Board of Directors

Regional leaders with a vision for the arts, entrepreneurship, and positive youth development
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Jason Hofberg, CPA
President
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.

Beth Perell
Vice President
Beth Perell has her own strategic communications consulting practice leveraging more than 20 years of communications and management experience. Ms. Perell has held a variety of positions in knowledge management, e-learning, event management and communications at Goodwill Industries International, Mercer Human Resource Consulting and A.T. Kearney. Beth holds a B.A. from Miami University and a Master’s degree from Dominican University.

John Griffin
Treasurer
John Griffin is an assurance director with BDO’s Assurance Department within the Nonprofit Industry Group and a local office champion for the Employee benefit plan practice. John has more than 20 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations including public charities, trade organizations and private foundations. He holds a B.S., Accounting from University of Maryland at College Park, and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Alina Alekseyev
Board Member
Alina is an experienced Director of Marketing with over 14 years of experience in managing comprehensive marketing, campaigns, public relations, media, branding, and promotional initiatives from research and planning to execution and analysis. She has worked in the A/E/C industry since 2011. Additionally, she has experience working with local artists, non-profits, and start-ups on various fundraising events and marketing and social media campaigns. She has extensive experience managing communications, business development, marketing, social media strategy development and management, photography, graphic design and management.

Roxana Beyranvand
Board Member, AOB Alumn

Roxana is a Multicultural Communications Specialist and Program/ Project Management professional with over a decade of experience. She is the Program Manager for the Innovation Team (i-team) within the Mayor’s Office of Performance and Innovation (OPI) for the City of Baltimore. 

Roxana devoted nearly a decade of Strategic Communications and Public Involvement work for transportation planning projects and programs including the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s I-495/ I-270 P3 Program, Baltimore Collegetown Network’s Shuttle Program, and the Maryland Transit Administration’s Baltimore Red Line Project. 

Roxana earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications and Spanish from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2009 and went on to get her master’s in contemporary communications in 2012, also from Notre Dame. She has worked in Washington, DC and Baltimore with nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. Some of her additional previous experience includes working for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Comcast SportsNet, Baltimore Clayworks, and Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA). In her spare time, she enjoys creating mosaic art.

Wendy Dinova-Wimmer
Board Member
Wendy Dinova-Wimmer works for Adobe’s Public Sector CTO supporting customers across the federal government. She has over thirty years of expertise in the field of visualization, design and multimedia forensic analysis in the public and private sector. She leads various committees in the multimedia forensic community. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In her spare time, she is a fused glass artist.

Dr. Shari Garmise
Board Member
Shari Garmise, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience providing leadership at the intersection of workforce development, higher education and community and economic development. For the past ten years, she served as Senior Vice President, Office of Urban Initiatives for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Executive Director for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities where she led a national urban agenda. She just assumed a new position as Executive Director, Urban and Regional Impact at VCU.

Dr. Garmise published People and the Competitive Advantage of Place: Building a Workforce for the 21st Century, with M.E. Sharpe Publishers, as well as numerous articles in national and international publications on workforce and economic development throughout her career. Previous jobs include Vice President of the International Economic Development Council and Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, her M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and her B.A. from Tufts University

Shareem King
Board Member
With over 25 years of experience in professional services industries, Shareem serves as Greater Washington DC’s DEI&B Manager and drives organizational success by leading the development and mobilization of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging strategy, initiatives, programs, and partnerships to advance employee engagement and inclusion.

Additionally, Shareem serves as BDO’s Multicultural Alliance National Coordinator, supporting corporate professionals who are racially and ethnically diverse to reach their full potential through networking, mentoring, and professional development. Within this role, Shareem fosters relationships with members of the National Association of Black Accountants, Association of Latino Professionals for America, and Ascend and represents BDO in national, regional, and local recruiting events.

Emma Raviv
Board Member
Emma Raviv is Assistant General Counsel for WETA, the Washington-area PBS affiliate which produces the PBS NewsHour, the nightly news program, as well as various documentaries and arts programming. Before entering the public media space, she served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Barbara A. Ringer Honors Program at the U.S. Copyright Office, and, prior to that, she litigated copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters at a law firm in New York on behalf of advertising, cruise ship, and fitness clients. Emma holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in economics and philosophy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Frederick Smith
Board Member
Frederick Smith is a Vice President, Software Engineering at Mastercard. Frederick has more than 10 years of management experience providing leadership and vision to various technology-related activities for B2B startups and multi-million-dollar global brands. He holds a BBA from Morgan State University and MS in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College.

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. Ms. Tang’s background includes experience with digital fabrication and installation art. She 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.

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