Speakers

Following are a list of speakers for the 2017 Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Marc Baylin, President, Baylin Artists Management

Marc Baylin has over twenty years of experience in artist management, presenting, and special event management. He has acted as facilitator on seven major commission projects involving the Library of Congress, Hancher Auditorium, the Lied Center of Kansas, composers Michael Daugherty, Anthony Davis, Joe Lovano, Mike Reid, and Julia Wolfe, and the ensembles Turtle Island Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. He has served on the boards of Western Arts Alliance, Chamber Music America, and Pennsylvania Presenters and is a past President of NAPAMA.

Viviana Benitez, Manager and Agent, M.A.K.U SoundSystem and Associate Producer, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Viviana became the agent and manager for M.A.K.U SoundSystem in 2010 and thus began her career in music and art administration. She is currently associate producer at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree both from the University of Rochester and is a proud member of WOCA (Women of Color in the Arts), as well as an alumna of 2016 APAP Emerging Leaders Institute.

Christine Dotterweich Bial, Program Specialist, Mid-America Arts Alliance

Christine joined M-AAA in 2011 as the curator of performing arts. She previously was the program manager of community and artist partnerships for the Kansas Arts Commission. Bial spent ten years in nonprofit theatre management, working as a production manager and Actors’ Equity Association stage manager for several nonprofit theater companies, including Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, Southwest Repertory Theatre Company in Albuquerque, NM, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company.

Christy Bolingbroke, Executive/Artistic Director, National Center for Choreography

Christy Bolingbroke, Executive/Artistic Director of the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron, was named one of the “Most Influential People in Dance Today” DANCE Magazine (July 2017). Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for Advancement at ODC in San Francisco and the Director of Marketing with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Bolingbroke carries a BA in Dance from UCLA and an MA in Curatorial Practice in Performance from Wesleyan University.

Gwethalyn Bronner, Executive Director, James Lumber Center at the College of Lake County

Gweth Bronner oversees JLC’s annual season of touring events, school performances, college programs and county performances, serving over 40,000+ with a budget of approximately $1 million. Gweth has degrees in theater from Northwestern University and arts administration from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and previously worked with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Leo Burnett Advertising. An actress with SAG-AFTRA, she currently serves on the board for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Laurel Canan, President, Center Productions, Inc.

Coming soon.

Madison Cario, Director, Office of the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology

Madison is an artist, alchemist, guide & interrupter creating in the spaces "in between". In her current position she has led the campus in an historic change to deepen and broaden the arts experience, focusing on initiatives at the nexus of science, arts, engineering, and technology. She serves as a National Dance Project advisor, and is on the Board of Directors at Dashboard Co-op Gallery, T. Lang Dance, and the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta.

Tom Clareson, Project Director, Performing Arts Readiness/LYRASIS

Tom Clareson is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. He also serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums.

David Crone, Artist, I’m No Dummy Productions

David Crone is a comedy ventriloquist specializing in clean comedy designed for adults and fun for all ages. His unique perspective on office life, incredible ventriloquism skills and cast of crazy characters have made him a success at corporate events everywhere. He has a reputation for asking the questions everyone is thinking, but afraid to say out loud. That will be put to good use as the moderator of this esteemed panel of experts.

Ceci Dadisman, President, Cardinal + Company

Ceci has over 10 years of experience successfully marketing nonprofit arts organizations. A frequent public speaker, she is known for her easy-going and vernacular style. She creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing into traditional marketing methods. Ceci is also a contributor to ArtsHacker.com where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials. Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Jane D’Angelo, Executive Director, OhioDance

Jane D’Angelo has served as Executive Director of OhioDance since 2003. D’Angelo is a board member of Ohio Citizens for the Arts and Dance/USA, also serving as the service council chair and a partner in the newly formed Collaborative for Arts Education in Ohio. She is a regular guest speaker at the Ohio State University Department of Dance. D’Angelo holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a C.S.S. in Administration and Management from Harvard University.

