Dear Present, Past, or Future Chautauquan,

The Board of Trustees is the principal governing body of the Chautauqua Institution. It consists of 24 members, four of whom are elected by the Chautauqua Corporation (all property owners are members of the Corporation) and the balance of whom are nominated and elected by the Board itself.

The Board of Trustees usually meets five times a year: in July and August during the Season and in November, February and May. The responsibilities of the Board include the hiring of the President of the Institution; establishing policies to guide the Administration in conducting the affairs of the Institution; and overseeing the way those policies are implemented. This last responsibility is largely carried out during our annual evaluation of the President's performance.

The Board is organized into eight committees. Four committees — Asset Policy, Program Policy, Marketing and Communications, and the Architectural Review Board — are operational and four committees — Executive, Audit, Personnel, and Nominating and Governance — are administrative. In addition, there exists a Development Council that consists of, among others, five trustees and a like number of Foundation directors. The Council is the principal point of interface between the Institution and the Foundation to address considerations surrounding the philanthropic resources necessary to carry out the Institution's long-term strategic plans.

I invite you to assist the trustees in their work at any time by contacting us with your ideas, recommendations, suggestions, and criticisms. During the Season, of course, you can share your ideas with us at the Open Forums in the Hall of Philosophy, at our weekly sessions on the Hultquist Center porch, or by approaching me or any of the other trustees when you see us on the Grounds. At any time you may also communicate with us by email at trustees@ciweb.org.

Sincerely,

James A. Pardo, Jr.
Chair

 

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2015–16 Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees

 

pardo DSC 9809James A. Pardo, Jr. · Chair
Atlanta, Georgia
 
Current Term: 2015–17
Committee Membership: Ex officio member of all committees


Jim Pardo is a retired partner at King & Spalding LLP. At Chautauqua, where he is a property owner and has come with his family since 1991, Pardo serves ex officio as a Chautauqua Foundation Director and Vice-Chair of the Chautauqua Hotel Corporation’s board.

 

karen arrisonKaren Arrison
Buffalo, New York

Current Term: 2012–16
Committee Membership: Program Policy, Personnel


Karen Arrison is President of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a referral-only consulting firm established in 1984. She has been a Chautauquan since childhood.

 

boswell donaldDonald K. Boswell
Williamsville, New York

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Program Policy, Marketing & Communications

Don Boswell is President and CEO of WNED-WBFO, a public broadcasting organization operating two television stations and two radio stations in Buffalo. He fell in love with Chautauqua 17 years ago, "when I realized that Chautauqua is rich in education, history, arts and entertainment. It should be shared not only with attendees but the world."

 

brady DSC 9811P. James Brady
Alpharetta, Georgia

Current Term: 2012–16
Committee Membership: Development Council (chair), Audit


Jim Brady is the COO for Grant Thornton LLP, one of the top six largest professional services firms in the U.S. A member of the Chautauqua community since 2003 and a property owner, Brady also serves on the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors.

 

christine bruschkiChristine Nairne Brueschke
Oxford, United Kingdom

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Program Policy, Architectural Review Board


Christine Brueschke has a background in Business Development and Telecoms Equity Research, and currently works in the Career Development office at the University of Oxford's Said Business School. Her great-grandmother was born in Mayville, making the Brueschke boys the sixth generation to spend their summers on Chautauqua Lake.

 

butler hugh 2014 0225 5x7Hugh A. Butler
Chautauqua, New York

Current Term: 2014–18
Committee Membership: Program Policy, Development Council


Hugh Butler is Trustee of the Permanent Portfolio of Family Funds, Director of Butler Systems R&D and Chair of Executives of Chautauqua County. Now a year-round resident, he has come to Chautauqua every summer since 1988 and has taught bridge for Chautauqua's Special Studies program since 2009.

 

Carolyn ByhamCarolyn M. Byham
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Program Policy


Carolyn Byham is the Executive Vice President and Facilities Planning/Designer of Developmental Dimensions International and an active member and philanthropist within Pittsburgh's artistic community. At Chautauqua, Byham and her husband, Bill, have been coming since 1996, are now property owners, and were involved in the creation of the Chautauqua Dance Circle.

 

claire judith 2015Judith Claire
Mayville, New York

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Nominating & Governance, Audit


Judith Claire serves as a New York State Family Court Judge. She and her husband have been property owners since 1988, and their children grew up enjoying and working on the grounds every summer from age 14 until they left home.

 

Laura CurrieLaura Pembridge Currie
Nashville, Tennessee

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Personnel (chair), Nominating & Governance, Development Council


Laura Currie is recently retired from a career in health care management. A lifelong Chautauquan and property owner, Currie also serves on the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors and chairs its Planned Giving Committee.

 

haughton john 2014John Haughton
Saverna Park, Maryland

Current Term: 2014–18
Committee Membership: Program Policy (chair), Architectural Review Board


John Haughton is a Physician Engineer working to make health care faster, cheaper and easier by sharing patient information throughout the delivery system. Haughton with his wife Jenn, three daughters and their dog are property owners in Miller Park and spend the season at Chautauqua.

 

Gwin Bonnie 08 2011 PhotoBonnie Gwin
Gates Mills, Ohio

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Nominating & Governance (chair), Personnel


Bonnie Gwin is Vice Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of the Global CEO and Board of Directors Practice for Heidrick & Struggles. She focuses on CEO and Board succession planning across all industries. Gwin is a property owner and has been coming to Chautauqua with her family for more than 20 years.

