Executive Leadership

Charles Burke, President and CEO

Charles Burke   Claudia Corrado   Executive Assistant and Board Liaison  313.332.4010  ccorrado@warmemorial.org

Charles Burke
Claudia Corrado
Executive Assistant and Board Liaison
313.332.4010
ccorrado@warmemorial.org

Charles Burke is the President and CEO of The War Memorial, a waterfront cultural campus that curates experiences focusing on arts, culture, film, patriotism, community connectivity, and leadership. His work has empowered the total transformation of The War Memorial as a regional impact organization that embraces a culture of curiosity, accessibility, transparency, service, entrepreneurialism, and nuanced disruption.

Under Charles’ leadership, The War Memorial annually welcomes more than 250,000 patrons with over 3,000 events, all while incubating more than 50 non-profit organizations. The nationally registered historic campus includes the Crystal Ballroom; the Patriot Theater for arts, culture, and film; a television production studio; multiple art galleries; classrooms; historic gardens; and a 1910 Italian Renaissance-style estate home designed by architect Charles A. Platt. Charles’ work has delivered significant growth in all aspects of the institution’s diverse array of sustainable business lines, including Community Engagement via arts and cultural events and classes; thought-provoking Humanities programming; online and television broadcasts; strategic alignments with the nonprofit sector; premiere Hospitality events and services; Endowment and Governance administration; and brand advancement with creative Fund Development.


Thomas Smith, Chairman of the Board

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

The War Memorial is pleased to announce the evolution of our leadership team with our new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thomas Smith. Thomas, the son of a Marine and a veteran himself, was unanimously elected by his fellow board directors, beginning his tenure in August 2018. A resident of Grosse Pointe, Thomas is the founder and president of taktik(z), Inc., a company which bridges regional industrial manufacturing with U.S. government agencies. We warmly welcome Thomas, and eagerly anticipate the leadership and commitment he will continue to offer our growing institution.


Executive


Community Engagement and Programming

Lauren Plue
Manager of Special Events and Programming
313.344.9885
lplue@warmemorial.org

Charles Ohlsson
Patron Experience Associate
313.881.7511
cohlsson@warmemorial.org


Hospitality and Patron Experience

Lauren Plue
Manager of Special Events and Programming
313.344.9885
lplue@warmemorial.org

Karen Chan
Banquet Manager
313.881.7511
kchan@warmemorial.org


Institutional Advancement


Finance

Lisa Shefsky
Finance Coordinator/Payroll Coordinator
313.332.4035
lshefsky@warmemorial.org

Justin Ross
Finance Coordinator
313.332.4034
jross@warmemorial.org


Human Resources and Leadership Development


Campus Operations


The Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association Board of Directors

Amy Chesterton
Betsy Creedon
J. Theodore Everingham, Immediate Past Chair
Malik Goodwin
Donna Hoban, M.D.
Chuck Huebner
Scottie Knight
Mary Lamparter
Edmund Lazar
Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen
Alicia Nicholson
Stephanie Nicholson
Edward Russell III
Thomas M. Smith, Chair
Kelly Walsh
R.J. Wolney

Rev. Drew Van Culin, Board Chaplin
Charles Burke, President and CEO