Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Emily Soell

Emily’s experience in advertising, direct marketing and creative communication spans over 40 years.  From the entry level position of junior copywriter at Rapp Collins, a subsidiary of Omnicom, she rose through the ranks to eventually be named Vice Chair/Chief Creative Officer of the agency.  In 1998 she left Rapp Collins for the same post at Draft, which is owned by Interpublic.

Emily’s career has been punctuated with awards and honors from almost every industry organization.  Among these are:

  • Golden Apple Award from the Direct Marketing Club of New York

  • The Irving Wunderman Lifetime Achievement Award – an honor given for an outstanding body of creative work in direct marketing

  • The Woman of the Year Award from Women’s Direct Marketing International

  • Direct Marketer of the Year from Target Marketing Magazine.

  • In 2000 she was elected to the Direct Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame – one of only 5 women to be so honored.

She is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of Marketing, Direct Marketing, Creative and Branding.  She has taught direct marketing creative at FIT and at NYU where she also contributed to the design of the Direct Marketing Degree Program. Emily has served as President of the Direct Marketing Creative Guild and as well as two terms on the board of the Direct Marketing Association. A native New Yorker, Emily received her BA from Cornell University and an MA from New York University.  She lives in New York City and Sharon Connecticut.

Dan Dwyer

Dan Dwyer is an antiquarian bookseller who owns and operates Johnnycake Books in Salisbury, CT.  He is a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America (ABAA), International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and has studied at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Long active in community and regional affairs in Litchfield County CT, Mr. Dwyer has served on the boards of the Housatonic Valley Association, Prime Time House, the Northwest Connecticut AIDS Project, Salisbury Family Services and The Tabor Foundation. He was an elected member of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Salisbury. Currently he serves on the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. In the early 1990s he ran twice for the Connecticut State Senate.

Mr. Dwyer earned a BS degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC in 1974. He worked as a research assistant on the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities. In 1976, he joined the Democratic Presidential Campaign Committee, serving as advancement for Jimmy Carter. During the Carter administration, Mr. Dwyer worked for the White House Press Office and then as staff assistant on the President’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties. Mr. Dwyer then worked for CBS Inc., first in its Washington corporate office and then in New York until 1985, when he moved to Connecticut.

Mr. Dwyer is a native of New Bedford, MA.

Frank Fitzmaurice

Frank Fitzmaurice has been managing broadcast facilities and producing television and radio programs for more than 35 years.

Most recently he has been Director of Technology Services at the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. At AU he managed the technical staff and digital production facilities at one of the country’s leading schools of journalism, film studies, and public communication, working closely with the faculty and the administration on digital media issues and practices. He retired from his full-time position at AU in 2010 and continues to serve as a consultant to the School of Communication.

In 2009 he served as the Studio Director at The Teaching Company, an educational media publisher in Virginia. While there he helped to convert the studio operation to full digital HD and to install fully tapeless editing systems.

At WETA-TV from 2000 through 2008 he was General Manager of WETA’s Production Center, the broadcast home of the NewsHour. Washington Week, To The Contrary, and Foreign Exchange for PBS, as well as numerous local WETA productions. In 2007 he helped oversee the conversion of the studio and editing operations for the NewsHour to full digital HD.

From 1997 through 2000 he was Senior Producer and manager of the in-house TV studio facility at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2000 he served as a special consultant to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, producing and directing programming for national distribution.

As an independent television producer in Washington from 1983 through 1997, he produced programming for broadcast news organizations, major American and international corporations, the U.S. and foreign governments, and numerous trade associations and non-profit groups. His broadcast credits include senior producer for Hodding Carter’s Capitol Journal (PBS), producer of Hodding Carter’s essays for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour (PBS), senior producer for The American Debate (PBS), managing producer for The McLaughlin Group (NBC/PBS), and senior Washington producer for The Monitor Channel.  He also served as Capitol Hill and White House producer/correspondent for Post-NeW8week Television Stations, for Tribune Broadcasting’s Independent Network News, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He came to Washington in 1976 to join National Public Radio, where in 1979 he became the first executive producer of NPR’s Morning Edition. While at NPR he received the George Polk Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and  two  Columbia Dupont Awards.

Before moving to Washington, he spent four years at Boston’s WGBH, where he was the host and producer of several news and talk shows for WGBH Radio. While a student at the University of Pennsylvania he began his public broadcasting career at Philadelphia ‘s WXPN (1966-1970) and WHYY (1966-1972).

Kathryn McFarlane

Kathryn is a producer who began her career with CNN in 1998. Since then she has worked on many programs, including NewsNight with Aaron Brown, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn Now, and most recently on Fareed Zakaria GPS. Throughout her career, she has traveled extensively covering breaking news and feature stories and has produced many specials and documentaries. Along with her team, she has received two Peabody Awards.In addition to her work in television news, she has also developed and produced documentary and online video projects and has served as a communications consultant to organizations, businesses, and independent media companies. Early in her career, Kathryn worked in film as an assistant to an actor and director at a New York based production company. Originally from Texas, she remains active in her family’s ranching and energy businesses.

J. Samuel Ray

Born near Asheville, NC and a graduate of Lawrence University – Sam joined Citibank in the 70’s as Asian Regional Economist, based in Hong Kong, following a Thomas J. Watson research fellowship on developmental economics in Asia. From a merchant bank he established in Singapore (with affiliates in England and Australia), he developed and led over three dozen M&A /Divestment/Joint-Venture projects – in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East.   Subsequently, he also led the strategy, planning and corporate development functions from London for the British National Group. In the 80s, Sam served as CFO and GM – Technology and Human Resources for that corporation’s Asian and Pacific divisions, and subsequently consulted to foreign companies doing business in China.

In the 90’s, Sam became VP/Senior Strategy Consultant with Kepner-Tregoe in Princeton, and launched their Financial Services practice in New York. Later, he became Managing Director of Nagdeman & Company for a decade and then Managing Director of the New York / Northeastern practice of FTI Consulting based in Annapolis, MD.  Eventually, he formed The Strategy Partners Group, LLP, now Pareto Chart Benders, LLP , where  he continues to consult to CEOs and their C-level direct reports on strategy, business development and financial matters.  Sam has also served as Regional Chair (NY, NJ & PA) and Executive Coach with Mike Milken’s “Vistage International” issue resolution and decision-making advisory groups and collaborates with Aptus Analytics to customize state-of-the-art business intelligence E-T-L applications from ZAP, Tableau, and Talend.  He has also served on the Boards of numerous academic, business, charitable, cultural, and artistic organizations in Asia, Europe and North America.

Betsy Vorce

Betsy Vorce brings extensive, multi-faceted senior management experience with leading cultural, media and entertainment institutions in the non-profit and commercial sectors.

As Trinity Wall Street’s Chief Communications Officer, she oversaw strategic internal and external communications, media relations, marketing, and audience engagement initiatives, created and delivered on multiple platforms, for both the iconic 320-year old global institution and its substantial New York City real estate holdings.

Previously, Ms. Vorce served at Lincoln Center as Vice President of Public Relations and Senior Adviser. She oversaw internal and external public relations activities for its 3000 annual programs, strategic institutional projects including the multi-year $1.2 billion redevelopment initiative that transformed Lincoln Center’s campus, extensive education and community outreach, and content creation for digital and print publications. She also served as co-leader on digital strategic planning. As an Officer of the organization, she was involved in critical aspects of Lincoln Center’s operations and strategic planning.   While Senior Adviser, Ms. Vorce consulted on cross-platform institutional branding, reputation management and visual arts.

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