Board of Directors

Officers and Directors of The Salisbury Forum for 2015-2016 Season:

Leon Graham, President Leon has a Masters Degree in Spanish-American Civilization from Southern Methodist University. He has had a long career in sales and marketing at American Express, CBS Columbia House, Scali, McCabe, Sloves and Bertelsmann/BMG USA . He is on the Advisory Board of the Gay Mens Health Crisis, NYC, the Steering Committee of the Village Democratic Club, NYC, and a member of the Vestry,

Donald Ross: Vice President – Donald is the founder of M+R Strategic Services and a senior partner of Malkin & Ross, a lobbying law firm in Albany, New York. He has helped shape public policy since 1970 when he joined Ralph Nader’s staff as a consumer advocate and organizer. He was the founder and first director of the New York Public Interest Research group. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and currently directs the National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justices Systems.

Jeanette Weber, Secretary. – Jeanette is a former Senior National Educational Consultant and Editor involved in product development, sales, marketing, and educational presentations nationally and internationally for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishing.

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

William LittauerTreasurer - Bill was a radio and television reporter, anchor and executive news producer in Washington and New York. He is now retired in Lakeville.

Alex Taylor, Alex is a senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine and CNN/, where he writes the “MotorWorld” column. In 2010, his memoir, Sixty to Zero, was published by Yale University Press. He is a former adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

Ian Strever, Ian is Assistant Principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and an Adjunct Professor of English at UConn Torrington. He has worked in education for 16 years at the secondary and college levels, and he has also published prose and poetry in a variety of journals and periodicals.

Gretchen Babarovic,  – Former Chief of Staff for the late Peter Jennings, ABC news anchor. She is a Board member of the Connecticut Family and Children’s Aid Society of Connecticut, and  the Project Administrator for The Connecticut Project For The Constitution.

Verena Drake, Ph.D., Verena is an instructor in history and art history at The Hotchkiss School. From 1990 to 2002 she was an associate professor of History and Quest for Human Understanding at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Eliza Klose, Eliza served as Executive Director of ISAR, a DC-based non-profit working to build NGO’s in the former Soviet Union, 1989-2004. Before that she lived in Russia 1977-1981and translated the works of Lydia Chukovskaya, To the Memory of Childhood and Sofia Petrovna, which were published by Northwestern University Press in 1988. She came to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut in 2010 and belongs to a number of local organizations

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.

Richard Lanier -Richard is 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.

Frank Fitzmaurice - 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 the first executie producer of NPR's Morning Edition and was the recipient of the George Polk Award, The Overseas Press Club Award and two Columbia Dupont Awards.

Keith Moon - Has been on the faculty of The Hotchkiss School since 1989. He is Dean of the Class of 2017, teaches English and Russian, coaches boys varsity swimming and diving and serves o the Salisbury School Board.

Mary Close Oppenheimer -  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.