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National Council on White House History

History's Ambassadors


Meet the members of The National Council on White House History

who we are

In early 1961, before major restoration of the White House began, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy asked a group of informed and connected individuals to join what would become her White House Fine Arts Committee. This committee was tasked with the acquisition of antique furniture for the restoration, and for drafting many of its controlling principles.

Mrs. Kennedy realized how important it was to assemble a team of leaders and advocates that could successfully champion White House preservation, and it is for that same reason we’ve established the National Council on White House History.

The Kennedys at The Blair House
Blair House: The President's Guest House, U.S. Department Of State

What we do

Through investments of their time, influence, and resources, individuals invited to join the National Council are committed to promoting and preserving the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion. Council members serve as ambassadors for the Association, raising our profile nationally and advocating for our efforts in the areas of protection, preservation, and public access. They also serve as incubators for new relationships with potential donors, and provide critical unrestricted financial support.

National Council members take part in a number of exclusive engagements and events which we’ve outlined in more detail in our ‘How You Can Help’ section.

White House Historical Association event honoring First Lady Michelle Obama, November 15, 2016
White House Historical Association

Council members serve as ambassadors for the Association, raising our profile nationally and advocating for our efforts in the areas of protection, preservation, and public access.

This photograph is of First Lady Barbara Bush and former first ladies at the dedication of the Reagan Presidential Library on November 4, 1991.

National Council Members

  • Ashley Dabbiere, National Council Co-Chair

    Ashley Dabbiere is the founder of the Loglio Brain Cancer Research Consortium. She grew up in Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. She began her media career in radio and television for the Meredith Corporation working in Kansas City, Nashville and Atlanta, Georgia. After living in Europe and Asia for five years, she and her husband Alan settled in Virginia where they have four children.

  • Steven Strawn, National Council Co-Chair

    Steven Strawn is the CEO and founder of Imagenet, a health care technology company, started in Seattle Washington in 2000. It was there he met his wife Andrea, formerly a broadcast journalist from Vancouver, Canada. The couple’s interest in United States history brought them to Washington, D.C. where they support numerous charities and are Board Trustees of The Phillips Collection, an Independent Art Museum in Kalorama.

  • Kim Norris Abod

    Kim Norris Abod is a native of the Washington, D.C. area. Her interest in American history has driven her to perform a range of historic preservation endeavors. She has been actively involved in the restoration of historic homes and landmarks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is actively involved with both Women Giving Back, Inc. and Sisters4Sisters. A retired CPA, Kim is presently pursuing her passion for wildlife photography.

  • Eula Adams

    Eula Adams is a Certified Public Accountant. His previous positions include CEO, Neuromonics, Inc., COO, Pay By Touch, Senior Vice President, Sun Microsystems, Executive Vice President, First Data Corporation, and Partner at Deloitte. He serves on the Board of Directors at Intrado Corporation, Harvest Health and Recreation, CareerWise Colorado, and Volunteers of America. He serves on the Colorado Department of Transportation Commission and is a former treasurer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Adams’ obtained his Bachelor of Science from Morris Brown College and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married with one son and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

  • Kathryn Ballard

    Kathryn Ballard is a member of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Board of Directors and serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors at Florida State University. She has been honored for Outstanding Achievement by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tallahassee / Leon County Historic Preservation Commission for her efforts to restore Tallahassee’s historic Lively House.

  • Marta Batmasian

    Marta Batmasian is a philanthropist and real estate investor focused on commercial property in Boca Raton, Florida. With her husband, James, she makes philanthropic gifts from the James H. and Marta T. Batmasian Foundation. Mrs. Batmasian serves on the boards of the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Fund for Armenian Relief, the National Association for Armenian Studies, and Research, Propel Inc., South Florida PBS, and WXEL Public Broadcasting Corporation.

  • Theresa Behrendt

    An accomplished and globally connected leader, Theresa has over 40 years of active leadership in the public and private sectors. Her comprehensive diplomatic acumen and breadth of experience is rooted in her service to four U.S. Presidents, senators, ambassadors, CEO's and mayors of major cities. She was a Trustee of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms Endowment Board, a member of the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol Commission and remains on the International Council for the Preservation Society of Newport, RI.

  • Barbara L. Bowles

    Retiring in 2007 as Vice Chair of Profit Investment Management, Barbara Bowles established the Landers Bowles Family Foundation, where she serves as CEO. Barbara serves as a director of several corporations and organizations, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Urban League. Barbara retired as Presiding Director of WEC Energy Group in 2020. Her awards include, HistoryMaker, Alumni of the Year from the African American MBA Association of the Booth School of Business, and Midwest Regional UNCF award. A Nashville native, she holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BA in Mathematics with Honors from Fisk University where she has served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. She and her husband Earl are residents of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community of Chicago.

  • Nick Candy

    Nick Candy is a British entrepreneur, best known for co-founding Candy & Candy and for his role in the globally celebrated One Hyde Park real estate project. Nick also has a portfolio of global investments in tech, biotech, luxury fashion, media and entertainment, and natural resources. Nick and his wife Holly recently established The Candy Foundation to further develop their philanthropic interests.

