Gregory Luce, Board of Directors

Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the National Geographic Society. He is the 2014 winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award, awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

John Lingan, Board of Directors

John Lingan is a writer and author who has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Oxford American, Slate, and many other national magazines and websites. His first book, Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk, will be published in July 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Homeplace tells the story of Joltin’ Jim McCoy, a Blue Ridge Mountain native and the first person to put Patsy Cline on the radio. It is also a book about Jim’s community in Winchester, Virginia, and Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, places that John came to know over the course of four years spent reporting and traveling from his own home in Rockville, Maryland. Praising the book, author Leslie Jamison said, “John Lingan writes in penetrating, soulful ways about the intersection between place and personality, individual and collective, spirit and song.” John also teaches courses at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, and has worked as a writer and communications specialist for numerous nonprofits and federal contracting organizations throughout the D.C. area. He lives in Rockville with his wife and two children.

Patrick Cavanaugh, Board of Directors

Patrick is a digital marketing, public relations and social media professional, providing strategic guidance from BRINK, a creative digital agency, through client relations, project management, product innovation and business development. In addition to overseeing both design and development teams, his work includes executing brand strategy, user experience and graphic design, copywriting, content planning and website administration. A culture geek, Patrick combines his passion for art, literature, music and movies with a progressive digital literacy, providing a broad swath of knowledge and experience in his role as Senior Strategist. Originally from Miami, Florida, he was a National Merit Scholar at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, minoring in Performing Arts Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations.

Thea Joselow, Board of Directors

Thea Joselow is a digital communications director, writer and editor. Currently freelancing, she has worked for National Public Radio, Smithsonian Magazine, APCO Worldwide, Aetna, and Fannie Mae, among other places (but please don’t hold that against them; all opinions, omissions and offenses are entirely her own.) She is a tamer of gale-force word storms, specializing in helping organizations large and small communicate within highly regulated industries and multiple stakeholder environments. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her long-suffering spouse, brilliant daughters, and three cats of no distinction. Thea can be found on Twitter at @tjoselow and on LinkedIn, where she offers unsolicited career advice.

Stuart Anderson, Board of Directors

The founder and director of Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP), Stuart W. Anderson was born, raised, and matured in Washington, D.C. He is a proud father, and caring grandfather, and works with children, individuals, and organizations, to develop, manage, implement, and evaluate project activities and workshops for the children of incarcerated parents and other at-risk populations. His formal activist work began in 1993 at the Central facility of Lorton, motivated by a personal desire to continue his parental duties even from within the confines of prison. Stuart was educated thru the DC Public School system, and is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. In 1998 he received a second degree from UDC – a Business management degree, awarded with honors. In January, 2005 his work made the cover of the Washington Post Magazine – “A Father’s Conviction.” Since his release in 2008, Stuart has conducted lectures, seminars, workshops and forums designed to address mass incarceration and to benefit the children of incarcerated parents. He has been recipient of recognition and awards including from the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs for his work with those returning home from prison (2012), the Port In the Storm award from the Washington Peace Center (2013), the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (2015), and the Legacy Forward Award from the Mayor’s Leadership Institute (2017). He is an organizer of the annual Rev. Dr., Martin Luther King Jr., Peace Walk and Parade in SE Washington, DC, co-host of “Let’s Talk With CJ” (a radio show focused on policy, politics, and current issues), a member of BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity) and the Ward 8 Committeeman of the DC Democratic State Committee.

Diane Charnov, Board of Directors

Diane Charnov’s career has spanned many fields, including political speechwriting, educational and arts consulting, and most recently work as a writer and maker. She has worked for U.S. presidential candidates and the former Korean Prime Minister, and was co-author of a publication for the Soros Foundation, Making A Difference: A Parent’s Guide to Advocacy. She was Director of International Trade at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was an analyst in Economic and Government Studies of the Brookings Institution. Her affiliation with publications extends to her editorial work in New York with Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Viking Press. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, and completed a graduate degree in the same area at Columbia University. Over the past decade, Ms. Charnov has focused on her primary passion – the arts – and created A(rt)SPIRE, dedicated to the “craft of writing in support of the arts.” She serves on several non-profit boards, including the James Renwick Alliance (JRA), Asheville’s Center for Craft and as an advisor to Glen Echo Photoworks (PW). She has written extensively for arts publications, and profiled artists and reviewed museum shows throughout the United States. She was recently selected as a juror for the American Craft Council and named the 2019 Jentel Critic at the Bray. Ms. Charnov has exhibited her work in ceramics and photography at galleries locally and nationally and was recently selected for a month-long residency at Penland School of Crafts. Currently she is teaching Writing for the Arts at Glen Echo Park and will pilot a similar program to Core Fellows at Penland next year.

