Board of Directors

City of Asylum

Carol Brown, 2015

Founding and now retired President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She also served as chairman of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation and the National Assembly of State Art Agencies and on the boards of Americans for the Arts, the National Advisory Board of the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC, the Theatre Communi-cations Group in New York, Duquesne University, Carlow University, Pittsburgh’s Riverlife Task Force, and Mellon Financial Corporation. She is currently a member of the boards of Carnegie Mellon University, the Heinz Endowments, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.



Bridget Clement, 2016

Executive Director of Communities in Schools Pittsburgh Allegheny County, formerly Director of Operations and Director of Development at Auberle, Director of Operations Three Rivers Adoption Council. She is a former board member of Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Vice President of Membership Association of Fundraising Professionals.



Toi Derricotte, 2005

A board member since 2005, Toi Derricotte is one of America’s leading poets. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, her honors include the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from United Black Artists, the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry.



Anne Billiet Lackner, 2013, Vice President

A native of Belgium, where she was a lawyer, she came to the United States in 1980 and now serves as Honorary Consul of Belgium. She is co-founder of The Lackner Group, Inc., a software company committed to providing innovative solutions in trust and estate admini-stration, to law firms, bank trust officers and C.P.A’s, and a member of the external advisory board at the University of Pittsburgh’s EU Center of Excellence/European Studies Center.



Charles F. O’Hanlon III, 2010, Secretary/Treasurer

Charles O’Hanlon III joined the board in 2010, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. He is President and CEO of Celsense, Inc., a biotechnology company. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Cornerstone Capital Advisors, Ltd. He spent 25 years in banking and financial services, including National City Bank and Mellon Bank, where he held management positions. He has served as a member of the Boards of Directors for several privately held corporations and non-profit organizations.



James McDonald, 2015

Recently retired First Vice President and Director of Global Philanthropy at BNY Mellon. He is a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MSW, and serves on the boards of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Sustainability Institute and was formerly a Director of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.



Michael McLean, 2011

Michael McLean joined the board in 2011. He is a lawyer and Partner at K & L Gates, one of the largest legal firms in the world, with branches in almost 40 countries. Former Chair of the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Trustee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, he is currently on the Board of the Allegheny Heart Institute, serves on the International Studies Advisory Board of University of Pittsburgh Law School and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies.



Gwendolyn Moorer, 2011

Northside community resident Gwendolyn Moorer joined the board in 2011. She is a Project Manager for the City of Pittsburgh’s Information Systems department and owner of the Northside franchise of Rita’s Water Ices. She is on the Development Board of the Central Northside Neighborhood Council and on the board of Artists Image Resources.



Ralph Henry Reese, co-founder, President

Entrepreneur (co-founder/former principal in Reese Brothers and Communications & Commerce), former Treasurer of Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Programming Advisory Committee, Board International Cities of Refuge Network.



Diane Samuels, co-founder

Visual Artist, Board of National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, represented by Pavel Zabouk (NYC).



Akhil Sharma, 2015
Author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and Family Life, selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.



Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds

Trustee Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Term Trustee Carnegie Mellon University, Board of National Poetry Series, Board of Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Board of Autumn House Press.



Barbara Talerico, 2015

Retired from BNY Mellon as an Information Technology Project Manager and manager of the bank’s International Help Desk. Prior to BNY, she was a Certified Financial Planner. Her 16 years of volunteer service includes Past President and Treasurer for the Allegheny City Central Association; Past President of the Mexican War Streets Society; Member of the Allegheny Commons Master Plan Steering Committee; Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild/Bidwell Training Center.


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