Dear Present, Past, or Future Chautauquan,

Welcome to this gateway connecting you to information about Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees. As the principal governing body of the Institution, the Board consists of 24 members, four of whom are elected by the Chautauqua Corporation (all property owners are members of the Corporation) and the balance of whom are nominated and elected by the Board itself.

The Board of Trustees usually meets five times a year: in July and August during the summer assembly season and in November, February and May. The responsibilities of the Board include the hiring of the President of the Institution; establishing policies to guide the Administration in conducting the affairs of the Institution; and overseeing the way those policies are implemented. This last responsibility is largely carried out during our annual evaluation of the President's performance.

The Board is organized into seven committees. Three committees — Budget & Finance, Marketing & Brand Strategy, and the Architectural Review Board — address annual operating issues and four committees — Executive, Audit, Human Resources & Compensation, and Nominating & Governance — provide oversight for core administrative areas of responsibility. In addition, there exists a  Council that consists of, among others, four trustees and a like number of Foundation directors. The Council is the principal point of interface between the Institution and the Foundation to address considerations surrounding the philanthropic resources necessary to carry out the Institution's long-term strategic plans.

I invite you to engage with the trustees at any time by contacting us with your ideas, recommendations, suggestions, and constructive feedback. During the summer assembly season, you can share your ideas with us at open forum sessions scheduled periodically throughout the summer, or by approaching me or any of the other trustees when you see us on the grounds. At any time you may also communicate with us by email at


Candace L. Maxwell


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2020–21 Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees


Candy Maxwell PortraitCandace L. Maxwell · Chair
Catonsville, Maryland

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Ex officio member of all committees

Candace (Candy) Maxwell is a retired health care industry executive with diverse experience in business strategy, leadership, governance and policy. She has been coming to Chautauqua every summer assembly season since 2001. Maxwell also serves ex officio as a Chautauqua Foundation Director and Vice Chair of the Chautauqua Hotel Corporation’s board.


Marnette PerryMarnette Perry · Vice Chair
Naples, Florida

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Human Resources & Compensation (chair), Executive (vice chair), Budget & Finance

Marnette Perry is recently retired following a 45-year career at the Kroger Company, where for several decades she was the highest-ranking female executive. She and her husband, Paul Perry, a retired attorney, spend their summers at Chautauqua, where their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren visit for four weeks every year.


christine bruschkiChristine Nairne Brueschke
Windsor, United Kingdom

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Audit, Nominating & Governance

Christine Brueschke has worked in Business Development, Equity Research and Financial Planning, and is currently working for Fidelity International on the Sustainable Investing (ESG) team. Her great-grandmother was born and raised in Mayville, making the Brueschke boys the sixth generation to spend their summers on Chautauqua Lake.


butler hugh 2014 0225 5x7Hugh A. Butler
Chautauqua, New York

Current Term: 2018–22
Committee Membership: Marketing & Brand Strategy

Hugh Butler is Trustee of the Permanent Portfolio of Family Funds, Director of Butler Systems R&D and Chair of Executives of Chautauqua County. Now a year-round resident, he has come to Chautauqua every summer since 1988 and has taught bridge for Chautauqua's Special Studies program since 2009.


claire judith 2015Judith Claire
Mayville, New York

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Human Resources & Compensation

Judith Claire is recently retired from service as a New York State Family Court Judge. She and her husband have been property owners since 1988, and their children grew up enjoying and working on the grounds every summer from age 14 until they left home.


Helene D. GayleHelene D. Gayle, M.D.
Chicago, Illinois

Current Term: 2020–24
Committee Membership: Nominating & Governance

Helene Gayle is president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, and previously served as president and CEO of CARE following a long career in public health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gates Foundation. Five generations of Gayle’s family, beginning with her grandmother taking her mother and uncle as children, have frequently visited Chautauqua; the younger generations now make it an annual tradition. She has been a Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker several times, and has been intimately involved in launching the African American Heritage House.


