Academy Art Museum Announces New and Retiring Board Members

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The Academy Art Museum has announced changes to its Board of Trustees. Outgoing trustees who have devoted six years or more of service to the Museum include Warren Cox, Rodanthe Hanrahan, Simma Liebman, Patricia Saul and Bruce Wiltsie. Trustee Katherine Allen has given four years of board service. Ben Simons, Director of the Museum, comments, “It is fitting in our anniversary year to commend these individuals who have demonstrated remarkable commitment, leadership and devotion to the well-being of the Museum to help prepare it for the next 60 years.”

Six new trustees have been appointed to the Board: Donna Alpi, Max Farrell, Trish Malin, Jill Meyerhoff, Courtney Clark Pastrick, and Mary Ann Schindler. Donna Alpi of Oxford and Arlington, VA practiced tax law with the firms of Skadden Arps and then Hogan and Hartson in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State. She also has an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is actively involved in the Tred Avon Yacht Club and was a member of the TAYC Junior Sailing Committee, serving as the Junior Sailing Fundraiser Chair and the Registration Chair. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Free Clinic, which provides health care to uninsured Arlington residents.

Pictured are five of six new Trustees on the Board of the Museum. Standing, L-R: Catherine McCoy, Board Chair; Jill Meyerhoff, Mary Ann Schindler, and Ben Simons, Director. Pictured seated are Trish Malin, Courtney Clark Pastrick, and Donna Alpi. Absent from the photo is Max Farrell.

Max Farrell of Easton and Chicago, IL served as Director of Corporate Contributions for Kraft Foods and President of Kraft Foods Foundation. She also served as Corporate Relations Director at Allstate Insurance Company, and as President of the Allstate Foundation. She attended Clemson University and received an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. After leaving the corporate community, Farrell became engaged in civic and community endeavors in Chicago. She currently serves as a board member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago where she served as President; and as a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Northwestern University and The Joffrey Ballet.

Trish Malin of Easton is a retired Marketing Director for a range of blue-chip food and packaging companies. She has a master’s degree in Business Studies from University of London. She has volunteered for Best Friends, a non-profit animal sanctuary in Utah, and was president of her Homeowners Association in Palos Verdes, CA. Malin has an active interest in DC theatres and the Washington Ballet, and is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. She is on the board of Chesapeake Music, helping to run the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton.

Jill Meyerhoff of Easton has been involved in both community service and business in Talbot County for over 30 years. She and her father owned and operated the powerboat business Tidewater Yacht Sales. Since then, Meyerhoff has focused on education, serving as an assistant at Easton Montessori School, volunteering at The Country School, and serving as head of the Parent Association and as a trustee for Gunston School. She has also held Executive Board positions in the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore and currently serves as its President. The Meyerhoffs tend to their farm on the Miles River and their flock of sheep, which yields heirloom blankets, throws and fine crafts.

Courtney Clark Pastrick of Easton and Chevy Chase, MD has led her family’s philanthropic giving as President of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and today as Chairman of the Board. She is active in the Washington, DC-area community where she has served in leadership roles with several local non-profit organizations, including as former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for at-risk boys in DC, and as a trustee for Collegiate Directions, Inc., a college access program for low-income, first-generation-to-college students in Maryland. Pastrick currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Vanderbilt University and DC-CAP, a college access program for public and charter school students in DC. She also serves on the board of Clark Enterprises, the private investment firm founded in 1972 by her father. She holds a JD from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Mary Ann Schindler of Easton is an artist who has pursued painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Her work has appeared in several regional and DC Metro area galleries, and is represented in private collections throughout the United States. She had a career in commercial art and illustration, as well as her own marketing business. She has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Washington, DC. Schindler has been involved in volunteer work for many local organizations, including ESCMF (now Chesapeake Music), the Cinema Society, ArtWorks for Freedom, Empty Bowls, Festival of Trees, and the Main Street Arts District initiative in Cambridge. She is a sponsor of the Museum’s new Artist-in-Residence program, co-chaired the 2017 ArtWorks for Freedom/Easton exhibit at the Waterfowl Building, and is the co-founder of the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Catherine Collins McCoy, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees comments, “We are thrilled to have this talented group join our Board of Trustees as the Museum builds on its achievements by expanding the reach of its educational programs and the excellence of its exhibitions and collections.”

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