The Arts and Education Council announced today that Margaret McDonald and Mary McHugh were each elected to a three-year term beginning January 1 on the Arts and Education Council's board of directors. Newly-elected Young Friends of the Arts President Anita Hansen, Commercial Relationship Team Administrator at Regions Bank, also joined the board as an ex officio member.

Caren Vredenburgh, former senior director creative services at Caleres, will serve as the nonprofit’s board chair for the second year of her term. Officers have also been elected to the following positions: Jeffrey Carter, M.D., Vice Chair; Terrance Good, Vice Chair; Nicole Hudson, Secretary; Deanna Hohman, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Naretha Hopson, Philanthropy Committee Chair; Ken Haller, M.D., Grants and Program Committee Chair; Curtis Cassel, Governance Committee Chair; and Debbie Marshall, Planning and Evaluation Committee Chair.

Margaret McDonald is the marketing principal for HOK’s St. Louis studio. She is responsible for developing new business, aligning the studio’s people with opportunities for them to create and succeed and collaborating with HOK’s leaders to serve clients across markets. In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofit boards.

Mary McHugh, a public relations and strategic communications consultant, helps clients build awareness, consideration and content for their brands. She has developed, coordinated and executed media relations programs at the national, regional and local levels. Additionally, she has supported the community through volunteer and board service with organizations like MindsEye, the Regional Arts Commission and the Professional Theatre Awards Council.

“On behalf of the Arts and Education Council, I’m pleased to welcome Margaret and Mary to the Arts and Education Council’s board of directors. I’m thrilled that they have chosen to lend their leadership, experience and enthusiasm for the arts to help us keep art happening. Together, we’ll continue our work to create and sustain vibrant communities through the arts across the St. Louis region,” said Board Chair Caren Vredenburgh.

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