  • Teresa Carlson

    As President and Chief Growth Officer at Splunk, Teresa Carlson leads Splunk's efforts to align and drive ongoing business transformations across Splunk’s go-to-market segments. Most recently, Carlson served as Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector and Industries, for Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she founded AWS’s Worldwide Public Sector in 2010. A strong advocate for empowering women in the technology field, Carlson also created “We Power Tech,” AWS’s diversity and inclusion initiative. She dedicates time to philanthropic and leadership roles in support of the global community. Prior to joining AWS in 2010, Carlson led sales, marketing and business development organizations at Microsoft, Keyfile/Lexign and NovaCare. Carlson holds a B.A. and M.S. from Western Kentucky University.

  • Merlynn Carson

    Merlynn Carson, 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. Her passion is to harness the power of data to transform healthcare through preventive, predictive, and personalized access. Myriddian has grown into a national firm boasting a clientele of Fortune 100 companies and Federal and state government agencies.

  • Rose Carter

    Rose Carter co-founded Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. Prior to this endeavor she worked as an architect. Currently, she is an advisor and mentor to several early stage startups, foundations, and funds. Rose is a co-founding member of the WE Capital Fund, an Investment Committee advisor to the Halcyon Incubator Fund, and senior Advisor to Early Light Venture Fund. Rose is also President of the Paul and Rose Carter Foundation.

  • James H. Cavanaugh

    James is a Managing Director and Senior Advisor to HealthCare Venture LLC. James served as staff assistant to President Nixon for Health Affairs, Deputy Director of the President’s Domestic Council, as well as Deputy Chief of the White House Staff under President Ford. He is Chairman of the Board of the Richard Nixon Foundation and a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.

  • Robin Taylor Chiarello

    Robin graduated from Finch College and Harvard Graduate School of Design. She pursued a career as a primary school art and art history teacher. Robin also designed health care environments for hospitals and served as president of United Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey. Titles of some of Robin’s award-winning children’s books include The Blue Lobster’s, The Blue Lobster’s Holiday and Broken Wing.

  • Natalia Cola

    Philanthropist and arts patron Natalia Cola has always been drawn to the potential of shadowing and nurturing young gifted artists. While studying History of Art at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Natalia started working alongside some of Ukraine’s most well-known artists, cementing her reputation as a passionate nurturer of talent. After working in Kyiv, Natalia moved to London, and in 2016 became a patron of the Serpentine. She has also partnered with her family’s hotels to bring Romero Britto’s art to Monaco and London.

  • Theresa Cole

    Theresa (Terri) Taylor Cole is a philanthropist, investor, and retired Development Professional. Terri has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and studied at The University of Texas at Austin. She worked in development at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and has been active across other causes, including the Humane Society in Florida and the Mark Twain House, and The Bushnell Theater in Connecticut. Terri has served as a project manager on numerous residential construction projects, including the renovation of a historic brownstone in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Parker Collier

    Parker J. Collier is an innovator, founder, and philanthropic entrepreneur. Using her four decades of marketing and strategy experience, and personal resources, she joins forces with younger generations to create meaningful businesses. In this way, she channels her talents into advancing current and future communities. Parker is an active donor, trustee, and member of a number of organizations with diverse missions, including philanthropy, the arts, healthcare, science, technology, and conservation.

  • Candace Cummings

    Candace Cummings is a graduate of Middlebury College and The University of Virginia School of Law. She was a partner at the Dechert law firm in Philadelphia, followed by serving as Vice President-Administration & General Counsel of VF Corporation. Her philanthropic endeavors include serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Excellence Foundation of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and formerly as Board Chair of the YMCA of Greensboro and First Tee of the Triad.

  • Susan Dabbar

    Susan Dabbar is the CEO and founder of AdmissionSmarts, an educational consulting company. She is an advocate for college access and affordability, with a focus on young women pursuing STEM. Her career choices have been creative and varied beginning with her career as a naval architect and later as a Disney executive. Along with her husband, John, she has lived in several countries and now resides in Washington, DC.

  • Edward L. Diefenthal

    Ned is the Owner and CEO of the Woodvine Group, LLC. Since completing his MBA, Ned has been a businessman and entrepreneur, except for a tour of duty in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Ned has been married since 1977 and resides with his wife Nancy in a New Orleans suburb. He has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's of business administration from Tulane University.

  • Ann M. Drake

    Ann Drake draws upon more than three decades in the supply chain field as the former Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics and an actively involved industry leader. She is Founder and Chairman of AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) and Founder and President of Lincoln Road Enterprises. In her previous role as corporate CEO, Ann guided DSC Logistics to become one of the leading supply chain management companies. Ann has received recognition from organizations both inside and outside the supply chain field, including the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Luminary Award as Entrepreneurial Champion from C200, and the Salzburg Medallion from Syracuse University.

  • Debbie Driesmen

    Debbie has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for the past three decades, having grown up in Ontario, Canada. She worked as a computer engineer in NASA’s communication division at Goddard Space Flight Center until she retired in 1999 to oversee the construction of a home. She and her husband Frank Islam live in Potomac, MD.

