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Jane W. I. Droppa

Chair, Animal Policy Committee

After graduating from Kirkland College with a bachelor's in English literature, Jane W. I. Droppa pursued a career as an audio engineer. She mixed audio and set up sound systems in clubs, theaters and outdoor venues, including a stint at the famed Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York City. Some notable clients include Chris Smither, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and the Rhode Island Symphony. Jane joined Maryland Sound Industries in 1985 as part of a talented sound crew, working events such as the 1986 re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. This role landed her on Stevie Wonder's "In Square Circle Tour" in the U.S. and Canada. In 1988, Jane and her husband, Larry, started ATI, a company that specialized in live-sound mixing consoles. Now known as Automated Processes Inc., it manufactures everything from microphone preamps to large-frame studio mixing consoles used to produce much of today's music. Jane, a devoted National Aquarium supporter, was elected to the Aquarium's Advisory Council in 1992, and in 1997 she started her first board term. She also serves on the board of directors for both Center Stage in Baltimore and Friends of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., where she chairs the events committee.

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