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Jan 27, 2022 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association is proud to introduce nine new members to its Board of Directors, a collection of highly achieved businesspeople, academics, philanthropists and others dedicated to continuing the Association’s work of preserving, protecting, and providing access to the Executive Mansion.

The new board members include:

  • Eula Adams – Adams currently serves as CEO of Neuromonics, after a distinguished career in financial accounting, financial services, and technology industries at Xcore Corporation, Pay by Touch, Western Union, and Deloitte.
  • Gahl Hodges Burt – Previously working as personal assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and White House Social Secretary to Mrs. Reagan, Burt now sits on several boards, including the International Republican Institute and The List Project.
  • Merlynn Carson – Carson, an MD, is the award-winning founder and CEO of Myriddian LLC, a Health IT consulting firm that integrates data, healthcare, and workforce solutions for better patient outcomes.
  • Ashley Dabbiere – Dabbiere is the founder of the Loglio Brain Cancer Consortium, following a robust media career in radio and television for the Meredith Corporation in Kansas City, Nashville, and Atlanta.
  • Wayne Frederick – A recipient of the Diaspora Diplomacy Leadership Award from the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Frederick now serves at the seventeenth president and Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at Howard University.
  • Deneen Howell – Honored as one of Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Black Lawyers in 2018, Howell is currently Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Transactions and Business Counseling and its Employment Counseling and Litigation practice groups.
  • Tham Kannalikham – Based in New York, Kannalikham is an interior designer who founded her own firm, Tham Designs LLC, which focuses primarily on residential work.
  • Metta Krach – Krach serves on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco Symphony, Board of Visitors for Georgetown University Law Center, and works with numerous philanthropic organizations through the Krach Family Foundation.
  • Barbara Perry – An esteemed author and commentator on major television networks including CBS, PBS, and CNN, Perry is the Gerard L. Baliles Professor and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she also co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program.

New officers of the board were also announced, including:

  • Chairman: John F. W. Rogers
  • Vice Chairperson: Teresa Carlson
  • Treasurer: Greg Wendt
  • Secretary: Deneen Howell
  • President: Stewart D. McLaurin

For more information about the Association’s new Board of Directors, click here.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $50 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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