  • Stephen Duprey

    Stephen Duprey is the owner of the Duprey Companies, a real estate and hospitality development company doing business in N.H. He has a Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from New College where he served as a trustee. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Currier Museum of Art and is serving on his fourth term on the Republican National Committee.

  • Claire Dwoskin

    Claire Dwoskin is a child health advocate, philanthropist, and leader of an international effort to address the increasing incidence of chronic illness and disability. She is founder of the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute and has co-chaired the biannual International Symposiums on Vaccines. Claire currently serves as a member of the Mount Vernon Life Guard Board, The Rosalind Franklin Society Advisory Board, and President of CMSRI.

  • Meg Gentle

    Meg Gentle is an energy expert and thought leader from Houston, Texas. She spent her career developing large-scale energy infrastructure projects. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Ovintiv. She also serves on the Global Board of Directors of the U.S. – India Business Council. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council. Meg also serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Governing Board of Casa de Esperanza -- the “House of Hope” for children in crisis in Houston.

  • Murray H. Goodman

    Murray H. Goodman, a Pennsylvania native, is an American shopping center developer, philanthropist, and founder of the Goodman Company. Mr. Goodman has developed, owned and managed over 26 million square feet of commercial retail properties. He is a trustee emeritus at Lehigh University. His other philanthropic interests include several community organizations in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Israel as well as national Jewish, educational, and political affairs. Mr. Goodman resides in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife, Joan.

  • John F.X. Graham

    John Graham was a public-school teacher in the Philadelphia before founding Fairview Insurance Agency Associates in 1970. Graham has dedicated his life to being an active member of his community and has been recognized for his distinguished sense of good public policy. He has been called on to advise elected officials and candidates on both sides of the aisle. Graham holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University, a bachelor’s degree in management from LaSalle University, and a doctorate-of-law, honorary degree from Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, NJ. Graham has lived in Livingston, New Jersey for over 40 years. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

  • Louise Gund

    Louise Gund is a Broadway Producer, Environmental and Political Activist, and Ranch owner and manager. She received a BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MA in Holistic Psychology from Antioch West. Since her childhood, Louise has had a passion for theatre and sees it as a valuable lens through which people can understand the world around them and develop a greater sense of empathy. Louise received the Tony Award for Best Play for All The Way. In producing two plays about Johnson’s Presidency (All The Way and The Great Society), Louise combined her love for politics and art. She serves on the San Francisco Opera Board and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board and is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Earthjustice Board of Directors.

  • Frederick R. Haas

    Frederick R. Haas is a Trustee of the William Penn Foundation, established by his grandparents in 1945. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region by advancing cultural, community, and education efforts. Mr. Haas is also a trustee of the Wyncote Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Haas holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory and is currently an assistant Grand Court Organist on the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. He is Artistic Advisor to maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience.

  • Alan Hall

    With more than 37 years of professional experience in the construction industry where he has been responsible for directing the company’s overall financial responsibilities, Alan Hall has been Executive Vice President, CFO, and Secretary of B.L. Harbert International, LLC since its inception in 2000. His industry and community associations include; the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet, Commerce Executive Society, Bryant Society, and School of Accountancy Career Achievement Award. He was selected as a Presidential Appointee to White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and served in that role until 2001.

  • Janet Hill

    Janet Hill owned and operated a management consulting firm dedicated to assisting major corporations in attracting and retaining women and minorities in senior management positions. She has served on 12 corporate boards in 35 years. She serves on the boards of directors of the Carlyle Group and Esquire Bank. She served as a trustee of the Kennedy Center, appointed by President Obama, and she was a trustee of Duke University for 15 years. She is an alumna of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago. She lives in Great Falls, VA.

  • Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

    Bonnie is the Founder and CEO of Pace. She was appointed as the first female National Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross in 2004. In 2007, she co-founded The Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, which has grown to include 63 chapters nationwide. From 2001–2003, McElveen-Hunter served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland.

  • Ghada Irani

    Ghada Irani is devoted to serving others. She is Chairwoman of the Southern California Regional Board and on the National Board of Directors for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She is a Founding Member of the House of Lebanon and Honorary President of the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society. Ghada serves on numerous boards and councils including, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Ballet, Ford’s Theater, and The Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East at the Baker Institute. She was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and in 2016 the Ghada Irani Chair in Neuroscience was named in her honor. She resides in Los Angeles, California.

  • Julie Jackson

    Julie Jackson has spent her career in the financial sector and is currently managing director and senior portfolio manager at 1919 Investment Counsel. A trustee of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in NJ, she also was past president of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence and trustee of the Montclair State University Foundation. She is currently helping develop a financial literacy curriculum for Stocks in the Future, a program developed at Johns Hopkins University for teenagers in under-served communities. Julie holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Economics from New York University. She and her husband have four children and live in Montclair NJ.

  • Anurag Jain

    Anurag Jain is Managing Partner of Perot Jain. Anurag serves as Chairman of Access Healthcare. He is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Before Perot Jain & Access Healthcare, Jain was the Vice President of Services Delivery for Dell. Anurag has founded three successful, large-scale service businesses: Brigade Corporation, Vision Healthsource, and IQ Back office.