Nancy GibbsNancy Gibbs
Stamford, Connecticut

Current Term: 2018–22
Committee Membership: Nominating & Governance, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Nancy Gibbs is the director of the Shorenstein Center and the Edward R. Murrow Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and formerly was Editor in Chief of Time magazine. She is a lifelong Chautauquan, thanks to her mother Janet Gibbs, who made her concert debut as a pianist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Nancy and her brother Christopher grew up at Club and both worked for the Daily; he is a former trustee and their father Howard a former chair of the Board of Trustees.


Izumi Hara PortraitIzumi Hara
Montclair, New Jersey

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Human Resources & Compensation, Nominating & Governance

Izumi Hara is a retired corporate attorney in the life sciences industry, most recently at Warner Chilcott PLC (now part of Allergan), where she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She serves as board chair of the YMCA of Montclair and on the board of the American Red Cross, Northern New Jersey Chapter. Three generations of Hara’s family began coming to Chautauqua in 2003. She and her husband purchased a home here in 2006.


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Buffalo, New York

Current Term: 2018–22
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board, Development Council

John Haughton is a Physician Engineer working to make health care faster, cheaper and easier by sharing patient information throughout the delivery system. Haughton with his wife Jenn, three daughters and their dog are property owners in Miller Park and spend the season at Chautauqua.


Terry Horner photoTerrance N. Horner, Jr.
Washington, D.C.

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board, Human Resources & Compensation

Terry Horner is Director of Continuous Process Improvement and Product Owner for Engagement Systems at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Congressional watchdog agency. He serves as convener of the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board and chairs the DC Annual Fund Committee, among other roles. As a native of nearby Jamestown, New York, Horner has regularly attended Chautauqua since childhood. Since college, he has spent parts of every season on the grounds and looks forward to many more.


jeffrey bobBob Jeffrey
St. Petersburg, Florida

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board (chair), Executive

Bob Jeffrey is a Historic Preservation Developer, real estate investor and community activist. He is largely responsible for the resurgence for the Historic Kenwood and Grand Central District neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. Jeffrey's parents had a cottage in Mayville and he has always enjoyed the Institution, attending Boys' and Girls' Club, taking classes and working in the schools department during his college years.


020218 Trustees DM 01Kyle Keogh
New Canaan, Connecticut

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Marketing & Brand Strategy (chair), Executive 

Kyle Keogh is Managing Director, Google, Automotive Industry. He is a 40-year Chautauquan who started coming as a child and now is a property owner and has three kids in Boys' and Girls' Club.


020218 Trustees DM 07James M. Klingensmith, Sc.D.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Audit, Budget & Finance, Nominating & Governance

Jamie Klingensmith's career has spanned the breadth of health care management, having served most recently as the Group Executive Vice President for Highmark, Inc., until his retirement. He is married to Linda K. Klingensmith with two children (Katie and Meade), and is a sixth-generation lifelong Chautauquan, property owner and the great-grandson of a founding member of the Chautauqua Sports Club.


Nancy KylerNancy S. Kyler
Staunton, Virginia

Current Term: 2020–24
Committee Membership: Nominating & Governance (chair), Development Council, Executive

Nancy Kyler currently serves as the President of the American Medical Association Foundation. She is a past President of the American Medical Association Alliance and Medical Society of Virginia Alliance. A Chautauquan since childhood while growing up in Bemus Point, Kyler and her family have owned property on the grounds since 1990.


Anita LinAnita Lin
New York, New York

Current Term: 2020–24
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Anita Lin is a retired professional ballerina and former Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts and on The Advisory Board for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Lin and her family have been Chautauquans since 1996. She currently serves on the board of Courage to Care, and as President of the Arcade Condominium on Miller Park.


