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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 women 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.


Toni Shapiro-Phim , Chair
Ph.D., Director of Programs, Philadelphia Folklore Project

Elizabeth Wilkerson, Vice-Chair
Writer and Digital Content Strategist

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

Stefani Cranston, Treasurer
Partner, Portfolio Manager at AJO

Betsy Cloues, Esquire Ballard Spahr

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

Helen Eaton, Executive Director of Settlement Music School

Rebecca Fabiano, President, RFCS and Co-Founder, PopUpPlay

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

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

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

Christine Kozsuch, Independent Marketing Consultant

Jeannine Osayande, Founder/Artistic Executive Director, Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company

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



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 non-profit community arts and education as an Administrative Assistant and as Education Program Manager with The Village of Arts and Humanities as well as Art Sanctuary. She earned a Certificate of Arts Administration through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and currently works part-time as administrative assistant with the Philadelphia Jazz Project in addition to supporting the Clef Club of Jazz’s music education program. Melissa is a 2015 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grantee and enjoys dancing during her leisure.