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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 19, 1995


The President today announced his intent to appoint forty-two members to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Wayne Cranford of Little Rock, Arkansas will serve as Chair of the Committee. Mr. Cranford is Chairman Emeritus of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, a Little Rock advertising, marketing and public relations firm. He currently serves on the board of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and has served twice on the board of trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The Advisory Committee is charged with advising and consulting with the Board of Trustees for the Center. It makes recommendations to the Board regarding existing and prospective cultural activities to be featured at the Center. In addition, the members of the Committee assist in the Center's capital campaign and act as liaisons to performance groups and performing arts centers throughout the nation.

John C. Barsness of Montana is Executive Director of the Montana Arts Foundation.

Kathie Bartlett of Nevada is Executive Director of the Forum for a Common Agenda. She is also a member of the Nevada State Council on the Arts.

Anne Boyle of Nebraska is President of Universal Revenue Services, Inc.

Diana Carlin of Kansas, is an associate professor of communications at the University of Kansas. She serves on the National Advisory Board to the William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas.

Arthur Chapa of Arizona is a senior partner in the law firm of Linden, Chapa and Fields and is President of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Bethine Church of Idaho is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University. She is also former director of the Boise Philharmonic Association Board.

Leon Cohan of Michigan is Of Counsel to the law firm of Barris, Scott, Denn and Driker. He is former Chairman of the Michigan Council on the Arts.

Darrell Dorgan of North Dakota is news director, reporter and weekend anchor for KXMB-TV in Bismarck.

Pamela Eakes of Washington is the founder of Mothers Against Violence in America. She is a member of the Business Volunteers for the Arts and the Seattle Art Museum Supporters.

Sim Farar of California is President of JDF Investments and President and Director of American Home Developers Company, Inc.

Hartina Flournoy of New York is General Counsel for the Philip Morris Companies.

Joseph Fuchs of Arizona is the founder and co-owner of David's Shoes. He is a member of the Phoenix Symphony Association and the Phoenix Art Museum.

John Grisham of Mississippi is an attorney and novelist.

Mary Gail Gwaltney is the owner of several businesses in the retail, entertainment and real estate industries.

Sharon Harrington of New Jersey is a partner in the public affairs firm of Public Strategies/Impact and Chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Margaret Dunne Hartigan of Illinois is a member of the executive committees of the Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Music and Dance Theatre.

Steve Hicks of Louisiana is a partner in the law firm of Kutak Rock.

Kenneth Jacobsen of Pennsylvania is a partner in the law firm of Chimicles, Jacobsen and Tikellis, and Chairman of Blood Records, Inc. He is also part-owner of the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team.

Susan Roach Kelly of Connecticut is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She has had extensive training in operatic soprano, piano and dance.

Zina Kramer of Michigan is President of Events Marketing, a marketing and public relations firm, and executive director of First Night Birmingham.

Betty Oxendine-Mangum of North Carolina is an educational consultant. She previously served as Director of Indian Education for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Bonnie Milenthal of Ohio is Director of Community Relations for Hameroff/ Milenthal/Spence, Inc. She has served as a national project director for Habitat for Humanity International, the managing director for a major international Chinese exhibition featuring imperial arts of China, and has worked on several projects with the Columbus Museum of Art.

Sandra Montrone of New Hampshire is President of the Penates Foundation, a private charitable organization which supports the arts.

Leslie Moonves of California is President of Warner Bros. Television.

Kenneth Pentony of New Jersey is a senior partner in the law firm of Novins, York and Pentony.

Deborah Dozier Potter of New Mexico is President of Trail, Inc., a hotel/real estate development firm and is a member of the American Film Institute.

John Raffaelli of Texas is a partner in the law firm of Raffaelli, Spees, Springer and Smith, and Chairman of "T" Town Hotel, Inc.

Mary Stoner Rauh of New Hampshire is an organizational consultant to non-profits. She is a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Mary Lou Reed of Idaho is the Minority Leader of the Idaho State Senate. She is also a member of the advisory councils of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater and the Coeur d'Alene Cultural Center and previously served as Chair of the Idaho Humanities Council.

Alice Richmond of Massachusetts is a partner in the Boston law firm of Deutsch, Williams, and a governor of the Handel & Haydn Society.

Susan Roberts of Texas is an attorney with the firm of Fulbright and Jaworski.

Linda Kapuniai Rosehill of Hawaii is the head of Rosehill and Associates, a public affairs firm. She is a member of the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park Board of Directors.

Elaine Schuster of Massachusetts is Director of Issues for the Continental Wingate Company. She is also a Trustee of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Diane Meyer Simon of California is a partner in ECO Partners, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. She is a former member of the boards of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Gary Smith of Arkansas is Senior Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of the Worthen Banking Corporation. He also serves as Finance Chairman of the Arkansas Arts Center's Tabriz.

Sally Troyer of Maryland is co-founder and President of the Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Michael Turpen of Oklahoma is an attorney and the Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. He previously served as Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma.

Joseph Walsh of Rhode Island is a partner in the law firm of Tillinghast Collins and Graham. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Donna Axum Whitworth of Oklahoma is an author, professional speaker and television spokesperson. She is Miss America 1964 from Arkansas. In addition, Ms. Whitworth is past president and board member of the Bartlesville Symphony and trustee of the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Little Rock.

Caryl Yontz of Virginia is a legislative affairs specialist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Robert P. Zimmerman of New York is a Partner and Founder of Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc., a public relations and marketing firm. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Committee on Open Government.