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Detroit Institute of Arts Elects New Board Members

Friday, December 22, 2006

Three new members bring a variety of skills and resources

December 14, 2006 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) elected three new board members at its November board of directors meeting: Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, founder, president and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council; Mary Ann DeMattia, an active museum volunteer and leader of the docent program; and Reuben A. Munday, a leading area lawyer with the firm of Lewis & Munday P.C. and active community volunteer.

“I am very pleased to welcome our new members to the DIA board,” said Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr., vice president and secretary of Masco Corporation and chairman of the DIA board of directors. “Their expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment will serve the museum well as we continue to move forward toward our short-term goal of completing our Master Plan project and our longer-term goal of ensuring financial stability for one of the greatest cultural institutions in our country.”

The new members are:

Dr. Haifa Fakhouri
Dr. Haifa Fakhouri is the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC), a community-based human services agency. She leads the ACC’s Seven Mile Project, a neighborhood renewal effort on Seven Mile Road between John R Rd. and Woodward Ave. in Detroit. As part of the project, ACC opened a Youth Recreation and Leadership Center in 2005, and will build an Artisan Center where Middle Eastern, African American, and Hispanic artists can create, display and sell their works in an ethnically themed café. A graduate of Wayne State University with a Ph.D. in Sociology, Fakhouri has devoted her efforts toward Arab immigrants and refugees and has served on several boards and advisory commissions. In the 1980s, she was appointed special advisor to the United Nations on women’s issues in the Arab world. Fakhouri was a delegate to the International Women’s Conference in Mexico, and served as a special consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2004, Governor Granholm appointed Fakhouri to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Board and Executive Committee, a position she holds until 2012. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the 1999 Michiganian of the Year Award, the Arab Jewish Award, Project Hope’s Women of the Year Award, and the Wayne State University Headliner Award. Fakhouri is a member of the DIA’s Asian and Islamic Art Forum.

Mary Ann DeMattia
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Ann DeMattia came to Detroit to attend Marygrove College. In addition to her love of Native American art, DeMattia has a strong interest in art education, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education. An active member of Friends of the Arts Northville (FAN), she is also a long-time DIA volunteer. Since 1984, DeMattia has given countless tours to museum visitors. In 2005, she was recognized as Docent Committee Volunteer of the Year. She has served on the Docent Board as Program Chair, participated in Art & Flowers, and currently chairs the Docent Committee and the 2006 School Letter Writing Contest. DeMattia is also active on numerous DIA standing committees.

Reuben A. Munday
A Detroit resident, Reuben Munday is a shareholder and former president of Lewis & Munday P.C., a nationally recognized law firm specializing in bond counsel, corporate civil work and public law. His firm acted as bond counsel for such projects as Detroit’s Chrysler Jefferson Avenue Assembly Plant, the Robert L. Millender Center and Cobo Hall Expansion. Munday has practiced in the area of real estate development and construction law for more than 25 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 1976. A sought after speaker, Munday held the position of Chairman for Leadership Detroit. He has served as a board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America; Fund for Detroit’s Future; City of Detroit Board of Ethics; City Year Detroit; and St. John Detroit Macomb Hospital Corporation.

In addition, Dr. Walter O. Evans, a retired surgeon and prominent collector of African American art, was named an emeritus board member. John E. Marshall III, recently retired president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, William W. Shelden, Jr., a generous supporter and volunteer of the DIA and former vice president of Bank One, and Lila Silverman, a prominent leader in the art community and avid supporter of local artists, were elected as honorary board members.

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