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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. 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 Emeritus, 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. Paul Freehling
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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. Paula R. Kahn
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Marcia Lazar
President, Asset Recoveries International

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

Ms. 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, The Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.

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

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

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