Board of Directors

Susan Darrow

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.

Robert F. Whitman

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Robert F. Whitman, Co-Vice President

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.

Alexander "Sandy" Wiener

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Alexander “Sandy” Wiener, Jr., Co-Vice President

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.

Stephen Bemis

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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.

Sharon Kalbfleisch

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Sharon Kalbfleisch

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.

E. Daniel Long

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E. Daniel Long

Music Educator, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Guest conductor/clinician throughout the U.S. M.M., University of Colorado.

Margaret Guire

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Margaret Guire

40 years teaching English and music in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, collaborative pianist for students. B. M. and M. M. University of Michigan.

Jennie Lewis

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Jennie Lewis

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.

Linda Grekin

Linda Grekin

Linda Grekin is a writer and an educator with a special interest in using the arts to teach core curriculum. She has a BA in Journalism, a Teaching Certificate and an MA in Educational Curriculum Development, all from The University of Michigan. Linda has written five books of poetry and a non-fiction book, I’ll never Get Lost Again, about people who are directionally challenged. She lives in Ann Arbor near her three children and six granddaughters.