Board of Directors
Demar Anderson specializes in creative and strategic planning, brand storytelling, marketing and driving business growth. As the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Allison+Partners, she is responsible for showcasing the agency’s culture, thought leadership, solutions-oriented service offerings and award-winning work. Demar describes herself as a “humanitarian at heart” and does pro-bono and volunteer work for non-profits that support human rights issues. Demar also served as a board member for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA, Chicago chapter) as the Skyline Awards and Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair. She holds a degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Leilani Lattin Duke
Duke was the Founding Director of the J. Paul Getty Education Institute for the Arts and the Director of the Los Angeles Times’ Reading by 9 child literacy program. In addition, she was a Chairman and Trustee on the American Craft Council, and an Administrator at the National Endowment for the Arts, California Confederation of the Arts. She received her B.A. from Denison University and her M.A. from Syracuse University.
Susan A Grode
Partner and Co-Chair of Entertainment & Media
Practice Grode concentrates her law practice in entertainment, intellectual property, media licensing and merchandising law, counseling and representing domestic and international motion picture studios, film and television production and distribution companies and entrepreneurs, Video on Demand companies, digital and interactive game companies and distributors, as well as book and comic book publishing, toy and Internet content companies and theater and arts institutions. Grode is recognized as one of the leading authorities on domestic and international animation, having represented major motion picture and animation studios and creators of The Simpsons, Futurama, and SpongeBob, among many others.
Since 2005, Jecklin has been personal manager for composer/conductor Bright Sheng, whom she represented as part of her roster while president and owner of Jecklin Associates, an artist management and representation firm doing business worldwide from 1988 to 2004. From 1990 to 2004, she also served as assistant to the director of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, New York City, placing the winners of their international competition with presenting organizations throughout the U.S. In 1973, at the invitation of Deere & Co. and the Quad City Arts Council, she helped to found Visiting Artists Inc., an Iowa/Illinois multidisciplinary arts presenting organization, and served as its President and CEO until 1988.
Ann Ruhr Pifer
– Owner of The Grand Hand Gallery
– Chief Operating Officer, AdoptAClassroom.org
– B.A., Economics, Smith College
– M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins
Poster is a cinematographer with over fifty film credits including Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2 and The Box. He is also a photographer. He is the President of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 of the I.A.T.S.E., a 6000-member national labor organization. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, a judge on its Nicholl Foundation Fellowship, and on its Public Presentation Committee. He is a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the oldest professional organization in the motion picture business, and was on the Board of the International Documentary Association.
Therman Statom is a glass artist currently living in Omaha, NE. Statom is best known for his painted ladders, houses, chairs, etc., constructed out of plate glass, blown glass objects, plywood, and found objects. He studied glass at Pilchuck Glass Center and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He holds an MFA from Pratt Institute of Art and Design and has taught at Pilchuck and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also received commissions for countless permanent large-scale installations, including the Los Angeles Central Public Library and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood is most well known for her textiles and installation work which represents her own history as a migrant agricultural worker, signifying her hybrid culture as well as the arbitrary lines that divide her homes. Artistic expression is deeply tied to traditional Huichol weaving, a heritage she incorporates into her large mixed media textiles. Borders and barriers are the vocabulary she uses to describe and celebrate the lives of migrant workers and indigenous people who are marginalized and downtrodden. Underwood taught at San Jose State University. She received her BA and MA from San Diego State University and MFA from San Jose State University. Her work is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of Art.