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. 


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.


Erich G. Rhynhart, Vice President & Secretary

Mr. Rhynhart is Senior Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property for CVS Health, where he is responsible for managing all intellectual property and related issues for CVS on a worldwide basis.  Prior to DVS, Mr. Rhynhart held senior legal positions at Staples, Inc. and two law firms.  He obtained his bachelors degree from Lake Forest College and his law degree from Vanderbilt School of Law.  Mr. Rhynhart resides in Boston and serves on a number of charitable and private boards and committees.  


Paul C. Burke, Treasurer

Mr. Burke has been in the insurance business for 40 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 is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA and serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Narrows Center for the Arts, the Fall River Office of Economic Development and the Center for Marketing Research at UMASS Dartmouth.  He is Town Moderator in the Town of Swansea where he resides with his wife Dona.


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.


Elizabeth Marconi

Ms. Marconi joined the Anthony Quinn Foundation board in 2010 and served as Treasurer for five years.  She is currently on the board of directors of Urbanity Dance in Boston.  Liz was formally a controller for AEW Capital Management's direct investments group.  Prior to AEW, Liz worked as an assurance supervising senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Boston.  Liz is a Certified Public Accountant.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.  Liz lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters. 


Tom Roberts

Mr. Roberts is a Senior Lecturer of History at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received the 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He is Chair of the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Committee.  Among his eight books, Tom was a collaborating author for Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating & Collecting Art, published in 2004.  He served as executive producer of documentary film, Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986.  Prior to teaching, he served as the founding Executive Director of 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.


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. 


Sandra van den Broek

Sandra van den Broek is a long time art collector and dealer specializing in Tiffany lamps and 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts.  She currently shares her time between New York City and Bristol, Rhode Island, where she has been involved with the Anthony Quinn Foundation for over five years.  She is passionate about the Foundation's mission, all types of art as well as hosting events.  Being part of the Anthony Quinn Foundation has allowed for a blend of all of these.  "This experience has continually been a wonderful opportunity to support exceptionally artistic high school students in their blossoming into even more creative adults."


Kate Welborn

From power tools to candy bars, Kate has over 25 years of consumer products experience with marketing management, cross-functional team leadership, new product development, and branding.  Kate received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in strategic management, marketing, and managerial and organizational behavior, a MS from Loyola University, and a BA in economics from Lake Forest College.  Kate lives in Chicago with her wife where they manage a family of cats, a dog, and a koi pond.  On occasion she can be found riding her unicycle around the neighborhood.