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Leadership

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Nii-Ama Akuete is a Senior Director of Global Investors at Fitch Ratings where he oversees strategic relationships with global asset managers, pension funds, and insurance companies ranging in size from $20 billion to $5 trillion in assets under management. Prior to joining Fitch, Mr. Akuete was Managing Director of Private Equity Business Development at Hitachi Consulting, and Vice President of Business Development at GLG. Nii-Ama began his career as an Investment Banker at JPMorgan after graduating from Brown University with a BA in Economics. He currently serves as Chair of the Housing & Development Committee on Groton Town’s Diversity Task Force, Treasurer of Brown University’s Alumni Association, and Chair of BALANCE.

Luiza deCamargo currently serves as Vice President of Development at Junior Achievement of Greater Boston. Prior to joining Junior Achievement, Luiza served as Development Officer for Institutional Relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), as the manager of annual fund and stewardship programs at Wellesley Centers for Women, and as Associate Curator at the Society for Arts & Crafts. Luiza earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of North Carolina Asheville and her M.A. in history of decorative arts from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute. Most recently, she completed the Institute of Nonprofit Practice’s Core Program, earning a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership.

Virginia DePina currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications at Eastern Nazarene College, where her work at the college encompasses a broad range of audio, video, and community programs. Her prior positions include Director of Media Relations and Multimedia Productions at Bunker Hill Community College and Associate Producer at WGBH News. A resident of Brockton, Virginia has also served on local nonprofit boards, including Brockton Arts and recently becoming a new board member for Brockton Area Multiservices, Inc. Virginia has participated at Fuller in events and programs, especially related to her love of music. Virginia holds a Masters in Science from Lasell University in Integrated Marketing Communications, Bachelors degree in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Massasoit Community College.

Chris Fitch is a sculptor, engineer, and inventor. His prize-winning mechanical sculptures, installations, and performance-based artwork have been presented internationally. His puppets and state-of-the art miniature theaters have appeared with major symphony productions in New York and Los Angeles. His credits for work in animation include Sesame Street, Motorola, Disneyland and Samsung. Further projects have included the design of a toy factory, independent invention, landscape design, a tree house bed and breakfast inn in the Philippines, and the development of workshops about kinematics, motion as medium, and foam latex shop motion puppetry. More information can be found at www.chrisfitchsculpture.com.

APPOINTED BOARD MEMBER, DARE COUNCIL // Darhl O. Ellison is a retired elementary school teacher with 33 years of service in the Boston Public Schools. Originally from Washington D.C., Darhl has resided in Brockton, Massachusetts for almost 50 years. She is a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, and the Norfolk-Plymouth County Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she served a term as chapter president and chair of the annual wreath fundraiser for 20 years. Darhl received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Education in Reading and Language from Boston University. She also holds a Program of Education in Therapy for Specific Reading Disability Certificate from Massachusetts General Hospital. In retirement, Darhl continues to be involved in teaching. She enjoys traveling, an interest she acquired from accompanying her father on his various military duty assignments. Darhl also loves having time to spend with family and friends enjoying life, and reading the newspapers. 

APPOINTED BOARD MEMBER, FULLER TRUST // Emma Greene represents the Trustees of Fuller Craft. Emma is the Senior Vice President and Client Director of Philanthropy for US Trust, a business of Bank of America. Emma is a nonprofit professional and serves as a board member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island.

Erika Kates is a Co-Chair of the Fuller Craft Museum Council, and a Museum Educator. She retired from Wellesley Centers for Women but maintains her affiliation as a Senior Research Scholar. She is on the board of the National Single Parent Student Success project, works with the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, and consults with a group of women in recovery engaged in storytelling and movement. She prints her photos, enamels on copper, and messes with clay.

Jonathan Knight serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He is also a Museum Educator and serves on the governing board of several nonprofit organizations in R.I. Johnathan retired as a program officer and director at the American Association of University Professors in Washington D.C. 

BOARD SECRETARY // Judith Knight serves as Clerk of the board and as a Museum Educator. Before retiring, Judith was a mathematics teacher and department head, most recently at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. Judith has also led the Master Gardener Project at Botanical Center Display Gardens in Roger Williams Park.

Joyce Linehan served as Chief of Policy and Planning for Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh from 2014-2021, overseeing planning efforts such as Boston Creates, the City’s first cultural plan, Resilient Boston (racial equity), Go Boston 2030 (transportation), Age-Friendly Boston (seniors), Build BPS (school buildings), Climate Ready Boston (environment) and Imagine Boston 2030. Joyce has had a career in Entertainment management and a consultancy specializing in strategic planning, management, media relations, government relations, board relations, community outreach and event support for arts organizations.

Joe Ludwig divides his volunteer efforts between the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Fuller Craft, where he was originally a Museum Educator. An entrepreneur, Joe has been a principal in several firms, including manufacturing and wealth management. He has also served as a Director on several nonprofit boards.

Catherine McLetchie is an entrepreneur and small business owner based on the Maine Coast. Her experience spans 16 years and includes marketing, fine art, global heritage crafts, and cooperative food systems. In 2012, she founded an artisan storefront in Mid-coast Maine called The Good Supply, which represents 100 artists from Maine and beyond.

BOARD TREASURER // Mahati Mukkamala is the Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) at Digital.ai, a private equity-backed software company. He also serves as Principal FP&A Consultant for Seed 2 C Consulting. He has held a number of similar positions, including Senior Director of Finance and Accounting for FORM, Director of Finance for Piaggio Fast Forward, and Accounting & Finance Manager for Genuine Interactive. Mahati holds a Master of Business in Accounting and Finance from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Business and a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. From 2020-2023, Mahati was the Treasurer for non-profit Asian Women for Health.

BOARD CHAIR  // Sarah Richards is the appointed board member for Brockton Public Schools. Sarah is the Director of Art K-12 for the Brockton Public School System. She has worked in the Brockton school system for twenty-five years and has taught visual art at the elementary, idle school and high school levels. Sarah holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art, a Master of Education from Lesley University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Fitchburg State College.