Board of Trustees

Executive Committee
Gerret van S. Copeland, Chairman
David Pollack, President
Daniel F. Lindley, Vice President
Ken Aldridge, Vice President
Elva Ferrari-Graham, Secretary
Carol S. Rothschild, Asst. Secretary
Joshua Twilley, Treasurer

Trustees
Carole Angel
Penny Ashford
Barak Bassman
Toni Bush Neal
Sheila Canby Voss
Stephanie Hoopes
Sandra James
Jan Jessup
Sarah McBride
George Meldrum
Michael Miller
Mattie Moore
Christine Moritz
Alyssa O’Connell
Thom Shumosic
P. Coleman Townsend
Annie Woolard-Provine

Ex-Officio
Danielle Battaglia
Rita H. Fisk
Debra H. Horak

Honorary Trustee
Peggy H. Woolard

Honorary Chairman
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr.

Interim Executive Director
Molly Giordano

Treasurer and CFO
Denise Davis

2020 Board Slate Biographies

Carole Angel, Esq.

Carole Angel is Head of Government Affairs at the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where she leads IHG’s government affairs strategy and execution for the Americas Region.  Carole advances public policy priorities on behalf of the company and its 3,800 U.S. hotels at the federal, state, and local level.  Carole previously served as IHG’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, Public Affairs and Diversity.  Prior to joining IHG, Carole served as Director, Legislative Analysis and Regulatory Counsel at McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 5 healthcare company.

Before entering the private sector, Carole served as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.  Carole also worked as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) during his chairmanship of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  After law school, Carole worked as a staff attorney at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense Fund).

Carole has most recently served as President of New Power PAC Georgia, a nonpartisan political action committee that empowers, endorses and elects women into local office.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project and the U.S. Travel Association.  Carole was recognized in the American Bar Association Journal’s “The DC Power Web” and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2012.

Carole is a recent graduate of the Women and Power Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.  Carole is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Carole lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and two children.

Dr. Sheila Canby Voss

Dr. Sheila Canby Voss is Curator Emerita and former Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She oversaw the installation of the new galleries for the art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia at the Met in 2011. Before joining the museum in 2009, she was Curator of the Islamic Collections at the British Museum for 18 years. Her research focuses on Iranian art and has written and/or edited 15 books on various aspects of Islamic art. She received her M.A. and PhD from Harvard University and her B.A. from Vassar College. She is a native of Wilmington and moved back there in 2015 upon her retirement from the Met.

Jan Jessup

I am a consultant to companies in the decorative fabrics end of the home furnishings industry—in the areas of retailing, marketing and merchandising, plus new product development and launch. For 25 years, I worked with the Calico retail group (formerly known as Calico Corners), heading up the buying team and then vice president of marketing. With 70 stores across the USA, Calico is the largest specialty retailer of decorative fabrics in the country. During the last 23 years, I’ve been an independent consultant to Calico and other top design houses such as Thibaut, P/Kaufmann and Waverly.

Since 1997, I have been a member of the Color Marketing Group, an international organization that tracks and forecasts color direction. This helps companies select fashion-forward color palettes that make products more successful. I have headed CMG committees and lead forecasting workshops at their annual conferences.

On a personal note, I am a long-term member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Theatre Company and am on the Marketing Committee for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. I have previously served on the boards of the Delaware Art Museum (two terms) and the Delaware Contemporary (two terms). I am an Advisory Board Member of the Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation.

I chaired the Delaware Theatre Company’s Wine Feast in 2008 and 2009 and was on the committee that revived the Wine Feast in 2016 and 2017. I also co-chaired the last Gala held by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

I confess to being a museum-junkie—I belong to six museums and try to visit as many as possible during my travels.

Michael R. Miller

Mike worked a combined 26 years with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company and The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company. He held numerous finance staff and management positions with DuPont, including financial manager for DuPont’s operations in Latin America and a five-year assignment in Geneva, Switzerland where he handled DuPont’s European merger and acquisition activities. He played a key role in the formation and implementation of the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company in 1990, which was owned 50/50 by Merck and DuPont. He joined DuPont Merck in 1991 as Controller and was appointed Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 1995. Mike retired in June 1999.

Mike was Chief Financial Officer of the Delaware Art Museum from March 2007 thru August 2013 and interim Chief Executive Officer from September 2013 thru June 2016. He stayed on as CFO until mid 2017. He is currently interim Executive Director while Molly is on maternity leave.

He is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for many years. He is a trustee of Christiana Care Health System and was a member of the Board of Directors 2008-2017 and served as chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee for six years and member and chair of the Executive Compensation and Succession Planning Committee. He was a Board member and Treasurer of the Art Consortium of Delaware. He also was a member of the Finance Committee for Delaware Guidance Services.

Thom Shumosic

Thom Shumosic is a native Delawarean and lives in Wilmington with his wife Stephanie. He founded MidAtlantic Retirement Planning Specialists, with an office in Wilmington and another in St Petersburg FL.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and is active at the University. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Financial Planning and Wealth Management major and he and Stephanie have endowed two scholarships at the University for students who are the first generation of their family to attend college. He also participates in the Mentoring program at the University. Thom was honored by the University with induction into the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2015.

Thom’s passion for the Arts and the desire to open up the Arts to audiences who have not been exposed to the great work being done at the Delaware Art Museum will serve the Museum well. He has a dedicated passion for giving back to the community that has been so good to his family.

Alyssa O’Connell

Alyssa O’Connell is a corporate litigation attorney at Skadden Arps, an international law firm. She  based in the Wilmington office. Alyssa is a former Museum Trustee.  As a Trustee, Alyssa served in various roles including Vice President, Secretary, and Chair of the Governance Committee. Alyssa and her family are frequent Museum guests – indeed, her son had his first birthday here!