and enjoys golf, flying (he's a private pilot), traveling, scuba diving, and home renovations in his free time.
GERRY WIDDICOMBE Director of Economic Development, Downtown DC Business Improvement District has been a Woolly Mammoth Board member since summer 2007, is serving as Treasurer for the period June 2010-July 2012, and is a member of the Executive, Finance and Compensation Committees. He currently works as the Director of Economic Development for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (since 2000). Other jobs held by Gerry include: (1) DC government (98-00), (2) self-employed financial consultant (93 –98), (3) RTC and FDIC in DC (1991-1993) and (4) Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City (1978-1979 and 1981-1989). Gerry graduated from Harvard Business School (1981), Dartmouth College (1978) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (1974). Gerry also serves on the boards of Directors of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (began 2003; Treasurer since 2004), the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (began 2007), the Nora School in Silver Spring (Began 1995; Chair 1996-2004), Septima Clark Public Charter School in DC (began Spring 2010) and the Capital Fringe Festival (began Fall 2010).