Jennifer Anne, Board of Directors

Jennifer Anne is a journalist who writes a list of ten things to do in town each weekend plus other arts and culture stories for the local news outlet The DC Line. She is also a teaching artist with Split This Rock, and as a yoga teacher with Yoga District. She is part of the BEACON mentorship program for female entrepreneurs and prior to moving to DC she directed media projects in South Asia. Though she happily calls DC home, Jen is Midwestern at heart: she was born in Battle Creek, Michigan (“Cereal City”) and raised in the Chicagoland area. She has a BA in International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Writing from the University of Southern California. While in southern California she evaluated screenplays for Teddy Zee Productions and The Montecito Picture Company. She is on the steering committee for Emerging Arts Leaders DC, a young professionals’ network, and The Sanctuaries, a multicultural arts activist group. Follow her on twitter at @jenannedc.C

Noah Peters, Outside Counsel – ex officio Board of Directors

Noah Peters is Of Counsel to Bailey & Ehrenberg, a firm specializing in Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, and business law. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals and businesses in a broad range of Labor & Employment matters, with a focus on wage-and-hour claims and claims under federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prior to joining Bailey & Ehrenberg, Noah worked as a Labor & Employment associate for Kaye Scholer LLP, a major international law firm. At Kaye Scholer, he was part of the team that represented the former corporate officer and directors of a telecommunications company, including drafting a successful motion to dismiss a $6 million lawsuit brought by a lender against the former Chief Financial Officer. He also co-authored two amicus briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, and holds a B.A. in Politics and History and an M.A. in American Legal History from the University of Virginia.

Joshua Dadeboe, Accountant – ex officio Board of Directors

Joshua Dadeboe is an accountant working and living in Washington, D.C. He joined the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as an auditor in 2011. Prior to joining USAC, he worked in public accounting for two and half years after earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University (PA).

Ethelbert Miller, Advisory Board

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and Provisions Library for Social Change. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. His recent publications include, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004), and The 5th Inning (2009).

Sali Ann Kriegsman, Advisory Board

Sali Ann Kriegsman’s efforts to advance the art and artists of dance and to nurture greater appreciation of the arts include her work as a writer, critic, editor, funder, artistic and executive director, presenter, producer, teacher and adviser. She has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library planning project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition (the alliance of major American dance collections), executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, executive editor at The American Film Institute, and administrator of The American Dance Theater, the first professional modern dance repertory company, co-directed by Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow at Lincoln Center. She has taught and lectured at schools, universities, festivals, museums and community centers across the country and abroad, and advised private and public funding agencies. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, the first exhaustive documentary history of that legendary period, was hailed by The New York Times as “a vivid and human picture of a crucial chapter in American culture.” Her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals and reference sources. Among her awards is the NEA’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award.

Kathryn Pasternak, Advisory Board

Kathryn Pasternak writes, produces, directs and shoots wildlife films, and films about extraordinary relationships between people and animals, for international television distribution, internet distribution, and the independent documentary market.  Pasternak is the recipient of two National Emmy awards, and the nominee for two more, as well as the winner of numerous other international awards.  She spent 15 years at National Geographic Television, the last 9 years of which she was Senior Producer in the Natural History Unit. Pasternak studied Fine Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 magna cum laude with Highest Honors.  Pasternak is a longtime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, having received their Silver Medal in 1985 for her work in and in support of the Arts.  She’s also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Her recent project, DOEVILLE, tells the intimate story of Virginia’s last deer farmer, Gail Rose, a woman struggling to keep her farm and her dream alive.