LARUE ALLEN, Herbert and Judith G Schlosser Executive Director
LaRue Allen has spent a lifetime in dance as dancer, chorographer, director, and funder. She came to the Martha Graham Center in 2005 when she assumed responsibility for revitalizing the organization and retiring a $6 million deficit. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and North Carolina Dance Theater, and Senior Program Specialist for Dance at the National Endowment for the Arts, administering funding for dance companies and presenters. LaRue began her professional career in her native Pennsylvania where she founded the Pennsylvania Dance Theater and taught dance technique and history at Penn State University. She is married to classics scholar Archibald Allen.
JANET EILBER, Inger K. Witter Artistic Director
Janet Eilber has been the Center’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks. These initiatives include designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, commissions and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt. She has also remixed Graham choreography and created new staging in the Graham style for theater/dance productions of The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertoire. She soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, starred in three segments of Dance in America, and has since taught, lectured, and directed Graham ballets internationally. Apart from her work with Graham, Eilber has performed in films, on television and on Broadway directed by such greats as Agnes deMille and Bob Fosse and has received four Lester Horton Awards for her reconstruction and performance of seminal American modern dance. She has served as Director of Arts Education for the Dana Foundation, guiding the Foundation’s support for Teaching Artist training and contributing regularly to its arts education publications. Eilber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is married to screenwriter/director John Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.
DENISE VALE, Senior Artistic Associate
Denise Vale danced with the Company for ten years dancing many of the major roles of the Graham repertory. She is well known for her performance as Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, and widely acclaimed as the first Leader in the reconstruction of Steps in the Street. She starred in Night Chant, a ballet created for her by Martha Graham, and in the Graham solos Lamentation, Frontier, S
KENNETH BLOOM, Chairman
Kenneth Bloom is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry International where he leads the North American teams focused on Infrastructure, Construction and Services (ICS) and Logistics, Distribution and Transportation (LDT). Ken works with boards and senior management of public, private-equity owned and private, large and mid-sized organizations. He develops and implements strategies and designs and executes succession plans that create sustained and significant competitive advantage. Ken holds an M.S. in operations research from the School of Engineering at Stanford University and a B.S. in mathematics from The University of Chicago. Ken and his wife Abby Meiselman have two daughters, Phoebe and Lilly.
JUDITH SCHLOSSER, Chair Emerita
Judith Schlosser has served on the Graham Board for over 40 years, joining when Martha Graham was its Artistic Director, and has been actively involved in modern dance for over 60 years. A graduate of Barnard College, she studied at the NY School of Interior Design before launching her design career, writing for the Woman’s Home Companion about design, and leading her own design firm in California. In addition to her work for the Martha Graham Center, she serves on the Board of Directors of Young Concert Artists. She is married to former NBC President Herbert Schlosser with whom she has two children, Lynn Jacobson and Eric Schlosser.
INGER WITTER, President
Inger Witter received a masters in physical education from the University of Stockholm in Sweden. A long-time student of the Martha Graham School, Witter joined the Board in 1995. She has been President of the Board since 2001 and has served on the School Committee since 2009. Inger was married to the late William D. Witter and is the mother of Michael and Christina.
LORRAINE OLER, Vice-Chairman
Lorraine Oler has a career that spans over 30 years in Relationship Management to Banks, Broker/Dealers and Buy Side financial institutions. She has worked for the largest Money Center Banks including DTCC, the central clearinghouse and depository to Wall Street. She has managed client-facing staff through some of Wall Street’s most critical situations, such as, 9/11, Lehman Brother’s Bankruptcy and Super Storm Sandy. Today she is acting Chief of Staff to a boutique real estate finance company that is developing renewable energy plants all over the country. Lorraine and her husband John have been patrons of the Company for 15 years and she has been a member of the Board since 2006.
Amy Rice Blumenthal joined the Board in 2007. She has had an international career as a flutist and is an arts champion in her home state of North Carolina, serving in leadership positions at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Symphony, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Amy founded Alry Publications, which today continues under new ownership to offer a catalog of over one million titles for woodwinds, flutes, brass, and string instruments. Amy is married to Philip Blumenthal and is the proud mother of Andrew and Ethan.
