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DALLAS, Texas — April 16, 2014 — TACA, the premier fundraising organization for the performing arts in North Texas, has appointed eight new members and re-appointed four members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms (2014–2016).

"We are thrilled to welcome new champions of the arts to our board. This is a group of passionate and dedicated individuals who share TACA's vision of being a catalyst for excellence, innovation and engagement in the performing arts in our region," said Becky Young, President and Executive Director of TACA. "Their commitment and energy will help TACA provide financial support and resources to many deserving local arts organizations."

New members to the Board of Directors Class of 2016 include: Megan Bowdon, Skye Brewer, Pete Chilian, Dawn Carney Grove, Ann Margolin, Jay Oppenheimer, Dawna Richter, and Jill Tananbaum.

Megan Bowdon

Megan Ruth Bowdon is a 2014 graduate of Texas Christian University where she majored in Sculpture and Arts Administration. She was a member of the International Thespian Society and won several Texas state competitions and one national competition for theatrical scenic design. She was selected to participate in the Mercedes Benz 2013–2014 Art Exhibition at its corporate office in Alliance, Texas. She is a grants review panel member for the Fort Worth Arts Alliance and serves on the Bowdon Family Foundation Board of Directors.

As an artist, her projects build on her past experiences and are a nod to the proud traditions of carpentry and textiles. She is a native of North Texas and has an active studio where she makes quilts and custom design furniture, which combine her two passions: fibers and woodworking.

Skye Brewer

Skye Brewer moved to Dallas in 1994 from Claremont, California (Pomona College) to attend SMU School of Law. She graduated cum laude in 1997 and began her law career at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher where she practiced corporate and securities law until 2000 when she married her husband, Bill Brewer. Since then, Skye has been a devoted wife and mother to her six children as well as a committed community volunteer. Skye has been involved with many Dallas charities and has chaired various events for the da Vinci School, Hockaday, St. Mark's, Heroes and Handbags, and Cattle Baron's. She serves on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors as well as the Heroes for Children Board of Directors. Skye's passion for the Dallas arts community began when she joined and ultimately became President of the Elan Circle of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. Currently, she is Co-Chair of the Dallas Museum of Art's Art Ball silent and live auction. Skye is also committed to raising money for children with cancer and will co-chair the Heroes for Children's 10th Anniversary Event in 2015.

Pete Chilian

Pete is the Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank for the Dallas region where he manages a team of 50 bankers, investment specialists, credit executives, trust and estate attorneys and client services specialists who provide broad-based wealth management services to clients in the DFW metro area, West Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Northern Louisiana. Pete joined J.P. Morgan in NYC in 2002 and moved back to Texas in 2004. He holds an MBA in Finance from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a BBA in General Business from the Cox School of Business at SMU. Pete is a member of the Campaign Committee for the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Capital Campaign; an active supporter of The Children's Trust at Children's Medical Center of Dallas; and a member of the Advisory Council for the Master of Science in Finance program at the McCombs School of Business. He and his wife of twelve years, Brandi, have two sons, Cook and Wyatt.

Dawn Carney Grove

Dawn's community service includes serving on the board of directors of the Suicide & Crisis Center from 1989–1991 and 1998–2000. She is a certified crisis counselor. She has been a hospital volunteer with Parkland Hospital (1995-2000) and a member of Junior League (1993-2000). She worked as a biofeedback therapist for many years. After completing her MBA, she worked in the corporate communications department at Southwest Airlines. Most recently, she co-chaired the Silent and Live Auction for the Hockaday Centennial Celebration. She and her husband, Toby, are long-standing patrons of the arts. They have a nine year old daughter, Natalie.

Ann Margolin

Ann Margolin was elected to represent District 13 on the Dallas City Council in May, 2009 and served until July, 2013. As a city council member she chaired the council's Arts, Culture and Libraries Committee and was vice chair of the Economic Development Committee. She also served on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and the Housing Committee. The mayor appointed Ann to sit on the board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau where she was vice chair of the board. She is currently working with the mayor as chair of the Mayor's Business Arts Initiative which matches businesses with arts organizations as a way to help support the arts in Dallas. Prior to her election she was the owner of Intercon General Agency, a business which specializes in insurance programs for banks; a real estate investor, and community leader.