Desmond Davis, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Verbs Ballets

Desmond L. Davis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who holds a B.A. in Dance and Drama from Kenyon College. He has been on the local dance scene since 1990 performing with Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), SAFMOD and currently Antaeus Dance. He currently works as Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator as well as an independent Teaching Artist at Hiram College and John Carroll University, and through arts agencies like Kultur Kids and Playhouse Square teaching for preschool to adult, the Parkinson's community and those on the autism spectrum.

Patrick Dewane, Artist

Patrick Dewane has performed his true story WWII one-man show The Accidental Hero in over 100 venues across America. The show has also earned multiple awards in the Czech Republic. Dewane’s 30-year career in the arts includes creating Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative, a program that produced “Silent Night,” the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He was also nominated for an Emmy as Executive Producer of the broadcast of “Silent Night.”

Patrick Donnelly, CFE | Director of Theater Operations, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

He joined the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri during its construction phase, to help it prepare for its 2011 grand opening. He leads a team that oversees presented performances, rental performances, and production infrastructure. Prior to relocating to Missouri, Patrick served as director of the Roselle Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Delaware. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management program.

Jordan Drum, Director of Development, Society for the Performing Arts

Jordan Drum is the Director of Development for Society for the Performing Arts, an independent presenter in Houston, Texas. He previously worked as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for SPA and led the Education and Community Engagement department at the Phoenix Symphony. He also serves on the board of Dance Source Houston. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys college football, gardening, hunting, cooking, and spending time with his dog Duncan and wife Emily.

Steve Duchrow, Director of Performing Arts, Elgin Community College

Steve uses Vachel Lindsay’s, _Gospel of Beauty_ to “strive for beauty, democracy, and holiness” in art. Elgin Community College Arts Center serves 13 arts ensembles, offers 4000 classroom sessions and holds 270 performances annually. He often places art, where the people live, in domestic violence shelters, schools, addiction centers, hospitals, cafeterias and police stations. He believes in the citizen artist. He’s a former Arts Midwest Conference Co-Chair, was NAPAMA’s 2015 Presenter of the Year and been an arts presenting professional for 35 years. He renovated the Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, IL and revived a performance series at NIU, in DeKalb, IL.

Heidi Ehle, Assistant Director, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

Heidi Ehle has worked with volunteers in nonprofits since 1980, including the Seattle Flute Society, the National Music Teachers Association, the Seattle Young Artists Festival, The International Storytelling Center, the Town of Jonesborough, the Jonesborough Farmers Market – and currently in her position as Assistant Director of The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University. She has a lifelong curiosity about what motivates people, and what helps them to feel connected.

Christy Farnbauch, Founder & President, Strategic Links, LLC

Christy guides organizations and companies through strategic planning, board development, and experience design. Her career is focused on designing and implementing ways to broaden, deepen, and diversify arts participation among a wide range of audiences, including ticket buyers, board members, artists, and donors. From 2009-2013 she served as project director for the Jazz Audiences Initiative, a national study of jazz ticket buyers. She currently serves on the Arts Midwest Professional Development Committee. Christy most recently served nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through her work at the Ohio Arts Council, as their Innovation & Engagement Director.

David Fraher, President & CEO, Arts Midwest

As President & CEO, David is responsible for successfully directing Arts Midwest, including program conception and general implementation, financial oversight, and future planning. He works closely with Arts Midwest's board of directors and board committees in accomplishing these activities, and is active in recruiting new board members. David also spearheads fund raising and is the main public representative for Arts Midwest to our member state arts agencies and other arts organizations.

Jane Gates, Executive Director, Stiefel Theatre

Jane Gates has been the Executive Director of the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kansas for 11 years. The theatre renovated 14 years ago and presents approximately 35 shows year around. The 1265 seat Stiefel draws 65% of the concert goers from the region and beyond. Jane is originally from Ft. Collins, Colorado and attended Colorado State University and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Jane worked for 17 years for the Smoky Hill River Festival prior to joining the Stiefel. She and her husband Tom have five children and two grandchildren.

