Bartol Foundation Board of Directors

Bartol Foundation Board of Directors

Staff / Board

Our staff and board is run by a group of esteemed and dynamic people from all over the arts community of Philadelphia who are passionate about using art as a way for all to connect to joyful, creative lives.

Board

Erica Atwood

Erica Atwood

Erica Atwood, founder of First Degree Consulting; Chief of Staff to City of Philadelphia Councilmember Jamie Gauthier. Erica is a mentor, coach, people lover, problem solver and troublemaker who is fiercely committed to black people and believes in honesty from a place of love, being rooted in your purpose from a place of joy and naps.

Betsaleel (Bets) Charmelus

Betsaleel (Bets) Charmelus

Betsaleel (Bets) Charmelus s a facilitator, community advocate & an auditory story-teller. Whether in his work as a program director for the anti-violence, music based non-profit Beyond the Bars, facilitating as a music instructor for survivors of sexual trauma with JJPI’s B.O.S.S Program, coordinating men’s mental health support groups or aural story-telling in the nationally acclaimed, all-black rock band ill Fated Natives, Bets is passionate about finding & claiming new spaces, building strong, inter-connected communities & exploring the difference between questioning oneself and asking oneself questions.

Cat Ramirez

Cat Ramirez

Cat Ramirez is a Philly-based director and producer who specializes in new plays, devised work, multidisciplinary performance, and event production.  They work at the intersection of performance, activism, and administration to create a work where all people can tell their stories without shame or fear. They currently serve as the Creative Director for Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists and the Interim Line Producer at The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. In 2018, Cat was honored by Governor Wolf’s Advisory Committee on Asian Pacific American Affairs for their work furthering Asian American Theater in Philadelphia.  More info is here.

Betsy Cloues

Betsy Cloues

Betsy Cloues, Esq., Ballard Spahr, (Secretary) is a lawyer who loves all things Philadelphia.

Sannii Crespina-Flores

Sannii Crespina-Flores

Sannii Crespina-flores (Chair) is the founder of the Un-Inhibited Muse Film Festival, the global youth initiative Do Remember Me and the art collaborative Yram Collective. Sannii uses storytelling, life casting and film to actively advocate for women and youth. For more information visit this link.

Hannah Gillean

Hannah Gillean

Hannah Gillean, Hamilton Lane (Treasurer). Hannah is a finance enthusiast who is passionate about supporting Philadelphia and the arts outside of her day to day job as she believes arts and self expression is an integral part of a robust culture. Hannah hopes to bring her interest in investments and business acumen to support the Barton Foundation’s mission.

Iquail Shaheed

Iquail Shaheed

Iquail Shaheed is the executive artistic director of Dance Iquail, a Philadelphia-based dance company working at the intersection of dance and social justice. Mr. Shaheed has performed in the companies of Ronald K Brown/ Evidence, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, The Metropolian Opera Ballet and on Broadway in The Lion King among others, Mr. Shaheed serves on the faculty at Goucher College, The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem and NAISDA Dance College in Sydney, Australia.  His scholarship is devoted to the advancement and perseveration of black artistic contributions in dance and community. More info here.

Wit López

Wit López

Wit López, (Secretary) is a visual artist, performer, and arts administrator. They are the Artistic Director of Till Arts Project, an arts-services organization serving LGBTQI+ artists in the Greater Philly area. Wit believes that marginalized artists should have support for their practices and equal access to resources as artists from privileged backgrounds.

José Ortiz-Pagán

José Ortiz-Pagán

José Ortiz-Pagán is a local artist, activist & cultural organizer who believes that art is one of the most social connectors. He deeply believes that art has the power to further grow the collective imagination as a tool of change. More info about José here.

Veronica Ponce de Leon

Veronica Ponce de Leon

Veronica Ponce de Leon Plascencia is a multi-disciplinary artist who teaches folk arts at FACTS Charter School.  I am passionate about children’s arts education that helps them grow up in a loving and just world.  I love making art with everyone out of whatever we have.

Sinta Penyami Storms

Sinta Penyami Storms

Sinta Penyami Storms is a traditional Indonesian dance artist who is also known as a strategic, visionary, and community-based leader who utilizes dance, fashion, cuisine, and other aspects of Indonesian cultural tradition to support dialogue and education about critical issues impacting the Indonesian diaspora in Philadelphia, including immigration, cross-racial solidarity, public health, intergenerational relationships, and governance.   Sinta is also the Events and Operations Manager at Philadelphia Folklore Project. Through her work to preserve the traditional Indonesian culture, Sinta founded Modero & Company who provides a More info here and here.

Emilee J. Taylor

Emilee J. Taylor

Emilee J. Taylor, Adjunct Professor, Moore College of Art and Design, (Vice-Chair) is an art educator, visual artist and photographer who is passionate about the education and the inclusion of Arts education in our public schools. She brings with her expertise in education as she was an Art Educator with the School District of Philadelphia for 39 years before retiring. Emilee now works as an adjunct professor in Art Education Department at Moore College of Art and Design. She also works as a support mentor for teachers pursuing National Board Certification working under the direction of Temple University.


Staff

Beth Feldman Brandt

Beth Feldman Brandt

Executive Director,
bfbrandt@bartol.org

In addition to her primary responsibility for all aspects of the Foundations’ grantmaking and operations, Beth is also a convener, advocate and technical assistance provider. As part of her work at the Foundation, Beth was the co-director of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) in Philadelphia, a national initiative of the Ford Foundation to improve conditions for individual artists. Prior to 2000, she was Project Director of Culture Builds Communities (CBC), a funding initiative of the William Penn Foundation; Project Director of the Arts Education Development Project for The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Executive Director of Prints in Progress.

She holds degrees from The Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. Beth is a poet whose work includes two books, Sage and Solace, as well as a collaboration with Philadelphia Jazz Project in which she created and performed RetroLove, a celebration of relationships before the Internet. Beth co-chairs the Poet Laureate Governing Committee of the City of Philadelphia.

Melissa Talley-Palmer

Melissa Talley-Palmer

Administrator,
info@bartol.org

Melissa Talley-Palmer brings many years’ experience working in corporate and non-profit community arts and education as an Administrative Assistant and Education Program Manager for Internal Revenue Service, PECO Energy Company, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia Jazz Project of Culture Trust, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Olney Culture Lab of Culture Trust. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Peirce Junior College and Community College of Philadelphia studying Business Administration, Secretarial Science and Accounting.  Melissa completed her Arts Administrator certification through Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2005.

In addition to her work as an arts administrator, Melissa has created and produced art for many years as an event planner, playwright, dance instructor and performer. Funded by Leeway Foundation in 2006 and 2017, she won the Art and Change Grants producing “Let Not Your History Be A Mystery, Breaking the Silence of Molestation” and “Let’s Dance” projects. As an event planner, she worked successfully with Inner Circle, Germantown United CDC and The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz. Having danced with Eleone Dance Theater, presented Oldies Dance events and instructed Bop & Cha Cha classes at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Melissa is committed to growing community education and arts connections.