Board of Directors
Carl D Thoma, President
Marilynn J Thoma, Vice President and Treasurer
Gary S Hart, Secretary
Ashley Klingler, Office Manager, Executive Assistant to Marilynn Thoma, & Thoma Foundation Administrator
Ashley Klingler is based in Chicago and has been with the Thoma Foundation since 2016. She provides executive assistance to Marilynn Thoma, manages office relations and Foundation administration. Born and raised in Illinois, Ashley attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where her love for the arts took shape as she studied Vocal Performance and Theater. For general foundation inquiries, please contact Ashley via email.
Erin Fowler, Advisor
Previously Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Thoma Foundation, Erin Fowler currently works in an advisory capacity, working closely with the founders on the organization’s long-term vision and planning. Erin also manages all projects and programs related to the Foundation’s collection of historical art from South America. She is actively involved with the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute’s Partners Committee and in many of the city’s contemporary arts organizations. Erin holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Michigan, both in art history.
Jason Foumberg, Curator of Digital Art
Jason Foumberg is curator of the Thoma Foundation's digital art collection. Since 2014 he has curated annual exhibitions featuring the Foundation's collection at Art House, Santa Fe, and Orange Door, Chicago, as well as touring exhibits of digital art with U.S. museum partners. Jason coordinates the Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art and advises on the Foundation's grant programs. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Kate Weinstein, Collections Manager & Registrar
Kate Weinstein is the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Thoma Foundation, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. She comes to the Foundation from a Chicago-based fine art appraisal firm where she oversaw all facets of collection management for institutional clients and the company as the Senior Appraisal & Research Assistant. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts with a minor in French from Iowa State University (2008) and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012).
Kathleen Richards, Art House Director & Exhibitions Manager
Kathleen Richards is the Exhibitions Manager and Director for the Thoma Foundation's Art House and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Illinois and raised in New Mexico, Kathleen has been active in the Santa Fe art scene since the 1970s, with works included in books on local artists and printmakers. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and is a professor of art at Santa Fe Community College. Kathleen has lived a life dedicated to the arts in all its many forms and continues to pursue that love of exploration through sharing innovative and historic digital/electronic works from the Thoma Collection at Art House, the Foundation’s public venue.
L.E. Brown, Communications Manager
L.E. Brown is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and oversees the internal and external communications of the Thoma Foundation. Previously, she held the position of Digital Media Manager for a nonprofit new media arts organization and Director of a contemporary art gallery focusing on global and diasporic art. L.E. completed her BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. For media and press requests, please contact L.E. via email.
Savan Denton, Gallery Assistant
Savanh Denton is the Gallery Assistant for the Thoma Art Foundation’s Art House and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to joining the Foundation, Savanh worked as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Associate with Segall Bryant & Hamill, a Chicago-based financial firm. Her love for the arts and her enthusiasm for new ventures brought her to Santa Fe in 2019. Savanh is responsible for providing an enlightening experience to the Art House guests and providing support to the gallery.