A unique team…
…Drawing from business, academia, professional design, science, social services, public policy, economic development, education, and many forms of the arts.
Dr. Fred Mandell, Board Chairman & 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.
Perhaps now more than ever, we need to feel again a sense of our collective humanity. Through creative engagement, Barry's aim is to touch that commonality we all carry in our hearts. This has been his effort as both an artist and architect: to remember, and remind others, that we are born to be creative and we need to bring that creative spirit to our lives, our communities and the world.
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 Stamford 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.
Dr. Sarah Kariko, Board Member
Sarah is a pioneering scientist at a renowned university in the U.S. Northeast.
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 seven years leading a social impact advisory 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 (together 46 years and counting) divide their time between their home in the greater Boston area, their Hawaii clan and homestead, and their sons and families in California and Scotland. Whenever he gets a chance, Michael pursues his lifelong passions for skiing, cycling, sea kayaking, and nearly any kind of trekking that gets him as far as possible out into the wild or lost in foreign places. He runs...reluctantly, only to stay in shape for the stuff he actually enjoys...and occasionally attempts to play the Great Highland Bagpipes just for the Hell of it.
He can be reached at email@example.com