The Lyric Foundation Announces New Executive Committee

The Lyric Foundation, Inc., has elected the following officers, Stephen D. Palmer, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank; Jacqueline A. Brooks, Corporate and Finance Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP; Marriah Barnett, Director of Project Management at Exelon; and Bryant Cargile, Vice President, Tax and Compliance at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, to serve four-year terms on the Lyric Foundation’s Executive Committee.

Stephen D. Palmer, The LyricStephen D. Palmer, who will serve on the Executive Committee of the Lyric Foundation as Board Chair, has a 30-year career in finance and banking through his time as Senior Vice President of Mercantile Bank and PNC Bank. Prior to beginning as Board Chair, Palmer served as a member on the Lyric Foundation Executive Committee and Finance Committee during his tenure with the Lyric. In addition to the Lyric Foundation, Palmer has served on the Boards of the BWI Business Partnership, and the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, and serves as a member or Finance Committee Chair of the Baltimore Port Alliance, the Traffic Club of Baltimore, the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the Annapolis Yacht Club.

Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Jacqueline A. Brooks, The LyricJacqueline A. Brooks, Vice-Chair of the Lyric Foundation Executive Committee, currently serves as Corporate and Finance partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. In this role, clients in the business and finance industries rely on her expertise on matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions to commercial finance and private offerings of debts and equity securities to REITs and corporate governance. Brooks also serves as general outside counsel to many private companies providing day-to-day counseling, corporate governance and contracts advice.

Brooks earned her juris doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University.

Marriah Barnett, The LyricMarriah Barnett, Secretary of the Lyric Foundation, currently serves as Director of Project Management at Exelon Utilities, responsible for leading a cybersecurity program for operational technology. Barnett has held various positions in her 15 plus years at Exelon and BGE including overseeing capital construction and information technology projects, managing BGE’s customer care center and leading organizational change management initiatives. She served as founding president of the Network of Exelon Women Baltimore chapter and is an active board member of Penn-Mar Human Services and The Accessible Community.

Barnett has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Organizational Change from Pfeiffer University.

Bryant Cargile, The LyricBryant Cargile, Vice President, Tax and Compliance at the Whiting-Turner Company, has been a member of the Lyric Foundation Executive Committee since 2017, and currently serves as its Treasurer.  Cargile has over three decades of experience in the tax line of service through his position at the Whiting-Turner Company and previous roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (PwC), where he specialized in closely held and start up entities in corporate and partnership form. He has assisted companies with issues in connection with transitioning from closely held, venture backed, and private equity backed entities to publicly traded entities. Cargile also served as the chair of the Finance Committee and board member for Susan G. Komen Maryland.

Cargile holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics from McDaniel College and a master’s degree in Taxation from The University of Baltimore.

The Lyric Foundation is a non-profit organization operating and maintaining the Lyric, a live entertainment venue located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. A cornerstone of the arts community since 1894, The Lyric presents a variety of music, dance, comedy, youth centric and educational programming of the highest quality to diverse audiences in the greater Baltimore and Maryland region.

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