Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces the Election of Three New Members


Baltimore October 27, 2014Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced the election of three new board members: Elizabeth Mattson (NJ), Margaret Vanderhye (VA), and Mack Wathen (DE). The new members were elected at the Foundation’s October board meeting in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth A. Mattson was appointed to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2009 and was elected Chair in 2012, a post she continues to hold. Ms. Mattson was an elementary school teacher as well as an Educational Consultant for Harcourt Brace School Publishers before joining the staff of then Senator Jon S. Corzine in his Newark, New Jersey office. Upon Senator Corzine’s election as Governor of New Jersey, Ms. Mattson was appointed as the Executive Director of Drumthwacket, the Official Residence of the Governor of New Jersey. She held this post until her retirement in July 2008. Ms. Mattson is the Chair of the Morris County 9-11 Memorial Foundation, Co-Founder and Chair of the 9-11 Insurance Group, former Representative to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, board member of the Business and Education Division of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the Lake End Corporation.

Margaret G. Vanderhye is the Executive Director of the Virginia Commission on the Arts. She is a former member of the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly representing the 34th District. She was appointed by Governor Douglas Wilder to the Virginia Commission on Population Growth and Development and to a four-year term (1992-1996) on the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board. Vanderhye also served as the Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the National Capital Planning Commission where she chaired the Commission’s Joint Memorials Task Force. Governor Mark Warner appointed her to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority in 2002, and she was reappointed to the Authority by Governor Tim Kaine. She is former Vice Chair of the Board of McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), and twice served as Co-Chair of the MPA ArtFest, an outdoor arts festival that attracts thousands of people annually. She is a Sustaining Director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and a former board member of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and Our Military Kids.

J. Mack Wathen is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Pepco Holdings, Inc. (Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric Company) and a member of the Delaware State Arts Council. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Customer and Energy Services Executive Advisory Committee and a member of the Advisory Council of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities. He teaches a graduate level Electricity Policy course at the University of Delaware. He is a former board member of the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn, DE, and he served as the Corporate Chair for the Delaware College of Art and Design’s capital campaign.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit: www.midatlanticarts.org