Board of Directors

Our diverse Board of Directors acts as the governing body of the Foundation and is primarily responsible for establishing and promoting our mission and direction.

Our Board members:  

  • Establish and evaluate AQF's vision, mission, and direction;
  • Ensure AQF's financial health;
  • Ensure AQF has sufficient and appropriate human resources;
  • Direct AQF's operations;
  • Maintain effective relations with the community and other stakeholders;
  • Hire and work with AQF's executive staff. 

 

Mrs. Katherine Quinn, Founder & President

Mrs. Quinn is the widow of legendary actor and artist, Anthony Quinn. From 1985 until his death in 2001, she worked closely with Anthony in his creative life as a painter, sculptor and writer.  Katherine established the Anthony Quinn Foundation in 2007 to perpetuate her late husband’s artistic legacy by supporting arts education. Under her direction and with the support of hundreds of generous donors, the Foundation facilitates an annual competitive scholarship program and provides funding to high school students who demonstrate strong commitment, dedication, and exceptional artistic talent.

In 2004, Mrs. Quinn published  Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art, which was distributed by Norton & Co and was the catalyst for a traveling exhibition that toured U.S. museums for two years. A new retrospective is currently being prepared for an international tour that will parallel the mission of the Foundation, raising awareness of the role the arts play in everyday life.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Katherine obtained her B.A. in Political Science at SUNY Stony Brook. She currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island with her and Anthony’s two children, Antonia and Ryan.

 

Mr. Paul C. Burke, Treasurer

Mr. Burke has been in the insurance business for 35 years and is President of Hadley Insurit Group (HIG) with locations in Fall River and Somerset, Massachusetts. He is an active EMT with the Swansea Ambulance Corp and has been a volunteer firefighter for 35 years. Mr. Burke serves on several non profit Boards with a special focus on the Performing Arts.

 

Mr. Robert T. Cichocki

Mr. Cichocki is a partner in the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP in Chicago and has practiced law since 1976. He has substantial experience in all aspects of the law pertaining to corporations, trade and professional associations and not-for- profit corporations/foundations. Mr. Cichocki has served on charitable/philanthropic boards of directors and has also chaired, co-chaired and served on host committees for numerous charitable fundraising events including the Ernest Hemingway Foundation’s 100th birthday celebration at the Four Seasons Chicago, the TPAN gala (Test Positive Aware Network), a fundraiser for a Holocaust Museum event in Chicago, and for the Friends of Conservation gala.

 

Mr. Troy A. Finn

Mr. Finn is a Senior Consultant with Development Guild/DDI, a national management consulting firm that partners with leading nonprofits to deliver strategy, talent, and philanthropic resources. He has held senior leadership roles during capital campaigns at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and his clients include New England Baptist Hospital, the University of Massachusetts, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Beaver Country Day School, and CancerCare, among others. Mr. Finn's professional background combines experience in resource development, communications, finance, technology, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Development Guild/DDI, Mr. Finn built relationships with individuals and institutional partners on behalf of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health to secure research funding for biological sciences. He obtained his bachelor's degree in philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, his master's degree in management and finance at Harvard University, and pursues ongoing studies in entrepreneurship and business through Harvard and MIT.

 

Ms. Elizabeth Marconi

Ms. Marconi was formerly a controller for AEW Capital Management’s direct investments group. Her responsibilities at AEW included financial accounting and reporting, asset management and assisting with acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Prior to AEW, Ms. Marconi was an assurance supervising senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Boston. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Marconi audited financial statements and internal control environments primarily for institutional real estate clients. Ms. Marconi is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Mr. Tom Roberts

Mr. Roberts is a Senior Lecturer of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is Chair of the Anthony Quinn Scholarship Committee and has accomplished considerable research on Anthony Quinn’s acting career. His scholarship on this subject was published in the book Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art. Prior to teaching, he served as the first executive director for the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Mr. Roberts holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MS from Boston University.

 

Mr. Erich G. Rhynhart, Vice President

Mr. Rhynhart is Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property for Staples, Inc., where he is responsible for managing all intellectual property and related issues for Staples on a worldwide basis. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he also served as Managing Editor of the “Vanderbilt Law Review” and received his B.A., cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Lake Forest College. Mr. Rhynhart resides in Boston and serves on a number of charitable and private boards and committees.

 

Ms. Joanne M. Sisk

Ms. Sisk is an International Tax Partner in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she is the leader of the Northeast International Tax practice which focuses on providing international tax strategies for asset management clients and endowments.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a license in DC and Massachusetts. Ms. Sisk  received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her MBA and Masters in Accountancy from the Weatherhead School of Business in Cleveland, Ohio.  She currently lives in Providence, RI with her husband and son,  and has been involved in non-profit fund raising activities for several years. 

 

Ms. Sandra Van Den Broek

Ms. Van den Broek has over four decades of experience as an independent antiques dealer specializing in French and American 20th century decorative arts and has assisted a number of clients build private and corporate fine and decorative arts collections. She is a member of the National Art Club in New York and sits on the boards of the National Museum of American Illustration, the Bristol Art Museum, and Roger Williams University’s board of overseers. Ms. Van den Broek maintains residences in New York, Monte Carlo, and Rhode Island.