CYNTHIA SHOUP SCHIFFRIN, PRESIDENT
Cynthia is a registered architect with over 25 years of professional experience in design, project management and construction of office, university, research & development and residential buildings. She brings both a strong design and concrete business sense to her work, as well as a commitment to energy-efficient, sustainably designed buildings. She practiced architecture in Philadelphia for 20 years prior to moving to Washington DC with her husband and son. Her lifelong love of dance and the visual arts have led her to pursue numerous artistic endeavors which include working with her son’s school on theater set design and construction, as well as painting, book making, and dance classes. A former board member of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and a co-chair of various arts endeavors, she has substantial experience with artistic not-for-profit board-level work. She is always interested in new ideas and experiences, especially in the arts, which is what led her to Chamber Dance Project. She also enjoys skiing, yoga, photography, and food.
Deborah Downey is a graduate of University of South Carolina Law School and began her career in Washington DC. Deborah worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as well as the FERC to work in the regulation and litigation of natural gas law. Deborah and her husband Bruce have raised their family in the DC area. They have had a long-standing appreciation of the fine arts. As a family, the Downeys remain active in attending theatre, ballet, concerts, and museums, both in Washington DC and in New York City. Deborah’s lifelong learning in the arts, her devotion to family, and her career in the legal sector have helped define her role on the Board as an advocate for community engagement to underserved populations by the Chamber Dance Project.
Philippe has resided in New York City since he and his wife Katherine started their careers in the financial industry after graduating from Connecticut College. Philippe is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley in New York. He began playing the violin at the age of five in Munich, Germany, where his family lived at the time. He continued his passion for stringed instruments throughout his teens studying many blues and jazz greats but does not find much time to play these days. In addition to serving on the board of Chamber Dance Project as the Development Committee Chair, he has been a strong supporter of the Kaufmann Music Center and a longtime member of St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue. He joined the Chamber Dance Project Board in 2016.
JOY TREUTEL, TREASURER
Joy is a manager at KPMG LLP. Her specialties include audit and advisory services, focusing on the Federal government. She has been in public accounting for over 7 years and has experience with a wide variety of clients. Joy’s passion for the arts began at a young age, with her first art class in middle school. She continued developing her love of art by learning more through theater classes and attending plays and musicals. Living in Washington, DC, she enjoys visiting local art museums and exploring their permanent and temporary exhibits. Joy brings a love for the arts and accounting experience to the Board and Chamber Dance Project.
Elaine is a director KPMG with more than fourteen years of IT advisory and IT internal audit experience. Elaine’s clients include some of the leading entities in the financial services, chemical, and healthcare industries. For the past seven years, Elaine has been an active leader in the DC arts and cultural community. She has been instrumental in bringing young professional arts leaders together to collaborate as well as guiding young professional groups from creation through to establishment. In addition, she has served on steering committees such as the Choral Arts’ Young Patrons, The Phillips Collection’s Contemporaries, Wolf Trap’s Young Professional Society, and Studio Theatre’s Friends with Benefits.
Paul Ashe is founding chief executive of the fine pearls and luxury goods company Spey, based in Washington, DC. His successes span international trade development and business strategy, with a particular enthusiasm for products of origin and the culture that defines an industry. A native of Illinois, Paul’s work has taken him from Berlin to London and has influenced some of the largest luxury goods brands on the market. When not championing the pearl, he serves in the honor guard of the St. Andrew’s Society, has launched a foundation for the preservation of the River Spey in Scotland (from which his company takes its name), and campaigns for the development of arts in the District. Most of all, Paul is proud his company forms a small but lustrous part of the capital community, and is working toward a better and more beautiful Washington, DC.
Jason C. Jarrell is a Washington, D.C., resident and leads the global practice for Interel, a European-based international public affairs firm. His background spans both the public and private sectors, with more than fifteen years of experience in diplomacy, international trade, executive education and corporate public affairs. As both a professional communicator and a lifelong supporter of the arts, Jason has a passion for the innovative and the creative, taking original ideas from thought to reality to inspire and make an impact. A native of Illinois, Jason grew up in an artistic household and has enjoyed discovering hidden and unique museums and theaters around the world, particularly in St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia where he lived for several years. When not helping his clients with international issues, Jason likes to spend time hiking in the Shenandoah mountains or exploring the Eastern Shore.
Deborah fell in love with ballet when she saw her first performance of Nutcracker in New York City at a young age and started ballet at the age of six. For the next twelve years, she was fortunate enough to study at American Ballet Theater, Joffrey (when it was still a NYC company), and New Jersey Classic Ballet. At NJCB, Deborah studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. She also got to perform in many classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and, of course, Nutcracker (in which she danced Clara). Recognizing that she would never become a principal at ABT, Deborah hung up her pointe shoes to attend college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and law school at American University. Over the years, she has worked in private practice as a food regulatory lawyer, an industry representative for the supermarket community, the executive director of a small trade association, and currently serves as the general counsel of a trade association representing the major US retailers and head of their litigation center. Deborah has gone back to enjoy ballet classes at The Washington Ballet over the past 20 years that she’s lived in DC. She is married to the highly accomplished and supportive John Motley and her smart, focused daughter Madelyn is studying to become a computer engineer.
Craig McCullough is President of The Catalyst Group, a real estate team of RLAH Real Estate. His love for helping homeowners buy and sell real estate has extended to his philanthropic interests in helping non-profit organizations succeed. Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor, Craig had a career in public accounting where he specialized in non-profit, real estate, and construction accounting. His skill in accounting and passion for giving back to the community is what led him to hold previous Board positions with Lee Montessori Public Charter School, as Board Treasurer, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, as Financial Advisor to the Theta Eta chapter. As a young boy in New Hampshire, he began his journey with dance through youth ballet and tap dance and continues his ballet today through his involvement with The Jete Society and adult ballet classes. Craig is a proud graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, VA, where he obtained his Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting.