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Grant Park Orchestral Association Board of Directors

The Grant Park Orchestral Association is a 501(c)3 organization that presents the Grant Park Music Festival. Members of the Association's Board are dedicated to promoting the unique Festival experience of free, high-quality classical music in Chicago's magnificent Millennium Park.


Mr. Charles M. Kierscht, Chair
Attorney; CEO, Kemper Financial Services, Inc. (retired)

Mr. Stephen Smith, Vice Chair
Vice President - General Counsel, Amsted Industries

Mr. Julian Oettinger, Secretary
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Walgreens Inc. (retired)

Ms. Eileen Friestad, Treasurer
President, CWP Management, Inc.


Dr. Sam Amelio
Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Exelon Corporation

Dr. Peter M. Ascoli
Adjunct Professor, Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership

Mr. Peter V. Baugher
Partner, Schopf & Weiss LLP

Mr. Vern Broders
Director of Finance, Oral Health America

Ms. Penny Brown
Evergreen Real Estate Services

Mr. Donald E. Casey, Jr.
Dean, DePaul University School of Music (retired)

Mr. Michael W. Cusick
Partner, Clarity Partners, LLC

Ms. Kate Donaldson
Principal and Owner, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.

Hon. Rhoda Sweeney Drucker
Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County (retired)

Ms. Renée N. Duba
Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Mr. James B. Fadim
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Conlon Public Strategies

Mr. Michael A. Feder
Managing Director, AlixPartners

Mr. Paul E. Freehling
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Raymond A. Frick, Jr.
Managing Principal, Augustus Group LLC

Mr. Jerry Goldstone
President, BCR Enterprises, Inc. (retired)

Mr. Adam Grais
Managing Partner, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP

Mr. Kevin Jones
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Ms. Paula R. Kahn
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Marcia E. Lazar
President, Asset Recoveries International, Ltd.

Mrs. Ginger Meyer
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Cynthia Mufarreh
Chief Administrative Officer, Retail Banking, BMO Harris Bank

Mr. Ron Niemaszyk
CPA and Owner, Patke & Associates, Ltd.

Ms. Susan Noel
President, Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Cynthia Stone Raskin
Jerome H. Stone Family Foundation

Mr. William Ritchie
Partner in Charge, Jones Day

Mr. Juan Salgado (Ex-Officio)
Commissioner, Chicago Park District
President & CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino

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