Board of Directors

Regional leaders with a vision for the arts, entrepreneurship, and positive youth development
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Jason Hofberg, CPA
President, and Interim Treasurer
Jason Hofberg is a tax senior associate at BDO, USA LLP and graduate student at the University of Baltimore’s school of public administration. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in accounting and government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. In Jason’s years at BDO, he has worked on and managed a variety of client engagements including several well-known local nonprofits. Additional experience includes work on large public company audits, partnership tax returns, and individual tax filings.

Blair Zucker
Vice President, Artist Advocate Lead
Blair Zucker is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships CIPP/US at Nielsen, recognized for specific expertise in the areas of partnership development and management, data acquisition, privacy, product management, database marketing, project management, competitive analysis and sales. She is passionate about insuring that products and services are privacy compliant and adhere to Privacy by Design standards, and maintains current Information Privacy Professional/US certification with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a Six Sigma Green Belt following development of a partnership onboarding process.

Gretchen Schermerhorn
Ms. Schermerhorn is currently the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic, an art center dedicated to the creation and preservation of hand printmaking, papermaking and the art of the book, in Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2004, and since then has completed artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, and California State University. Her prints, installations and works on paper works have been exhibited in New York, Boston and DC, and is featured in national and international collections.

Natalia Mathura
Board Member
Natalia Mathura is the Principal of Utility Business Models for the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on its mission of a carbon free energy system by 2050. Previously, she worked for Pepco Holdings, an Exelon company, managing the retail energy supply department and leading Pepco’s Utility of the Future group. She has 20 years of experience in the energy industry and holds a B.A. from Mary Washington in Economics and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Edgar Alvarado
Board Member, Alumni Network Lead
Edgar Alvarado is the alumni representative of the board, having completed an apprenticeship in 2009 and having served as a Teaching Artist from 2015 to 2017. He is an architectural designer and project manager, and a lifelong resident of Silver Spring.

Beth Perell
Board Member
Beth is the vice president of member relations at Goodwill Industries International, a non-profit membership organization with more than 150 community based organization in the US and Canada. Previously, she has held a variety of positions in knowledge management, e-learning, event management and communications. Beth has more than 20 years of communications and management experience and has also held positions at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and A.T. Kearney. Beth holds a B.A. from Miami University and a Master’s degree from Dominican University.

Lucia Tang
Board Member, Studio Expansion Lead
Lucia Tang is a Project Designer at Hickok Cole Architects in Washington DC. Recent professional involvement includes an award winning interior renovation project at Liberty Place, a commercial office building in DC and new construction project for Hillel, a Jewish student center at The George Washington University. Lucia’s background includes experience with digital fabrication and installation art. Lucia Tang earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. While in graduate school she participated in the design and construction of art and commercial storefront installations. Her previous employment includes Washington, DC’s Gordon Architects, where she worked on residential, retail, and historic renovation projects.

June Linowitz
Immediate Past President
June Linowitz is an artist, business owner, past gallery director, and active member of the Washington Art Community. She has been working as a professional artist for more than 30 years. In 1996 Linowitz founded ArtSeen, Inc., which represents more than 300 fine artists and sells and leases artwork to businesses. In addition to her art, Linowitz works as a freelance curator, exhibitions juror and judge, and art critic.

Kathy Lally-Beares
Outgoing Board Member, completing a 7 year term – thank you!
Kathy Lally-Beares, former Deputy Executive Director for Data Quality Campaign, is the Vice President for Growth and Impact at Communities in Schools. There she acts as a thought partner to the executive director on all strategic matters, including current and future direction and management. She builds and nurtures relationships with stakeholders, including policymakers, data managers, funders, and partners. Prior to joining DQC in 2011, Kathy held a number of roles leading children and family programming, including the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Office of Out-of-School Time, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families, the United Way of Central New York, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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