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Leading roles


Van Wezel Foundation Board Leadership

James Travers
Board Chair*

Jenne K. Britell
Board Vice-Chair*

Vern Chalfant
Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee*

Julie Harris
Board Secretary*

Michael Wilson
Legal Counsel


Van Wezel Foundation Board Members

Gerald L. Biller

Chad Campbell

Mark P. Famiglio

Sharon Hillstrom

Michele Hooper

Dr. Jaih Jackson

David Koffman

Michael Martella

Dr. John Maupin
Chair of Strategic Plan Committee*

Karl Newkirk

Rochelle Nigri

Walt Pearson

Drayton Saunders

Nanci Ross-Weaver
Chair of Arts Education & Community Engagement Committee*

Charles Wilson


Van Wezel Foundation Ex Officio Board Members

Mary Bensel
Executive Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Cheryl Mendelson
CEO, Van Wezel Foundation

*Executive Committee

Emeritus Board Members

Herta Cuneo †
John M. Dart
Beatrice Friedman †
John Jakes
Carolyn Michel
Michael R. Pender, Jr.
Harvey Rothenberg †

† deceased


Cheryl Mendelson
Chief Executive Officer

Mark Cole
Chief Advancement & Marketing Officer

Laura Hennessey
Chief Operating Officer

Sara Curtis Robinson, CFRE
Executive Director, Advancement

Kelli Maldonado
Executive Director, Education & Lifelong Learning

Shannon Roddy
Executive Director, Finance & Administration

Suzanne Hudson-Smith, CFRE
Director of Leadership & Legacy Giving

Julie Schwartz
Director of Development

Colleen Chamberlain
Executive Assistant and Board Administration Manager

Francis M. Kelly
Manager of Development Operations

Carrie Angel
Administrative Coordinator

Alex Pelletier
Events & Engagement Coordinator

Career Opportunities

Join our growing Foundation team of dynamic professionals to create a legacy project for Southwest Florida – a world class performing arts center that you will be a part of. Roll up your sleeves and step into our fast-paced entrepreneurial organization to help us achieve something truly iconic. The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Our values are Passion, Inclusivity, Collaboration and Stewardship.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing leadership team during the start-up phase of an enormous project that will become an important cultural resource and legacy for Southwest Florida.