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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
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
Marketing Director, Gentry Partners, Ltd.

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

Ms. Rose Ann Grundman
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 Design, BMO Harris Bank

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

Mr. Stephen Smith
Vice President, General Counsel, Amsted Industries

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

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