Board of Directors

Officers and Directors of The Salisbury Forum for 2018-2019 Season:

Mary Close Oppenheimer, President  Mary worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in New York from 1977 to 1986. Since then she has worked almost exclusively as a fine artist focusing on painting and drawing. For over 25 years she has served on the board of The Reading Reform Foundation of New York helping inner-city public schools teach literacy. She also served on the board of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and is currently a member of the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission.

Frank Fitzmaurice, Vice President:  Frank had a career of more than 35 years managing broadcast facilities and producing news and public affairs programs in Washington D.C.  He was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition and was on the staff of American University's School of Communication. 

Jeanette Weber, Secretary:  As a National Educational Consultant and textbook author for McGraw-Hill, Jeanette was involved in many aspects of editorial, marketing, and sales of educational materials.   Since retirement she has served on the boards of several local organizations.

Bill Littauer, Treasurer:  Bill Littauer had a 50 year career in broadcast news as a reporter, producer, executive  producer and manager in Baltimore, Washington and New York.

Donald Ross: Ross served for 2 years in the US Peace Corps (Nigeria); graduated from NYU law school; and worked as a consumer advocate for Ralph Nader.  He helped found and led the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and then directed the Rockefeller Family Fund for 14 years.  Ross served as the Chair of Greenpeace USA.  He is a senior partner in the Albany-based law firm of Malkin & Ross.  For the last 8 years, he led the National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems for the John D & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Caroline Burchfield:  Director of Community Relations and Development at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT.   Caroline was Director of the Annual Fund at the Hotchkiss School from which she graduated as a member of the school's first class of girls. She has worked with The Jane Lloyd Fund for over a decade, the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service and the Northwest Corner Triad.  Caroline attended St. Lawrence University (BA) and Wesleyan University (MALS).

Claudia Cayne:  A founding member of The Salisbury Forum, Claudia is Director of the Scoville Memorial Library.

Joshua Ginsberg, Ph. D.:  President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his B.S. from Yale University.  His career in conservation science spans 35 years and several continents. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led ecology and conservation projects in Asia and East and Southern Africa.  For 18 years at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), he held a series of senior management roles that benefited from his scientific, fiscal, and administrative expertise.  Dr. Ginsberg has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 1998.

Richard Lanier:  President of the Asian Cultural Council and Chair of the Trust for Mutual Understanding. He is a member of the Asian Art Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a former member of the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the boards of the Rubin Museum of Art, the Japan Society, and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.

Lisa Sheble: Lisa left New York for Salisbury in 1986. She had been Director of Publications and an instructor in photography at a girls’ day school. She also had a freelance photography business serving non-profit organizations. She became Director of Publications and taught photography at The Salisbury School. She also earned a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and now teaches World Religions and World Ethics. Her volunteer work includes the Salisbury Winter Sports Association, Women’s Support Service and Hands In Outreach, a small foundation dedicated to providing funds for the education of girls in Nepal.

Lee deBoer:  Lee was part of the early management team at Home Box Office and ultimately helped to chart its growth for nearly 20 years, focusing on expansion into new services and global markets.  Subsequently, he has served as the CEO for a number of digital media enterprises and as a longtime media industry consultant. 

Katherine "Shrevie" Shepherd:  Shrevie Shepherd lives in Sharon, CT with her husband and three sons, where they grow hops for local microbreweries. She recently graduated with a Master's in Social Work from University of Connecticut with a focus on international social work, social justice and community organizing.  Last year she worked at the United Nations focusing on the Global Compact for Migration. From 2004-2014, Shrevie lived in Abuja, Nigeria and Gaborone, Botswana working within pediatric HIV/AIDS clinics and as a small grants officer for the US State Department.

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Dennis Mincieli:  Dennis is a former Vice President of AKRF, Inc., one of the leading environmental and urban planning firms in the Northeast, where he directed the company’s real estate advisory group. He was previously a senior member of the real estate development subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff and a partner in the Lord Company, real estate developers. Dennis continues to consult on economic development projects in the State of Connecticut and for Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, a global leader in toxic pollution cleanup.