Sarah Hagen McWilliams PortraitSarah Hagen McWilliams
Millboro, Virginia

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Human Resources & Compensation, Nominating & Governance

Sarah Hagen McWilliams is a retired clinical social worker who now works as a community volunteer, grant writer, fundraiser and private investor. A lifelong and fifth-generation Chautauquan originally from nearby Erie, Pennsylvania, McWilliams also serves a number of other boards, including as a trustee of the Erie Community Foundation.


Michael D. MetzgerMichael D. Metzger
Chautauqua, New York

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Audit (chair), Budget & Finance, Executive

Michael D. Metzger serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the State University of New York at Fredonia, one of Chautauqua County's other premier educational institutions. A 37-year resident of the county, he has for the past five years lived year-round at his property on the Institution grounds.


Bill NechesWilliam H. Neches, M.D.
Kensington, Maryland

Current Term: 2020–24
Committee Membership: Architectural Review Board, Audit, Budget & Finance

Dr. Bill Neches is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is the former director of Pediatric Cardiology, Medical Director of Information Systems and Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Finance. Neches and his family have been Chautauquans for 25 years; he and his wife Ellen have two children and three grandchildren.


Rich OsborneRichard J. Osborne
Charlotte, North Carolina

Current Term: 2018–22
Committee Membership: Development Council (chair), Budget & Finance, Executive

Rich Osborne is retired from Duke Energy Corp, where he worked for 31 years, including service as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Group Vice President-Public & Regulatory Policy. Having started visiting Chautauqua in 2012, he purchased a home on the grounds in 2014 and has spent each season here since then.


David PeckinpaughDavid Peckinpaugh
St. Louis, Missouri

Current Term: 2020–24
Committee Membership: Marketing & Brand Strategy

David Peckinpaugh is president of Maritz Global Events. He is a board member and founding co-chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition in conjunction with the U.S. Travel Association, past chairman of the PCMA Education Foundation and a board member for Pedal the Cause in St. Louis. A native of Cleveland, Peckinpaugh is a lifelong Chautauquan and Boys' and Girls' Club alum. He ran the Chautauqua Sports Club for six years and introduced the beloved Old First Night Run.


Sheila PenroseSheila Penrose
Chicago, Illinois

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Budget & Finance, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Sheila Penrose is the former president of a global financial services business, currently serving on three corporate boards and five not-for-profit boards, in addition to Chautauqua Institution. A property owner, she has been a regular at Chautauqua for each of the last 15 years.


Larry Thompson headshotLarry D. Thompson
Sea Island, Georgia

Current Term: 2018–22
Committee Membership: Audit

Larry Thompson is retired as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at PepsiCo and recently served as the the U.S. Department of Justice's Independent Compliance Monitor & Auditor for Volkswagen AG. His first Chautauqua experience was in 2004 when he was a Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker. He and his wife have been coming to Chautauqua yearly ever since.


Dorothy E. TreftsDorothy E. Trefts
Orchid, Florida

Current Term: 2017–21
Committee Membership: Marketing & Brand Strategy

Dede Trefts is Vice President for Services M&A Integration at IBM and in that capacity manages global integration support for the acquisitions undertaken by IBM's $60 billion Services organization. She is a lifelong Chautauquan and property owner whose family has spent summers on the Chautauqua grounds since the 1890s.


Dick Wade PortraitRichard R. Wade
Fountain Hills, Arizona

Current Term: 2019–23
Committee Membership: Budget & Finance (chair), Audit, Executive

Dick Wade retired from JPMorgan Chase with 36 years of service; at the time of his retirement he was the Chief Risk Officer of the commercial bank. He formerly served on the Chautauqua Foundation Board. Wade and his wife Debby, a retired Special Education teacher, are property owners and spend their summers at Chautauqua.


Legal Counsel: Samuel P. Price, Jamestown, New York

Honorary Trustees: Richard H. Miller, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Trustee for Life: George T. Snyder, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors Chair: M. Timothy Renjilian, Atlanta, Georgia

Chautauqua Property Owners Association President: Paul Perry, Naples, Florida