Board of Directors:
Janet Kopenhaver, President is an avid advocate for the arts and culture industry and is very well-known in the County as a representative of the arts. She previously served as the Chair of the Arlington Commission for the Arts for three years, as well as a three-year term as a Helen Hayes Judge for the region. She recently retired after 30 years as a lobbyist and President of her company Eye on Washington.
David Briggs, Secretary is a lifelong patron of the arts and theater. He previously served as the Chair of the Arlington Commission for the Arts, a Board Member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations. David also has served on the “Majors’ Judging Panel for VCA. Before retiring, David served as a lawyer.
Robert Goler, Treasurer serves as the Curator for the U.S. Mint. He served on the Arlington Commission for the Arts for six years, two of which as Vice Chair. Robert plays the bassoon/contrabassoon with a number of local groups including the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, NIH Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Loudon Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Chamber Orchestra. He also has served as a Judge of a Virginia Commission for the Arts grants panel.
Sara Duke, Director is the Executive Director for the County’s largest non-profit children’s theater organization Encore Stage and Studio.
Ray Ficca, Director serves as the President for the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. He previously managed several theater venues and groups, as well as currently acts/directs in both theater and television.
Carol Patch, Director is a long-time resident of Arlington and practicing folk artist who also enjoys attending a diverse number of arts performances and events. For six years, Carol served on the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
The Honorable Don Beyer, Congressman, 8th District of Virginia
The Honorable Alfonso Lopez, Virginia House of Delegates, 49th District
The Honorable Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Member
Actor, Lifetime Arlingtonian and Arts Aficionado William T. Newman