  • Lois Johnson

    Lois Johnson is the Founder, President, and CEO of United Security Financial (USF) in Salt Lake City, Utah. USF was established with the intent to eliminate unnecessary obstacles and grant loans to all qualified applicants. Lois became the first and only FNMA and GNMA woman, minority mortgage broker. Lois is the recipient of many awards for her outstanding achievements, including Salt Lake County Commissioners Advisory Council; Salt Lake City Business Advisory Board; Certificate of Appreciation, Black Advisory Council for Leadership, Service, and Valuable Contributions to the People of Utah; Salt Lake County Outstanding Service Certificate, and Magazine's "30 Visionaries: Women to Watch".

  • The Honorable Lorna Mae Johnson

    Lorna Mae Johnson is an Olympic qualifying athlete, a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), and a Clinical Professor and Lecturer at UCLA School of Medicine. Lorna is a fierce and proven successful business leader and philanthropist. She is a member of President Biden’s National Finance Committee and served as Chair on the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee on the Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Board on Healthcare and on his National Finance Committee. Among her other ventures, she is the President and CEO of LMJ Global Enterprises, Co-founder and President of CribMD and hosts a Virtual Town Hall, “Live with Lorna.” Lorna, alongside Melinda Gates, is an Essayist with the UN Foundation for Women and Girls, and a globally recognized speaker on issues surrounding women, girls, and finance.

  • Y. Michele Kang

    Michele Kang is the founder and CEO of Cognosante where she leads the mission to transform government health services using innovative technology. She is also founder of Cognosante Ventures, an early-stage health IT startup investor and the Cognosante Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes workforce access and opportunity for women and Veterans. She also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, a Kennedy Center International Committee on the Art member, and numerous other philanthropic advisory roles.

  • Robert N. Kaplan

    Robert Kaplan is a leading plaintiff’s litigator and has led the prosecution of numerous antitrust and securities fraud actions. He is active in a number of bar and legal committees including the Eastern District of New York’s Courts Committee on Civil Litigation, and the Federal Bar Council. Kaplan sits on the boards of several organizations, including the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, Board of Directors of the Carver Center in Port Chester, N.Y., Dana Farber Visiting Committee, Thoracic Oncology in Boston, MA, (in connection with he is funding small cell lung cancer research) and President of the Rye Historical Society. He resides in Rye, New York with his wife Debra Stokes-Kaplan.

  • Howard and Michele Kessler

    Howard Kessler pioneered the concept of the affinity credit card with MBNA in 1982. He is an active philanthropist supporting a wide range of causes. Michele Kessler serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the American Ireland Fund, and is Chairman of the Board of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, Chairman of South Florida PBS and Co-Chair of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Leadership Council for Psychiatry.

  • Melissa Kirkpatrick

    Melissa Kirkpatrick attributes her passion for the arts and interior design to her mother and her grandmother. She received a bachelor's of fine arts in Printmaking from the University of Georgia and was honored by UGA with the first Distinguished Alumni Award given by the Franklin College of Arts & Science for her work in printmaking through her interior fabric design business, MK Collection.

  • Susan Klein

    Susan Klein has been a bank officer, the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, and First Lady of Randolph College. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Susan and her husband John have been married for 49 years, have lived in 10 different places around the world, and have two married children and three grandchildren.

  • Bradley Knox

    Brad Knox is Senior Vice President & Counsel, Federal Relations for Aflac. Prior to Aflac, Brad worked as Chief Counsel on the Committee on Small Business for the U.S. House of Representatives and as an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG). Brad is co-founder of the Washington Heads of Office Leadership Council (WHOOLC) and serves on the boards of Meridian International Center, Congressional Award Foundation, and the Public Affairs Council, among others. Brad also serves on the board of the Hoops For Youth Foundation. Brad was recently recognized as National Diversity Council’s 2021 Most Influential African Americans in Business.

  • Metta Krach

    Metta Krach is a devoted education advocate, passionate supporter of the arts, and attorney. She 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. Metta began her legal career in 2001 as a real estate attorney for the New York and Los Angeles offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Sachiko Kuno

    Dr. Sachiko Kuno is the co-founder and visionary creative behind Halcyon and its mission to catalyze and nurture emerging creatives striving for a better world. Kuno also serves as CEO of S&R Foundation. In 2016, Kuno co-founded WE Capital, a female-led investment fund in Washington, D.C. She is also a founding member of the Greater Washington Partnership.

