GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SOPHIA'S CHOICE aka ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA
Bronwyn Poole (President of the Board since 2017)
Change Leadership & Communications Advisor: Bronwyn Poole is a change leadership and communications consultant who develops strategies for merger integration, business transformation, leadership alignment, culture change and employee engagement. Bronwyn earned her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in English from Wesleyan University. She studied Japanese language in college and is a lifelong enthusiast of Asian art, culture and food. (Like Jiro, she dreams of sushi!) Bronwyn lives in Chicago with her husband Peter Schmitz and their cat Tamarind.
Michael Foster (Vice President of the Board since 2017)
Senior Sales Manager, the Whitehall Hotel
Randy Adamsick (Treasurer of the Board since 2017)
Director of Institutional Advancement, Chicago History Museum : Adamsick previously worked in Chicago as Development Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and as Executive Director of the Gene Siskel Film Center. Much of Randy’s career was spent in Minnesota where he was Executive Director of the Minnesota Film Board, Film Coordinator for the Minneapolis Office of Film, Video & Recording, and Administrative Director of the University Film Society. During his tenure at the Film Board, more than 70 feature film projects where shot in Minnesota including GRUMPY OLD MEN, FARGO, and A SIMPLE PLAN. He was co-founder of the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival and resident film critic on Minnesota community radio station KFAI-FM. In 1999, Adamsick was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota and delivered the keynote address for the College of Liberal Art Commencement Ceremony.
Stephanie Gaines (Secretary of the Board since 2017)
Employment Law Attorney: Stephanie Gaines, JD/MBA, is an employment law attorney with over 15 years' experience and is a true film fan. She is a founding board member of Sophia's Choice and Secretary of its Board of Directors. Stephanie is involved with other arts organizations, such as the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and the Chicago International Film Festival. She is also a Trustee at Adler University where Stephanie chairs the compensation committee.
Sophia Wong Boccio (Founder & Executive Director)
Director, Strategic Initiatives : An artist and creative professional with a deep knowledge of higher education enrollment management, non profit organization and the arts. Held various Director positions at Columbia College Chicago with focus on enhancing students’ success, cultivating relationships, and developing strategic opportunities for students to finish college.
Linda S. Levin, AIA
Owner, Studio-Levin : A Chicago native, Linda is a self-employed architect, specializing in residential remodeling, commercial tenant build-outs and code compliance. Prior to practicing on her own, Linda worked on several downtown historical renovations including the Santa Fe Building, the Carson Pirie Scott Building, 111 West Washington and 350 North Clark. Philanthropy is very much a part of Linda’s life, including past and present affiliations with JFMC Facilities Corporation, Florence G. Heller JCC, Johanna & Herman Newberger Hillel, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Redmoon Theater, SOAR, SC-APUC and Cabinet of Curiosity Events. Linda is an arts patron, collector and contributor. She is completing a home in Arizona and doing research for a book she hopes to publish.
Attorney Advisor, Enforcement, USDHUD Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5
Lorraine C. Shoto is a founding member of the APUC Board of Directors. She is an Attorney with the United States Department of Housing, working primarily in areas of litigation and regulatory enforcement. Lorraine is passionate about film and art and its ability to build bridges between communities and deepen understanding of our shared human condition.
Past directors: (2015-2016)