Tanya Gertz, Executive Director, Fine Arts Programming, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Tanya Gertz is the executive director of fine arts programming at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, previously programming director at Luther College (2005-2016). She was in the inaugural cohort of the Leadership Fellows Program 2015-2017, president of Iowa Arts Presenters 2006-15, and an APAP Emerging Leader. Before arts presenting, Tanya worked in Chicago at the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the AIDS Pastoral Care Network, and served with Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Brian Taylor Goldstein, Partner, GG Arts Law

Recognized for the last four years in the New York Times as one of New York's entertainment "Super Lawyers", Brian is a Partner in GG Arts Law and Managing Director of the artist/project management agency Goldstein Guilliams International. A national and international speaker, he also writes on business and legal issues for the blog Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division, hosted by Musical America, and on the challenges of touring artists in the U.S. for the blog Avoiding a World of Trouble hosted by Hello Stage.

Mike Green, Co-owner/Agent, Mike Green & Associates

Mike Green & Associates is a booking agency specializing in roots and folk music. He has been in the performing arts field since 1977. He is also on the board of NAPAMA, where he is spearheading a year-round mentoring program for the performing arts field. Mike is an avid bicyclist, gardener, and home cook, and plays in a rock & roll band that you will probably never get to hear.

Kristin Gregory, Program Coordinator, National Dance Project (NDP), New England Foundation for the Art

Prior to joining NEFA in 2015, Kristin served the Development Department at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, leading the charge for Government Advocacy for the Arts and Arts Education efforts, Corporate Relations liaison, and assisting in Grant Writing. While at NEFA, she has helped implement changes to NDP in response to field-wide research on the creation and touring of new dance work, as well as the implementation of a new regional grant program supporting catalytic opportunities for dancemakers.

Robyn Guilliams, Partner, GG Arts Law

Robyn is a partner in the New York-based law firm of GG Arts Law and Managing Director of the artist/project management agency Goldstein Guilliams International. A former Artistic Administrator for the National Symphony Orchestra, she also writes on business and legal issues for the blog Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division, hosted by Musical America, and on the challenges of touring artists in the U.S. for the blog Avoiding a World of Trouble hosted by Hello Stage.

Gene Harshaw, Manager, Blue Spectrum

Blue Spectrum is a four-piece band that prides itself on playing a wide “spectrum of music”. Since its inception on January 2013, the band has had as many as four members that were all on the autism spectrum. The band currently has two members: Gene’s 22-year old son, Zayne, who is the leader and guitarist and 21-year old keyboardist, Amelia Walsh. Managing a band with autistic young people has provided some unique challenges as well as many uplifting, inspirational moments.

Gwendolyn Harshaw, Manager, Blue Spectrum

Although Gene Harshaw is the manager of Blue Spectrum, the band knows Gwendolyn Harshaw is its secret weapon. It was through her efforts that Blue Spectrum is even in existence today, and her primary responsibilities center around marketing and providing invaluable counsel to the band. Gwendolyn is also very active in the special needs community. She currently provides input and direction as a board member for the following organizations: the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC); the Autism Society of Central Ohio; Food for Good Thought; the Arts and Autism Institute; and the Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST).

John Hassig, Director of Programming, ‎Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Coming soon.

Steve Heath, Owner, Alma Artist Booking

Steve Heath has worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years, as a presenter, manager, agent, and consultant. In 2012, he formed his own booking agency, Alma Artist Booking & Management, after more than 20 years as an artist representative for SRO Artists. He also served as festival coordinator, talent buyer and consultant for the Concert of Colors, a diversity festival in Detroit, MI for 7 years.

Tommy Hensel, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College

Tommy Hensel has served as Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL since 2008. During his 30 year career in the arts, he has worked in numerous venues as presenter, actor, director, and dramaturg. He holds a BA in Music and a BA in Communication from Florida State University and an MA in Theater from the University of South Carolina. He is the Chair of the Illinois Presenters Network and serves on the board of NAPAMA.

Erin J. Hoppe, Executive Director, VSA Ohio

Erin J. Hoppe is currently the Executive Director of VSA Ohio, a statewide organization for arts and disability. Erin holds a Masters in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Past experience includes work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Smithsonian Institution. Erin currently serves on advisory boards for VSA International, OSU Barnett Center, and Columbus Arts Marketing Association.

Andrea Johnson, Agent, ICM

Andrea Johnson is a booking agent with ICM Partners. Her clients include Straight No Chaser, ThePianoGuys, 2CELLOS, and Jane Lynch. Previously, she was the head of the performing arts department at The Agency Group for 7 years, and a booking agent at classical music management firm Opus 3 Artists before that. She has a degree in Music History from Miami University and a penchant for martinis and Chanel.

