The James A. Michener Art Museum announced the addition of five new members to its board of directors — Georgie Coles, Melissa Eiseman, Thomas Lomax, Danielle Hankin and Robin L. Wiessmann. Each brings a unique perspective and drive to inspire greater giving in support of a bright future for one of the region’s premier art museums.
“We are proud to welcome these five incredible leaders as new members on the Michener’s board,” said Virginia W. Sigety, board chair. “They will add enormous value to the museum with their philanthropic expertise from across public and private sectors.”
A long-time Bucks County resident, Coles started Coles Nurseries in Lahaska, now operated by her daughter and son-in-law. She served on the board of directors for Heritage Conservancy for 18 years and received the Humanitarian Award from Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce in 2022.
After a 16-year career as an executive at Marriott International, Eiseman began working at Eiseman Construction in 2008, started by her late husband Phil Eiseman. She now owns the highly-successful company. Eiseman has lived in Bucks County for over 40 years, currently serving as chair of Michener’s Corporate Business Partners Advisory Committee, in addition to now serving on the museum’s board. She also serves on the board of Bucks Beautiful.
As principal and chief financial officer of The Lomax Companies, LP (TLC), Lomax has managed the financial operations for a variety of businesses for more than 30 years. He serves on the board of directors for Penn Community Bank, located in Perkasie, in addition to a long history of supporting institutions of higher education. He has served on the board of trustees at Morehouse School of Medicine (10-plus years) and Delaware Valley University (2011-2017).
Hankin is a vice president of operations at New Huntingdon Construction, a real estate management and development company located in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. She serves on the Mutual Arts Advisory Council and is an active member of both the Jewish National Fund and the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Additionally, she is a co-chair of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Ballet and serves on their Campaign Committee.
Wiessmann, currently executive director and CEO at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency in Harrisburg, served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities from 2015-2020. Previously, she served as Pennsylvania’s treasurer and as Philadelphia’s deputy director of finance, and has had a long career in commercial banking, investment banking and regulatory matters. Wiessmann was a founding principal and president of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street, and held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
The new board members join the current board: Sigety (board chair), Robert Byers (vice chair), Rhoda McKinney-Jones (secretary), Vail Garvin (treasurer), Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, Kathy Fernberger, Pat Gorsky, The Honorable James Greenwood, Alice Lawler, Bruce Norman Long, Leda Silverman Molly and Daniel Stern.