  • Ling Kwok

    Ling Kwok is a founder and partner of Quantum GBL, LLC. Mr. Kwok was previously Managing Partner of KP Capital Partners. He led the investments in and served on the boards of Ergo Science Corp, Axis NA, Krell Industries, Tri-Star Uniform and Apparel, and others. Mr. Kwok holds a bachelor's in Economics and Asian Studies from Trinity College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

  • Anne Lantry

    Anne Lantry is committed to supporting and serving veterans and children. As President of the Lantry Family Foundation, established in 2017 in honor of her late husband, Anne supports SevaTruck Foundation, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation and other organizations dedicated to the welfare of children and veterans. A former banker, Anne has served on the boards of the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, Child Protect of Mercer County, WV, Board of Governors of Bluefield State College, United Way, and as a Rotary President, among others. Anne is the mother two children and “Nama” to two grandsons. She and her three dogs divide their time between Washington, D.C. and Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • George Logothetis

    Based in New York, George Logothetis has principal executive responsibility for the Libra Group. George is also Chairman of the Leadership Council of Concordia and a member of the Board of Directors of the MBK Alliance. George and his wife, Nitzia, founded the Seleni Institute, a New York-based non-profit organization that addresses maternal mental health.

  • Jennifer London

    Dr. London has a diversified background of scope and accomplishment in marketing, community relations, public relations, and business development as well as M&A search work and running her own consulting firm. She has numerous professional publications to her credit and Board Appointments on several organizations. Dr. London’s current efforts focus on educating and empowering Americans through greater understanding of our Nation’s early history and founders, through her National American History and Founders Month initiative. She is married the Dr. J. P. (Jack) London, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International, Inc. They reside in McLean, Virginia with their three sons born in 2010.

  • Tami Longaberger

    Tami Longaberger joined IRI’s Board of Directors in 2012 and is chair of IRI’s Arab Women’s Leadership Institute. A successful businesswoman, Longaberger is the former chair of the board of the Longaberger Company. In addition to her business leadership, Longaberger is active in numerous charitable campaigns and efforts to support women business owners. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed her chair of the National Women’s Business Council. In 2004, she served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Longaberger has previously served on the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and as chair of the U.S. Executive Committee for the 2002 Helsinki Women Leaders Summit.

  • Kristen Lund

    Kristen Lund is an active philanthropist focusing principally on fine arts and health related causes. In addition to her work with The White House Historical Association, she sits on the boards of the Washington National Opera, French-American Cultural Foundation and Explore! Children’s Museum. Kristen is founder of the Sound Body Studios in Washington, DC and Phoenix, Arizona. She is a certified sound therapist. With her husband, Lund chairs the Leadership Council for Mayo Clinic in Washington, DC. She is a strong advocate for integrative medicine therapies.

  • Shahin Mafi

    Shahin Mafi is the founder and CEO of Home Health Connection, Inc. a provider of home healthcare services. Born and raised in Tehran after receiving an MBA from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, she returned to Iran and became involved an activist for women’s rights. This early social activism has continued throughout her life and she is involved with a multitude of organizations. Shahin established the Azar Foundation for Children of the World in 2003 in honor of her mother. The foundation’s focus is on the education of children and empowering women. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Meridian International Center and resides in Maryland with her husband.

  • Ling Chai Maginn

    Ling founded Jenzabar in 1998 with an audacious goal to better humanity through higher education. Ling has received two Nobel Peace Prize nominations for her leadership in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement that inspired the fall of the Berlin Wall and the domino collapse of communist regimes around the world. Her memoir, A Heart for Freedom, chronicles her remarkable journey through those events.

  • Robert Maginn

    As Chairman and CEO, Bob led Jenzabar’s transformation from a dot-com start-up to an industry-leading enterprise solution provider. Bob held the positions of Senior Partner and Director at Bain & Company. He holds a master's of business administration from Harvard Business School, a master's of liberal arts in government from Harvard University, and a bachelor's of science degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.

  • Marlene Malek

    Marlene Malek is a health care advocate and patron of the arts. She is Vice-Chairman of Friends of Cancer Research, serves on the Board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as Duke University’s Cancer Institute. Malek received a President Appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board. She is Vice-Chairman of the Board at Marymount University. A Presidential Appointee to the Board of Trustees at the Kennedy Center, she now serves on the International Committee. She serves on Boards of Trustees for organizations including, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ford’s Theater, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, and WETA Public Broadcasting. She resides in McLean, VA.

  • Lisa Manning

    Lisa Manning is a cardiovascular nurse by education. She is an avid gardener fortunate to have her gardens archived in the Smithsonian Institution. Her focus on organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, propagating and preserving native plants has taken her to many venues and third world countries to share her passion. Presently, Lisa's primary leadership role is as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cheekood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art in Nashville where she has volunteered in some capacity since graduate school.

  • David Marquis

    David Marquis is the President and Co-Owner of the ChemArt Company, a Manufacturer of Custom Designs primarily focused on serving Philanthropic and Non-Profit Entities. He is a graduate of Bryant University and received his Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Rhode Island. Dave has a passion for U.S. History, which has shaped his company’s drive to help organizations raise funds by telling stories that are unique to their mission or cause.

  • Anita McBride

    Anita McBride directs the Legacies of America's First Ladies Initiative at the American University where she serves as Executive in Residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs. Her White House service and experience spans three decades and four Administrations, including as Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on White House history, its occupants, and presidential transitions. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra, is Vice-Chair for Cultural Affairs of the National Italian American Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the White House Historical Association, where she chairs the Education Committee.

  • Ken Mehlman

    Ken is KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.

