For Immediate Release
Max Weisman
Phone: 215-735-6760

The National Liberty Museum Begins New Year with New Board Leadership and New Members.
Brian Effron assumes the role of President of the Board of Directors.

Philadelphia, PA (January 8, 2018). The National Liberty Museum announced three new members to its Board of Directors, as well as a new President of the Board.

Brian Effron, CEO of Healthcare Administrative Partners, will assume the role of President of the National Liberty Museum’s Board of Directors. Effron has been on the Board of Directors for the past ten years. In addition to the National Liberty Museum he serves on the Board of the University of the Arts, the Philadelphia Film Society and boards within the professional healthcare industry.

“I look forward to using my experience and institutional knowledge of the National Liberty Museum to help us grow for the future,” said Effron. “I am proud to work with an organization that leads the nation in a conversation about liberty, character development and civic engagement.”

Brian Effron will replace outgoing Board President, Tom Caramanico, who served in the role for four years.  “I am deeply grateful to Tom for serving as president of the NLM Board this past four years,” Effron continued. “Tom’s thoughtful guidance has been invaluable to me, and I know that our Board appreciates his leadership during a time of great growth in our programming. I look forward to Tom’s continued contributions on our Board.”

In addition to the new Board President, the Museum is pleased to welcome new board members Laurie Wagman, Etta Winigrad and Dr. Nigel Brown.

Laurie Wagman is the Founder/President of American Theater Arts for Youth and American Family Theater. Under her guidance, the two organizations produced and presented professional, original musicals to more than 32 million students throughout the United States. Ms. Wagman’s philanthropic focus reflects a broad base of interests in the arts, education and social services. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her achievements on behalf of young people.

The University of Pennsylvania Library houses her distinguished body of work and related materials. The Laurie Wagman Collection of Theater Arts in Education is available to educators and performance communities worldwide. Ms. Wagman serves on the boards of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Children’s Theatre Alliance and the University of the Arts. The National Liberty Museum was founded by her husband, the late Irvin J. Borowsky, and her commitment to its mission and outreach has been paramount since its inception.

Etta Winigrad grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Applied Arts. She is an accomplished sculptor who typically works in ceramic and mixed media, and her work can be found in various galleries and collections throughout the United States. Ms. Winigrad’s parents founded a parking company that is now known as the Parkway Corporation, where she served as First Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for many years.

Dr. Nigel Brown is the CEO of Princeton Healthcare Advisory, LLC, and partner at Trevi Health Capital LLC. In addition to serving as ad hoc advisor to the British and Canadian governments and as board member of several leading life sciences, biotech and pharmaceutical research organizations, Dr. Brown is affiliated with the Arts Council of Princeton and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

About the National Liberty Museum

The National Liberty Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to advancing liberty by fostering strong character and civic engagement. Each year, approximately 70,000 visitors walk through the Museum’s front doors and are inspired by its 78 thought-provoking exhibits and collection of glass art, which provides a uniquely reflective experience on the meaning of liberty. The Museum is also actively working to bring liberty to life through outreach opportunities, including its Young Heroes Outreach Program, which teaches students about liberty, strong character, and leadership, and how to live like a hero every day. Thanks to a recent grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the program has been given the resources to provide the strongest and most meaningful Young Heroes curriculum since the program’s inception 7 years ago.

The National Liberty Museum believes that civic engagement, grounded in strong character, enables liberty to flourish. It encourages people of all backgrounds to be a hero of liberty, because where liberty lives, people live better.

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