Board of Directors
Susan Darrow, President
Active volunteer for arts organizations, civic issues especially those related to children and families. Long-time supporter of PAA and widow of founding board member Peter Darrow.
Sharon Kalbfleisch, Vice President
Career counselor, social worker, and educator. Past Dean of Applied Arts at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and former adjunct faculty in the School of Social Work at the Univ. of Michigan. Conducted research in a major national project, ‘A Framework for the Education of Career Practitioners in Canada’. Served on a number of boards and was a founding member of the Planned Parenthood Board in Kitchener Ontario. Has a particular interest in nonprofit board development, and is an enthusiastic consumer and supporter of the arts. B.AA, McMaster Univ., MSW, Univ. of WA.
Stephen Bemis, Treasurer
Former PAA Board Chair; retired Associate Corporate Counsel, Masco Corporation; choral singer, Board Member, and Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund; hay farmer. BA, Yale University; JD, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Margaret Guire, Secretary
40 years teaching English and music in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, collaborative pianist for students. B. M. and M. M. University of Michigan.
E. Daniel Long
Music Educator, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Guest conductor/clinician throughout the U.S. M.M., University of Colorado.
Jennie Lewis is an arts advocate for both children and adults. Currently working for SHAR Music serving as a consultant for teachers and their students all over the world. Graduate of the University of Michigan, Master of Music Oboe Performance, Old Dominion University Bachelor of Music and a Music Education Endorsement Eastern Michigan University.
Frederick A. Smith, recently retired director of bands at Tappan Middle School, September 2016. B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A. in administration from Eastern Michigan University. Facilitated a Summer Music Scholarship program for disadvantaged students to Interlochen Arts and Music Camp’s U of M Allstate Program and Blue Lake Arts and Music Camp Program. Administered the AAPS Summer Music Program, facilitated the district’s Cooperative Outreach Music Program. Served as assistant director of three church choirs at Bethel A.M.E. Church and as a USPTR certified teaching professional at Huron Valley Tennis Club in Ann Arbor, both over 25 years! Frederick is married with four beautiful children. He is honored to be a proud member of the Ann Arbor community.
Alexander “Sandy” Wiener, Jr.
Former Board Chair of Great Lakes PAA, and of Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor; current Board Chair of Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry. B.A. Yale University; J.D. Harvard University.
Former instructor in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and on the faculty of the Sphinx Preparatory Program and Michigan State University Community Music School; and in administrative capacities with the Sphinx Organization as well as the non-profit Our Own Thing. From Fairbanks, Alaska, as a violist performs throughout the metro Detroit area and is a member of the Dexter Community Orchestra. Serves on the boards of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance Alumni Society and the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter and her dog.
Robert F. Whitman, Board Member Emeritus
Professor of English Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh. Author of numerous books and articles. Ann Arbor civic leader serving on the Boards of the Michigan Theater Foundation, the Stearns Collection at the Univ. of Michigan School of Music, and the Salzburg Seminar. PhD Harvard University.