Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Board of Directors Biographies

Eric L. Siegel
Board Chair; Chair, Executive Committee; Chair, Advocacy Committee
Executive Vice President/Legal Counsel/LEED, AP
Cohen Siegel Companies

Eric L. Siegel, a principal at the real estate development firm Cohen Siegel Investors and a former civil rights attorney, is responsible for financing acquisition and development opportunities and overseeing the firm’s leasing and property management operations. Siegel appears before governmental bodies regarding zoning issues, signage, permitting and urban strategic planning. As a LEED accredited professional, Siegel focuses on sustainability and green initiatives for company projects. He formerly practiced as a civil rights lawyer.

Roberta F. Shulman (Bobbi)
Board Vice Chair; Chair, Governance Committee

Artist
Shulman Associates, LLC

Bobbi Shulman, formerly president of the Montgomery County Workforce Development Corporation, and senior program officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Preparation, is an executive coach, and communications and marketing expert who has served on and chaired the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Shulman has an MBA from University of Maryland University College, a BA in communications from American University and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Since 2003, Shulman has been a practicing visual artist.

Fred M. Gober
Board Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee

Executive Director and Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Fred M. Gober is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Formerly the Director at Barclays Wealth and a Principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Gober was a Partner at Transwestern Carey Winston where he served as a commercial real estate advisor representing national corporations and local entrepreneurial investors for over 12 years. Gober received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1982. He currently serves as an Executive on the Board of Directors for Hearts and Homes for Youth in Maryland.

Rose Garvin Aquilino
Grants Committee

Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
Montgomery College
Rose Garvin Aquilino is the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs for Montgomery College and former Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the College. Garvin Aquilino has held senior development positions with St. Coletta of Great Washington and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and formerly worked for several for-profit, arts-related companies in sales and operations, and as a curator and director of collections for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Garvin Aquilino holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Rochester, and a M.A. in Anthropology and Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University.

Marilyn Balcombe
President and CEO
Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn Balcombe is the President of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; co-chair of the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan Implementation Committee and she serves on the Board of the Germantown Alliance and Asbury Methodist Village. Prior to the Chamber, Balcombe was the Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts and she served as staff at the Upcounty Regional Services Center. Prior to her work in the community, Balcombe was an Organizational Psychologist with the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Barry Carty
Finance Committee
Vice President
East Coast Acquisitions, Federal Realty
Barry Carty presently serves as Vice President of East Coast Acquisitions for Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), and is responsible for sourcing and closing FRIT’s shopping center investments in its targeted markets including South Florida and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Formerly a Senior Financial Analyst at FRIT, Carty has been involved in various aspects of financial underwriting, market research, and due diligence for FRIT's acquisition, disposition, and financing efforts. Carty has 22 years of commercial real estate industry experience involving transactions valued at over $3 billion. He received a B.S. Degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and is from Miami, Florida.

Felix Contreras
Co-host, Alt.Latino
NPR
Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers. Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices. He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

Erin E. Girard, Esq.
Chair, Audit Committee

Partner 
Linowes and Blocher LLP
Erin E. Girard is a partner in the firm’s Land Use group. She has experience assisting a diverse group of clients, including local, regional and national developers, institutional users, non-profits, and individual and corporate property owners, on a wide range of real estate, land use, zoning, development and administrative issues. These matters have included due diligence review, zoning entitlements, rezoning, subdivision approvals, annexations, special exceptions, variances, master plan development and implementation, historic preservation, administrative appeals, condemnation, and all aspects of the regulatory permitting and licensing process. Girard has represented clients on these matters before various administrative boards, agencies and legislative bodies in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg and Rockville, as well as in state courts.

Ruby Lopez Harper
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts
Ruby Lopez Harper is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is on the board of the Gard Foundation and is a recent alumni of the American Express Leadership Academy. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH where she focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.

Elaine Robnett Moore
Artist and CEO
Elaine Robnett Moore Collection
Elaine Robnett Moore is a jewelry artist, international business consultant, teacher, and author. As an artist/international development consultant, she works through governments, foundations, NGOs and private companies - assisting artists, artisans, and women’s coops in developing skills, establishing cottage industries, and refining products for export to western markets. Robnett Moore’s work has been published and exhibited internationally and she was recently commissioned by the Rwandan government to write their first “how to” book “Professional Jewelry Making With Beads”, an initiative being used to provide an income stream for women and girls throughout the country. Her second book, “The Art of Bead Stringing: Artist to Entrepreneur”, was published in November of 2014. 

Regina L. Oldak, Esq. (Reggie)
Advocate
Reggie Oldak is a tax attorney with more than 30 years' experience working with nonprofits on issues of exempt status, tax and budget policy, and board governance. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts, and she has held positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the American Institute of Architects. She is also an advocate and leader in the women’s community and has extensive experience working with policymakers at federal, state, and county levels to protect women’s health and economic security. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Smith College.

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