Kaisha S. Johnson, Co-Founder/Founding Director, Women of Color in the Arts

Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is a national service organization dedicated to creating equity in the arts. Kaisha co‐founded WOCA with the intent of raising the voices and visibility of women of color. Recently, Kaisha served as a director at Center for Traditional Music and Dance, an arts non‐profit dedicated to building cross‐cultural awareness. As a staunch advocate for diversity on and off the stage, Kaisha works to affirm the value of cultural diversity as an essential component of U.S. national identity.

Spring Karlo, Co-Director, Marketing & Sales, Holden & Arts Associates

Spring is a Co-Director of Holden & Arts Associates, a booking and management company representing performing arts companies (national and international) with a focus on Youth & Family audiences who tour across North America. Holden & Arts was founded by Theresa and Michael Holden in 1983. Spring joined the agency in 2011, and is now the Director of Marketing and Sales. She was named one of APAP’s “Art Leaders of Tomorrow Today” in 2015.

Laura Kendall, Vice President of Programming and Education, Omaha Performing Arts

Laura is responsible for performance and community engagement events in the 2,600-seat Orpheum Theater, the 1,975-seat Kiewit Concert Hall, and 350-seat Scott Recital Hall in the Holland Center in downtown Omaha, NE. She is an arts administration professional with more than 15 years’ experience, and has expertise in venue management, season planning, artist bookings, scheduling performances, contracts, marketing, ticketing, education, outreach and grant writing. She is currently in the Leadership Fellows Program and is a 2007 graduate of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Emerging Leader Institute.

Margaret A. Keough, Director of Marketing and Communications, Mid-America Arts Alliance

Margaret joined M-AAA in 2014 after working more than 24 years in the museum sector at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Kansas City, MO. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She has presented on marketing topics at numerous conferences and convenings and has served as president of the Kansas City Attractions Association.

Tammey Kikta, Associate Director for Artistic Services, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Tammey Kikta marks 20 years with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently serves as Associate Director for Artistic Services for this multi-venue, multi-disciplinary home for creativity, education, and research. Studies in music and previous administrative positions with the Chicago Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series, WFMT and WILL radio stations, and interactions with artists and arts professional along the way, continually reinforce her passion for curating events and engagement activities that highlight the life-affirming power of the performing arts and creativity in our lives.

Alex Mallett, Business Development Manager, Folk Alliance International

As Business Development Manager, Alex handles sponsorships, strategic partnerships, grants and fundraising for Folk Alliance International. Originally from the Kansas City area, he studied jazz bass at McGill University in Montreal. Moving to New York City in 2008, he immersed himself in the local folk scene as a performer while simultaneously working in the US office for MIDEM, the premiere music industry conference in Cannes, France. Alex is passionate about building wider recognition for the folk genre in the music industry and performing arts market.

Dayna Martinez, Artistic Director of World Music, Dance and the International Children's Festival, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Dayna Martinez is artistic director of world music, dance and the international children’s festival at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, previously serving as the contract manager. An arts administrator for 20+ years, she is active in Arts Midwest, Dance/USA, APAP, and IPAY, and sits on the boards of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN Presenters Network, Saint Paul Festival Association and the Cultural STAR Board for the City of Saint Paul.

Sarah McCarthy, Owner and Founder, Dandelion Arts

Sarah McCarthy founded Dandelion Artists in 2013 to represent some of the best independent family music artists in the country. Her roster includes multiple GRAMMY winners and nominees, as well as the all-ages rock musical, Hansel & Gretel. Prior to opening her agency, she spent ten years as an arts presenter in the Public Programs Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and also worked for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission at the Ford Theatres.

Kristopher McDowell, Founder and CEO, KMP Artists & Chair of the Agents, Managers, Producers & Promoters Council, Dance/USA

McDowell has served the live performing arts industry as a talent manager, producer and arts consultant for artists, performing arts companies, music and dance festivals as well as concert events. Mr. McDowell has promoted or produced nearly a thousand performing arts events worldwide and spends much of his time traveling to discover new opportunities for international cultural exchange with an emphasis on performing arts in Asia Pacific and North America. McDowell also serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA as the Council Chair for Agents & Artist Representatives.

