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.

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. 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.

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman (Treasurer), an Associate Professor at Drexel University, brings enthusiasm, wit, and creativity to the less glamorous aspects of supporting the arts, and believes that everyone has an inner artist ready to burst forth. More info about Julie here.

Jeri Lynne Johnson

Jeri Lynne Johnson

Jeri Lynne Johnson, is the Founder and Artist Director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Jeri’s work is the manifestation of her belief that the role of an arts institution is to serve as a facilitator of the creative process for all people and that creative agency is foundational for a functioning and truly inclusive democracy. More information at http://www.blackpearlco.org/

Wit López

Wit López

Wit López, 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.

Emilee J. Taylor

Emilee J. Taylor

Emilee J. Taylor, Adjunct Professor, Moore College of Art and Design, (Co-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.

Lindsay Tucker So

Lindsay Tucker So

Lindsay Tucker So is the Assistant Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Lindsay is a native Philadelphian, number cruncher, and arts administrator who believes that access to arts and culture is a powerful tool for strengthening communities. More information here.

Catzie Vilayphonh

Catzie Vilayphonh

Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning spoken word poet, writer and performance artist who explores storytelling as a healing medium and addresses issues that confront Asian Americans, especially racial stereotypes, cultural dualities and immigrant/refugee concerns often drawing from personal narrative.


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.