Barbara Cohen began her career in educational publishing and has since dedicated herself to a variety of educational and social service organizations. Barbara chaired the Civil Support Division of the Legal Aid Society and the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, chairing the steering committee of the Tocqueville Society. She served on the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Parents Council, leading the annual scholarship gala. Her service led to a second career in event planning. An avid supporter of dance, drama, music and visual arts, Barbara joined the Board in 2017. Additional Trustee positions include posts with her alma mater Simmons University and the Property Council of Lyndhurst, a member of the National Historic Trust. Barbara resides in Westchester County with her husband Rodgin. They have two children.
Merrie Frankel has extensive experience in REITs, real estate capital markets, credit ratings, corporate governance, portfolio management, equity and debt transactions, tax law, restructuring, and workouts. Merrie serves on the Board of Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC) and is the President/founder of Minerva Realty Consultants. Her career spans over 35 years at Moody’s Investors Service, the Argo Funds, Ernst & Young, Cushman & Wakefield, J.P. Morgan Securities, and Salomon Brothers Inc. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia and NYU. Ms. Frankel has been a member of the Board since 2017 where she chairs the Audit/Finance committee.
Inga Golay has been a Trustee of the Martha Graham Center for more than 10 years. She is a benefactor of the Literary Society of the Desert and a supporter of the Rancho Mirage Writers’ Festival. Inga resides in Rancho Mirage, CA with her husband Frank. They have three children.
Sandra Harris has over 25 years of leadership experience in finance, including fundraising and analytical roles across fixed income asset classes. She is currently a risk management leader and Director with BNP Paribas Bank in internal audit. Sandra previously held senior roles in structured finance at S&P, corporate and structured finance risk at Merrill Lynch, product management at Invesco and credit risk at Morgan Stanley. She received a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in dance from Mills College in Oakland, California, and received her M.B.A. in finance from University of Southern California.
Emil J. Kang currently serves as Program Director for Arts and Cultural Heritage at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Until 2019, Kang served as Executive and Artistic Director of Carolina Performing Arts and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Kang to the National Council on the Arts. Prior to Chapel Hill, Emil served in a variety of administrative roles with symphony orchestras across the country, most recently as President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife Lisa have one daughter Emma.
CON WAY LING
Con Way Ling helped start Artivest, Advertising.com, and Signet Bank/Capital One. He has advised companies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas on finance, strategy, and marketing. Con Way holds engineering degrees from the University of Virginia and was a dancer with the Martha Graham Ensemble. He lives with his wife Alison in New York City.
Jayne Millard is Chairman and Co-CEO of Turtle & Hughes, a fourth-generation, family-owned business, co-founded by her great grandfather in 1923. With a long history of management by women it ranks among the largest independent electrical and industrial distributors in the nation. Jayne began her career at the Martha Graham Center and held positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers and RCM Capital Management before joining Turtle & Hughes in 1999. She is also a board member of Make-A-Wish International. Jayne received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award in New Jersey and has served as a national judge.
Javier Morgado, who joined the Graham Board in 2018, is the Executive Producer of CNN’s morning shows New Day and Early Start and is responsible for overseeing creative development and strategic vision for five hours of live programming. Javi joined CNN in 2011 as Senior Broadcast Producer for Starting Point and previously served as Vice President of Business Development & Communications at NBC News and Supervising Producer of NBC’s TODAY Show. The Miami native began his journalism career in 1995 at WPLG (ABC). Javi holds a M.B. in media management from Fordham University, an M.S. from NYU and a B.S. from York University. He serves on the Board of the National LGBT Museum and previously on the leadership council for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Nichole perkins is the CEO and Chairperson of EMWD, Inc. where she is active in supervising operations and chairs the investment committee. She has experience as a CEO, board member, investor, and advisor to companies across the health and wellness, technology, financial services and real estate investment industries. Previously she was a senior executive to large public companies where she managed real estate operations and expansion. She began her career in asset management at Merrill Lynch after graduating from the University of Southern California. Nichole serves on non-profit boards, largely around the arts and women’s issues as well as the Young Presidents Organization. She lives with her husband Larry and daughter Dagny in Los Angeles.
Kathryn White holds a degree in Nursing from UCSF where she worked in the ICU’s open-heart unit. She then worked throughout the Bay Area in various ER critical care units. During her time in the ER, Kathryn was involved in initiating the first QA program for the Kaiser Hospitals in California. She then joined the National/International American Red Cross Immediate Disaster Healthcare team where she traveled and worked at all of the national declared disasters throughout the US, including Guam and Puerto Rico. In 2004, she represented the state of California on the medical team sent to Thailand during the tsunami. She also worked at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery in post-op. Kathryn and her family currently resides in California.