Gary Minyard, Vice President of Education & Engagement, Victoria Theatre Association

As an educational leader, Gary has created many community initiatives including Superhero Girls Like Me, On The Nose: Pinocchio’s Life Lessons, and Guitars: A Bridge To Broadway. Gary is also an award-winning director and movement choreographer who graduated with an MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing from Arizona State University. Gary is President of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE).

Jennifer Morris, Artist Manager, Siegel Arts Management

Jennifer Morris joined Siegel Artist Management in 1998, became a partner in 2002. With the passing of per business partner Liz Silverstein in 2016, she became the sole owner of the agency. Over the course of her 28-year career Jennifer has worked in many different facets of the performing arts industry including general manager for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, special events manager for the Town of Brookline and marketing manager for the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Michael Orlove, Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael provides oversight on grants for presenting and artist communities projects and manages international partnership programs. His tenure with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Orlove also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series in that venue.

Heena Patel, Founder and CEO, MELA Arts Connect

Heena Patel is the founder and CEO of MELA Arts Connect - a cultural resource and specialist in South Asian performing arts. She plays a diversity of roles including that of a programming consultant, producer, booking agent, artist manager, performing artist, educator, and advocate for diversity in the arts on and off stage. Through MELA, Heena seeks to foster meaningful cross-cultural experiences and help artists build sustainable careers. She splits her time between North America and India.

Joe Patti, Director, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts – Shawnee State University

Joe Patti is currently the Director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University. Among his proudest moments in his 20+ year career are producing an opera in the Hawaiian language and a dance drama about Hawaii's snow goddess Poli'ahu. Since 2004 Joe has written the blog Butts in the Seats (buttsseats.com) on topics of cultural administration. He also contributes to the ArtsHacker website (ArtsHacker.com) focusing on boards, law, governance, policy and practice.

Tim Peacock, Executive Director, Stuart’s Opera House

Tim Peacock is the executive director of Stuart’s Opera House, a 440 seat performing arts center in Nelsonville, Ohio. As the executive director, he oversees all programming and day to day operations of the 137 year old theater. He has held this position since November of 2002. Stuart’s Opera House also produces the annual 7,500 person Nelsonville Music Festival. He loves music, is an avid record collector, often dreams of retirement and loves to take naps.

Stephanie Petcavage, Program Associate and Circuit Rider, ICA-Art Conservation

Stephanie Petcavage is the Program Associate and Circuit Rider at ICA- Art Conservation, a regional nonprofit conservation center in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Petcavage has a B.A. degree in Art History from Kent State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati with a certificate in Museum Studies. She also coordinated social events and visitor tours for the Cleveland Museum of Art, and worked in exhibition construction and evaluation at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Scott Prairie, Artist/Manager, A Moving Sound

Scott is the co-director, with wife Mia, of A Moving Sound (Spotlight showcase Aug 30). He lived in New York City before moving to Taiwan in December of 2001. He has a diverse artistic background drawing from his studies in music, visual art, and psychology. He is a classically trained French Horn player, and has developed his own composition style using classical, ethnic, experimental and pop music forms.

Rachel Purcell, Senior Analyst, Capacity Interactive

Rachel and her team focus on digital campaign strategy with clients from coast to coast, including La Jolla Playhouse and the Apollo Theater. Google certified her as a "YouTube Guru," a title that she already identified with on a personal level. Prior to joining Capacity Interactive, Rachel was a Project Manager at a non-profit management consulting firm. She is also an occasional performer of Shakespeare.

Shelley Quiala, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Shelley Quiala leads the Ordway’s efforts in school and community programming that reach 100,000 annually. Prior to her work at the Ordway, Shelley worked with Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino theater company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a board member for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) organization and is a frequent speaker on the arts and education.

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, ArtsReady Director, South Arts

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, and is a partner in the Performing Arts Readiness Project. Since 2006, as South Arts’ Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator, she oversees South Arts’ programs and helps to guide strategic planning and evaluation. She is director of South Arts’ national initiative ArtsReady, and has been a speaker/panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts councils.

