Ellen Baker Ghelardi received a bachelor of science degree in drama from VPA. She is the executive director of her family’s foundation, which gives more than half its grants each year to arts and culture initiatives. Her past positions include leading the management, artistic, and educational staff of PA STAGE. She is also the founder and former executive director of Theatre on Wheels in Houston. She served as a consultant and trainer with the Texas Educational Theatre Association Inc./Creative Drama Network and has been a grants panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.