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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 11, 1995



President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

Don Anselmi of Wyoming is a Hotel General Manager and President and acted as Director of the American Hotel Motel Association. Previously, he served as Trustee and Chairman of the Board for Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital, Trustee and Chairman for Wyoming Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and was Director of the Wyoming Taxpayers' Association.

Gregory Carr of Alaska is Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising, for Carr-Gottstein Food Co., the largest grocery retailer in Alaska. He was the founding Chairman of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and is a past member of the American Arts Alliance and the Alaska Repertory Theater. In addition, Mr. Carr served as the 1993-1995 Campaign Chairman for United Way of Anchorage.

David Cofrin of Georgia is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and is now a attorney with the firm of Lamar, Archer & Cofrin. He is on the Board of Directors of Theatrical Outfit, Inc., a non-profit professional theater organization. In addition, Mr. Cofrin is affiliated with the Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Citizens for the Arts, the High Museum of Art and the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.

Susan Gelman of Maryland serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Ballet and the Children's Museum of Washington. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Washington, the United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Greater Washington Educational Television Association (WETA), and Georgetown Day School. Previously, Ms. Gelman was a staff attorney in the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor.

Mary C. Hansen of Iowa is an Associate Professor at Drake University, Department of Nursing. She is a registered nurse and has made numerous presentations and written several publications regarding health care issues. In addition, she was recently elected District President of the Iowa Nurse's Association.

Gary Hindes of Delaware is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Bay Company, a full- service brokerage and investment banking firm. Previously, he was Investments Representative for Morgan Stanley & Co., Vice President for Kidder Peabody & Co., and Vice President for Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis, Inc. In addition, Mr. Hindes is the founder and Chairman of Wilmington Head Start, Inc.

Sherry K. Jelsma of Kentucky is a former classroom teacher and Public School Board member. She currently serves as the Governor's Cabinet Secretary for Education, Arts and Humanities. A member of the board of the J.B. Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Opera Association and the Southern Arts Federation, Ms. Jelsma also serves as the Governor's education liaison for state and national issues.

Michael Pannos of Indiana is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Pannos & Mindel. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Lake County Board of Registration and a Deputy Prosecutor. Mr. Pannos worked in the northern quadrant of Indiana as a staff member of Senator Birch Bayh and was an assistant to Representative Ray J. Madden. He received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and attended John Marshall Law School.

Gail Rosene Smith of Louisiana is a full-time mother and volunteer. She is a member of the Alexandria Museum of Art, Red River Public Radio, and the City Park Players. Currently, she is a board member of the Louisiana State Medical Society Alliance, and is a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In addition, Mrs. Smith served as President of the Rapides Medical Society Alliance.

The Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is charged with advising and consulting with the Board of Trustees for the Center. The Committee 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. The staff and budget for the Advisory Committee are determined and allocated by the management of the Kennedy Center.