Civic Leader & Director of Development, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Mirja Spooner Haffner is an active civic leader and the Director of Development at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Prior to joining Brushwood Center, Mirja spent her career working in the arts in New York City and was the Director of Development at the Neue Galerie New York. Additionally, she worked in development at the Art Institute of Chicago raising capital funds for the Modern Wing. In addition to her role as Board Chair of the ChiArts Foundation, Mirja is a member of the Founder’s Board at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mirja holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Barnard College/Columbia University. Mirja loves all things related to the arts, exploring and traveling, and supporting mental health and wellness.
Gary Metzner has been with Sotheby’s since 1997, and currently leads as Senior Vice President – Head of Office. He is a specialist in paintings, prints and sculptures from Old Masters to Contemporary. As an Auctioneer, he has conducted hundreds of charity auctions throughout the Midwest including Cows on Parade and the Banner auctions for the City of Chicago.
Prior to Sotheby’s, he was Director of Fine Art for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers beginning in 1993. Prior to that, he was Director of Hokin Kaufman Gallery in Chicago.
Mr. Metzner can be seen on Chubb’s Antique Roadshow on PBS, has appeared on the Home and Garden Television network’s programmes At the Auction and The Appraisal Fair, and participates in heirloom discovery days across the country.
Mr. Metzner is a graduate of Indiana University and earned a graduate degree in Art History from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the Plummer Scholarship in Fine Art and also sits on the board of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Partner & Director of Marketing & Business Development, Clifford Law Offices
Erin Clifford J.D., M.A., is a Corporate Wellness Consultant, and a Partner and Director of Marketing and Business Development at Clifford Law Offices. Erin Clifford grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, where she majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. After graduating, Erin taught high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for five years. Thereafter, she matriculated to DePaul College of Law, earning her Juris Doctorate. Erin then clerked for five years at the Illinois Appellate Court, First District for the Honorable Justice Terrence J. Lavin and then for a period as legal counsel at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.
In addition to her development work at Clifford Law Offices and legal background, Erin is a Corporate Wellness Consultant and National Certified Counselor. She works with professionals to help them create and maintain healthy lifestyles. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Northwestern University. As an authority figure in the wellness industry, Erin gives speaking engagements in all areas of wellness – from nutrition, to exercise, to healthy lifestyle management. Her expertise in wellness has earned her media attention from publications such as Shape Magazine, US News and World Report, Prevention Magazine, and more.
Erin is an advocate of giving back and helping the Chicago community. She serves as a board member on the Friends of Prentice Board, an organization committed to superior healthcare spanning the full spectrum of a woman’s life. She also serves as a board member for WTTW and WFMT Board of Trustees, and she’s on American Bar Association’s Mental Health & Wellness Task Force.
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Duffie A. Adelson*
ChiArts Alumni Parent
Elissa Hamid Efroymson
Vice Chair, Efroymson Family Fund
President & CEO, AHF Body Chemistry
Vice President & Chief Audit Executive, Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
Ronald B. Grais
Counsel, Raines Feldman LLP
Chair Emerita, Polk Bros. Foundation
Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Hart Davis Hart Wine Company
Civic Leader, Consultant, Retired Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company
Co-Founder & Chairman, Old World Industries
Commercial Banking Director & Team Lead, BMO Harris Bank
National Executive Director, National Hypertension Control Initiative, American Heart Association
Vice President, Sovereign Infrastructure Group (SIG)
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Partner, Chicago Capital
Michael (Mac) McIntosh
Partner/Principal, Transformation, PwC
Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School
Co-Founder, The Drawing Board LLC
Civic Leader & Founder and CEO, The Alzenia Project
Civic Leader & Previous Senior Director of Global Enablement, Salesforce
President & COO, Indiana Sugars