Board

KARA BROOK
Kara Brook Brown is a retired internet executive and visual artist, and she joined the VisionWorkshops board as the very first member 20 years ago. Previously CEO of Brook Group, where she provided web-based creative services to the federal government, international financial institutions and non-profit organizations, more recently Kara’s focus shifted to launching Waxing Kara, a Bee Inspired® beauty brand. Kara’s main focus is bringing VisionWorkshops camps to underserved Baltimore communities through her fundraising efforts.

ART STEVENS
Art Stevens works with PayPal as the Director for Social Innovation Projects, focusing on the companies efforts to create economic opportunity for underserved populations.  Prior to this Art was responsible for MicroPlace, an online marketplace for investments in Microfinance. Art has been in the financial services business for over 25 years. His career has included significant work with the Calvert Foundation,Morgan Stanley, Franklin Templeton, and TCW Investment Management. He began specializing in the non-profit community in 2002, helping to launch a social enterprise in the elder care sector and working with a social enterprise focused on health care in southern India.
Art received his BA from the George Washington University. An instrument-rated pilot and avid photographer, Art lives in Virginia with his three children.

HANK LIBBY
President, Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation
Hank Libby attended the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania earning a BS in Finance. He also received a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a LL.M. (Taxation) from the George Washington Law School. Hank practiced Corporate, Securities, and Venture Capital law for over twenty years in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, he operated a venture capital partnership and an investment advisory firm for twelve years. Hank is President of the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation, which has donated to VisionWorkshops over the last five years. The Jacobsohn Foundation focuses on funding educational, social and medical outreach programs to benefit underserved persons in the Annapolis community. Hank serves on the boards of five other charitable organizations in Annapolis.

KIRSTEN ELSTNER (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Executive Director, VisionWorkshops, Inc.
Kirsten Elstner, Director of VisionWorkshops, has been a freelance photographer and teacher since completing her Master of Arts in Photography at Ohio University in 1990. Her work has appeared in Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, as well as others, and she spent five years shooting for the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Kirsten has worked in Bangladesh for the International Red Cross, and as a photographer for Brazil’s largest newspaper, O Globo, in Rio de Janeiro.

Kirsten taught photography at the college level at the International Center of Photography in New York, The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Goucher College, The Art Institute of Boston, and The Massachusetts College of Art. Through VisionWorkshops, Kirsten mentors young people in her community, as well as nationally and internationally as Director of the National Geographic Photo Camp workshops. NG Photo Camp provides dynamic educational workshops for youth from underserved communities worldwide. Kirsten lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two sons.

ADVISORY BOARD

SAM ABELL
Photographer

Sam Abell’s love of photography began due to the influence of his father who was a geography teacher who ran a photography club in Sylvania, Ohio.

Sam has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970, photographing more than 20 articles on cultural and wilderness subjects for National Geographic magazine and several books. He has lectured on photography and exhibited his work to audiences throughout the world.

Sam has published nine books with National Geographic, and a book of his best personal and professional work, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, was published in 2002.

Sam is also a gifted teacher, artist and author. A member of the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Center for the Visual Arts, Sam lives in Crozet, Virginia, with his wife, Denise.

STEPHEN CROWLEY
Staff Photographer, The New York Times, Washington Bureau

Stephen Crowley has been a staff photographer for The New York Times Washington Bureau since 1991. Stephen is a recent recipient of both the White House News Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Award, as well as a shared Pulitzer Prize in Photography for his work in Afghanistan. He has won 11 Pictures of the Year Awards and numerous awards from the White House News Photographers Association. Stephen has worked as a staff photographer for The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Times, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and the International Center of Photography in New York.