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Introducing Your 2015 Guild Ambassadors

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Jul 21, 2015

We are delighted to announce this year’s Guild Ambassadors! The Guild’s new Ambassador Program is designed to strengthen and build relationships between our members and increase opportunities for idea sharing, collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning. 18 dynamic, arts education leaders from member organizations in 16 cities have been nominated and selected to serve as key conveners and points of contact for the Guild’s membership.

Local Ambassadors 


California (Co-Ambassadors)


  • SoYoung Lee, Executive Director, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Boulder, CO.


  • Yolande Spears, Vice President of Education and Community Relations, The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, Hartford, CT.


  • Troy Anderson, Executive Director, Chicago Center for Music Education, Chicago, IL

Georgia (Co-Ambassadors)

  • Edwin Link, Senior Director, Innovation and Creativity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA
  • Valerie Heron-Duranti, Director of Arts, Innovation and Creativity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA.

New York

  • Travis Laughlin, Art Education Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY.


  • Magda Martinez, Director of Programs, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.


  • Michael Alstad, Executive Director, Music Center of Northwest, Seattle, WA.

Texas (Co-Ambassadors)

  • Karen LaShelle, Executive Director, Creative Action, Austin, TX.
  • Steve Ingle, Creative Director/ Co-Founder, Creative Kids, Inc., El Paso, TX.

Washington, D.C.

Network Ambassadors

Arts-In-Education (Co-Ambassadors)

  • Nancy Kleaver, Director of Community and Family Programs, Lincoln Center Education, New York, NY.
  • Santina Protopapa, Executive Director, Progressive Arts Alliance, Cleveland, OH.

Collegiate Divisional

  • Susanne Baker, Director, DePaul Community Music Division, Chicago, IL.

Creative Youth Development

  • Jon Hinojosa, Artistic/Executive Director, Say Si, San Antonio, TX.

Over the next several months, you will be invited to participate in a variety of professional development and networking events, ranging from mini-conferences to webinars to meet-ups at local restaurants or arts and cultural institutions—just to name a few!

We’ll be posting upcoming events on the Ambassador Program page of our website. Check-in regularly to learn more and get involved!

If you have questions about the Ambassador Program, want to get in touch with an ambassador, or would like more details on how to participate in upcoming events, please contact Robyne Walker Murphy at (212) 268-3337 ext. 22.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.