  • Mary V. Mochary

    Mary is a retired attorney, active farmer, and philanthropist. She attended Wellesley College and University of Chicago Law School and was the first woman to serve as the Principal Deputy Legal Advisor at the US Department of State. She also served as mayor of Montclair, New Jersey. She then won the Republican primary in New Jersey for the honor of challenging Bill Bradley for the US Senate seat.

  • Geoff Morrell

    Geoff Morrell is Group Head of Communications & External Affairs at BP. Geoff came to BP from the Department of Defense, where he worked as Pentagon Press Secretary. In that position Geoff served as chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the United States Military. Geoff received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Prior to joining the government, Geoff was a White House correspondent for ABC News.

  • Dianne Ingels Moss

    Dianne Ingels Moss is the owner of Cartera Investment Corporation, a Dallas, Texas based private investment company. She has 35 years of experience as owner of investment and consulting firms in real estate and financial services. She has served on numerous industry-related boards and has received four presidential appointments. Dianne has founded and been in leadership roles for professional women’s organizations in the U.S. and abroad, healthcare institutions and performing arts organizations.

  • Glori Norwitt

    Glori Norwitt is a former employment lawyer with Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Currently, she serves as Secretary on the Economic & Community Development Commission of Ridgefield CT, Chairman of the board of Connecticut Against Gun Violence Education Fund, and former Chairman and current Secretary on the board of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, a domestic violence and sexual assault victim service agency. She and her husband live in Connecticut with their two children and pets.

  • Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

    A native of England, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi is a retired optometrist. She received her optometry degree at London’s City University and launched a practice in London before permanently relocating to the US. She earned certification to practice in the United States from the SUNY College of Optometry. Currently, Quist-Ogunlesi lives in New York with her husband, Adebayo O. Ogunlesi, and their two sons. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, The Central Park Conservancy, The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Partnership to End Addiction.

  • Konstantino Pantazopoulos

    Konstantino Pantazopoulos is a former global head of rates trading for Goldman Sachs. Most recently, Pantazopoulos headed Goldman Sachs risk management strategies for its securities division. Currently, Pantazopoulos runs Moore Capital’s global macro strategy alongside Louis Bacon. Mr. Pantazopoulos has a PhD in science and computational finance and joined Goldman in 1998.

  • Linda Powers

    Linda is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Biotherapeutics. Previously, Ms. Powers served as a Managing Director of Toucan Capital Fund II. Ms. Powers holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also earned a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

  • Sreenivas Reddy, MD

    Sreenivas Reddy, MD, is an accomplished physician leader and founder of the Vein and Vascular Centers. A board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, he has been in practice for over twenty years. He is a member of the Chicago Medical Society, Society of Interventional Radiology, American Society of Vein and Lymphatic Medicine, and Radiological Society of North America. Dr. Reddy is also the appointed Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Medical Board and serves on the Cook County Health Foundation Board (CCHF). Dr. Reddy is committed to volunteer service and believes strongly in health equity and equal opportunity. He is married to Dr. Lalitha Reddy, a practicing Dermatologist, and lives outside Chicago with his two teenage sons.

  • Rebecca Reyes

    Rebecca Reyes is President and CEO of BecTec Construction Resources LLC. She has served in multiple roles within state and national government, including as aide to the Appointments Secretary to President Carter. She self-published her first cookbook, “Fajita Fiesta” in 1985, and second cookbook in 1996. In 2020, Rebecca published a children’s book with her granddaughters titled “Can You See What I See? Can I See What You See?” that focuses on teaching perspectives, points of view, and interpretations. Born and raised in Baytown, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of Texas. She is the mother of 3 children and grandmother to 6 currently dividing her time between Austin and Houston.

  • John F. W. Rogers

    Vice Chairman, The White House Historical Association

    John F. W. Rogers is an EVP and Secretary to the Board of Goldman Sachs. Prior to Goldman, Rogers was a senior fellow at Rice University and spent many years in government service. He is a life trustee and treasurer of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, vice chair of the American Academy in Rome, Board member of Howard University and chairman emeritus of the NMAH.

  • Hilary Geary Ross

    Hilary Geary Ross works as a society writer for Quest magazine, an American lifestyle magazine based in New York City. Hilary is married to the current Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross.

  • Jeanne Ruesch

    Jeanne Ruesch chairs the Ruesch Family Foundation which focuses on medical research, education and the arts. Ms. Ruesch is the previous chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the boards of Georgetown University, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Gonzaga College High School, Washington Performing Arts, Washington Jesuit Academy and Catholic Charities. She is a member of the Committee of 200, a worldwide organization for entrepreneurial business women. Prior to establishing the family foundation. Ms. Ruesch and her husband founded an international financial services company.

  • Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

    Chairman, The White House Historical Association

    Fred Ryan is Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post and has previously served as a senior official in the Reagan White House. He serves as Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and is a Trustee of the University of Southern California as well as several other organizations.

  • Deborah Sargeant

    Deborah Sargeant is a native Floridian. She has served on various boards in her community including the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, the Delray Beach Historical Society, and the Florida Governor’s Mansion Commission. Of late, her volunteer time is spent with her church, spearheading outreach programs geared towards meeting the needs of children and young families.

