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Helane is currently Director of Marketing and Membership at the Saint Louis Club, and also has experience in non-profit managerial consulting. Her insights into board structure, membership programming, event planning and general managerial expertise will be very helpful and greatly appreciated. Helane was a co-founder of the Muny Kids/Muny Teens program.
Philip Boehm studied at the State Academy of Theater in Poland and has directed extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. Produced original plays include Mixtitlan, Return of the Bedbug, and Amerika. He is the author of numerous translations of Polish and German prose and plays, most recently Kalkwerk for the Lincoln Center Theatre Festival, and Herta Müller’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. His work has earned various honors, including awards from the Austrian Ministry for Culture, the UK Society of Authors, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Institute of Letters.
Ms. Braxs, native of
Argentina, holds a Master in Spanish from Washington University, and as a
Spanish instructor she has taught at UMSL, Webster University and since
1997 to the present as a full time Spanish Lecturer at Washington
University. She is in charge of outreach programs as the Hispanic
Community and Student Groups Liaison, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs
for Students of Spanish, and recently Director of the Summer Language
Institute in Spain at the Romance Languages & Literatures Department
at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ms. Braxs is actively
involved in community service with different organizations of the Hispanic
community of St. Louis, and from 1996 to 2003 she hosted a bilingual radio
program on KDHX St. Louis Community Radio. As Vice-president of the
Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis she sponsors art exhibitions, lectures,
concerts, and festivals to promote the excellence of her Hispanic heritage
A native of Mainz, Germany, linguist and intercultural consultant Joachim Faust earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages from the University of Kansas. He has taught German, Russian, Polish and French at the college level, and is currently a lecturer in International Studies at Washington University. After years of traveling and working in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Joachim has settled in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Sam Fiorello currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. When fully staffed, the Danforth Center will be the world’s largest independent research institute focused on plant science.
Sam and wife Rebecca live in St. Louis, Missouri and are the parents of two sons Graham and Max and daughter Audrey.
Joe is a Database Administrator at Charter Communications and has provided programming and database consultation to numerous world-class organizations such as The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Mallinckrodt, Maritz, MasterCard, Union-Pacific and GHP. Prior to joining the information technology industry, Joe provided seating and mobility solutions for individuals with Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis.
Rod Reynolds grew up in southern Illinois. Following a stint in the US Army, where he trained as a veterinarian, he continued his studies at Southern Illinois University, Washington University, and the University of Salamanca, taking degrees in History, Spanish and English. He also traveled extensively abroad.
After working nineteen years as a teacher, Rod recently went into business; he currently owns and oversees the operation of two car repair shops, one in Maplewood and the other in St. Ann, Missouri.
He lives in rural Illinois with his wife, Olga, and their three children, Madeleine, Nicholas and Nathan.
Inda teaches creative writing for Springboard to Learning & Young Audiences of St. Louis, an academic and cultural enrichment program serving the St. Louis Public Schools.
Her middle grade novel, ALL THE CATS OF CAIRO, will be published by Brown Barn Books in May 2007. A doctoral fellow in education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis,
Inda also authored a parenting guide, THE 7 O'CLOCK BEDTIME (HarperCollins 2001).
Maria is President of Chesterfield Trading Ltd. and CEO and Co-Founder of Avanza Hispanic Marketing Specialists and has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council as the representative of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). The National Women’s Business Council is a bi-partisan Federal government council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
Maria has more than 20 years of experience in international business, where she has implemented diverse marketing strategies, which have allowed her to successfully compete in foreign markets. She is a member of the board of directors of the USHCC and chairs the Region III and International Committee.
Phoebe Dent Weil
Phoebe, an internationally regarded art conservator, has recently joined the Upstream Board of Directors. She has published and lectured extensively on various subjects relating to art conservation as well as the historical materials and techniques of painting and sculpture. She works with museums around the world both as a consultant and practitioner. Ms. Weil also brings extensive board experience from institutions including the St. Louis Art Museum and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Currently she is on the faculty of Smith College where she teaches historic painting and sculpture techniques. Ms. Weil also has an M.Div. degree and has both studied and taught courses on the intersection of the spiritual and art--which makes her particularly interested in the work of Upstream Theater.