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Detroit Institute of Arts elects five new Board Members - New emeritus and honorary members also elected

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced the election of five new board members at its November board of directors meeting. Nine members have been re-elected, and nine members have completed their terms of service, and one each elected to emeritus and honorary status.

The new members are: Mark A. Davidoff, Michigan managing partner at Deloitte LLP; James B. Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College; Dr. Ali Moiin, head of Comprehensive Dermatology Center, PC; Peter B. Oleksiak, vice president, controller and head of investor relations at DTE Energy; and Reginald M. Turner, partner at Clark Hill PC. Kenneth Eisenberg, chairman and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corporation, was elected to emeritus director status and Sidney A. Forbes, partner in The Forbes Company, to honorary director status.

“We are excited to welcome these outstanding DIA supporters to our board,” said Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr., chairman of the DIA board of directors. “Their expertise, leadership skills and community involvement will serve the museum very well. In addition we want to express our gratitude to those directors leaving our board for their dedicated service and accomplishments.”

Re-elected to the board are
Tina Bassett
Charles E. Becker
Mark A. Douglas
Maria C. Bringer-Duey
Richard M. Gabrys
Chacona Johnson
Mark E. Neithercut
Cynthia J. Pasky
Suzanne Shank

Directors leaving the board
Andrew L. Camden
Dr. Vivian Carpenter
George G. Johnson
David E. Meador
Sharon Madison Polk
Ronald V. Reed
John F. Smith
John W. Stroh III

New Members

Mark A. Davidoff

Mark A. Davidoff is Michigan managing partner at Deloitte LLP. For the past six years he has served as a regional leader for Deloitte’s forensic and dispute services practice. Davidoff joined Deloitte in 2005 after having served 12 years in key leadership positions with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, among them executive director. Davidoff was previously chief financial officer for Mercy Services for the Aging and held accounting positions with Henry Ford Health System and Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co (now KPMG LLP).

Davidoff earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Davidoff serves on the board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Children’s Trust Fund and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He also serves as chair of the Jewish Community Center.

James B. Jacobs, Ph. D

James B. Jacobs is president of Macomb Community College. Prior to his appointment in 2008, he concurrently served as acting director and director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy. Jacobs was associate director of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College at Columbia University.

Jacobs holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Harpur College.

Jacobs serves on the boards of the Community College Research Center (New York), Peoples State Bank, St. John Hospital and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education and a member of the Visioning Task Force for Macomb County. For the past 25 years, Jacobs has presented an economic forecast of Macomb County for the coalition of Macomb County Chambers of Commerce. He worked on the 2004 Cherry Commission Report to devise a plan to double the number of Michigan residents with a college degree. He served on advisory boards of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Assessment of Career and Technical Education, and Community College Panel to the Educational Testing Service.

Dr. Ali Moiin

Dr. Moiin is the head of Comprehensive Dermatology Center, PC in Troy and is a nationally recognized expert in the management of difficult dermatological conditions. Moiin serves as professor of dermatology in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University and is the former chief of dermatology at Harper University Hospital.

Moiin received a master’s degree in biology and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a medical degree from the University of California, Davis.

Moiin is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, chairman of the Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan and past Continuing Medical Education chair, Michigan Dermatology Society. Moiin serves on the boards of the Detroit Opera House, Michigan Opera Theatre, Grosse Pointe Park Foundation, Peace Jam, Founders Society, Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra and Visitors Honors College at Wayne State University.

Peter B. Oleksiak

Peter Oleksiak is the vice president, controller and investor relations at DTE Energy. He has worked in various capacities at DTE, including controller, assistant controller, finance lead (MCN implementation), group controller (energy resources) and nuclear generation financial controller. Before working at DTE, Oleksiak held a variety of financial analyst and supervisory positions at Chrysler Corporation.

Oleksiak holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and business economics from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business.

Oleksiak serves on the boards of Forgotten Harvest, Detroit and Visitors at Wayne State University School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, Wayne State University Business School Alumni and Wharton School Alumni.

Reginald M. Turner

Reginald Turner is a partner with Clark Hill PC and member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Group. In 2008, Turner was named one of Crain’s Power Lawyers in Crain’s Detroit Business. He has practiced law for more than 20 years and has been recognized by several legal industry organizations for his professional accomplishments. He has extensive governmental experience at the federal, state and local levels, and clerked for Dennis Archer at the Michigan Supreme Court.

Turner holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

Turner is chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics and the Detroit Police Foundation. He serves on the board of Comerica and is a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He is a past president of the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan and past chairman of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

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