Our Board

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Hainen, Artistic Director and Founder

Principal Harp, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University

Anita Henderson, Chair

Senior Fellow, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Robert Schwartz, Chair Emeritus

President, Co-Founder & Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center
Chair of Advisory Committee to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch
2003-2012, Chair of Board of the Philadelphia Youth Network

Diane Mallery, Vice Chair

Engagement Team Leader, Dunleavy & Associates

Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, Secretary

Violist, Piasecki Family Chair, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Patty Ellis, Finance Committee Chair

Retired Financial Controller

Alexandra Chamberlain

Director of Marketing & Public Relations, BELFOR Property Restoration
Former PR Account Executive, Cashman & Associates

Chris Deviney

Principal Percussion, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Graduate Program Faculty, Temple University

Karen Eskridge

COO, Johns Hopkins HealthCare (retired)

Sheri Ranger

Former Real Estate Broker

Founder & Owner, Mortgage Brokering Firm

Jonathan Stiles

Director of Marketing at Museum of the American Revolution
Former Dancer, Philadelphia Ballet


In addition to its Board of Directors, The Lyra Society is also fortunate to have a group of honorary board members. These honorary board members, who support The Lyra Society’s mission, generously serve as informal advisors to the Board and The Lyra Society’s leadership team.

Peter A. Benoliel, Co-Chairperson
Carole Haas Gravagno, Co-Chairperson
Joshua Bell, Concert Violinist
Tan Dun, Composer
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Joseph Kluger, Principal at WolfBrown
Jan Krzywicki, Composer
Philip Maneval, Composer
Susann McDonald, Indiana University Distinguished Professor of Harp
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor