Artists For a Cause - Connecting Artists and Charities
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Artists for a Cause Board / Staff Members




Founder and Executive Director of Artists For A Cause Inc., Terry Barber was awarded a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and holds both a Masters degree in historically informed performance, and Postgraduate Performance Certificate with Distinction from Trinity College, London.  He is a graduate of the musical theater program at Northwestern University where he also completed a music technology certificate. Terry has supported more than fifty major charities with his own talent. His passion for helping others to do so in the most impactful way the insipration for founding Artists for a Cause Inc.

Terry is rare countertenor with an extreme range and versatile voice, equally at home in the concert hall, recording studio, theater, and opera house.  A voting member of the Grammy Awards and member of the advisory committee for Nelly’s exTreme Recording Institute, his most recent recording was considered for 6 Grammy nominations.  In what the LA Times calls “Great performances of vitality and verve”, he has been a soloist for the world’s best venues from Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall and was a member of multiple Grammy-winning Chanticleer.  He can be heard on every major record label with artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic.

Ashley Budde, A4AC Director of Programs and Development. Ashley graduated with a Master of Arts in Music with selected courses in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. She is a graduate of the vocal music program at Alma College in Michigan. Ashley has assisted multiple universities and nonprofits with program development and fundraising initiatives. Ashley has presented her work on the recruitment and retention of school of music students at music education conferences across the country. Ashley is Co-Chair of the Young Friends Steering Committee of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and is a member of the Alma College Alumni Board. 

  Board of Directors 

Steve Claris the Treasurer of Artists for a Cause.  Mr. Clark is a Portfolio Specialist with Royce & Associates, LP, representing his firm’s asset management capabilities and thought leadership to investment professionals throughout the central U.S.  Steve is on the Development Commission of St. Louis University’s St. Francis Xavier College Church.  Mr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University with a double major in Finance and Accountancy.  Mr. Clark earned both his MBA and Master of Science in Finance degrees from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  Steve is a CFA® charterholder, a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional, and has also earned the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation.


James Stern is President of the Board for A4AC.  Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanely Smith Barney for over 19 years. James has been a board member for the Dunbar Child Care Center.  He holds a BS degree in marketing from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He, his wife, and his two children are very involved in the arts community.  He is an active member of the Palm Beach Community foundation.

Maureen Cotter is the Director of Research and Information for Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc., the national leader in providing executive and physician compensation advisory services to the health care industry and non-profit organizations.  Maureen directs development of the firm’s thought leadership, marketing, and client development strategies.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and is an associate of the Society of Actuaries.  Maureen and her husband, Tim, live in Stuart and are active members of Mariner Sands Country Club where Maureen has served on the Board of Governors and numerous committees for the past 18 years.  She is also a member of the Seacoast Bank Community Advisory Board and served on the board of Watson Wyatt Worldwide during its transformation from a privately held firm to a publically traded corporation on the New York Stock Exchange.  She loves travelling, spending time with family and friends, is an active member of the Mariner Sands Chapel and plays a bit of golf and tennis in her spare time.

Allen Herskowitz holds a BS  from The University of Miami, an MS from The George Washington University, and completed the MEA program at The George Washington University. He completed certificate programs including: Communications Electronics - Ohio State University, Macroeconomics -  Kennedy School, Harvard University, Negotiation (2 programs) - Kennedy School, Harvard University, Defense Management - Kennedy School, Harvard University, Program Management - US Department of Defense. A very active member with several organizations, He has served on the following not-for -profit boards and advisory boards (chronological order):The Miami Engineer (editor), Toastmasters International (Windjammer Club) (President), The Reston Community Players (Chairman/President), Marymount University (advisory), George Mason University (advisory), University of Maryland, school of Management (curriculum advisory), The George Washington University (Business Advisory), Hospice of Northern Virginia (advisory), Sailfish Pint Yacht Club, Sailfish Point Property Owners Association (President), HPS; Helping People Succeed (advisory), Sailfish Point Foundation (operating), Martin Health Systems (advisory).

   Susan D. Whittington, CRPC®, Financial Advisor graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1981 with a degree in Communications and minors in Business Administration and Psychology. After careers in business, public information and development, she came to work for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in 2006. Sue is an avid sports fan and enjoys tennis, golf, and reading, as well as her involvement with Rotary International, several nonprofit organizations and her church. She and her husband, Tom, live in Palm City and have three grown children and one grandchild.

Pam Benoit held a variety of positions during her 19 year tenure with Jones Lang LaSalle, an international, commercial real estate firm.  Her latest assignment involved overseeing Integrated Facilities Management, Transaction Management and Lease Administration services across an international portfolio located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific consisting of approximately 4.26 million square feet by leading its experienced, flexible and operationally focused team to align with the technology client and Jones Lang LaSalle’s overall corporate and strategic goals. Pam has over 25 years of real estate experience and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  Right out of College, she performed in a Regional Theatre located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  

Advisory Board

Patricia Barber is a development consultant for nonprofit, business, political and grassroots organizations.  Services include Prospect Research and Donor Cultivation, Grant Funding Proposal Development, Research on Issues and Report Production, Direct Mail and Brochure Production.   Barber completed Undergraduate Studies in Elementary Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with Graduate Studies in Education Research at St. Louis University.  She was co-founder of the St. Louis Area Teachers Center and Childgrove School.  She has served on the University of Missouri St. Louis Nonprofit Management Program Board and on the St. Louis Regional Association of Fundraising Professionals Board.  Organizations served include National Trust For Historic Preservation, Lions Clubs of Missouri, Gateway Center For Giving, Doorways St. Louis Regional AIDS Program.

Philip Woodmore's passion for music was revealed while he was quite young. Even though he played the Cello and Suzuki Violin his main instrument became the piano. Although, he enjoys most genres of music, most of his formal training and study has been in classical music. Philip received his BS/BA in Business Marketing and Music Vocal Performance from Saint Louis University in 2005 and Masters in Music Education from Webster University in 2010. He presently is working on his PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2005 Philip received the Vocal Music Position at Ferguson and Berkeley Middle Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and in 2006 he accepted the Vocal Music Teaching Position at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District where he is currently teaching. He began working for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in 1999 as an accompanist for various summer music theatre camps.


Jennifer Ozimkiewicz is Vice President, North America Marketing and Product Management at Monsanto. She has held a variety of commercial roles in the U.S. and Europe over the last 20 years at Monsanto in commercial leadership, general management, corporate strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. Jennifer is currently Co-Chair of Monsanto’s St. Louis United Way Campaign for 2016-2017. In 2013, Jennifer was named by St. Louis Business Journal as one of 25 Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis. She currently serves as a member of Monsanto’s Employee Benefits Plan Committee as well as a Board Member for Monsanto’s Good Government Fund Advisory Panel. She is also an honorary Board Member for the the Ladue Education Foundation in St. Louis. Jennifer has also served as Board Member on the Women’s Farm and Forestry Alliance and Qualisoy Boards. 

We are pleased to welcome to the advisory board, Rudolf Stalder, a past board member for the world's most famous performing venue, Carnegie Hall.  Rudolf was also on the fundraising board for New York City's Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Jazz and Lincoln Center, and more.  His complete biography is forthcoming.


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Artists for a Cause, Inc.
2330 Route 33, Suite 315

Robbinsville NJ 08691

Phone: 917-662-7681

Artists for a Cause, Inc.
is exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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