Board of Directors

Philip Boehm 

Philip Boehm  is a playwright, theater director and literary translator. Born in Texas, he was educated at Wesleyan University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the State Academy of Theater (PWST) in Warsaw , Poland. Boehm is the founder of the Upstream Theater in St. Louis, which has become known for its productions of foreign plays. Fluent in English, German and Polish, he has directed plays in Poland and Slovakia. His own written work includes several plays such as Mixtitlan, Soul of a Clone, Alma en venta, The Death of Atahualpa and Return of the Bedbug. Boehm has translated over thirty novels and plays by German and Polish writers, including Herta Müller, Franz Kafka and Hanna Krall. Nonfiction translations include A Woman in Berlin and Words to Outlive Us: Eyewitness Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto. For these translations he has received fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as several awards including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize.

Adam Czernikiewicz

Adam Czernikiewicz is an attorney in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins. Adam joined the firm in 2017 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Illinois Law Update. He holds a B.S. degree in French Commercial Studies from University of Illinois and also studied at L’Universite Paris Sorbonne (IV) and L’Institute Catholic de Paris. Adam was born and grew up in St Louis and graduated from St Louis Priory High School.

Jarek Czernikiewicz

Jarek Czernikiewicz is a licensed professional engineer specializing in civil engineering. He works as Chief Design Engineer at the City of St Louis Board of the Public Service.   Jarek is graduate of Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) with M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. Jarek was born and grew up in Warsaw, Poland. He lives in St. Louis since 1985. His favorite pastime is bike riding, skiing, music and architecture of St. Louis.

Ewa Dyk

Ewa Dyk is a Business Administrator at the medical practice P.T.Dyk  Nephrology, Inc.  She is also involved in local philanthropic and educational initiatives.  Ewa grew up in Gdańsk (Poland). Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1984, Ewa worked as Personal Assistant to Lech Walesa – then Solidarity leader who became later President of Poland. Ewa holds an MA Degree in Special Education and Clinical Psychology from the University of Gdansk Poland.   Eva is a resident of University City.

Michał Kwiecień

Michał Kwiecień  is a history teacher at Whitfield School in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He was born in Kraków, Poland and relocated to the United States along with his family in 1992. Kwiecień received his doctorate in modern European history at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. His courses focus on the history of genocide and mass crimes in modern world history, which include a close collaboration with the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in Saint Louis.