The Women's Board of PAFA

The Women's Board is committed to supporting PAFA in accordance with its mission statement through volunteerism and fundraising.

The Women's Board shall be consistent with the values of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and shall advance its programs, which are:

  • to support the institution through fundraising
  • to raise awareness and appreciation of American art
  • to promote American artists

The Women's Board also works to assist the Board of Trustees and the President of the Pennsylvania Academy in the implementation of the Museum and School programs.

Women's Board members atop the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at their Annual Luncheon. Front row (L-R): Janis O’Connor, Alicia Sterling, Linda Caldwell, Mimi Snyder, Julia DeMoss. | Back row: Carmen Navarro Pelaez, Julie Jensen Bryan, Sandy Nesbitt, Pia Halloran, Carolyn Nagy, Diana Bittel, Robin Windt, Lee Pierson, Roz Gibbons, Marianne Dean, Pixie Biddle, Lalla deRham.
Women's Board members atop the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at their Annual Luncheon. Front row (L-R): Janis O’Connor, Alicia Sterling, Linda Caldwell, Mimi Snyder, Julia DeMoss. | Back row: Carmen Navarro Pelaez, Julie Jensen Bryan, Sandy Nesbitt, Pia Halloran, Carolyn Nagy, Diana Bittel, Robin Windt, Lee Pierson, Roz Gibbons, Marianne Dean, Pixie Biddle, Lalla deRham.

 

Members & Officers

June Marshall Smith President
Lynn Lehocky Vice President
Ashley Stewardson McGuinness Treasurer
Pamela Felice Corresponding Secretary
Carolyn Nagy Vice President, Development
Johanna Hambrose Vice President, Marketing
Linda Aversa-Caldwell Chair of Nominating Committee
Ashley Stewardson McGuinness Co-chair, ASE Preview Party 2019
Janice Peck Co-chair, ASE Preview Party 2019

Active Members

Lauren Addis
Georgeann M. Ballou
Virginia Baltzell
Kathie M. Bell
Christine H. Berrettini
Margaret Biddle
Diana H. Bittel
Julie Jensen Bryan
Amanda Burden
Linda Aversa-Caldwell
Kathleen M. Cannon
Ximena Coriat
Kelly Culley
Marianne N. Dean
Julia B. DeMoss
Pamela Felice
Sharla M. Floyd
Roz Gibbons
Gale S. Gillespie
Johanna Hambrose
Rosemary Hankowsky
Melissa K. Ingersoll
Dorothy Mather Ix
Connie Kay
Caryn Kunkle
Lynn Lehocky
Ashley Stewardson McGuinness
Nicole McLaughlin
Sandra G. Marshall
Mary MacGregor Mather
Sandra Mezzanotte
Maggie Malone Murphy
Carolyn Nagy
Sandra L. Nesbitt
Georgiana W. Noll
Elizabeth O'Connell
Janice Peck
Lauren Peck
Carmen Navarro Pelaez
Camille Peluso
Ashwini Reddi
Katie Rhodes
Donna Marie Salvo
Rebecca Segall
June Marshall Smith
Mimi Snyder
Julia Ward
Kathryn Quinn Wright

Associate Members

Carol Blank Barsh
Ana B. Biddle
Rhea Brooks
Kathleen M. Cannon
Diana Sinkler Clagett
Lea Cohn
Patricia Q. Connolly
Lalla de Rham
Bobette Leidner Fisk
Geraldine Dietz Fox
Laura H. Gardiner
Susan Eaton Guill
Penelope M. Hunt
Patricia P. Kermes
Carrie Lawlor
Bobette R. Leidner
Maxine Lewis
Anne E. McCollum
Kathleen D. McCoy
Laura Morris
Karyn A. Mullen
Susan B. Muller
Nancy Shaw Palmer
Dottie Sheffield
Meredith S.S. Smith
Janis O'Connor Strimel
Susan W. West
Robin H. Windt

History of the Women's Board

The Women’s Committee was formed April 12, 1950, at the request of then-PAFA President John Frederick Lewis Jr. and Director Joseph T. Fraser Jr.

In its first decade, the activities of the Committee were primarily social, with the goal of improving student life and promoting PAFA. The members held dinner parties and served tea at exhibition openings. Small fundraisers raised money for educational trips and student luncheons. The Committee established a Student Aid Fund in 1956.

In the 1960s, the Women’s Committee began to focus primarily on fundraising. In 1962, the Committee hosted its first Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party, an event that is now in its fifth decade. The purpose of the party was twofold: to raise funds for student scholarships and to encourage the sale of student works.

During the past three decades, the Women’s Committee has been instrumental in raising funds for a variety of needs. In the mid 1970’s, the group assisted PAFA in raising the money needed to restore the Historic Landmark Building. In 1984, the Committee held an auction and gala to celebrate the opening of the Peale House on Chestnut Street.

From 1992 to 2011, the Women’s Committee, now renamed the Women’s Board, produced USArtists: American Fine Art Show. An exhibition and sale of American art from fine art galleries across the nation, the annual event was a major fundraiser that also served to introduce PAFA to a wide audience of art enthusiasts and collectors. Changing patterns of art collecting and a recession ended USArtists, but not before it had raised over $1.5 million for PAFA.

In 2005, the group established the annual Women’s Board Travel Scholarship, which instantly became one of PAFA’s most coveted awards. The Women’s Board launched its largest fundraising effort in 2001 with a pledge of $500,000 towards PAFA’s Campus Capital Campaign. The pledge was fulfilled in 2006. Two years later, in 2008, the Women’s Board made its largest annual gift to PAFA, $350,000.   

Currently, the Women’s Board focuses on enlarging the fundraising and friend-raising capabilities of the Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party in the spring. The Women’s Board also continues its longtime tradition of hosting the students’ annual holiday luncheon and the parents’ and students’ graduation luncheon.