The Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc.


Ms. Virginia Gambale

Dr. Stephen N. Grimes, Vice President
Mr. Craig Shapero, Treasurer

Ms. Suzanna Laramee, Secretary
Reverend John J. Nichols
Mrs. Cynthia Sinclair

Mr. Lee C. Bakalarski
Mr. Vin Di Bona
Ms. Melissa Fairgrieve
Mrs. Sue Klau
Mrs. Ruth Orthwein
Mr. Evan Smith
Mrs. Marilyn Woloohojian

Pamela A. Pantos

Virginia Gambale President

Virginia Gambale, a successful technology leader and investor, is the managing partner of Azimuth Partners LLC. Ms. Gambale operates globally as an advisor and consultant who focuses on technology-driven growth and innovation strategies for both middle market and large corporations and advising startup companies. She is highly regarded for her innovative thinking, leadership and ability to deliver results. Ms. Gambale has served as director, and board and committee chair for over 20 public and private boards, and currently serves as director and committee chair for JetBlue, chairs board committees for First Derivatives and Dundee Corporation. She is a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker on the strategic use of emerging technologies.

As a former senior operating executive of Global Corporations, she held senior executive positions (including CIO) at Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Marsh & McLennan. Additionally, Ms. Gambale was the head of Deutsche Bank Strategic Ventures and subsequently a general partner at Deutsche Bank Capital until founding Azimuth Partners in 2003.

As board president of the Newport Music Festival, Ms. Gambale is leveraging her extensive business acumen, as well a her background as a classically trained pianist, to lead the festival as it prepares for its 50th anniversary season and beyond. Ms. Gambale resides in Connecticut with her two children and husband, Dr. Austin W. Feeney.

Pamela A. Pantos, Executive Director

Pamela A. Pantos is recognized as a visionary and entrepreneurial leader in the nonprofit arts and culture and for-profit industry. Her experience on the stage and in the boardroom has transformed organizations by creating new revenues streams, facilitating strategic partnerships and reducing costs. As vice president at Arts Consulting Group, Pantos led the executive search and transformed the division to become both an international and national competitor. During this time, she was named by Babson College as an Action Star Entrepreneur and is still featured in their global marketing campaign. When Pantos was executive director at Opera North, she revitalized the company, bringing it firmly into the black by creating and executing a robust strategic plan and designing a marketing plan that increased ticket sales. She also set a new standard for artistic excellence. New Hampshire Business Review Magazine named her one of New Hampshire’s four Outstanding Women in Business for 2014. Additionally, Pantos was a finance manager for Mergers & Acquisitions (North America) for W.R. Grace. Previously an internationally acclaimed opera singer and fluent in five languages, Pantos has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Athens, and State Theater of Munich. Pantos earned an MBA at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, completed a Masters in Musicology from the University of Hamburg in Germany, and attained a bachelor of arts from Wellesley College, receiving all degrees with honors.