Tim Robinson, Director of Tour Engagements, Paul Taylor Dance

Current director Tour Engagements for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tim previously worked in management roles with Cirque du Soleil, The Joffrey Ballet, Livent, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and Grant Park Music Festival, and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. He works with large-scale project operations including marathons, corporate meetings and municipal festival events. A trained Mediator, USSF Soccer Referee, Tim attended the University of Evansville and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Anne Romens, Program Director, Arts Midwest

Anne Romens oversees strategic planning, fundraising, and operations for Creating Connection, a national social change initiative that leverages the relationship between public values and arts, culture, and creativity. Prior to this role, Anne supported fundraising and communications for Arts Midwest’s portfolio of 10+ programs. She holds a B.A from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jennifer Ross, Director, Programming, Walton Arts Center

Jennifer joined Walton Arts Center in 2002 and has managed education and client events and both front- and back-of-house teams. She currently works with the curatorial team to book each WAC season and leads the booking of WAC’s annual American Music and West Street Live! concert series. She also leads programming for the Trail Mix Concert Tour during Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts+Nature Festival. She is a past board member of SWPAP, serving as chair of that organization 2011-13. She resides in Fayetteville, AR, with her husband and son.

Tim Sauers, Vice President of Programming & Community Engagement, Overture Center for the Arts

Prior to his current position at the Overture Center, Tim served as Director of Programming & Community Engagement. Before his arrival at Overture Center he served as Director of Grants at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in West Palm Beach, FL and Program Director for Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education in Chicago, IL.

Bonnie Schock, Executive Director, Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts

Bonnie Schock is a lifelong arts worker. She holds an MFA in Stage Directing from University of Minnesota. She served 5 years as Artistic Director for 3 Legged Race, where she produced and/or directed 75+ developing performance works. She was on faculty and served as academic program director in Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, taught Theatre, Dance Production, and Arts and Cultural Leadership courses at graduate and undergraduate levels at University of Minnesota.

Nayantara Sen, Co-Principal, Art/Work Practice

Nayantara Sen is Co-Principal of Art/Work Practice, LLC — a consultancy using the arts to deepen equity across all people’s work — and the Culture and Content Program Manager and Senior Trainer at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. As an activist, network builder and racial justice educator, Nayantara uses popular education and creative practices to support leaders in tackling institutional oppression. She is also an equity consultant with Border Crossers and MPG Consulting in New York City.

Nick Sherman, Co-Founder, Creative Cult Lives llc.

Nick and his friends took a creative process class that launched them into a fascination with creativity, and resulted in starting the Creative C*ult Lives llc. Their "cult" consistently creates new experiences that obligate audiences to engage in new creative expressions.

Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Education and Institutional Advancement Officer, ICA - Art Conservation

Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience in the museum field serving as curator, exhibits director, educator, board member and president of the Ohio Museums Association. Currently, Jennifer serves as Education & Institutional Advancement Officer at ICA- Art Conservation, the nation’s oldest regional nonprofit conservation center, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Her primary objective is to ensure the preservation of artistic and historic works through educational programming, public outreach, and advocacy for the importance of saving cultural heritage for generations to come.

Kathleen Spehar, Executive Director, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University

Kathleen Spehar is an arts director, manager, educator and advocate. She’s held leadership positions with Twin Cities arts organizations and taught in Japan, Florida and the Midwest. In addition, she's led organizations in strategic partnerships, turnaround plans, audience development, fundraising, and marketing initiatives, managed business operations, curated programming, co-produced artistic works and managed projects between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Currently, Spehar is the Executive Director of The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University and a past leadership fellow with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Jim Szekacs, Organizational Program Coordinator, Ohio Arts Council

Jim has worked for the the Ohio Arts Council for over 12 years, starting as a grants office associate. As a regional organizational programs coordinator, Jim works with organizations applying to and receiving operational funding, project funding, and special initiative funding, including programming that builds cultural diversity. Wearing many hats within the agency, he is also the records retention specialist, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and the agency safety marshal. Jim received a B.A. from The Ohio State University where he graduated with distinction in English Literature and with a second major in political science. Jim also earned his Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to working for the OAC, Jim was a professional musician and has had work experiences in music instruction and education, as a music columnist, and in the credit investigation field.

