Regina ‘Reggie’ L. Oldak, Esq.
Board Chair; Chair, Executive Committee
Reggie Oldak is a tax attorney focusing on nonprofit organizations at the IRS and in private practice. She served on the staff of the 2005 Panel on the Nonprofit Sector convened by Independent Sector to help strengthen transparency, governance, and accountability of charitable organizations. Prior to practicing law, she coordinated exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and worked in the legal offices of the National Gallery of Art and the American Institute of Architects. Oldak has held leadership roles on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions, including the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts and the Montgomery County (MD) Commission for Women. She is currently president of Montgomery Women, an organization whose mission is to advance women to leadership positions in all sectors. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Eleanor Park Choi, AIA, LEEDap BD+C
Chair, Public Art Trust Steering Committee
Senior Project Architect and Project Manager
Eleanor Park Choi is Senior Project Architect and Project Manager at BELL Architects. Through her work on award winning, LEED certified, historic and institutional projects- both locally and nationally, she promotes sustainable design and place-making. By engaging the public through every stage of each project and continuing to build relationships even after project completion, she has seen the positive impact that these buildings have had on their communities. Most recently, as Project Manager of Kenilworth Recreation Center in Washington, DC, she had the honor of working directly with local artists to elevate the architecture of the building with the installation of their meaningful, authentic works of art. Combining her passion for music and architecture, Eleanor played the violin and presented a lecture titled “Architecture as Frozen Music,” with three of her colleagues. Born and educated in Montgomery County, a proud graduate of University of Maryland at College Park with a Masters of Architecture, and most recently serving on the Friends of White Flint Board, Eleanor is committed to supporting local artists and encouraging opportunities for diverse cultural expression.
Rose Garvin Aquilino
Board Vice Chair, Chair, Grants Committee, Chair, Development Committee
Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
Rose Garvin Aquilino is the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs for Montgomery College and former Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the College. Garvin Aquilino has held senior development positions with St. Coletta of Great Washington and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and formerly worked for several for-profit, arts-related companies in sales and operations, and as a curator and director of collections for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Garvin Aquilino holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Rochester, and a M.A. in Anthropology and Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University.
Ruby Lopez Harper
Chair, Advocacy Committee
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts
Ruby Lopez Harper is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH where she focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.
Producer, Programming & Partnerships
Suraya Mohamed is a three-time Peabody Award-winning producer, sound designer and editor. As NPR Music’s Producer of Programming & Partnerships, she serves as the Project Manager for Jazz Night In America, a multi-platform cooperative between NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She is also the Project Manager for Slingshot – a new artist initiative designed to boost public radio music station collaboration, develop and diversify digital content to incorporate new methods of storytelling and accelerate the careers of multi-genre, exceptional, emerging artists. She works on a variety of NPR Music projects including the Tiny Desk Concert series and also produces the NPR holiday specials package that includes Tinsel Tales, Hanukkah Lights, Toast Of The Nation, Hamilton: A Story Of US and others.
Elaine Robnett Moore
Artist and CEO
Elaine Robnett Moore Collection
Elaine Robnett Moore is a jewelry artist, international business consultant, teacher, and author. As an artist/international development consultant, she works through governments, foundations, NGOs and private companies – assisting artists, artisans, and women’s coops in developing skills, establishing cottage industries, and refining products for export to western markets. Robnett Moore’s work has been published and exhibited internationally and she was recently commissioned by the Rwandan government to write their first “how to” book “Professional Jewelry Making With Beads”, an initiative being used to provide an income stream for women and girls throughout the country. Her second book, “The Art of Bead Stringing: Artist to Entrepreneur”, was published in November of 2014.
Board Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee
Vice President, Philanthropic Investments
Dana Pauley is Vice President of Philanthropic Investments for Leadership Montgomery. She has experience in relationship management, marketing, special events, grants management, board relations, major gifts, and annual fund across small and large nonprofits. Pauley holds a B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in counseling and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Maryland Chapter and is on an Advisory Committee for Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Eric L. Siegel
Chair, Governance Committee
Kalbian Hagerty LLP
Eric L. Siegel, a principal at the real estate development firm Cohen Siegel Investors and a former civil rights attorney, is responsible for financing acquisition and development opportunities and overseeing the firm’s leasing and property management operations. Siegel appears before governmental bodies regarding zoning issues, signage, permitting and urban strategic planning. As a LEED accredited professional, Siegel focuses on sustainability and green initiatives for company projects. He formerly practiced as a civil rights lawyer.
Denise Saunders Thompson
President and CEO
The International Association of Blacks in Dance
Denise Saunders Thompson is the President and CEO of The International Association of Blacks in Dance, a non-profit dance service organization. She also the founder of D.d.Saunders & Associates, Inc., a comprehensive fine arts advisory firm offering artist management/representation, arts producing, consulting, and production services. Denise’s nonprofit/for-profit management and philanthropic career spans over 20 years of executive and program director experience. She has advised organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, communications programs, budgeting and contracts. She has pioneered top-ranked courses on the collegiate level in artistic development, entrepreneurship, fundraising, grant writing, leadership, management, and production.
Alan Heymann, Esq., ACC
Alan Heymann is President of Blue Drop, the sales and marketing arm of DC Water, and a certified executive coach. He has more than two decades’ experience in public and nonprofit communications, beginning his career as a reporter in his native Illinois and leading teams of 2 to more than 100. Alan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Barker Adoption Foundation. Alan and his family (including his wife, an art teacher) live outside Wheaton. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and The George Washington University Law School, and holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
Executive Coach, Communications Strategist
Mamie Bittner is a career and leadership coach based in Takoma Park, Maryland. She focuses on resilient leadership helping clients develop the skills they need to maintain a positive attitude during periods of turbulence and find creative ways of moving forward. Most recently she was director of communications and congressional relations for the Architect of the Capitol. In this role she directed all internal and external communications and client relations for the 2100 person agency that serves the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court. Previous to that she held a series of leadership positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grantmaking agency, the primary source of federal support for U.S. libraries and museums. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing International Coach Federation certification through the George Mason University Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being.
Lauren Cook teaches visual arts at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, serving four terms as department head, and is a committed advocate of arts education for all ages. She has experience as a consultant on K-12 arts curricula and teacher training, as an independent curator and jurist for art competitions, and designed and ran an accredited overseas summer studio program for K-12 art teachers. Cook is a trained facilitator in educational neuroscience research for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s and previously worked for the Council on Foundations and the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors on intersectional policy development. She maintains an active studio art practice and holds a M.A. in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art, a M.B.A. from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Grand Valley University.
American Gene Technologies
Norman S. Rogers has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology field with the last two spent in the heart of Montgomery County. In his position as a business development lead for American Gene Technologies, Norman promotes the positive growth of the Montgomery Country biotechnology market as a leader in life-saving medical advancements. As a graduate from a liberal arts college and an avid “artistic tinker and part-time ice sculpture”, Norman has a deep respect for the arts and their role in the preservation and articulation of Maryland culture. Norman is honored to bring together his role in the biotech sector and love of the arts to support AHCMC’s mission and development.