Joining Tony Bennett as artist directors on the board are Dick and Tom Smothers of the legendary comic duo Smothers Brothers and renowned composer, conductor and pianist Marvin Hamlisch.
Wolf Trap's new executive committee will include current board member and new board Chairman John C. Backus Jr., Vice Chairman and Secretary Alexander Dean and Vice Chairman Margaret Miller Welch.
New members who have made a three-year commitment to advance the foundation's mission, goals and financial stability include John F. Burton, managing general partner, Updata Venture Partners; Michael D. Capellas, chairman and chief executive officer, MCI; Newt Gingrich, chief executive officer, The Gingrich Group; Darrell Green, chairman and co-founder, Covenant Learning Solutions LLC; Robin Crawford Heller; John Jacquemin, president and chief executive officer, Mooring Financial Corporation; Joseph M. Kampf, president and chief executive officer, Anteon International Corp.; Kent Knutson, vice president, Government Relations, The Home Depot; Linda Mercuro; Henry Morneault, chairman, Riggs & Co., executive vice president, Riggs Bank, N.A; Paul Saleh, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Nextel Communications; William J. Shaw, president and chief operating officer, Marriott International, Inc.; and Ranvir Trehan, president and chief executive officer, SETA Corp.
Terry Holzheimer will be the Wolf Trap Associates liaison to the Foundation Board. Eloise Poretz is chairman of the Wolf Trap Associates Board.
In addition to Bennett, the Smothers brothers and the 17 new members, the Foundation Board includes Sanju K. Bansal, Alisa Marie Beyer, Katherine Cochrane, Stanley E. Collender, John Daniels, Gloria Story Dittus, Mark D. Ein, Lawrence P. Fisher, Holidae H. Hayes, Terrence D. Jones, Dr. Ashok G Kaveeshwar, Clifford M. Kendall, Dr. William M. Layson, Shelley A. Longmuir, Fran P. Mainella, Suzann Wilson Matthews, Alan L. Meltzer, Norman Y. Mineta, Alfred T. Mockett, Melissa Moss, Fernando Murias, Michael Naylor, Walter M. Oliver, Gregory J. Parseghian, John Reim, Joseph A. Reyes, Philippe Rollier, Tareq Salahi, Lou Scanlan, Tina B. Small, Dr. Frederick W. Telling, Theresa Thompson, William L. Walton, and Dr. Donald C. Winter.
Emeriti directors are Gerald R. Ford, Mary Frances Pearson, Elizabeth Taylor and Earle C. Williams.
Additional officers are Charles A. Waters Jr., executive vice president and CFO, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Ann McPherson McKee, senior vice president, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; and Richard A. Newman, general counsel, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC.
Land for Wolf Trap, the nation's only national park devoted to the performing arts, was donated by the late Catherine Filene Shouse.
A new education center designed by Great Falls architect Robert Mobley opened last year.