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A unique team…

…Drawing from business, academia, professional design, science, social services, public policy, economic development, education, and many forms of the arts.

Currently five of seven board members are practicing artists who have national and international followers along with several showings of their work.


Dr. Fred Mandell, Board Chair & Founder

Fred Mandell PhD is the Chairman of the Board of The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership and founding principal of the Kalon Leadership Group, LLC. A former senior executive for a Fortune 500 company, Fred built top performing sales and marketing organizations, ran a multi-billion dollar investment company and helped implement global strategy. He teaches the number one rated leadership program at MIT Sloan Innovation Period.  

As an artist Fred's sculptures, paintings, and drawings are held in private and corporate collections. Contact Fred here.


Dr. Nancy Adler, Board Member

Dr. Adler is the S. Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has been recognized as one of the top 25 leadership experts in the world.  She consults on global leadership and cross-cultural management to private corporations and government organizations on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East.

Dr. Adler is also a visual artist whose works are held in private collections worldwide. Contact Dr. Adler here.


Howard Margules, Board Member

Howard is a retired financial services (Lincoln Financial Group) executive with an extensive background in developing and managing businesses in both the United States and China. He has broad- based global experience in business development, marketing, sales, strategic planning, customer service, and alliance management. Howard currently merges an interest in photography to support an array of non- profit organizations including High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Pet Partners. He gains great satisfaction in working one-on-one with disadvantaged individuals. Contact Howard here.


Mario F. Sanabria, Board Secretary

Mario was elected and served as the first National Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (1993-1995). Prior to that, he was Partner at Sable Group, Inc. and had a 26-year career at IBM Corporation, where he served was Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action including projects in Europe, Asia, South America, The Caribbean and South Africa. Mario has served as the Director of Education & Training for The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Chairman of the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut, Co-Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission. Contact Mario here.


Barry Svigals, Board Member

Artist, architect, writer and public speaker, Barry is the founder of Svigals + Partners, an architecture and art firm, whose mission is to nurture and inspire prosperous, compassionate communities. He believes we are all creative and that capacity needs to find expression in how we live and work together. Awakening creativity, we can participate in bringing to life our communities and more fully contribute to the world we inhabit. It can remind us that our struggles, our joys and sorrows, are shared. They are what bind us as a community.   

Trained as an architect at the Yale School of Architecture, Barry also studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Superiere in Paris. Encompassing a wide range of clients, his firm's architectural designs include projects for Yale University, Boston College and the University of Connecticut, as well as numerous public schools, including most recently, the new elementary school for Sandy Hook. Corporate clients include PepsiCo, Yale New Haven Hospital and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also designed homes for Jane Pauley and Garry Trudeau as well as Keith Richards and Patti Hansen. 

Over the last 35 years, he has taught and lectured at a number of academic institutions including the Yale School of Architecture, the Harvard School of Business, and Stanford University. His love of sculpture and figurative art led to its integration into the architecture of his firm, bringing back an historical tradition and providing a dimension which could give it deeper meaning. For this contribution to the practice of architecture, he was awarded the Fellowship to the American Institute of Architects.


Dr. Todd Jokl, Board Member

Todd is the Campus Dean of the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. 

Prior to his appointment at Lyme, he was an Associate Professor of Art and Design as well as Chairperson of the Department of Art and Design at the University. After receiving his BA from Yale University, he moved to San Francisco where he spent six years working in the fields of advertising and marketing with J. Walter Thompson, and Goldberg, Moser, O’Neil on brands such as Sprint Telecommunications, Dell Computers, and Sun Microsystems. 

While in the Bay Area, he continued producing his own artwork and through connections with his professional and artistic practices, he became acutely aware of technology and its impact on lives.  In 2000, Todd returned to Connecticut and completed his MFA at the University of Connecticut in 2002 with a concentration in New Media and Photography.  In 2018, Todd earned his Ed.D from So. CT State University where his doctoral studies and dissertation focused on college retention and intellectual and emotional development of young adults. 

He has exhibited his work nationally and lectured on topics of the evolution of perception and time in relation to arts.


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Dr. Sarah Karikó, Board Member

Sarah takes an interconnected approach to exploring the complex, intertwined challenges and opportunities facing us today through research that takes inspiration from the natural world – especially spiders – and often embeds the creative arts. She contributes to our scientific understanding of spiders through her research as Associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and explores the interconnectedness among species as Research Director of Gossamer Labs LLC.

Sarah has conducted fieldwork in places ranging from the rainforests of Madagascar and Costa Rica to the Rocky Mountains in the American West.

She began her study of spiders with arachnologist and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology Herbert W. Levi at Harvard. Her education also includes lessons learned in the horse corral of Stanford Addison, Northern Arapaho traditional healer and horse gentler, on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Sarah is also a working artist leading teams to create public art and performance pieces at places such as Jackson Hole Public Art’s open air science and art museum and Harvard’s Museums of Science and Culture as well as having her artworks included in exhibits and teaching collections such as the National Museum of Wildlife Art.


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Michael McWilliams, Executive Director

Michael is a veteran public affairs executive with experience across diverse fields. He joined TGIAL as Executive Director in April 2017 after leading a social impact management firm and serving on several nonprofit boards.

A writer by avocation and public issues advocate by profession, Michael had earlier repatriated to the US from Stockholm, Sweden upon finishing work with a UN-affiliated NGO focused on the planetary water crisis. Prior to that, he held executive roles in the American public policy and nonprofit arenas after a career as an entrepreneur and corporate manager in the fields of finance, manufacturing, and technology.

Michael presently serves on the board for Our Heart Speaks, a global health initiative for people facing chronic illness or sudden disability, and helps out with grant writing for Shelter Music Boston.

Michael and his wife Alice divide their time between their home in the greater Boston area, their Hawaii clan homestead, and their sons and families in California and Scotland.

He can be reached at michael@artschangeleaders.org