Get On Board! Meet the Board of Directors at Fuller Craft
Exciting things are happening at Fuller Craft Museum and we are grateful to a Board of Directors that contains individuals with a wide range of talent and expertise – all committed to the Fuller Craft Museum mission.
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 Gorton Town’s Diversity Task Force, Treasurer of Brown University’s Alumni Association, and Chair of BALANCE.
JEREMY FARO has 20 years of experience in creating names and developing brands for some of the world’s best-known companies. He served as Global Director of Brand Voce at Siegel+Gale and North American Director of Naming and Writing at Landor Associates in New York City, and Head of Naming at Interbrand London. When not at work on corporate, start-up, and not-for-profit projects, he splits time between Cambridge and Provincetown, Massachusetts, and is a writer and translator.
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.
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.
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.
LEONA MARTIN is the appointed board member for FCM’s Council for Diversity and Racial Equity (DARE). She is the CEO and Founder of LCM Career Coaching, which primarily helps clinical professionals of color reach their career goals. Leona has had an extensive career in Human Resources, specifically as a Corporate Recruiter at a variety of Boston based teaching hospitals and health centers and is a resident of Brockton. Leona is also 2nd Vice President of the Brockton Area NAACP and Chair of the Education Committee.
ROB MAY represents the Mayor of Brockton on the board. Rob id the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Brockton, where he weaves the arts into redevelopment activities. He was a Senior Government Services Specialists for UMass Boston and Director of Economics Development for Somerville.
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.
KAVEH MOJTABAI is the founder and publisher of Artscope Magazine, a multi-platform media company dedicated to reviewing art exhibits and artist profiles; covering cultural events; connecting artists with their audience; and creating access to the arts. Previously, he worked at a global consulting firm.
SARAH RICHARDS is the appointed board member for Brockton Public Schools. Sarah is the Director of Art K-12 for the Brocton 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.
CHRIS RIFKIN currently serves on the board of The South Shore Art Center and is a Founding Chair of CraftBoston, a juried biannual exhibition of well-known and emerging artists In the United States. A collector by nature, Chris is also a maker, working as a printmaker, painter, and as a stained glass artist.
ANNIE ROSEN serves as Chair of the Board. Annie has nearly 20 years of experience in finance, strategy and investing. She spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager and is currently Chief Financial Officer at Hologram Inc. Annie received a BA from Wellesley College with a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. A lover of all forms of art, she has been involved with ceramics, printmaking, collage, and sculpture since her childhood.
ALEXANDER RYSMAN is the owner and President of Romm & Company firm, based in Brockton. Alex serves on the board of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Brockton Rotary Club.