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Artists for a Cause Board / Staff Members




Terry Barber is the Executive Director of A4AC.  Founder of the organization, he has supported several nonprofits through self-produced performances and recordings internationally including: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2008 nomination for LLS “Man Of The Year” award), Interhelp, The National Federation Of The Blind, Junior Achievement, National Night Out, Arc Broward, VSA Arts, Helping People Succeed, SafeSpace, Human Rights Campaign, The Arts Council Of Martin County, Women Supporting The Arts, Sarah’s Kitchen, Arts Council Of Lafayette Park, Mary’s Shelter, Families By Choice, ALS Association, Weston Philharmonic, St. Patrick Center, sacred spaces of almost every denomination, and many more. Terry Barber has been a soloist for many of the World’s best organizations including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Barber is a staunch supporter of arts education, and believes that “Classical music is for everyone”.  He founded Artists for a Cause when, after the loss of his mother, he wanted to use his talent to fight cancer, and saw that other artists needed an advocate in doing so.

Ashley Budde, A4AC Director of Programs and Development. Ashley is also coordinator of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund; St. Louis Community College Foundation graduated with a Masters of Arts in Music/ cognate in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. She is a rising professional with a diverse collection of experiences at public and private institutions in the areas of program development and fundraising, who is eager to use those diverse experiences to bring measurable results in the areas of innovative program development and implementation; community awareness; community partnerships; trend- seeking research and benchmarking; and external fundraising.
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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.  

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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.



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