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. Adam Grais, GPOA Board Chair
Member of the Firm, McDonald Hopkins

Ms. Kate Donaldson, GPOA Vice Chair  
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Doyenne Wealth Advisors

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

Mr. LaRue Robinson, GPOA Secretary
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Mr. Paul Winberg, (ex officio) 
President and CEO, Grant Park Orchestral Association


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

Dr. Amy Boonstra
Executive Director, Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Mr. Vern Broders

Ms. Penny Brown
Civic and Arts Leader

Mr. Robert J. Buford
President and CEO, Planned Realty Group, Inc.

Ms. Michaelle Burstin
Global Head of Brand Marketing and Communications, William Blair

Ms. Kristi Cercone (ex officio)
Attorney, Jones Day

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

Ms. Nancy Dehmlow
Vice President/Secretary, Composites One LLC

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

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

Ms. Renee Ferguson
Investigative Journalist, NBC Chicago (retired)

Mr. Michael S. Ferrell
Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green

Ms. Chantal E. Forster
Executive Director, Technology Association of Grantmakers

Mr. Paul E. Freehling
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (retired)

Ms. Eileen Friestad
President, CWP Management, Inc. (retired)

Ms. Freddi L. Greenberg
Attorney, Freddi L. Greenberg Attorney at Law

Mr. Tom Hanson
Managing Partner, Fleming Hanson Sales (retired)

Ms. Ann Hickey (ex officio)
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Ms. Sandra Kamin
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Angela Lee
Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Ms. Jill Mueller
Civic and Arts Leader

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

Mr. Thomas Orlando
Attorney/Shareholder, Foran Glennon

Ms. Hedy M. Ratner
Co-founder, President Emerita and Consultant, Women’s Business Development Center

Ms. Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Principal, Roselin Investments

Mr. Brian Sedlak
Partner, Jones Day

Mr. Stephen Smith, GPOA Past Board Chair
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Amsted Industries

Mr. Jason Spigner
Vice President, Human Resources, Sinai Chicago

Mr. Ramon T. Stewart
Senior Vice President and Securities and Whole Loan Trading, Guaranteed Rate Companies Inc. 

Ms. Maureen Sullivan Taylor
Founding Partner, Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, PC

Mr. Curtis Tarver II
Illinois State Representative, 25th District

Ms. Beatrice Mensah Tayui
Founder & CEO, Cybele Energy

Ms. Lisa Tesarik
Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank

Ms. Andria van der Merwe
Executive Vice President
Compass Lexecon

Dr. David Whitney
Dermatologist, AMITA Health

Ms. Virginia Willcox
Human Resources Consultant, Commonwealth HR Consulting

Ms. Karen Zupko
President, KarenZupko & Associates, Inc.