PPAC Board of Trustees

Mary Brown · President
Mary has extensive nonprofit experience. She is a founding member of Impact100 Philadelphia and has worked in development for local and national organizations including The Society for Photographic Education.

Karen Jacobson · Vice President
Karen earned a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and worked in private practice as a psychotherapist for 12 years. She is a volunteer therapist at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Movement Disorder Center and is President of the Board of the Ayer Condominium Association. Karen has been actively involved in leadership and fundraising for The Parkinson’s Council for many years.

Christine Lussier · Treasurer
Christine retired from public accounting with 20 years of experience at firms such as Price Waterhouse and Deloitte. She teaches yoga with a special interest in underserved and at-risk populations. Christine served as a trustee on the boards of Dance Affiliates and Women’s Way, offering her expertise as Treasurer and member of the finance committee.

Stanley Muravchick · Secretary
Stanley is an Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Arlene are supporters of the Penn Museum as well as other arts & cultural organizations in Philadelphia, including PPAC. Stanley is a member of the Main Line Camera Club and has a passion for landscape and architecture photography.

Cathy Altman
Cathy has served on Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Art Museum since 2001, holding the board positions of Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer from 2005 through 2011. Cathy has recently become passionate about photography and is taking classes at PPAC. She is also the chair of the 2014 PMA Photography Competition.

Anna Arabindan-Kesson
Anna is an assistant professor of African American and Black Diasporic art with a joint appointment in the Department of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. She specializes in African American, Caribbean, and British Art, with an emphasis on histories of race, empire, and transatlantic visual culture in the long 19th century.

Dominic Episcopo
Dominic is an artist and commercial photographer, as well as an avid collector of photography. His portfolio spans over 20 years of versatile and wide-ranging work that can be seen in a variety of national magazines and campaigns as well as galleries across the country.

Richard P. Jaffe
Richard is a partner at Duane Morris, LLP and Co-head of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group. He represents private equity funds and other investors and strategies in corporate transactions, as well as structuring public and private securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, and sales. Richard has been on numerous boards including the Print Center & University City Science Center and an avid advocate and supporter of the arts.

Jamie Joffe
Jamie is the Founder and President of J2 Communications. J2 Communications offers publicity, special events, and marketing expertise, which builds brands in the lifestyle, fashion, hospitality, and entertainment areas. Jamie has established a broad network of media contacts across the country and in the international marketplace and has placed clients in various media channels.

Tom Miles
Tom is an artist and a real-estate developer at Miles & Generalis. He has 36 years of experience in the Philadelphia business community and has served on various volunteer boards including The University of the Arts, The American Red Cross, and the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial. Tom is perhaps best known for his work of public art, Big Ben at Franklin Town, which presides over Interstate 676.

T.W. Moore
Tom is an artist and also has over 20 years experience in non-profit fundraising including service as Chief Development Officer at the American Friends Service Committee. He earned an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts. Tom has served on a variety of boards including The Print Center, The Photo Review, Friends School Mullica Hill, and AIDS Delaware.

Richard Olaya
Principal and Founder of Olaya Studio, Richard Olaya has been in the architecture field for over 20 years. His extensive experience of project types ranges from museums to university buildings and high-rise multi-family buildings. As a resident of Philadelphia for over 20 years, Mr. Olaya has an intimate understanding of the region’s history and context.

Jeannie Pearce
Jeannie is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in the Photography Program and is a former chair of the department. She also served as the Corporate Relations and Development Officer for the Society for Photographic Education. Jeannie has served on numerous non-profit boards and is a practicing visual artist.

Larry Reichlin 
Larry is Chairman of Zuckerman Honickman, Inc., a packaging distribution firm located in King of Prussia. Larry currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Einstein Healthcare Network, and is a Trustee of the University of the Arts. He has previously served as an Overseer of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the Friends Central School.

Laurence Shtasel
Laurence is a partner at the law firm Blank Rome LLP, where he maintains a national trial and appellate practice concentrating on a wide range of litigation and white collar criminal defense matters. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI). Among his interests, Larry is a longtime photography enthusiast.

Sarah Stolfa
Sarah is the founder, CEO and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. For more information click here.

Ron Tarver
Ron received his BA in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and has been a staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1983. His photographs have also appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine. He shares the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his work at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ron has also been widely recognized for his fine art photography, including by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Advisory Council

Peter Barberie

Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barberie received his B.A. in art history at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Barberie was a visiting lecturer in Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 2003.

Richard Benson

Photographer, printer, and educator
Benson has taught at Yale University since 1979 and has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1982) and the Eakins Press Foundation. He is considered one of the finest printers of photographic books.

Sean T. Buffington

Vice President, The Henry Luce Foundation 
Until his appointment to The Henry Luce Foundation in 2014, Buffington served for seven years as President of The University of the Arts.  He has been active on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Art Commission — appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter — and of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s College and University President’s Council.

Gabriel Martinez

Senior lecturer of photography at University of Pennsylvania
Martinez has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. He has received two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has also participated in many national artist residencies and artist-in-residence.  Martinez’s work is represented by Samson Projects in Boston.