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Board of Directors + Committees

The Board of Directors & Committees

Volunteer leadership is key to the success of all not for profits and The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is no exception. It is with gratitude that we acknowledge the contributions of the following civic leaders who so generously share their time, talents, treasure, expertise, networks, insights, ideas and energy. Please see list below.

Board of Directors

Kimberly L. Ohms, Chair
President & CEO, Ohms Designs, Inc.

Alicia Bird
Founder, The Spoke & Bird Hospitality Group

Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Ensemble Member, Teatro Vista

Jin Ivacic
VP of Global Talent, Hyatt Corporation

Julie Moller
Civic Leader

Kristy Moran
Civic Leader

Jes Sherborne, Development Chair
Chief Technology Officer, Truss

Jordan Shields, Treasurer
Managing Director, Juniper Advisory

John Supera
CEO, Supera Asset Management

Blair Thomas, Artistic Director & Founder
Adjunct Assoc. Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Pat Yuzawa-Rubin
Former Program Director, Circle of Service Foundation

Rosemary “Ro” Zalewski
Chief Product Officer, MH3

Advisory Board​

Michelle T. Boone
President, The Poetry Foundation

Cheryl Henson
President, Jim Henson Foundation

Justine Jentes
Community Engagement Manager, Exelon

Ydalmi Noriega
Director of Programs and Community Engagement, The Poetry Foundation

Andrea Saenz
Chief Operations Officer, The Chicago Community Trust

Jane Nicholl Sahlins
Founder & Formerly Executive Director, International Theatre Festival of Chicago

Eva Silverman
Project Director, Art Design Chicago

Chuck Thurow
Architecture & Planning Professional
Formerly Executive Director, Hyde Park Art Center

Christy Uchida
President, The Brinson Foundation

Angel Ysaguirre
Executive Director, Court Theatre

Finance Committee

Jordan Shields (Finance Chair)

John Lewandowski

Kim Ohms

Curatorial Advisory Committee

Andrew Kim
Puppet maker and performer; co-artistic director of Thingumajig Theatre (England)

Ana Díaz Barriga
Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama, Northwestern University

Paulette Richards
Independent Researcher

Doreen Sayegh
Theatre Producer/Tour Manager

Tom Lee
Director, designer, puppet artist

Yolanda Cesta Cursach Montilla
Artistic Director of High Concept Labs

Strategic Planning Committee

Christy Uchida, Chair
President, The Brinson Foundation

Michelle T. Boone
Chief Program & Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier

Marcia Festen
Director, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development

Robin Frohardt

Esther Grisham Grimm
Executive Director, 3Arts

Justine Jentes
Community Engagement, Exelon

Louise Lapointe
Co-General Manager and Artistic Director, Casteliers

Tom Lee
Artist & Co-Director, Chicago Puppet Studio

Ydalmi Noriega
Community and Foundation Relations Director, The Poetry Foundation

Kim Ohms
Board Chair & President of Ohms Designs, Inc.

Paulette Richards
Atlanta-based Independent Scholar/Curator

Jes Sherborne
Chief Technology Officer, Truss

Myra Su

Maria Tri Sulistyani
Co-Director, Paper Moon Theater, Indonesia

Omar Torres-Kortright
Executive Director, Segundo Belvis Ruiz Cultural Center