  • Karen Schaufeld

    Karen Schaufeld is the co-founder and President of 100WomenStrong, which makes strategic grants to Loudoun County non-profits and programs. She is also the co-founder of All Ages Read Together, which provides children in need with free preschool programs. She founded Powered By Facts to spread awareness about Virginia energy policy and VAOurWay to educate voters in Virginia to spur engagement around common sense policies.

  • Susan Silverstein Scott

    Susan Silverstein Scott, a native Washingtonian, has been a museum educator and early childhood teacher for more than thirty years. She is a member of the board of the National Symphony Orchestra and Explore! Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • Mel Sembler

    Mel Sembler is Chairman Emeritus of The Sembler Company, a family-run, private shopping center development company. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to Italy and also former Ambassador to Australia and Nauru. Mel currently serves on the boards of the International Council of Shopping Centers, George and Barbara Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Republican Jewish Coalition, American Enterprise Institute, and Moffitt Cancer Center. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100.

  • Marlyne Sexton

    Marlyne Sexton is the owner of The Sexton Companies, one of the largest female-owned businesses in Indiana. Mrs. Sexton is actively involved with Best Buddies, a citizenship mentoring program, both nationally and locally as their Honorary Chairperson, as well as the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Prince of Wales Foundation, and in her time away from Indianapolis, produces Broadway plays and musicals.

  • Nicole Sexton

    Nicole is President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Previously, Nicole was Chief of Staff of the Central Park Conservancy. In 2010, she helped to establish the FEED Foundation as its first Executive Officer, and she remains on the board. As of 2018, the FEED Foundation has provided over 100 million meals to kids around the globe.

  • Gunjan Sinha

    Gunjan Sinha is a visionary, entrepreneur, and business leader serving as the executive chairman of MetricStream. He is a strong believer in social entrepreneurship, and created, a UN recognized non-profit, transforming global health. Gunjan was a founding board member of the US-India Endowment Board, supporting commercialization of technology for social good. Through his family foundation,, he supports social innovation which helps the world thrive on risk. He also serves on Boards of numerous innovative public and private technology companies.

  • Jeanne Specchio

    Jeanne is a member of the Board of Directors and Ambassador Council at N Street Village. Additionally, she is a member of the Town of Vienna, Virginia’s Public Arts Commission. She previously served as an officer on Flint High Schools Parent Board and on their Board of Directors. Her professional experience includes working two decades in Human Resource Management. She has been dedicated to raising her two sons, her proudest accomplishments.

  • Diana Davis Spencer

    Diana serves as Chairman and President of The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. In addition to her philanthropic career, Diana is an accomplished journalist and author. She served as editor of the Foreign Policy Association’s newsletter and was a member of literary organizations including the National League of American Pen Women, National Writers Union, and National Press Club. Diana also enjoyed a successful career as an activist.

  • Frances Spradley

    Frances Spradley has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Andrew Jackson Foundation for the last twelve years and served as the Regent for two of those years. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee where four previous generations of her family lived. She is also the fifth generation of her family to be involved with The Hermitage beginning in the early 1900’s. Growing up in a family that believed in giving back to your community, Frances has always been committed to volunteer work.

  • Sheldon Stone

    Sheldon Stone is Director, Principal and Portfolio Manager at Oaktree Capital. A co-founding member of Oaktree in 1995, he established TCW’s High Yield Bond department. He holds an A.B. degree from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from Columbia University, where he serves on the Board of Overseers. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and a member of the investment committee for Bowdoin College.

  • Steve Strandberg

    Steve Strandberg is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and member of the Board of Managers of Albany Road Real Estate Partners, LLC. In recent years Steve has focused on private corporate and non-profit boards. He is a Director of Crescent Capital BDC, a director of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and is President of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation, among other leadership roles.

  • Addison Sutton

    Addison Sutton graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in Politics and History. She received her Master's in Management from Wake Forest University School of Business and currently she serves as Assistant Director of Donor Engagement at Wake Forest University Athletics Deacon Club.

  • Sally Hartsfield Sutton

    Sally Hartsfield Sutton currently resides in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Married to Ben Sutton Jr., she has two adult children, Addison Sutton and Trey Sutton. She was born and raised in Texas but has been in North Carolina for 32 years. Throughout the last 30 plus years she has served on numerous community boards. She currently works with Love Out Loud and is restoring an 1860’s farm house in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

  • Ramon Tallaj

    Dr. Ramon M Tallaj is an Internal Medicine Specialist in New York City. Dr. Tallaj is the Chairman of the Board of SOMOS Community Care. He oversees SOMOS’ network of health care providers and patients from largely underserved communities across the city. He has led numerous health care missions to the Caribbean throughout his career. He provides scholarships to Dominican/Latino students who are planning to work in health care and public service. Tallaj’s honors include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the United Hospital Fund’s Excellence in Health Care Award.

