Woodruff Arts Center Elects Twelve New Members to Board Of Trustees


Woodruff Arts Center Board Chair Larry Gellerstedt, III and President and CEO Joseph R. Bankoff have announced the election of twelve new members to the organization’s Board of Trustees: Juanita P. Baranco, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Baranco Automotive Group, Jerry Couvaras, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Bread Company, Sylvia Davidson, President-Elect, Atlanta Symphony Associates, Kerry Kohnen, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Jonathan LeCompte, President , Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless, Philip Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novelis Inc., Karol V. Mason, Partner, Alston & Bird, Victoria Palefsky, Chair, Alliance Theatre Board of Directors, William Pate, President & Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, William H. Rogers, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Bank, Inc., Teya Ryan, President & Executive Director, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Mark D. Wasserman, Managing Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, and Finance Chair Atlanta, Symphony Orchestra.

“We are thankful to have such distinguished individuals and businesses willing to contribute their leadership, their time and their resources to sustaining the arts as a critical community asset,” said Larry Gellerstedt. “The individuals joining the Board understand that it is our responsibility to make the Center an even greater public resource for the future of our city.”

The Board of Trustees represents a broad spectrum of Atlanta’s business and civic leadership, whose national stature reflect the growth of the city and the region, and whose vision help the Center navigate through challenging times and chart the course for a healthy future. The new members from the business community represent the banking, media, automotive, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, legal and manufacturing industries.

Rotating off the Woodruff Arts Center Board are Joseph R. Bankoff, Retired President & CEO, Woodruff Arts Center, William A. Clement, Retired President & CEO, Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., Dr. Beverly L. Hall, Former Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools, Thomas M. Holder, Chairman & CEO, Holder Construction Company, Belinda Massafra, Former Chair, Atlanta Symphony Associates, Clayton F. Jackson, President, ZWJ Investment Counsel, Solon Patterson, President, Patterson Family Foundation, Gary Peacock Jr., Chairman, President & CEO, SunTrust Bank, Central Banking Division, Michael B. Russell, CEO, H.J. Russell & Company, Karl Sachsenmaier, Managing Director & Partner, Eton Partners, LLC, Robert Walker, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Cross Platform Development, The Weather Channel, Inc.

About the Woodruff Arts Center
Over the past 40 years, the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) has distinguished itself as one of the premier cultural centers in the nation, a unique institutional model where individual arts institutions unite to form a collaborative, inspirational, and supportive environment for the arts and education. Originally founded as the Atlanta Arts Alliance in the Memorial Arts Building, the Woodruff Arts Center campus, located on 906,000 square feet in the heart of Midtown Atlanta houses four renowned arts organizations including the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences, with the 14th Street Playhouse located only a few blocks away.

Since its founding in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center has served more than 30 million patrons. Annually, the Arts Center offers more than 3,300 performances and exhibitions. In addition to its role as a cultural beacon and hub of the Southeast, the Center serves as a critical economic, educational, and social catalyst for Atlanta and the region, and is a cornerstone to the ongoing development and transformation of the entire city.