Board of Directors
Zhenya Gershman, Founder & President/CEO
Zhenya Gershman is a well-known artist, art historian and museum educator. As a Founder of Project Awe she has dedicated her scholarly and charitable work to examine the influence of Esotericism on the Arts. Gershman seeks to provide new dimensions to understanding and experiencing the cultural icons of Western European heritage.
Gershman’s specific area of study and expertise is in the life and work of Rembrandt. In her pioneering article Rembrandt: Turn of the Key, published by Arion and featured by Huffington Post, Gershman was able to reveal the evidence for Rembrandt’s involvement with the early pre-Grand Lodge Freemason fraternity, bringing new light to understanding of this great master. She has worked for over a decade in the internationally acclaimed J. Paul Getty Museum, and has contributed to such exhibitions as Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits and Rembrandt: Telling the Difference. Gershman’s groundbreaking discovery regarding the presence of a hidden Rembrandt self portrait was published by Arion, Boston University and was brought to European audiences by Le Monde, one of the most important international magazines. She is currently working on a book and TV series: Secrets of the Masters.
Photo credit: Michele Mattei
Dr. John Slifko, Co-Founder & Chair
John Slifko, PhD, has dedicated his work to issues around the world for democratic civil society with major contributions to global efforts in improving the education of young women. Slifko has worked for the Los Angeles City Council and United States Congress engaging in environmental issues and technology policy. He is a founding member and on the Board of Advisers at the Hannah Mather Crocker Society, Notre Dame University, and C3 Advisory Group. John Slifko is a co-Director of the Roosevelt Center for the Study of Civil Society & Freemasonry and a co-Founder of project AWE.
Dr. Evan D. Pepper, Treasurer/CFO
Evan D. Pepper, PhD, is the Chair of Science at West Coast University. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy at University of Southern California. Dr. Pepper was awarded an NIH Fellowship for gerontological studies and has published extensively on Alzheimer's disease as well as other age related processes.
Corine Couwenberg, Gallery Director
Corine Couwenberg, managing partner of Full Circle Entertainment Group (FCEG) was named Director of the Project AWE Gallery by its founders Zhenya Gershman and John Slifko, PhD shortly after its inception in 2015. Corine brings over 25 years of experience in the arts and entertainment field to the AWE team, by adding marketing, financial development and exhibition opportunities to its internal dynamic. As a student of both the arts and Western esotericism, she is uniquely qualified to lead the Galley into the future while utilizing her extensive background in the non-profit arena as a cornerstone to insuring its viability and growth in the present.