  • Clare Phillips Tayback

    Clare Phillips Tayback is an arts advocate, community activist, and lawyer who lives in Southern California. Born and raised in small-town Wyoming, Clare is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Art History and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Following law school graduation, she spent several years in large firm litigation practice before serving for almost a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. She has spent over 20 years in leadership positions in prestigious Southern California arts organizations and serves on Stanford’s Los Angeles Art Council. She has a passionate interest in architectural, interior, and garden design.

  • Carleton Varney

    Carleton Varney is president of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc., the oldest continually operating interior design firm in the United States. He was the design consultant to the Carter Presidential Library and for numerous State functions at the White House. He also restored and redecorated the Vice President’s Residence in Washington D.C., the Governor’s Mansion in West Virginia, and the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Rafael Viñoly

    Rafael Viñoly is an acclaimed architect whose international practice focuses on elevating the public realm through each project. A native of Uruguay, Viñoly emigrated to the United States in 1979 and founded Rafael Viñoly Architects New York City in 1983. With more than 600 commissions around the world, he has advanced the state of the art in diverse building types, from concert halls to laboratories, airports, museums, stadia and educational facilities. He is a member of the National Academy, American Institute of Architects Fellow and NY Chapter Medal of Honor recipient, International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and member of the Japan Institute of Architects.

  • Nancy Voorhees

    Nancy is the founder of Hamilton Court Interior Design. She has served on a number of advisory boards. She has traveled the world with study groups including the Library of Congress, Winterthur Museum and the Garden Conservancy. Nancy collaborates with academic centers and innovators at the forefront of change in urban transportation planning, the urban goods movement, and commercial real estate development.

  • Dr. Joshua W. Walker

    Dr. Joshua W. Walker is President and CEO of Japan Society and a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress advising on international projects and geotechnology. Dr. Walker holds a Princeton doctorate, Yale master’s, and a University of Richmond bachelor's and speaks both Japanese and Turkish where he has lived for much of his life.

  • Desiree Watson

    Desiree Watson is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association of New York. She has also served on the United Nations Association National Council. Desiree is a co-founder of the Great Women Sculpture Initiative in partnership with the U.S. National Committee of United Nations Women (Metro NY Chapter). She is a Charter Member of Leading Women Entrepreneurs and is an Ambassador and Senior Advisor to the Global Wellness Institute. She has held key roles as the Chairperson of the 60th Anniversary for the United Nations, Executive VP of the UNA NYC, and is a Global Wellness Day Ambassador. She is the Founder of the Essex County Chapter of the Women's President's Organization in West Orange, New Jersey. She received the UN Women's "Champion of Change" award, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey's "Champion of Good Works," and "Companies Who Care" awards.

  • Gregory W. Wendt

    Gregory W. Wendt is a Partner at Capital Group. He holds a master's of business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Chicago. Greg is in his third term as a trustee at The University of Chicago and served on the National Board of Teach for America.

  • Jane Wilf

    Jane Wilf serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, JFNA National Women's Philanthropy, Birthright Israel, The Jewish Museum, Hillel International, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and the Wilf Family Foundations. She is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Jewish Community of Greater MetroWest's Centennial Campaign and Celebration. As a trustee of the Wilf Family Foundations, where she is a member of the Social Justice Committee, Jane's charitable involvement includes Teach For America and Charity: Water, among others.

  • John Wood

    John serves as CEO of Telos Corporation. Prior to joining Telos in 1992, Wood worked on Wall Street after earning his degree in finance and computer science at Georgetown University. Mr. Wood serves on the boards of Northern Virginia Technology Council and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 2012, Mr. Wood was named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

  • Karen Buchwald Wright

    Since 2001, Ms. Karen Buchwald Wright has served as chairman, president and CEO of Ariel Corporation, which was founded in 1966 by Ms. Wright’s father. She is chairman and founder of the Ariel Foundation, which is directed toward the revitalization of Ariel’s hometown in Ohio. She supports many organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center and the National Review Institute, CFACT, CEI, AER and IER, GM Institute for Humane Studies, and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Ms. Wright was awarded the William F. Buckley, Jr. Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty in October of 2018.

how we do it

  • Protect

    We fund the acquisition and protection of historically significant artwork, furniture, china, and other household items for the White House’s permanent collection.

  • Preserve

    We assist in the preservation and periodic renovation of White House interiors, and commission the official portraits of both the President and the First Lady.

  • Provide

    We provide meaningful connection to the White House through our publications, educational programs, digital image library, exhibits, and the White House Visitors Center.

How You Can Help

As our thank-you, members of the National Council receive:

  • The National Council

    • Invitations to convene twice a year with senior leadership of the White House Historical Association
    • Briefings from Association leadership throughout the year
    • Invitations to exhibitions, symposia, lectures and book signings at the Association
    • Invitation to an annual presidential site trip (Presidential Libraries, Birthplaces, and Homes)
  • Members also receive exclusive “first look” updates on Association projects and initiatives, which include:
    • Participating in strategic discussions with Association leadership
    • Visibility as an important leader within the White House Historical Association
    • Engaging with content leaders, historians, authors, and peers in the social and business communities
    • Receiving early notice of news and updates about the Association
    • Receiving complimentary invitations to Association events

For more information about the National Council on White House History, please contact Elizabeth Conley at