Ellen Caplan serves on The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was Co-Chair of the 2015 Craft Show, which generated record support under her leadership. She is a board member of the Shipley School and a board member emeritus at Abramson Cancer Center. She has been active in philanthropy at Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Arts, Abramson Cancer Center, and the Wistar Institute.
The Chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, Phoebe Haddon oversees an institution with 1,100 employees. With an annual budget of more than $173 million, the campus enrolls more than 6,500 students in 39 undergraduate programs and 28 graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. She had been Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, and a professor at Temple University School of Law. She is currently on the board at LEAP Academy and is a Director Emeritus at The Constitution Project.
Hilarie Morgan, a former psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents, serves on boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc. She is a supporter of Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. She is a member of the Museum’s Campaign Cabinet and the Contemporary Art Committee.
A past president of The Women's Committee, Zoë Pappas serves on the Education, Major Gifts, and Craft Show Committees, and has supported the Museum’s technology initiatives and acquisitions for the collection. With her late husband, Dean Pappas, she generously endowed several staff positions. Zoë began her engagement with the Museum in 1986 as a Museum Guide.
A civic leader, Jennifer Rice is president of the board of trustees at the Philadelphia School. She has supported institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and The Drawing Center. She also supports initiatives in education and youth development. She serves on the Museum’s Education Committee and served on the 2016 Art After Dark Committee.
Lawrence H. Berger, who served as the Museum’s General Counsel from 2006 until his retirement earlier this year, has been elected as an Honorary Trustee. Prior to joining the Museum’s staff, Larry was a partner in the Philadelphia office of Morgan Lewis and a long-time supporter of the Museum. He was a member of a committee of the American Bar Association that drafted the Revised Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Peter D. Davenport, who has served actively on the board since June 2009, will continue his service as a Trustee Emeritus. He is the retired marketing director of Thomas Scientific, a private company that manufactures scientific instruments. He has served on the Museum’s Library Committee and has supported many publishing initiatives, notably exhibition catalogues produced by the Museum.
A Museum Trustee since 2000, Esther “Penny” Fox also becomes a Trustee Emerita. She has served as Vice Chair of the Costume and Textiles Committee, and serves on the Governance, Collections, and Education Committees. She is a former Park House Guide, and a member of the Women's and Craft Show Committees.