Associate Producer + Communications Director
Gail Palmer, CSEP
Chief Event Organizer, Palmer Event Solutions
Director of Systems and Services, Palmer Event Solutions
Marketing & Communications Consultant, Axon Creative Agency
Board of Directors
(President) Chief Executive Officer, City Club of Cleveland
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
(Secretary) United States Ambassador (Ret.) and Keynote Speaker
(Treasurer) Director and Senior Consultant, The Acuity Group
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Design & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University
Felton Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director of Cleveland Public Library
Chairman and CEO for El Dorado Festival and Events, Inc., Former President and COO of Marvel Comics, Former CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Entrepreneur, President of Contemporary Art Society at Cleveland Museum of Art
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.
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.