Kay Kendall has for four decades been a force in the arts and philanthropy in Washington, D.C. The current chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, she was a 25-year board member of the Washington Ballet and serves today on the boards of CityDance and The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, a home away from home for underserved children and adults. As a board member, she has produced five fundraising galas in the past six year that have raised more than $5 million for the institution. The founder of Kendall+Associates, she is a consultant on fundraising and non-profit board governance, helping community groups build leadership and organizational structure.
As a pediatrician in Tacoma, Washington, Martha McCravey was affiliated with multiple hospitals, including the MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center, for which she served as Chief of Staff and as board treasurer. Organized in the early 1980s, the hospital hired Dr. McCravey as the first board-certified pediatric intensivist, giving the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit a dedicated specialist trained in pediatric intensive care medicine, and allowing the hospital to provide complex care for infants and children with high-risk and complicated medical needs. In Tacoma, she was Board Chair of the Annie Wright School, on the Tacoma City Ballet board, and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) with Pierce County Juvenile Court. She and her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alan Wood, have four children.
A journalist for more than 25 years, Patricia Ochs has been living in Paris for much of that time. She has experience in print, radio, and television, and has reported for the International Herald Tribune, CNN, the New York Times, and the Miami Herald, for whom she contributed an eyewitness account on the assassination of Anwar Sadat as a freelance reporter in the Middle East. She has been a correspondent and producer in New York and Washington, DC, and on-air correspondent for the PBS award-winning documentary series “Watch on Washington.” Today, Patricia is an accredited mediator/alternative conflict resolution psychotherapist and counselor in Paris for adults and adolescents.
A long-time commercial real estate attorney with Miller and Martin, Virginia Anne Summitt Sharber was named in 2015 the Executive Director of the Hunter Museum of American Art, the first woman to serve in that capacity. Sharber has been actively involved with Chattanooga arts organizations for a number of years, including chairing the ArtsBuild (then Allied Arts) board, the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and chairing the Chattanooga Public Art Committee during the development of the 21st Century Waterfront. An active member of the Chattanooga Rotary Club, she has chaired the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Memorial Health Care Foundation, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga.
*2017 Recipient of Margaret Rawlings Lupton Award of Excellence
A true entrepreneur, Ann Dickerson Zack isn’t afraid of the time commitment it takes to start a new business. She and her husband are the owners of a wholesale bakery located in the Hamilton County Business Development Center, the third largest business "incubator" in the country. They travel to festivals throughout the Southeast to sell their Tennessee Moonshine Cakes. Doused in genuine moonshine, the cakes come in flavors as varied as chocolate Thunder Road, lemon, and pumpkin caramel and are available in dozens of retail outlets across the country, from a tiny gourmet store in California to the gift shop at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Entrepreneurs are noted for their self-reliance, resilience, and laser focus, and Ann Dickerson Zack embodies all of these qualities.
Author and faculty member of the University Of Virginia School Of Law, Molly Bishop Shadel has been an attorney in private practice, represented the US on terrorism-related matters before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and served as the law school’s Director of Public Service. She has written two books: Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion and Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges. A Senior Fellow for the Center for National Security Law, she is a core planning faculty member of the University's Leadership in Academic Matters program. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her law degree from Columbia. Prior to beginning her legal career, Shadel studied theatre at Northwestern University and directed plays professionally in New York.
Brooke Good Bowles is the Founder and Executive Director of Triumph Services, Inc., a nationally-recognized non-profit serving individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism or Asperger’s. Since its beginning ten years ago, the number of people that Triumph serves has grown from 16 to over 300, and Triumph now has two offices in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. Triumph uses a holistic approach to provide people the same independent living skills, competitive employment, community integration, purpose in life, and healthy relationships enjoyed by their peers. Recognized by the Governor of Alabama, Triumph Services was recently honored with the first organizational C.A.R.E.S. award for Commitment to Autism Research, Education, and Services. Brooke is completing a three-year term as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council.
Caroline Puri Mitchell is the co-founder of Fitsi Health. Fitsi is an antimicrobial caddy that brings preventative care to a bedside by giving patients the ability to clean their hands, to access health and personal essentials without the aid of a caregiver, and to remind patients, caregivers, and visitors to practice hand hygiene. Fitsi is part of NXT Health’s Patient Room of 2020 and has been recognized by the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, Infection Control Today, and the Institute for Patient Centered Design. Fitsi won a Patient Safety Movement Innovation Award at the World Patient Safety, Science, and Technology Summit. Caroline is the co-founder of Art | Think, which curates contemporary artist talks, and an advisory council member of Nest, a nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers.
Maithilee Kunda is an assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she directs the laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems. Her research focuses on developing new algorithms for artificial intelligence that imitate human "visual thinking" – thinking with images rather than symbols and words – and how these algorithms can be used in applications to help people with cognitive conditions like autism. In 2016, she was named a “visionary” on the MIT Technology Review annual list of Innovators Under 35, a list that has in the past included the cofounders of Google, the cofounder of Facebook, and the chief designer of Apple. She earned her undergraduate degree from MIT and a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.
Katherine Cherry is Manager of International Government Relations and Public Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company, where she oversees the company’s community investments and social enterprise efforts, with a special focus on human rights, sustainable agriculture, and millennial engagement. She leads the Coca-Cola Company’s partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a network in 169 countries for young leaders with a passion for social justice. She also co-led a cohort of early career women to craft the company’s new Paid Parental Leave Policy in the United States for all new parents – moms, dads, and adoptive, and inclusive of LGBT partners. She is an advisory board member of the QUEST Global Leadership Institute for Early Career Women.
Kennedy Space Center is home for Raewyn Duvall, a Pathways Student Engineer with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) SwampWorks, a lab that does research and rapid prototyping of robotic systems that may one day make it onto the robots that will explore space. Raewyn’s focus in the lab is computer engineering and autonomous control for ground robotics. Previously, she was a Systems Engineer intern at NASA and a Software Engineer intern at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts University School of Engineering. She is pursuing dual master’s degrees, one in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and another in robotics at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.