Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Carl D Thoma, President
Marilynn J Thoma, Vice President and Treasurer
Gary S Hart, Secretary


Kate Brown, Collections Manager

Kate Brown is the Collections Manager 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).

Helen Colton, Programs Coordinator

Helen Colton is the Programs Coordinator at the Thoma Foundation, and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been involved in the Santa Fe arts community since 2002, focusing her personal and professional efforts on creating interdisciplinary dialogue and community engagement initiatives. She is dedicated to the importance of developing environments in which art discourse becomes a catalyst for critical thinking and personal transformation. Helen received her BA from San Francisco State University in Studio Arts.

Robyn Day, Communications Manager

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Robyn Day manages the marketing and publicity initiatives at the Thoma Foundation. She worked previously at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where she received an MFA in photography. Robyn holds a BA in philosophy from Wellesley College, MA, and has contributed writing to The ARTery at WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, Art New England, and Big Red & Shiny. For press inquiries, please contact her at

Jason Foumberg, Curator

Jason Foumberg is curator of the Thoma Foundation’s art collection, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. He contributes writing about contemporary art to, Photograph, Art Papers, Chicago Magazine and Frieze. He holds a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004), and a MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006).​

Erin Fowler, Director of Strategic Initiatives

As Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Thoma Foundation, Erin Fowler works closely with the founders on the long-term vision and planning, and also manages museum relationships on behalf of the Foundation. Previously Erin worked for the Thoma Foundation from 2010-2013. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago chapter of Art Table, and is actively involved in many of the city’s arts organizations. Erin holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Michigan, both in art history.

Ashley Klingler, Grants Administrator

Ashley Klingler is the Executive Assistant and Grants Administrator at the Thoma Foundation, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BM from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (2010). Prior to joining the Foundation, Ashley worked for six years for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. 

Kathleen Richards, Registrar

Kathleen Richards is the Registrar at the Thoma Foundation 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 work included in publication on local artists and printmakers. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and has traveled to Spain, Italy and Switzerland for residencies, workshops and exploration. Kathleen makes her permanent home in Santa Fe, where she dedicates herself to family and the fine arts.

Photographer: Kim Richardson