Douglas Evans – Chairman of the Board
Douglas C. Evans is President of the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook and the founder of Douglas Evans International, LLC a consulting firm dedicated to working with non-profit organizations. Recently he served as Founding President of Classical South Florida, 89.7FM, 90.7FM, 101.9FM in the Palm Beaches and 88.7FM in Naples, Marco Island and Ft. Myers. The non-profit public radio station has a weekly audience in excess of 400,000 listeners. Evans recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment and President of Broadway China Ventures, a division of the Nederlander Organization charged with opening offices in Beijing and Shanghai and creating a network of 25 theaters nationwide in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.
He is also a founder of Goehring Evans Productions, LLC launching the national tour of “Raisin Cane” starring Jasmine Guy and produced the Off Broadway blockbuster production of “Frankenstein” starring Hunter Foster, Christianne Noll and Steve Blanchard. Current theatrical projects include the award winning “Spring at the Willowbrook Inn” and “Boynton Beach Club, The Musical”. Evans has worked with a galaxy of stars including Nell Carter, Ann Miller, Juliet Prowse, John Raitt, Shirley MacLaine and Paula Zahn to name just a few. Evans also continues to be a guest on the “Brad Davis Radio Program” every Friday broadcast over numerous stations in the Northeast, a program he has appeared on for 22 years.
Celeste Simon – CEO
Celeste Simon has just completed a 7 year affiliation with the former World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, first as Administrative Director and subsequently as Executive Director. She continues her commitment to world understanding with the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach.
Celeste earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University Washington Square College where she participated in a comprehensive honors studies program. She is a member of the Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society. She did graduate studies in theatre and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin.
Celeste has had an extensive professional career as an actor-singer and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. She has appeared on TV and in numerous theatrical productions and has sung with the Vancouver Symphony and the Buffalo Symphony.
Celeste has often combined her theatrical background and her commitment to educational outreach, directing musical productions with high school students and participating in artist-in-residence programs in the Westchester County School System. She created several summer programs for the New York State Council for the Arts, which integrated art, music, mime, dance, acting, improvisation and blended together students from elementary school through high school.
Pursuing her creative muse, Celeste has intertwined her love of music and foreign languages in her cabaret act “The World’s My Stage” singing in French, Spanish ,Italian, Japanese, Chinese and English.
Carolyn Jaeger – Vice-Chair
Carolyn Jenkins Jaeger (Carol Jaeger) is recognized locally and nationally as a crusader for the rights of special needs children. Following a career as a public school administrator, she became the CEO of a private, non-profit comprehensive education and treatment program for severely emotionally handicapped children and adolescents in cooperative agreements with Dade and Monroe Counties’ School Systems, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida international University, Florida State University and Barry University. Serving over 2,000 clients in 22 sites, the program was named “#1 in the
United States” by the National Association of Psychiatric Services for Children.
Ms. Jaeger received her B.A. degree from University of Miami, a Master’s degree from Barry University and post-master’s education and training from Michigan State, University of Massachusetts, FSU, University of Florida, FIU and the American College of Healthcare Executives . She has served a s an adjunct professor in numerous colleges and universities in the fields of psychology, counseling, exceptional child education, public/private partnerships and administration. She is a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Delta Kappa, the National Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association of
Psychiatric Services for Children and the Miami Council for International Visitors, sponsored by the State department. She served on the national boards of the Child welfare League of America, the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children’s Mental Health and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Task Force on Foster Care.
Ms. Jaeger served a 3 year congressional appointment to the National Institute of Health, was a trustee on the President’s Board of Florida Southern College and a member of the Governor’s Board to establish early childhood education in Florida. She was Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Human Values and received a commendation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for her work to establish interfaith councils on college campuses. Barry University honored Carol Jaeger as a “Distinguished Alumna”, the Miami-Dade Junior League named her “A Woman of Distinction” and the American Red Cross bestowed the J.N. Macarthur Award as a “Distinguished Educator”.
The Association of Independent Schools of Florida honored Ms. Jaeger with its “Distinguished Educator “and “Lifetime Achievement” awards. She resides in the Town of Palm Beach where she continues her mission in philanthropic causes.
James Wardlow – Treasurer
James Wardlow is employed with FedEx Corp. Services as Senior International Account Executive serving the south Florida market in Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beach International airports. Having served in this capacity since 2005 in the south Florida market, his focus is on providing multi-modal sales solutions to area businesses that import, export, and manufacture internationally. James frequently conducts area seminars promoting international trade.
Prior to joining FedEx, James spent time with other international flag carriers such as Martin Air Cargo, British Airways Cargo, and Lufthansa Cargo. In addition to logistics, James also has vast experience with quality management systems.
James earned his BAS Degree in Business Management from Palm Beach State College and has had extensive formal training as it relates to cultural business practices worldwide, which he has utilized throughout his career.
James and his wife Adriana enjoy traveling as much as possible. When at home they enjoy being engaged in the local community.
Nancy Menges is currently the Director of the Menges Hemispheric Security Project at the Center for Security Policy in Washington D.C. In this capacity she edits the Americas Report, an on-line bi-weekly publication focused on Latin American regional security and its impacts on United States national security. Ms. Menges has provided written and oral testimony to the House of Representatives Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere.
Ms. Menges was instrumental in editing her late husband’s book on Russia and China which was published posthumously in 2005.
Ms. Menges worked as a social worker with abused and neglected children, parents, foster parents and the courts for 32 years in Montgomery County Maryland.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland.