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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 and Retired CEO, Kemper Financial Services, Inc.

Mr. William Ritchie, Vice Chair
Partner in Charge, Jones Day

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

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


Mr. Karim Ahamed
Partner, HPM Partners, LLC

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

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

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

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

Ms. Rose Ann Grundman
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Paula R. Kahn
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Lisa Manley
Executive Vice President, Business and Social Purpose, Edelman

Ms. Ginger Meyer
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Cynthia Mufarreh
Vice President and Director, Sales Effectiveness, BMO Harris Bank

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

Ms. Susan Noel
President, The Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Juan Salgado (Ex Officio)
Commissioner, Chicago Park District

Mr. Stephen Smith
Vice President  General Counsel, Amsted Industries

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

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