PHILADELPHIA -- Jane Fortune, President of the Women's Committee (WOCO) of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, announced the appointment of Pat Kermes as her successor.
...Mrs. Kermes took over duties as President at the end of WOCO's annual meeting on June 5, 2000; she had been serving as Vice President for New Programs on the Executive Committee for WOCO.
has been actively involved in Philadelphia-area charities for close to five years.She joined the Women's Committee at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1997, after moving to Haverford from Chicago.Her
professional experience is in nursing, specializing in pediatrics and cardiology, and she
has run her
own business, a needlepoint shop, in Chicago.Other areas of volunteerism in Pennsylvania include the Philadelphia Antiques Show, The Shipley School
, the Abrahamsohn Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
, and USArtists
.Mrs. Kermes has been married for thirty-five years to Jim Kermes, President and CEO of Glenmede Trust Company.
"Volunteering at PAFA was a great opportunity that presented itself to me through several friends who are active supporters of the arts in Philadelphia," remarked Pat Kermes
original motivation to join the ranks of PAFA volunteers, "and being new in the area, it afforded me the opportunity to meet new people and work for a worthy cause."She
went on, "Moving forward into the twenty-first century, the Women's Committee
will continue to build on the good works already put into progress, and will enhance opportunities for students of and visitors to the nation's oldest museum and school of fine arts." The Women's Committee
is committed to furthering PAFA's mission.Established 50 years ago, WOCO
has a long and distinguished history of successfully developing and producing programs that raise funds for various needs and projects related to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
.For more information, contact the Public Relations Department at 215-972-7642.