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.


Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder and Music Director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Chair

Elizabeth Wilkerson, Writer and Digital Content Strategist, Vice-Chair

Betsy Cloues, Esquire Ballard Spahr, Secretary

Julie Goodman, Assistant Professor and Director, Drexel University Arts Administration Program, Treasurer

Stefani Cranston, Partner, Portfolio Manager at AJO

Sannii Crespina-flores, Founder and Director, The Do Remember Me Project

Grace E. Grillet, Administrative Consultant, People’s Light & Theatre

Julie Hawkins, Assistant Professor and Director, Drexel University Arts Administration Program

Veronica ponce de leon, Resident Teaching Artist, Philadelphia Folklore Project

Lindsay So, Research & Policy Associate, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Emilee Taylor, National Board Certified Teacher, Early Middle Childhood/Art

Catzie Vilayphonh, Laos In The House



Beth Feldman Brandt


Beth Feldman Brandt
Executive Director,

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

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.