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The Philadelphia Orchestra Association Elects Five Members to Board of Directors

October 23, 2018

(Philadelphia, October 23, 2018)––The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has elected five local business, arts, and community leaders to its Board of Directors in the 2018-19 fiscal year: Juliet Goodfriend, founder of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute; Dr. Julia Haller, ophthalmologist-in-chief of Wills Eye Hospital; Robert C. Heim, partner at Dechert LLP; Chris Keith, president of Lockton Insurance Brokers’ Philadelphia office; and Charles Ryan, chairman of UFG Asset Management.

“It is always exciting to welcome to the Board of Directors a group of experienced leaders with diverse backgrounds who share an interest in advancing our organization,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Association Chairman Richard Worley. “I am confident that these enthusiastic new members will play a key role in helping to shape the Orchestra’s bright future.”

About the new Board members:

  • Juliet Goodfriend is founder, Board chair, and former CEO of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the region’s largest art house movie theater and film education center. She is also the founder and former president of Strategic Marketing Corporation, a pharmaceutical market research firm she founded in 1979. She has served as a trustee at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, and as chair or member of the boards of the Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy, the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Moss Rehab Hospital, the Inglis Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, among others. She was awarded the Paradigm Award from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the pharmaceutical industry’s Fordyce Award, and she is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. Her grandfather, Adolph Hirschberg, regularly played with Orchestra musicians and headed the Musician’s Union and the Central Labor Union in the 1920s and 30s. Goodfriend currently resides in Penn Valley, PA, with her husband, Dr. Marc Moreau.
  • Dr. Julia Haller is ophthalmologist-in-chief of Wills Eye Hospital, where she holds the William Tasman M.D. Endowed Chair. She serves as professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Haller trained in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before coming to Philadelphia, she held the Katharine Graham and Robert Bond Welch chairs as a Hopkins faculty member. Her honors include the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Award, the Strittmatter Award (the highest honor of the Philadelphia Medical Society), the Louis Braille Award from Associated Services for the Blind, and the Glass Medal from the Macula Society, among others. She serves as president of the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, chair of the Society of Heed Fellows, and council member of the American Ophthalmological Society. She serves on the boards of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Princeton Varsity Club. She and her husband, John D. Gottsch, M.D., have five children.
  • Robert C. Heim, partner at Dechert LLP, is a nationally known trial lawyer who focuses his practice on antitrust, securities, products liability, and complex commercial litigation. He is a past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was appointed by the late United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and completed two three-year terms. He has been the chair of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and has lectured on both trial and appellate advocacy as well as taught appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After receiving his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and his M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1968, he went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1972. For seven years, he served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia. He currently serves both as a trustee of the Free Library of Philadelphia and on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Free Library Foundation. He is also the Board chair of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Center City District and of the MBF Center. He is a captain in the United States Naval Reserve (Ret.).
  • Chris Keith is president of Lockton Insurance Brokers’ Philadelphia office. Lockton is the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker in the U.S. Prior to joining Lockton, he served as vice president and consultant with the Graham Company in Philadelphia for six years. He has also held leadership positions with CSL Behring, a bio-therapeutics company, and in the life sciences practice at Deloitte Consulting. He earned industry recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” insurance executive from Business Insurance magazine in 2013, a “Power Broker” in workers’ compensation and an “Under 40 Power Broker” from Risk & Insurance magazine in 2013. He was awarded the “Rising Star and Aviation and Aerospace Power Broker of the Year” award in 2016. Additionally, Business Insurance magazine recognized him in its “Top 100 Executives” nationally in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Currently, he serves as a Board member at large for Beat the Streets, a youth development program in Philadelphia. He was previously a Board member for the local chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, and was a development trustee of Liberty Resources, Inc., a nonprofit promoting independent living for people with disabilities. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and resides in New Jersey with his wife, Amanda, and two sons.
  • Charles Ryan’s distinguished financial career combines top level expertise and deep knowledge of both Russian and international markets. In October 2008, he became the chairman of UFG Asset Management, in addition to being responsible for the overall management of UFG’s private equity business. He began his professional career in 1989 with CS First Boston, where he was a financial analyst. From 1991 to 1994, he was an associate and principal banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, where he played a crucial role in the city of St. Petersburg’s privatization program for industry and real estate. In 1994, he co-founded the United Financial Group, an independent investment bank in Moscow. In 2005, when Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG’s investment banking business, he was appointed as the chief country officer and CEO of the Deutsche Bank Group in Russia. He stepped down as the CEO in September 2008 to become chairman of UFG Asset Management. He graduated with honors in government from Harvard College in 1989. He currently serves as a director for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Board member for Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (Moscow), and was recently appointed to Temple University’s Board of Trustees. He grew up in Radnor and returned to the Philadelphia area after his work in Russia. He attended many Orchestra concerts with his parents during his youth.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is a registered not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1902 under the laws of Pennsylvania. A copy of the Association’s official registration and financial information can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 800.732.0999 toll free within Pennsylvania. Registration is a routine matter of law and does not imply governmental endorsement.

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