Civita Institute Committees
Descriptions, Committee Chairs, and Members: 2020
The Board of Directors guides all committees, and all committees report to the board. The board president coordinates with each committee chair and is an ex-officio member of all committees. Most committees are standing committees that are on-going. Some are temporary, serving a specific board request, then retired.
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Archive and Collections Committee
Responsible for preserving, cataloguing, scanning, and making available the existing collection in Civita for online and in-situ use; scanning and preparing archives housed at the corporate office in Seattle for transport to Civita; coordinates with the Facilities Committee on best practices for preserving the archival collection in Civita.
Acting Committee Chair: Stephen Day
Chair-in-Training: Cathy Dempsey
Responsible for all general communication of the Civita Institute via website, newsletters and e-blasts, Facebook, and Instagram.
Committee Chair: Sharon Mentyka
Responsible for face-to-face and online sessions approved by the American Institute of Architects for professional Learning Units; coordinates a series of sessions during the afternoon of the annual fundraising event; uploads video of sessions to the Civita Institute’s online offering of AIA Learning Units.
Members: Stephen Day (secondary POC with AIA)
Responsible for coordination of educational programs in Civita including outreach to prospective hosts and coordination of memberships by all participants in the Civita Institute; coordinates scheduling.
Members: Nancy Josephson
Responsible for guiding the annual fundraising event and up to three additional social events during the year including a volunteers’ appreciation event and a mixer with other Seattle-based Italian nonprofits.
Committee Chair: Katharine Wright (in transition)
Members: all board members
Responsible for oversight of all Civita Institute facilities in Civita including board-approved expenditures for maintenance and capital improvements; coordinates all activities with the board’s liaison Bella Lazio Servizi (Laura Burla); coordinates the safe use of space for the Civita Institute archives in Civita including an annual facilities work party in Civita; collects all forms for member-stays to prepare expectations of guests; coordinates the calendar for use of all houses and coordinates that calendar; communicates with members staying in Civita, as needed.
Committee Chair: Stephen Day
Members: Nancy Josephson, Christina Wallace, Robert Wallace
Responsible for management of annual application process via café including selection of objective jury, communication with applicants and selected Fellows; coordinates the new Fellows welcome party; coordinates scheduling of Fellows’ stays with Facilities Committee; coordinates Fellows’ presentations.
Committee Chair: Open
Members: Iole Alessandrini, Stephen Day
Friends of Civita Institute (FOCI)
A group of major donors providing $500 or more per year; Friends may be advisory about fundraising; and is recognized as is a committee of the board.
Friends of Civita Institute Chair: Nancy Josephson (or current president)
Members: all board members
Membership and Outreach Committee
Responsible for outreach and generating enthusiasm among members and supporters; tracks contact information; manages membership levels, benefits earned and used by members, and is responsible for communication about membership renewal.
Committee Chair: Erica Hanson
Members: Sharon Mentyka
An adjunct to the Treasurer; responsible for preliminary review of monthly bank statements, balance sheets, and quarterly profit and loss statements; leads discussion setting annual budgets; assists communication of financial information to the board and beyond.
Committee Chair: Clark Pickett
Members: Cathy Dempsey, Erica Hanson, Nancy Josephson
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Works to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the Civita Institute’s organization and mission and to provide members with resources that are valuable in pursuit of this goal.
Members: Cathy Dempsey, Erica Hanson, Sharon Mentyka
New Director Outreach Committee
Responsible for outreach to potential new directors; develops an ‘open call’, an application, and quantifiable criteria for evaluation; conducts interviews for Board of Director review and selection of new directors.
Committee Chair: Nancy Josephson
Members: Anita Lehmann, Iole Alessandrini, Plamena Milusheva, Stephen Day
Develops periodic concepts to unite members and supporters through submittals of art to be shared on social media and The Civita Institute website.
Committee Chair: Katherine Wright (in transition)
Members: Sharon Mentyka, Nancy Josephson
Responsible for design and installation of ‘Astra in Civita’, a video in three parts on the life of Astra Zarina and her impact on Civita di Bagnoregio; responsible for any ongoing communication with the Museo Geologico e delle Frane and/ or the Comune di Bagnoregio who were partners in the development of the installation and are now responsible for its operation.
Created to advance outreach to supporters living outside of the Pacific NW for purposes of community and fundraising. A Southern California Chapter took initial steps before withdrawing. The Northeast Chapter representing nine states on the northeast coast was active for 5 years from 2014 – 2019 and selected several Civita Institute Northeast Chapter Fellows before withdrawing; the Civita Institute now offers the fellowship program nationally and the chapters program has been discontinued.
Created for considerations of the corporate legal structure during the process of receiving the Zarina-Heywood property in 2008 - 2013; developed a rotating presidential succession in 2013; discontinued 2015.
Tasked with generating revenue from 2010–2012 for the purposes of 1) transferring ownership of the Zarina-Heywood property to The Civita Institute; 2) repairing roofing and improvements to the Sala Grande; 3) creating the Astra in Civita exhibit in the Palazzo Alemanni in Civita di Bagnoregio, 2019, our legacy; a total of $80,000 was raised and has been fully spent on these three activities.