Peter Sprague, Chairman
Cristine Cronin, President
Raymond F. Steckel, Secretary

 

Jack Rosenthal, Trustee
Peter M. F. Sichel, Trustee






Peter Sprague, Chairman

Peter Sprague is Chairman of Wavexpress, a broadband television distribution company. He was Chairman of National Semiconductor from 1965 to 1995. In 1988 he developed a patented process for tracking and billing information on the Internet, which led to the formation of Wave Systems Corp., and also Wavexpress.

He began a lifelong interest in the world of information at the age of 17 when he covered the Hungarian revolution, then spent two summers in Moscow working for UPI.

His entrepreneurial endeavors include the revival of the Aston Martin company in England, running for a U.S. congressional seat in 1970 against Ed Koch (he lost,) executive producing the cult movie, Steppenwolf, and involvement in a number of Internet-related start-ups. Currently a director of uWink.com and SemEquip, Inc., Mr. Sprague is also the founding underwriter with his wife, Tjasa, of The Museum of the Gilded Age in Lenox, MA.

Cristine Cronin, President

Cristine Cronin led the creation and launch of CharityWave.com, one of the Internet's first E-giving sites, for Wave Systems Corp in 1999. She also became Business Development Executive for their Wavexpress Internet broadband television service. She has over 20 years experience in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector: as Director of Special Events for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the first Executive Director of The Creative Coalition, an arts and entertainment organization focused on lending celebrity support to social causes; Director of the NY Office of Women's Campaign Fund, helping elect women to public office;
Consultant to the International Council of The Museum of Television & Radio, Consultant to People For the American Way Foundation, and to the American Film Institute in The Kennedy Center.

During six years in Washington, D.C., she was Special Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; National President of Women's Equity Action League, which led the successful passage of Title IX, originating sports equity for women; and Government Relations Director of the Applied Science & Technology Office of Bendix Corporation.

Jack Rosenthal, Trustee

Jack Rosenthal is the senior fellow at Atlantic Philanthropies, a large foundation with activities in eight countries. Previously, he was a reporter, editor and executive at The New York Times for 40 years. He was born in Tel-Aviv, grew up in Portland, Ore. and attended Harvard College, where he was an executive of The Harvard Crimson. In 1961, he went to Washington and served as special assistant to Attorneys General Robert Kennedy and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach. In 1966, the Washington press corps voted him the outstanding press officer in the Government.

In 1968, he was the principal editor of the presidential commission report on urban riots (the Kerner Report). At The Times, he has served as national urban affairs correspondent, editor of the editorial page and editor of The New York Times Magazine. In 1972, he won the Loeb Prize for distinguished economic journalism at The Times. 1982, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at The Times. He lives in New York City with his wife, Holly Russell, a metal sculptor.

He directed The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, which began on 9/12, raised $62 million, $60 million of which it distributed by March, 2002.

He is a member of the Harvard Crimson Graduate Board, the Thomas Jefferson Papers advisory board, the boards of the Beginning With Children Foundation and Sound Portraits Productions, and the Harvard Club of New York City House Committee.

Peter M. F. Sichel, Trustee

Mr. Sichel is a fourth generation wine merchant and wine grower, born in Germany and living in New York since 1941. Educated in England, trained in France, he fought in WWII as a captain in OSS, and subsequently served the U. S. Government in Berlin, Washington and as Consul in Hong Kong. As the largest exporter of German wines, he was the CEO of his family wine business in Germany and built BLUE NUN, a major international wine brand.

He has authored books on wine, appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America and was awarded the U. S. Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his government service, and the German Order of Merit first class for his contributions to U. S.-German relations. He is President of the Franz W. Sichel Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Butler Fund for the Environment.

Raymond F. Steckel, Secretary

Raymond Steckel is a New York lawyer specializing in international finance and is a practicing therapist. He is a graduate of Yale, Yale Law School and the Esalen Institute. He is active on the boards of numerous musical and other charitable groups.