 

jeffrey bobBob Jeffrey
St. Petersburg, Florida

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board (chair), Asset Policy


Bob Jeffrey is a Historic Preservation Developer, real estate investor and community activist. He is largely responsible for the resurgence for the Historic Kenwood and Grand Central District neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. Jeffrey's parents had a cottage in Mayville and he has always enjoyed the Institution, attending Boys' and Girls' Club, taking classes and working in the schools department during his college years.

 

Kyle Keogh July 2014 v2Kyle Keogh
New Canaan, Connecticut

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Marketing & Communications


Kyle Keogh is a Managing Director at Google Fiber. He is a 40-year Chautauquan who started coming as a child and now has three kids in Boys' and Girls' Club.

 

kilpatrick ron IMG 9202Ronald L. Kilpatrick
Naples, Florida

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Asset Policy (chair), Nominating & Governance


Ron Kilpatrick is a retired IBM executive, having worked at the company for 36 years. His last position was General Manager of the IBM Storage System Division. Kilpatrick and his wife, Rosie, have been property owners for more than 32 years — she is a lifelong Chautauquan and their nine grandchildren are fifth-generation Chautauquans.

 

klingensmith F2015James M. Klingensmith
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Marketing & Communications (chair), Asset Policy, Personnel


Jamie Klingensmith's career has spanned the breadth of health care management, having served most recently as the Group Executive Vice President for Highmark, Inc., until his retirement. He is married to Linda K. Klingensmith with two children (Katie and Meade), and is a sixth-generation lifelong Chautauquan, property owner and the great-grandson of a founding member of the Chautauqua Sports Club.

 

Candace LittellCandace Littell Maxwell
Erie, Pennsylvania

Current Term: 2014–18
Committee Membership: Audit (chair), Executive, Asset Policy


Candy Maxwell is a retired consulting executive and corporate director for the life sciences industry. She has been a member of the Chautauqua community since 2002.

 

metzgar bobRobert Metzgar
Warren, Pennsylvania

Current Term: 2014–18
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Audit, Marketing & Communications


Bob Metzgar is the retired president of North Penn Pipe & Supply, a supplier of materials used to drill, complete and produce an oil or gas well based in Warren, Pennsylvania. He resides at Packard Manor on the Chautauqua grounds.

 

miller gregGregory J. Miller
New York, New York

Current Term: 2012–16
Committee Membership: Program Policy, Audit


Greg Miller is the owner of Gregory Miller & Company LLC, a New York-based software training company. He is also co-creator of Secret Composer and SongStepper, computer-based apps that teach music composition. Miller and his wife, Bijou Clinger, are each property owners and lifelong Chautauquans who met on the grounds. He also serves on the Chautauqua Property Owners Association board.

 

milosJohn A. Milos
Sarasota, Florida

Current Term: 2015–19
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Architectural Review Board, Development Council


John Milos is the retired president and previous owner of a national mail-order internet company, selling truck and SUV accessories. He currently mentors business owners in growth strategies. Milos and his family have been coming to Chautauqua for more than 30 years.

 

9D SAP 051616 Red Reduced ColorSheila Penrose
Chicago, Illinois

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Program Policy


Sheila Penrose is the former president of a global financial services business, currently serving on three corporate boards and five not-for-profit boards, in addition to Chautauqua Institution. A property owner, she has been a regular at Chautauqua for each of the last 15 years.

 

RenjilianM. Timothy Renjilian
Atlanta, Georgia

Current Term: 2012–16
Committee Membership: Program Policy (vice chair)


Tim Renjilian is a Senior Managing Director with FTI Consulting, working primarily on matters involving regulatory compliance, internal control systems and corporate governance, with a particular focus on the health care industry. Renjilian first brought his family to Chautauqua in 2000, and has been back every year since. His wife and three daughters typically spend the entire season on the grounds, and he joins them every weekend and for at least two full weeks each year.

 

david rosen high resDavid M. Rosen
Short Hills, New Jersey

Current Term: 2012–16
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Architectural Review Board


Dave Rosen is a partner in Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design. He has been coming to Chautauqua with his family since 1992, and has been a property owner for 10 years.

 

Thompson headshotLarry D. Thompson
Sea Island, Georgia

Current Term: 2014–18
Committee Membership: Personnel, Audit


Larry Thompson is retired as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at PepsiCo and currently serves as the John A. Sibley Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. His first Chautauqua experience was in 2004 when he spoke on the Amphitheater lecture platform. He and his wife have been coming to Chautauqua yearly ever since.

 

Dorothy E. TreftsDorothy E. Trefts · Vice Chair
New Canaan, Connecticut

Current Term: 2013–17
Committee Membership: Asset Policy, Nominating & Governance


Dede Trefts is Vice President for Services M&A Integration at IBM and in that capacity manages global integration support for the acquisitions undertaken by IBM's $60 billion Services organization. She is a lifelong Chautauquan and property owner whose family has spent summers on the Chautauqua grounds since the 1890s.

 

Legal Counsel: Samuel P. Price, Jamestown, New York

Honorary Trustees: Paul E. Irion, Willow Street, Pennsylvania; Richard H. Miller, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Foundation Chairman: Cathy Bonner, Austin, Texas

Chautauqua Property Owners Association President: Bill Neches, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania