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The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.
Hill Hammock (Co-Chairman), after retiring as Vice Chairman and COO of LaSalle Bank in 2007, became Chief Administrative Officer for the Chicago Public Schools and is currently Chairman of the Cook County Health & Hospital System. Hill is also Chairman of the Chicago Deferred Exchange Company and has served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Chicago History Museum. Mr. Hammock holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Roberta Rubin is the former owner of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Chicago, one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in the country. She received the 2012 ‘Bookstore of the Year’ honor from ‘Publishers Weekly.’ Roberta was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and is now actively engaged on the Board of the Ragdale Foundation and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Four Corners. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Roger Baskes is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is a member of the Madison Council at the Library of Congress. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
John Estey (Vice Chairman) is Chairman of S&C Electric Company, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems headquartered in Chicago. He is a Director of PotashCorp and Southwire Company, and past Chairman of the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees.
Ronne Hartfield (Vice Chairman) is a biographer, essayist, and widely recognized international museum consultant. After early retirement from her position as Executive Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at Harvard University. She has served on the Boards of Directors of several universities and foundations, and has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago
Werner Hein is Vice Chairman of the AWM Foundation and senior counsel at the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown LLP, a leading international law firm. During his more than thirty years of legal practice he has chiefly advised communications and Internet companies on their transactions. He holds law degrees from Columbia Law School and Bonn University.
Jerre L. Stead (Vice Chairman) is Chairman of IHS, Inc. He served as Chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro Inc., and as the Chairman, CEO and President of Legent Corp. He was an Executive Vice President of AT&T, and Chairman and CEO of AT&T Global Information Solutions (formerly, NCR Corp.). He served as CEO of Square D Company in Chicago. Stead served as the Chairman of the Center of Ethics and Values at Garrett Seminary on the Northwestern University campus. He is a graduate of University of Iowa.
Malcolm O’Hagan was CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He served on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, and was Chairman of the Washington Industrial Roundtable. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from The National University of Ireland and a D.Sc. from The George Washington University in Washington DC.
Jay Hammer (Treasurer) is President and CEO of Theralogix. He is a business and non-profit leader based in Washington DC. He has served on a number of non-profit boards and was Chairman of the Washington Performing Arts from 2008 to 2010. He graduated from the University of Chicago and received his MBA from Harvard University.
Lynne served in the White House of Gerald R. Ford and held appointments in the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. She co-chaired the esteemed Washington Antiques Show and hosted a community interview show on Comcast cable television for nine years. Serving with architect/engineer consulting firms for several years, she also managed a regional office and led teams of experts to conduct analysis for Environmental Impact Statements on large federal and municipal public works projects. She graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Marie Arana was editor in chief of ‘The Washington Post’s’ Book World, and, prior to that, vice president and senior editor at Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster. The prize-winning author serves on the Scholars’ Council at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where she was the Distinguished Scholar from 2009 to 2010. She is also chair of the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA from Northwestern University.
Allan E. Bulley III is President of Bulley & Andrews and the fourth generation to lead this well-known Chicago construction firm. He is a graduate of Yale and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Marion Cameron is president and CEO of Sipi Metals Corp., a 109-year-old Chicago based manufacturer of copper alloys and recycler of precious metals. Sipi Metals has more than 400 employees worldwide in operations and affiliate offices in Singapore, Scotland, Colombia, Mexico, and Vietnam. Ms. Cameron is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Economic Club, C200, the Chicago Network, and the International Women’s Forum Chicago. An Irish native, Ms. Cameron was educated at Trinity College Dublin and Pace University New York.
S. Leigh Pierson Conant, is cofounder and president of the S. Leigh Pierson Conant and Douglas R. Conant Family Cookie Jar Foundation. She is a former actor and educator, a voracious reader, and a lifelong participant and supporter of the arts with a BS in theater and education from Northwestern University.
After an early career in the construction business in Europe and the Middle East, Michael Clune moved to Chicago in 1978 where he is now Chairman and CEO of Clune Construction. He is involved in various philanthropic activities. Michael was born in Dublin, Ireland.
James Donnelley has been a General Partner of Ampersand, Reset & South Eastern Limited Partnership since June 2000. Mr. Donnelley served as Vice Chairman of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. He has served as a trustee and director of numerous civic and community groups, which include: Children’s Memorial Hospital (retired member), The Donnelley Foundation, John C. Griswold Foundation (retired Treasurer), Chicago Public Library Foundation (former Chairman), National Merit Scholarship Foundation (former Vice Chairman), and several others organizations. Mr. Donnelley holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Edith Falk, former Chair and co-founder of Campbell & Company, has served as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago Chapter board, member of the National Board and dean for two years of the Executive Leadership Institute. She is a past recipient of the AFP Chicago Chapter’s President’s Award for outstanding leadership and service to the chapter, and of the chapter’s Benjamin Franklin Award for career achievements. She earned her B.A. degree at Oberlin College in Ohio and her M.B.A. degree at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, both with honors. She is a frequent presenter on trends in philanthropy and fundraising practices and continues to provide capacity-building consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area and beyond.
Robert Franden is an attorney and investor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is active in civic and professional organizations at the national and local level. He serves on the board of The Harry Ransom Humanities Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Chairman of ALFA International, an international legal organization He served on the Tulsa City Commission and various civic and cultural trusts, including the Performing Arts Center Trust. He holds a J.D. degree from The University of Oklahoma.
James G. Hansen is the retired Chairman and Founder of Chicago-based Source/Inc., providing branding identity services for consumer products clients. He is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America and the Society of Typographic Arts. He served as Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Design Management Institute for 16 years. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.
Lamar Johnson is Regional Managing Principal of Gensler Chicago, a world renowned architecture and design firm and Vice Chairman of the Adler Planetarium. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Colorado.
Ivan P. Kane practiced law for 35 years as a partner in the real estate group at Mayer Brown LLP where he was active in a number of real estate industry organizations including the Urban Land Institute. He is a member of The University of Chicago Visiting Committee for the Humanities. Ivan holds a BA in English Literature and JD both from The University of Chicago.
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist whose works of fiction include The Dark Path to the River and No Marble Angels. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, Joanne is a Vice President and former International Secretary of PEN International. She serves on the boards of Poets and Writers, the PEN Faulkner Foundation, Words Without Borders and the International Center for Journalists and is a former board member of PEN American Center. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters.
Chase Levey is a founding board member of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She has served in developing the board throughout its 30 year history, encouraged the educational outreach of Team Shakespeare, the cultivation of individual donors, and planning for the rosy future of a fine theater and its audiences. Chase is also the author of two non-fiction books.
Tom Staley served as the Director of the renowned Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which houses one of the greatest collections of American and English 20th century literature in the world. He is a professor of English and holds the Harry Hunt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts at University of Texas at Austin. He has written or edited 13 books, several on James Joyce, and Jean Rhys and Dorothy Richardson, and is the founding editor of the James Joyce Quarterly.
Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA, is a nationally recognized expert in industry-wide public relations and integrated marketing programs for associations. Sullivan currently serves on the board of the Independent Public Relations Alliance. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.