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National Veterans Art Museum Announces New Chairman of the Board

Chicago, Ill.—(ENEWSPF)—November 5, 2013 – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) announces Lionel Rabb, President and CEO of Catalyst Group Global, as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Rabb was elected to the position on October 19, 2013, and will fill the unexpired portion of retiring chairman Mike Helbing’s term through early 2014. He has been an NVAM Board member since September 2012. In addition, the NVAM announces two new members have joined the Board of Directors: Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty. The NVAM’s Board of Directors is vice chaired by Ron Gibbs and Jim Moore.

“I consider myself fortunate to be part of the Board during this important time of transition, and am proud to help preserve, grow and further the mission of NVAM: to inspire a greater understanding of the real impact of war,” said Rabb. “The art that is part of the NVAM collection is challenging, compelling, educational, reflective and healing for the people who went above and beyond for all of us. I look forward to building upon the NVAM’s history and successes as we continue to expand this great organization.”

“Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Board, and we look forward to seeing these new leaders extend the NVAM’s reach—particularly in areas of education and therapeutic art,” Vice Chair Jim Moore said. “Like Lionel Rabb, Caroline O’Boyle and Becky Flaherty are enthusiastic and active supporters of the arts in Chicago and veteran arts in particular who bring a wealth of expertise from their exemplary careers.”

About Lionel Rabb
Lionel Rabb is President and CEO of Catalyst Group Global, a results-driven global consultancy specializing in cross-sectoral strategies for tangible success and substantive change. Catalyst drives a framework of data, strategy and action to achieve tangible outcomes for both private sector advancement and public sector benefit.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Rabb is dedicated to leading action on community issues both locally and globally. He founded the Rabb Family Foundation in order to directly support action on critical issues. Mr. Rabb also serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Park District-Jefferson Park Advisory Board.

About Caroline O’Boyle
Caroline O’Boyle currently works as a consultant whose clients include The Trust for Public Land and Free Street Theater. Ms. O’Boyle recently completed work as a public engagement consultant for the recreation master plan of The Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Ms. O’Boyle is a seasoned arts administrator who served as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Programming for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Director of Environment, Culture and Special Events for the Chicago Park District. In these roles, Ms. O’Boyle collaborated with numerous civic, not-for-profit and neighborhood cultural organizations and oversaw artistic and logistical aspects of public performance series including Movies and Concerts in the Parks, Theater on the Lake and the JazzCity concert series.

About Becky Flaherty
Becky Flaherty is the director of operations for Odysseus, a national nonprofit focused on innovation and systems change. Ms. Flaherty is also the National Development Director of the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation and an Adjunct Faculty at Carlow University.

Ms. Flaherty’s previous experience includes Director of Development for Heritage Community Initiatives, Director of Development and Organizational Advancement for Crossroads Foundation, and ten years as the Director of Environment, Culture and Special Events for the Chicago Park District. She has also consulted on arts, education, policy and open space for such clients as the Trust for Public Land (Bloomingdale Trail), GreenPlay (Cook County Forest Preserve District Recreation Master Plan), Free Street Theater, Discover Music: Discover Life, and Working in the Schools (WITS).

About the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org.

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at www.nvam.org/collection-online.

Source: nvam.org


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