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Board of Directors

The Riverbank Foundation's Board is comprised of arts professionals, community leaders, and committed professionals dedicated to forwarding the mission of this unique organization.

Rachael Cozad, Incorporator and President

Rachael Blackburn Cozad has over twenty-five years of experience in top leadership positions in the visual arts. She is a private art dealer and owner of Rachael Cozad Fine Art.  She is also the owner and senior appraiser of fine art at Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals; both businesses are based in Kansas City, Missouri.  Rachael received a B.A. in Art History from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is a certified appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America.  From 2001-2012 she was the Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and prior to this, from 1994-2001, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in Los Angeles which holds and manages the world’s largest collection of bronze sculpture by the 19th Century French master Auguste Rodin.  She has produced several art related books including Rodin:  A Magnificent Obsession, which is the catalogue raisonné of the Rodin Collection owned by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. She is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association.  She has been involved in over 100 museum exhibitions in various capacities including exhibitions shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fred R. Kline, Vice-President

Fred R. Kline is an art historian, writer, poet, sculptor, teacher, private art dealer and public gallerist from 1980 to 2017 in Santa Fe, NM, and additionally in San Antonio, Texas, during the 1980s. He is known for his discoveries of lost art, including paintings, drawings and sculpture by Old Masters as well as 19th and 20th-century American and European artists. He is a specialist in the work of George Caleb Bingham, founding and directing the George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonné Supplement since 2005. Many of his discoveries have been acquired by prominent museum, corporate and private collections around the world.  During the 1970s, he was a writer on the editorial staff of National Geographic Magazine and from 1968-1980 taught English and Creative Writing at various institutions, concluding his academic career at Cornell University where he was also Associate Director, University Relations.  He is the author of Leonardo’s Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece— A Connoisseur’s Search for Lost Art in America, published in 2016 by Pegasus Books, New York.  He is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association.  Fred received his B.A. & M.A. in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Kanon Cozad, Treasurer, Vice-President

An accomplished executive leader and strategic thinker with more than 30 years of diverse technology experience, Kanon Cozad is the Managing Principal of Pianosa Technology Partners, a technology management consultancy focused on offering virtual-CIO and Big Data Analytics services to small- and mid-sized businesses nationwide.  Prior to Pianosa, Kanon spent six years as Chief Information Officer of TranSystems Corporation, and before that over a decade with UMB Financial Corporation in various senior technology roles. Kanon is a regular speaker at conferences on numerous industry and technology topics. He is also active in numerous civic organizations focused primarily on the arts community, and serves on multiple nonprofit Boards; additionally, he’s a partner in several arts-related businesses. Kanon received his B.A. in English Literature from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Angela Zimm, Secretary

Angela Zimm is a writer and journalist. She was a reporter and health and science editor for Bloomberg News (based in Boston and London) from 2000 to 2014 during which time she helped lead coverage of some of the most important developments in biological science and medicine of the current age, including Human Genome Project, cancer genetics and the rise of biotechnology drugs. She retired from the position to return to personal interests in writing, art and music. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois and a B.A. from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  She is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association.

Steven J. Braun, Counsel

Steven J. Braun is an attorney with Krigel & Krigel, PC where he represents art collectors in private transactions and advises artists, gallery owners and others in the art market.  He received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and holds both an M.A. in Urban Planning and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Iowa.  Mr. Braun has been a lecturer on Art Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, and has organized and spoken at seminars on public art and the art market.  He is the author of material and articles on art law, including “Art as Objects of Desire and Collateral - Issues of Title And Provenance,” ABA Intellectual Property Law Committee, Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice, Summer 2009.  Mr. Braun is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association.  He provides pro bono legal services to artists in conjunction with the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts project.