Friends Leadership CouncilThe Friends Leadership Council (FLC) is an engaged group of volunteers from around the community and beyond who advocate for the arts at Penn State and help to plan a variety of events, including our premier fundraising event, the Palmer Gala.
The purpose of the FLC is to further the educational and public service mission of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State.
It achieves this by advocating for the needs of the Museum, assisting in its efforts to grow and obtain membership support, and raising funds for the benefit of the Museum, its collection, and public programs. Members of the Friends Leadership Council serve as ambassadors of the Museum by strengthening town and gown relationships; sustain the Council through active recruitment, orientation, and succession planning; and actively support the vision and goals of the Director.
For more information about getting involved with this dedicated group of volunteers, call 814-865-7673.
Friends Leadership Council Members – 2022–2023
- Tara Banerjee – Chair
- Gail Hurley – Interim Vice Chair
- Mary Jo Everhart – Docent Representative
- Caroline Koch – Student Representative
- Laura Anderson
- Keleigh Asbury
- Meghan Flannery Hayes
- Roy Long
- Charmaine Rapaport
- Tracy Riegel
- Kay Salvino
- Vaughn Shirk
- Kristin Breslin Sommese
- Ex-officio Members: Erin M. Coe (Director); Joyce Robinson (Assistant Director); Jo Bergsma (Assistant Director for Advancement and Membership); Robyn Krause-Hale (Director of Arts Advancement); Terri Sowerby (Immediate Past Chair)
Friends EventsThe Friends Leadership Council organizes, plans, and hosts multiple events for members of the Friends of the Palmer and the public.
Annual MeetingThe Friends of the Palmer Annual Meeting happens every summer. Annual meetings are special events that include guest speakers, receptions, and sometimes participation in choosing new museum purchases and acquisitions.
GalaThe Palmer Museum’s spectacular annual gala includes dinner and dancing, special guests, live and silent auction items, and more! It’s an unforgettable way to raise money for art, the collection, and the museum.