Board of Directors


Dan Moulthrop (President)
Chief Executive Officer at the City Club of Cleveland

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, (Secretary)
Retired United States Ambassador

Rachel Costanzo, (Treasurer)
Director and Senior Consultant, The Acuity Group

Charlotte Fowler
Community Leader and Philanthropist

Felton Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director of Cleveland Public Library

Amy Viny, Entrepreneur, President of Contemporary Art Society at Cleveland Museum of Art


Advisory Council


Fred Bidwell
Executive Director of FRONT International
the Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Raymond Bobgan
Executive Artistic Director,
Cleveland Public Theatre

Carrie Carpenter
Executive Director,
Gordon Square Arts District

Kathleen Cerveny
Poet, Artist, Arts Advocate,
Faculty member at Baldwin Wallace

Jason Drake
Education and Workforce Development
for Dan T Moore Co.

Itzik Giuli
Artistic Director, Israel Festival

David Goodman
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs,
Former Board President at Playhouse Square

Roe Green
Arts Patron, Community Activist,
CEO of the Roe Green Foundation

Marvin Krislov
Former President of Oberlin College, Now President of PACE Univ., NYC

Neil Mohney
Entrepreneur and Co-Founder,
NABER Capital

Kevin Moore
Managing Director,
Cleveland Play House

Nathan Motta
Artistic Director,
Dobama Theatre

Joy Roller
Development Director, Karamu House, Former Executive Director at Global Cleveland

Craig Saavedra
Tony Award-nominated producer, co-founder of Starry Night Entertainment, Independent Film Director

Giovanna Sardelli
Director of New Works and New Works Festival at Theatre Works, Silicon Valley



Charna Sherman
Attorney, Philanthropist,
Civic Leader

Larry Simpson
Provost at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Founder of the Jazz Fest, Cleveland

Terrence Spivey
Former Artistic Director of Karamu House, Founding Director of Powerful Long Ladder, and Founder of the Tamir Reach Program

Gina Vernaci
Executive Producer,
Playhouse Square

Graham Veysey
Developer and Entrepreneur,
Co-owner of Mancan

Thomas M. Welsh
Director of Performing Arts at The Cleveland Museum of Art

Pierre van der Westhuizen
Director of the Gilmore Festival and Awards



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BorderLight Founder Biographies

 Photo Credit: Lee Heinen

Photo Credit: Lee Heinen

Jeffrey Pence is a Cleveland-based filmmaker and screenwriter.  He produced the award-winning feature Kitchen Hamlet.  He co-founded the production company Art+Practice, whose web-based series of documentary shorts about ordinary, yet extraordinary, individuals in Northeast Ohio, The Amerikans, has become an international cult sensation, with viewers in over 135 countries (one million in China alone).  Currently, Art+Practice is producing its first feature, Amerika, with principal photography in Japan already completed.  Jeff is also writing scripts for future screen and stage projects.  He is Professor of Cinema Studies and Chair of English at Oberlin College, where he cofounded the Cinema Studies Program and served as Director for five years.  His writings on narrative and culture have appeared in prestigious journals and collections worldwide. Jeff’s play, Omena, was recently produced as part of Test Flight at Cleveland Public Theatre.


Dale Heinen is a director/dramaturge who has directed new plays in Chicago, Glasgow, Cleveland, New York and London, and has workshopped plays in Tokyo and Brazil. Her previous experience includes seven years as a dramaturge and then Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre in London’s West End. She also served on literary panels for leading London theatres and has judged international playwriting competitions. Prior to that, for seven years, Dale was co-Artistic Director of Footsteps, an equity theatre in Chicago, and was listed three times as one of Chicago’s “Best Directors” in the trade paper, PerformInk.  Dale has directed over thirty professional productions; her work has been recognized by the Jeff Awards and After Dark Awards (both Chicago), and she was the recipient of the Arches Award for Directors (Glasgow). She has a BA from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and an MFA in theatre directing from Middlesex University (London), where she studied international theatre in London, Moscow, Madrid, and Bangkok.