Terri Trotter, President & CEO, Midland Center for the Arts

Terri Trotter is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience in the arts and entertainment field. Before beginning at Midland Center for the Arts in January 2016, Terri was the CEO & Executive Director of Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, ID for two years. Prior to that she served at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR for over sixteen years. Her roles included Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of External Affairs, and Vice President of Communications.

Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Founder and Artistic Director, Progress Theatre

Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Ph.D. is founding Artistic Director of Progress Theatre. She also works as an Arts Advisor for the Association for Performing Arts Professionals and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and is former Department Head of Music & Theatre at Prairie View A&M University. Cristal is a Doris Duke Impact Artist Awardee whose original theatre works have been supported by NPN Creation Fund, MAP Fund and NEFA National Theatre Project grants.

Christine Tschida, Director, Northrop Auditorium/University of Minnesota

Christine Tschida is responsible for curating Northrup’s highly regarded dance series of large scale ballet and international contemporary work. She was formerly an agent with Rena Shagan Associates, and prior to that, served as producer of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion for eleven years. Her touring experience includes international projects for BAM and The Kennedy Center. At Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, she booked and managed the largest national tour the company had ever undertaken.

Annemieke Wade, Managing Director, Roseneath Theatre

Annemieke is the Managing Director of Roseneath Theatre from Toronto, Canada. She was the General Manager for Theatre Direct Canada, the Company Manager for Tarragon Theatre, and she has performed over 6,000 children’s shows as an actor. She holds a MBA from Champlain College, an HBA from the University of Toronto in Theatre & Drama Studies, and a diploma in Acting from Sheridan College. In addition to her extensive managerial experience, Annemieke brings a strong background in performance, producing, and educational touring.

Sherry Wagner-Henry, Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, UW-Madison

Sherry Wagner-Henry is Director for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MBA degree program fostering collaborative inquiry and practice where the arts are central to learning and leading. Sherry’s work with Bolz Center students and professional colleagues has prompted a series of consulting projects that make use of public/private partnership resources to construct and implement cultural plans and creative placemaking initiatives with municipalities, county and state-wide agencies, national service organizations and arts-based community organizations.

Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Haowen Wang is Program Officer, Performing Arts, at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, where he manages a roster of MAAF’s longstanding regional touring grants. Previously, Haowen was Program Manager, Grants at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and spearheaded two major re-design processes of LMCC’s flagship regrant programs. Prior, Haowen piloted a two-year funding program serving grassroots/traditional cultural groups in Manhattan’s Chinatown at Asian American Arts Alliance. Haowen holds M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU and Certificate at Institute of Curatorial Practices in Performance at Wesleyan University.

Abby Wells Baas, Agent, WME

Abby Wells Baas is an Agent at WME. In this role she oversees the daily touring, television, literary and sponsorship opportunities for Easton Corbin, Thompson Square, Ruthie Collins, Natalie Stovall, McCoy and comedians Ralphie May and Jon Reep. Additionally, she works across the WME Nashville roster booking concerts in arenas, amphitheaters, theaters, and PACS in the Central region. Baas is a Leadership Music alumna and a member of CMA, ACM, IEBA, APAP, SOURCE and Arts Midwest.

Aryo Wicaksono, Membership Manager, Chamber Music America

A graduate of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the University of Arizona, Aryo has worked with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet Company, American Academy of Ballet, NYU Tisch Dance, and Mark Morris Dance School, and as the Artistic/Executive Director for the Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy 2012. He is a pianist, composer, and educator, and has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and abroad. He recently received the 2016-2017 Honors Excellence in the Arts Award from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Dance and is a 2017 New York Community Trust Fellow.

Sean Wright, Executive Director, The Grand Theater

Sean Wright came to Performing Arts Foundation in 2015 as the Executive Director of the organization. In a short time, he has led The Grand to consecutive seasons of record ticket sales and over 8000 new patrons, all while continuing the organization’s long-standing mission to bring the best in the performing arts to the region. Wright previously directed venues at Samford University and Washington University, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.