Under the direction of Dean Fred Bronstein, important institutional changes have occurred with the Peabody Institute’s volunteer leadership. The group’s name has changed from the Peabody National Advisory Council to the Peabody Institute Advisory Board (PIAB), partly to include leaders from other countries. A new charter and job description has been written to more clearly lay out the duties and responsibilities for the board members as ambassadors for and advisors to the dean. The group is focused on expanding and diversifying its leadership. Along those lines, three committed community members — Michael Greenebaum, Michiko S. Jones, and David L. Warnock — have accepted invitations to join the PIAB.
Michael Greenebaum is passionate about music and music education programs, especially for children and young adults in the city of Baltimore. Greenebaum, who is also a guitarist, is president of Greenebaum Enterprises Inc., a regional real estate development company. He has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the commercial and residential development industry. Greenebaum is a trustee of The Greenebaum Family Foundation, which continues the philanthropy of his family by focusing on the improvement of the human condition through education and medicine. He also serves as a board member at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, and in 2009, co-founded the Maryland Half Marathon.
Michiko Jones, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is the mother of a Conservatory student. Through careers in clinical research trial labs and surgical suites in Texas, she quickly discovered a demanding need for bilingual communication skills to assist patients. After landing a career as a freelance interpreter, she expanded her role from clinical-service communications to include communications for medical training programs, political science, entertainment productions, and the auto industry. She currently lives in New York City and is enjoying her life as a retiree and traveling overseas. From time to time, she hosts house concerts showcasing young, talented artists.
David L. Warnock’s commitment to the arts shows in his service as a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Warnock is a partner of Camden Partners, which he co-founded in 1995. He has over 30 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors. He is the chairman of the Warnock Foundation and was formerly the chairman of the Center for Urban Families and the Greater Baltimore Committee. He is founder and trustee of the Green Street Academy in Baltimore City.
“As Peabody looks ahead to an even more vibrant future, it is critical that we have the right volunteer leader- ship in place to help advance our vision,” notes Bronstein. “Michael Greenebaum, Michiko Jones, and David Warnock each brings unique experiences and interests that complement those of our existing board members. We are happy to welcome them to the Peabody family and grateful for their enthusiastic advocacy on Peabody’s behalf.”
— Margaret Bell