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.
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 and the Ward 8 Committeeman of the DC Democratic State Committee.
Hope Greenleaf, Board of Directors
Hope completed her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Millersville University in 2011, and taught choir and general music for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2014. Hope obtained two teaching certifications and has experience performing in a variety of ensembles and solo clarinet recitals, as well as producing many student performances. She has extensive training and experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Hope’s passion for music and love for children led her to found Tunes 4 Tots® in 2014, of which she remains the CEO. In 2020 Hope was accepted into the Female Founder Collective. Hope is a passionate advocate for arts education and is dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning in the arts.
Kristine Grow, Board of Directors
Kristine Grow is a senior communications expert with more than 25 years of experience in defining and defending corporate reputations. Throughout her career, she has led an array of communications initiatives involving media relations, internal communications, crisis communications, executive visibility, community relations, public affairs and digital media. Today she is Senior Vice President of Communications for AHIP in Washington, D.C. She has a life-long love for the written word, and for poetry in particular. She has published two chapbooks of poetry, led several workshops for adults, and participated in numerous spoken word events. A native of Philadelphia, she relocated to northern Virginia with her family in 2011.
Chris Kain, Board of Directors
Chris Kain is the founder and editor of the non profit news site, The DC Line. Prior he was Managing Editor for the Current Newspapers from 1991-2017. Chris received his BA in Journalism and Political Science from American University, where he was also editor in chief of the student paper, the AU Eagle. He’s a regular attendee at all types of cultural events, particularly theater.
Laura McCarty, Board of Directors
Laura McCarty is a Washington, D.C., poet, essayist, and storyteller. She is the author of the poetry book Just One Swallow (Day Eight, 2020) and co-author of the poetry anthology My Mother, My Daughter, My Sister, My Self (2014). With decades of experience working in international development across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and South America, Laura has a healthy appetite for travel and learning. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at American University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin. Her writing has appeared in Written in Arlington, Bourgeon, St. Petersburg Review, The Rumpus, descant, Jelly Bucket, Lunch Ticket, National Parks magazine, Nation’s City Weekly, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, AAA World, among others. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Diana Woods Memorial Award and a semi-finalist for the Disquiet International Literary Award. Laura is an avid hiker, outdoor enthusiast, and the mother of two young women and a 10-year-old golden retriever.
Ori Z Soltes, Board of Directors
Ori Z Soltes is a professor teaching across a range of disciplines for Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization. A pre-eminent scholar of Jewish art, culture, and history, he is the former Director the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. As co-founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project he has spent twenty years focused on the issue of Nazi-plundered art. Soltes has authored or edited 25 books and scores of articles and exhibition catalogue essays. Recent volumes include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; Mysticism in Judaism. Christianity and Islam: Searching for Oneness; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish art and Architecture.
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.
Grace Cavalieri, Advisory Board
Grace Cavalieri is the poet laureate for the state of Maryland. Author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest are What The Psychic Said (Goss Publishing 2020;) Showboat (Goss Publishing, 2019;), Other Voices, Other Lives (ASP, 2017;) and a Memoir; Life Upon The Wicked Stage (Nerw Academia/Scarity, 2015.) She has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. She produced and hosted “The Poet and the Poem,” weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio celebrating 42 years on air in 2019. Grace has received 2013 George Garrett Award, the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and awards from the National Commission on Working Women, the WV Commission on Women, the American Association of University Women, The DC Poet Laureate Award from Dolores Kendrick, the Paterson lifetime Achievement Award, and more. She won a Paterson Excellence Award for What I Would do for Love, and The Bordighera Poetry Prize for Water on the Sun. She received the inaugural Columbia Merit Award for “significant contributions to poetry.” Grace’s career in broadcasting began as founding core staff of WPFW-FM, moving to Associate Director Education/ Children’s programming PBS, in charge of the daytime schedule; then, Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities & Head of Children’s Media funding. She founded two poetry presses in Washington DC that are still thriving. She is presently poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Her Papers are in the George Washington University Gelman Library Special Collections. Her teaching career began with establishing writing programs at Antioch College’s east coast campuses, to Asst. Director St. Mary College of Maryland’s Annual Poetry Festival and Workshops (1977-2005,) among others. She writes full-time in Annapolis, Maryland where she had lived with her late husband, sculptor Kenneth Flynn (1930-2013.) They have four grown daughters.