Ann was the first woman to chair the board of Parkland Hospital on which she served for 6 years. She also served as vice chair and chairman of the Finance Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee. Ann is a member of the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board and a past member of the Parkland Foundation board. She has served on governmental boards including the Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission, the Dallas Park and Recreation board and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board. She has served as president of the Board of Girls Incorporated and chair of board of directors of The Chiapas Project, which makes micro-loans to women in Latin America. She is the event chair for the 2014 TITAS Gala, which will be held May 2nd.

Ann holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Northwestern University in Communication and an MBA from Columbia University Business School. She is an active member of Temple Emanu-El. She has two children, Richard, 27 and Jane, 25 and is married to Fred Margolin.

Jay Oppenheimer

Jay is an active community volunteer. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Theater Center; Board of Directors of the Jewish Family Service where he is Treasurer; Board of Directors of Visiting Nurses Association; Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Board of Directors of Big Thought. He is a former member of the national Board of Directors for Human Rights Campaign Foundation (2007–2009); Board of Trustees of AIDS Services of Dallas (2001-2013); and the Board of Directors of DIFFA Dallas (1992-1994), among others. He is a former Vice-President and COO of Weight Watchers of Ft. Worth (1998–2004) and former assistant buyer, department manager and buyer for Neiman Marcus (1986-1998). He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance and BA in Political Science from SMU, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Dawna Richter

Dawna Richter joined Bank of Texas in 2010 as Senior Relationship Manager for The Private Bank. With over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, Dawna has had roles including Private Banking Officer at Texas American Bank, Corporate Financial Analyst at Pier 1 Imports, Vice President and Team Leader at Chase Manhattan Bank of Texas, Branch Sales Manager at Norwest Private Mortgage Banking and Relationship Manager at Nations Bank Private Bank/Bank of America. Her most recent role, prior to Bank of Texas, was as a Senior Loan Officer for Texas Capital Bank's Private Client Group. Dawna is actively involved in her community having previously been a member of the TACA Grants Panel and Board of Governors, as well as an Advisor for the Junior League of Dallas' Fund Development and Finance committees. She co-chaired the Dallas Women‘s Foundation 26th Annual Luncheon. She is a former board member and advisory board member for Girls, Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, as well as a former chair of the Board of Trustees for Chiapas International. She received her BBA from the University of North Texas, her MBA from Texas Christian University and completed the Certified Financial Planner Program at Southern Methodist University.

Jill Tananbaum

Jill is a licensed attorney and community volunteer. She founded Breakwater Strategies, LLC, a litigation consulting firm specializing in overseeing and managing litigation matters for public and private companies and individuals. Prior to founding her own firm, she was associated with Coudert Brothers in New York and California and Jones Day in Dallas. Jill has served or serves on the boards for The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (President), Turtle Creek Manor and The Vogel Alcove. She is a recipient of the 2009 North Star Award, presented by Henry S. Miller Interests, Inc./Dallas Highland Park Village. In 2013, Jill co-chaired the TACA Party on the Green. In addition to raising her two sons, Kyle (14) and Jason (11), she is currently co-chairing the 2014 Cattle Baron's Ball for the American Cancer Society.

Returning Board of Directors members include the following: Shannon Brame, Barbara Daseke, Kemp Sawers and Ed Tauriac.

Officers of the 2014 TACA Board of Directors are:

Chairman: Nancy Carlson
Vice Chairman, Grants: Tara Lewis
Vice Chairman, Programs: Zannie Giraud Voss
Treasurer: Marsha Cameron
Secretary: Ann Hobson

Chairmen Emeriti include Sis Carr, Jane Dunne, Ed Fjordbak and Linda Gibbons.